[Protest of Navy Contract Award for Water Treatment System]

B-241643: Feb 7, 1991

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A firm protested a Navy contract award for a water treatment system, contending that: (1) the Navy improperly rejected its bid as nonresponsive, since it prepared its bid prior to acknowledging a solicitation amendment revising the completion schedule; and (2) acceptance of its low bid would be in the government's best interest. GAO held that: (1) the Navy properly rejected the protester's bid, which did not clearly offer to meet the amended schedule; and (2) acceptance of a nonresponsive bid would compromise the integrity of the sealed bidding system. Accordingly, the protest was denied.