[Protest of DESC Contract Award for Choppers]

B-241838: Feb 11, 1991

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A firm protested a Defense Electronics Supply Center (DESC) contract award for electronic choppers, contending that DESC: (1) improperly and arbitrarily excluded its bid from the competitive range and denied it an opportunity for discussions; (2) failed to promptly notify it of its bid's rejection; (3) improperly allowed the awardee to extend its expired offer; and (4) made an award for an obviously impossible requirement. The protester also contended that its protest was timely, since it was based on documents it did not receive until over 1 month after award notification. GAO held that the protester: (1) untimely filed its protest more than 10 days after receiving notice of award; and (2) should have been aware of its arguments after learning of the award. GAO also held that it would not review a protest regarding award requirements since it was a matter of bidder responsibility or contract administration. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.