[Protest of Army Rejection of Bid for Hazardous Waste Removal]

B-241714: Feb 26, 1991

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A firm protested the Army Corps of Engineers' rejection of its bid and subsequent cancellation of a solicitation for hazardous waste removal, contending that the Corps: (1) improperly cancelled the solicitation after bid opening; (2) sent it a binding agreement establishing its intent to award it the contract; and (3) formed an implied contract with it by requesting information pertinent to award. GAO held that the: (1) Corps properly cancelled the solicitation, since its requirements changed and the solicitation no longer met its needs; (2) contract specialist was not authorized to make a binding agreement, and the letter did not include language suggesting such an agreement; and (3) protester did not prove that an implied contract existed with the Corps. Accordingly, the protest was denied.