[Protest of Air Force Solicitation for Housing Maintenance]

B-242134.4: Mar 20, 1991

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A firm protested an Air Force solicitation for housing maintenance, contending that the Air Force should reimburse it for its bid preparation costs because the Air Force: (1) negligently issued the solicitation on an unrestricted basis instead of as a small-disadvantaged-business set-aside; and (2) acted in bad faith by not making the set-aside decision earlier and not conducting adequate site visits. GAO held that while the Air Force may have acted negligently by relying on outdated data to make its set-aside decision, it did not act in bad faith. Accordingly, the protest was denied and the claim was denied.