[Protest of GSA Contract Award for Landscape Maintenance]

B-242900: Jun 18, 1991

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A firm protested a General Services Administration (GSA) contract award for landscape maintenance, contending that GSA violated Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by: (1) failing to timely provide it with a solicitation amendment setting the new bid opening date; and (2) refusing to postpone bid opening after being notified of the amendment's late receipt. GAO held that: (1) GSA failed to comply with the FAR requirement to supply prospective bidders with amendments, since it mailed the amendment to the protester's former address; (2) the protester met its duty to avail itself of reasonable opportunities to obtain the amendment; and (3) only one responsive bid was submitted and four prospective bidders were eliminated from the competition because of GSA actions. Accordingly, the protest was sustained, and GAO recommended that GSA: (1) cancel the procurement and resolicit; and (2) reimburse the protester for its protest costs.

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