[Request for Reconsideration of Remedy Recommended Pursuant to Protest of Customs Service Contract Award]

B-244383.8: Jun 8, 1992

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A firm requested reconsideration of a sustained protest against a Customs Service contract award for technical support services. GAO had held that Customs: (1) failed to conduct equal discussions with all bidders in the competitive range; (2) should reassess its requirements and reopen discussions; and (3) should reimburse the protester for its protest costs. In its request for reconsideration, the protester contended that it was also entitled to reimbursement for its bid preparation costs, since Customs' reassessment of its requirements and continued contract performance during the protest precluded it from competing. GAO held that the protester: (1) untimely filed its protest more than 10 working days after it became aware of the basis for protest; and (2) did not present an issue of significant concern to the procurement community to warrant consideration under the significant-cause exception to the protest timeliness requirements. Accordingly, the request for reconsideration was denied.