[Request for Reconsideration of Sustained Protest Against FBI Contract Award]

B-245551.2,B-245551.3: Jun 11, 1992

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A firm and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requested reconsideration of a sustained protest against a FBI contract award for dictating equipment and maintenance services. GAO had held that FBI improperly awarded the contract to other than the low, technically acceptable bidder. In their requests for reconsideration: (1) FBI requested reversal of the original decision, since supplemental information not previously supplied showed that it conducted discussions and considered best and final offers prior to award; and (2) the protester requested that GAO modify the recommended remedy and direct FBI to award it the contract. GAO held that: (1) reversal of the original decision was appropriate, since the information which was omitted was not relevant to the issues raised by the protester, and showed that FBI acted properly; (2) protester was not entitled to reimbursement for its protest costs; and (3) protester's request for modification of the original remedy was academic in light of the reversal of the earlier decision. Accordingly, the original decision was overruled.