[Protest of Department of State Failure to Solicit Bid for Embassy Construction]

B-252859,B-253352: Jul 29, 1993

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A firm protested the Department of State's determination that it was not an eligible bidder for the design and construction of a new U.S. embassy, contending that State improperly determined that it was not a U.S. person. GAO held that: (1) State reasonably determined that the protester did not meet the experience requirements to qualify as a U.S. person; (2) the protester untimely filed its protest against the requirement to form an official joint venture if a bidder wants to use its parent company's experience to meet eligibility criteria; and (3) State did not consider the parent company's experience, since the protester and its parent company were not a joint venture. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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