[Claim for Protest Costs Pursuant to Air Force Solicitation for Aircraft Engine Nozzles]

B-252595.3: Aug 9, 1993

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A firm claimed reimbursement for its protest costs pursuant to its protest against an Air Force solicitation for aircraft engine nozzles, contending that: (1) the Air Force withheld a relevant document from its agency report which would have shown that it was not the low bidder; and (2) award of protest costs would be an appropriate sanction, since it would not have pursued its protest if it had known it was not the low bidder. GAO held that: (1) neither the Competition in Contracting Act nor bid protest regulations authorized the award of protest costs to remedy the Air Force's bad faith or inadvertent failure to provide relevant documents during the bid protest process; and (2) there was no basis to award protest costs as a sanction. Accordingly, the claim was denied.

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