[Protest of VA Contract Award for Fire Protection System]

B-253036: Aug 13, 1993

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A firm protested a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contract award for a fire protection system, contending that the awardee's bid was nonresponsive, since: (1) the identity of the bidder was unclear; and (2) there were discrepancies between the awardee's bid and bid bond. GAO held that: (1) there was no ambiguity as to the bidder's identity, since the awardee provided documentation showing that it was a wholly-owned, unincorporated division of a parent company; (2) the other firm with the same name was an inactive corporation with no assets or liabilities; (3) there was no ambiguity regarding the bid bond principal and the nominal bidder; and (4) the individual who signed the bid had the authority to enter into contracts and bind the parent company to the bid. Accordingly, the protest was denied.