[Protest of Air Force Contract Award for Housing Renovation]

B-252580: Jun 29, 1993

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A firm protested the Air Force's rejection of its bid and proposed contract award for housing renovations, contending that: (1) the Air Force improperly rejected its bid as nonresponsive, since its bid was within the statutory cost limitation; (2) it misinterpreted the solicitation's price limitation; and (3) it should be allowed to correct its bid to eliminate excessive prices. GAO held that the: (1) solicitation clearly notified the bidders of the unit cost limitations and the risk of rejection if the bids exceeded the limitations; (2) protester's bid exceeded the solicitation's cost limitations because the protester misinterpreted the solicitation specifications; (3) Air Force properly rejected the protester's bid as nonresponsive; and (4) protester was not sufficiently interested to protest the proposed award, since it would not be in line for award even if its protest were sustained. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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