[Request for Reconsideration of Protest Under State Department Solicitation]

B-252859.2,B-253352.2: Dec 14, 1993

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A firm requested reconsideration of its denied protest against the Department of State's refusal to consider it eligible to compete for the design and construction of U.S. embassies. GAO had held that: (1) State reasonably determined that the protester lacked the requisite experience; (2) the protester was required to form a joint venture with its parent company in order to qualify its experience; and (3) the protester untimely filed its protest. In its request for reconsideration, the protester contended that it: (1) timely filed its protest; and (2) was led to believe that State would consider its parent company's experience in its eligibility determination. GAO held that: (1) there was no evidence that State considered the experience of the protester's parent company in qualifying it for past procurements; (2) the protester could not reasonably expect State to disregard the eligibility requirements; and (3) the protester failed to provide any evidence that warranted reversal of the original decision. Accordingly, the request for reconsideration was denied.