[Request for Reconsideration of Protests of State Department Contract Award for Guard Services]

B-271385.9: Feb 5, 1997

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A firm requested reconsideration of its denied protests of a Department of State contract award for guard services, contending that: (1) the solicitation estimates did not reflect the Department of State's actual current needs; and (2) GAO improperly determined that the protester's objection to the solicitation estimates was untimely. GAO had held that: (1) there was no credible basis to question the reliability or validity of the State Department's estimates of its actual needs; and (2) the protester, based on its experience as the incumbent contractor, knew or should have known of the defective estimates before it submitted its proposal. In its request for reconsideration, the protester argued that GAO improperly denied another allegation that the awardee's bid was unbalanced. GAO held that the: (1) protester failed to show that the decision contained errors of fact or law; and (2) protest was properly dismissed as untimely, since it was first raised after the closing time for receipt of proposals. Accordingly, the request for reconsideration was denied.

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