[Protest of GPO Contract Award for Identification Card Components]

B-274949.2: Dec 13, 1999

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A firm protested a Government Printing Office (GPO) contract award for identification card components, contending that the bid submitted by the awardee should have been rejected as nonresponsive and that GPO improperly permitted the awardee to make an upward correction to its bid price. GAO held that GPO's determination to permit the awardee to correct a mistake in its low bid prior to award was proper, since GPO reasonably determined that clear and convincing evidence established the existence of the mistake and the intended bid price. Accordingly, the protest was denied.