Protest Against Agency Refusal To Allow Correction of Alleged Mistake in Bid

B-201484: May 12, 1981

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A firm protested the denial of its request for correction of an alleged mistake in bid submitted under an invitation for bids (IFB) issued by the Air Force. Twenty-eight bids were received at bid opening in response to an IFB for custodial services. However, the protester alleged a mistake in its bid. The protester was advised by the Air Force that, while clear and convincing evidence had been presented to support a mistake in its bid, the evidence was insufficient to clearly establish the protester's intended bid price. Therefore, the Air Force advised the protester that it could withdraw its bid and that it would no longer be considered for award. GAO found it unnecessary to address the merits of the protest because, assuming all the facts as stated by the protester, correction of the protester's bid to its alleged intended bid price would result in it no longer being the low bidder. Further, since it was clear that the protester's corrected price would not be low, it would be unfair to other bidders to allow the protester to waive its mistake in bid.

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