[Protests of GSA Solicitation for Office Space]

B-255762,B-255762.2,B-255762.3: Mar 30, 1994

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A firm protested a General Services Administration (GSA) solicitation for the lease of office space, contending that GSA improperly: (1) issued amendments that deleted seismic safety and handicapped accessibility requirements, relaxed parking requirements, and required bidders to absorb moving costs; and (2) proceeded with award after it filed its protest. GAO held that: (1) the protester untimely filed after bid opening its protest regarding solicitation improprieties; (2) the solicitation specifically advised the bidders that the contracting officer's representative had authority to issue solicitation amendments; (3) the moving costs requirement was not unfair, since GSA advised all bidders that they would have to pay them; and (4) GSA properly concluded that urgent and compelling circumstances necessitated its proceeding with award and performance, notwithstanding the protest. Accordingly, the protests were denied in part and dismissed in part.

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