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The protester objected to the rejection of its bid as nonresponsive and to the acceptance of an unsigned bid which was not read publicly at bid opening. The specification in the bid of a delivery schedule other than that specified in the solicitation rendered the bid nonresponsive. The allegation that the specified delivery schedule was unrealistic should have been raised prior to bid opening. The failure of the bidder to sign its bid was properly waived as a minor informality since the bid was accompanied by a properly signed bid bond. The failure of the procurement officer to read aloud the low bid received, which at the time of opening was believed to be nonresponsive, was a deviation of form but not of substance and did not affect the validity of the award to that bidder.

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