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A firm requested reconsideration of the dismissal of its previous request for reconsideration as untimely. It argued that it ascertained from the telegraph company that its telegram requesting reconsideration was sent to GAO and was received as timely. A review of the GAO files revealed that the telegram received from the requestor was not the same one it had forwarded with its most recent request. The telegram received by GAO was labeled "suspected duplicate," and it appeared that GAO never received the original telegram. GAO checked with the telegraph company and found that the original message from the requestor was garbled and the telegraph company never forwarded the message until 16 days after the decision was rendered. Protest procedures require that requests for reconsideration must be filed not later than 10 working days after the basis for reconsideration is known. Accordingly, the prior decision was affirmed.

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