A firm protested the proposed award of a lease for office space by the General Services Administration (GSA) to any other offerer. GSA had notified the protester that its building was no longer considered to be within the required geographic area. The protester argued that it presented the best offer, qualified for solicitation preference for space in a historic building, and had incurred substantial expenses in preparing its offer. GSA canceled the solicitation because the potential occupant of the space withdrew its request for the space and is revising its plans. Cancellation of a solicitation renders a protest academic. In addition, GAO found that GSA had a reasonable basis for the cancellation. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.
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