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PROCUREMENT - Bid Protests - GAO procedures - Interested parties DIGEST: The General Accounting Office will not consider a protest from a firm subject to debarment proceedings since the firm is ineligible for a contract award and. Is not an interested party to protest. The Air Force has informed us that Ware is the subject of debarment proceedings and is consequently suspended from contracting with the government under Federal Acquisition Regulation Sec. 9.406-3(c)(7). A party must be "interested" before our Office will consider the merits of its protest. Is ineligible for award of the contract even if its protest were sustained. The firm is not an interested party and its protest therefore will not be considered by our Office.

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B-233926.3, Mar 7, 1989, 89-1 CPD 251

PROCUREMENT - Bid Protests - GAO procedures - Interested parties DIGEST: The General Accounting Office will not consider a protest from a firm subject to debarment proceedings since the firm is ineligible for a contract award and, therefore, is not an interested party to protest.

Ware Window Company:

Ware Window Company protests the award of a contract for window replacement by the Department of the Air Force.

By letter of March 2, 1989, the Air Force has informed us that Ware is the subject of debarment proceedings and is consequently suspended from contracting with the government under Federal Acquisition Regulation Sec. 9.406-3(c)(7). Under our Bid Protest Regulations, a party must be "interested" before our Office will consider the merits of its protest. C.F.R. Secs. 21.0(a) and 21.1(a) (1988). Since Ware, because of the debarment proceedings, is ineligible for award of the contract even if its protest were sustained, the firm is not an interested party and its protest therefore will not be considered by our Office. See Jay Dee Militarywear, Inc., B-227797, July 16, 1987, 87-2 Para. CPD 53.

The protest is dismissed.

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