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PROCUREMENT - Bid Protests - GAO procedures - Interested parties DIGEST: Third low bidder on a solicitation for educational services under which award was made to the lowest responsible bidder is not an interested party under General Accounting Office Bid Protest Regulations to protest propriety of award to bidder which allegedly was not accredited. The IFB was for provision of basic skills and career soldier education programs at Fort Carson and Pueblo Army Depot. API alleges that LD Research is not accredited and therefore the Army erred in awarding it the contract. The agency advises us in its report that API was the third low bidder and that the second low bidder is an accredited institution.

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B-234297, Mar 10, 1989, 89-1 CPD 265

PROCUREMENT - Bid Protests - GAO procedures - Interested parties DIGEST: Third low bidder on a solicitation for educational services under which award was made to the lowest responsible bidder is not an interested party under General Accounting Office Bid Protest Regulations to protest propriety of award to bidder which allegedly was not accredited, where protester has not also protested against any possible award to intervening bidder.

American Preparatory Institute:

American Preparatory Institute (API), protests an award of a contract to LD Research Corporation under invitation for bids (IFB) No. DAKF06-89-B- 0002, issued by the Directorate of Contracting, Fort Carson, Colorado. The IFB was for provision of basic skills and career soldier education programs at Fort Carson and Pueblo Army Depot, Colorado. API alleges that LD Research is not accredited and therefore the Army erred in awarding it the contract.

We dismiss the protest.

The agency advises us in its report that API was the third low bidder and that the second low bidder is an accredited institution. Upon further inquiry by our Office, the Army explained that the second low bidder is fully responsive and responsible and would be awarded the contract if we sustained API's protest. Neither in its protest nor in its comments to the agency report, has API protested that the second low bidder is not responsive, responsible, or otherwise eligible for award.

Since API would not be in line for award if its protest were sustained, it is not an interested party under our Bid Protest Regulations to protest that the low bidder was not eligible for award. General Electric Co., B-228465, Nov. 20, 1987, 87-2 CPD Para. 498.

Accordingly, the protest is dismissed.

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