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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Air Force Academy's formally advertised procurement of 1,500 lock boxes. Concern was expressed relating to a complaint by a constituent, one of the bidders, that: (1) he did not receive the contract even though he offered the lowest price; (2) the time allowed for delivery was substantially reduced because the contract was not awarded on the date originally planned; and (3) the academy paid about $4,000 more to the bidder awarded the contract than what he bid. Questions were also raised as to why the academy needed the boxes by the original delivery date and whether the bidder awarded the contract delivered the lock boxes on time.

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