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Consultant's Plans Properly Denied Due To Post Office Delay

Wednesday, July 04, 2007 12:26 pm

Consultant's Plans Properly Denied Due To Post Office Delay

The Comptroller General upheld an agency's denial of late qualification submissions where there was no evidence of government interference with the delivery. Northwest Heritage Consultants (Northwest) protested the National Park Service's (NPS) rejection of its Architect-Engineer (AE) Qualification Statements because it believed the United States Postal Service (USPS) attempted but failed to make a timely delivery.

On Nov. 16, 2006, NPS published notices seeking Letters of Interest and A-E Qualification Statements for historic preservation design services at regional offices in Oakland, Seattle and Honolulu. The notices required vendors to submit their responses by 2 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2006. By that date, NPS had received numerous timely submissions but none from the protestor.

Five days later, on December 27, the contracting officer (CO) received a Federal Express package containing Northwest's submissions for the project. The protestor stated that an earlier [...]

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