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2020 U.S. Comp. Gen. LEXIS 139

Comptroller General of the United States

May 13, 2020




Griswold Industries, Co., doing business as Cla-Val Company, a small business of Costa Mesa, California, protests the rejection of its proposal by the Department of the Navy, Naval Surface Warfare Command (NSWC), under request for proposals (RFP) No. N64498-20-R-4001 for motor-operated pilot valves. The protester contends that the agency unreasonably rejected its proposal as late.

We deny the protest.


The solicitation, issued on December 4, 2019, contemplated the award of a single indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 15. Agency Report (AR), Encl. 1, RFP at 1, 120, 124. The RFP provided for the issuance of delivery orders under the IDIQ for a period of 60 months [*2]  after the date of award. Id. at 98.

The RFP established the deadline for receipt of proposals as 3:00 p.m., January 6, 2020. Id. at 1. The RFP here, in two places, identified two distinct addresses for the receipt of proposals. Id. at 1, 114. The RFP expressly barred the use of email to submit proposals. Id. at 114.

In its first mention of an address, the RFP stated that "Sealed offers in original and 3 copies for furnishing the supplies or services in the Schedule will be received at the place specified in Item 8, or if hand-carried, in the depository located [on the second floor of the building]." Id. at 1. Item 8 referred offerors to item 7, where the address was specified as:


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2020 U.S. Comp. Gen. LEXIS 139 *

Matter of: Cla-Val Company


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