What would you think then if three days before the solicitation's closing date, the Government provided you (and all offerors) the answers to 359 offeror questions? Would you have time to read, digest, and consider them in your proposal submission? Would there be adequate time to prepare your proposal?
That was the subject of a recently issued bid protest decision. The protestor argued that the Government was required to extend the closing date for the receipt of proposals in order to afford offerors adequate time to prepare their proposals, but failed to do so. The protestor argued that the type and quantity of questions that were answered required additional proposal preparation time.
The Comptroller General (CG) noted that the protestor did not identify the specific questions or answers that required additional proposal response time nor did it identify and changes to the solicitation's terms effected by the amendment. Neither did the CG find, on its own, that the sheer number of questions and answers alone to be persuasive proof of a need for more than three days of proposal preparation time, especially where, as here, the answers
- did not revise solicitation terms and
- several questions were repetitious (e.g. number of contracts to be awarded, the procurement timeline, the calculation of inventory, and contracting with small businesses).
The protest was denied.