… or rather, “Where’s Beef’s Proposal.
The GAO, citing FAR 52.212-1, has ruled time and time again that it is an offeror’s responsibility to ensure that its proposal is delivered to the proper place at the proper time. There are exceptions to the rule and firms have tried many times to worm their situation into one of the few exceptions but they rarely succeed. Firms have blamed their late proposals on gate security, a malfunctioning internet, or UPS or FedEx failure to deliver on time. But they keep trying to find someone or something to blame.
Last January, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued