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Bid Protests

Stays of Contract Award and Performance (Pre-Award Protest Primer #6)

Today we’ll discuss stays of award and performance during the pendency of a bid protest. There are two kinds of protest stays: pre-award stays and post-award stays. Although the former are outside the scope of this primer,...more

Key Personnel Departures: The Death Knell for Pending Federal Agency Proposals

by Jones Day on

In 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ("GAO") sustained a protest by Paradigm Technologies, Inc., challenging the award of a contract to an offeror, where its proposed contract program manager (a key personnel...more

GAO Protective Orders (Post-Award Protest Primer #5)

Post-award protests generally involve arguments about confidential, source-selection sensitive information – proprietary bid and proposal material, past performance data, cost and pricing information, nonpublic agency...more

2018 NDAA Could Raise the Stakes for Companies Filing Bid Protests on DoD Contracts

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The U.S. Senate has proposed a provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that, if adopted, would raise the stakes for larger firms in filing bid protests. The provision would apply to protests against DoD...more

July 2017 Protest Roundup

In July 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued decisions covering a number of issues. We address the decisions below on the following issues of interest: (1) agency...more

Government Contracting 101: GAO Requests For Reconsideration

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Government contractors usually find themselves appearing before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on a bid protest for one of two reasons: (1) you believe that the government erroneously did not award a contract to...more

Senate’s Bid Protest Reforms a Step Backwards for Transparency

by Reed Smith on

On July 10, 2017, the U.S. Senate placed the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on its Legislative Calendar. This action means the historically must-pass legislation is now ready for amendment and debate. Just as it...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “Proposed Information Collection Request; Federal Contractor Veterans' Employment Report VETS-4212.” Federal Register, July 18, 2017. Retrieved from federalregister.gov. The Veterans'...more

Postal Service Contractor? Would-be Contractor? A Look inside the U.S. Postal Service Bid Protest Process - Construction and...

Most sophisticated government contractors know that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does not have jurisdiction over bid protests challenging procurements or proposed procure-ments by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)....more

Bid Protest Remedies (Post-Award Protest Primer #4)

Part 4: Bid Protest Remedies - We’ve discussed debriefings and the timelines and timeliness rules that apply to post-award protests. Today we’ll discuss remedies. If you file a protest to challenge a contract award and...more

Post-Award Protest Primer: Part 3

Part 3: Timeliness and Timelines - Now that we’ve discussed the award letter and debriefings, we’ll move on to next steps: timeliness of initial protest filings and the protest timeline. In the context of all post-award...more

Proposals are Only as Strong as their Weakest Link: GAO Affirms Non-responsiblity Determination Based on Subcontractor’s Lack of...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The GAO recently denied Leidos Innovations Corporation’s protest of a determination that Leidos was ineligible to receive a $272 million award by the U.S. Army despite Leidos having both the highest-rated technical proposal...more

Risks For Contractor With New Info After Proposal Submission

Government contractors frequently find themselves in a sticky situation where, after submitting a “best and final offer” (BAFO), but before award, they learn that material information provided in their proposal has become...more

June 2017 Protest Roundup

In June 2017, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) issued decisions covering a number of issues. We address the decisions below on the following issues of interest: (1)...more

Access to confidential information and court documents in procurement cases

by Dentons on

Procurement challenges focus on sensitive issues for parties and non-parties to the dispute. Information about evaluation, the challenger's unsuccessful bid and the winning bid are all likely to be relevant. Both parties and...more

Post-Award Protest Primer Series: Part 1

Part 1: An Introduction to Bid Protests - Welcome to the first in a new series of articles on post-award bid protests! A lot of misunderstandings and misinformation surround the bid protest, and traps abound for the wary...more

GAO Makes Rare Finding of Error in Past Performance Evaluation, and Underscores Incumbents Are Not Automatically Entitled to...

by Reed Smith on

The GAO recently sustained a protest challenging the U.S. Coast Guard’s evaluation of past performance in a task order competition to obtain information technology support services under a multiple-award IDIQ enterprise...more

May 2017 Protest Roundup

In May, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) published a number of decisions, many of which can be categorized as “back-to-basics” decisions. We address below decisions...more

On-Time Bid Proposals—Not a Second Too Late

by Reed Smith on

Submitting your company’s bid proposal close to the deadline can be risky and have grave consequences. The government has repeatedly rejected proposals submitted before, but received after, the deadline because of technical...more

GAO Offers Insight Into Winning (And Losing) Bid Protest Arguments

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Government contractors know the odds on GAO bid protests – are they are not all that good. Even with a noticeable uptick, the statistics reveal that less than 1/4 (about 23%) of all bid protests were sustained in FY 16. ...more

Intervening in a Bid Protest: A Must in the Current Procurement Atmosphere

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Your company has been awarded a contract based on the work of your team to identify a federal business opportunity and create a winning proposal. But before you can start performing your contract, a protest is filed. What are...more

Late is Late: A Guide To Delivering Electronic Proposals On Time

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This is not a unique story – but there is still a lesson for Federal contractors to learn. A recent GAO decision considered an electronic proposal submitted by email just prior to the 4:00 p.m. deadline. Although the...more

Uncharted Territory: Protestor Files Suit Challenging GAO’s Redaction Policy

We’ll be watching with interest as Pond Constructors, Inc. v. Government Accountability Office, No. 1:17-cv-00881, makes its way through the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Following an unsuccessful bid...more

Postal Service Contractor? Would-be Contractor? A Look inside the U.S. Postal Service Bid Protest Process

Most sophisticated government contractors know that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does not have jurisdiction over bid protests challenging procurements or proposed procurements by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)....more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Federal Court Upholds Termination of Navy Lease Bid Due to Environmental Concerns - In Open Spirit, LLC v. United States, No. 15-370C (Fed. Cl. filed April 28, 2017), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld the...more

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