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Learning from Bid Protests: Don’t Lose Your Protest Before You Begin

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published four protest decisions that were all denied due to timeliness issues. This string of cases serves as a reminder that no matter how strong a protest’s basis...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program NAICS Code Updates - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has updated the North American Industry Classification System...more

A Square Peg in a Round Hole – The GAO Sustains a Challenge to an Award That Includes Services Not Included in a GSA Schedule...

by Williams Mullen on

GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule program intends to provide a simplified process for agencies to procure supplies and services, while leveraging the terms and pricing of the commercial marketplace, as well as the Federal...more

Unavailability of key personnel: a growing protest risk

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms that an offeror may be excluded from a competition if an employee proposed as "Key Personnel" becomes unavailable before award....more

September 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This roundup of notable bid protest decisions issued in September 2017 highlights three decisions, two at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and one at the Court of Federal Claims (COFC). The first reminds us of the...more

FY 2018 Forecasts: Cloudy Skies for False Claims and Storms on the Protest Horizon?

This is the first in a short series of forecasts from our Government Contracts partners on things to watch for in government contracts in Fiscal Year 2018. For more in-depth discussions of current events and trends, please...more

Senate Proposes Major Overhaul to the GAO Bid Protest Process

by Blank Rome LLP on

On September 18, 2017, the Senate passed its version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”). The proposed bill, which heads into conference with the House to resolve the competing bills, will implement...more

New GAO Decision Emphasizes “Should Have Known” Element Of Bid Protest Timeliness

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The most common basis to establish timeliness for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) bid protest is found in Section 21.2 of the GAO’s regulations. Under the regulation, the protester must file the protest “not later...more

Latent Ambiguities and Non-Apparent Solicitation Defects (Post-Award Protest Primer #9)

Having discussed protest grounds you cannot or should not raise, we turn now to the first in a series of grounds that could result in a sustained protest: Latent Ambiguities and Non-Apparent Solicitation Defects....more

Prime contractor found nonresponsible based on undisclosed vendor-vetting process - contingency contractors beware

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Contingency contractors should take note of a recent bid protest decision from the Government Accountability Office, which approved the Department of Defense's use of a special, non-transparent database to determine the...more

Substantively Non-Protestable Issues (Post-Award Protest Primer #8)

In our last post, we discussed a few procedural rules that can exclude an otherwise meritorious ground from protest. There are also a number of substantive issues that the GAO’s rules exclude from review. See 4 C.F.R. §...more

When Is a Low Price a Problem? Understanding Realism.

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Contractors are often confused after receiving a debriefing during which the Government states the contractor’s proposed price was too low. The disappointed offeror wonders, why would the Government want to pay a higher...more

August 2017 Protest Roundup

There is no question that procurement regulations give agencies significant discretion at every step of the procurement process, and protesters often have a hard row to hoe to overcome the agency’s exercise of that...more

Winning the Corrective Action, and Using Clarifications Instead of Discussions

In a recent Protest Roundup, we discussed Dell Federal Systems, LP v. United States, 2017 WL 2981811 (Fed. Cl. July 3, 2017), a case in which a contractor successfully challenged the scope of the voluntary corrective action...more

Procedurally Non-Protestable Issues (Post-Award Protest Primer #7)

Before diving into the various protest grounds that may result in a sustained protest at the GAO, let’s look at some sure losers. These are issues that are not protestable and would likely result in a quick dismissal. This...more

Protesting FAA Awards: Understanding the Nuances

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Nearly every federal agency is required to follow the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”). However, one exception is the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), which is not required to comply with the FAR but rather has...more

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

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