Bid Protests Government Accountability Office

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Timing is Everything – GAO Refuses to Apply Jurisdiction Retroactively

As we previously reported here and here, between October 1 and December 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) lacked jurisdiction to hear most civilian agency task order protests (its jurisdiction over protest...more

The Past is Prologue: Current Trends in Government Contract Spending Over the Past Five Years – GAO Issues Trend Analysis Report

In its March 9, 2017 report entitled, “Contracting Data Analysis – Assessment of Government-Wide Trends”, GAO No. GAO-17-244SP (the “Report”), GAO has found that defense obligations for products and services decreased by a...more

Recent GAO Decision Gives Ammunition To Protesters Challenging Technical Specifications

In the course of responding to a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) or Request for Quotations (“RFQ”), have you ever encountered technical specifications that you regard as unreasonable?  Have you ever wondered why the Government...more

GAO Upholds Waiver(s) of OCI Allegations

On January 30, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its decision denying Concurrent Technologies Corp.’s (CTC) protest of the U.S. Navy’s award of a support contract for the Navy Manufacturing Technology...more

Laws and Regulations Affecting Government Contractors

Government contractors wondering whether and when they can protest military and civilian task and delivery orders should be aware of recent changes in the law affecting a party’s right to protest before the General...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - First Quarter 2017

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING – 2016 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report: Sustain Rate Hits Nine Year High, Up More Than 10% from 2015 – GAO recently released its annual report to Congress, which included data concerning its...more

January 2017 Protest Roundup

Two common themes run through the cases we have chosen for this month’s bid protest roundup. The first three decisions explore some pitfalls relating to the timeliness of proposals and protest grounds. The last two...more

Mainbrace: January 2017 (No. 1)

As we launch into a new year, uncertainty remains the word of the day. Whatever your political leanings, it would be hard to dispute that the inauguration of the Trump administration augurs change on many fronts, from...more

The Oft-Underappreciated Value of Intervening

Many contractors are familiar with post-award bid protests. Soon after receiving notification of award, the contracting officer may notify the awardee that a bid protest has been filed by a disappointed offeror at the...more

2016 Protest Roundup

In addition to our regular recap of key protest decisions by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Court of Federal Claims this month, we have compiled a year-end recap of key bid protest decisions from 2016. The...more

Protesters’ Paradise at the GAO? Understanding the Rapid Rise in the GAO’s FY 2016 Bid Protest Sustain Rate

As a bid protest lawyer, one of the most frequent questions I hear from companies considering whether to pull the trigger and file a pre- or post-award bid protest is “Can we win?” My response – regardless of the meritorious...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2017

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Memorandum: Implementation of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Final Rule 2016-D002, Enhancing Effectiveness of Independent Research and Development On January 4, 2017, the Under...more

Differing GAO Task Order Protest Thresholds

On December 23, 2017, President Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains changes to the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) jurisdiction over contractor bid protests of task order...more

Task and Delivery Order Bid Protests Are Back in Business at the GAO

New Legislation Reinstates GAO’s Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction, but the 2017 NDAA Will Up the Threshold for Non-Civilian Agency Task Order Procurements...more

Jurisdictional Changes for Bid Protests

Two new statutes—the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016 (Civilian Task Order Act)—greatly impact the ability of government contractors to...more

UPDATE: Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction Already Restored, DoD Task Order Threshold Likely to Increase Soon

As we reported on December 14, 2016, on December 8, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017, which calls for changes to the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) jurisdiction over civilian...more

New Statutes Impact Bid Protests of Task Order Awards

Two new statutes—the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016 (Civilian Task Order Act)—greatly impact the ability of government contractors to...more

UPDATE: GAO Jurisdiction over Task Order Protests Valued at More Than $10 Million Restored

On December 14, 2016, President Obama signed H.R. 5995 into law, removing the sunset provision from 41 U.S.C. § 4106 for jurisdiction over task order protests valued at more than $10 million. The GAO Civilian Task and...more

GAO Bid Protest Sustain Rate Nearly Doubles in FY 2016

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued to Congress its annual bid protest report. Of particular note, the report states that, “[o]f the protests resolved on the merits during fiscal year 2016, [GAO]...more

Legislation Restores GAO Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction (for Good this Time?), But Introduces New Differences Between...

On December 8, 2016, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 previously passed by the House, and the legislation is pending President Obama’s signature. Once signed, Section 835 of the NDAA...more

Court Grants Challenge to Agency’s Corrective Action in Response to Protest

A recent court decision may provide other disappointed offerors a pathway for challenging agencies’ corrective action that unreasonably favors the original contract awardee. In Professional Service Industries, Inc. v. U.S.,...more

Proposed 2017 NDAA is a Mixed Bag for Government Contractors

Last month, we reported that the Government Accountability Office’s (“GAO”) statutory authority to hear bid protests on civilian task orders exceeding $10 million had expired, leading to a parade of dismissed protests and...more

GAO Loses Jurisdiction Over Task Order Protests Valued at More Than $10 Million

Government contractors hoping to challenge a civilian agency’s award of a task or delivery order may be out of luck, at least temporarily. Prior to September 30, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) had...more

Court of Federal Claims Puts Corrective Action Under the Microscope

In a recently released bid protest decision that could spell trouble for federal agencies, the Court of Federal Claims rejected as unreasonable the Federal Highway Administration’s (“FHWA”) proposed corrective action in an...more

Sun Sets on Civilian Task Order Protests

In a recent decision, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) disappointingly, if unsurprisingly, confirmed that it no longer has jurisdiction to hear protests against a task order issued by a civilian...more

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