Bid Protests Government Accountability Office

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Cancelled Solicitation: What Can A Government Contractor Do?

Proposal preparation can be a difficult and expensive process. On top of the normal challenges of spending thousands of dollars preparing what a contractor hopes is a successful proposal, they also face the risk of an agency...more

Good News for Offerors who Provide Unique Low-cost Solutions to the Government

The author and playwright Clare Boothe Luce, known for her feline wit, is famously supposed to have said “No good deed goes unpunished.” While that remark may have had validity that in the 1930s New York café society, it...more

SBA Protests: When Size or Status Comes Into Question

In this presentation: - Key aspects of SBA size and eligibility protests - Why to file - Who and when to file - What to file - How SBA processes protests - Tips for filing SBA...more

When JV Partners Disagree About Whether To Protest

These days, government contractors are pursuing federal work through joint ventures with increasing frequency. Among the reasons for this are that joint ventures allow contractors to combine resources and share risk. Not...more

To File Or Not To File: Key Issues When Deciding To Protest

Deciding whether to file a bid protest can be difficult. Many companies are understandably reluctant to fight with a customer over a lost contract, and the payoff for a successful protest is not necessarily a contract award....more

When A Protest Isn't A Protest

In her familiar soliloquy in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, while longingly looking out of her window, Juliet said of her new-found love, Romeo: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as...more

GAO Clarifies Task Order Protest Jurisdictional Issues

At first blush, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in Goldbelt Glacier Health Services LLC (Feb. 6. 2015) appears to be a run-of-the-mill denial of a protester’s request for reconsideration. But, a...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - January 2015

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics in...more

GAO and COFC Task Order Jurisdiction – To Count or Not To Count Option Periods

Jurisdiction of the GAO and the Court of Federal Claims to hear task order protests is limited to protest of awards over $10 million. How one defines whether a task order is over or under the $10 million threshold is subject...more

Bid Protests - Seven Things Every Contractor Should Know

In this presentation: - Success of GAO bid protests - Things you didn’t know you can protest (but can) - The importance of intervention - What must be protested prior to award - The...more

Protests Up & Sustains Down – A Brief Review of GAO’s FY 2014 Bid Protest Stats

On November 18, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published its Annual Report to Congress (B-158766, November 18, 2014), which contains the statistics for bid protests filed at GAO in FY 2014. Frankly,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2014 #2

GAO Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2014 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued its bid protest annual report to Congress for fiscal year 2014 reporting each instance in which a...more

“What are my chances of winning this protest at GAO?” Assessing Odds at the Government Accountability Office

Every week, clients call us with potential bid protests. Usually, they’ve received an unsuccessful offeror letter from the agency and they believe that the evaluation was flawed. After discussing the viable protest grounds,...more

Corrective Action Catch 22: Court of Federal Claims Holds Agency Action Must Be Rational Even If GAO Protest Decision Was Not.

The United States Court of Federal Claims’ July 15, 2014 decision in RUSH Construction, Inc. v. United States, reflects the unusual circumstance in which the court effectively sat in appellate review of an earlier bid protest...more

Protests: Timing Is of The Essence

Another federal government fiscal year end is quickly approaching and with it comes the usual uptick in spending, awards...and inevitable protests. If you are considering a protest, it is critical to understand the deadlines...more

Admission of Former Employees as Consultants under GAO Bid Protest Protective Orders

Tight deadlines apply to bid protests at GAO, including the admission of consultants under protective orders to provide technical, quantitative or other specialized knowledge useful to the litigation. GAO generally allows...more

Securing Corrective Action May Raise Further Challenges

According to the latest statistics available from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), roughly half of all bid protests filed at the GAO are dismissed within 30 days of filing. Of these, the majority of dismissals...more

Limited Remedies For Concession-Contract Protesters

In a pair of recent decisions, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims clarified the source of its jurisdiction over bid protest actions that involve pure concession contracts as well as the scope of potential relief available to...more

Potential Bid Protest Dangers: When the Agency Produces Documents Early

To paraphrase Virgil, beware of agency counsel bearing gifts. Under the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) bid protest rules, an agency is required to produce a report within 30 days of a protest that includes a...more

Ten myths of government contracting: Myth No. 1 - We should never protest

Bid protests are an intimidating aspect of Government contracting, not only because they usually mean hiring a lawyer, but also because most people don’t even like the thought of suing their customer. Protests certainly are...more

Agency Waives OCI on 97th Day of GAO Protest Calendar, Thwarts Protester Victory

On January 30, 2013, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a bid protest decision which should serve to remind government contractors and enthusiasts of the sometimes surprising discretion left to agencies in...more

GAO Dismisses Protest Based on a Post-Hoc Waiver of OCIs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently opened the door for government agencies to use their waiver authority under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Subpart 9.5, during a protest to render academic a...more

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013—New Procurement Rules Coming

In January, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (“NDAA”), which includes numerous new procurement policies directed at contractors and how they bid on and perform government...more

Federal Circuit Decision Makes it Easier for Contract Awardees to Protest Unwarranted Agency Corrective Action

Until recently, one of the "conventional wisdoms" about GAO bid protest practice was that agencies had almost unfettered (and unreviewable) discretion to take corrective action....more

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