Bid Protests Government Accountability Office

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Awardee Protests: A New Horizon? In departure from GAO precedents, Court of Federal Claims finds awardee under multiple-award...

The bid protest long has been the province of the disappointed bidder/offeror—the government contractor that competed for the award of a federal contract and lost. A new decision from the United States Court of Federal Claims...more

GAO Proposes Changes to Bid Protest Regulations, Including Imposing a Filing Fee

On April 15, 2016, the Government Accountability Office ("GAO") published a number of proposed changes to the procedural rules that govern bid protests in that forum. See 81 Fed. Reg. 22197. The primary purpose is to...more

Proposed Changes to GAO Bid Protest Rules: Greater Formality, Overall Familiarity

On April 15, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would amend its current bid protest regulations, codified at 4 C.F.R. Part 21.1 The proposed rule adds a degree...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Second Quarter 2016

Government Contracting - LESSONS LEARNED FROM PROTESTS INVOLVING “LATE” PROPOSALS - Most, if not all, proposals for government contracts are submitted electronically, whether by email or through a third...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2016 #2

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - Procedures for Handling Retaliation Complaints - This rule establishes the final procedures and time frames for the handling of retaliation or whistleblower complaints under FDA Food Safety...more

GAO Proposes Rule to Create New Electronic Filing System and Fee

On April 15, 2016, GAO released a proposed rule announcing its intent to create an electronic bid protest filing and document dissemination system. The proposed system will implement requirements of Section 1501 of the...more

Top 4 Changes Proposed by the GAO to its Government Contracts Bid Protest Regulations (includes a new filing fee)

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concurrent jurisdiction with the Court of Federal Claims to hear bid protests from government contractors seeking review of a federal agency’s procurement solicitations and...more

Potential Changes at GAO in 2016

There are some big potential changes coming to the bid protest process at the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) in 2016. It is possible that this year will bring a formalized electronic docketing system, a fee for...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update February 2016

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. In This Issue...more

Understanding the Scope of Federal Supply Schedule Labor Category Descriptions: Risks and Opportunities Presented by the GAO’s...

In a Federal Supply Schedule (“FSS”) procurement conducted under FAR Subpart 8.4, all items quoted and ordered by the agency are required to be available on the vendor’s schedule contract as a precondition to its receiving...more

Deciding Whether to File a GAO Bid Protest

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issues statistics each year regarding the outcome of bid protests. In 2015, there were 2,639 cases filed and there we 587 decisions on the merits. Of those, only 68 protests were...more

Exercise Caution When Submitting Proposals Through FedConnect

Several government agencies, including the Department of Energy (“DOE”), utilize a web portal called FedConnect to receive bid proposals. While these agencies surely intended that using FedConnect would make the procurement...more

2015 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report: Sustain Rate at Five Year Low, But Effectiveness Rate Up

Last week, GAO released its annual report to Congress, which included data concerning its protest filings for Fiscal Year 2015. Based on the data, GAO sustained the fewest protests in 2015 than in any prior year going back to...more

How Can You Tell If a Protest Debriefing Is Required?

We are often contacted by a contractor soon after the company learns that its proposal was not selected for award, with the contractor is considering whether to file a bid protest. When a contractor is deciding whether or not...more

No Good News for Small Businesses in Recent GAO Decision

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a decision in the matter of FedServ-RBS JV, LLC, B-411790, October 26, 2015, that offers little assurance for small companies seeking to form SBA-approved joint...more

“Open and Frank Discussions” or Agency-Level Protest

In Coulson Aviation (USA), Inc. (B-411525, B-411525.2, 2015 CPD ¶ 272), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently denied a contractor’s protest over the terms of a request for proposals (RFP) issued by the...more

While Government Spending is Down, Bid Protests are Up

In a recently released report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided a revealing look at significant shifts in bid protest trends that have taken place over the last six years. These trends show that even...more

FCA Cases and SBA Protests

False Claims Act - As you know, the False Claims Act suit is brought against a contractor (whether through a whistleblower/relator or by the government alone) and carries very heavy civil and potentially criminal...more

Supreme Court to Hear VA Procurement Controversy This Fall

In a matter of keen interest to the small business community, last month the Supreme Court, granted certiorari in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States. The Court’s decision will hopefully bring some closure to the...more

GAO Protests Report Summary

This update summarizes the Congressional Research Service’s report, “GAO Protests: Trends and Analysis,” published on or around July 21, 2015. Please recall that although the SBA has a protest system in place for certain...more

No Piggy-Backing Allowed: GAO Regulations Compel Offerors to File Their Own Protest Rather than Intervene

Last September, we wrote about the importance of an awardee intervening in a bid protest challenging the contract award before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”). By intervening, the awardee protects its right...more

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

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