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November 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This roundup of interesting bid protest decisions issued in November 2017 highlights two decisions, both at the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”). The first reminds contractors that competitors can work together when...more

Why Failing To Intervene In A Bid Protest Could Have Dire Consequences

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Imagine that your company has just been awarded a contract after spending significant time and resources identifying a federal business opportunity and developing a winning proposal. Now imagine that just as you are preparing...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - PROTESTS - If the Federal Watchdog Office Works for Contract Protestors, Why the Decline? According to an article posted in the Federal Contracts Report, several reasons could explain the...more

GAO's Bid Protest Report to Congress for 2017 Shows Record High Effectiveness Rate

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The Situation: The Government Accountability Office publishes an annual report detailing bid protest activity for the prior fiscal year. The Result: The fiscal year 2017 report shows that the sustain rate for bid protests...more

While Protests and the Sustain Rate Decrease, the Effectiveness Rate Continues Its Upward Climb - A Brief Review of GAO’s FY 2017...

On November 13, U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published its Annual Report to Congress (B-158766, November 13, 2017), which contains the statistics for bid protests filed at GAO in FY 2017. Here are the...more

GAO Protest Primer: Effective Use of Pre-Award Protests

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It seems that when we discuss GAO bid protests, we most often refer to the post-award variety. Your company lost a contract award due to a procurement error by the agency (like the failure to adhere to the RFP requirements...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2017 #2

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Mid-Sized Businesses: Too Big to be Small and Too Small to be Big” House Small Business Committee Press Release, November 14, 2017. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov The House Committee on...more

GAO Sustain Rate Is Down from 2016, But Still Higher Than Some Recent Years

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This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published its annual report to Congress, detailing statistics on the bid protests filed during the 2017 fiscal year. The number of cases filed with GAO (including...more

GAO Releases Bid Protest Statistics for Fiscal Year 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

This past Thursday, I attended an all-day Federal Government Contracts seminar at the Seattle, WA office of AGC titled,“How to Navigate the New Administration.” Among the speakers were my friends and former colleagues Jim...more

Ostensible Subcontractor Rule Does Not Apply to Similar Entities

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A recent bid protest decision confirmed that the ostensible subcontractor rule cannot apply to similarly situated entities. The rule can result in a finding of affiliation if a small business prime contractor is determined to...more

GAO Finds That Proposal’s Mention of Arbitration Agreements Warrants Sustaining Protest

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The Situation: GAO sustained a protest challenging a task order award where the awardee's proposal included letters of intent that mentioned an arbitration agreement that was required as a condition of employment. The...more

Changes for Bid Protests in FY 2018 NDAA

For Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions, the Conference Report for FY 2018 NDAA includes enhanced debriefing rights and pilot program for protester payment of Government costs for denied GAO bid protests. Enhanced DoD...more

Dateline Washington – Some Things Appear To Still Be Working, Albeit Not Well For Government

As required by the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. §§3554 et al. (CICA), the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has certain bid protest-related jurisdiction over executive agencies. As part of its...more

GAO Bid Protest Sustain Rate Remains High in FY 2017

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 2017, [GAO]...more

Analysis of the Current Draft 2018 NDAA

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This is the first blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

October 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This month’s bid protest roundup discusses five decisions covering corrective action, an agency’s evaluation discretion, the “late-is-late” rule, intervening at the Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and Small Business...more

Three October Bid Protest Decisions That May Affect Your Business

• First, an awardee is responsible for keeping tabs on what happens in a protest of its award, or it may not be able to submit its own challenge if the protest is sustained. • Second, mere compliance with cybersecurity...more

Enhanced DoD Debriefing Requirements in the Senate Version of the FY 2018 NDAA May Reduce Bid Protests

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

On September 18, 2017, the Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) which authorizes nearly $700 billion in defense spending for Fiscal Year 2018 and contains significant procurement reform...more

GAO: Excellent Performance Of Incumbent Contract Does Not Guarantee Future Follow-On Work

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Every government contractor that begins performance on a new engagement has the same basic goal – superior performance that bolsters the company’s bottom line and garners excellent past performance ratings from the...more

How to Assess the Likelihood of Success in Deciding Whether to Bring a Bid Protest

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Confronting an exclusionary solicitation or failing to win an award can be highly frustrating. Putting aside emotion and applying practical and objective criteria to the situation will help companies assess whether there is...more

Unstated Evaluation Criteria And Waived Solicitation Requirements (Bid Protest Primer #10)

This week we’ll discuss two protest arguments that are, in some ways, two sides of the same coin: unstated evaluation criteria and waived or relaxed solicitation requirements. In each, the focus of the protest is on what...more

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

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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

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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...

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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

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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

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