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Basis for protesting bid may be that RFQ unduly restricts competition

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently ruled in favor of a bid protester on the issue of whether a request for quotations (RFQ) unduly restricted competition. The decision provides insight into how to increase the chances of a successful bid protest concerning this issue.

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Promises to comply with RFP don’t win a contract

A recent bid protest provides an object lesson in how to prepare a successful bid—or otherwise effectively negotiate with the government in discussions over a proposal.

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Shootout at the bid contest: Remington v. Colt

Remington Arms Company and Colt Defense recently had a “shootout” about a government contract before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Remington won.

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Lowest bidder doesn’t always win

In the 1998 movie Armageddon, oil drillers are launched into space to destroy a Texas-sized asteroid hurtling toward Earth. Their special skills are needed to drill a hole into the asteroid to plant a nuclear device that will destroy the asteroid and save Earth. Before they are launched into space, one of the drillers wryly remarks: “You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon, and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?”

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Competitive prejudice—an essential element for a winning bid protest

On October 31, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied three protests by companies bidding on providing information technology required by the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

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