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Dec
03

Procuring agency’s corrective action may turn a bid protest into “academic exercise”

A common occurrence in Government Accountability Office (GAO) bid-protest practice is for the procuring agency to announce it will take corrective action in response to a complaint against the award and the agency requests that GAO dismiss the protest as academic. The question that often arises in a followup protest after the dismissal is whether the agency’s corrective agency was a meaningful response in light of the protester’s earlier allegations of prejudicial error. When an agency fails to implement the promised corrective action, the agency’s action can be protested when it precludes the timely, economical resolution of the initial protest. The GAO considered such a followup protest in DirectViz Solutions, LLC, Comp. Gen. Dec. B-417565.3, 2019 CPD ¶ 372.

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Oct
29

Inexperience is no excuse

Protesters will not be excused from abiding by the bid protest regulations of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) because of their inexperience with protests or their lack of understanding of the GAO protest procedures.[1] Thus, the GAO’s bid protest regulations contain some pitfalls for protesters unfamiliar with the rules on responding to the agency report.

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Oct
17

Successful bid protests require evidence and explanation, not mere allegations and speculation

In BNL, Inc., B-409450, B-409450.3, 2014 CPD ¶ 138, 2014 WL 1818046, the protester in a procurement for management, acquisition, and financial support to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) argued that the agency improperly evaluated the proposal of Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS), one of three awardees.

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Sep
06

To win government contracts, request clarification of ambiguous language

In Safeguard Base Operations, LLC v. United States, 2019 WL 3789887 (July 2, 2019), a protest to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the procurement was for dormitory services for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The agency rejected an initial proposal because the submitter (and eventual protestor) failed to include in its price proposal several government-supplied “plug numbers”—i.e., pre-priced items for two contract line items (CLINs) X007AA and X007AB from the solicitation schedule.

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Aug
12

Additional supporting arguments for timely protests v. new protest grounds in GAO litigation

Frequently, protesters will seek to supplement their complaints after the initial GAO protest submission. When protesters raise multiple rounds for complaint, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will be guided by its bid protest regulations on timeliness under 4 C.F.R. § 21.2. These regulations do not contemplate “[t]he piecemeal presentation or development of protest issues.” Curtis Center Ltd. Partnership—Reconsideration, Comp. Gen. Dec. B-257863.3, 95-1 CPD 147.

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