Tag Archives: Bid Protest

GAO Rejects “Aggregate” Valuation Method for Determining Qualification Under the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act

In Caddell Constr. Co., Inc., B-401596, et al, Sept. 21, 2009, the GAO sustained a protest against the pre-qualification of a vendor on the grounds that the Department of State’s (DOS) determination that the vendor satisfied the qualification requirements of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986 (Security Act) was unreasonable. The GAO recommended … Continue Reading

Identifying Viable Post-Award Bid Protest Allegations At The GAO

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) denies more than three quarters of all bid protests decided on the merits. Certain categories of protests, however, tend to be more successful than others.  Three of our Government Contracts lawyers – Keith Szeliga, Marko Kipa, and Daniel Marcinak – recently published an article that assists protestors in identifying such allegations. Among … Continue Reading

Comments Submitted On Interim Rules for Enhanced Competition for Task and Delivery Order Contracts

On September 17, 2008, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council issued interim rules providing for enhanced competition for task and delivery order contracts.  The interim rules essentially mirrored Section 843 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 (the Act), which went into effect on May 27, 2008, and revised … Continue Reading

So You Lost – Now What? A Vacationer’s Guide to GAO Bid Protests

Determining whether to challenge the award of a contract to a competitor can be a daunting decision for a federal government contractor.  This article seeks to make that decision more manageable by providing an overview of the bid protest process and by suggesting several factors a contractor should consider in determining whether to protest an … Continue Reading

Enhanced Competition For Task and Delivery Order Contracts

With the enactment of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) in 1994, Multiple Award task and delivery order contracts were given a significant boost.  As part of that legislation came an almost ironclad bar to bid protests against the award of individual task or delivery orders.  Disappointed offerors were prohibited from protesting the award of … Continue Reading

Short Circuiting the IDIQ Bid Protest Bar: A Pyrrhic Victory?

It is well-recognized that, with limited exceptions, neither the GAO nor the Court of Federal Claims has been willing, historically, to assume jurisdiction over IDIQ task or delivery order protests.  Recently, there has been some loosening of that bar, in the form of Public Law No. 110-181, § 843, which grants the GAO exclusive jurisdiction for … Continue Reading

Unanticipated Consequences of the “Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act”

On April 23, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3033, "Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act," agreeing by voice vote that GSA would maintain a centralized database of government contractors.  The GSA database would collect information on contract defaults, suspensions, and debarments, as well as "any civil or criminal proceeding, or any administrative … Continue Reading

Two Roads Converged?: Merging the COFC’s and GAO’s Timeliness Requirements

Disappointed bidders intent on protesting an allegedly improper contract award could pursue traditionally two avenues of potential relief.  They could file a post-award bid protest either:  (1) at the Government Accountability Office ("GAO") within 10 days of when they learned of the protest grounds (or, where competitive proposals were involved, within 10 days of the … Continue Reading
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