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BID PROTESTS: HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A DEBRIEFING

Debriefings can be a valuable tool, whether you are the awardee or the disappointed offeror.  Think of it as a time to gather information that will assist you in drafting future proposals, understanding the agency “thought process”, and determining whether grounds exist for protesting the decision.  When doing so, there are a few things to…
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BID PROTESTS: GAO PROPOSED RULE CHANGES

This spring, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) announced a proposal to significantly revise bid protest rules and procedures.  Acting to implement Section 1501 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014, the GAO proposed these rules changes to “reflect current practice and to streamline the bid protest process.”  Some of the more significant proposals…
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BID PROTESTS: TIMELINESS TIPS

Think Twice Before Delaying A Pre-Award Debriefing. A recent GAO case reiterates the idea that offerors must “diligently pursue” their protest options and be mindful of timeline issues that are raised when a pre-award debriefing is requested. See VMD Systems Integrators, Inc., B-412729, 2016 WL 1085374 (Comp. Gen. Mar. 14, 2016).  While offerors may request…
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BID PROTEST: RECOVERING PROTEST COSTS

After all of your hard work winning a bid protest, a recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) opinion suggests that the work is not yet over.  More than that, it suggests that you should have started your work early-on in the bid protest process. In Cascadian American Enterprises—Costs, B-412208.6, July 5, 2016, the GAO addressed this…
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