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FCW : February 2014
BackStory 34 February 2014 FCW.COM About those bid protests... Conventional wisdom holds that bid protests are booming, but the Government Accountability Of ce reports that scal 2013 saw a 2 percent drop from the previous year. Here is a breakdown of the protests and a look at how the process works. DAY 1 Protest is led. DAY 30 Deadline for the agency to le its report on the protest. DAY 40 Deadline for the protester to le its comments on the agency report or risk dismissal of the protest. DAYS 1 TO 30: GAO dismisses protests that are untimely or outside its jurisdiction. Agency and intervenor may le requests for dismissal. DAY 100 Deadline for GAO to issue its decision. DAYS 40 TO 100: GAO may request additional lings, conduct alternative dispute resolutions or hold a hearing. GAO will not consider protests concerning: • Administration of an existing contract. • Small-business status. • Most subcontracting matters. • Suspensions and debarments. Bid protests since scal 2009 Cases led Cases closed Number of sustains Hearings Effectiveness rate* 2013 2,429 (down 2%) 2,538 87 31 cases (3.36%) 43% 2012 2,475 (up 5%) 2,495 106 56 cases (6.17%) 42% 2011 2,353 (up 2%) 2,292 67 46 cases (8%) 42% 2010 2,299 (up 16%) 2,226 82 61 cases (10%) 42% 2009 1,989 (up 20%) 1,920 57 65 cases (12%) 45% Source: GAO *Protest was sustained OR agency took voluntary corrective action
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