Bid Protests Explained

September 8, 2017

5 Things You Should Know: Bid Protests

SmallGovCon, Matthew Schoonover, August 17, 2017

You’ve poured precious time and resources into a proposal, only to lose out on the award. Making matters worse, the agency’s explanation of the award shows that it didn’t reasonably evaluate your proposal. What can you do?

Here are five things you should know about bid protests.

1. A bid protest can win a contract—or lose one.

A protest can help you win an award. In a pre-award protest, you can challenge any unclear or unfair terms in a solicitation. In a post-award protest, you can challenge any unreasonable or unequal aspects of the evaluation of your proposal. If successful, a pre-award or post-award protest can help you win a contract.

But just as you can protest an evaluation, your competitors can also protest a contract awarded to your business. If so, it’s a good idea to intervene in the protest to help protect your award—the government won’t necessarily look out for your interests.

2. You can file a bid protest with the agency, at the Government Accountability Office, or at the Court of Federal Claims.  READ MORE….

Contact your nearest PTAC to learn about bid protests and government contracting.


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