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OHA Confirms Competitors Cannot Protest 8(a) Sole Source Awards

In a decision issued on April 3, 2018, the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) confirmed competitors do not have standing to file size protests relating to 8(a) sole source awards. In Size Appeal of GovSmart, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5894, 2018, OHA stated such protests may only be filed by contracting officers or the […]

GAO Announces Final Version of Amended Bid Protest Regulations

Earlier this week, the GAO announced the final version of its amended bid protest regulations, which take effect May 1, 2018. Significant changes to the regulations include the implementation of an electronic docketing system, imposition of a filing fee, possible reduction in the time within which the agency must respond to a protest’s specific document […]

Pending Dispute Over Contract Performance Prompts Agency to Find Contractor Non-Responsible and Rescind Bid Award on Separate Project

This past summer, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (“DOTPF”) rescinded a bid award after determining that the awardee was not a responsible contractor within the meaning of DOTPF’s bid specifications. The primary basis for this determination? An unresolved dispute over the contractor’s performance on a separate project. On April 20, 2017, DOTPF […]

GAO Releases Bid Protest Statistics for Fiscal Year 2017

This past Thursday, I attended an all-day Federal Government Contracts seminar at the Seattle, WA office of AGC titled, “How to Navigate the New Administration.” Among the speakers were my friends and former colleagues Jim Nagle and Adam Lasky of Oles Morrison Rinker and Baker.  Adam spoke about bid protests, and Jim offered his insights […]

The “American Rule” in Bid Protests

On June 14, 2016, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA). The Senate bill would change two important aspects of bid protests filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO). First, the Senate NDAA would impose a “loser pays” scheme on bid protests. Specifically, the new language would require protesters […]
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