SHUTDOWN

GAO shutdown could cause protest backlog

The government shutdown might not have slowed down the GSA's $60 billion OASIS contract, but it will present problems for contractors filing bid protests since the Government Accountability Office has closed its protest office, FCW is reporting.

Despite other avenues remaining open to handle such protests, including the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Appeals, there could still be a backlog of protests when the government opens up again. 

To address this problem, the GAO said that it would extend protest decisions for outstanding protests one day for each day that the agency was closed. For those that are made during the shutdown, the agency will extend a decision until the first day it reopens, similar to the agency's policy with deadlines that fall on weekends or holidays, FCW reported.

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Thu, Oct 3, 2013

Did the author of this article mean to include the U.S. Court of Federal Claims as the other option for filing protests rather than the CBCA, which has no protest jurisdiction?

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