Can more talking reduce risk of bid protests?

Experts say communication might reduce the number of disputes

The rising tide of bid protests has contracting experts in and out of government calling for more dialogue between government industry as way of reducing the disputes, according to a Federal Times report.

The experts cited a variety of reasons for the rise in bid protests including companies that file protests just to find out why they lost. Other reasons driving the increase in protests include the bundling of contracts and the ability to protest task orders.

A GAO official said the watchdog agency expects the number of bid protests to continue to rise.

Reader Comments

Tue, May 10, 2011

Another reason for the increase in protests is that until recently incumbents who lost a recompete would not protest as they thought that it would jeopordize their future Agency relationships. Now, it is routine for a losing icumbent contractor to protest to keep the revenue stream for a minimum of 3 months and in many cases considerably longer. Also the billions plus $ value of large GWAC's make them a "must win" for many corporations or they will be locked out of the GWAC business area for 5 to 10 years. Losing vendors protest in hopes of prevailing or that the Agency will cave and add them to the list of winning vendors (e.g. Alliant with 9 protests and ending up with 59 contract awards).

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