Government Contracting 101: A Practical Guide To Filing (and Winning) GAO Bid Protests

October 23, 2015Articles Federal Government Contracts & Procurement

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides a relatively low-cost and efficient venue for government contractors to resolve disputes involving federal procurements. Traditionally, GAO bid protests serve two primary purposes: (1) to resolve solicitation defects prior to bid opening; and (2) to challenge procurement errors in connection with the award of federal contracts.

While the GAO is not the only venue to contest procurement errors (for example, the Court of Federal Claims exists as an alternative), it offers government contractors the benefit of a fair and speedy resolution (normally within 100 days of filing) without the delays and expense associated with traditional litigation in court.

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