Analysis

Protests Highlight Systemic Issues With Gov't-Wide Contracts

By Daniel Wilson (May 27, 2022, 8:03 PM EDT) -- Multiple protests and a string of amendments across two recent multibillion-dollar, government-wide acquisition contracts highlight several systemic issues with the way federal agencies solicit those deals, such as how bids are scored, experts said.

The General Services Administration said earlier this month that it would revise the terms of its pending Polaris government-wide acquisition contract, or GWAC, after a protest that alleged the information technology contract — meant as a set-aside for small businesses — would unfairly benefit large business mentors in mentor-protege arrangements.

That came after the National Institutes of Health last year was hit with a string of complaints and protests — some...

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