GAO Shutdown Puts Automatic Stay In Doubt For Bid Protests

Law360, New York (October 8, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT) -- With the U.S. Government Accountability Office shut down, contractors cannot count on GAO protests to stop disputed contracts, forcing them to consider rolling the dice in more expensive litigation at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

While the GAO has extended its deadlines for filing new protests during the government shutdown, that may be cold comfort to contractors if the pause on protests means that there's no way to automatically stop the clock on a disputed contract. The Competition in Contracting Act demands that a stay...
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