3 Bid Protest Arguments That Won't Win Over The GAO

By Bryan Koenig (March 14, 2016, 2:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office is frequently an unforgiving place to take bid protests, where many arguments are all but doomed without overwhelming evidence.

Experts say there are a number of arguments that should be avoided to have a chance at being among the few protests — just over 10 percent in fiscal 2015 — where the GAO favors the challenger on the merits.

GAO protests are bound by certain rules that include a strong deference to agency contracting decisions when it comes to needs and judgment, experts note, and a direct challenge in those areas without hard proof is unlikely...

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