Analysis

Concerns About Frivolous GAO Protests Likely Overblown

Law360, Nashville (November 27, 2017, 10:34 PM EST) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s latest annual bid protest figures show a remarkable high point in the overall “effectiveness rate” for protesters at 47 percent, reflecting that perceived problems with the protest system may be exaggerated, attorneys say.

As usual, the GAO was terse in its bid protest report, which was made public Nov. 14, offering little explanation for its metrics regarding bid protests filed and resolved during fiscal year 2017 beyond providing the same metrics from the previous four years for comparison. But despite the lack of clear explanation, some key inferences can be drawn from those numbers, attorneys said....

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