Won A Contract Corrective Action? Don't Celebrate Just Yet

By Bryan Koenig (April 21, 2016, 2:21 PM EDT) -- Federal agencies frequently take corrective action on contracting decisions either on their own or at the U.S. Government Accountability Office's prodding, but while those efforts can boost losing-bidders' competitive chances, attorneys say it's still unlikely the award will actually change hands.

Corrective actions as a percentage of bid protests, which the GAO calls its success rate, had started ticking up in the mid-2000s and has held relatively steady since fiscal 2008 at between 42 and 45 percent. In fiscal 2015, 45 percent of all GAO bid protests resulted in either a sustained protest and recommendation for corrective action, or a proactive...

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