GAO Releases Bid Protest Statistics for FY 2011

     On March 13, 2012, the Government Accountability Office released an overview of significant bid protest decisions for Fiscal Year 2011. Included with the overview is a table providing bid protest statistics for FYs 2007 through 2011.  Here are some of the FY 2011 statistics worthy of note:

  • of the 2,353 cases filed at GAO in FY 2011, 147 are attributable to GAO’s recently-expanded bid protest jurisdiction over task orders;
  • GAO sustained 67 protests with a sustain rate of 16% in FY 2011, which is the lowest sustain rate in the past 5 years;
  • the effectiveness rate of filing a protest, where protesters received some form of relief from the agency, was 42%;
  • GAO conducted hearings for 8% of its cases; and,
  • GAO’s alternative dispute resolution had an 82% success rate.

     The number of cases filed at GAO in FY 2011 was up only 2% over the number of cases filed in FY 2010. Still, nearly 1,000 more cases were filed at GAO in FY 2011 than were filed in FY 2007.

     In addition to the the table of statistics, the overview also contains a brief synopsis of the bid protest decisions GAO considered significant in FY 2011. The significant decisions are organized within the following categories: evaluations and source selections, price and cost evaluations, discussions, past performance, federal supply schedule purchases, organizational conflicts of interest, protests, task and delivery orders, and miscellaneous issues. For the table of statistics and overview of significant bid protest decisions, click here.

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