GAO Develops Electronic Protest Docketing System, Proposes Filing Fee

The Government Accountability Office is proposing to amend its bid protest regulations to implement section 1501 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (PL 113-76) and make administrative changes.

The proposed revisions implement the Act’s requirement to establish and operate an electronic filing and document dissemination system for filing bid protests with GAO.

GAO is developing the Electronic Protest Docketing System, which will be the sole means for filing a bid protest at GAO, except for protests containing classified information.

EPDS will also allow parties to a bid protest and GAO to file and receive documents.

GAO anticipates establishing a bid protest filing fee of $350 to support the establishment and operation of EPDS.

In addition to implementing the EPDS, the proposed amendments to GAO 21.0 through GAO 21.14 make administrative changes to reflect current practice and streamline the bid protest process.

Comments on the proposed rule are due May 16, 2016. For the text of the rule, see 81 FR 221971.

About William Van Huis

Bill Van Huis is a Senior Writer/Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business who tracks and analyzes new regulations impacting federal government contracting. He also follows court decisions involving bid protests and contract disputes. You can find his work in WK publications like Government Contract Reports and the FAR and DFARS Matrix Tools. Bill is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and he has a law degree from Southern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to joining WK, Bill worked both inside and outside state and local government in the areas of procurement and municipal finance. Bill also worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court.
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