GAO Updates Guide to Bid Protests

The Government Accountability Office has issued the tenth edition of Bid Protests at GAO: A Descriptive Guide. GAO issued the guide to aid those interested in the bid protest process.

This edition incorporates changes to GAO’s Bid Protest Regulations set forth in a May 1, 2018, final rule. The rule amended GAO 21.0 through GAO 21.14 to implement section 1501 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (PL 113-76), which directed GAO to establish and operate an electronic filing and document dissemination system.

The system, known as the Electronic Protest Docketing System, is now the sole means for filing a bid protest at GAO (except for protests containing classified information). Section 1501 further authorized GAO to receive a fee from filers to support the establishment and operation of the EPDS.

The updated guide also incorporates changes to GAO’s protective order process.

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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