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  1. Protests What if. . .

  2. Protests • Disappointed contractors • Competitive range • Award • Choices • Contracting Agency • Comptroller General (GAO) • Court of Federal Claims

  3. Reasons for Protest • Improprieties in the System • Breaking the rules • Darleen Druyun issue • Changes in requirements • Improper contact • Release of information • Award or Cancellation

  4. Who can file? • Interested Party • Actual participant • Direct economic interest • Agency – 10 days • GAO – 10 days • CoFC -- ??

  5. Contracting Agency • Least Formal • Least expensive • Quickest • All parties are directed to try and handle at this level • Fox guarding the hen-house?

  6. What must be in it? • Statement of legal grounds • Copies of documents • Proof of standing • Positive request for ruling • Request for specific relief

  7. Who decides? • Contracting Officer • Written determination • Protest Decision • Protestor may request independent review • One level higher than CO • 10 Days • Constructive notice

  8. Remedies • Before award • No award may be made • Urgent and compelling • Corrective action • After award • Suspend performance • 35 day decision • T for C • Let stand (best interest of Govt)

  9. Comptroller General • More Formal • More expensive • Takes longer • Must follow specific steps in regulations • Fox guarding the hen-house or wait and spend

  10. What must be in it? • Name of Protestor • Contracting agency • Statement of legal grounds • Copies of documents • Proof of standing • Proof of timeliness • Positive request for ruling • Request for specific relief

  11. Timing • 10 days after constructive notice • 3 days after debrief • Before bid opening if a protest of solicitation

  12. More on Timing • Protest • GAO notifies CO 1day • CO responds 30 days (20 express) • Comments on Report 10 (5 express) • Total time 100 days (65 express)

  13. Who Decides? • Committees of attorneys • Single individual if simple • Written determination • Protest Decision • Request for reconsideration • 10 days

  14. Remedies • Before award • No award may be made • Urgent and compelling • Best Interest • Corrective action • Outcome Prediction • Negotiation assistance

  15. Remedies • After award • Suspend performance • No options • Issue new solicitation • Terminate • Fix contract • Any other thing the GAO decides

  16. Court of Federal Claims • Most Formal • Most expensive • Takes longest • Must follow specific steps in regulations • Sole judicial forum • Must provide pre-filing notice

  17. What must be in it? • Filing of complaint • Relief sought • Motion for suspension of award • Support • Motion for protective order

  18. Timing • No real deadline • But we want help! • Initial status conference • Identification of parties and standing • Requests for injunctive relief • Protective order • Schedule for filings • Schedule for proceedings

  19. Discovery • Depositions • Further discovery • Reveal evidence • Limited in nature

  20. Who Decides? • Judge • Single individual if simple • Written determination • Protest Decision • Request for reconsideration CoFC • 10 days • Appeal to the U.S. Court of Federal Appeals (procedural not factual) • 60 days

  21. Basis for finding • Subjective bad faith • No reasonable basis for decision • Abuse of discretion • Violation of statute or regulation • Burden of Proof is on protestor • Significant error • Competitively prejudiced

  22. Remedies • Declaratory Judgment • Injunctive relief • Clear and convincing evidence • Merits of case • Irreparable harm • Outweighs harm to govt and third party • Public interest • Recovery of B&P • Recovery of other costs • Recovery of Legal fees