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DHS official: Bid protests no cause for alarm

Oct. 28, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Rafael Borras Under Secretary for Management U.S. Department of Homeland Security testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee March 19, 2013 in Washington DC Thomas Brown/Staff
Rafael Borras Under Secretary for Management U.S. Department of Homeland Security testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee March 19, 2013 in Washington DC Thomas Brown/Staff (Gannett Government Media Corp)

Bid protests are far more common than they used to be. But federal procurement staffs should not become alarmed over them, said Rafael Borras, the Homeland Security Department’s undersecretary for management.

The Government Accountability Office — which rules on bid protests — saw a 50 percent increase in protests from fiscal 2008 to 2012. In 2012, there were 2,475 bid protests across the government.

Borras said bid protests make up only a tiny fraction of total procurements and they should be viewed as a normal part of business.

Borras said bid protests help ensure agencies craft good procurement programs.

“It’s good for us. It keeps us sharp, and it keeps us honest,” Borras said at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va., Monday.

In fiscal 2013, DHS spent about $12 billion on 14,000 contracts, he said.

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