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The number of bid protests fell 2 percent in fiscal 2013, 2,429 compared to 2,475 in FY 2012, according to a report that the Government Accountability Office issued on Jan. 2.
The GAO sustained only 87 protests out of 509 decisions – about 17 percent.
Among the common complaints in successful protests:
■Agencies failing to follow the solicitation evaluation criteria;
■Inadequate documentation of the solicitation process, and;
■Unequal treatment of contractors.
The effectiveness rate – when an agency and contractor come to a settlement either before GAO makes a decision or after it sustains a protest – increased slightly from 42 percent in fiscal 2012 percent of protests to 43 percent in fiscal 2013.
Bid protests have plagued high-profile solicitations such as the Department of Homeland Security’s seven-year, $22 billion Eagle 2 information technology contract and the General Services Administration’s OASIS contract.
Read the GAO report here.