As expert bid protest Sarasota construction attorneys, we know that bid protests can be very expensive. However, parties with direct interest in a particular bid can rest assured that there’s an alternative solution available to them should they want to protest a bid.
Why the GAO Offers Express Protests
The purpose of an express protest is to resolve bid protests much faster than the more formal GAO procedures. This alternative filing option benefits those who want to file a protest without the assistance of a Sarasota construction attorney. Under the statute, interested parties are not required to do formal briefs or submit technical forms such as pleadings or motions.
Procedures for Timely Resolution
For timely resolution of a bid protest, the GAO requires protesters to abide by strict time frames as well as the following:
- Identify the agency and the solicitation/contract number they are protesting against.
- Give a statement of their reason for protesting along with relevant documents that support their stance.
- Identify themselves as a bidder, prospective bidder, or an offeror.
- State the relief they are requesting.
How Does the GAO Make the Process Less Expensive?
With an inexpensive resolution, protesters are not subjected to in-person hearings in Washington, DC. Since protesters are not required to attend in-person hearings and go through an informal process, this cuts down time significantly. If a hearing is required, the hearing is informal. Protesters must also adhere to stricter time frames. Adhering to stricter time frames means that protests are resolved in less than 100 days as compared to over 100 days with the more formal Court of Federal Claims process.
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