So, you bid on a federal project and lost. Even the best companies lose a bid from time to time. As expert bid protests lawyers, we know a lot of hard work goes into proposals for government contracts. Our Bradenton contractor lawyers have a deep understand of how federal bid protests work and we know what it takes to be successful throughout the entire process.
You can either walk away defeated or get to the bottom of why you lost. The first step to take is to request a debriefing if you’re entitled to one. Debriefings afford offerors the opportunity to learn more about why their proposal wasn’t selected, but there are factors that play a vital role in successful debriefings. We will share them with you. Read part two of this article for more ways to ensure your success.
Understanding When a Debriefing is Required
Debriefings are only required under FAR Part 15.5 and Part 16.505. For the sake of this article, we’ll focus on Part 15.5. In this section, the agency breaks down the rules for both pre-award and post-award debriefings for offerors. If a request for a debriefing is not requested within three days of a notification, a debriefing is no longer required. However, there are times where a debriefing may still be obliged.
Debriefing Rules to Remember
There are critical rules you should remember about debriefings. They are as follows:
- Unsuccessful bidders and awardees should always request a debriefing.
- Debriefing requests must be submitted to and received by the agency within three days of a Notice of Award or an exclusion from an award is received.
- Always accept the first debriefing date offered to you.
- Unsuccessful bidders should not bring legal representation to a debriefing.
- Awardees are allowed to bring legal representation if they suspect a bid protest.
- Always meet with your team post briefing to formulate questions to ask the agency.
Remember, a debriefing is not the time to argue or persuade the agency. Although you can request that a debriefing be delayed and you may send follow-up questions after a debriefing, remember that this does not extend bid protest deadlines.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.