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When filing a GAO protest, government contractors should be aware of the chances of winning. According to GAO’s 2016 report to Congress, it received 2,789 cases: 2,621 bid protests, 80 cost claims, and 88 requests for reconsideration. Of those GAO closed 2,734 cases during the fiscal year: 2,586 bid protests, 61 cost claims, and 87 requests for reconsideration.

  • GAO sustained over 22 percent of the 2016 bid protests.
  • Of the sustained protests GAO stated that most of them were due to unreasonable technical evaluation; unreasonable past performance evaluation; unreasonable cost or price evaluation; and flawed selection decision.

Avoid Costly Legal Mistakes Made in GAO Protests

GAO Bid Protest Lawyers & AttorneysThe federal government already has a leg up when you decide to file a bid protest. Why is this? Because under administrative law, unless you can show that the contracting Agency abused its discretion or violated procurement law, GAO and courts only look to see whether the agency’s actions were reasonable.  This standard is used throughout the government contract protest process. 

The standard is not for the Agency to make the best business decision – only a reasonable one. Understanding the legal standards; showing where the Agency failed to follow solicitation requirements or violated procurements laws will increase your chances of prevailing in bid protest litigation. Your goal is to reach the borders of the 22% sustain rate or to get the Agency to correct any errors without costly litigation. At Watson & Associates’ Bid Protest Practice Group, we not only understand what can go wrong, we know how to increase your chances of success. Delivering results your business can depend and grow on it.

Nationwide reach: With law offices in Washington, DC and Colorado, Watson & Associates’ GAO protest lawyers are frequently retained to challenge adverse agencies bidding decisions or to preserve appeal rights to an unfavorable decision.

Small businesses and large businesses alike also work closely with our law firm’s federal procurement lawyers to develop comprehensive strategies and to position a case for successful resolution at either GAO or Court of Federal Claims level. A bid protest attorney at our law firm can also appeal bid protest decisions from the Court of Federal Claims to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Aggressive GAO Protest Attorney Litigation & Intervenor Advocacy

Our GAO bid protest lawyers are highly experienced in providing concise and forceful protest letters and legal briefs while delivering persuasive arguments. Our attorneys are able to identify and argue flawed agency proposal evaluation issues in light of the applicable standard of review and have often achieved favorable results by Agencies deciding to take corrective action.

When clients take their case to the US Court of Federal Claims, our bid protest lawyers can also appeal adverse decisions to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Our clients include small businesses and large DOD contractors from various industry groups. As a federal government contracts law firm, our attorneys have protested cases across a wide range of subject areas, including pre-award and post-award protest for improper technical evaluations, lowest-priced technically acceptable evaluations, unduly restrictive solicitations, meaningful discussions and more.

To speak to an experienced bid protest attorney, call 1-866-601-5518 for Free Initial Consultation.

GAO Bid Protest Intervention Help

Our GAO protest attorneys frequently work government contractors who want to exercise their rights as intervenors. Since the government’s interests may not align with yours, there are significant benefits to having an experienced GAO bid protest lawyer available. Early in the preparation and filing process, businesses are not quite sure about the various bid protest rules and filing deadlines. At Watson & Associates, our attorneys help with debriefing preparation and early assessment of the facts.

If you are looking to protect your interest as the awardee, our GAO government contract protest lawyers will intervene and defend the bid decision on your behalf. Becoming a protest intervenor allows you to engage in the case instead of just hoping that the government saves the day. Read Information About the Process.

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Help in Various GAO Bid Protest Areas

Examples of GAO contract protest disputes we handle include:

Pre-award and Post Award Bid Protests

Our government contract protest lawyers can represent you for numerous reasons during a pre-award or post-award GAO protest including:

 

Pre-award GAO Bid Protest

 

Post-award GAO Protest

GAO Bid Protest Attorneys Serving Government Contractors Nationwide

With law offices in Washington DC and Colorado, our GAO bid protest lawyers are uniquely positioned to help small businesses and large DOD contractors across the country navigate through the complex GAO protests regulations.

Experience: Our government contracts law firms is comprised of a team of government contract protest attorneys and consultants who bring over three decades of procurement experience to your case. We have worked on the other side and know first-hand the crucial mistakes made during source selection. With this experience and understanding of the law, each bid protest lawyer is in the best position to help you through the GAO bid protest process.

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Nationwide Legal Services 

Our Government Contracts and bid protest law firm provides legal  services and counsel to contractors throughout the United States and overseas including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Virgin Islands. Call our federal contracting bid protest attorneys today for immediate help. 1-866-601-5518.

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