Government Contracts Bid Protests: Preparing for and Prevailing in Protests
Determining Whether, Where and How to Challenge a Contract Award
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide practical strategies and tactics for counsel advising businesses on how to navigate the federal contracts bid protest process. The panel will explain factors businesses should consider when deciding whether, where and how to protest an unfavorable contract award.
- Bid protests — overview
- Current trends and statistics
- Pre-award bid protests
- Post-award bid protests
- Determining whether to protest
- Requesting a debriefing
- Strategies for the debriefing
- Post-debriefing strategies
- Determining where to protest — pros and cons of each
- Before the agency
- Before the Government Accountability Office (GAO)
- Before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Best practices for bid protests
- Standing requirement
- Meeting filing deadlines
- Documents to file
- Recovery of fees
- Deciding (as contract recipient) when to intervene in a bid protest
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What factors should a business consider when deciding whether to file a bid protest?
- How have the various bid protest forums determined who is an "interested party" with standing to bring a protest?
- How can government contractors and their counsel ensure compliance with mandatory deadlines when filing a bid protest?
- What are some effective strategies for prevailing in bid protests?
James J. McCullough
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson
He heads the firm's Government Contracts Practice Group. His practice includes pre-award litigation and counseling on... | Read More
He heads the firm's Government Contracts Practice Group. His practice includes pre-award litigation and counseling on contract formation issues, post-award disputes and litigation and the representation of government contractors in various civil proceedings, including Procurement Integrity and Freedom of Information Act disputes, and enforcement matters involving voluntary disclosure.Close
Nora K. Adkins
Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel
U.S. Government Accountability Office
She works in the Procurement Law section at the GAO. As a senior attorney, she has presided over hearings and has... | Read More
She works in the Procurement Law section at the GAO. As a senior attorney, she has presided over hearings and has written numerous bid protest decisions involving a variety of legal issues. She also completed a six month detail to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where she staffed procurement law issues for Senator Joe Lieberman.Close
Michael R. Golden
He focuses on federal procurement law, including bid protest litigation, contract formation and negotiated... | Read More
He focuses on federal procurement law, including bid protest litigation, contract formation and negotiated acquisitions. He was previously managing associate general counsel for procurement law with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). There he was responsible for the GAO’s Bid Protest Forum and the Contract Appeals Board. He approved all bid protest decisions issued by the GAO.Close