The number of bid protests filed by contractors declined in fiscal 2017 after increasing each year since fiscal 2013.
Contractors filed 2,596 bid protests in fiscal 2017, down 7 percent from a record 2,789 protest cases filed last year, according to a Government Accountability Office report. GAO adjudicates the vast majority of protests.
While the number of protests decreased, the effectiveness of protests filed increased one point, to 47 percent, according to GAO data. This indicates that contractors filing protests in fiscal 2017 obtained some form of relief from the agency—either as a result of an agency’s corrective action or GAO sustaining the protest—at a higher clip than in any of the previous five years.
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