GAO’s sustain rate considers only those protests that go to a decision on the merits, and reflects the percentage of those protests where GAO finds in favor of the protester. In recent years, GAO’s sustain rate has generally declined.
But in the same period, protesters’ overall rate of success at GAO has remained quite high. GAO’s “effectiveness rate” — the percentage of protests where the protester obtains relief through either a favorable GAO decision or voluntary agency corrective action — has remained above 40% for nearly a decade. Last year, it was 45%.
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