For Government contractors, it can be a frustrating experience to have your hard-earned contract award sidetracked by a protest – particularly if that protest includes a mandatory performance stay. More frustrating still is when the agency pulls the award altogether by deciding to take corrective action and re-open the competition.
This is no time to be passive! If your contract award is under attack, contractors should get involved and intervene in the protest. This advice takes on particular importance when corrective action is proposed – the window to challenge a renewed competition closes on the date when revised proposals are due.
Government contractor NVE Inc. learned this lesson the hard way on a recent $70 million janitorial contract for the Navy. After its initial award was the subject of multiple rounds of protests, the agency made the decision to reopen the competition by engaging in discussions with all offerors.
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See frequently asked questions about bid protests at: http://www.gao.gov/legal/bid-protests/faqs