The number of bid protests filed against the federal government increased less than 1 percent last year, but contractors continue to get some sort of recompense from the agencies they’re challenging, according to a Government Accountability Office annual report.
Contractors filed 2,607 bid protests in fiscal 2018, an uptick from 2,596 in fiscal 2017. The number of bid protests has been increasing since 2013, except for fiscal 2017 when they dropped 7 percent.
The office closed 2,642 cases during the year, which breaks down as 2,505 protests, 53 cost claims and 84 requests for consideration. Even though the office saw a slight uptick in protests filed, they sustained them at a lower rate—15 percent—than in fiscal 2017.
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