Cover: Government Accountability Office Bid Protests in Air Force Source Selections

Government Accountability Office Bid Protests in Air Force Source Selections

Evidence and Options

Published Feb 22, 2012

by Frank Camm, Mary E. Chenoweth, John C. Graser, Thomas Light, Mark A. Lorell, Rena Rudavsky, Peter Lewis

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Recent bid protests have caused large disruptions in resource and operational planning in the Air Force, even leading to the cancellation of the Combat Search and Rescue helicopter program. Some tactics that the Air Force could use to counter such protests in the future include recognizing a bid protest as an adversarial proceeding, giving greater attention to how the Government Accountability Office views a bid protest; simplifying and clarifying selection criteria and priorities; explaining how its cost estimates are developed; involving attorneys in external review of bids; and gathering new data on the costs imposed by different forms of protests.

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