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.
Table of Contents
How Source Selections and Bid Protests Work
Patterns for Bid Protests During FY 1991-2008
Protests Sustained in the CSAR-X and KC-X Source Selections
Synthesis of Findings
Potential Changes in Air Force Policy or Practice
A Simple Model of the Pattern of Protests and Protest Outcomes
Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act
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