Tips for avoiding protests

The Government Accountability Office can now rule on companies’ protests of task and delivery orders under a new authority that took effect in May. As a result, some acquisition experts and government officials say there is little hope for avoiding protests from losing bidders.

However, they offered a few tips for minimizing the potential for protests.


  • Allow yourself extra time to plan thoroughly from the beginning.

  • Check and recheck the work.

  • Write clearly defined requirements.

  • Stick to the criteria described in the solicitation.

  • Stay in close contact with potential contractors.

  • Hold a debriefing meeting.

  • Explain your decision to losing bidders.

  • Avoid innovative approaches to acquisitions.

  • Cross your fingers.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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