So concludes an upcoming report by the former Dan Gordon, the former head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
According to Gordon, among the pro’s of a bid protest are:
Protests introduce a relatively low-cost form of accountability into acquisition systems by providing disgruntled participants a forum for airing their complaints;
They can increase potential bidders’ confidence in the integrity of the procurement process if the GAO is directly responsive to participants’ complaints, leading more players to participate;
Protests can increase the public’s confidence in the integrity of the public procurement process; –The known availability of the protest avenue empowers those in contracting agencies who face pressure to act improperly;
Protest decisions made public provide a high level of transparency into what is happening in the federal procurement system; and
Protests provide guidance.
Contractors considering a GAO bid protest frequently grapple with whether the protest will hurt their chance for future contracts. The conclusion from this study seems to be that this is not a valid concern. Could this report push even more contractors to protest bids with the GAO?