Two pieces of advice I often provide to government contractors are:
1.When responding to a solicitation, give the government precisely what it asks for – right down to the letter. This includes providing the information in the correct section of your proposal. The agency will not play hide-and-seek; and
2. If you think there is something askew with a procurement or award decision – act fast. There are lots of different deadlines enforced by GAO, but they all come and go very quickly. A contractor typically must act within 10 days of when it knows (or should have known) of a protestable issue. An even shorter timeline (5 days) applies in order to obtain an often essential stay of contract award and/or performance.
These concepts converge when it comes to bid protests related to defective solicitation terms. GAO Bid Protest Rule 21.2(a)(1) states that a protest alleging improprieties or errors on a solicitation that are apparent on the face of the solicitation must be filed prior to bid opening or the closing date for the receipt of initial proposals.READ MORE