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Awarded federal contracts come with a price. Sometimes the competition decides to file a bid protest of the agency’s award decision. This becomes another task that the company must make a decision. Although bid protests statistics show that you may stand less than a 20% chance of winning government bid protests, companies still have to weigh the pros and cons when protesting a government contract award.
Government Court of Federal Claims and GAO Bid Protest Attorney Services
In addition to helping you through the FAR protest process after award, our Washington DC and Colorado GAO lawyers or COFC bid protest attorneys can help you in the following types of protests involving:
- Pre-award bid protest
- Post award bid protests
- Sole source justification
- Competition in Contracting Act disputes
- Improper technical proposal evaluations
- Task orders and IDIQ contracts
- Improper trade-off or best value decisions
- Federal Supply Schedule contracts
- LPTA contract evaluations
- Exclusion from competitive range determinations
- Lack of meaningful discussions and best value
- Cost realism analysis
- Application of Davis Bacon wages
- FAR Changes Clause and Change Orders
- Organizational Conflicts of Interest
- Improper past performance evaluations
- Contractor transition plans
- Disparate treatment and inconsistent evaluations
- Improper best value determinations and cost-technical tradeoffs
- Native American government contracts
- Unduly restrictive RFP requirements
- Small business size standard challenges and appeals
- Conflict of interest… and more
- Government bid protest appeals to the federal circuit courts
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Watson & Associates’ government contract lawyers file and intervene for small businesses and large DOD contractors seeking to exercise or defend their rights in FAR protest litigation. Legal issues and court procedures can be very complex and confusing.
Courts are not always lenient when a contractor seeks to file a protest of the award without an attorney. At Watson, our government protest law attorneys understand the various substantive legal issues that can arise.
We provide clear direction and counsel to our clients and advise them whether or not there is legal merit to even take the next step. See our representative cases. We provide:
- Thorough legal review of the legal and factual basis of the bid protest;
- Draft the required protest letters and legal briefs, and
- Represent successful awardees as intervenor or clients who want to initiate either a COFC or GAO protest.
What You Must Prove
Winning a contract protest means sifting through relevant facts, applying statutory or legal authority. Most importantly, law firms have to balance this with the agency’s substantial amount of discretion. All litigants filing a bid protest that the contracting agency’s actions were unreasonable, an abuse of discretion or violated procurement law.
- You have to state a factual and legal reason for filing the protest
- Merely disagreeing with the agency will more than likely get your case dismissed
The question that we try to answer for our clients is whether they can convince the Government Accountability Office (GAO) or the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the mistakes were unlawful or unreasonable.
- Finding serious government mistakes can get to a corrective action.
- To win an entitlement you must have a convincing showing that the agency just got it wrong.
Government Contract Protest Experience
Our government contract protest lawyers use our thirty-plus years of government experience to help contractors to navigate through complex and sometimes confusing bid regulations. This includes rules on getting required debriefings, deciding on the best course of action to take. As a government contract law firm, we litigate matters at the Court of Federal Claims and have also litigated protests. We also appeal government contract protest disputes from the Court of Federal Claims to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
GAO and COFC Bid Protest Lawyers and Intervenor Attorneys
Watson & Associates’ CO and DC bid protest law firm also represent clients seeking to intervene and protect their rights in a protest filed against the agency. We help contractors to weigh pros and cons of filing as an intervenor.
- Although a protest is a challenge to the agency’s award decision, procurement law allows a protest intervenor’s government contracts lawyer to step in and have a say.
- Bid protest jurisdiction can be the best strategic decision you make.
- Becoming a bid protest intervenor can be advantageous in that the agency does not always see potential arguments to defeat the protest.
- In other circumstances, the government’s interest and source selection evaluation board goals may not be the same as yours.
- As bid protest intervenor attorneys, we will be able to have access to a protective order and gain legal insight to protect your interests.
Are You Filing Your Case Right Place?
In addition to deciding how to maintaining a respectable relationship with government clients, filing a government contract protest sometimes also means deciding the best strategic place to file. You have the choice of filing an agency protest, GAO protest, Court of Federal Claims bid protest, or SBA Size Protest in the event of challenging a bidder’s small business size status.
An Agency protest is the least expensive to file
However, you must still meet statutory requirements. The downside is that you stand a less chance of convincing the Contracting Officer to reverse her previous decision.
A GAO protest is more common
In this type of litigation, 2015 statistics show that you have a 12% chance of prevailing. That is where our Washington, D.C. government contract law firm can help you. You can now add meaning to your challenge by having the legal authority to support your position.
A Court of Federal Claims bid protest is more formal and more expensive
However, the trade-off is that many would argue that the cases filed with this court get a more fair shake. Lawyers from the Department of Justice step in to resolve legal issues, and not agency lawyers.
The general rule is that you must file your protest within the required timeline. Including the GAO protest timeline, you will have ten days to file at the GAO or the Agency. Court of Federal Claims bid protest cases do not have a formal deadline. However, you cannot sit on a case too long before filing. There are several COFC case where the court ruled that the protestor sat on its rights too long.
If you are faced with an adverse action or a GAO protest, you can file a new case at the Court of Federal Claims. Although it is not procedurally a direct appeal from GAO, the decision is binding upon the GAO. Call a federal appeals lawyer today for immediate help.
SBA Size Protests and HUBZone Status SBA Bid Protest Law Firm (Filed at SBA Not GAO)
SBA bid protests and HUBZone Status protests occur when another company challenges another bidder’s small business size standard. Find out more about HUBZone employee requirements. The argument is usually based upon affiliation. You cannot file this type of case at GAO. It will be immediately dismissed. This an area where Watson’s SBA
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