Government Accountability Office

Penalties for Meritless GAO Bid Protests

GAO bid protests ensure that federal procurements are conducted fairly. They also consume a tremendous amount of personnel hours and resources for the responding agency, not to mention result in acquisition delays. If or when the GAO determines that a protest is meritless or spurious, there should be a mechanism in place for the protestor to compensate the federal treasury for the government time and resources expended. This would still preserve the important function of GAO bid protests, while discouraging "strategic" protests meant only to cause delay or difficulties for the government.



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Idea No. 8776