An analysis of GAO’s 2019 bid protest statistics
This feature comment was originally written for The Government Contractor by Leidos Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Jerry Howe, Leidos attorney Steve Kaye, and James J. McCullough and Michael J. Anstett of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
The Government Accountability Office has released its bid protest statistics for fiscal year 2019 with the GAO Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2019 (GAO-20-220SP) available at gao.gov/products/gao-20-220sp.
In the past half-decade, the major statistical theme has been the prevalence of agency voluntary corrective action, and that did not change much. But protest filings and sustain rates were off, with filings down substantially—good news for those who believe there are “too many protests.”