GAO: Bid Protests Must Be Timely Received Through EPDS

When it comes to timely filing a bid protest, government contractors should keep one overriding principle in mind: late is late, and it probably won’t matter why the protest wasn’t timely received.

GAO recently reaffirmed this principle when it dismissed a bid protest that wasn’t timely received by its new, mandatory Electronic Protest Docketing System.

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GAO Bid Protests: Email Filings Must Use Correct Address

If there’s anything worse than losing a GAO bid protest, it’s losing a GAO protest on a technicality.

One of the many conveniences GAO offers protesters is the ability to file protest-related documents by email.  But protesters must timely file their documents at the email address provided under the GAO’s regulations—protests@gao.gov–or their filings will be disregarded.  As one protester learned the hard way, even emailing the document to the individual email address of the GAO attorney deciding the protest isn’t a substitute for using protests@gao.gov.

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