On August 17, 2018, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) issued new procedural rules which go into effect Monday, September 17, 2018. The substantial overhaul of the former rules intends to bring the CBCA into the 21st century by emphasizing, adding, and clarifying rules about electronic filing.
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.
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—email@example.com–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 firstname.lastname@example.org.