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Procurement regulations allow you get intervenor status in bid protest of government contract awards either at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) or in a Court of Federal Claims protest. When you receive notification that your award has been protested, you want to immediately intervene into the case and protect your interest in the award. When you wait too long, courts may sometimes deny access into the case. The earlier you intervene, the better your chances.
At Watson & Associates, LLC, our federal procurement attorneys frequently represent small businesses and large government contractors that are the successful offerors but have received a notice of protest. Awardees often wonder whether or not they should file a motion to intervene or not. The answer is obviously a business judgment decision. However, CEOs should understand that although there is no legal requirement to intervene into a bid protest case, the agency’s priority and interests may not be the same. See some of our successful outcomes.
- Prompt turnaround
- Detailed assessment of the facts of each government protest
- Addressing the protester’s allegation that the government did not follow procurement policies and procedures
- Helping awardees to adequately preserve their rights as intervenor in lawsuit
- over 30 years of federal procurement experience
- Legal services at a fraction of the cost of larger law firms.
Bid Protest Intervenor Law Attorney Services
In addition to helping you decide the best contractor forum to litigate the case, our COFC and GAO bid protest intervenor lawyers can represent you in the following matters in addition to filing your response briefs.
Protest Government Contract Awards
At Watson, our procurement attorneys provide aggressive intervenor law and bid protest defense services in pre-award protests involving government contract awards regarding:
- Overly restrictive requirements
- Sole source decisions – policies and procedures
- Competition in Contracting Act violations
- Obvious and vague solicitation requirements
- Competitive range adverse decision
- Small business set-aside decisions
Given the extensive experience in government contract and DOD contracts bid protest litigation, our intervenor respondent law firm can help to intervene in the following types of post award protests:
- Improper agency evaluations, policies and procedures
- IDIQ and Task Order intervention
- Price evaluations
- Best value source selection evaluations
- Competitive range determination
- SBA Certificate of Competency
- Cancellation of solicitations
- Lack of meaningful discussions
- Unreasonable technical evaluation allegations
- Organizational Conflicts of Interest
- Government contractor defense
- Improper past performance evaluations
- CPARS Ratings
- Disparate treatment and inconsistent evaluations.
- Improper best value determinations and cost-technical trade-offs
- Native American government contracts
To speak with our Government bid protest intervention law attorney, call 1866-601-5518 for a FREE initial consultation.
To intervene and have intervenor standing in government contract protests, you must meet the definition of interested party and have a viable interest in the outcome.
Government contractors that have been awarded a contract have substantial risks that the government may not always get all of the relevant legal issues before the court. Having a bid protest intervention lawyer can minimize that risk.
- The government’s interest is not always yours
- Many cases are sustained because the awardee fails to exercise its right to intervene.
- Both Court of Federal Claims and GAO have agreed with intervenor attorney arguments to make decisions.
Nationwide Government COFC and GAO Bid Protest Attorney Services
With law offices in Washington, D.C and Colorado GAO bid protest intervenor attorneys at Watson & Associates, LLC are geographically positioned to help small and large businesses across the U.S. and overseas, and from various industries, to aggressively intervene, defend and protect their rights to an award.
We put together a team of government protest legal experts to make sure that you maximize the opportunity to convince the courts with your intervenor brief that the agency procurement award should have gone to your company and that the source selection panel followed procurement policies and procedures.
What is Intervention in Government Bid Protests?
Bid Protest Intervention Definition 5 CFR 1201.34 & 4 CFR 21.0
Under litigation rules, including GAO and federal practice before the Court of Federal Claims and Federal Circuit Court, becoming an intervenor in a government bid protest lawsuit means that companies or persons can seek to join in as intervenor defendant, defend or otherwise take part in a legal proceeding.
The government contractor intervention meaning also suggests that you must meet the definition of an interested party in the legal outcome of the case, or the litigation may somehow impact your legal rights. The meaning of intervene or intervention can be as a “matter of right” which include parties who have a statutory right to take part in the litigation.
Intervention can be as a “matter of right” which include parties who have a statutory right to take part in litigation. “Permissive” intervenors are those parties who may be permitted to participate if the proceeding will affect them directly and if intervention is otherwise appropriate under the law. A motion to intervene may be made by motion filed with the judge.
Having our bid protest lawyers serves your interest in two ways.
- By intervening or defending a bid protest, you will need access to a Protective Order. This allows for more substantive analysis of the government’s contract award notice or decision. Only attorneys can gain access to the order. Without it, government contractors as intervenor respondent are in a handicapped position because they have no information to defend the protest with their brief.
- Second, the government contracting agency’s interests may be not the same as yours. The agency protest attorneys may miss a critical argument that could win the protest. By having your own bid protest intervenor attorneys, you can respond the protestor’s allegations, support the agency’s motions with your own independent legal arguments.
- When considering the meaning of intervene, there is a possibility that if you do not intervene at the GAO level, you could be looked adversely in a COFC protest.
Bid Protest Intervention Process & Motion to Intervene Rules
GAO’s protest intervention process is less complicated. As a GAO bid protest intervenor, you must notify GAO, the agency, and protestor in writing when you intend to file a motion to intervene. If there are other parties intervening the case, your attorney should also notify them. Our government protest law attorneys immediately file our notice on your behalf. This eliminates any confusion.
- If the Court of Federal Claims or GAO grants the motion for intervenor status, you can now be involved and defend your rights to the award.
- If you are not represented by a lawyer, you may be at a disadvantage simply because you will be allowed to see proprietary information within the Protective Order.
- Many companies find this out late in the protest litigation process.
Speak with GAO bid protest intervenor lawyers to better understand the process and defend your rights.
Nationwide COFC and GAO Bid Protest Intervenor Lawyers
Watson’s government contracts and bid protest intervenor-defendant represent federal contractors in all states at the Court of Federal Claims or Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding bid protest intervention. We intervene for federal small businesses and large DoD contractors protest parties in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Cities in which our Washington DC government contracts attorneys intervene in bid protests include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL.
Call Our Court of Federal Claims & GAO Protest Law Attorneys
To protect your company revenues with intervenor status and to defend your rights in protest litigation, call our Court of Federal Claims and GAO bid protest intervenor law lawyers at 1-866-601-5518 for a free initial consultation.