By Complying With Bid Protest Laws at the GAO and COFC, You Can Minimize the Chance of Getting Your Case Dismissed. We Help to Prepare or Defend Bid Protests With Legal Merit. Call o Avoid Some of the Most Costly Mistakes Seen in Bid Protest Litigation. We Help in All STATES.
Many government contractors get an adverse result in both COFC and GAO bid protest cases because they do not demonstrate that the contracting agency’s actions were unreasonable or violate procurement law. This is the basic underlying legal standard of protest laws that must be met.
- Understanding the vast deference given to government contracting agencies when selecting contractors for award is the beginning of the analysis for any bid protest case.
- Does your case show that the agency either failed to follow the expressed solicitation requirements or violated procurement law? It must, or your case will fail.
- If your bid protest remotely leans towards your mere disagreement with the agency’s decision, then your case will be either dismissed up front or receive an adverse decision at the end.
- Our law firm looks at all of the above factors and more to properly develop your case.
With law offices in Washington, D.C and Colorado, Watson & Associates’ bid protest law and Court of Federal claims protest lawyers ensures that contractors properly assess their cases for viability and to increase their chances for a more favorable result.
- Government contractors can preserve any rights to appeal by adequately developing a record early in the process.
- The law firm uses over 30 years of combined experience to handle the tough issues that arise during litigation.
- We help out clients to sift through the facts and to present the courts with the real underlying legal issues that can support a viable bid protest.
- Prompt turnaround;
- Detailed assessment of each case;
- Learn the difference between filing a protest at the GAO versus COFC
- Direct and sound legal advice to corporate executives.
Our procurement litigation team includes several seasoned professionals who consistently work within the courts and understand how to craft sound legal arguments. We have earned a reputation for gaining favorable and successful protests results for small businesses and large DOD contractors through vigorous representation.
It is also important to realize that when there are government contracts for bid, then successful government contract protest efforts can result from the agency taking corrective action. Thus, saving government contractors thousands in litigation fees.
Our goal is to help government contractors avoid costly legal mistakes. Successful protests only occur if you first meet the basic legal and procedural requirements.
COFC and GAO Bid Protest Attorney Services
Examples of Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and GAO protest disputes that we handle include:
- Solicitation defects
- Unduly restrictive solicitations
- Buy American Act disputes
- Lack of meaningful discussions
- Lowest price technically acceptable protests
- Sole source justification and awards
- Task and delivery order contracts
- Report of Late proposal submissions
- Source selection and meaningful discussions
- Undisclosed government estimates
- Past performance evaluation government contract protests
- Responsibility and ethics integrity issues
- Procurement fraud issues
- Best value and technical evaluations
- Price realism and reasonableness
- Bid protest and corrective action
- Technical proposal risk evaluations
- Best value and trade-offs
- CPARS Ratings
- COFC appeals to the Federal Circuit Court
- SBA certificate of competency disputes
We represent government contractors both at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the US Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Small Business Administration for Small Business Size Protests and related matters.
PRE AWARD AND POST AWARD GOVERNMENT CONTRACT PROTESTS
Our government contract protest lawyers can represent you for numerous reasons during a pre-award or post-award GAO US protests including:
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT AWARDS – PRE AWARD PROTEST
- Overly restrictive RFP requirements
- Sole source award decisions
- Full and open competition GAO protests
- Organizational Conflict of Interest
- Competition in Contracting Act violations
- Obvious and vague solicitation requirements
POST-AWARD GOVERNMENT PROTESTS
- Improper agency technical proposal evaluations
- CICA automatic stay GAO contract protest
- Exclusion from competitive range determinations
- Lack of meaningful discussions
- FAR Conflicts of Interest
- Adverse contractor past performance evaluations
- Improper best value procurement determinations and cost-technical trade-offs
- Native American government contracts
- Protest Intervention
- GAO Protest. Corrective Action issued within thirty (30) days by U.S. Army National Guard on award of contract for dental services. Challenge to agency proposal evaluation and source selection decision (GAO File B-414003). November 16, 2016.
- GAO Protest. Corrective Action issued within thirty (30) days by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on the award of multiple Blanket Purchase Agreements, cumulatively valued at $546-million-dollar for Healthcare Furniture and Related Services (GAO File No. B-413166.5). August 26, 2016.
- GAO protest. Corrective Action issued within thirty (30) days by the U.S. Department of Labor on the award of a $39,563,270.00, small business set aside Contract for the Operation of a Job Corps Center (GAO File No. B-411656.2). May 27, 2016.
- GAO Protest.Corrective Action issued within thirty (30) days by the U.S. Department of Treasury (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) on the award of a $26,748,820.61, small business set aside Task Order for Cybersecurity Defense Center Services (GAO File No. B-412897.2). May 2, 2016.
- GAO Protest Intervention.Final decision denying Mistral, Inc.’s Protest of the award by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Customs and Border Protection), for a $30,218,845.00 small business set aside contract for Mobile Video Surveillance Systems (Represented Intervenor/Awardee under GAO File No. B411291.4). February 29, 2016.
- GAO Protest Intervention. Final decision denying STEM International, Inc.’s Protest of the award by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency for a $7.5-million-dollar contract for training operations and support services to the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness/ Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological Training Facility (GAO File No. B-411940). December 7, 2015.
- GAO Protest Intervention. Protestor challenged agency’s technical proposal and pricing of the awardee. GAO denied the protest. 2015.
- GAO Bid Protest, alleging that agency improperly evaluation offeror’s technical proposal and did not comply with the solicitation criteria. Agency took corrective action. 2015.
- GAO Protest Intervention. Protestor alleged that the government failed to follow local state law for foreign companies working in the state. GAO denied the protest. 2015.
- GAO Protest.Corrective Action issued within thirty (30) days by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the award of a $5,649,391.28, Contract for Records Management and Library Services. (Client currently performing contract as the Awardee) (Agency File No. RFQ-1017599). November 9, 2015.
- GAO Protest. Corrective Action issued within thirty (30) days by the U.S. Department of the Army (Office of Command Counsel) on the award of $4,360,451.00, Task Order for Army Training Management System sustainment and integration services (AMC Level Protest No. 460815).August 28, 2015.
- GAO Protest. First Corrective Action issued within thirty (30) days by the U.S. Department of Labor on the award of a $39,563,270.00, small business set aside Contract for the Operation of a Job Corps Center (GAO File No. B-411656.2). July 8, 2015.
As a disappointed bidder or successful offeror, finding the legal and factual basis for litigating or defending a protest action can be tricky.
When reviewing a substantial amount of bid protests decisions, government contractors fall short of the legal requirements and overcoming the crucial “reasonableness test” and ‘rationality” arguments needed to prevail.
Complying with 4 CFR Part 21 (GAO bid protest regulations) and FAR Part 33 can be confusing. Knowing how to articulate that the government acted unreasonably in your protest letter is often very difficult for contractors.
- Meeting the legal burden of proof or preventing your case from being dismissed is essential both at GAO and COFC.
Developing a strong legal position early is essential: Except for information from protective orders, we involve our clients throughout the process. We have a track record of gaining successful outcomes with government affairs and meaningful results for companies nationwide.
Representation for COFC and GAO Bid Protest Intervenors and Awardees
Avoid interested party challenges from contracting agencies: If you are the winning offeror, deciding to intervene in an existing case litigation can have benefits. Watson’s Court of Federal Claims and GAO bid protest law firm frequently represents awardees or other interested parties by intervening in the case and protecting their rights to the award.
Becoming a bid protest intervenor requires government contractors to meet certain legal requirements. Watson’s government contract law attorneys guide awardees through the intervention process.
GOVERNMENT BID PROTEST HELP – NATIONWIDE AND OVERSEAS CLIENTS
We help federal contractors regardless of state: With law offices in Washington, D.C. and Colorado, our GAO bid protests lawyers are geographically positioned to represent DOD contractors in various industry groups throughout the U.S. and overseas when agencies make unlawful procurement award decisions.
Our attorneys help contractors avoid costly legal mistakes with US protests: We have found that government contractors, filing a GAO protest of government contract awards without an attorney, are sometimes exposed to costly legal and procedural mistakes.
Whether you are the intervenor or the offeror, we will make sure that your protest letter is supported by legal authority and well-grounded.
- We also keep a keen eye on preserving our client’s right to any potential appeals.
Protest help with pricing and best value evaluations: The vast amount of successful bid protests come from challenges to the agency’s pricing evaluations. Our government bid protest attorneys sift through the facts and seek out mistakes made by the government.
FAR protest help for small businesses and large DOD contractors. Our bid protest laws lawyers frequently help smaller or larger business to develop sound legal arguments to show how the agency acted unreasonably or failed to comply with procurement law.
Government Contract Protest Laws – Experienced Court of Federal Claims and GAO Protests Lawyers
Our government contract protest law firm offers over 30 years of experience in federal government procurement law.
Watson’s Government Contract Protest Practice Group includes former contracting officials with valuable insight into actual agency source selection practices for government contract awards.
- We have worked on the inside of the federal government and understand agency mistakes made during source selection;
- Our GAO bid protest attorneys help to overcome standard agency tactics to dismiss your case and frequently see the common mistakes made by contractors who try to represent themselves;
- We approach FAR protests and GAO cases with supporting legal authority that helps your position;
COFC and GAO bid protest rules help us formulate viable strategies that convey a strong message to the agency, which can potentially force them to take corrective action instead of making our clients spend thousands in unnecessary bid protest litigation.
Preserve your appeal rights early in the process. Our government contract protest attorneys are experienced in the various nuances that surface in GAO, agency level or Court of Federal Claims issues. We understand the importance of raising arguments during the initial protest stages. Failure to raise certain issues early may impact your future litigation rights should you decide to take your government protest to a higher level.
Call Our Court of Federal Claims & GAO Protest Attorneys
If you do not meet the short protest deadlines, will give up your rights. Call our government protest law firm if you are looking for serious solutions to intervening or challenging a government contracting agency’s error through filing GAO bid protests. Contact the Court of Federal Claims and GAO protest attorneys at the law firm of Watson & Associates toll-free at 866-601-5518 or 202-827-9750 in Washington DC. We also help with SBA size protests.
Our COFC and GAO bid protest lawyers provides legal counsel to contractors throughout the United States and overseas including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Virgin Islands.
Call our government protest attorneys today for immediate help. 1-866-601-5518.
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