Some companies, particularly losing incumbents on existing contracts, are gaming the protest system. They seek to use the protest process to delay having to relinquish their position and lose the revenues. During these protests, the government has to choose between doing without a particular good or service or extending the period of performance of the rejected company. For the company initiating the protest, delay can mean lots of additional money. An egregious example of contract protest abuse is the behavior of the losing bidder on the State Department’s Worldwide Aviation Support Services contract. I have written a commentary for National Interest here.
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