Following up on our last article about Protest Statistics, this article delves deeper into the numbers reported by the GAO which show a decrease each year in the number of sustained protests.
Article by Derek R. Mullins
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
On November 18, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published its Annual Report to Congress (B-158766, November 18, 2014), which contains the statistics for bid protests filed at GAO in FY 2014. Frankly, it’s a mixed bag – protests are up, sustained protests are down, but the overall “effectiveness rate” (where the agency grants some type of remedy or corrective action for a protestor) remains flat. Because there are many who think that the bid protest process is broken, it might be worth a closer look at some of the statistics to see if bid protests are being abused (as some in Government might claim) or if the process is working.
Here are the statistics taken from the report (along with those for FYs 2010-2013)
|PROTEST STATISTICS||FY 2014||FY 2013||FY 2012||FY 2011||FY 2010|
|(up 5%)||(down 2%)||(up 5%)||(up 2%)||(up 16%)|
|Merit (Sustain + Deny) Decisions||556||509||570||417||441|
|Number of Sustains||72||87||106||67||82|
Read the full article with additional statistics here.