GAO Protests: Bid Protests at the Government Accountability Office

By: Leanna Ajour, Esq. California & Colorado Attorney In addition to overseeing the procurement process, the bid protest process at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) oversees how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.  Among other duties, the GAO fulfills this role by investigating allegations of improper actions in solicitations… Read more »

8(a) Certification Consultants

By: Leanna Ajour, Esq., California & Colorado Attorney 8(a) Certification Consultants:  The Five-Finger Checklist for selecting an 8(a) Certification Consultant:  1)      Work with an 8(a) Consultant that not only understands the requirements of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program, but wants you to understand the requirements, as… Read more »

Government’s Purpose for Evaluating RFP Proposals

The purpose of the proposal evaluation component of your government RFP is to allow the agency to evaluate fairly your proposal based upon stated solicitation requirements. The second most important reason is to make sure that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely.   Procurement law requires that the agency makes sure that… Read more »

Project Proposal Evaluation Criteria In Bid Protest Cases

What is The Purpose of  Bid Proposal Evaluation Criteria? The purpose of the government’s proposal evaluation criteria is to give the agency’s evaluation team a way to determine which company has  submitted a  response to a solicitation that  best meets the Government’s stated needs.  Your project proposal evaluation criteria also… Read more »

Government Proposal Writing Process and Procurement Proposal Basics

Federal contracting agencies typically start the government proposal writing process by having the end user involved in procurement planning. Here, each end user qualifies and quantifies their individual needs.  Mission essential requirements come first. If there is a budget for the requirements, the procurement process moves along. Depending on many procurement requirements,… Read more »

Difference Between a Bid Protest and a Contract Dispute

The best way to differentiate between a bid protest and contract dispute is to first establish whether there is actually a contract. During the bid protest stage, the only one who actually has a contract is the awardee. In a government contract protest, the protestor  is not a party to… Read more »