Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, discusses the new way to file bid protests with the Government Accountability Office, and why the Section 809 panel is poised to suggest changes to the protest process.
Protesting bids for government contracts is now easier. Thanks to a new Government Accentuality Office tool, submitting a protest can now be immediately added to the GAO docket. While speedy, there is a $350 fee to use the service, and only those involved in the protest process can look at the case documents. Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, hopes that the streamlined system will one day be available for public viewing. “I think there’s a lot of misconceptions about protests. People think that they are wasteful or take too much time,” Crusius told Government Matters. “I think if people actually saw how efficient the protest process was by seeing the docket and how things happen on a continuous basis and how quickly decisions are made, it would help people understand the process itself and the particular cases that are filed.”