Feds Change Bidding Procedures

Kegler Brown Construction Newsletter

Congress has recently passed the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act which exempts purchases of less than $100,000 from full competitive bidding procedures. In addition, there have been significant revisions to the bid protest procedures which are designed to minimize bid protests and the delays they can cause. Disappointed bidders will now be "debriefed" upon request within five (5) calendar days, concerning the bid evaluation. Bid protests will not automatically stay contract performance by the successful bidder as in the past, which makes it more difficult for bid challenges to succeed. The Act also permits the award of attorney's fees to the prevailing party in bid protest cases.