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GAO: Agencies Have Broad Discretion on Discussions – SmallGovCon

I don’t have a tag for “bad grounds for a GAO bid protest,” but if I did, challenging an agency’s decision not to conduct discussions would fall in that category–at least (as is typically the case), when the solicitation does not state that discussions will be conducted.

via GAO: Agencies Have Broad Discretion on Discussions – SmallGovCon.

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One thought on “GAO: Agencies Have Broad Discretion on Discussions – SmallGovCon

  1. Most RFPs state, usually in the Evaluation Criteria section, that the government reserves the right to award without discussions, and that the offeror needs to provide their best and only opportunity to bid with the initial proposal.

    Instead of wasting the government’s time (and their own resources), small firms should focus on improving the quality of their proposals, demonstrating innovation and value, and overall giving themselves a better opportunity to win and compete.

    I can’t count the number of times I have heard procurement officials complain about the poor quality of proposals, especially from small businesses, riddled with typos, grammatical errors, inappropriate use of boilerplate, etc.


    Posted by Jaime Gracia (@jaimegracia) | November 26, 2012, 16:33

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