This post is the second in a multi-part series discussing the fundamental steps that protesters (and their outside counsel) can take to enhance their chances of success at GAO. Previously, in Part 1 of this series, we discussed the importance of making the most of your debriefing. Today, in Part 2 of the series, we discuss why its important to frame initial protest arguments with the big picture (obtaining information necessary to identify winning supplemental protest arguments) in mind.
In addition to arguments raised in the initial protest filing, a protester may file supplemental protest arguments based on new information learned during the course of the protest. A supplemental protest argument must be filed within ten days of when the protester knew, or should have known, of the basis for the supplemental protest argument. Finding and filing viable supplemental protests is a huge driver of your chances of succeeding at GAO. In fact, a recent study showed that the odds of a protester having its challenge sustained by GAO nearly double when a protester files supplemental protest arguments. So, filing strong supplemental protest arguments significantly increases your chances of winning a protest. What many protesters do not realize is that the key to finding a winning supplemental protest arguments starts with how you frame your initial protest arguments. Continue Reading Fundamentals to Winning Bid Protests at GAO — Part 2: Framing Initial Protest Arguments with the Big Picture in Mind