Bid Protests at GAO: A Descriptive Guide

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Requests for Reconsideration

Any party who participated in the protest, including the protester, any intervenor, and the contracting agency, may request that GAO reconsider its decision in the protest. 4 C.F.R. § 21.14(a). A request for reconsideration does not result in the withholding of award or the suspension of contract performance. 4 C.F.R. § 21.14(c).

GAO must receive the request for reconsideration within 10 days after the basis of reconsideration is known or should have been known, whichever is earlier. 4 C.F.R. § 21.14(b). The request must identify the alleged factual and/or legal errors in the decision. 4 C.F.R. § 21.14(a). GAO will not consider a request that merely repeats the party's views already expressed in the protest; a request that simply expresses disagreement with the decision; or a request that provides information or raises an argument that could have been, but was not, provided or raised during the protest.

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