Timeline of a Bid Protest
This general timeline illustrates the steps in a typical bid protest. Your bid protest timeline may be different, depending on the circumstances of your protest. If the general timeline differs from our regulations or published decisions, then follow the regulations and decisions.
Note: “Days” means “calendar days.” If a deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is the next business day.
For more information, see
- Bid Protests At GAO: A Descriptive Guide (Ninth Edition, 2009)
- GAO-09-471SP, April 3, 2009
- Summary (HTML) Full Report (PDF, 73 pages)