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United States Government Accountability Office: 
Washington, DC 20548: 



January 12, 2006: 

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert: 
Speaker of the House of Representatives: 

Dear Mr. Speaker: 

This letter responds to the requirements of the Competition in 
Contracting Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C.  3554(e)(2) (2000), that the 
Comptroller General report to Congress each instance in which a 
federal agency did not fully implement a recommendation made by our 
Office in connection with a bid protest decided the prior fiscal year. 
We are pleased to report that there was no such occurrence during 
fiscal year 2005. 

During the fiscal year, we received 1,285 protests (including 58 cost 
claims) and 71 requests for reconsideration, for a total of 1,356 
cases. We closed 1,341 cases: 1,285 protests (including 62 cost 
claims) and 56 requests for reconsideration. Enclosed for your 
information is a chart comparing the bid protest activity for fiscal 
years 2001-2005. 

A copy of this report, with the enclosure, is being furnished to the 
Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on 
Government Reform. A similar report is being furnished to the 
President of the Senate. 

Sincerely yours, 

Signed by: 

Anthony H. Gamboa: 
General Counsel: 


Bid Protest Statistics for Fiscal Years 2001-2005: 

Cases Filed: 
FY 2005: 1,356 (down 9%[1]); 
FY 2004: 1,485 (up 10%); 
FY 2003: 1,352 (up 12%); 
FY 2002: 1,204 (up 5%); 
FY 2001: 1,146 (down 6%).  

Cases Closed: 
FY 2005: 1,341; 
FY 2004: 1,405; 
FY 2003: 1,244;  
FY 2002: 1,133;  
FY 2001: 1,098. 

Merit (Sustain + Deny) Decisions: 
FY 2005: 306; 
FY 2004: 365; 
FY 2003: 290; 
FY 2002: 256; 
FY 2001: 311.

Number of Sustains: 
FY 2005: 71; 
FY 2004: 75; 
FY 2003: 50;  
FY 2002: 41; 
FY 2001: 66. 

Sustain Rate: 
FY 2005: 23%; 
FY 2004: 21%; 
FY 2003: 17%; 
FY 2002: 16%; 
FY 2001: 21%. 

Effectiveness Rate (reported)[2]: 
FY 2005: 37%; 
FY 2004: 34%; 
FY 2003: 33%; 
FY 2002: 33%. 
FY 2001: 33%. 

ADR[3] (cases used): 
FY 2005: 103; 
FY 2004: 123; 
FY 2003: 120; 
FY 2002: 145; 
FY 2001: 150. 

ADR Success Rate[4]: 
FY 2005: 91%; 
FY 2004: 91%; 
FY 2003: 92%; 
FY 2002: 84%; 
FY 2001: 84%. 

FY 2005: 8% (41 cases); 
FY 2004: 9% (56 cases); 
FY 2003: 13% (74 cases); 
FY 2002: 5% (23 cases);  
FY 2001: 12% (63 cases). 

[1] From the prior fiscal year. 

[2] Based on a protester's obtaining some form of relief from the 
agency, as reported to GAO. 

[3] Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

[4] Percentage resolved without a formal GAO decision. 

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