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Does GAO make its decisions publicly available?
It depends on what the decision was: We make public decisions that deny or sustain a protest and dismissals that address a significant issue. We do not make public routine dismissals of protests.
How quickly are bid protest decisions released?
Decisions are generally released to the public shortly after the bid protest parties are informed, unless the decision needs redacting.
What is redacting? How long does it take?
When a decision contains protected information, a decision may not be released to the public immediately due to the need to prepare a “redacted” version, which omits protected information. A redacted version is generally available 2 to 3 weeks after bid protest parties are informed of the outcome of the protest.
When does GAO make its protest decisions publicly available?
It depends on whether the decision is subject to a protective order or not: If a decision is not subject to a protective order, it will usually be available on this Web site within 1-2 days. If a decision is subject to a protective order, the parties must agree to the release of a public version that redacts proprietary or source-selection-sensitive information. The preparation of a public version of a protected decision may take between a few days and a few weeks; however, occasionally, a decision may not be made public for months if other events, such as corrective action, would be affected by the release of the decision.
What kinds of redactions does GAO make to a decision?
We seek to issue decisions that provide meaningful and transparent explanations for our rulings. Even if a protective order is issued for a protest, information in the public version of a protected decision will be redacted only where it is proprietary or is source-selection-sensitive. For example, evaluation point scores and adjectival ratings, unfavorable or adverse past performance information, and total cost or price generally will not be redacted from a decision.
Where can I find a protest decision?
You can search our bid protest decisions here. You can also find our decisions through outside commercial services such as Westlaw and Lexis.
I know a protest has been decided, why can’t I find the decision?
It depends on what the outcome was: If a protest is dismissed, we will not make the decision publicly available, unless it addresses a significant issue.
If a protest is sustained or denied, you should find the decision on this Web site within 1-2 days after the decision date. If you don't find it, then we are preparing a redacted version which will be made public when available. (See "When does GAO make its decisions publicly available?" above.)
What does the date on a decision mean?
The date is when the decision was finalized and the protesters were informed. It may be earlier than the date the decision is made publicly available.
How can I keep up-to-date on new protest decisions?