Bid Protests, Appropriations Law, & Other Legal Work

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) Bid Protests
During Partial Shutdown of the Federal Government


GAO remains open during the partial government shutdown.  Please be advised that GAO is fully funded for Fiscal Year 2019 and is not subject to a lapse in appropriations.  As a result, the GAO bid protest office will continue to receive protests for filing and process such protests in accordance with our Bid Protest Regulations.

This notice applies only to protests involving procurements conducted by agencies impacted by a lapse in appropriations.  In such cases, the parties are advised of the following:

  1. New protestsAny new protest (or supplemental protest) involving a procurement conducted by an agency impacted by a lapse in appropriations must be filed in accordance with GAO’s normal timeliness requirements. See 4 CFR Subpart 21.2.  Do not wait until the procuring agency receives its appropriation.  GAO will not waive time limits for new filings.
  2. Deadlines for agency filings If agency counsel is unable to meet an agency filing deadline, such as an agency report or other requested filing, due to the lapse in funding, the deadline is extended to the first day that the agency resumes operations.  Additional extensions of time may be granted upon request.    
  3. Private party filings:  Any deadline for a filing from a private party must be filed in accordance with our Bid Protest Regulations.  Again, do not wait until the procuring agency receives its appropriation.
  4. If an agency involved in a protest is subject to a lapse in appropriations, counsel for the agency should inform our Office and the other parties of that fact via the Electronic Protest Docketing System (EPDS), as soon as reasonably possible. 

For pending protests, contact the GAO attorney assigned to the protest.  For new protests, contact the Procurement Law Control Group at (202) 512-4788 or email


Bid Protests

A bid protest is a challenge to the terms of a solicitation or the award of a federal contract. For more than 90 years, GAO has provided an objective, independent, and impartial forum for the resolution of disputes concerning the awards of federal contracts. GAO's Procurement Law Division adjudicates these bid protests.

GAO now has a secure and easy-to-use web-based electronic bid protest filing system for all new protests (excluding those that include classified material) that are filed on or after May 1, 2018.

Our Bid Protest Process

How does GAO handle bid protests? Listen to our podcast with Ralph White, Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law to find out.

Timeline of Bid Protest Process

GAO Contact

For questions about bid protests, email or call our Procurement Law Control Group at (202) 512-4788.

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