For more than 80 years, GAO has provided an objective, independent, and impartial forum for the
resolution of disputes concerning the awards of federal contracts. Over the years, GAO’s decisions
have created a uniform body of law applicable to the procurement process upon which the Congress,
the courts, agencies, and the public rely. Although a party to a protest may be represented by counsel, filing
a bid protest with GAO does not require the services of an attorney. In
addition, bid protests filed with GAO are usually resolved faster than those filed
in federal court.
The following frequently asked questions are intended for a general audience and should not be
considered legal advice. Readers should be aware that many of the rules for filing and pursuing
protests, as well as the substantive matters of bid protest law, are complex, and these
FAQs are not intended to address all possible issues and situations.