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Over the years, GAO's decisions on federal contract awards 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.

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