Contracting Out--Federal Employee Bid Protest Rights

T-OGC-90-4: May 15, 1990

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GAO discussed proposed legislation that would allow federal employees to file a protest with GAO and file a suit in federal court challenging Department of Defense decisions to contract for services previously performed by the employees. GAO noted that: (1) it generally did not review agency decisions to contract for services under its bid protest authority; (2) it limited its review of agencies' cost comparisons of in-house and contract performance to ensuring that agencies adhered to the established cost-comparison procedures; (3) it did not consider protests brought by federal employee unions or groups of federal employees adversely affected by contracting decisions; (4) the proposed legislation would expand the class of parties entitled to seek review of agencies' contracting decisions; (5) the availability of more than one forum for challenging such decisions may preclude quick and efficient resolution of disputes; and (6) an agency appeal process for federal employees affected by contracting decisions could be a viable alternative to either GAO or the courts.

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  • CDO Technologies, Inc.
    We dismiss the protest because it is untimely where it was filed more than 10 days after CDO knew or reasonably should have known the bases for its protest.
  • Protection Strategies, Inc.
    We deny the protest.

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