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Contractor Barred From Protesting Bids After ‘Vexatious' Filings

August 26, 2016, Federal Contracts Report

Jason Workmaster is quoted in a Federal Contracts Report article regarding the GAO’s decision to bar a contractor, Latvian Connection, from filing bid protests for a year after filing hundreds of “vexatious” protests. According to Workmaster, “It is highly unusual for GAO to tell an entity it can't file any more protests.” Commenting on the protest that triggered the ban, Workmaster says, “This was the kind of protest that did not stand a chance.” He continues, “There was no question that no matter how this protest worked out, they were not in line for an award.”

“It's only where there's something truly egregious with outlier facts like we see here that a tribunal would consider shutting its doors,” Workmaster adds. “I'm sure GAO was very desirous that this decision not be interpreted as discouraging protesters coming forward with legitimate protests. That's probably why they went to such length to detail the sequence of events, and how extreme this protester's acts have been.”

 

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