Under the SBA’s regulations, once a procurement has been accepted by the SBA into the 8(a) program to be a competitive procurement among 8(a) firms, any follow-on procurements must also be competitive among 8(a) firms. But what about a situation where the follow-on solicitation is protested, and the agency has to issue a short term bridge contract to ensure continuous supply or service? Is that bridge contract subject to the same requirement to be a competitive 8(a) procurement? This question was addressed and answered by the GAO in a recently released bid protest decision, which is discussed in this week’s Bid Protest Weekly article.
The Bid Protest Weekly is an online journal created and maintained by our Government Contracts Practice Group. This and similar articles analyzing recent bid protest decisions are posted each week on the Bid Protest Weekly website: www.bidprotestweekly.com. The Bid Protest Weekly website also offers a continuously expanding archive of decision digests dating back to 2008 that summarize and categorize GAO bid protest decisions.