RAND Corporation Releases Study on Defense Department Bid Protests

January 5, 2018

Arlington, V.A (Jan. 5, 2018) –A long-awaited study on Defense Department bid protests commissioned via the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act was released this week by the RAND Corporation.

The report, “Assessing Bid Protests of the U.S. Department of Defense Procurements: Identifying Issues, Trends and Drivers,” noted that bid protests at defense and non-defense agencies doubled between FY2008 and FY2016. However, despite the rising rate of protests, less than 0.3 percent of Defense procurements are protested, which “implies that bid protests are exceedingly uncommon,” according to the report.

The detailed report also looked at trends in bid protests and made several recommendations.

The report validates many of the recommendations PSC has long pushed for, including greater transparency, post-award debriefings, and addressing small businesses.


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