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Bid Protests: Your 5 Item Go, No Go Checklist Webinar

Randolph Law’s Chris Shiplett was excited to present the following bid protest webinar for Jennifer Schaus’ federal contracting audience. Below, we’ve provided a transcript of the introduction along with the full video for anyone who is currently struggling to decide whether or not to go ahead with a bid protest. As always, please feel free to contact us with your specific bid protest questions, as these situations are always unique (and of course, time-sensitive as well).

Good afternoon everyone and welcome. Thank you for joining our webinar for what over the next few months is a very topical subject: bid protests.

A little about myself – I’m the founder of Randolph Law, a small law firm that specializes in government contracts law and other law for government contractors, regulations, teaming agreements, and things like that. Prior to going to law school and actually, during law school at night, I worked as a database administrator for a series of small government contractors on contracts for the Army and the Marine Corps, so I’m familiar with not just the high-level legal stuff but the day-to-day stuff that you guys in the government contract world go through…

I think what I’d really like to dive right into is our topic for today, which is bid protests… We’re here in the second, third week of August, and as you all know, we’re getting to the end of the federal fiscal year. Contracts are starting to fly out the doors left and right. Maybe we have a couple, maybe three more weeks before we really get going with contracts, but the ramp up to the end of the fiscal year is upon us and contracts flying out the door left and right means bid protests coming back in left and right.

What I’m here to talk to you about today is a five-item list. These are not necessarily the only important items that you need to think of, but really five things to think about as you are trying to decide whether to protest a decision if your company has not been awarded a contract or your company has been eliminated from consideration from a contract.

Part of the usefulness of having this type of checklist is really to simplify what I would call a wave of incredibly complex information which you get if you were to call me and say we had a notice of award that someone else received the contract. You’re going to be inundated with just a wave of incredibly complex information, all of which will bear on your ultimate decision of “should I protest?”

The other thing, too, is that protests are not a zero-sum game. The end result is not a winner and a loser, which increases the complexity of the information you’re being asked to digest when you’re faced with the decision to protest or not.

So I’ve put together this five-item checklist, five high-level things to guide you in your decision. Watch the rest of this webinar below or click here to view it on YouTube.