I am working on a research project on federal contracting officers and have had some trouble getting a clear answer. Specifically, I am looking for what can be done when a contracting officer abuses his/her authority (ex: extreme bias against the contractor, discrimination, etc). The officers seem to have a lot of authority so what options does a business have? Who do these officers answer to and is there anything the contractors can do to get them to quickly follow the law. Also, is it possible to FOIA their emails for code violations, collusion with other bidders, evidence of discrimination, etc?