Report Can the Govt. Require IDIQ Primes to Waive GAO Protest Right? in Schedules, GWACS, MACs, IDIQs Posted July 29, 2019 2 minutes ago, General.Zhukov said: More professionally stated----- What I mean to say is that based on my reading of the FAR Parts 16 (Ordering) and 33 (Protest), there are two salient facts: protests for orders over $25MM are the exclusive jurisdiction of the GAO per FAR 16 protest procedures, including whether/how rights to protest may be waived, are not in FAR - they are in an entirely different regulation, which supersedes the FAR. These two facts mean that the orders in question are affirmatively subject to GAO protest unless GAO - not the contracting agency - says otherwise, and GAO has not said otherwise. And what's more, I think this is a unassailable rock-solid statement. I give the example of how waiving small business representations to show how the same (incorrect, IMO) reasoning applied to the SBA leads to an obviously un-allowable situation. Because who would bother with all that small business stuff if it could just be waived by the CO? The remark about GAO bid protest decision is to show an internal inconsistency. If contract-holders don't agree with the GAO waiver, to whom would they protest the solicitation if not to GAO? The FAR states only GAO handles such protests. And if they decided to sign the waiver and then protest to GAO anyways, do you really think GAO would dismiss the protest? Thank you - I see where the FAR states that only GAO can hear TO protests over $25M. That answers my original question.