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The GAO is not the only forum that bans certain individuals from filing complaints, protests or claims.  See, the COFC decision at https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2016cv0570-16-0 in which the Court directed "The Clerk of the Court is directed not to file future complaints in which Mr. Hood asserts allegations that arise from the same facts set forth in Case Number 16-570 in this court."

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On 1/19/2017 at 9:02 AM, Retreadfed said:

The GAO is not the only forum that bans certain individuals from filing complaints, protests or claims.  See, the COFC decision at https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2016cv0570-16-0 in which the Court directed "The Clerk of the Court is directed not to file future complaints in which Mr. Hood asserts allegations that arise from the same facts set forth in Case Number 16-570 in this court."

The COFC was on firm legal ground.  As for the quoted decision, how many thousands of taxpayer dollars and hours of the COFC's (precious - I might add)  time and resources did it take to have to develop a 12 page decision to legally justify why the COFC was banning filing of future complaints arising from the same facts here?  And what about the wasting of the other lower and appeals courts time and resources!  I hope that the Judge was able to borrow some of another court's decision

For the record, I commend the GAO for its stance, regardless of real, implied or lack of specific authority. Frivolous protests waste the taxpayers' money and the GAO's limited time and legal resources.  Outside affliction of Waste - Fraud - Abuse on the taxpayers and government agency.

I would hope that those here, especially government employees who question GAO's authority to limit such abuse against the taxpayers and  government resources will contact their members of  Congress to advocate granting any specific or implied authority that GAO would need to satisfy their concerns. 

Unfortunately, members of Congress are politicians, who don't always have the taxpayers' interests in mind.  Congress doesn't get campaign funding from GAO or (much) from beleaguered government employees.

I don't expect the industry members here to particularly support adding limits to the industry's "rights" to submit protests.  However, it would probably serve their interests, too..

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Banning individuals from filing protests, lawsuits or complaints is an extreme mean for the appropriate forum to control their dockets.  I know of one U.S. district court that banned an individual from filing EEO complaints after the individual had filed 181 EEO complaints with the court.

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The problem of serial or vexatious litigation widespread in Western democracies. There is vast body of literature about it. You can trace it back to classical Athens. Today is appears to be especially bad in connection with the Americans with Disabilities Act. See, for example:

The Vexatious Litigant http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2910&context=californialawreview

Fighting the Tide of Serial ADA Litigation https://www.law360.com/articles/654820/fighting-the-tide-of-serial-ada-litigation

Vexatious Litigation: A Vexing Problem https://bostonbarjournal.com/2012/09/12/vexatious-litigation-a-vexing-problem/

House approves automatic fines for filing frivolous lawsuits http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/votes/190310-house-approves-automatic-fines-for-filing-frivolous-lawsuits

 

 

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