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Comptroller General Bid Protest Statistics

Fiscal Years 2016 through 2005

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2016

2015

2014

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

2006

2005

Cases filed1 2,789 2,639 2,561 2,429 2,475 2,353 2,269 1,989 1,652 1,411 1,326 1,356
Cases closed 2,7342 2,6473 2,4584 2,5385 2,4956 2,2927 2,226 1,920 1,581 1,393 1,275 1,341
Merit Decisions (Sustained and Denied) 616 587 556 509 570 417 441 315 291 335 251 306
Decisions sustained 139 68 72 87 106 67 82 57 60 91 72 71
Sustain rate (%) 22.56 12 13 17 18.6 16 19 18 21 27 29 23
Effectiveness
Rate (reported)8 (%)
46 45 43 43 42 42 42 45 42 38 39 37
Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases 69 103 96 145 106 140 159 149 78 62 91 103
Success Rate for Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases9 (%) 84 70 83 86 80 82 80 93 78 85 96 91
Cases with hearings 27 31 42 31 56 46 61 65 32 41 51 41

1 All entries in this chart are counted in terms of the docket numbers (B numbers) assigned by GAO, not the number of procurements challenged. Where a protester files a supplemental protest or multiple parties protest the same procurement action, multiple iterations of the same B number are assigned (i.e., .2, .3). Each of these numbers is deemed a separate protest for purposes of this chart.  (Emphasis added)

2 Of the 2,734 cases closed in FY 2016, 375 are attributable to GAOs bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders placed under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.

3 Of the 2,647 cased closed in fiscal year 2015, 335 are attributable to GAOs bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders placed under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.  (emphasis added)

4 Of the 2,458 cases closed in fiscal year 2014, 292 are attributable to GAOs bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders placed under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.  (emphasis added)

5 Of the 2,538 cases closed in FY 2013, 259 are attributable to GAO's bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders.  (emphasis added)

6 Of the 2,475 cases filed in FY 2012, 209 are attributable to expanded bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders.  (emphasis added)

7 Of the 2,353 cases filed in FY 2011, 147 are attributable to expanded bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders.  (emphasis added)

8 Based on a protester obtaining some form of relief from the agency, as reported to GAO.

9 Percentage resolved without a formal GAO decision after ADR.

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Source:  Office of the General Counsel, U. S. Government Accountability Office. 

Also see:  GAO Bid Protests:  Trends, Analysis, and Options for Congress; Congressional Research Service, February 11, 2009.


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