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Comptroller General Bid Protest Statistics

Fiscal Years

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2004

2003

2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
Cases filed1 1,485 1,352 1,204 1,146 1,220 1,399 1,566 1,852
Cases closed 1,405 1,244 1,133 1,098 1,275 1,446 1,600 1,999
Merit Decisions (Sustained and Denied) 360 290 256 311 306 347 406 501
Decisions sustained 75 50 41 66 63 74 63 61
Sustain rate (%) 21 17 16 21 21 21 16 12
Effectiveness
Rate (reported)2 (%)
34 33 33 33 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases 123 120 145 150 144 88 53 N/A
Success Rate for Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases (%)3 91 92 84 84 81 92 83 N/A
Cases with hearings 56 74 23 63 54 53 88 N/A

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

3 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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