Report Evaluation criteria evaluating the volume of protests an offeror engages in? in Contract Award Process Posted September 14 Contractors and offerors have the legal right granted them by federal law to protest an award and dispute a contracting officer' decision. You all know that! You CANNOT penalize them, for them employing their rights. If a government agency is going to use any device to punish an offferor or contractor for using their legal rights, you better have a cause that can hold up in some legal forum. For example, look at this from the Administrator, OFPP, entitled Protests, Claims, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as Factors in Past Performance and Source Selection Decisions. Quote contractors should feel free to avail themselves of the rights provided to them by law. Accordingly, please emphasize to your agency’s acquisition personnel, especially source selection officials, that: 1. Contractors may not be given “downgraded” past performance evaluations for availing themselves of their rights by filing protests and claims or for deciding not to use ADR; and 2. Contractors may not be given more “positive” past performance evaluations for refraining from filing protests and claims or for agreeing to use ADR. Emphasis added. I hope your evaluations and preformance ratings do not include any type of punisment in them. On the other hand, if someone is extremely abusive and disruptive, even GAO managed to ban one protester for a year, if I remember correctly.