Bradley attorney Aron Beezley was quoted in Law360 on a much-anticipated report on defense contract bid protests recently issued by the RAND Corp. that offers a strong rebuttal to concerns that protests are rampant and often frivolous. The report urged Congress to consider ways to reduce protests by small businesses, such as through a legal assistance program to help them determine the validity of their cases and intended arguments before filing.
Beezley noted, however, that while the idea of helping small businesses improve their protests is a solid one, actual solutions are harder to come by.
“In terms of concrete, viable solutions to that perceived issue, I still don’t think we have very good options, and I think the report at least passively recognizes that,” he said.
Ultimately, Beezley said he believed that “the message in this report will be heard loud and clear by Congress — the concerns voiced by some DOD acquisition professionals were not necessarily based on hard evidence and statistics. ... [It] flat-out discredits and debunks any notion that bid protests are pervasive or that frivolous bid protests are a legitimate issue in the scheme of things.”
The complete article, “Study Rebuts Bid Protest Concerns But May Not Halt Critics,” appeared in Law360 on January 9, 2018.