Strategies to Overcome Procurement Disputes
1 hour 30 minutes
Gain a better understanding of the concepts that take place during any given rise to procurement challenges and disputes.
Many federal, state and local government contractors failed to maximize their procurement opportunities and effectively deal with the challenges that arise from those opportunities because they do not understand, or are reluctant to use, the procedures provided to them by applicable law and regulation to ensure that they receive fair and honest consideration by government agencies in the pursuit of contracts and in performing them without loss or default. This topic helps contractor management, capture, and administration teams to understand the issues that may arise at all phases of the procurement process from draft solicitation to final contract close out and the means available to effectively handle those challenges by the bid protest and disputes/claims processes available to them, using the federal system, with some particular state and local references as well, as an instructive guide. Emphasis will be placed upon such important sub-topics as ensuring interested party status, complying with all timeliness and other filing and procedural requirements, and understanding what issues to raise and facts to support them that will maximize the contractor’s ability to file a successful protest, to successfully defend against a competitor’s protest, and to obtain a satisfactory result in a request for equitable adjustment or claim.
• You will be able to define important concepts and principles of contract formation giving rise to procurement challenges and disputes.
• You will be able to describe the bid protest process using the federal scheme as an exemplar, with references to some specific state protest procedures.
• You will be able to discuss the most effective use of the bid protest and claims processes to maximize contract opportunities and ultimate results.
• You will be able to explain the importance of timeliness rules and other threshold requirements for protests and claims.