GAO announced amendments to the GAO Bid Protest Regulations. The amendments, which are effective on May 1, 2018, strive to reflect current practices, streamline the bid protest process, and make clerical corrections. The amendments affect bid protesting contractors as follows:
- Bid protestors at the GAO must protest using the Electronic Protest Docketing System (EPDS).
- Bid protestors at the GAO must pay a $350 filing fee.
- The filing deadline, 5:30 p.m. ET, is only satisfied if the filings are received in EPDS by that time.
- EPDS is the sole method for filing documents in connection with a bid protest UNLESS the documents contain classified material or the documents, for reasons of size or format, are not suitable for filing through EPDS.
Note that GAO did not revise the requirement to provide a copy of the protest to the contracting officer, which is required by 4 C.F.R. § 21.1(e). Although bid protestors must file in EPDS, bid protestors must also provide a copy of the protest to the contracting officer.
GAO guidance regarding the use of EPDS is available at https://epds.gao.gov/login. (83 Fed. Reg. 13,817, 04/02/2018).