The GAO in an interim rule, link below, is proposing to install a $350.00 filing fee for bid protests. The GAO is developing an electronic filing systems, called the Electronic Protest Docketing System (EPDS). The GAO asserts the fee is necessary to implement and support EPDS. As many clients have commented over the year that anyone seems to be able to file a frivolous protest without recourse, this certainly would not eliminate that concern completely, but it may deter the truly frivolous ones. While the GAO is not required to have comments on its regulations because it is not subject to the Administrative Procedure Act, it is accepting comments on this one. Where to file any comments, due on May 16, 2016, is contained in the link below.
Any questions or comments may be sent to the author Christine Williams
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