Filing a Protest
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Filing a Protest

Mr. Ledbetter,
I just got word from the CO regarding my latest bid. He told me the contract was awarded to my competitor. There were only two companies that bid on their contract and I know my price was lower, but I still lost. There can be no question about technical qualifications since I have been in this business for 20 years. I am no newby to federal contracting either, but one thing that I have never done is file a protest. My competitor is a HubZone certified business, but this was a small business set-aside. Can you steer me in the right direction?
Mike. N.

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Ledbetter on Thursday, September 06, 2012 10:54 AM
Mike, There are several things you must do. To file a protest you have to have a basis. So you can challenge your competitor based on his HubZone Business Status. This is key because, the HubZone business is given a 10% price advantage over the Small Business. So despite your price being lower, ceterus parabus, you could still lose if it is not more than 10% lower. I suggest you request a pre-award briefing with the Contract Officer to determine why your bid did not win. If that is the reason then file a HubZone status protest. All my best, Dean Ledbetter
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