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Comptroller General Bid Protest Statistics - 25 Years of Fiscal Year Data

Fiscal Years 2021 through 2010

Go To  Statistics for FYs 2009 through 1997

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2022 2021 2020

2019

2018

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2016

2015

2014

2013 2012 2011 2010
Cases filed1 1,658 1,897 2,149 2,198 2,607 2,596 2,789 2,639 2,561 2,429 2,47512 2,35313 2,269
Cases closed 1,6552 2,0173 2,1374 2,2005 2,6426 2,6727 2,7348 2,6479 2,45810 2,53811 2,495 2,292 2,226
Merit Decisions (Sustained and Denied) 455 581 545 587 622 581 616 587 556 509 570 417 441
Decisions sustained 59 85 84 77 92 99 139 68 72 87 106 67 82
Sustain rate (%) 13 15 15 13 15 17 22.56 12 13 17 18.6 16 19
Effectiveness
Rate (reported)13 (%)
51 48 51 44 44 47 46 45 43 43 42 42 42
Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases 74 76 124 40 86 81 69 103 96 145 106 140 159
Success Rate for Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases14 (%) 92 84 82 90 77 90 84 70 83 86 80 82 80
Cases with hearings 2 13 9 21 5 17 27 31 42 31 56 46 61

1 All entries in this chart are counted in terms of the docket numbers (B numbers) assigned by GAO, not the number of procurements challenged. Where a protester files a supplemental protest or multiple parties protest the same procurement action, multiple iterations of the same B number are assigned (i.e., .2, .3). Each of these numbers is deemed a separate protest for purposes of this chart.  (Emphasis added)

2 Of the 1,655 cases closed in FY 2022, 344 are attributable to expanded bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders.  (emphasis added)

3 Of the 2,017 cases closed in FY 2021, 401 are attributable to expanded bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders.  (emphasis added)

4 Of the 2,137 cases closed in FY 2020, 147 are attributable to expanded bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders.  (emphasis added)

5 Of the 2,200 cases closed in FY 2019, 373 are attributable to GAOs bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders placed under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.

6 Of the 2,642 cases closed in FY 2018, 356 are attributable to GAOs bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders placed under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.

7 Of the 2,672 cases closed in FY 2017, 288 are attributable to GAO's bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders placed under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.

8 Of the 2,734 cases closed in FY 2016, 375 are attributable to GAOs bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders placed under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.

9 Of the 2,647 cased closed in fiscal year 2015, 335 are attributable to GAOs bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders placed under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.  (emphasis added)

10 Of the 2,458 cases closed in fiscal year 2014, 292 are attributable to GAOs bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders placed under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.  (emphasis added)

11 Of the 2,538 cases closed in FY 2013, 259 are attributable to GAO's bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders.  (emphasis added)

12 Of the 2,475 cases filed in FY 2012, 209 are attributable to expanded bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders.  (emphasis added)

13 Of the 2,353 cases filed in FY 2011, 147 are attributable to expanded bid protest jurisdiction over task or delivery orders.  (emphasis added)

13  Based on a protester obtaining some form of relief from the agency, as reported to GAO.

14 Percentage resolved without a formal GAO decision after ADR.

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Source:  Office of the General Counsel, U. S. Government Accountability Office. 

Also see:  GAO Bid Protests:  Trends, Analysis, and Options for Congress; Congressional Research Service, February 11, 2009.


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