DATE: February 25, 2002

SUBJECT: General Accounting Office (GAO); Review and Revision of Protest Regulations

SOURCE: Federal Register, February 25, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 37, page 8485


ACTION: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPM)

SYNOPSIS: GAO is announcing that it is reviewing and will be revising its protest procedures because developments since 1996, when those regulations were last revised, "warrant updating the regulations to reflect current practice."

EDITOR'S NOTE: GAO's protest regulations, which are in Title 4 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 21, govern offeror protests filed with the GAO against alleged improprieties in the government's conduct of acquisitions. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 33.104, Protests to the GAO, provides an overview of the protest process and procedures. However, if there is a conflict between GAO's regulations and the FAR, GAO's regulations govern.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 1, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Address comments to John M. Melody, Assistant General Counsel, General Accounting Office, 441 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20548; by e-mail to BidProtestRegs@gao.gov; or by fax at 202-512-9749.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John M. Melody (Assistant General Counsel) or David A. Ashen (Deputy Assistant General Counsel), at 202-512-9732.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Revisions to GAO's protest procedures are being considered in several areas to reflect current practice and to take into account legal developments that have occurred since 1996, the last time the regulations were extensively revision. Among the changes being considered are the following:

GAO welcomes comments on these considerations, as well as suggestions for changes to other areas of the regulations that may enhance the efficiency and overall effectiveness of the bid protest process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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