Watching the Sunset: Anticipating Gao's Study of Concurrent Bid Protest Jurisdiction in the Cofc and the District Courts
The Government Contractor, Vol. 42, No. 12, 2000
11 Pages Posted: 4 May 2005 Last revised: 31 May 2012
Date Written: 2000
The 1970 D.C. Circuit ruling in Scanwell Labs. v. Shaffer, 424 F.2d 859, turned the issue of federal court jurisdiction over bid protest litigation into a legal experiment. Thirty years later, the putative sunset of statutory District Court jurisdiction, and a Congressional mandate that GAO undertake a comprehensive study of the need for concurrent jurisdiction, offered an opportunity to judge the success of this experiment. This brief paper reviews the history leading up to the GAO study; discusses how the protest regime helps ensure procurement integrity; critiques the scope and methodology of study; and, ultimately, argues that elimination of District Court jurisdiction hinders the opportunity of small businesses to challenge violations of federal procurement law.
Keywords: Scanwell, protests, disappointed offeror litigation
JEL Classification: H57, K13, K23, K41
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