An Examination of the Effects of the Federal Acquistion Streamlining Act of 1994 on the Post-Award Debriefing Process and Bid Protest Frequency.
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One of the major tenets of acquisition reform is that government agencies should be as open and forthcoming as possible in dealing with potential contractors. Increased communication is seen as one of the keys to improve the acquisition process. A widely held belief in government acquisition circles is that many protests have been filed simply because unsuccessful offerors have not been fully informed of the facts surrounding the contract award decision. Acquisition reform legislation has attempted to address this problem by mandating more timely and complete post-award debriefings that provide substantive information concerning the basis for the award. The theory is that more information in the post-award debriefing will lead to fewer protests by unsuccessful offerors. The primary objective of this research is to determine whether changes to the post-award debriefing process mandated by the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 FASA have indeed resulted in fewer bid protests. In addition, other potential effects of acquisition reform legislation on the post-award debriefing process will be investigated.
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