This month’s bid protest roundup (featured on examines three recent decisions by the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”). The first, Solers, examines potential conflicts of interest arising out of the government’s reliance on contractors in its acquisition process. The second and third, Prudential Protective Services and CGI Federal, offer precautionary tales for would-be protesters. In Prudential, the protester’s failure to monitor postings on beta.SAM.gov caused it to miss its short window to protest a sole-source award to its competitor. In CGI Federal, the GAO dismissed two protests challenging the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s exclusion of parties as potential bidders under the Office’s unique market research and procurement authority.
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