A procurement protest refers to lawsuits challenging federal government action in connection with awarding government contracts. The protest is permitted to ensure that the government procures its goods and services in a fair and competitive manner. A typical protest involves an immediate hearing on the protestor’s request for preliminary injunctive relief, and a subsequent hearing on the merits.
The following is the federal law on Procurement Protest:
Protest means a written objection by an interested party to any of the following:
a. A solicitation or other request by a Federal agency for offers for a contract for the procurement of property or services;
B. The cancellation of such a solicitation or other request;
c. An award or proposed award of such a contract;
d. A termination or cancellation of an award of such a contract, if the written objection contains an allegation that the termination or cancellation is based in whole or in part on improprieties concerning the award of the contract; or
e. Conversion of a function that is being performed by Federal employees to private sector performance. [31 USCS § 3551].