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Title: Antecedents and Consequences of Federal Bid Protests
Authors: Tim Hawkins
Michael Gravier
E. Cory Yoder
Keywords: Federal Bid Protests
Acquisition Strategies
Public Value Framework
Survey Data
Procurement Lead Time
Source Selection Competence
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2015
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Contracting Strategies
Abstract: The fear of receiving a bid protest is said to affect acquisition strategies, yet it has not been empirically explored. Based on the Public Value Framework and interviews with contracting personnel, this research tests a model of antecedents to and consequences of the fear of a protest. Survey data was obtained from a sample of 350 contracting personnel. The fear of protest is mitigated by having sufficient procurement lead time and by source selection competence, and increased by protest risk. Fear of protest increases compromised technical evaluations, added procurement lead time, and transaction costs, while it decreases contracting officer authority and is associated with source selection method inappropriateness. Compromised technical evaluations, in turn, decrease contractor performance while contracting officer authority increases contractor performance. Thus, findings suggest that fear of protests affect acquisition strategy decisions, which, in turn, affect contractor performance. The research concludes with several managerial implications, study limitations, and future research directions.
Description: Contract Management / Defense Acquisition Community Contributor
Appears in Collections:Annual Acquisition Research Symposium Proceedings & Presentations

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