The GAO resolves the majority of its bid protest cases without a hearing.
91) Since the GAO is directly accountable "to Congress and the American people," (92) it can hardly be faulted for its steadfast adherence to its statutory responsibilities.
The difference in the regulatory tenor between the GAO and the ASBCA on the need to expeditiously resolve disputes is most evident in ASBCA Rule 33, Time, Computation, and Extensions.
121) In contrast to filing a bid protest or related documents with the GAO (where timeliness is determined by when the GAO receives a filing), the ASBCA will consider an appeal to be timely if it was mailed on or before the ninetieth day of the filing window.
142) This submission (commonly referred to as the "Rule 4 file" (143)) can be reasonably viewed as the ASBCA's version of the agency report required by the GAO during a bid protest; in fact, both submissions have a thirty-day deadline.
differed, both cases lend credence to the perception that the ASBCA will, in all likelihood, exercise a much greater degree of procedural patience with an appellant than the GAO would accord a bid protester.
Under this logic, it would be unreasonable to compare the case loads of the GAO and the.
The first compelling statistic is the average percentage of difference between the number of new cases filed with the GAO and the number of cases disposed of by the GAO: this figure was less than 5%.
After comparing the timeliness provisions of the GAO's Bid Protest Regulations and the ASBCA's Rules, and after analyzing the caseloads and processing times of both of these forums, it is clear that timeliness requirements contained in the CICA have enabled the GAO to process disputes in an efficient and equitable manner.
209) Thanks to the CICA and the GAO, we have an example of an instance where Congress provided clear and firm deadlines for when it wanted something accomplished, and where the affected agency utilized this mandate to develop and enforce implementing rules that allowed it to comply with its statutory obligation.
In light of the successful precedent established by the CICA and the GAO, a modified version of the 100 Day Rule should be created by congressional legislation and enforced by the ASBCA so that it may overcome the challenges it currently faces with its backlog of appeals and extended processing times.
the GAO's Bid Protest Regulations and the decisions of the Comptroller General, have enabled the GAO to provide a model administrative forum that resolves bid protests in an "easy and inexpensive" (239) manner and "more quickly .