Organizational Conflict of Interest Challenges

Thirty-Nine in a Row! During the past two-and-a-half years, 40 Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) challenges have been raised in protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  And – with the exception of one protest where the agency waived a potential OCI at the last minute, after receiving an unfavorable ADR “outcome prediction” – in every case the contracting officer determined that there was no disqualifying OCI, and in every case GAO upheld the contracting officer’s decision.[1]  Every single time!  Even Stephen Strasburg doesn’t strike out everybody.  (Alas, especially this year) It might even be said that OCI reversals have become as rare as leap days, since the last sustained OCI protest was Niksoft, issued on February 29, 2012.  And in that protest, unlike the … Continue reading