Since the first bid protest decision at the U.S. Government Accounting Office in 1926, bid challenges have spread around the world to become critical parts of most procurement systems. In an important study underway this summer, the United States will be assessing a basic question in bid challenges: their purpose. Are bid challenge procedures intended to remedy harms to bidders, or are they early-warning systems intended to make the public procurement system work better?
Join King’s College, London, and the George Washingotn University Law School for a webinar in which leading procurement lawyers and academics from around the world will join to discuss these basic questions:
- What is the purpose of bid challenges? How have they evolved?
- Who should be able to bring challenges — and why?
- How often do bid challenges arise? Are they disruptive?
- And if bid challenges are to reduce risks of corruption and mistakes in public procurement, how should they be structured and handled?