New DoD Rules Enhance Offerors’ Rights


Today, our colleagues John Jensen, Dick Oliver and David Dixon published their Alert titled Defenders of the Debriefing, New DoD rules enhance contractors’ post-award debriefing rights. Takeaways include:

  • New rules for all Department of Defense (DoD) agencies expand offerors’ rights in connection with post-award debriefings in federal procurements.
  • Offerors now have 2 business days to submit questions to agencies after their debriefings begin, and the debriefings are not concluded until the agencies answer those questions, which they must do in writing within 5 business days.
  • The protest clock for a disappointed offeror only begins to run after the agency answers the offeror’s questions.