Enhanced Debriefing Rules in the NDAA Offer Protesters Several Practical Advantages

In Short

The Situation: The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act requires that the Secretary of Defense implement new rules for enhanced debriefings for certain types of acquisitions.

The Result: Once implemented, the enhanced debriefing rules will provide disappointed offerors with several advantages, including enhanced information about source selection decisions, a follow-up question-and-answer period, and additional time to consider whether to protest.

Looking Ahead: The enhanced debriefing scheme has the potential to increase the public’s (and contractors’) confidence in the procurement system by providing more transparency and could also decrease the number of protests filed.

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