Todays federal marketplace is extremely competitive. It is not surprising, then, that protests have become an almost inevitable feature of many procurements. Successful contractors know that they need to understand both sides of the protest process to succeed. They must learn how to use protests to go after the contracts they deserve, when improperly awarded to someone else. At the same time, contractors must be able to defend baseless protests challenging their own awards, brought by disgruntled competitors. Assisting clients with these processes requires a thorough understanding of the complex web of regulations and requirements governing the protest process. In this session, experienced government contracts lawyer Maria Panichelli walks you through the protest process, explaining how to successfully assert and defend bid protests. Learning objectives: Differentiate between bid protests, size protests, and status protests, and understand when to use which Study the procurement timeline, and recognize protest or debrief â€œtrigger events Learn how to use a debriefing, what types of questions to prepare, and what can, and cannot be covered during the debriefing Recognize common bases for bid protests Understand the who, what, when, where, and how of filing a protest |Identify potential defenses to bid protests.