USCFC Press Release - Federal Contract Conference Supports Court Review of Bid Protests

Judge Thomas C. Wheeler spoke on Friday, September 15th, on a panel for the Practicing Law Institute on “View from the Bench–Adjudicating Government Contracts Disputes.” Senior Judge Loren A. Smith also spoke on a panel for the Practicing Law Institute on “Bid Protests in Government Contracts–Protection or Obstacle?” The Judges both expressed views from their experiences and answered questions from the participating attorneys. Attendance of attorneys attending and those live streaming was well over a hundred. There was a strong general view that the bid protest jurisdiction was important to both the public and the government. It gives the contractor confidence in the integrity of the system and encourages people and companies to compete for government contracts. This in turn helps the government and the public to get the best quality at the lowest price.