Richard Arnholt Outlines New Enhanced Debriefing Rule for Government Contractors

April 1, 2022

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Richard Arnholt outlined the implications of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) new “enhanced debriefing rule” for government contractors that is intended to provide information and details about award decisions. However, as Richard states, “While this increased transparency was intended to discourage bid protests by sharing more information about award decisions, and some speculate that it will have that effect, in practice it gives contractors more information to bolster potential bid protest arguments and adds time to the extremely compressed schedule for filing protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO).”

In the article, Richard explains the new requirements under the new rule for both the protestor and the DoD in debriefings about and in response to inquiries about award decisions. The final rule was published March 18.

The full article, “Defense Department Enhanced Debriefing Rights – More Time to Protest?” was published by Reuters on March 30 and is available online or in the PDF provided by the outlet.