Timeline of a Bid Protest

This general timeline illustrates the steps in a typical bid protest. Your bid protest timeline may be different, depending on the circumstances of your protest. If the general timeline differs from our regulations or published decisions, then follow the regulations and decisions.

Note: “Days” means “calendar days.”  If a deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the deadline is the next business day. 
For more information, see

Bid Protests At GAO: A Descriptive Guide (Ninth Edition, 2009)
GAO-09-471SP, April 3, 2009

Timeline of Bid Protest
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