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APMP Procurement Improvement Committee (PIC) Releases New White Paper on How to Reduce Protests

Monday, April 6, 2015  
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APMP Procurement Improvement Committee (PIC) Releases New White Paper on
How to Reduce Protests
Report Lists Recommendations for Government and Industry Collaboration

Washington, DC, April 6, 2015APMP® released its first federally-focused white paper in 2015 called Can Protests Be Reduced?. It was produced by APMP’s Procurement Improvement Committee and gives recommendations on ways Government and Industry can better collaborate to reduce the number of bid protests.

"We’ve created a series of federally-focused white papers for APMP members who produce government proposals,” said Rick Harris, Executive Director, APMP. "Each month APMP will release a new PIC white paper.”

The increased number of protests indicates a systemic issue. For example, Industry incumbents may protest as a strategy to delay a contract and keep staff working longer or to increase the probability of agency action. Industry believes that improving the quality of government debriefs will also deliver a better understanding of why an organization lost a bid and will, therefore, reduce the number of protests.

Protests are increasingly common responses to major competitive awards. The Government often anticipates protests in their procurement timeline, which comes at a price to those who need the proposed solutions. The recommendations in the APMP Can Protests Be Reduced? white paper are designed to reduce ambiguities and improve consistency in the procurement process.

APMP’s PIC is dedicated to working with Government to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of competitive procurements and to help answer how Government can better understand interactions with Industry, resulting in fewer protests, more industry standards, reduced cycle time, and decreased costs. Visit for details.

About APMP
The Association of Proposal Management Professionals® (APMP®) is the worldwide authority for best practices, education and career development for professionals dedicated to the process of winning business through proposals, bids, capture, business development and presentations. APMP is a non-profit membership organization founded in August 1989 and today has 6,000+ members and 26 active chapters, worldwide. Membership includes professionals engaged in every aspect of the proposal development lifecycle. For more information, contact Patrice Scheyer, Director of Marketing and Communications, +1-703-281-1686+1-703-281-1686 or