GAO's E-filing System for new bid protests
GAO has established a secure and easy-to-use web-based electronic bid protest filing and dissemination system
(EPDS) that will take effect for all protests later in 2018. An exact launch date for all protests will be
announced. Prior to the full implementation of EPDS, please continue to submit your protest documentation as
Prior to rolling the system out for all new protests, GAO is conducting a limited pilot program of the system.
GAO will designate several protests filed on or after February 1, 2018 for inclusion in the pilot program. If GAO
selects your protest for the pilot, you will be notified and given detailed instructions. For cases included in the
pilot program, users should review and follow the EPDS Instructions (except for the provisions regarding payment of
the filing fee) available below, and make all subsequent filings related to the protest in EPDS.
When the system is fully implemented all protesters will be required to use the system to file new protests, and
there will be a $350 filing fee. Funds from the filing fee will be used to pay for the operation and maintenance of
the system. The filing fee will not apply during the period of the pilot program.
Explore the technical reference materials below to understand more about using our new system.