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JAN 6 2005
COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 4200.14A
Subj: COAST GUARD OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM FOR AGENCY PROTESTS
(a) Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
1. PURPOSE. This Instruction establishes the Coast Guard Ombudsman Program for Agency
Protests (OPAP). It is intended to encourage interested parties to seek resolution of their
concerns informally within the Coast Guard as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forum,
rather than filing a protest with the General Accounting Office (GAO) or other external forum.
It is designed to resolve contractor protests in a faster, less expensive manner than could be
accomplished at an external forum. Concerns of interested parties can be resolved through
independent, government binding adjudication taking place outside the procuring activity's
chain of command.
2. ACTION. Area and district commanders, commanders of maintenance and logistics commands,
commanding officers of headquarters units, assistant commandants for directorates, Chief
Counsel and chiefs of special staff offices at Headquarters shall ensure compliance with the
provisions of this Instruction. Internet release authorized.
3. DIRECTIVES AFFECTED. Coast Guard Ombudsman Program For Agency Protests,
COMDINST 4200.14 is cancelled
4. DISCUSSION. An agency protest within the meaning of FAR 33.101 may be filed at the
protester's option, at either one of the following:
a. With the contracting officer designated in the solicitation for receipt of protests.
DISTRIBUTION SDL No.142