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All mailed correspondence should be sent using a method that ensures traceability of
receipt by OPAP
(2) Time for Filing a Protest. All agency protests shall be filed in accordance with time
frames set forth at FAR 33.103(e). The time for filing any document expires at 4:00
P.M., Eastern Time on the last day on which such filing may be made.
(3) Interested Parties. For the purpose of filing an agency protest, an interested party
means an actual or prospective bidder or offeror whose direct economic interest would
be affected by award of a contract or by failure to award a contract. Federal
government employees, unions or commands are not considered interested parties for
the purpose of filing an agency protest.
(4) Election of Forum. After an interested party protests a Coast Guard procurement to
either the contracting officer or the Ombudsman and while the protest is pending, the
protester agrees not to file a protest with the GAO or other external forum. If the
protest is also filed with an external forum, the agency protest will be dismissed.
(5) Protest Decision Authority. The Coast Guard Ombudsman for Agency Protests shall
be the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) for the Coast Guard, Commandant
(CG-8D). The Competition Advocate Assistant, Commandant (CG-851), will serve
as point of contact. The Office of Procurement Management, Commandant (CG-85)
will provide administrative support to the Ombudsman. In such cases where the HCA
is the Source Selection Authority (SSA), the Vice Commandant (G-CV) is the
Ombudsman for Agency Protests (OPAP).
6. PROCESSING FORMAL AGENCY PROTESTS UNDER OPAP. The following procedures
are set forth to ensure orderly processing of an OPAP protest:
a. The protester shall provide a copy of the protest to both the contracting officer and the
b. The contracting officer shall prepare an administrative report to the Ombudsman for review.
The report shall be logically presented, concise, and address all of the protester's concerns.
Only pertinent solicitation materials relevant to the protest should be appended to the report.
c. The contracting officer shall provide the administrative report to the Ombudsman 10 working
days after receipt of the protest from the interested party. The report may be sent by fax,
over-night mail, or hand-delivered.