ARCADIA, Calif. — SpaceX filed a bid protest in federal court against the government May 17, but most details about the protest, including the specific award being protested, remain undisclosed.
SpaceX filed the complaint with the Court of Federal Claims, but requested that the details of the complaint be kept under seal. Even the specific agency is not listed in the case, with the defendant in the case listed as only the USA.
“SpaceX states that the Bid Protest Complaint and accompanying exhibits contain SpaceX confidential and proprietary information and source selection information not appropriate for release to the public,” the company said in a motion requesting that the complaint be kept under seal, a common measure for such cases. “The proceedings in this matter will involve SpaceX’s proprietary proposal information and source selection information that must be protected to safeguard the competitive process.”
The company did not respond to a request for comment about the case, first reported by GeekWire.
The Court of Federal Claims is an alternative mechanism for adjudicating bid protests to the Government Accountability Office, but one used far less often than the GAO. A 2018 report by the RAND Corporation about Defense Department bid protests ...