What’s not to like about the U.S. government offering information technology vendors $17.5 billion for products and services?
The opportunity is attractive, and many vendors have expressed interest in a U.S. Department of Defense contract that covers the acquisition of a broad range of IT capabilities. Offered through the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, a request for proposals for the Encore III contract was issued in March. Bids were accepted through late April.
However, the contract generated angst about the terms DISA will use to select vendors. The complaints include a public letter to the department from business organizations representing IT companies.
In fact, DISA may have to suspend the RFP as a result of legal challenges. Booz Allen Hamilton and CACI separately have submitted protests to the General Accountability Office related to what they consider unacceptable provisions of DISA’s proposal.
The terms of the RFP are “ambiguous, inconsistent with law, and unsuitable for the type of procurement,” said Sharon Larkin, an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson, representing CACI.
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