The Government Accountability Office upheld the protest of an incumbent vendor who lost a contract award in a case that points to the high level of complexity involved in IT and government contracting.
The case involves a 2015 IT services contract on behalf of the National Guard, under a procurement conducted by the Department of the Interior under the agency’s franchise fund authority. Incumbent NCI Information Systems protested the award of the contract to HP Enterprise Services.
The contract involved network and telephone management, desktop support including on classified systems, cybersecurity, software engineering and virtual desktop and server management for 6,500 Army National Guard users in the National Capitol Region.
The solicitation was designed to be fielded by companies on the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions 2 contract – an acquisition vehicle managed by the Army’s Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions office.
An independent government estimate put the value of the contract at just over $112 million.
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See the GAO decision here: http://www.gao.gov/products/B-412870.2