A federal court has ruled against Perspecta in a lawsuit that sought to overturn the Navy’s latest iteration of its Next Generation Enterprise Network contract, likely clearing the way for work to begin on one of the largest information technology contracts in government history.
The precise reasons behind Judge Loren Smith’s final judgement in the case aren’t yet known, because he filed his opinion under seal — a common practice at the Court of Federal Claims to protect sensitive acquisition information. A public version of the document is expected by early January.
The lawsuit was over the Navy’s award of the larger of two contracts that make up its latest recompetition of NGEN, known as Service Management, Integration and Transport. The Navy awarded SMIT, valued at up to $7.7 billion over eight years, to Leidos in February.
“The Department of the Navy is pleased to be able to move forward with this critical program in support of our Navy and Marine Corps warfighters,” Ruth Youngs-Lew, the Program Executive Officer for Digital and Enterprise Information Systems said in a statement. “This contract will enable the DON to accelerate digital modernization of our enterprise networks, which are the foundation for the Department of Navy business.”
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