Alliant 2 protest heads to court

Lawsuits from two firms seek to force GSA to re-evaluate its award for the $50 billion IT product and services contract.

FCW magazine's feature story from July 15.

The battle over the General Services Administration's award of its $50 billion Alliant 2 IT product and services contract is moving to the courts.

Five protests were filed in late November after GSA made 61 awards for the Alliant 2 full-and-open track out of 170 total bids, leaving scores of firms disappointed that they missed out.

Alliant 1 incumbents Kratos Defense & Security Solutions and Peraton -- the former Harris Corp. IT business -- were among those protestors. Another incumbent, Centech Group, also protested the awards after not making the list of 61, as did Capgemini Government Solutions.

Now, however, Centech and another evidently disappointed company in OBXTek have taken their objections to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Tysons Corner, Va.-based OBXTek first filed its lawsuit on Nov. 29 and Falls Church-based Centech filed its lawsuit Dec. 26.

The Government Accountability Office dismissed all outstanding protests against Alliant 2 on Dec. 20, as is customary when protests get taken to Federal Claims Court. A separate protest filed by Compuline International was dismissed Nov. 30.

Both OBXTek and Centech are objecting to different provisions in the solicitation but their cases will be decided in a single case, according to court documents. Officials at OBXTek declined comment and representatives from Centech could not be reached for comment.

OBXTek -- who did not protest to GAO -- is seeking an injunction that would order GSA to re-evaluate the company's proposal, according to OBXTek's heavily redacted 30-page complaint.

The company alleges GSA’s evaluation of OBXtek's bid was "materially flawed... internally inconsistent and arbitrary" and the proposal would have been chosen for award otherwise, the complaint says.

A schedule for the case posted on Dec. 6 says GSA is due to make its filing for the case by Jan. 19 and OBXTek must file a motion for judgment by Feb. 2. GSA must then file a response to that motion by March 2. OBXTek's reply to GSA's response is due by March 16 and then the agency must respond by March 30, according to the schedule.

Centech has received $27.9 million in task orders from Alliant 1, according to Deltek.

A longer version of this article first appeared in Washington Technology, an FCW sibling publication.

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