Do-Over Ordered for GSA’s $15B Small Business IT Procurement
- GSA can’t proceed with dozens of awardees
- Protester showed unequal pricing evaluation
The General Services Administration must reconsider its 81 contract awards under an IT services procurement worth $15 billion, the Court of Federal Claims said.
The agency is enjoined from proceeding with its current awardee list and must re-evaluate proposals in a manner that redresses its errors, the court said.
Protester Citizant Inc., a Chantilly, Va., technology company, showed that the GSA improperly credited competitors’ bids for having acceptable cost accounting systems, Chief Judge Margaret M. Sweeney said.
The GSA also failed to evaluate bid prices in a consistent manner, the court said.
GSA awarded 81 contracts to small businesses in February 2018 under the Alliant 2 Small Business Government-Wide Acquisition Contract, which allows federal agencies to purchase customized IT services.
Several companies have unsuccessfully protested the GSA’s handling of this procurement.
One protester, Metrica Team Venture, has appealed its protest defeat to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP represented Citizant.
The case is Citizant Inc. v. United States, Fed. Cl., No. 18-cv-856, 3/25/19.
To contact the reporter on this story: Daniel Seiden in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jo-el J. Meyer at email@example.com; C. Reilly Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org