** Posted June 7, 2018
Update: While the $50B Alliant vehicle is officially off the ground now, that is not the case for the sister contract, Alliant 2 SB.
Concept Solutions, LLC has refiled their protest with GAO, joining Metrica Team Venture as one of two outstanding protests related to this important 10-year IDIQ. The listed due date for resolution is September 10, 2018. No additional details are available at this time.
** Posted May 25, 2018
G2X TAKE: More than 5 months after the small business awardees were announced on this 10-year IDIQ contract to provide customized Information Technology (IT) services and IT services-based solutions, GAO dismissed all remaining protests this week, only to have one protest action re-filed
There is a lot on the line here — contract vehicles, especially 10-year Government wide Acquisition Contracts, are coveted by vendors as they make it easier for customers to gain access while limiting the competition. For firms that focus on the Federal Health sector, the predecessor Alliant SB contract has become a frequently used contract vehicle option for numerous Federal Health agencies. Most notably, the Defense Health Agency went as far as to sign on to an exclusive relationship to use GSA contract vehicles, with the Alliant and Alliant SB GWACS serving as a centerpiece of that agreement.
Over the course of the last few weeks, GAO managed to address all of the protests that remained active related to Alliant 2 SB, with the list of protestors whose action were dismissed included below:
- TISTA Science and Technology Corp.
- Dynanet Corporation
- Integral Consulting Services, Inc.
- Synaptek Corporation
- Concept Solutions, LLC
- Citizant, Inc.
- MicroTechnologies, LLC
- Dfuse Technologies, Inc.
- Technical & Management Resources, Inc.
- Syneren Technologies Corporation
- Criterion Systems, Inc.
- Amyx Inc.
- CompQSoft Inc.
- Metrica Team Venture (note: Metrica actually re-filed their protest with GAO)
As we have noted here on several occasions, a ‘dismissal’ by GAO does not indicate the agency is close to resolution, but rather, often times indicates that the agency has agreed to take proactive steps to address a deficiency or set of deficiencies that were uncovered as part of the protest process. The steps can range anywhere from a small fix to a full re-evaluation of the proposals. Once those actions are taken by GSA, each of these vendors will have an opportunity to re-open their protest with GAO if they are not content with the result.
Being locked out as a Prime for what is potentially 10 years will not sit well with many vendors who feel they are deserving of a seat at the table. We would expect this fight to continue well into the summer and likely into FY19.
More updates will be provided here as they are made available.Tags: alliant 2 CMS DHA HHS VA