PROTEST UPDATE: Governance, Requirements, and Architecture Management Support (GRAMS)

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** Update 12.14.16

G2X TAKE: Filed away in the “whatever happened on that protest” folder, the challenge of this $80M Defense Health Agency Requirement Management Office contract to obtain support services to assist the DHA and the Military Health System on a number of key program management support areas may finally be over.

The latest challenge put forth by Deloitte for the award of the GRAMS contract to ASRC Federal/Data Networks Corporation (DNC) more than a year ago has been dismissed by GAO. While that might indicate the case is put to bed, GAO’s definition of dismissed can mean a host of things. Any further posted actions will be added here.

While the basis for some early challenges were well documented (see below), no additional details have been provided as to the rationale for the latest protest actions.  


** Update 8.26.16

The $80M DHA Protest Saga Continues

G2X TAKE: After ending up on the short end of the stick for more than five unsuccessful protests on the same contract, or at least actions that didn’t achieve their intended objectives, you might expect that Deloitte might be ready to concede the $80M Governance, Requirements, and Architecture Management Support (GRAMS) contract to ASRC Federal/DNC, but that does not seem to be the case quite yet.

Only a few days after the latest protest was dismissed by GAO, Deloitte has filed yet another protest. Details remain scarce as to the grounds for this new protest, but you can expect that many of the issues raised and shared as part of an earlier GAO judgement, that was made publicly available, remain core to their case.

The active protest is expected to be resolved by no later than the week after Thanksgiving.


** Update 8.21.16

And yet another protest by Deloitte Dismissed. - http://www.gao.gov/docket/B-412125.4


** Update 7.11.16

Subsequent Protest by Deloitte Dismissed  - http://www.gao.gov/docket/B-412125.5


**Update 5.17.16

Conclusion - "On the basis of our review of the record, we conclude that the agency’s OCI analysis concerning DNC’s performance of the TMDS/MSAT and DMIX SI&ES contracts was not unreasonable. Accordingly, we deny the protest in that respect.

We sustain the protester’s challenge to the agency’s evaluation of key personnel where the evaluation unreasonably determined that DNC’s senior information architect met the minimum requirements for that position. To the extent the agency asserts that it relaxed the key personnel requirements for all offerors, we cannot conclude on the basis of the record that the relaxation of the requirements was equivalent. We also sustain the protester’s challenge to the agency’s evaluation of past performance, where the agency’s contemporaneous evaluation is insufficiently documented to permit our Office to review the reasonableness of the agency’s conclusions, and the agency’s post-hoc explanations are inconsistent with the contemporaneous record and provide inadequate support for the evaluation results. Finally, we sustain the protester’s challenge concerning discussions, where the agency’s discussions on past performance relevancy were unequal.

Recommendation - We recommend that the agency reopen discussions with the offerors in the competitive range, request new final proposal revisions, and thereafter conduct and document a new evaluation of the proposals in accordance with the evaluation criteria set forth in the RFP…"

G2X TAKE: What we do know is that four companies, including both the current incumbent and the named awardee, will be busy deciding how to respond to GAO recommendations that DHA reopen discussions with those in the competitive range for this $80M contract intended to provide program management support to requirement managers in DHA’s Health Information Technology Directorate.

This is a long GAO report to read for those interested and much of the good stuff, (price, scoring, etc) remains redacted as the competition presumably continues, but it does provide some good detail as to the rationale for the sustainment. The report, with grounds for the protest put forth by Deloitte, is included here with a detailed blow by blow of the DHA rebuttal.


**Update 4.22.16

G2X TAKE: After dismissing the initial protest put forth on this $80M requirements contract in support of the Defense Health Agency, it appears the GAO is at least temporarily siding with the protestor for now. It is unclear what actions DHA will need to take to remedy this, but until there is a resolution, the Governance, Requirements, and Architecture Management Support (GRAMS) contract, awarded to DNC (now ASRC Federal), will remain in limbo.

This protest is covered by a protective order with the details limited, but a final redacted version of the decision will be posted when this process is complete. Should make for an interesting read. Click the bell in the upper right hand corner and you will receive a note when it is posted. Note - you need to be logged in.


**Update 02-22-16

G2X TAKE: DHA is undergoing a major transformation and firms are fighting hard to gain and maintain position. Deloitte lobbed yet another protest (the third) to GAO this week in relation to the $80M Governance, Requirements, and Architecture Management Support (GRAMS) task. Information remains scare as to the grounds, but it is believed to be related to the potential for OCI with current awardee, Data Networks Corporation (DNC). The first protest was dismissed, with the remaining two now open.This extends the GAO due date to May 26th.


**Update 01-11-16

G2X TAKE: While details as to the grounds of the renewed protest efforts remain limited, it appears that the award of this contract to assist the DHA and the Military Health System on a number of key program management support areas remains in limbo.

The initial protest levied by Deloitte was dismissed, but word late last week that a new challenge has been put forth indicates that Deloitte was not satisfied with the ruling and/or explanation. The latest protest is expected to be resolved by no later than April 15th.


PROTEST: $80M DHA Program Protested - 9.21.15

G2X TAKE: This $80M Defense Health Agency – Requirement Management Office contract is to obtain support services to assist the DHA and the Military Health System on a number of key program management support areas. The awardee of the GRAMS contract, Data Networks Corporation (DNC), and the Protestor, Deloitte Consulting, have been going head to head on a number of competitions. This is the second major award at DHA that DNC has had protested, after GAO threw out a protest on the $42M DMIX contract that DNC received earlier this year.

The grounds for the protest are not stated as part of the protest filed with GAO. The issue is expected to be resolved no later than December 28th.


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