Protest Challenging $20M DHA AHLTA CHCS Integration Award Denied

Updated: September 27, 2019


  1. Protest challenging agency’s evaluation of awardee’s quotation under technical capability factor is dismissed where the protester’s arguments fail to state a valid basis for protest or are untimely challenges to the solicitation’s terms.
  2. Protest challenging agency’s evaluation of awardee’s past performance is denied where the record shows that the agency’s evaluation was reasonable and consistent with solicitation’s stated evaluation criteria.


The RFQ was issued on February 13, 2019, pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 8.4, as a small business set-aside to vendors holding General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule contracts under schedule 70, special item numbers 132-56, health information technology (IT) services, and 132‑51, IT professional services.  Agency Report (AR), Tab 1, Conformed RFQ at 3, 41; Contracting Officer’s Statement (COS) at 3; Supp. COS at 1.[1]  The solicitation contemplated the issuance of a single fixed-price task order for integration and sustainment of the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application-Composite Health Care System (AHLTA-CHCS).[2]  RFQ at 41; COS at 2; AR, Tab 4, Performance Work Statement (PWS) at 1.

Award was to be made on a best-value tradeoff basis considering the following factors in descending order of importance:  technical capability, past performance, and price.  RFQ at 40.  The RFQ stated that the technical capability factor was significantly more important than the past performance factor; the two non-price factors combined were significantly more important than price.  Id. at 41.


ASRC Federal Data Solutions, LLC (ASRC), of Beltsville, Maryland, protests the issuance of a task order to Unissant, Inc., of Herndon, Virginia, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. HT001519R0008, issued by the Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Health Agency (DHA), for integration support services.  The protester challenges the agency’s evaluation of the awardee’s quotation.

We dismiss the protest in part and deny it in part.

Read the full 10-page decision here.

Posted September 19, 2019

G2X TAKE: A protest challenging the award of a heavily-competed 65-month Defense Health Agency task that went to Unissant this past Spring to support Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application Composite Health Care System Integration efforts has been denied, thus clearing the way for the Unissant team to proceed.

Competed as a task on GSA IT-70, a protest was immediately filed by
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