Protest of Tripler Army Medical Center IT support award is denied


“DIGEST – Protest is denied where the record establishes that the agency properly applied the solicitation’s stated evaluation factors, and evaluated offerors’ proposals consistently and equally against common evaluation criteria.” 

“BACKGROUND – In December 2017, the agency issued the solicitation as a 100% small business set‑aside under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, seeking proposals that would lead to the award of a fixed-price contract for a 12‑month base period, four 12‑month option periods, and one 6-month option period. The solicitation provided for award on a lowest-price technically acceptable (LPTA) basis and established the following evaluation factors:  technical capability, past performance, and price. As amended, the solicitation also provided for a 20-day phase in period, stating:  

The Contractor shall provide a detailed phase-in/out plan, which discusses the Offeror’s scheduling, phasing-in of all functional activities outlined in the PWS [performance work statement], and milestone dates for implementation.  The phase-in period shall be completed within 20 calendar days from contract award and a phase out period shall be 30 calendar days upon notice of award of a new contract in the event of any follow-on procurement….” 

“DISCUSSION – RDTS protests that the agency “failed to adhere to its disclosed evaluation criteria” and “failed to treat offerors equally.”  Protest at 11-13.  As discussed below, RDTS’s assertions are without merit…”  

“DECISION – Right Direction Technology Solutions, LLC (RDTS), of Honolulu, Hawaii, protests the Department of the Army’s award of a contract to Strativia, LLC, of Largo, Maryland, pursuant to request for proposals (RFP) No. W912CN-18-R-0002 to provide various information technology, visual information, and administrative support services for the Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) at Oahu, Hawaii. RDTS complains that the agency failed to adhere to the terms of the solicitation and failed to treat offerors equally.” 

“We deny the protest.”  You can read the full 6-page decision here. 

G2X TAKE:  A motion put forth by 8(a) small business RDTS challenging a recent award decision related to a 5 1/2-year $8.2M contract award made to 8(a) small business Strativia, to provide a range of Information Technology, Visual Information, and Support services for the Tripler Army Medical Center has been denied.  

A link to the full decision document can be found above. There will clearly be some heartache here for the losing bidder’s pricing team as a $30k price difference appears to be all that stood between an L and a W on this LPTA contract.  



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