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GSA Ordered to Reconsider $15B Contract Award

The General Services Administration ("GSA")  must reconsider its 81 contract awards under an IT services procurement worth $15 billion, the Court of Federal Claims ("COFC") 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.
 
The solicitation was originally issued in June 2016 and contained a total ceiling of $15 billion, and sought proposals for the Alliant 2 Small Business Governmentwide Acquisition Contract, a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantify contract, for information technology services.
 
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.
 
As a result, more than 15 disappointed offerors filed bid protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), challenging various aspects of the GSA's evaluation and awards.
 
One of the original GAO protesters, Citizant, Inc. (Citizant), then filed its own protest with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in June 2018, alleging errors in the evaluation of more than 20 awardees. 
 
In March 2019, the COFC found in favor of Citizant, agreeing that the contracting officer acted arbitrarily by crediting certain offerors with points for proposing an adequate Cost Accounting System (CAS) and improperly evaluating certain offerors' proposed pricing.
 
COFC enjoined "the GSA from proceeding with the current awardee list" and directed "the GSA to reevaluate the proposals in a manner that redresses the errors."
 
In response to the COFC decision, the GSA announced in late March, that it has rescinded all contract awards made under the Alliant 2 Small Business solicitation, returning to a pre-award status.
 
GSA announced that proposal evaluation will continue and "a new source selection decision is expected at a point to be determined."



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