IBM files protest over VA's $12B T4 contract

IBM Corp. is protesting recent awards made under the Veterans Affairs Department’s $12 billion Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology program, known as T4.

IBM filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office on Aug. 2, the GAO announced.

It is the 10th protest to be filed against the T4 contract awards in recent months, according to GAO records. The other nine protests have been denied, dismissed or withdrawn.

IBM’s bid protest case is currently listed as “open” by GAO, with a deadline of Nov. 10 for a decision. The GAO attorney in charge of the case is Paul Jordan.

Under the T4 program, the VA was expected to awarded 15 contractors the opportunity to bid for task orders valued at up to $12 billion over five years. As of July 5, 14 of the contracts had been awarded, and the 15th was being held until resolution of a protest.

Seven of the T4 awards were made to veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.

It was not immediately clear whether IBM’s protest would result in suspension of the T4 awards until GAO issues a decision. GAO officials did not immediately respond to a request for information.

Under the T4 contract, the selected companies will work on integrating VA systems, network and software to modernize the VA’s information technology infrastructure. The services and products may include program planning and management, systems and software engineering, cybersecurity, operation and maintenance, and support to facilities.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 Jake Mac

MarK: So you're saying Small Businesses shouldn't get contracting work? You must be CEO of BAH

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 Mojo Joe Metro DC

GD and a Small company are now protesting as well yet the VA made over 200M in "non-competitive awards". To the existing awardees to circumvent GAO and US Court process. Tax Payer gets screwed over AGAIN. No wonder the US credit rating was down graded - The Government just keeps hemorrhaging money for the sake of bureaucratic egos.

Wed, Aug 10, 2011 Mark

Sorry, but I personally am sick of small businesses claiming they can do everything. I have seen time and time again that these businesses put up a good talk and then burn resources trying to get new hires that they never knew before the bid up to speed. This costs the tax payers dollars and time. It would be better to just do it right the first time and let a big business come in with the proper resources and qualifications.

Tue, Aug 9, 2011 Inventor USA

The US government isn't capable of running an "OUTHOUSE"!!! Not one function works very well or at all. Surprise, Surprise.

Tue, Aug 9, 2011 Pug Mahogany

Who is this mystery 15th awardee? Why the secrecy? Its so great they spent all this money when they already have the GSA VETS contract. Vets get taken for a ride again.......

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