Bidders get second shot at $6.9B NetCents contract

The Air Force has officially reopened the competition for its $6.9 billion NetCents 2 products contract.

In April, the Air Force awarded contracts to nine companies, but quickly backed off that decision after receiving protests from losing bidders.

In its announcement, posted on FBO.gov, the Air Force acknowledges the protests but says it is not responding on the merits or agreeing to any of the allegations the protests raised.

“It became apparent that offerors may have inconsistently interpreted the requirements of the [request for proposals] as it related to completing contractual documentation and - in some aspects - the technical and price requirements,” the Air Force wrote in its memo to bidders.

The memo states that discussions with all the bidders in the competitive range are being reopened. These bidders will be allowed to submit another round of final proposal revisions

The revisions are due by June 6.

The bidders must file a Trade Agreements Certificate and contract/solicitation modification form SP30 by that date.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 Program Manager Chantilly, VA

How on earth can the Air Force allow anyone to contend that requirements could be misinterpreted? This was about the simplest IDIQ requirement in recorded history -- "Here's a list of 120 product specifications and industry standards they have to meet. Bid commercially available products that fit the specs and meet the standards and the lowest-priced 6-9 companies get awards". That was it! For the Air Force to take more than two years to issue awards on an RFP that should have taken three weeks, well, someone needs to be accountable. How many millions in overpriced products has the Air Force had to pay the last two years because of integrator-prime pass-throughs? Has SAF/AQ said a word why this happened?

Mon, Jun 4, 2012

"That's an embarrassing mistake" could apply to more than the copy in this article!

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 Editor

That's an embarassing mistake. Sorry we let it slip thru. It's fixed now. Thanks.

Mon, Jun 4, 2012

?? contract medication form?? Turn off the spell checker and get a human to read the story!

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