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Harris, CSC to fight NGEN award to HP

Companies lodge protests against Navy decision on $3.5B contract

Harris Corp. and Computer Sciences Corp. have both filed protests of the Navy’s decision to award the $3.5 billion Next Generation Enterprise Network to Hewlett-Packard Co.

Harris and CSC led a team that competed against HP. Because the contract has two portions, Harris was bidding as the prime on one, with CSC as its teammate, and CSC was leading the second, with Harris as its teammate.

HP won the contract in late June on a lowest price, technically acceptable criteria. The contract will provide the IT infrastructure for 400,000 seats and 800,000 users globally. The company has been providing those services to the Navy under the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet contract since 2000.

Attorneys for both Harris and CSC declined to comment on the grounds of the protest.

A Government Accountability Office official said the protests were filed Monday morning, and decisions are due Oct. 23.

Work cannot start on NGEN until the protests are resolved.

At the time of the award to HP in late June, Navy officials expressed confidence that their decision could withstand a protest.

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

Reader Comments

Mon, Sep 16, 2013 San Antonio,TX

Please post when will the HP contest of IBM Peoplesoft awarded Aug 20, 2013 be resolved?

Tue, Jul 16, 2013

The HP award makes sense at least because they are longtime incumbent on a very large and complex enterprise network. I can't imagine that changing horses at this point would be a good idea, especially if that horse is CSC, which has performed notably poorly on a very large legacy to enterprise network migration project in the recent past.

Tue, Jul 16, 2013

Basically, the Navy is planning on keeping a single company in charge of it's enterprise network for two decades, do you see the problem with that? With the firing of the CO who oversall the NGEN award, questions were bound to be raised.

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 Kris Georgia

So what's new? Several Contractors bid for a lucrative USG award but only one gets to win! At least, it appears the award was made judiciously, based on the lowest cost to the tax-payer. I find no fault with that.

Tue, Jul 16, 2013

NGEN was a mess from the start. Two years late in award and now a deserved protest.

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