Networx gets ready to rock 'n' roll

It's not just the members of Generation X and Generation Y who want instant gratification.
A lot of veterans of the government contracting market share that trait.

Six months ago I was hearing that the General Services Administration's huge
Networx telecommunications contract wasn't taking off.
There were whispers that it would fail.

You won't hear those whispers today. In fact, according
to Sami Lais' cover story, more than $1 billion worth of
work has been awarded through about 30 task orders.

On top of that, agencies are starting to feel the heat
to get transition plans in place for when Federal
Technology Service 2001, Networx's predecessor,
expires in 2010. Sources quoted in Lais' story say
Networx is about the kick into high gear.

Also in this issue, we take a closer look at the
FBI's Next Generation Identification contract that
Lockheed Martin Corp. won in February. After the
award, IBM Corp. filed a protest, but the companies
worked out an agreement that put IBM on
the Lockheed Martin team so the project could
move forward.

Neither company would tell Associate Editor
David Hubler the details of how the agreement
was reached. But with the number of protests expected to rise, contracting
experts told Hubler they believe we might see more companies use a similar
approach to resolve disputes.

It makes me wonder: If winning contractors are open to giving protesting companies
a piece of the action to resolve the protest, will we see even more protests?
It's worth contemplating.

About the Author

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

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