Protest stops $450M DHS award to CACI

Financial management project put on hold

Protests by the losing bidders have brought the Homeland Security Department’s financial services upgrade to a halt.

Savantage Financial Services Inc. and Global Computer Enterprises Inc. have protested the $450 million Transformation and Systems Consolidation contract, which was Awarded to CACI International in mid-November.

The Government Accountability Office has until March 10, 2011, to make a ruling on the protests.

DHS wants to use the contract to consolidate and integrate its enterprise financial, acquisition and asset management systems.

The department declined to comment on the specifics of the protest but did say that “TASC was conducted as a full and open negotiated procurement in accordance with [the] Federal Acquisition Regulation.”

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Reader Comments

Tue, Dec 7, 2010 Peter G. Tuttle, CPCM

Nick: Thanks for posting this article about DHS' TASC Program and the two GAO protests that were recently filed. The journey of this particular program has been interesting to watch. Internal DHS estimates range from $450M to $1B. Numerous GAO/OIG reports, lawsuits and protests have plagued TASC since its inception. Small businesses will be displaced in favor of the large business TASC team solutions. Over time, Congress has become increasingly more interested about the management, expense and effectiveness of TASC. The list of issues goes on and on. How all this plays out for DHS and the American taxpayer remains undecided, but the way in which the many issues are addressed will be a critical test of the Administration's true posture towards the effective management of IT Programs and the efficient alignment of scarce resources with pressing National goals & interests. I look forward to seeing how the TASC saga continues. I hope others do as well.

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