$100M cancelled VA contract could be up for grabs again

 A $100 million contract might be recompeted at the Veterans Affairs Department now that the agency has cancelled the contract it had with ASM Research.

The company was to build a system to make it easier for VA and the Defense Department to share information with the private sector as it creates a digital health record system. The contract was awarded in January and is worth $102.6 million.

According to Nextgov, the contract was spiked because some of ASM’s subcontractors might have had inside information about it and therefore there was a conflict of interest.

Nextgov is also reporting that a whistleblower at the Military Health System informed VA officials about the possible conflict of interest violation.

Because the contract was the starting point for DOD and VA building a joint health record system, the assumption is the work will be put out again for bid . The work was awarded under VA’s Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology contract, known as T4, a multiple-award, task order contract.

Calls to VA and ASM Research for comment were not returned.

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

Reader Comments

Fri, Jul 12, 2013 Frank Bourgin

The big boys got eclipsed by a competent dedicated and focused company. Since when is the investment in understanding a complex problem and producing a solution an unfair advantage? Are we more preoccupied with misinterpreted procurement rules then serving those that have served us. I am watching, Is a bad faith intent going to prevail for some market dominance by old guards versus rewarding appropriately the company committed to serving our veterans and their families.

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 Hampton Brown United States

Why would VA ask for rebids when they could simply select the next in line bidder?

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