PROTEST

Booz Allen continues battle for $575M Army tech services contract

Booz Allen Hamilton remains intent on not letting a $575 million Army technology services task order slip through without a fight.

The firm has filed a new protest against the three-year “Strategic Systems” order originally won by Raytheon in June 2017. Strategic Systems supports the software engineering directorate of the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. The General Services Administration is managing this procurement for the Army.

Booz Allen filed this latest protest on Jan. 2 and the Government Accountability Office is due to make a ruling by April 12. This makes it three times that Booz Allen has put its concerns about the award on the record at GAO.

We reached out to Booz Allen for comment and will update this post when we hear back.

The first protest came down in the wake of the original award. That was quickly dismissed by GAO in July of last year after the Army and GSA took a corrective action to reconsider the award.

Then in September, Booz Allen filed protest number two that GAO subsequently ruled was premature and dismissed. The Army and GSA again decided on a corrective action and pulled back the award a second time.

At the time, GAO ruled Booz Allen should wait and see on the outcome of that corrective action. And evidently Booz Allen is unsatisfied with the latest review by the Army and GSA.

Among the issues Booz Allen has raised include an alleged organizational conflict-of-interest at Raytheon. They also have voiced concerns about technical evaluations and pricing. The Strategic Systems order calls for software engineering work to modernize the Army’s missile defense and other technology systems.

GSA awarded Strategic Systems through the government-wide OASIS professional services vehicle. Strategic Systems is one of the three large task orders that have moved from the Army’s AMCOM Express vehicle to OASIS.

Science Applications International Corp. has won the other two task orders -- the $980.2 million Battlefield Systems order and the five-year, $404 million Virtual Systems order. Battlefield Systems represented about 7 percent of SAIC’s annual revenue.

About the Author

Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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