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NetCents protests grow to 14

More companies have filed protests against the Air Force and its troubled NetCents 2 Products contract. The total has now reached 14 protestors.

If my sources are correct, then all the losing bidders, except for two, have filed protests. The is round two for NetCents 2 Products, which last year was awarded to nine companies, but a flood of protests forced the Air Force back off and try again.

The reception to round 2 has been chilly. As one executive told me, nothing changed except for who some of the winners are.

Complaints this time are centered on pricing evaluations and compliance issues, particularly with trade regulations that restrict the countries where component in products are sourced.

The new protestors are:

  • FCN Inc.
  • Insight Public Sector
  • Presidio Networked Solutions Inc.
  • Unicom Government Inc. – formerly GTSI and a winner in round one.

They join the previous protestors:

  • Blue Tech Inc. – a winner in round one
  • Dell Federal Systems,
  • Force3
  • Global Technology Resources Inc. – a winner in round one
  • Red River Computer Co. – a winner in round one
  • immixTechnology Inc.
  • Integration Technologies Group
  • MicroTech
  • M2 Technology – a winner in round one.
  • Sterling Computers Corp.

Just as a reminder the winners of round 2 are:

  • Ace Technology Partners LLC., Arlington Heights, Ill.
  • CDW Government LLC., Vernon Hills Ill.
  • CounterTrade Products Inc., Arvada Colo.
  • FedStore Corp., Rockville Md.
  • General Dynamics IT, Needham Mass.
  • Intelligent Decisions Inc., Ashburn Va.
  • Iron Bow Technologies LLC., Chantilly Va.
  • World Wide Technology Inc., Maryland Heights Mo.

For the winners, the contract goes on hold. No task orders and no way to recoup bid and proposal costs.

The Government Accountability Office has until August to rule, but I think we’ll likely see a resolution of some sort before then. Perhaps awards to everyone or a few more. Perhaps a cancelation.  

I’m sure people are getting tired of the drama surrounding the contract, which was to be the Air Force’s prime vehicle for buying IT products that complement the other services-oriented NetCents contracts.

Whatever happens next is firmly in the Air Force’s hands.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 08, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Reader Comments

Mon, May 20, 2013

USAF has provided a Notice of Corrective Action, and GAO has dismissed the protests. Here we go again.

Fri, May 10, 2013 R Walker Virginia

My team did file a protest but frankly, it was just a case of doing it because they could. The cost was extremely low compared to what we already spent chasing the contract, but the PM thinks they will all get dismissed since the Air Force was under such scrutiny this past year. If they had a penalty for filing one, then we probably skip it but for now, no cost to file except for attorney's fees so why not? Most of these will be DOA but they will hope they buckle again.

Thu, May 9, 2013 Bill DC Metro and Dayton OH

I gave a more detailed insightful comment several days ago, but now it truly sounds as if the USAF has a bad case of "Inept-Cents"!

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