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Booz Allen cries foul over energy award

Booz Allen Hamilton has filed a protest over the awarding of a $10 million contract to a small business the Army picked to support a renewable energy program.

Value Recovery Holding LLC was picked by the Army Engineering Support Center in Huntsville, Ala., for its Energy Initiatives Task Force Support Services contract.

The task force serves as a central management office for large-scale, renewable energy projects. The Army is focused on projects that are of 10 megawatts or greater on Army installations across the United States.

Booz Allen has been working with the Army for some time on the project. In fact, when I googled Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, the top hit was a Booz Allen Hamilton webpage where the company talks about its partnership with the Army.

The company claims that it recommended the formation of the task force to the Army.

“Booz Allen continues to support this task force by providing full-spectrum capabilities—from identifying projects, to engaging communities, to negotiating financial structures, to managing the closing process,” the company says on the webpage.

So, it had to have been a shock not to win the contract, which will be used for management and technical consulting services to support the task force staff.

Booz Allen declined to comment.

Value Recovery Holding is a subsidiary of Value Recover Group, which was founded by Barry Fromm and got its start during the savings and loan collapse when it won a contract with the Resolution Trust Corporation.

Services that the company offers include process consulting, financial advisory services and technology services, including technical support and IT and project management.

Value Recovery Holding also is a small business, according to its website.

Booz Allen filed the protest with the Government Accountability Office on May 19, and a decision is due August 27.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

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