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Air Force loses NetCents 2 protests

The Air Force just can’t seem to get clear of its NetCents 2 protest troubles.

This week, the Government Accountability Office recommended that the Air Force re-evaluate proposals for its $5.8 billion NetCents 2 small business contract for network operations and infrastructure solutions.

The Air Force made awards to 12 companies in March, and those awards were quickly followed by protests. [You should probably ignore my speculation in that one that the Air Force did something right with those March awards because only nine out of 17 losing bidders filed protests.]

GAO has now ruled on four of those protests. Decisions on the others are expected July 21 and 23.

This week’s decision involves protests by Intelligent Decisions, Abacus Technology, D&S Consultants, and CDO Technologies.

The full decision isn’t available as it is still going through the vetting process before being publicly released, but GAO did release a statement.

All of the companies challenged the Air Force’s evaluation of their respective proposals. Abacus and D&S also challenged the source selection decision.

GAO denied or dismissed the challenges raised by Intelligent Decisions and CDO Technologies.

But GAO sustained the challenges on the evaluation raised by D&S and it sustained the challenge to the source selection raised by Abacus and D&S.

So, the protesters and the Air Force each won some and lost some, but the bottom line is that GAO wants the Air Force to reevaluate proposals and make a new source selection.

It’s back to square one for this part of NetCents.

It’ll be interesting to see what GAO decides regarding the remaining protests filed by Pragmatics, Furtron, VMDn LLC and EMW Inc.

And to not muddy the waters, these protests and NetCents 2 awards are separate from the other NetCents 2 awards for application services that the Air Force announced this week.

We expect those awards also to be protested by losing bidders, of which there are several.

So, the Air Force’s NetCents 2 troubles continue. It begs the question, will we ever see all the components of this program up and running?

It doesn’t look good.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jul 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Reader Comments

Sat, Jul 19, 2014

Never mind Alliant and Oasis, both redundant, let's not forget Schedule 70 the monster it is and then there's FEDSIMS! So much redundancy it's insane. And why is NASA allowed to have SEWP?

Fri, Jul 18, 2014 Bill DC

This procurement has been the bellwether for a poorly run process since the initial RFI was issued in Fall 2007. That's 6 and 1/2 years ago....really! If, and I agree with you Nick, it's a really big if there are ever sustainable awards, the overlap in award lots and between business classes of awards will provide rich fodder for task order level protests well into the future. With GSA Alliant and Oasis fully in play, why is this procurement even still needed. What a waste of time and money this whole process has been, not just for the taxpayers but for the companies involved as well. As I have said before in your column comments, this procurement has really been "INEPTCENTS"!!!!

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