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Companies with dismissed protests might get another shot at $15B Alliant SB contract

A group of small businesses that were left off of the original awards for Alliant 2 Small Business may get a second bite at the apple.

The Government Accountability Office dismissed 14 protests in all this week that were originally filed in March.

In general, a dismissed protest at this stage means that the agency has spotted a mistake or an area where they think they will not prevail and have decided to take an action instead of risking a decision that would be imposed by GAO.

Known as a “corrective action,” the agency tells GAO that it is canceling a award decision to take an action. Often this can mean correcting a mistake and re-evaluate proposals. Sometimes they ask that new proposals be submitted.

When an agency pulls back an award, GAO dismisses the protest because there is no award to protest. A dismissal is not a ruling on the merits of the protest.

I have reached out to GSA for comment and will update this post when I receive a response.

Companies whose protests dismissed were:

  • Amyx Inc.
  • Criterion Systems
  • Citizant Inc.
  • CompQSoft Inc.
  • Concept Solutions LLC
  • Dynanet Corp.
  • Dfuse Technologies
  • Integral Consulting Services
  • Metrica Team Venture
  • MicroTech
  • Syneren Technologies
  • Synaptek Corp.
  • Technical & Management Resources Inc.
  • TISTA Science and Technology

Alliant 2 Small Business is a $15 billion contract that went to 81 small businesses.

Given its size and scope Alliant 2 Small Business is a very popular vehicle for companies. GSA received 493 proposals for the contract that is used for a wide range of IT solutions.

When Alliant 1 was first awarded in 2008, that also was hit with bid protests and GSA eventually made awards to nearly all of the bidders. But it took a year to get to that point.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 24, 2018 at 12:32 PM

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