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Perspecta protests CACI's TSA IMPACT award

Don’t you love tradition?

The first protest has been filed against CACI International’s almost $200 million capture of the main Transportation Security Administration contract for IT infrastructure services.

Known as "IMPACT," this is the third iteration of the contract that first went to Unisys Corp. in 2002 when TSA was created.

The second contract, known as the IT Infrastructure Program or ITIP, was then won by Computer Sciences Corp. Unisys protested the ITIP award over several rounds before CSC prevailed and then took over the work in 2010.

CSC's federal business spun out in 2015 to help form CSRA, which was acquired by General Dynamics in April. 

With the competition for IMPACT -- IT Management Performance Analysis -- there were two rounds of pre-award protests by CSRA (before the acquisition by GD) to ask TSA to reopen discussions and allow bidders to resubmit proposals.

CSRA argued that TSA had made too many changes and modifications to the contract that bidders needed to be able to respond. TSA eventually relented.

The award went to CACI on June 1 at a value of $193.8 million through Sept. 26, 2021. The IMPACT contract continues the work to support TSA’s IT needs including infrastructure, hardware and software for 60,000 TSA end users who are at 550 airports and locations that include agency headquarters.

Earlier this week, Perspecta filed a protest at GAO.

The protest is officially filed by Enterprise Services LLC, which is the old HPE Enterprise Services public sector business that became part of DXC Technology last year in the merger of the HPE ES business with CSC (minus the federal business).

The DXC U.S. public sector business merged with Vencore and KeyPoint Government Solutions to form Perspecta in a deal that closed on June 1. So while GAO lists Enterprise Services as the protester, that business now rolls up into Perspecta.

More protests could be coming. Reportedly there were five bidders -- CSRA (now part of GD), DXC's federal business (now part of Perspecta), AECOM and Science Applications International Corp.

I have reached out to all of the companies for comment but no responses so far. We’ll update this post if and when we hear back.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jun 15, 2018 at 10:20 AM

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