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Perspecta keeps pressure on DEOS protest with new filing

Perspecta is a continuing to push forward with its protest of the $7.6 billion Defense Department cloud email contract that went to General Dynamics IT, filing supplemental documents with the Government Accountability Office.

The protest decision is still on track to be resolved by June 15.

GDIT won the contract in August known as Defense Enterprise Office Solutions, or DEOS. The General Services Administration is helping DOD manage the contract that covers email and other collaboration software and services.

Perspecta filed a protest when GDIT first won the contract, claiming that evaluation was flawed and GDIT had a conflict of interest. GSA and DOD pulled the award back to take a corrective action.

A new solicitation was issued and the bidders have responded. But Perspecta's current protest claims the the government improperly disclosed Perspecta’s confidential pricing information to GDITs.

Since the new protest was filed in March, Perspecta filed a supplemental document with GAO last week. That is likely to respond back to DOD and GSA’s initial response to Perspecta’s claims in the protest.

Given the seriousness of Perspecta’s claim, this is one that could go beyond GAO if the decision goes against Perspecta. The company could take the protest to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims if it feels GAO’s decision is flawed. That option also is available to GDIT if the decision goes against it.

Meanwhile, Perspecta is also in the midst of its protest of the $7.7 billion Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network contract that went to Leidos. Perspecta is the incumbent on that contract and like for the DEOS protest is also claiming that Leidos has a conflict of interest.

GDIT also is protesting the Leidos contract. GAO is due to make a decision on GDIT's protest by June 12, then on Perspecta's challenge by June 17.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 06, 2020 at 9:41 AM

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