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CIO-SP3 on-ramp protests should be near the finish line

Protests involving the small business on-ramp for the $20 billion CIO-SP3 vehicle may finally be near the end.

The Government Accountability Office's protest docket indicates only one is remaining from a slew of protests that have hit the procurement over the last couple of years.

MicroTech had protested in the wake of the original May on-ramp awards. That protest and others led NIH to take a corrective action. In late September, NIH awarded MicroTech a seat on CIO-SP3.

But InterImage is on a different path and they too filed a protest after the May awards. But that corrective action did not result in a contract award, so InterImage has again filed a protest with GAO to argue they have been unfairly excluded.

NIH added 244 small businesses to the vehicle in May through the on-ramp process. The small business on-ramp was the last in a series of on-ramp actions to add more 8(a) small businesses as well as HUBZone and service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses.

InterImage filed its protest on Oct. 20 and a decision is expected by Jan. 28. InterImage’s protest is likely the last one that challenge NIH’s award decisions, which is probably a relief for the agency.

Since the on-ramp process started in 2017, there have been 48 different filings at GAO objecting to some aspect of the procurement. Many protests were pre-award protests such as when a company was eliminated from consideration before awards were made.

But with InterImage’s protest, the end is very close for this protest saga.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Nov 02, 2020 at 12:45 PM

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