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Northrop objects to getting kicked off incumbent IRS contract

Northrop Grumman may be in the process of selling its IT services business, but is still out there fighting hard for contracts.

The company is among three disappointed bidders objecting to being eliminated from a set of blanket purchase agreements to support the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS is using the Federal Supply Schedule to create a series of BPAs that the agency will use for technical support during tax season. The BPAs are known as the Enterprise Systems Testing Support Services contracts.

Northrop apparently has been supporting the systems for 22 years and filed its protest to the Government Accountability Office after the company was eliminated. Citizant and Engineering Systems Solutions Inc. also have filed protests.

The IRS issued a contract extension to Northrop in April to continue support through January 2021.

The plan was that the extension would give the IRS time to transition work to the winners of the BPA.

Winners are listed below with their BPA values in parenthesis.

  • ASSTST ($180.1 million)
  • Deloitte Consulting ($172.1 million)
  • Harmonia Holdings Group ($163 million)
  • Technatomy ($130.5 million)

All protesters are challenging the evaluation that the IRS conducted and argue that it if had been done correctly, they would have won BPAs as well.

The protests were filed Dec. 17 and decisions are expected by March 29.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Dec 22, 2020 at 12:05 PM

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