CACI's fight for $500M DIA contract is over

CACI International's second protest of the award has been denied and the company has little recourse to continue the argument.

It looks like CACI International’s efforts to wrestle a $500 million Defense Intelligence Agency contract away from Boeing has fallen short.

The Government Accountability Office denied CACI protest on Thursday. Details are not available yet as that decision is sealed, but CACI challenged how DIA evaluated the proposals. This was CACI's second protest against the award.

The first protest netted a corrective action, but DIA awarded the contract again to Boeing. CACI then filed a second protest in November.

DIA competed the contract as a task order under the Solutions for Information Technology Enterprise III vehicle. Boeing is the incumbent.

The task order covers enterprise application IT lifecycle services for DIA's analysis and production communities. DIA wants to improve mission capabilities, data migration, capacity planning, systems and infrastructure engineering, and other enterprise operations.

In its second protest, CACI argued that DIA failed to implement the corrective action the agency said it would take and address evaluation issues. The company also thought more strengths should have been assigned to its proposal and DIA's evaluation of Boeing’s proposal was flawed.

The end result was a flawed award decision in CACI’s view.

GAO’s decision will be released after it goes through a vetting process involving DIA, Boeing and CACI to determine what can be released publicly. That can generally take a few weeks.

Considering that DIA is the agency, this one could take longer depending on the level of classified information that is involved.

CACI also has little recourse here given they protested a task order. GAO is the last stop for a task order protest because the U.S. courts do not have jurisdiction over them.

I have contacted CACI for comment and will update this post if/when they respond.