Booz Allen challenges VA award that went to Guidehouse

The companies are competing for a Veterans Affairs Department contract to optimize how VA carries out health care services.

An estimated $98 million Veterans Affairs Department contract first won by Guidehouse in September is facing a second challenge after VA decided to stick with its decision.

The blanket purchase agreement will support the VA effort known as the Veteran Facility Transformation & Healthcare Enhancement initiative. VA wants advisory services including market assessments, data management, implementation planning, stakeholder management and program management.

VA wants an enterprise-wide strategic analysis so it can optimize how it delivers health care services.

Guidehouse won the $98 million BPA in late September and Deloitte subsequently filed a protest, which led to VA pulling the award back in October to reconsider its decision.

In early April, the award went to Guidehouse again and now Booz Allen Hamilton is raising objections to how VA evaluated proposals and made the best-value selection.

Booz Allen filed its protest Monday and a decision from the Government Accountability Office is due Aug. 7.