SAIC challenges Army's $60M award to HII Mission Technologies Pattanaphong Khuankaew

Incumbent contractor alleges flaws in the Army's cost evaluation, technical proposal assessment, and best-value trade-off analysis.

Science Applications International Corp. is raising several issues about how the Army conducted a competition for a $60 million contract with the Joint Operations Center.

SAIC is the incumbent on the work, which was competed under the Rapid Strategic Sourcing for Services vehicle known as RS3.

HII Mission Technologies Corp. won the task order, which has a five-year term.

The contract supports the Joint Operations Center and Special Programs Support, which in turn support the U.S. Cyber Command.

Services include engineering, training, and other services that support situational awareness, collaboration, and command and control.

In its protest, SAIC criticizes the Army’s cost evaluation, calling it unreasonable. The company also objects to how its technical proposal was evaluated.

Finally, SAIC says that the Army failed to document its best-value tradeoff as required in the solicitation. The company claims that the Army failed to conduct a reasonable trade-off analysis between non-cost/price factors and cost/price factors. The analysis was not consistent with the solicitation.

The protest was filed May 13. The Army has 30 days to respond. GAO says it will decide on the protest by Aug. 21.