Losing bidder tries to KO Army's AKO portal award

A protest filed last week has put the contract to consolidate and upgrade the Army Knowledge Online portal on hold.

CherryRoad Technologies Inc. of Parsippany, N.J., filed with the Government Accountability Office a protest of the Army's $152 million award to Lockheed Martin Corp. for the management of its enterprise Web portal.

CherryRoad, one of seven incumbent contractors, has helped develop and support AKO since 2002.

GAO said CherryRoad claims the Army misevaluated Lockheed's proposal.

GAO has 100 days to rule on the protest, after which the Army must decide whether to follow the audit agency's recommendations, one of which could be reopening the contract to bidders.

Under the contract awarded, Lockheed Martin, along with Computer Sciences Corp. and Science Applications International Corp. as subcontractors, would provide systems operations and maintenance, network communications, hardware and software integration, and around-the-clock help desk support for both the Non-Classified IP Router Network and the Secret IP Router Network.

The performance-based contract is for a base year with six option years.

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