GSA to decide soon on PC outsourcing protest

The General Services Administration plans to make a decision tomorrow on an
agency-level protest of its Seat Management Program awards.


Boeing Information Service Inc. filed the protest July 15. In its protest, the Vienna,
Va., company claimed that GSA misled vendors about the criteria it would use in evaluating
the Seat Management bids.


GSA officials would not discuss the protest in detail. But Gabrielle James, a
contracting officer with GSA’s Federal Technology Service, said agency procurement
officials will decide on the agency-level protest tomorrow, Aug. 4.


A Boeing spokeswoman refused to discuss or even confirm the protest. According to
an executive from another losing Seat Management bidder, his company’s officials were
“livid” about the way GSA ran the procurement.


GSA said the contract was going to be based upon best-value, but the decision was made
on cost, the executive said.


An official from another losing vendor said the Federal Technology Service, which ran
the buy, downplayed technical and management issues. The official called the procurement a
price shoot-out.


The decision was made “strictly on cost,” the official said. The companies
that were rejected represent “probably the top three business outsourcers,” the
official said. “We know what we’re doing.”


But only Boeing protested.


Electronic Data Systems Corp. will not protest Seat Management, EDS spokesman Bill Ritz
said. “We’re exploring all other avenues.”


Computer Sciences Corp. spokesman John F. Gulick said CSC also would not protest.


Besides EDS and CSC, other losing bidders include Artel Software Inc. of Boston and
Lockheed Martin Corp.


The losing bidders said they will look for other federal procurement vehicles that
would let them give agencies PC outsourcing options.


GSA received more than a dozen bids for Seat Management and awarded contracts to eight
vendors [GCN, July 13, Page 1]. The winning vendors are
Dyncorp of Reston, Va., EER Systems Inc. of Seabrook, Md., FDC Technologies Inc. of
Bethesda, Md., IBM Corp., Multimax Inc. of Largo, Md., Litton PRC Inc., Science
Applications International Corp. of San Diego and Wang Government Services Inc. of McLean,
Va. 

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