OPM appeals GAO decision on Recruitment One-Stop

The Office of Personnel Management last week asked the General Accounting Office to reconsider the bid protest decision it handed down regarding the contract for OPM's Recruitment One-Stop e-government project.

GAO recently ruled that OPM should re-evaluate all vendors' bids to determine whether the proposed services are within the scope of the winning company's schedule contract. It also recommended that OPM reopen discussions with all companies in the competitive range and re-evaluate revised offers.

The ruling, on behalf of Symplicity Corp. of Arlington, Va., put the Recruitment One-Stop project in limbo.

OPM in January awarded a five-year contract for revamping the federal Web site, www.usajobs.opm.gov, to TMP Worldwide Government Services of New York, the company that runs Monster.com. OPM could extend the contract to 2013 through option years, officials said. The potential value of the contract is $62 million over 10 years.

OPM, TMP and Symplicity did not return phone calls seeking comment on the reconsideration.

A GAO official said it is unusual for agencies to file for a reconsideration. The official said about 90 percent of all appeals are filed by protestors. GAO has not yet assigned the case to an attorney.

The official added there is no timetable for GAO to decide on the appeal, and it may want OPM to submit a 10- to 30-page document furthering its argument on why GAO's decision is incorrect.

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