Air Force's NetCents choice challenged

MONTGOMERY, Ala'One of the Air Force's small business picks for its Network Centric Solution program is facing a challenge even before the contract award is confirmed.

Although a company official would neither confirm or deny it, other sources familiar to the Netcents program said Sumaria Systems Inc. of Fairborn, Ohio has challenged the Air Force on its intended award to NCI Information Systems Inc. of Reston, Va. The challenge is on whether NCI qualifies as a small business.

If the challenge is found by Air Force officials to warrant further investigation, the Small Business Administration would decide on whether the challenge is valid.

Under NecCents, the Air Force will buy an estimated $10 billion worth of networking equipment and services over five years from multiple vendors. The service said it will make its large business awards by September. 29. It has sent intention-to-award letters to four small businesses, including NCI.

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