GAO's second HITS decision due this week

Before Thanksgiving, the Government Accountability Office will add another episode to the ongoing drama of the Housing and Urban Development Department's IT services buy when it rules on the second protest filed by the losing vendor.

GAO, however, will not make the decision public until the lawyers from warring companies'Lockheed Martin Corp. and EDS Corp.'have removed sensitive procurement information from the ruling, said Scott Riback, the GAO lawyer in charge of the case.

Incumbent contractor Lockheed Martin filed the protest in August, calling HUD's evaluation of the offers erroneous.

HUD has twice awarded the $860 million contract to EDS. GAO upheld Lockheed's first protest that its bid was a better value. After reopening the buy, the department again awarded the HUD IT Services deal to EDS.

In the second complaint, Lockheed pointed to HUD's 'failure to provide meaningful pre-award discussions and its failure to negate improper advantages EDS gained during transition activities conducted under the first, improperly awarded contract.'

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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