Big recent buys that drew protests

Agriculture Department's Forest Service

Recreation One-Stop, a $128 million contract to combine two park services reservation systems 

Status: The Government Accountability Office upheld a protest by Spherix Inc. of Beltsville, Md., telling the Forest Service to reopen the competition. The agency has until February to decide. 

Air Force 

Network Centric Solutions program, a $10 billion deal for networking equipment and services 

Status: Sumaria Systems Inc. of Fairborn, Ohio, protested the award of a contract to NCI Information Systems Inc. of Reston, Va., to the Small Business Administration. SBA denied the protest, letting NCI join seven other vendors on the contract. 

Air Force 

Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Information Technology, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Engineering and Technical Support Contract, an $800 million procurement for design, engineering and testing services for communications equipment 

Status: After a losing vendor protested SI International's self certification that it was a small business to the Small Business Administration. SBA ruled in SI's favor, and it started work on the contract in April. 

Education Department

Loan Processing Services, a $600 million contract for application, payment collection, accounting and reconciliation of government-sponsored student loans 

Status: GAO denied the protest from SLM Corp., known as Sallie Mae, of Reston, Va., letting Affiliated Computer Services of Dallas perform the contract. 

General Services Administration

E-Travel, a $450 million deal to standardize on three governmentwide travel systems.

Status: GSA reopened the competition after EDS Corp. protested the award to two other vendors and added EDS to the deal. 

Housing and Urban Development Department

HUD IT Services, a $750 million contract for agencywide IT systems support

Status: The GAO sustained two protests by Lockheed Martin Corp. on the awards to EDS. E2 HUD is reviewing the rulings. 

Justice Department

Justice Unified Telecommunications Network, a contract to provide a voice, video and data network to all employees and replace seven networks

Status: Sprint Corp. protested Justice's decision to award the contract to AT&T. Justice maintained the award to AT&T and added Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver as a second contractor. 


Intelligence and IT Management 2, a $195 million deal for a variety of IT services

Status: GAO denied a protest by BAE Systems PLC, maintaining the contract award to Titan Corp. of San Diego. 

Office of Personnel Management

Recruitment One-Stop, a $62 million deal to update the central federal government jobs Web site

Status: GAO upheld a protest by Symplicity Corp. of Arlington, Va. OPM, after a congressional threat to withhold funding for the site, is reviewing new bids to manage the site. 

Treasury Department

Treasury Communications Enterprise, a $1 billion contract to set up and manage a WAN for voice, data and video services

Status: Three companies protested Treasury's award to AT&T to GAO. A decision is expected by March 21.


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