NKO protest upheld

NKO protest upheld

The Government Accountability Office this week upheld a protest by KEI Pearson Inc. of Arlington, Va., of a contract award to Computer Sciences Corp. for technical work on the Navy Knowledge Online portal.

GAO found that the task order, which was awarded to CSC by the General Services Administration, was improperly issued under CSC's Federal Supply Schedule contract.

In sustaining the protest, GAO recommended that GSA reimburse KEI Pearson for its quotation preparation costs, as well as the costs of filing and pursuing its protest, including attorneys' fees.

In its decision, GAO noted that it ordinarily would recommend that GSA re-evaluate the quotations submitted by CSC and KEI Pearson. But 'urgent' and 'compelling' circumstances prevented the Navy from halting the work, so GAO ruled that it would be fair if KEI Pearson were compensated for its work.

"GSA is reviewing the finding and will take all appropriate action in a timely fashion," GSA spokeswoman Mary Alice Johnson said.

Phase II of the Navy Knowledge Online enterprise portal site launched Oct. 29, 2004. With more than 300,000 registered users, NKO is a knowledge management portal that gives sailors a single access point to professional and personal development information.

(Posted 4:36 p.m. Jan. 27; Updated 12:10 p.m Feb. 1)

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