Army sticks with initial ITES-2 picks

Army officials have reevaluated all the bids for its $20 billion Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Services contracts and concluded that the 11 initial contract winners will remain in effect.

In May, an Army Source Selection Authority began reassessing offers to determine whether any new awards were warranted, after five companies lodged protests criticizing the Army for its award decisions. Those companies were BAE Systems North America Inc. of Rockville, Md.; Multimax of Largo, Md.; NCI Information Systems of Reston, Va.; Northrop Grumman Corp.; and Pragmatics Inc. of McLean, Va.

The Army chose eight large and three small businesses as ITES-2S award winners.

The Government Accountability Office has 100 days from today, or until mid-October, to determine whether to uphold the Army's decision or make other recommendations regarding the protests.No work will be performed under the existing contracts until this review of offers is accomplished, officials said.

ITES-2S is a consolidated contract vehicle for products and services, and serves as a follow-on to the original ITES-Enterprise Mission Support Services Solutions contracts. Services under ITES-2S include business process reengineering, information systems security, information assurance, IT services, network support, systems operations and maintenance, program management, enterprise design, integration and consolidation, and education and training.

The Army, Defense Department and other federal agencies are authorized to order off ITES-2S by issuing individual task orders.

Another protest against the Army that is also pending GAO resolution is from Gateway, regarding the Army Desktop and Mobile Computing-2 contracts. The Army awarded nine contracts'three to large businesses and six small businesses'under the 10-year, $5 billion desktop and notebook contract vehicle in April.

As with ITES-2S, GAO is expected to render a decision on ADMC-2 by the middle of October.

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