GAO shuts down General Dynamics protest

October 28, 2012

The Government Accountability Office has denied a General Dynamics protest of a Marine Corps contract awarded to Reston-based iGov Technologies.

In its protest, General Dynamics — the company is based in Falls Church but a Scottsdale, Ariz., unit filed the protest — complained that the Marine Corps had inaccurately rated its program as having deficiencies.

Additionally, General Dynamics argued that the agency treated bidders differently and was unclear about the importance of particular evaluation criteria.

In its decision, the GAO said the Marine Corps was reasonable when it rated GD’s proposal as technically unacceptable and that there’s no evidence the agency treated bidders differently.

The GAO tossed General Dynamics’s arguments as having no merit.

Privia gets funding boost

Herndon-based Privia earlier this month announced it has received $2.1 million in growth capital funding in a round led by Fort Worth-based private investment company Goff Capital, along with previous investors Open Prairie Ventures, Chicago Technology Partners and DL Investments.

The company, which sells software to help contractors manage the bid and proposal process, was acquired last year from SpringCM by a group of private investors. It has since been particularly focused on growing its professional services training for customers using Privia’s software.

The latest investment is meant to support the company’s professional services work as well as sales and marketing and product development efforts, Privia said in its announcement.

Microsoft picks Donlan

Microsoft has promoted Michael Donlanto head its state and local government business.

Donlan, who formerly served as general manager of government, national security and technology for Microsoft’s worldwide public sector, has been with Microsoft since 2003 and has also led Microsoft’s Asian public sector business.

He has also worked at BearingPoint and Oracle.

GAO rejects R3 Government Solutions

The GAO late last month denied McLean-based R3 Government Solutions, which had protested the award of a Coast Guard contract vehicle for various support services.

Part of the contract was set aside for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses, and the Coast Guard received 25 proposals from eligible businesses, according to the GAO’s decision.

R3 did not make the final cut, and the Coast Guard made awards to six winners, including local firms Alexandria-based DP George & Co., Reston-based Crisis1 and Alexandria-based Sayres and Associates, among others.

In its protest, R3 argued that the agency failed in its evaluation of the company’s senior cost analyst, but the GAO said it found no basis for R3’s claim.

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