GSA will soon restart Homeland Security contract competition

By Marjorie Censer
Monday, January 17, 2011; 12

The General Services Administration is preparing to restart a multibillion-dollar competition to design, install, test and maintain a data network on the new Department of Homeland Security campus at St. Elizabeths.

The program will be closely watched by the contracting community as GSA's first award, a $2.63 billion, 10-year task order to Northrop Grumman, saw losing competitors Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Serco and L-3 Communications quickly file protests with the Government Accountability Office.

GSA canceled the award and assigned a new procurement team, but Northrop Grumman then filed its own protest, arguing the GSA acted improperly when it rescinded the award.

As it did the first time around, GSA is making the program open to contractors that have already won a spot on the Alliant contract vehicle. According to a schedule provided to these contractors, GSA will relaunch the program with presentations at two events in late January.

In February, GSA will issue a draft solicitation and meet with individual contract holders. The agency plans to release the final solicitation in late February or March.

The GAO said it is still set to rule on Northrop's protest by March 2.

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