Fairfax-based tech contractor Accelera Solutions said last week it has opened a new office in Charleston, S.C., where the company is working on virtualization for a military health care system.

The more than 7,700-square-foot office is meant to accommodate Accelera’s staff increase in the area while also helping it grow its military health IT business.

Former Accenture Federal chief now leading Optimos

Lisa Mascolo, who previously headed Accenture’s federal business, is now leading Reston-based small business Optimos, which does high-tech case and records management work for the government.

After leaving Accenture Federal Services in late 2010, she sought a small business looking to grow and landed at Optimos i 2011.

Now, she’s seeking new business for the company, which counts among its clients the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation.

The company recently won new work with the National Labor Relations Board and is planning to grow its 120-employee staff.

Mascolo has brought on some former Accenture colleagues, including Scott Lyon, who now works as Optimos’ general counsel.

Mascolo said she remains confident the company has room to grow, despite the threat of sequestration. “There’s plenty of work for us to go after,” she said.

GAO upholds NASA award

The Government Accountability Office last month upheld NASA’s contract award to Laurel-based Earth Resources Technology.

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Integrated Science Solutions had protested the award, which was set aside for small businesses and meant to provide safety, environmental and medical support services for NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

Integrated Science Solutions claimed its scores should have been higher and that NASA treated it differently from ERT.

The GAO said none of the company’s arguments “provide a basis to object to the agency’s selection of ERT.”

GAO calls on VA to reconsider

The GAO last month sustained a protest against a Department of Veterans Affairs award made to Rockville-based Shred-it USA.

Losing bidder East Windsor, Conn.-based Infoshred had complained that the department improperly rejected its proposal simply because the company’s proposal did not acknowledge a solicitation amendment.

The GAO sided with Infoshred and recommended the VA reevaluate the proposals and make a new decision.