The former leadership team of the U.S. business of Madrid-based technology company GMV has bought out the U.S. institutional unit of the company and renamed it MetiSpace Technologies.

As part of the restructuring, GMV has set up a Rockville-based company called GMV Innovating Solutions to serve as its U.S. headquarters and focus on the commercial space market.

Rockville-based MetiSpace will operate under an exclusive agreement to resell GMV satellite control and mission planning software to U.S. institutional customers, which include NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others.

Theresa Beech, the former GMV USA president and new majority owner, chief executive and president of MetiSpace, said the company retains its existing contracts and most of its roughly 50-person staff.

“You take off the foreign ownership and add in the woman-owned small business, and we become very credible to all the primes and integrators ... as well as the government directly,” she said. “We’re looking to be able to address markets that were more difficult for us to address before.”

Plaintiffs fighting CACI get extension for depositions

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia earlier this month gave some breathing room to the plaintiffs in a trial involving Arlington-based CACI International .

The case is based on allegations that employees of a CACI unit were part of a group that abused detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. Three of the four Iraqi plaintiffs have had trouble getting to the United States to provide depositions, and CACI’s counsel asked this month that the court dismiss their cases.

The court has denied the motion and extended the time available for the plaintiffs to complete their depositions to April 26.

The remaining plaintiff, who lives in Qatar, has already given his in person.

Pragmatics protest denied

The Government Accountability Office in March denied a protest filed by Reston-based Pragmatics against a system engineering and technical assistance task order awarded by the Defense Information Systems Agency to McLean-based Booz Allen Hamilton.

Pragmatics had initially filed a protest in the fall, arguing that Booz Allen had an organizational conflict of interest because it would be reviewing work it performed under a subcontract to Northrop Grumman. DISA said it would review the allegations, and the GAO dismissed the protest.

DISA again awarded the order to Booz Allen in December, arguing that there were no significant conflicts. Pragmatics filed another protest, but the GAO said it found “nothing unreasonable” about DISA’s investigation and conclusions.

GAO rejects CAI protest

Also last month, the GAO denied a protest filed by Alexandria-based Concept Analysis and Integration — or CAI — against a Labor Department solicitation for cloud-based customer relations software and services.

The company had made it to the second stage of the competition, which required preparing a prototype and live demonstration. After CAI’s demonstration in late November, the agency ruled that its proposal did not comply with the solicitation’s technical requirements because it required installing new software.

CAI argued that by advancing the company to the second stage, the Labor Department “misled CAI into believing that its proposal was otherwise technically acceptable,” but the GAO disagreed and backed the agency.