Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2012’
The NETCENTSII Program contracting officer issued a Corrective Action Memorandum yesterday that stated: “During debriefings and the subsequent protests, it became apparent that offerors may have inconsistently interpreted the requirements of the RFP as it related to completing contractual documentation and – in some aspects – the technical and price requirements.”
The May 31, 2012 memorandum issued by Contracting Officer Francine Nix outlined the evaluation steps committed to the GAO:
Open discussion with all offerors in the competitive range;
Offerors in the competitive range will be offered a chance to submit their RFPR (REALLY Final Proposal Revisions);
New award decisions will be made, if needed
Next Step: Issue Amendment 12 requiring completed Trade Agreements Certificates and a signed SF30 by June 6th.
The AFPEO-BES Industry Day started with a NETCENTSII Program update by Mr. Eddie Upshaw, Chief of Contracting and Organizational Senior Functional, Enterprise Information Systems Directorate.
Mr. Upshaw indicated there was a “problem in understanding on one particular issue” and others raised through protests that would be addressed through ENs and another evaluation round. 14+ protests.
Application Services (SB)
He indicated there were 3-5 challenges to size of announced awardees that has been sent to SBA for resolution. Two SBA regions are working it. He expects the size challenges to be investigated and awards made promptly following the SBA response. NETCENTSII.com understands there may be as many as twelve firms who’ve received Notice to Awards.
NETOPS & Infrastructure Solutions F&O
There is a protest (he was not specific) that related to a misunderstanding of the last amendment issued that ‘will’ be addressed and reissued. Another Review round is expected so the June award schedule will likely slip. He was asked and indicated he was not sure whether the F&O RFP issue was present or affected the NETOPS Small Business Companion effort.
Mr. Upshaw indicated there is no NC1 extension that has been requested but there is a NC1 ceiling increase prepared but it’s not likely to find approval (in this climate).
The GAO Protest Docket website confirms the dismissal of thirteen protests to the April 16th Awards of the NETCENTSII NetCentric Products contract. It appears that WWT and Microtech withdrew their protests.
Washington Technology Daily blogger, Nick Wakeman, asks today, “Should the Air Force fire whoever was in charge of making the bid decisions or ran the evaluation team? Shouldn’t someone be held accountable for fouling up a $6.9 billion contract?”
“In my mind there are two possible scenarios that led to the Air Force’s decision, both of which make the service look bad.
Scenario 1: The Air Force is gutless and caved to the pressure of having to defend its award decision when 11 companies filed bid protests.
Scenario 2: The Air Force is incompetent because its award decision couldn’t survive the scrutiny of 11 bid protests.
So now the Air Force is reopening discussions with the bidders and allowing them to submit another round of final proposal revisions. But doesn’t that give the protestors an advantage over the winners because they know why they lost and why the winners won? “
“This is a $6.9 billion contract that has had some delays already and is part of a $22 billion program for goods and services. It’s the Air Force’s biggest and most important IT contract and is a follow-on to the very successful NetCents I. “
“You’d think that the Air Force would have made sure the reasoning behind its award decisions was bullet proof. Or at least bullet proof enough to go through the GAO review process. Shouldn’t you make awards on a contract this big and this important with the confidence that you can withstand a protest? “
“Protests have become so commonplace that they seem to be part of company growth strategies. A case like this makes me think that a smart company should protest any losing bid because you’ll automatically get an extra shot.”
“I don’t agree with some commenters who called the protesters cry babies. No, sir, they aren’t. They are doing what’s necessary to hang onto business.”
“What does this mean for the rest of the NetCents II program? More protests and more delays, I guess.”
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