The GSA has prevailed in a court battle over this massive IT contract
June 7, 2018
By The 2030 Group
By: Robert J. Terry
The General Services Administration has won a protest battle in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims over the Alliant 2 Unrestricted contract vehicle and can move ahead with the massive IT services program.
It’s been billed as the biggest government IT contract vehicle of this decade, with a potential value of $50 billion, and was awarded to 61 companies, most of them with D.C.-area operations, in November. It was promptly protested, natch, and the Government Accountability Office dismissed the claims of five bidders — including four incumbents — in December.
Washington Technology has a rundown of the legal machinations — which involved Falls Church-based Centech and Tysons-based OBXTek, among others.
With the court fight turned back, the GSA said on its “Interact” website (your home for “an open, collaborative community for connecting, communicating, learning and engaging across GSA topics”) that the program’s effective date will be July 1, with a five-year base period through June 30, 2023, followed by a five-year option period through June 30, 2028.
The winners include the behemoth government IT and professional services companies — Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE LDOS) in Reston, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (NYSE: BAH) in McLean, Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) in McLean, CACI International Inc. (NYSE: CACI) in Arlington, DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) in Herndon, Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (NYSE: NOC) in Herndon and General Dynamics’ (NYSE: GD) IT business — as well as dozens of other smaller government contractors based in Greater Washington.
Alliant 2 is comprised of two contracts, unrestricted and another designed for small businesses. The governmentwide acquisition contracts, or GWACs, cover procurement for systems design, software engineering, information assurance and enterprise architecture products.
The contract went out to bid in June 2016 but its potential impact as a next-generation GWAC had generated buzz for several months prior to that.