Update: Fresh Protest of $147M HUD Enterprise Architecture Transformation (HEAT) System End User Support Award

Updated November 17, 2020 

G2X TAKE: A fresh protest has been levied by Leidos related to this 7-year task award with Housing and Urban Development for HEAT end user services to deliver, control, monitor, and coordinate resources.  

No details are available as to the grounds for the protest at this time but they will be shared here as they are available. The listed due date for a decision is no later than February 22, 2021. 

Details on the prior sequence of actions and the award are available in the thread below. 

Updated March 9, 2020

“DIGEST – Protest challenging the agency’s corrective action in response to earlier protests is dismissed where the corrective action rendered the earlier protest academic and where the challenge is otherwise premature.”

“BACKGROUND – The RFP was issued on February 5, 2018 to holders of the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, Chief Information Office, Solutions and Partners 3 governmentwide acquisition contracts …  The HEAT EU procurement is part of HUD’s initiative to transform its business and information technology (IT) landscape through modernization, with the objective of meeting its business requirements across mission areas through enterprise IT services.” “The successful offeror will provide services and equipment to support a secure end-user environment, a tiered help desk, dashboards with real-time data feeds, service enabled devices or appliances, project management, and relocation and modernization of equipment…”

“The agency received three proposals, including one from Leidos, by the April 9 due date.  COS/MOL at 4.  More than a year later, on July 16, 2019, HUD issued RFP amendment 0009, which made several changes to the solicitation, including how equipment should be priced.  RFP at 2.  The next day, the agency sent Leidos a discussion letter and enclosed RFP amendment 0009.  AR, Tab 14, Leidos Discussions Letter.  The discussion letter set forth evaluation weaknesses and discussion items; none of the discussion items concerned how Leidos priced equipment.  Id.  On July 23, the agency held oral discussions with Leidos.  COS/MOL at 4.  On July 26, the agency issued a request for final proposal revisions (FPR), which were due on August 9.  AR, Tab 16, Leidos Request for Final Proposal Revision Letter…”

“DISCUSSION – Leidos argues that the scope of the corrective action is inadequate and insufficient to remedy the issues raised in its prior protests. … Leidos contends that “the agency intends to stand by its position that Leidos’ proposal is ineligible for award due to its pricing of equipment, despite the fact that Leidos was misled to believe, during discussions after issuance of the latest RFP amendment, that its pricing of equipment was correct.”  Id.  The protester argues that the agency must reopen discussions to provide clear instructions regarding offerors’ cost/price proposals in order to correct the misleading discussions it held with Leidos, as well as to address its other protest allegations regarding the insufficiency of the awardee’s proposal.  Id. at 5.

The agency argues that it did not engage in misleading discussions with Leidos, and its corrective action is appropriate to remedy the flaws the agency has identified in the procurement.  COS/MOL at 16-20.  The agency also argues that the protest is premature … We agree that the protest is premature.”

“DECISION- Leidos, Inc., of Reston, Virginia, protests the pre-award actions taken by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in connection with request for proposals (RFP) No. 86543D18R00001 for HUD enterprise architecture transformation end user (HEAT EU) services.  The protester contends that the agency’s corrective action must include reopening discussions because the agency previously engaged in misleading discussions with Leidos.

We dismiss the protest as premature at this juncture.” Read the full 5-page decision document here.

G2X TAKE: Details have now been published as to the reason for the dismissal of a protest in relation to the competition for this recent 7-year task award with Housing and Urban Development for HEAT end user services to deliver, control, monitor, and coordinate resources. The fight for this task, awarded to Perspecta in late FY19, appears to be far from over.

Updated March 4, 2020

G2X TAKE: The latest protest in relation to the competition for this 7-year task awarded to Perspecta in late FY19 with Housing and Urban Development for HEAT end user services to deliver, control, monitor, and coordinate resources, has
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