Amazon protests GSA e-commerce platform solicitation

“There may be no better indicator that the General Services Administration’s e-commerce platform solicitation is facing a host of uphill challenges than the fact that the company many believe will be the ultimate winner filed the first protest.”

“Federal News Network confirmed that Amazon fired the first salvo in the federal e-commerce war.”

“Government sources say the Seattle, Washington company submitted an agency-level, pre-award protest in November.”

“Sources say Amazon challenged whether GSA’s market research was sufficient, and it questioned some of the terms of the solicitation, particularly around the compliance of laws like the Competition-in-Contracting Act, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act and even the provision in the 2018 defense authorization bill requiring GSA to set up an e-commerce marketplace in the first place…”

“Amazon’s agency-level, pre-award protest is just one of several impacting high profile procurements—let’s not even mention the four-letter Defense Department cloud program that Amazon also is unhappy about.”

“Some federal procurement lawyers say the fall is their busy season as contractors are reacting to awards made by agencies in the federal fourth quarter.”

“’Protests increase when contract awards increase, and because most awards happen toward the end of the fiscal year, you usually have protests in the next fiscal year after the briefings happened,’ said Eric Crusius, a partner with Holland and Knight in Washington, D.C. ‘This year is on par with previous years in terms of the number of protests we are seeing.’”

“Big, multi-billion dollar RFPs from GSA, the Homeland Security Department and the Air Force, to name just three, have come under protest in the last few months alone.” Read the full article here.

Source: Amazon’s protest of GSA’s e-commerce platform RFP tells us why the silly season is in full swing – By Jason Miller, December 9, 2019. Federal News Network.

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