Protest forces Education FSA to award bridge contract for Integrated Technical Architecture and Enterprise Service Bus Solutions

Contract Award Number: 91003119P0014

“The Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), FSA Acquisitions Group, proposes to solicit and issue a Purchase Order to PPS Infotech LLC (“PPS”) on the basis that only one source is reasonably available.”

“The action being approved is the solicitation and award of a bridge contract to PPS to provide services necessary to maintain the Integrated Technical Achitecture (ITA) and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) solutions currently employed at FSA. The previous contract for this effort has expired. Three new ID/IQ contracts and two task orders were recently awarded to meet these requirements but are currently under protest at GAO and subject to a mandatory CICA stay of performance. The bridge contract addresses only the elements of the task orders necessary for continuity of operations for a duration sufficient to resolve the current protest. The work will be priced on a firm-fixed price basis.”

“On September 13, 2019, FSA awarded the Enterprise Middleware Architecture and Services (EMAS) ID/IQ Contract to Centennial Technologies, iWorks Corporation, and PPS. As part of ID/IQ contract competition, FSA competed two initial task orders: one for Integrated Technical Architecture (ITA) services and another for Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) services. PPS was the successful Offeror for these two task orders, which are order numbers 91003119D0004/91003119F0602 (ITA services) and 91003119D0004/ 91003119F0603 (ESB services). These task orders started on September 15, 2019 and have a base period of ten months and a total period performance of two years and four months, including all options. PPS is the incumbent from the previous expired contract and is in place to perform the required services without any sort of transition or ramp-up effort.”

“An unsuccessful offeror protested the ID/IQ contract award on September 23, 2019. The Contracting Officer was notified on September 24, 2019. To comply with CICA requirements, on September 25, 2019, the Contracting Officer issued a stop-work order on the ID/IQ contracts and the two initial task orders. However, aspects of services covered by the protested task orders are for requirements that are necessary for continued operations through the period of the protest. The bridge contract to be justified in this SSJ represents the services necessary for continued operations through resolution of the protest.”

“The base period of performance of this requirement is from September 27, 2019 through October 26, 2019. This requirement also includes three successive one-month option periods followed by a final two-week option period. This total period of performance is four months and two weeks.”

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