Update: Protest of $113M DHS ICE Visa Lifecycle Vetting Operations Support BPA denied 

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Updated April 15, 2019 

G2X TAKE: The protest by Amyx related to this 5 1/2-year BPA to provide operations support services to the Department of Homeland Security’s Visa Security Program (VSP) and the Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit (CTECU) within the Agency’s Visa Lifecycle Vetting Initiative has been denied. 

No details are available as to the grounds of this protest nor the reason for the denial but they will be shared here as they are made available. 

More details related to this series of protests are included in the thread below.  


Updated February 4, 2019

G2X TAKE: After seeing GAO side with a challenger this past Fall and recommend that DHS go back to the drawing board to re-evaluate the quotations, at least one of the 7 other bidders for this 5 1/2-year BPA to provide operations support services to the Visa Security Program (VSP) and the Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit (CTECU) within the Agency’s Visa Lifecycle Vetting Initiative, is not content with resulting remedy. 

An official protest was recently filed with GAO by Amyx. Details as to the grounds of the challenge have not been revealed at this time. The current listed due date for a decision is May 13, 2019. More information will be provided as it is made available.

A full 8-page decision document detailing the prior award to CSRA (now GDIT) and grounds for the the initial challenge by ManTech are included in the thread below. 


Posted December 5, 2018

“BACKGROUND – On June 4, 2018, the agency issued the RFQ to a subset of General Service Administration, Professional Services Schedule, Special Item Number 874-1, schedule contract holders. Agency Report Contracting Officer’s Statement of Facts at 1. The RFQ contemplated the issuance of a fixed-price blanket purchase agreement to be performed over a 1-year base period, four 1-year option periods, and one 6-month extension period. The selected contractor would be expected to provide operations support services to the Visa Security Program (VSP) and the Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit (CTECU) within the agency’s Visa Lifecycle Vetting Initiative. The RFQ provided for award on a best-value tradeoff basis considering corporate experience, key personnel, staffing approach, and price. Eight vendors, including ManTech and SRA, submitted quotations prior to the July 11 closing date…”  

 “DISCUSSION – ManTech asserts that the agency unreasonably evaluated its quotation as having two weaknesses under the staffing approach factor.  ManTech also asserts that the agency unequally evaluated its and the awardee’s quotations under that factor.  Finally, ManTech asserts that the agency’s best‑value tradeoff analysis was unreasonable because it did not follow the solicitation’s stated evaluation scheme….Evaluation Issues…” 

 “DECISION – ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc., of Herndon, Virginia, protests the issuance of a blanket purchase agreement against the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) to SRA International, Inc., of Chantilly, Virginia, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. 70CMSD18Q00000016, issued by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for operations support services.  ManTech alleges that the agency unreasonably and unequally evaluated quotations and improperly made its source selection decision.” 

“We sustain the protest in part and deny it in part.” 

“RECOMMENDATION –  We recommend that the agency reevaluate the quotations under the staffing approach factor in a manner consistent with our decision.  The agency should then make a new source selection decision …”  

You can read the full 8-page decision here. 

G2X TAKE: A protest put forth by ManTech challenging the award of this 5 1/2-year BPA award made to CSRA (now GDIT) to provide operations support services to the Visa Security Program (VSP) and the Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit (CTECU) within the Agency’s Visa Lifecycle Vetting Initiative was sustained with GAO recommending that the Agency reevaluate the quotations.  

More will be shared here as it is made available.  

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