Pre-award protest of ED highly adaptive cyber augmentation services requirement denied

“DIGEST- Protest challenging agency’s decision to set aside procurement for historically underutilized business zone small business concerns under a procurement conducted pursuant to the Federal Supply Schedule procedures of Federal Acquisition Regulation subpart 8.4 is denied where three quotations were received from HUBZone businesses that are capable of performing the work.” 

“DISCUSSION – Foxhole protests the agency’s decision to set aside the procurement for HUBZone small business concerns. The protester specifically alleges that the agency failed to perform adequate market research to demonstrate that quotations would be received from at least three vendors that can meet the RFQ requirements… 

According to Foxhole, the agency’s market research–reviewing a list of HUBZone contractors under the relevant SIN and reviewing the terms and conditions/pricelists of five random vendors from the list–is sufficient to identify the existence of HUBZone vendors under the relevant SIN, but not whether those vendors are capable of performing the agency’s requirements. Foxhole asserts that there are numerous aspects of this RFQ that would make it difficult for a HUBZone vendor to meet the agency’s needs, including the requirements for a top secret security clearance and to perform at the agency’s Potomac Center Plaza facility in Washington D.C…” 

“DECISION – Foxhole Technology, Inc. of Fairfax, Virginia, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, protests the decision of the Department of Education to set aside for historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) small business concerns, request for quotations (RFQ) No. 91990021Q0001 for highly adaptive cyber augmentation services. Foxhole argues that the agency’s decision to set aside the procurement for HUBZone small business concerns was based on inadequate market research and was therefore not justified. We deny the protest.” 

Read the full 4-page decision here. 

https://www.gao.gov/assets/b-419577.pdf 

G2X TAKE: The protest by Foxhole Technology related to this RFQ, issued as a HUBZone set-aside, that requested technical, project management, and operations support for the Agency’s information assurances services’ cyber operations program, has now been denied. 

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