Update: Protest of $1B DHS Enterprise Financial System Integrator (EFSI) Award denied

Updated April 2, 2021

“DIGEST: 1. Protest challenging agency’s evaluation of protester’s quotation is denied where the evaluation was reasonable and consistent with the stated evaluation criteria. 2. Protest alleging that the agency engaged in disparate treatment in the evaluation of quotations is denied where the different evaluation results were reasonably based on substantive differences between the quotations.”

“DISCUSSION The protester marshals several challenges to the agency’s conduct of the procurement. Creoal contends that the agency’s evaluation of its quotation under the demonstrated prior experience and reference checks, technical understanding and capabilities, and oral presentation factors was unreasonable and inconsistent with the terms of the solicitation. Protest at 11-20; Comments and Supp. Protest at 10-24. Moreover, Creoal argues that DHS engaged in unequal treatment where it disparately evaluated Creoal’s and Savantage’s quotations across multiple factors. Comments and Supp. Protest at 24-34. Finally, the protester alleges that DHS’s tradeoff analysis was fundamentally flawed. Protest at 20-24; Comments and Supp. Protest at 34-38; Supp. Comments at 22-25. For the following reasons, we find no basis on which to sustain the protest. 3 Demonstrated Prior Experience and Reference Checks The protester challenges the agency’s assignment of a rating of some confidence under the demonstrated prior experience and reference checks factor. Protest at 11-15; Comments and Supp. Protest at 10-16; Supp. Comments at 6-10. Creoal principally advances two arguments, in this regard. First, the protester contends that the agency improperly discounted one of the firm’s submitted prior experience references because the contract was currently being performed, despite language in the solicitation that advised that DHS would consider on-going projects. Protest at 11-13; Comments and Supp. Protest at 12-14. Second, the protester argues that its quotation warranted a rating of high confidence because, despite the agency’s evaluation to the contrary…”

“Disparate Treatment The protester also raises multiple allegations of disparate treatment concerning the agency’s evaluation of Creoal’s and Savantage’s quotations, across multiple evaluation factors. Comments and Supp. Protest at 24-34; Supp. Comments at 10-12, 15-18, 22-23. Creoal argues that the awardee was found to have multiple aspects of its quotation that increased the agency’s confidence of successful performance, but the protester was not given the similar credit for the same benefits. The protester contends that had the agency evenly evaluated the two vendors, Creoal would have been issued a BPA…”

“DECISION Creoal Consulting, LLC, a small business of Bethesda, Maryland, protests the failure of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with the firm under request for quotations (RFQ) No. 70RDAD19Q00000101, for enterprise financial systems integrator support services. The protester contends, among other things, that the agency’s evaluation of quotations was unreasonable, uneven, and inconsistent with the terms of the solicitation, and that DHS’s best-value tradeoff was flawed. We deny the protest.”

Read the full 13-page decision here.


Updated March 8, 2021

G2X TAKE: The protest filed by Creoal Consulting in relation to the competition for this $1 billion multiple-award blanket purchase agreement to support the DHS Chief Financial Officer requirements for a variety of services to modernize IT systems and business processes has now been denied.

No details are yet available as to the grounds for the protest, or the reason for the decision, but they will be shared here as they are available.

Details on the protest are available in the thread below.

Known awardees for this 10-year BPA include Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, CGI Federal, CACI, GDIT and Savantage. There were 16 total bidders vying for a spot on this requirement seeking to procure system integration, testing, implementation and operations & maintenance support services in support of the DHS Office of the CFO.


Posted December 11, 2020

G2X TAKE: A protest has been filed by Creoal Consulting in relation to the competition for this $1 billion multiple-award blanket purchase agreement to support the DHS Chief Financial Officer requirements for a variety of services to modernize IT systems and business processes.

No details are available as to the grounds for the protest at this time but they will be shared here as they are made available. The listed due date for a decision is no later than March 17, 2021. 

Known awardees for this 10-year BPA include Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, CGI Federal, CACI, GDIT and Savantage. There were 16 total bidders vying for a spot on this requirement seeking to procure system integration, testing, implementation and operations & maintenance support services in support of the DHS Office of the CFO.

 

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