Update: Protest of $17M State Dept. Global Security Engineering and Supply Chain Analytics IV&V Contract Denied

“DIGEST – 1.  Protest challenging the agency’s evaluation of the protester’s quotation is denied where the record shows that the evaluation was consistent with the solicitation and applicable statutes and regulations.

  1. Protest challenging the agency’s source selection decision is denied where the record shows that the selection decision was consistent with the solicitation and applicable statutes and regulations.”

“BACKGROUND – The RFQ was issued on August 2, 2019, under the procedures of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 8.4, to vendors holding contracts under the General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Supply Schedule (FSS), Professional Services Schedule, Special Item Number 874-1(Integrated Consulting Services).  Contracting Officer’s Statement (COS) at 2. The RFQ contemplated issuance of a task order, on a time-and-materials basis, for services to support the administration and oversight of the agency’s Global Security Engineering and Supply Chain (GSE&SC) contract.  Agency Report (AR), Tab 2, RFQ at 5.  The successful contractor would provide independent verification and validation of the GSE&SC contractor’s performance and costs..”

“… The agency received quotations in response to the RFQ on August 26, 2019.  COS at 2.  After performing an initial review of quotations, the agency concluded that none of the quotations met all of the RFQ’s requirements.  AR, Tab 4, Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) Report, at 1-6.  In response, the agency amended the RFQ to, among other things, provide a ceiling amount of $3,500,000 to allow vendors to more accurately estimate the level of effort, and allow for the submission of revised quotations…”

“DISCUSSION – LMI challenges the agency’s evaluation of quotations and source selection decision.  Specifically, the firm challenges the agency’s evaluation of its quotation under the technical approach factor and challenges the reasonableness and adequacy of the agency’s best-value tradeoff decision.  Although we do not discuss all of the protester’s arguments below, we have considered all of them and find that none provide a basis to sustain its protest.”

“DECISION – Logistics Management Institute (LMI), of Tysons, Virginia, protests the issuance of a task order to PotomacWave Consulting, Inc., of Alexandria, Virginia, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. 19AQMM19Q0066, issued by the Department of State (DOS) for contract administration support services.  LMI challenges the agency’s evaluation of quotations and the source selection decision.

We deny the protest.”

Read the full 11-page decision here.

G2X TAKE: A protest put forth by LMI in relation to this 5-year contract awarded to PotomacWave to provide oversight of the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security with Global Security Engineering and Supply Chain Analytics has been denied.

Related Data

Awardee Name: POTOMACWAVE CONSULTING, INC.
Contract Duration: 60 months
Total Contract Value: $17,335,840.00
Funding Agency: STATE, DEPARTMENT OF
Number of Bidders: 4
Award ID: 19AQMM19F4441

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