Monthly Archives: October, 2017

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Franzosini Sud S.R.L., of Naples, Italy, protests its exclusion from the competitive range under request for proposals (RFP) No. S-IT700-17-R-0001, issued by the Department of State for shipping and packing services for United States diplomatic and consular posts in Italy. The protester challenges the agency’s evaluation of its proposal.
We deny the protest.

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Phoenics Corporation, a small business located in Washington, D.C., protests the rejection of its quotation under request for quotations (RFQ) No. N40192-17-Q-7029, issued by the Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas, for a ground penetrating radar (GPR) unit. The protester contends that the Navy improperly determined that Phoenics’ proposed GPR unit did not meet the solicitation’s salient characteristics.
We deny the protest.

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Point Blank Enterprises, Inc., (PBE) of Pompano Beach, Florida protests its exclusion from the competitive range under request for proposals (RFP) No. D17PS00345, issued by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for soft armor ballistic inserts. The protester argues that the agency unreasonably determined that PBE failed to submit the number of product demonstration models (PDMs) required by the solicitation.
We deny the protest

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ANHAM FZCO (ANHAM), of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the incumbent joint venture contractor, protests the award of a contract to PAE Government Services, Inc. (PAE), of Arlington, Virginia, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W56HZV-15-R-0139 issued by the Department of the Army, U.S. Army Materiel Command, for the National Maintenance Strategy (NMS) program in Afghanistan.
We deny the protest.

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Under Chevron U.S.A. v. NRDC and its progeny, courts show great deference to administrative agencies’ interpretations of statutes and regulations. However, it does not necessarily follow that courts will provide that same deference to agencies’ interpretations of government contracts. Last week, in a statement respecting the denial of certiorari in Scenic America, Inc. v. Dept. of Transportation…

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Raj Parameswaran of Maximus:

“Under the new administration, the most significant trend we’ve seen take shape is not just about leveraging technology to better streamline service delivery, but enabling efficiencies and cost savings across the federal government while doing so. Since the president’s proposed 2018 budget has not yet been approved, and agencies will likely be working with extensions for a few months at least – not to mention the looming possibility of sequestration, we envision that the focus will remain on investing in, and deploying, and applying technologies that drive outcomes while reducing costs.”

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By: Aaron Mehta
27 October

The Pentagon’s commercial tech hub has successfully transitioned a program from pilot to full-blown contract, a milestone for the 2-year-old office.The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, moved a pilot project with commercial cybersecurity firm Tanium into a $750 million, five-year contract with the U.S. Army. That contract was signed Sept. 26.Tanium provides endpoint (think laptops or desktops) cybersecurity monitoring for large-scale clients. While Tanium works with a number of major financial institutions, the U.S. Army requirement marks the company’s largest single-user base — up to 1 million endpoints under the contract.

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