When Leidos and its partners, Cerner and Accenture Federal, secured a monster Pentagon health records contract worth up to $9 billion in late July, eyes turned to losing bidders IBM and Computer Sciences Corp., expecting a bid protest.
That hasn’t happened.
Protestors have 10 days after a contract award or debriefing from the awarder to file a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office. That timeline can be extended if parties agree to it during the debriefing, but sources tell Nextgov such an agreement didn’t happen.
Protestors can also file protests directly to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, even after a protest period. While GAO receives some 2,500 bid protests annually, the Court of Federal Claims only gets around 100 – and about half of those only landed in court after previously being handled by GAO.
However, court records do not indicate protests by either IBM or CSC. When reached, CSC provided a statement to Nextgov.
“After receiving a debrief from the government and careful consideration, CSC’s Global Health Alliance did not protest the DHMSM award,” said CSC spokesperson Heather Williams. “CSC is a long-standing partner to the Department of Defense and strong supporter of military personnel and their families. As such, we wish the program much success and will move forward focused on the future.”
The Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract’s based value is $4.3 billion over 10 years, with an 18-year lifecycle valued at up to $9 billion. The contract charges Leidos with building a next-generation…