Update: The protest put forth by Magellan Transport Logistics is now marked as withdrawn. No additional details have been released at this time.
“This notice is to inform offerors that due to the volume of responses received, the estimated award date for VECTOR is being extended to the mid/end of 4th quarter. Any updates to the procurement process will be provided through notices posted to FedBizOpps” Source: FedBizOpps, 05/26/17
G2X TAKE: Any hopes for task order activity on this new $25B IDIQ in the near future were all but dashed late last week as the VA SAC announced Friday that, due to the level of interest, awards are now not expected until the middle/end of Q4.
One outstanding protest remains open and, with this much on the line, it is reasonable to expect more challenges to be filed when the final set of winners are announced.
G2X TAKE: A second protest was filed this week by Magellan Transport Logistics. Details are limited as to the grounds for the challenge. GAO has a due date of mid-August, but if the last action is any indication, you can expect the VA to try and work through this quickly.
G2X TAKE: Details as to the grounds for the initial protest on this $25B IDIQ remain limited at this point, but it appears that the VA SAC has cleared at least one hurdle on their path to awarding this large multiple award contract with the lone and initial pre-award challenge now noted as dismissed.
VA and GAO made relatively quick work of the protest put forth by SDVOSB, Volant Associates. Whether GAO disagreed with the protestor or VA took some corrective action has yet to be revealed, but this has to be viewed as a promising step in the right direction by the hundreds of SDVOSBs who are waiting patiently for some word on this behemoth of a contract to provide VA with a broad range of general management and business support services and solutions.
G2X TAKE: While the protest filed this week by a SDVOSB for the VA’s newest enterprise IDIQ, Veteran Enterprise Contracting for Transformation and Operational Readiness (VECTOR), may dishearten some, it does indicate progress is being made.
This first challenge filed this week with GAO by SDVOSB, Volant Associates will not be the first and is a promising indication that the SAC is actively working their way through what must be one very large number of proposals. The VA SAC has laid out an aggressive timeline and we are certain they expect protests to come in bunches with this much on the line.
The grounds for the protest have not been released at this time. The protest is expected to be resolved by no later than July 26, 2017.
We should note that one event we announced recently here includes the current Associate Executive Director for the Strategic Acquisition Center discussing the future of procurement at VA. While VECTOR will not be a focus for the event, we do expect questions to be flying.
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