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GAO denies protest of $3.5 billion NGEN contract

Oct. 31, 2013 - 04:44PM   |  
By NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON   |   Comments
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The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by Harris Corp. challenging the U.S. Navy’s award of a $3.5 billion contract to develop its massive private computer network.

GAO on Thursday denied in part and dismissed in part Harris’ protest of the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract, the agency confirmed. Details on the decision have not been publicly released.

Harris declined to comment on GAO’s decision. Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), which had also filed a GAO protest this summer, withdrew its protest in August and would not comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, the “transition of [Navy-Marine Corps Intranet] services from the NMCI Continuity of Services Contract (CoSC) to the NGEN contract was suspended pending the resolution of the protest,” Ed Austin, a public affairs officer with PEO Enterprise Information Systems, said in a statement.

“Now that the protest has been resolved, we are ready to move forward with the implementation of the Next Generation Enterprise Network contract phase of Navy Marine Corps Intranet services, which will continue to provide a single, integrated, secure IT environment to more than 800,000 Navy users,” he said. “We will now be focused on expeditiously managing the transition process from the NMCI Continuity of Services Contract to NGEN.”

The Navy awarded incumbent vendor Hewlett-Packard a potential five-year, $3.5 billion contract in June to develop what will be the world’s largest private computer network.

“The Navy has selected the right team for the challenges ahead, bringing to Sailors and Marines new and innovative thinking coupled with more than a decade of experience building and operating the network,” Marilyn Crouther, senior vice president and general manager for HP Enterprise Services’ public sector, said in a statement. “Together with the Navy, the team at HP is excited to move the throttle forward on NGEN and take this network into the future.”

HP’s team includes AT&T Government Solutions Inc., IBM Global Business Services Federal, Lockheed Martin Services Inc. and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.

The losing team included CSC, Harris, General Dynamics Information Technology, Verizon and Dell. CSC and Harris led the team as prime contractors.

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