On the heels of a Federal judge early March ruling in favor of a handful of contractors who protested not being awarded a piece of the General Service Adminstration’s Alliant contract, the GSA let it be known things wouldn’t be resolved anytime soon.
Rather than open a can of worms by folding the eight protesting contractors into Alliant without addressing other losing bidders, the GSA opted to take a step back and re-evaluate all 62 bids for the 10-year, $50 billion governmentwide acquisition contract. After satisfying the Judge’s ruling in how it evaluates the bidders, GSA will, at some point later this year, award the contract a second time to an undetermined subset of the 62 bidders.
For those who lost out the first time around, a second chance to land the fish that got away. For the initial Alliant winners – uncertainty. After months of work submitting the bid and then building a strategy to execute once announced as a winner, these contractors have to put these plans on hold and enter wait-and-see mode.
While the wait will be excruciating, the GSA knows that rushing the process will not result in an outcome that satisfies any interested party, be they winners, losers, or, most importantly, the judge.