GAO Denies Protest of TASC Geospatial Apps Contract

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by Vencore Inc. of a contract awarded to TASC worth as much as $25 million to prescreen and negotiate computer apps for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Vencore of Chantilly, Virginia, formerly known as the SI Organization, argued that the agency’s evaluation of technical performance, past performance and cost proposals were “unreasonable.”

The contract awarded to Chantilly-based TASC includes one base year and three option years to become the agency’s Application Operations Service Provider. That role includes identifying, prescreening and negotiating prices for apps to be included in the agency’s app store.

In a Jan. 7 decision, GAO General Counsel Susan Poling disagreed with the SI Organization’s claims and said arguments about the technical evaluation and past performance were “little more than quibbling.” She dismissed the company’s cost arguments as “immaterial.”