Protestor seeks second shot at Air Force weapons IT work

Courtesy of the Air Force

ManTech International captured the $256.4 million task order over seven other competitors, but a disappointed bidder is arguing the evaluation was flawed.

The Air Force is facing a protest over a $256.4 million task order that went to ManTech International.

ManTech won the work over seven other competitors to support the Air Force 53rd Wing and the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing, which is acquiring IT technical support for weapon systems and other computer systems.

Salient CRGT is the only protestor to date, according to the Government Accountability Office's bid protest docket. GovernmentCIO acquired that company last summer, but Salient CRGT submitted its proposal prior to the transaction so that is how the docket identifies the protestor.

Salient CRGT is arguing the evaluation was not done properly. The task order is being awarded through the Alliant 2 vehicle and runs through October 2027, if all options are exercised.

The contract has a hybrid structure with some work being a mix of cost reimbursement, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and fixed-price.

Work includes combat systems engineering, network support, test and evaluation support, security, software, database and computer system development and network operations support. Other services include project and configuration management, video teleconferencing, and operational test and evaluation.

Salient CRGT filed its first protest on April 4 and then a supplemental protest on April 28 after getting more documents from the government. A GAO decision is expected by July 13.