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Judge orders GSA to re-evaluate e-travel contract award

Mar. 28, 2013 - 08:38PM   |  

A federal judge has ordered the General Services Administration to re-evaluate bids for its billion-dollar e-travel contract awarded last June.

GSA, which runs the e-travel program for civilian agencies, awarded a $1.4 billion, 15-year contract to Concur Technologies. But work to transition agencies to the Concur e-travel system was delayed by a protest of the contract award by competitor CWT Sato Travel, an existing e-travel vendor to many agencies.

The Government Accountability Office denied CWT Sato’s protest in September, but the company took the matter to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

In an electronic notice filed Wednesday, the judge ordered GSA to re-evaluate CWT’s proposal according to federal contracting standards and the courts decision, which is currently under seal until a redacted version is publicly released. Specifically, GSA’s evaluation should follow regulations that prohibit agencies from awarding task order contracts that exceed $100 million to a single vendor, unless the vendor is the only one qualified and capable of providing the service at a reasonable price.

CWT contested GSA’s decision to award such a large contract to a single vendor and the decision to rate CWT as unqualified and incapable of providing services under the new contract, despite having past experience. CWT argued that Concur would have a monopoly on federal travel services, rather than giving agencies freedom to choose their vendor.

The judge did not set a deadline for the evaluation but said the court’s ruling would not cancel Concur’s contract award.

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