A federal court has struck down a company’s bid protest that has been holding up a $10 billion Interior Department cloud services contract.
The Court of Federal Claims struck down CenturyLink’s argument that the Interior Department’s request for proposals was too vague to ensure fair competition.
CenturyLink was not among the 10 vendors that the Interior Department awarded contracts to on May 1 for cloud services and hosting. The procurement could be worth up to $1 billion for each company over nine years, according to the agency. The winning companies are Aquilent Inc., AT&T, Autonomic Resources, IBM, CGI Group, Global Technology Resources, Smartronix, Unisys and Verizon Communications Inc.
The Interior Department said it will soon begin awarding task orders to move data and applications from more than 400 data centers to the cloud to increase efficiency and help close hundreds of data centers.
The agency said its move to the cloud and IT infrastructure modernization will save the agency $100 million a year from 2016 to 2020.
Andrew Jackson, Interior’s deputy assistant secretary for technology, information and business services, said in a statement the agency expects to provide a greater variety of services, security and support for employees by moving to the cloud.
“Modernizing the way the Department of the Interior does business by moving our applications and data to cloud technology allows Interior to speed up the acquisition process and make our data and applications more accessible to the public and to our geographically diverse workforce,” Jackson said.