Air Force pledges action on Netcents II award protests

The Air Force wants the General Accountability Office to dismiss a group of protests over its NetCents II awards because it plans to take corrective action on its own to remedy the situation, according to an Air Force letter to the GAO.

The Air Force plans to hold new discussions with all of the offerers that fell into the competitive range and allow them to submit a new round of proposal revisions, the letter said. 

The GAO said it tentatively plans to dismiss protests on the $6.9 billion contract, but did not provide a for that action.

The GAO and the Air Force also didn’t answer media questions on what grounds the protesters had cited or why the Air Force made the decision to reopen the bids just weeks after making the awards.

This NetCents II contract is primarily for hardware and is one of several contracts under the NetCents II umbrella.

The contract allows the purchase of commercial products, such as networking equipment, servers and storage, peripherals, multimedia, software, and identity management and biometric hardware and associated software.

The NetCents program supports the Defense Department’s Global Information Grid architecture, Defense Information Infrastructure, the Air Force and the Defense Communications Systems' infrastructure for computer networks and telecommunications network mission areas.

The NetCents II program has faced several delays, and, in early April, the Air Force added to the ceiling of NetCents I, so work under task orders from the contract would not expire before NetCents II was up in running.

The Air Force is still in the source selection process for the services and small-business portions of NetCents II.

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