Friday, November 28, 2003

GAO sustains protest against DOJ contract award 

On November 24, 2003, the General Accounting Office (GAO) put out this notice:

TDS, Inc., B-292674, November 12, 2003

TDS, Inc. protests the issuance of a task order to Northrop Grumman Information Technology under request for quotations (RFQ) No. OJP-2003-Q-014, issued by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), to acquire help desk operation services. TDS maintains that ... the agency misevaluated quotations and failed to engage in meaningful discussions.

We sustain the protest.

Why is Ashcroft's Justice Department so anxious to give a contract for its help desk operation services, in support of its Information Technology (IT) requirements, to Northrop Grumman, one of the nation's largest military contractors? And why is DOJ migrating from a Novell-based environment to a Microsoft Window-based environment, when Windows has shown itself prone to viruses, worms, Trojans, etc?

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