June 14, 2017
Agency Creates Fake Source Selection Documents
Source: SmallGovCon, Steven Koprince, June 13, 2017
An agency has been caught creating fake source selection documents to pad its file in response to several GAO bid protests.
A recent GAO bid protest decision shows that, after award, the agency created new source selection documents and revised others, then pretended those documents had been part of the contemporaneous source selection file. And although the agency’s conduct resulted in the cancellation of a major procurement, it’s not clear whether the agency employees who created the fake documents will face any punishment.
The GAO’s decision in EDC Consulting et al., B-414175.10 et al. (June 9, 2017) involved the DHS solicitation for the Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland or “FLASH” procurement. The solicitation was to result in 8 to 12 IDIQ contracts, with an estimated value of $1.54 billion. The solicitation called for a “best value” tradeoff considering technical merit, staffing, past performance, and price.
DHS made initial award decisions in November 2016, but after several GAO bid protests were filed, the agency elected to perform a reevaluation. The reevaluation involved a technical evaluation team and price evaluation team, each of which prepared consensus reports. The TET chair and contracting officer conducted a best value analysis and recommended awards; the ultimate award decisions were made by a source selection authority. READ MORE….
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