Deloitte wins next shot at HUD cyber agreement — Washington Engineering

Nick Wakeman

Deloitte wins second shot at HUD cyber deal

Deloitte Consulting may well get one more probability at giving cybersecurity and privateness guidance providers to the Housing and City Improvement Office immediately after a ruling in the firm’s favor.

Deloitte submitted its protest with the Government Accountability Office following HUD issued the agreement to Kearney & Co. The argument was that Kearney bid solutions not in the scope of the labor classes in the solicitation.

Kearney’s bid arrived in at $50.3 million with Deloitte’s at $76.8 million. Deloitte had Superb scores for its technological solution and its important personnel. Kearney’s score was Acceptable for specialized solution and Very good for vital personnel. Both companies had scores of Suitable for corporate knowledge.

Deloitte argued that due to the fact Kearney bid services not in the scope of the solicitation, the latter’s proposal must have been turned down.

GAO agreed and mentioned HUD both requires to award the deal to the following organization in line or they can reopen discussions and get revised proposals.

GAO discovered the labor types Kearney bid did not consist of the solutions HUD was on the lookout for. GAO said it would be not possible for HUD to “reasonably” conclude that Kearney could do the get the job done.

Most of the protest decision discusses the labor classes of Systems Analyst I and Methods Programmer II. Kearney bid a Techniques Programmer II, but GAO explained the description of that position didn’t involve the type of services HUD was seeking for.

Deloitte argued there have been other labor groups that Kearney bid that similarly fell shorter, but GAO did not rule on people because it only experienced to make a obtaining on just one labor class. That was sufficient to overturn HUD’s determination.

HUD argued that it was earning a “broad reading” of the labor groups but GAO explained the solicitation was inquiring for “specific expertise and know-how,” which have been not “reasonably mirrored in the FSS labor classes on which Kearney’s quotation was based mostly.”

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Apr 27, 2021 at 12:09 PM