SAIC, the eighth-biggest federal contractor, has lost a protest it filed seeking to overturn the award of its largest contract to Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed on June 15 beat SAIC for the Defense Department deal valued at as much as $4.6 billion to operate a communications network.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office, which arbitrates contract disputes, last week denied SAIC’s protest of the decision, said Ralph White, the GAO’s managing associate general counsel for procurement law.
The Defense Information Systems Agency’s evaluation of Lockheed’s proposal was “reasonable and consistent’’ with the solicitation’s evaluation criteria, White said in an e-mailed statement.
SAIC had accused the agency of “unreasonably’’ evaluating Lockheed’s proposal for technical risk and cost, and of failing to “meaningfully’’ investigate a potential organizational conflict of interest. The GAO denied SAIC’s protest on each count, White said.