CGI Federal and Lockheed Martin have scooped up fresh awards in on the EAGLE II technology contract from DHS. Readers might remember CGI Federal from their recent firings over Healthcare.gov and the Massachusetts state-run health insurance exchange, so who better for a major technology contract award?
According to a statement, CGI Federal has been selected as a prime contractor under its Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II) contract on the Unrestricted Track in Functional Category 1, Service Delivery, including Integration, Software Design/Development, Operations & Maintenance program. EAGLE II is an “indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity” contract vehicle that provides a $22B ceiling to procure IT services over the seven-year period of performance. CGI is one of 68 awardees on this track that will be authorized to compete to provide services under this Functional Category.
Also in Category 1 will be Lockheed Martin. Lockheed will compete for the same set of task orders for technology services designed to improve DHS response to security and natural disaster incidents. The $22 billion contract came under fire from lawmakers last year when they questioned how DHS was making the awards and why it was taking so long. The award to CGI Federal should only serve to underline those questions even now.
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), chairman of the subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, wrote a letter to DHS Chief Procurement Officer Nick Nayak back in 2013 questioning the agency’s practices. “DHS took three years to award a contract that excludes many companies who have been working at DHS in favor of untested companies,” the Congressmen wrote.
Other companies have already filed claims saying they were cut out of the bidding process. We’re sure CGI Federal’s track record spoke for itself in the bid process.