It just isn't H-P's (HPQ -7.9%) day. IBM (IBM +0.5%) has won a protest to overturn a $543M H-P...

It just isn't H-P's (HPQ -7.9%) day. IBM (IBM +0.5%) has won a protest to overturn a $543M H-P contract to provide wireless tracking solutions for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled the VA "made several prejudicial errors" in awarding the contract to H-P, and ordered the agency to reevaluate proposals, if not re-open bidding.

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  • reid3844
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    Assuming HP and IBM can both do the work, the difference must have come down to price. The "prejudicial factors" were likely the items where IBM charged more. It would be interesting to see how much IBM's quotes drop in a revised bid. Who wants to bet their price won't be lower than HP's?
    3 Oct 2012, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • Q. A. SAMAD
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    The U.S. Government Accountability Office agreed with IBM’s argument that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs didn’t properly evaluate proposals from vendors seeking the contract, Ralph White, the GAO’s managing associate general counsel for procurement law, said in an e-mailed statement today.


    “GAO sustained, or upheld, IBM’s protest, finding that the VA had made several prejudicial errors in its evaluation,” White said. “Those errors led to a source selection decision that GAO found was unreasonable since it relied on the erroneous evaluation conclusions to support the award decision.”



    I like clicking the links to read the FACTS.
    4 Oct 2012, 03:34 PM Reply Like
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