Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC,
Sunday, November 13, 2011
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Finally, a decision that helps stifle some of the rhetoric offered up by many "other than small businesses" about the capability and capacity of small government contractors.
The following is excerpted from a recent GAO decision related to a significant Biometrics requirement with U.S. Army INSCOM which after reviewing the decision (B-404885.2) and participating in discussions with senior contracting officials familiar with the requirement and decision, seems to fall into the category of "How you like them apples?" due to the the potential it creates for capable small companies doing business with the Army and beyond.
Check it out for yourself.
Six3 Systems, Inc., of McLean, Virginia, protests the decision by the Department of the Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to set aside for small business competition request for proposals (RFP) No. W911W4-11-R-0004, for identity intelligence (I2) biometrics services. In its initial protest, Six3 argued that a small business meeting the specified size standard of $7 million could not possibly have the personnel required to meet the solicitation's requirements; it was unlikely that a small business would be capable of successfully deploying qualified personnel immediately after award due to high demand for individuals with the required skill sets; small businesses were unlikely to have the infrastructure necessary to recruit, train, and manage the necessary personnel; and small businesses were not financially capable of performing.
We (GAO) deny the protest.
Boo-Yah and Peace!
The Chief Visionary
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."