Jenner & Block

Firm Wins Victory when Bid Protest over $575 Million Contract Is Denied

The firm won a victory for client Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) when the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a bid protest by Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems.   At issue was a $575 million contract that the US Army Corps of Engineers awarded to SAIC.  Lockheed filed its protest after being excluded from competing for a high-performance computing modernization program after the Corps determined it could not determine the realism of Lockheed’s costs and identified additional risks associated with the pending merger between Lockheed and Leidos Holdings, Inc.  Instead, the Corps awarded the contract to SAIC for offering the best value.  The GAO held that agencies should evaluate the risks associated with proposals from contractors in the middle of corporate reorganizations when making award decisions. 

The team representing SAIC was led by Partners Gregory H. Petkoff and Mark J. Nackman.  The team included Associates Carla J. Weiss and Joshua A. Violanti and a summer associate, Umer Chaudhry.  Government contracts Partner Carrie F. Apfel also provided key assistance and transactional Partners Brian R. Boch, Geoffrey M. Davis and Jolene E. Negre were instrumental in assisting.