Turnabout: GSA Pulls Back Major Contract

June 22, 2011

General Services Administration officials quickly rescinded a recent initial e-mail message sent to small businesses that announced the award of spots on its major small business IT governmentwide contract, according to an e-mail message obtained by Federal Computer Week.

Officials wrote in the follow-up message, which came nearly three weeks after the award notice, that they were checking prices again for the 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services (STARS) II governmentwide acquisition contract. The message contained an unsubtle suggestion that bidders might want to offer lower prices.

"Any part of previous communications from GSA stating or implying that offerors were deemed apparently successful is hereby rescinded," agency officials wrote. "This discussion e-mail serves as notice that GSA has made the decision to hold additional discussions, with an emphasis on pricing."

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