Demands on wireless vendors went outside commercial standards, GAO says.
A decision posted Tuesday by the Office of the Comptroller General could complicate the government’s goal of saving billions of dollars by consolidating contracts for mobile phone services.
The General Services Administration failed to prove that several vendor requirements it included in its Wireless Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative were standard fare in commercial contracts, the Government Accountability Office said.
The decision is not binding for GSA, which could choose to move forward with its solicitation as written. As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, GSA had not told Nextgov whether it planned to reissue the procurement.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel has ordered agencies to consolidate as much of their information technology spending as possible, including wireless services, as part of his Federal Digital Strategy.
Tuesday’s decision followed a protest from wireless provider Verizon. In addition to its pooling and roaming complaints, Verizon said GSA went outside common commercial practices with two other provisions.
The comptroller general agreed with Verizon that GSA had not sufficiently proved those provisions were common in commercial contracts and recommended GSA reimburse Verizon the cost of its protest.