The General Services Administration (GSA) extended the deadline for Polaris, an IT Services Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) with no contract ceiling value. Proposals for the Small Business and Woman-Owned Small Business categories are now due on September 23.
There are also more ways to bid on Polaris coming up. GSA recently released the pre-solicitation notices for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) competition pools. Bidders can compete in multiple pools, and a single project can be used more than once if it’s used in different pools (i.e., WOSB, HUBZone, SB, SDVOSB). However, if a project appears in more than one proposal in the same pool, GSA will reject that project in every proposal where it appears.
The SDVOSB and HUBZone Pools will also be a Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide customized IT services. The upcoming RFPs are set-aside for SDVOSB and HUBZone concerns. The contract ordering period will consist of a five-year base period with one, five-year option that may extend the cumulative contract ordering period to 10 years. We anticipate the requirements to be very similar to the Small Business and WOSB categories.
Polaris replaces GSA’s $15 billion Alliant 2 Small Business contract. GSA’s goal for Polaris is to build on the success of 8(a) STARS III and VETS 2 with a greater emphasis on “emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, automated technology, distributed ledger technology, edge computing, and immersive technology while furthering Administration efforts on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.”
OST Global Solutions is here to help maximize your score on your Polaris bid. We will help you develop a draft scorecard, perform a gap analysis to ensure that you make the cut-off score, and find ways to help you out-score your competition. No matter how much assistance you require, we’re here to help.
For the latest updates on the Polaris contract, see our Polaris contract page.
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