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 August 19.

There are also more ways to bid on Polaris coming up. GSA will soon release the solicitation documents 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.

GSA yesterday posted a recording of last week’s industry training webinar that explains how to use the Polaris Submission Portal. The webinar can be accessed at:

https://gsa.zoomgov.com/rec/share/ShkfPXeR2geBxIe-N5gvsFkJ9QY-6VXYe1wZ2NeYRh8EDtkAekXVCsNWNQeQ4HCY.FVk0eDl-0QN8SzWO

GSA also posted a summary of questions and answers from the webinar on sam.gov.

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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