The General Services Administration (GSA) expects to issue the final Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Alliant 3 Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) within the next few weeks. GSA has preemptively issued key attachments to aid your preparation for this highly anticipated $75-billion contract.

Key Developments in the Alliant 3 Solicitation Process

In preparation for the final RFP, GSA released crucial draft sections and templates that detail the scope of IT services for the unrestricted pool of Alliant 3. Start aligning your proposals now before GSA issues the final RFP in May.

Alliant 3 At a Glance:

  • Final Solicitation: Expected in late May 2024.
  • Contract Ceiling Value: $75B
  • Competition Type: Full and Open/Unrestricted
  • Number of Expected Awards: 76
  • NAICS Code(s): 541512, Computer Systems Design Services: Size Standard: $34 million annual receipts

Draft RFP Sections Released:

  • Contractor Teaming Arrangement Template (J.P-1 A3)
  • Primary NAICS Code Relevant Experience Project Template (J.P-2 A3)
  • Emerging Technology Relevant Experience Project Template (J.P-3 A3)
  • Subcontractor Experience Project Template (J.P-4 A3)
  • Small Business Engagement Template (J.P-5 A3); Past Performance Rating Template (J.P-6 A3)

Symphony Submission Portal: Symphony will be used for proposal submissions, with online training provided to ensure proficiency and ease of use for all offerors.

How Can Small Businesses Compete on Alliant 3?

GSA has strategically designed the Alliant 3 QWAC to be inclusive for small businesses. Key mechanisms include:

Subcontracting Plan Compliance: Entities who are considered other than small businesses (OTSBs) are required to adhere to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Clause 52.219-9. This clause mandates a plan focused on small business participation, ensuring equitable opportunities.

Mandatory Subcontracting Goals: OTSBs must strive to meet minimum subcontracting goals set for different small business categories, fostering an environment of inclusive participation. These goals are:

  • Total Small Business (SB): 50%
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB): 7%
  • Woman-owned Small Business (WOSB): 7%
  • HUBZone Small Business (HUBZone SB): 3%
  • Veteran-owned Small Business (VOSB): 3%
  • Service-disabled Veteran-owned Small Business (SDVOSB): 3%

These goals are enforceable, and OTSBs are required to demonstrate their efforts to meet these goals through their Individual Subcontracting Reports (ISRs), which are submitted via the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS).

Small Business Emerging Technology Solutions Engagement: This initiative offers incentives for small businesses, including an automatic 1,000 points. Additionally, OTSBs can engage in up to five distinct collaborations with small businesses, each worth 200 points.

Scoring Table Highlights:

  • Total Possible Points: 92,200
  • Relevant Work Experience (Max: 17,500 Points): Emphasis on primary relevant experience projects with a minimum value of $7.5 million.
  • Project Size & Complexity (Max: 10,500 Points): Larger, more complex projects are valued higher.
  • Demonstrating Experience through Multiple Agency Awards (Max: 3,500 Points): Diversity in your customer base is key.
  • Emerging Technology (ET) Experience (Max: 6,600 Points): Your experience with cutting-edge technologies is crucial.
  • Past Performance (Max: 17,500 Points): A significant portion of the score is based on your track record of successful contract execution.
  • Systems, Certifications, and Clearances (Various Points): Certifications like CMMI, ISO standards, and Government facility clearances.
  • Risk and Sustainability Disclosures (Max: 3,500 Points): Focus on responsible and sustainable business practices.

OST Global Solutions is a professional business development consulting firm. We have extensive experience supporting large, strategic bids like Alliant 3. We can provide capture and proposal teams to develop a complete, winning proposal. Or we can provide consultants on a case-by-case basis to fill gaps on your business development team. Our services related to Alliant 3 consist of team identification/negotiation, capture management, proposal management, color reviews, proposal writing, editing, and desktop publishing.

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