The General Services Administration (GSA) on Friday issued a call for feedback on the latest version of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for its new small business IT services contract, Polaris Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). Potential bidders in the small business IT community are asked to review the agency’s latest language on teaming arrangements and contact the agency with feedback no later than May 23, 2022.

GSA anticipates revising the RFP based on responses and will issue an amendment in June 2022. The due date for submissions has been extended until June 30, 2022, but an additional deadline extension is expected once GSA issues its latest amendment.

Although GSA has encouraged bidders to pause work on submissions, proposal teams should continue working elements of the proposal even as they await further guidance from the agency.

GSA initially announced on April 7 that it was “temporarily pausing” work on the RFP, including access to the proposal submission portal, after receiving feedback “related to the evaluation of joint ventures.” The agency wanted to time to consider whether changes were necessary.

But in late April, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) dismissed the protest that prompted GSA to pause work on Polaris. Offerors can confidently move forward with elements of the proposal knowing that while GSA will amend the solicitation, the protest was dismissed and unlikely to cause major alterations.

However, it is likely that GSA will require at least one past performance project from the Protegee company of Mentor-Protegee joint ventures.

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.” Polaris replaces GSA’s $15 billion Alliant 2 Small Business contract that was never awarded.

For the latest updates on the Polaris contract, see our Polaris contract page.

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