The General Services Administration (GSA) officially “unpaused” work on its new small business services contract, Polaris, and extended the due date for submissions until August 10. GSA launched the Polaris Submission Portal and issued Amendment 2, which includes clarifying language on joint-venture and mentor-protégé arrangements.

The Polaris Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) is an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) with no contract ceiling. Polaris replaces GSA’s $15 billion Alliant 2 Small Business contract, which was never awarded.

Some of the clarifying language to the latest version of the Polaris Request for Proposals (RFP) include:

  • For offers from SBA Mentor-Protégé joint ventures, a minimum of one Primary Relevant Experience Project or Emerging Technology Relevant Experience Project must be from the Protégé or the offering Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture. No more than three Primary Relevant Experience Projects may be provided by the Mentor.
  • You can’t claim an IDIQ contract as a project if you didn’t win any task orders on it. Bidders can only submit task orders as a project.
  • For Emerging Technology, each Project must have included the performance of one of the Emerging Technologies listed in L.5.2.3.1 Emerging Technology Listing. Only one Emerging Technology may be claimed for a project.
  • Two attachments have been added: Attachment J.P-6, Project Verification Form, and Attachment J.P-7, Joint Venture Work and Qualifications

GSA also released Questions and Responses.

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.”

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

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.

Reach out to us to discuss how we can help you develop a winning proposal.

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

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