The General Services Administration (GSA) wants to simplify and standardize governmentwide cloud acquisitions by establishing a Multiple Award Blanket Purchase Agreement. The agency’s latest effort, called Ascend, results from months of research and feedback from industry and government agencies.

GSA has issued a draft performance works statement (PWS) for Ascend and is expected to revise the document based on industry feedback. GSA wants to establish minimum baseline requirements for “the acquisition, business, operations, reporting, and technology capabilities provided by commercial Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) and cloud-focused labor service providers that are not currently accessible under other GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) or Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs),” according to the draft PWS.

The Ascend BPA aims to support both vertical (e.g., IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and horizontal capabilities and provide more effective system integration and managed support services to deliver flexible, diverse, and secure cloud solutions. Ascend will also establish minimum cybersecurity baselines, emphasizing cybersecurity supply chain risk management (C-SCRM), compliance with cybersecurity legislation (Cyber Executive Order 14028), and guidelines from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Bidders considering the Ascend opportunity should be prepared to show GSA “an ability to implement secure cloud service solutions utilizing zero trust architecture cybersecurity baselines that leverage Development, Security, and Operations (DevSecOps) and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) agile processes that achieve results through continuous capability enhancements, minimal downtime, prompt response to emerging needs, demonstrated reliability and availability, and optimized performance with minimized resource utilization.”

Ascend would create three separate pools of vendors to deliver three primary services:

  • Pool 1 would include infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), for both unclassified and classified sub-pools
  • Pool 2 would cover software-as-a-service (SaaS)
  • Pool 3 would focus on cloud IT professional services.

Additional sub-pools will be defined based upon government requirements.

GSA has not yet determined award dates but plans to release additional information via eBuy and SAM.gov.

OST Global Solutions is a professional business development consulting firm. We have experience supporting large, strategic bids like Ascend. We can provide capture and proposal teams to develop a complete, winning Ascend proposal, or we can provide consultants on a case-by-case basis to fill gaps on your business development team. Our services related to the Ascend proposal consist of capture management, proposal management, proposal writing, graphics support, editing, desktop publishing, and cost volume development.

Reach out to us to discuss your Ascend bid, so we can discuss how to develop a winning proposal.

service@ostglobalsolutions.com

(301) 384-3350

 

Upcoming Bid & Proposal Academy Classes

Advanced Proposal Management

OST Global Solutions 7361 Calhoun Place, Suite 560, Rockville, MD

This class covers the spectrum of the most important topics, from preparing for a proposal effort and making a bid-no-bid decision, to orchestrating a great proposal kickoff, driving subject matter experts to produce winning content, exhibiting superb leadership and team management skills, managing conflict, setting the right expectations, optimizing proposal team performance, getting the most from the proposal color reviews, and mitigating proposal risks at every stage to reduce stress and increase your proposal’s Pwin. The course also focuses on measuring and improving cost-efficiency and effectiveness of the proposal team.

Register Now $1,390.00 49 tickets left

Proposal Graphics Conceptualization & Design

OST Global Solutions 7361 Calhoun Place, Suite 560, Rockville, MD

This course provides the skills necessary to conceptualize proposal graphics that convey your winning solution to government customers. In addition to brainstorming on a graphic idea, this training shows you how to design an action caption, sketch a graphic concept, deliver a specific visual message to the government customer, and use professional graphic design principles and resources to make your graphics look attractive.

Register Now $695.00 46 tickets left

Advanced Capture Management

OST Global Solutions 7361 Calhoun Place, Suite 560, Rockville, MD

This Advanced Capture Management course is for federal business developers and capture managers to learn advanced techniques for government customer engagement and sales, intelligence gathering on opportunities, win strategy brainstorming, and facilitation of competitive analysis, Black Hat, and solution development (CONOPS) workshops. This is the ultimate course for positioning to win government contracts through a rigorous capture planning process.

Register Now $1,390.00 41 tickets left