The General Services Administration (GSA) updated the draft RFP for Polaris, the agency’s new small business IT services contract that replaces the $15 billion Alliant 2 Small Business contract. The latest version of the Polaris draft RFP adds a Pool reserved for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), and it lowers the limit on project value to $250k to qualify for points.

Some of the most significant changes in the latest version of the RFP include:

  • The addition of a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) pool. The other three pools businesses can apply to are small business, woman-owned small business (WOSB), and HUBZones.
  • The minimum dollar threshold for relevant experience projects was reduced to $250,000 from $1 million per project. For this contract, project value for completed projects is the total obligated dollars. For ongoing projects, the project value is the total estimated value (inclusive of all option periods).
  • Businesses may now submit three to five examples of relevant experience, but businesses must submit AT LEAST THREE projects, or their application will not be considered. The prior version of the RFP allowed up to seven projects to be used for relevant experience.
  • Companies aiming to score points in the Emerging Technology category must now meet a minimum project threshold of $250,000 and can provide up to three examples. The GSA also added an additional emerging tech category: Advanced and Quantum Computing.

The GSA incorporated revisions to the draft RFP based on feedback received since December 2020, when the draft RFP was originally released. The agency is soliciting additional feedback to further revise the RFP, and suggestions must be submitted to the agency by 4 p.m. EST on Oct 15, 2021. Additional information and instructions on how to submit feedback can be found at GSA Interact.

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