The General Services Administration has big ideas for its new governmentwide small business IT contract but wants to know exactly what kinds of emerging technologies people want to see among the offerings.
GSA is developing Polaris as the spiritual successor to $15 billion Alliant 2 Small Business, which the agency abruptly canceled in July after years of protests, re-awards and more protests. At the time, officials said a replacement contract vehicle was coming, though they provided few details.
The first look at the new contract, dubbed Polaris, came in late August, followed by some early industry outreach.
“Polaris is also known as ‘The Guiding Star’ in the night sky,” Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category, wrote in a recent blog post. “Polaris will not only guide small businesses through the federal market, it will also help GSA customer agencies through the acquisition of IT service-based
Federal contractors should look for a request for information for the General Services Administration’s planned small business governmentwide acquisition vehicle in October, according to a top official in the agency’s Federal Acquisition Service.
Following the RFI, the agency also plans to release a draft request for proposals for the emerging GWAC “in the next few months” said Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner for the FAS, Office of Information Technology Category, in an Oct. 1 update on the agency’s plans for the contract vehicle.
The developing contract, dubbed “Polaris,” follows GSA’s cancellation of its $15 billion Alliant 2 SB contract in early July, after the effort had endured a year of protests at the Government Accountability Office and in federal court.
The solicitation and timing for Polaris are in line with