The General Services Administration (GSA) issued the final Multiple Award Contract (MAC) RFPs for the Polaris women-owned Small Business (WOSB) and Small Business (SB) pools on March 25. This much anticipated information technology (IT) solicitation is the replacement for the Alliant 2 Small Business solicitation ($15 billion ceiling) which never made it to the final RFP. The Polaris government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC) will eventually include four different pools: SB, WOSB, historically underutilized business (HUB) zones as well as service disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), replacing VETS 2. While 8(a) firms do not have a separate pool, they can apply for any of the Polaris pools for which they qualify as they await the STARS III RFP. Pre-Award Protests Almost as soon as the RFP was released, the first Polaris pre-award protest quickly followed. BD Squared filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on March 29 regarding provisions in … Continue reading Polaris Pre-Award Protest: The New Normal for MACs?
The General Services Administration (GSA) released the Veterans Technology Services 2 (VETS 2) RFP on April 21. GSA plans to make awards to the top 70 Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) that qualify. The RFP has notable similarities to the Alliant 2 draft RFPs and to the OASIS RFP (currently on-ramping in certain pools). GSA is continuing its drive for an objective evaluation methodology with the use of self-scoring. However, the VETS 2 RFP has two notable differences from the other RFPs: It allows the use of contractor teaming arrangements at the vehicle level. It allows bidders to use relevant experience and past performance accomplished as either a prime or a subcontractor. Download a copy of this article While both OASIS and the draft Alliant 2 RFP allow no points for teaming partner past performance, GSA VETS 2 allows up to 10,000 additional points for teaming with caveats … Continue reading GSA VETS 2: Are there implications for Alliant 2?