ASTRO IDIQ

ASTRO Multiple Award IDIQ
Issuing Agency: GSA
Set-Aside: Unrestricted
10-year contract
Awards: 450 Awards (45 in each of the 10 pools)
Status: Draft Available

>> Start your ASTRO response early with the draft proposal. Fedmarket can provide you with an ASTRO model proposal based on the draft RFP.  When the final RFP is released Fedmarket will deliver an updated model proposal based on the final RFP at no extra cost, all amendments and updates will be addressed and new files are provided gratis.
By beginning with the draft you can:

  • identify any deficiencies and correct them early.
  • Build a responsive team if a teaming approach is required.
  • Avoid proposal writing crises by gathering and writing experience summaries, resumes, and technical responses early.

NOTE: Due to the way the self-scoring system is setup, many small businesses have a high chance in winning a seat on this IDIQ.

PLUS: Small businesses get a “bookstrap bonus" on score for being small. “Offerors who are less than 10 times the applicable small business size standard will receive bonus points based upon their total score for a given Pool.” The bonus % is based on company size/dollars and the bonus range is 10 – 15%.


ASTRO is not a proposal to learn with, outsource if this is your first time at bat. Call (888) 661-4094, Ext. 2 for details.

Pools are as follows:

  • Data Operations - NAICS 541990 – All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Mission Operations - NAICS - 541990 – All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Aviation - NAICS 488190 – Other Support Activities for Air Transportation
  • Space - NAICS 488190 – Other Support Activities for Air Transportation
  • Maritime - NAICS 336611 – Ship Building and Repairing
  • Ground - NAICS 488999 – All Other Support Activities for Transportation
  • Development/ Systems Ingratiation - NAICS 541330 – Engineering Services
  • Research and Development - 541715 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)
  • Training - NAICS 611699 – All other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction
  • Support - NAICS 541990 - All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Scoring System:
This is self-scoring system with a total possible score of 15,000 points.

  1. Experience: 6,000 points
  2. Past Performance Rating: 6,000 points
  3. Certifications, Clearances, etc.: 3,000 points

Requirements

Must have an acceptable accounting system (does not require DCAA approval)
Must provide 4 contracts (REP) with the following requirements:

  • Must be Prime on the contract but it can be Federal, State, or Commercial
  • CANNOT be a subcontract under a Federal or State Prime Contract
  • Must be ongoing or have been completed within the past 5 years
  • Must have at least 6 months of performance
  • No minimum total or annual contract value required in draft.
  • Must have a scope that aligns with the functional definition of the targeted Pool
  • There is no minimum performance rating required in draft.

CTAs (Joint Ventures and Partnerships) are allowed BUT if you should contracts that are NOT in the JV’s name you can only score ½ of the points per contract.

Avoid these common reasons for elimination:

  1. Compliance - Compliance is key, more SBs get eliminated in compliance issues than LG. (Why? Small businesses try to go it alone, large businesses tend to hire or have in house proposal staff)
  2. Misunderstanding the Requirements – A seasoned proposal writer can read between the lines and is familiar with government speak.
  3. Not Maximizing Your Score – You must have a very clear understanding of the ASTRO RFP to do this, without it, you may miss an opportunity to included a factor that can increase your score.
  4. Not Substantiating Your Score Properly – You must provide the required documents in the proper way, don’t under estimate the time it will take to collect these materials.
  5. Stretching the Scores Too Far – The government doesn’t like stone soup, you can’t make something from nothing. Honestly assess your chances before diving in.
  6. Not Submitting the Proposal Correctly (Symphony) – Do not leave this until the last minute, the instructions can be complex, and there is often a deadline, prior to proposal due date for registration.
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