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Polaris - GSA's Small Business GWAC

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NEWS - The POLARIS draft was updated on September 25, 2021.  The update added a new pool of awards going to SDVOSB, and reduced the past project value to $250,000 (down from $1M.)

POLARIS "The Guiding Star" GSA's New Small Business Information Technology GWAC.
Issuing Agency: General Services Administration (GSA)
SOL # 47QTCB21N002 - View the draft RFP

What we know so far.

  • Polaris is the proposed replacement for the canceled Alliant 2 SB solicitation
  • GSA may utilize an online proposal submission tool to expedite the process
  • Polaris is a total small business set-aside, with emphasis on WOSB and HUBZone vendors
  • We expect Polaris to have a $15 billion ceiling

The purpose of the Polaris GWAC:

  • Improve and increase the quality and diversity of IT solutions available to the government.
  • Increase the pool of eligible small business vendors who offer new and emerging technologies
  • Streamline the process to become a federal contractor

Polaris is looking for vendors who can provide:

  • Artificial intelligence, including predictive analytics and machine learning.
  • Automated technologies, including robotic process automation.
  • Blockchain, including distributed ledger.
  • Cloud services, including migration services and cloud risk management.
  • Cybersecurity, including security assessment services, zero trust architecture services
  • Edge computing, including 5G implementation, internet of things
  • Immersive technologies, including augmented and virtual reality

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Fedmarket will offer two options to assist you in completing your Polaris offering:

Model Proposal ONLY
The Model Proposal Template will consist of all volumes and files formatted according to the solicitation, file formatting requirements, and proposal submittal instructions. The files contain file completions instructions and model text whenever possible. Instructions are written by deciphering the government's overly complicated criteria for required corporate experience evidence and required contractor certifications for administrative and financial systems.

Model Proposal w/Consulting
The option includes the Model Proposal Template with unlimited hours of consulting service with a senior proposal writer. In addition to consulting, this option includes proposal review, formatting, and compiling your proposal. When you work with our consultants and deliver all requested materials, the result of this engagement is a final Proposal ready for submittal to the government.

Detail From the Draft SOL

Polaris will consist of four MA/IDIQ contracts, referred to as Pools. Multiple awards shall be made in each of the four Pools.

  • Small Business (SB) Pool
  • HUBZone Small Business (HUBZone) Pool
  • Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Pool
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

An offeror may only submit a single proposal in any given Pool.
An offeror may submit a single offer to be considered for any of the three pools it is eligible for (i.e. an offer submitted by a HUBZone firm could be considered for both the HUBZone pool and the small business set-aside pool).
Any offeror found submitting more than one proposal in a given Pool shall have ALL of its offers in that pool disqualified from consideration.

The NAICS code selected for the Master Contract is designated as 541512, Computer Systems Design Services; however, other IT NAICS codes are acceptable if the principal nature of the resulting task order is for IT services.

Proposal Volumes
Vol 1 – General
Vol 2 – Relevant Experience
Vol 3 – Past Performance
Vol 4 – Systems, Certifications, and Clearances
Vol 5 – Risk Assessment
Vol 6 - Responsibility

The Offeror may submit a MINIMUM of THREE (3) AND A MAXIMUM OF FIVE (5) distinct Primary Relevant Experience Projects.

The submitted Primary relevant experience projects must meet the following minimum conditions:

  • Each project must have been for the performance of one of the five (5) Performance Areas listed in L. Primary Relevant Experience Performance Areas. The Primary Relevant Experience Performance Areas are associated with relevant IT based NAICS codes. The Performance Area claimed must have been integral to the performance of the project and for IT services.
  • No project may be used more than once. If a project is used for a Primary Relevant Experience, it may not be used again for a different Primary Relevant Experience.
  • Each Primary Relevant Experience Project must be ongoing or have been completed within 5 years from the date proposals are due. Each project must have at least one year of performance unless one of the following situations exist:
    • a. The project has an Interim or a Final CPARS.
    • b. The project has a completed Award Fee Determination.
    • c. The project had a base period of performance less than one year and that period of performance is complete.
  • No Individual Project Value shall be less than $250,000.

JV are allowed, can use past performance and/or relative experience from either party You may submit a proposal that includes subs, and you may use their past performance and/or relative experience.

Only in the event Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) information is not available will an Offeror be allowed to submit Attachment J.P-4 Past Performance Rating Form, as a substitute Past Performance Survey. If CPARS information is available for any selected past performance relevant experience project, it must be used for the Past Performance evaluation.

A past performance assessment must be submitted for three of the relevant experience projects.

A Relevant Experience “project” is defined as (1) a single contract; (2) a single task order awarded under a Multiple Award contract (as defined below); (3) a single task order awarded under a master Single-Award Indefinite Delivery task order contract (Definite Quantity, Requirements, or Indefinite Quantity) (FAR 16.5); (4) a single task order placed under a Federal Supply Schedule contract (FAR 8.405-2); or (5) a single task order placed under a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) (FAR 8.405-3).

No project may be used in more than one proposal for the same Pool. Projects used in more than one proposal in a given Pool will not be evaluated and will be removed.

Accounting Systems, Certifications, and Clearances are not minimum or mandatory requirements; however, Offerors who demonstrate having these Systems, Certifications, and Clearances within their proposal will be considered more favorably.

There is a self-scoring spreadsheet available at GSA's Interact Site.

Feedback to this draft solicitation must be submitted to Polaris@gsa.gov, using the provided response template, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 15, 2021.

While the draft RFP does not mention a ceiling for the contract, Alliant 2 SB was slated for $15 billion and the similar 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services II, or 8(a) STARS II, was increased from $15 billion to $22 billion this summer.

Once the final contract awards are made, GSA expects the GWAC to run for a base of five years, with one five-year add-on option.


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