What you Need to Know about the Polaris Draft Solicitation

The General Services Administration released the draft solicitation for its Polaris small business vehicle just as 2020 was coming to an end and industry has nearly the entire month of January to respond.

Polaris is the replacement for Alliant 2 Small Business, which GSA tried and failed to get into the market.

Here are some highlights we’ve gleaned from our first read through the draft:

Where to find the draft

It’s on Beta.Sam.Gov. Click here. The solicitation number is 47QTCB21N0002 in case that link doesn’t work.

Responses to draft

Due date: January 29, 2021

Three pools of awardees
Small business
HUBZone
Women-owned
Contract term

10 years. Task orders also can be for 10 years.

Ceiling

Undetermined at this time, but Alliant 2 Small Business had a $15 billion ceiling.

Eight performance areas
Cloud services
Cybersecurity
Data management
Information and communications technologies
IT operations and maintenance
Software development
Systems Design
Ancillary support for IT solutions. Think any services, supplies or construction needed that directly supports an IT solution.
General mission and purpose

Provide any federal agency with customized IT services and IT service based solutions. This includes both commercial and non-commercial solutions. Customized solutions can be for any competition of the services in the performance areas, plus new and emerging technologies that will evolve over the contract’s 10-year life.

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