The Department of General Services Administration, the Office of GSA/FAS ITC Office of Acquisition Operations has released the Draft Request for Proposal for a new Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) which will be a Total Small Business Set-Aside opportunity.

Polaris is the replacement for the canceled Alliant 2 SB solicitation, enabling the Federal Government to acquire customized IT services-based solutions from the most qualified small business, prioritizing HUBZone and women-owned small business (WOSB) firms.

GSA initially issued an RFI and expressed its satisfaction with the information and review received from interested small businesses through the Small Business GWAC Community of Interest. According to their official notice, the draft request for proposal is based on the answers received by the industry, stating to have provided valid perspectives that have been considered.

What we know about Polaris GWAC so far?

General Service Administration is seeking high-end IT services-based solutions, which must meet the agency’s particular mission needs, and may include any combination of the IT services emerging technologies that evolve over the span of the Master Contract.

Although the acquisition is for IT Services, ancillary support may be included when it is integral to and necessary for the IT services-based effort.

The Draft for Request for Proposal in more detail

Polaris GSA’s GWAC is a Total Small Business Set-Aside, with 541512 NAICS Code that determines Computer Systems Design Services.

  • The ordering period of this contract is yet to be determined.
  • The period of performance for each Order placed under the Master Contract shall be specified in the individual Order.
  • The services to be provided under the Master Contract shall be accomplished at the locations identified in the task order and may include locations in the Contiguous United States (CONUS) and Outside the CONUS (OCONUS).
  • The source selection process on the Polaris GWAC will neither be based on the Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) nor Tradeoffs.
  • The Offeror may submit a MAXIMUM OF SEVEN (7) distinct Primary Relevant Experience Projects.
  • A past performance assessment must be submitted for three of the relevant experience projects.

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

each of the three Pools, based on size and socioeconomic status:

  • Small Business (SB) Pool
  • HUBZone Small Business (HUBZone) Pool
  • Women-Owned
  • Small Business (WOSB) Pool


The Government will enforce all of the proposal submission requirements outlined in Section L. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in an Offeror’s proposal being rejected as being materially nonconforming to solicitation requirements.

  • Volume 1 – General
  • Volume 2 – Relevant Experience
  • Volume 3 – Past Performance
  • Volume 4 – Systems, Certifications, and Clearances
  • Volume 5 – Risk Assessment


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