OPPORTUNITY QUALIFICATION SUMMARY

Opportunity Name: GSA POLARIS (previously know as A2SB)

Solicitation Number: 47QTCB21N0002

Agency: GSA, Small Business GWAC focusing on Small Business, Woman Owned Small Business(WOSB)Hub ZONE Small Business and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business.

Financial Considerations
Contract Value:

$15,000,000,000

Timeline
Status:

Pre-RFP

Draft RFP Release:

12/31/2020

Revised Sections LM and Scoring Sheet 9/24/2021
Comments Due to GSA 10/15/2021
Solicitation Date:

Late December 2021 or early January 2022

Proposals Due Date:

2Q2022

Award Date:

4Q2022

NAICS       541512
Competition       WOSB, HUBZone, Service Disabled, Veteran Owned Small Business and Small Business, Multiple Awards, IDIQ
Awards:310 Awards
Contract Term:5-Years + 5-years
Location:

CONUS and OCONUS: The place of performance will be defined in the individual Order.

Incumbents:

Alliant Small Business awardees… who are Small, WOSB, SDVOSB or HUBZone

NAICS:

541512

GARDANT Point of Contact (POC)
866-855-3788
marketing@gardantglobal.com

BACKGROUND

The Polaris Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) is a Multiple Award, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide information technology solutions through performance of a broad range of services which may include the integration of various technologies critical to the services being acquired. GSA’s Polaris contract will be focused on Women Owned Small Businesses and HUBZone businesses and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business.

The Contractor shall provide all management, supervision, labor, facilities and materials necessary to perform on a Task Order basis.

Hereafter, the family of Polaris GWAC (or “Polaris”) contracts will be also referred to as the “Master Contract.” Each individual Master Contract will be referred to as a Pool within the Master Contract. Task orders issued under the Master Contract may also be referred to as “Orders.”

Through the direction of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), performance-based contracting techniques will be applied to Task Orders issued under this contract to the “maximum extent practicable.” For information about performance based service contracts, refer to OFPP’s Best Practices Handbook located at www.whitehouse.gov/omb/.

Pursuant to FAR 37.102(a)(2), the Ordering Contracting Officer should use performance-based acquisition methods to the maximum extent practicable using the following order of precedence:

  1. A Firm-Fixed Price Performance-Based Task Order;
  2. A Performance-Based Task Order that is not Firm-Fixed Price;
  3. A Task Order that is not Performance-Based.

SCOPE OF WORK

The Polaris GWAC will provide Federal Government agencies with integrated Information Technology (IT) solutions for evolving needs on a global basis. This Master Contract allows for the application of technology to meet business needs including the ability to perform all current, leading edge and/or emerging IT services required to satisfy all IT services requirements anywhere and anytime worldwide.

Integrated IT solutions are comprised of IT components described below in Section C.4, and may be tailored in Task Order Requests to meet agencies’ mission needs. Work may be performed at Government and Contractor facilities located throughout the world, as specified in each Task Order, to provide a variety of IT solutions and support services. IT services and solutions within scope of this Master Contract include new, leading edge and emerging technologies that will evolve over the life of the Master Contract as supported by the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA), Department of Defense Information Enterprise Architecture (DoD IEA) Reference Models, and the associated reference models.

The Master Contract provides maximum flexibility in acquiring an IT services-based solution for any conceivable IT services-based requirement driving government savings through efficiencies and improved reporting data with greater integrity while maintaining an “Anything IT Anywhere” philosophy.

The Master Contract scope includes any and all components of an integrated IT services-based solution, including all current leading-edge technologies and any new technologies which may emerge during the Master Contract period of performance. The Master Contract scope also includes IT services-based support of National Security Systems, as defined in FAR 39.002. The Master Contract provides IT Solutions through performance of a broad range of services which may include the integration of various technologies critical to the services being acquired. The foundation of the Scope of Master Contract is built on the most current FEA and DoD IEA Reference Models. (See links under Resources Section C.10). As the definition of IT changes over the lifecycle of the Master Contract with the evolving FEA and DoD IEA models, the scope of the Master Contract will be considered to coincide with the current IT definition at any given time.

By nature of the alignment to FEA and DoD IEA, the Master Contract includes any and all emerging IT components, IT services, and ancillary elements as they arise as required to successfully achieve the agency’s mission. Therefore, because technological advances over the term of this Master Contract are inevitable, the scope of this Master Contract takes into consideration that Task Order Requirements are permitted to include any future IT services with their integral and necessary Ancillary IT components and services as they arise during the entire term of this contract.

The foundation of the Polaris work will be based on Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) and Department of Defense Information Enterprise Architecture (DoD IEA)

The Contractor shall provide Infrastructure and related services, Applications and related services, and IT Management Services to support agencies’ integrated IT solution requirements.

In order to provide a common framework for defining and understanding the components of an IT solution, this section will refer to terminology included in the FEA and DoD IEA. Usage of this terminology or structure is not required within individual Orders placed on this contract.

The Contractor shall promote IT solutions that support Federal government operational requirements for standardized technology and application service components. This shall facilitate integration requirements for broad Federal IT and e-Gov initiatives, as well as promote the sharing, consolidation, and “re-use” of business processes and systems across the Federal government. The Contractor shall promote the use of open source solutions and open technology development where practicable to enable this re-use.

Within each section below, an overview of the contract solution and service offerings is provided, followed by work to be performed relative to Order requirements. Components of an IT solution indicated in this Scope are not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather general indications of the types of services and goods within a given category. Other services and goods not listed, which adhere to the definition for each section are also within scope.

PERFORMANCE WORK STATEMENT (PWS)

Master Contract PWS

The Master Contract is a stand-alone Performance-based Acquisition (PBA) independent from Task Order PBA requirements. The PWS is limited to (1) Achieving minimum sales requirements as noted in Section H.19; (2) Post award contract administration performance and reporting requirements noted throughout Section G and Section H.

Critical performance standards are established for the Master Contract in Section J-5 Performance Requirements Summary (PRS). The PRS listings of Performance Objectives indicate the performance level required by the Government to meet the Master Contract requirements. The standards shall be measurable and structured to permit an assessment of the Contractor’s performance whereby the results may be written into the Contractor Past Performance Assessment Reporting System. The Government may request the Contractor to develop a Quality Control Plan in response to a Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP) that would be developed and implemented by the GSA for some of the PRS Performance Objectives sometime at or after award of the Master Contract.

Task Order PWS

For Task Orders issued under the Master Contract, it is the federal agency OCO that develops and executes their own PWS and PBA methods independent of the Master Contract PWS and PBA requirements. The OCO may use PBA methods to the maximum extent practicable using the following order of precedence:

  1. Firm-Fixed-Price Performance-Based Task Order
  2. Performance-Based Task Order that is not Firm-Fixed-Priced.

C.8 INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

The Contractor should approach agency Task Order requirements with technical proposals offering innovative solutions that leverage the flexibility provided by the Master Contract. The choice to align the Master Contract scope with TBM and the definitions of IT allows for the adoption of new technologies and innovative solution approaches as they evolve over the life of the contract. The Government also encourages the Contractor to continuously prospect for and establish strategic relationships, especially with innovative small businesses, to meet this objective.

PERFORMANCE PERIOD

The ordering period of this contract is from (To Be Determined) through (To Be Determined), (inclusive of all options, if exercised).

The contract ordering period for the Master Contract is from the date of the Notice-To-Proceed through five years thereafter, with one, five-year option that may extend the cumulative term of the contract to 10 years in accordance with FAR 52.217-9, Option to Extend the Term of the Contact, if exercised. The Contractor’s pricing submitted for Contract Year One will coincide with the Notice-To-Proceed effective date.

After the Master Contract ordering period expires, the Master Contract will remain an active contract until the final task order performance is completed and shall govern the terms and conditions with respect to active task orders to the same extent as if it were completed during the Master Contract ordering period.

Task Order Period of Performance:

The period of performance for each Order placed under the Master Contract shall be specified in the individual Order. All the following conditions apply:

  1. Under no circumstances may an Order be placed under the Master Contract if the Master Contract has expired, or has been terminated or cancelled;
  2. No Orders may exceed ten (10) years, inclusive of options, from the date that the Order is placed;
  3. No Orders may extend more than five (5) years after the expiration of the Master Contract;
  4. Order options, if included at initial issuance of the Order, may be exercised after the expiration date of the Master Contract; and
  5. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary above, a multi-year Order placed under the Master Contract must be consistent with FAR Subpart 17.1 and any applicable funding restrictions.

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE

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 place of performance and/or delivery requirements will be specified in each individual Order.

Notes/Strategy

  • All Vendors shall be registered in SAM and SAM must be updated
  • Maximize value of Self Scoring Worksheet
  • Facility Clearance a plus – Individual Task Orders may require Clearance
  • Deemed responsible according to the FAR
  • Certifications on 2019 Self Scoring Worksheet
  • Cost Accounting, Purchasing System, Estimating System, EVMS
  • CMMI, ISO 9001, 20000, 27000 If you have you will get more points
  • For Polaris, the best value basis for awards will be determined by the Highest Technically Rated Qualifying Offerors.
  • Polaris will consist of three MA/IDIQ contracts, referred to as Pools. Multiple awards shall be made in each of the three Pools.