The General Services Administration could have two competitions for an upcoming information technology contract, which could have a ceiling value of $48 billion.
Jim Ghiloni, GSA’s program manager for the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contract, wrote in a blog post the agency is considering one competition exclusively for small businesses and a second full-and-open competition.
The agency is aiming for higher participation from small businesses and hopes other agencies will become motivated to observe small business set aside procedures and accomplish their small business program goals, he said.
Ghiloni said the agency will have to reconfigure set-aside contracts to let agencies reserve task orders exclusively for awardees that fall under certain socioeconomic categories:
- 8(a) business development
- HUBZone small business
- Service-disabled veteran-owned small business
- Economically disadvantaged women-owned small business
- Women-owned small business
GSA wants the solicitations to produce enough awards for every socioeconomic category to guarantee competition between businesses, Ghiloni said.