The General Services Administration announced that it expects to release requests for proposals for small business and women-owned small business pools of the Polaris governmentwide acquisition contract for information technology products and services in February.
The Polaris GWAC small business and WOSB pools will be multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts that executive and other federal agencies can use to procure customized IT services, according to presolicitation notices published Jan. 27.
The ordering period for both pools consists of a base term of five years and five option years.
GSA asked interested stakeholders to hold inquiries until after the RFPs are posted on the System for Award Management website.
“Proposals will be due approximately 30 days after the solicitation is posted,” according to the notices.
In September, GSA issued updated Sections L and M covering proposal submission instructions and evaluation criteria of a draft RFP for Polaris GWAC, which now includes a pool for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. Small business, HUBZone and WOSB were the three original pools of the contract vehicle.
Polaris covers IT support services across emerging technology areas, including artificial intelligence, advanced and quantum computing, automation technology, edge computing, distributed ledger technology, cloud, data management, cybersecurity and information and communications technologies.