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Industry Feedback Request #1

We mentioned earlier the need for your feedback on a variety of topics as we prepare for the launch of a new small business GWAC. Our first request pertains to our goal of providing additional emphasis on HUBZone and woman-owned small business (WOSB) firms. 
For those of you who are not familiar with our contracts, GSA's Small Business GWAC portfolio has recently featured three different contract programs: Alliant Small Business, a small business set-aside; VETS for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses; and 8(a) STARS for SBA certified 8(a) small businesses. With our next next generation Small Business GWAC, we want to build on the success of the now expired Alliant Small Business GWAC by providing additional opportunities for HUBZone and woman-owned small business (WOSB) firms. This will provide our customer agencies support in meeting all of their small business goals through the GSA Small Business GWAC portfolio.
While this GWAC will be a small business set-aside similar to Alliant Small Business, we would like to hear your thoughts on two different strategies being considered.
  • The first strategy is a similar structure to Alliant Small Business with the award of a total small business set-aside that enables all socio-economic categories represented on the GWAC to reside on a single platform. This would enable all small businesses on the GWAC to compete for task order opportunities. Additionally, customer agencies would have the ability to set aside task orders for any of the socio-economic categories, e.g., HUBZone, WOSB, etc., at their discretion.
  • The second strategy is slightly different and would involve the award of three separate areas/platforms. One being a total small business set-aside, a second being a WOSB set-aside, and another being set-aside for HUBZone small businesses. Customers would then be able to choose the platform that best meets their task order objectives.
Please email us your feedback on the proposed strategies to polaris@gsa.gov.

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