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Polaris Update - March 2021

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback to the draft RFP. As demonstrated by several thousand comments, the draft RFP engagement has given the Polaris team a robust perspective  as GSA finalizes development of this governmentwide IT solution. Responses to some of the more frequently asked questions from the draft RFP are provided below. We encourage small businesses to continue following this page as select topics may be posted here on the GSA Small Business GWAC Community of Interest.

Question 1: When will the Polaris RFP be released?

Response 1: More specifics on the procurement schedule will be provided in a future post; however, the final RFP is not expected until later this summer, at the earliest. To help ensure Polaris meets stakeholder needs, additional market research is being conducted prior to GSA’s release of the final RFP.

 

Question 2: What is the NAICS and size standard for Polaris?

Response 2: The planned NAICS is 541512 (Computer Systems Design Services) which presently has a small business size standard of $30 million.

https://www.sba.gov/document/support--table-size-standards

 

Question 3: Will more information be released prior to the final RFP?

Response 3: Yes, updates will be provided through this Interact page. Future updates will include more details on the evaluation process and draft scoresheet.

 

Question 4: To be eligible to compete for the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) or HUBZone pools, when must my company be certified?

Response 4: Eligibility for the socioeconomic pools are based on SBA regulations 13 CFR Part 127 for WOSB and 13 CFR Part 126 for HUBZone. Please note, interested companies must be certified by the time of offer submission, so please take steps to assure socioeconomic certification readiness.

 

Question 5: Where do I find information about the WOSB Federal Contracting Program?

Response 5: Please visit sba.gov/wosbready to find information on the WOSB Federal Contracting Program. Small businesses can also use the SBA Local Assistance tool to contact their local SBA regional and district office or Women’s Business Center with questions.

 

Question 6: Where do I apply to be a WOSB certified company?

Response 6: Please go to https://beta.certify.sba.gov/ to apply for and manage your WOSB certifications.

 

Question 7: Where do I find information about the HUBZone Federal Contracting Program?

Response 7: Please visit https://www.sba.gov/hubzone for information on the HUBZone Federal Contracting Program.

 

Question 8: Is Polaris intended only for small businesses?

Response 8: Yes, Polaris is intended for small businesses, with separate pools for small business, WOSB, and HUBZone small businesses.

 

Question 9: Can 8(a) small businesses compete for Polaris?

Response 9: At this time, an 8(a) pool is not anticipated within Polaris. However, Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs) are encouraged to respond to other pools for which they are eligible and wish to compete for award.

Customers seeking 8(a) small businesses for their IT service requirements on a GWAC are encouraged to consider 8(a) STARS II and upcoming 8(a) STARS III.

 

Question 10: Are small businesses limited to participating in only one pool at a time?

Response 10: No, all small businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for all pools in which they are eligible and wish to compete for award.

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