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Updated Polaris Draft RFP Sections

The Polaris team is pleased to share the updated draft of the solicitation submission instructions and evaluation criteria (Sections L and M). Substantial feedback was received to the draft RFP issued in December 2020. That feedback, along with recent customer and industry discussions, was used to make beneficial updates to the solicitation. The changes made will encourage maximum participation by small businesses, emphasize customer requirements, and reduce barriers to entry for small businesses.

Some of the most significant changes made to the solicitation based on industry feedback include:

  • Inclusion of a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) pool
  • Reduction of the minimum dollar thresholds for relevant experience
  • Reduction to the number of potential relevant experience project submissions
  • Revisions to clarify proposal requirements

We encourage interested parties to review these updated draft sections and provide any feedback using the attached "Polaris Draft RFP Response Template." We again want to emphasize that these documents are in “draft” form and are subject to change. We value and look forward to your input. Please note, referenced attachments are not included with this release.

As a reminder, this draft release is not a solicitation for Government services. GSA does not anticipate posting questions and responses or amendments to this draft as would occur with a formal RFP. No awards will be made from this draft release and any response is voluntary. Respondents are advised that the government will not pay for any information or administrative costs incurred in response to this draft solicitation; all costs associated with responding to this draft solicitation will be solely at the respondent’s expense. Not responding to this draft solicitation does not preclude participation in any future solicitation.  

Please submit your feedback to this draft solicitation to Polaris@gsa.gov, using the provided response template, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 15, 2021.

We encourage you to continue monitoring this Interact page for further updates on the Polaris GWAC Program.

 
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