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    Will Fortier
    ASTRO Anticipates Leading The Charge For Unpriced Civilian IDIQS!   GREAT NEWS!  It has been a long time coming, but it should soon be here!!!  GSA’s Industry Partners and supporting associations have long sought the ability for IDIQ contracts to be awarded without consideration of price as an evaluation factor in favor of the common understanding that price will always be considered at the Task Order level.  Recent changes to law are now making that desire a possible reality!
     
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    Last Activity: 7/1/2020 8:27 PM
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    Will Fortier
    The Consultants May Be Misleading You!!! Predictions of minimum scores on ASTRO are FAKE NEWS!!! Hello ASTRO Community! Practically every day (and often multiple times per day), the ASTRO team hears something along the lines of “We heard that we need to score XXX number of points or we shouldn’t even bother proposing on ASTRO.”   Well folks, the ASTRO team is making this special announcement to all potential Offerors:  
     
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    Last Activity: 6/17/2020 9:45 PM
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    cezeig79
    Will, Thank you for the update and clarification. Will any updates to the draft solicitation be released to capture changes to the scoring matrix or other? V/r, Craig Zeigler Business Development Manager Avion Solutions, Inc. 4905 Research Dr...Read More
    david.thomas@st...
    When “...the hat is thrown in the ring” for an opportunity, we do so with the intent of providing a solution for the customer and working as a team member. If unsuccessful will we learn why, so we can adjust accordingly and provide a more competitive...Read More
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    Will Fortier
    Hello ASTRO Community! Thank you to those who are submitting projects like we requested.  We feel this has been very beneficial to Industry and Government alike.  We have noticed some things and fielded some questions around what needs to be submitted to validate scope and/or scoring elements, so we wanted to provide some guidance on the subject. Tip #1:
     
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    Last Activity: 6/3/2020 2:23 PM
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    Will Fortier
    Hello ASTRO Community,   The attached document highlights some changes in the functional factors for the pools.  Take a look.   Regards, ASTRO Team
     
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    Last Activity: 6/2/2020 12:36 PM
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    colin
    Will, thanks for posting. Can you confirm the new timeframe posted on Govwin for the final RFP release?
    Will Fortier
    The ASTRO team is not tracking timeframes posted by 3rd parties, so we won't be able to speak to their accuracy. The RFP release is still targeted for this FY (likely 4th quarter).
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    Will Fortier
    Hello ASTRO Community! As we go through questions, recommendations, and document submissions, we begin to realize where further clarifications are necessary and where it makes sense to make edits to the draft solicitation documents.  One such area is the requirement for any project submitted in any Pool of ASTRO to be platform related.  We are seeing many examples of keyword searches that forego being within the context of a Pool or Domain definition.  The following questions and answers elaborate more on this:
     
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    Last Activity: 5/21/2020 2:13 PM
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    liz.tribelli
    Thank you for distributing the updated draft Section C. On a related front, with respect to teaming, if a contractor decides to submit a bid to Prime a Pool, can you please confirm that it is acceptable to also sub to other companies that may be bidding...Read More
    Will Fortier
    We are starting to encourage companies with questions regarding ASTRO to ask them via astro@gsa.gov.
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    Will Fortier
    Hello ASTRO Community! We have asked and continue to ask for project submissions from Industry to check for scoring validation and Pool applicability.  For those of you who have taken advantage of this already, please accept a genuine “thank you” from the ASTRO Team!  We’ve already discovered a number of issues that seem to be confusing people and we will be addressing those things in a series of upcoming blogs designed to clarify certain aspects of the ASTRO draft solicitation. 
     
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    Last Activity: 5/14/2020 12:15 PM
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    bmacneill
    Will/GSA, Thank you for sending out this template!
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    Will Fortier
    Hello ASTRO Community!
     
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    Last Activity: 4/15/2020 10:42 AM
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    Caton Jarrett
    Credence Management Solutions supports the ASTRO RFP as currently written with the Bootstrap Bonus, as this innovative approach is designed to ultimately best benefit FEDSIM’s critical customers. By enabling mid-size companies to compete for awards on...Read More
    dlehman12
    In reviewing Industry Certifications in the DRFP I noticed under Mission Operations Pool there is one called - DoD Commercial Airlift Review Board Approval; and under the Aviation Pool and Space Pool there are two other ones - AS9100 Certification and...Read More
    Will Fortier
    Hello - I recommend routing specific technical questions like this through astro@gsa.gov
    MikeArch
    Can subs be added after prime contract award?
    Will Fortier
    In short yes. Teaming arrangements should be tailored to best meet individual task order requirements and is a vendor business decision.
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    Will Fortier
    ASTRO Community.  The due diligence questions and answers have been posted here.  Please take a look.  
     
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    Last Activity: 4/13/2020 10:43 AM
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    colin
    Will, Line 81 starts RFP anticipated for "late Fall/Early Summer." Is it meant to read late summer/early Fall or should we expect an RFP as early as June?
    colin
    Thanks Will, that info is helpful. Do you have an estimate for when we'll be able to access and familiarize ourselves with the Symphony portal?
    Will Fortier
    We don't have a date/timeframe yet for that. But you can assume you'll see that come out prior to any final solicitation being issued for action.
    rstaples
    From earlier communications, we noted that the GSA ASTRO team is open to receiving input and discussing ideas throughout this process up until the day that the formal solicitation is released. Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. (www.epsilonsystems.com), a...Read More
    Will Fortier
    Ralph - The ASTRO team will coordinate with your organization.
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    Will Fortier
    As expected, the slots for our ASTRO Industry Due Diligence sessions filled up quickly.  At this point, we have closed the registration page.  However, that does not necessarily mean that it is impossible to still schedule a meeting.  As we have stated before, the ASTRO team is open to meeting via telecom or in person anytime with any company prior to the release of the formal solicitation.                                                           
     
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    Last Activity: 2/14/2020 8:43 AM
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    rlera
    Will, Is there an ETA or general time frame of when the RFP will come out or is it still TBD?
    Will Fortier
    It's appropriate to leave it as TBD for now. The team will need time to absorb due diligence feedback and work toward finalizing the solicitation.
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    Will Fortier
    Hello ASTRO Community,
     
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    Last Activity: 2/5/2020 12:00 PM
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