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Interact Question #11 - A2/A2SB GWAC Industry Meetings

The Coalition for Government Procurement is excited to announce a series of Alliant 2 / Alliant 2 Small Business (A2/A2SB) GWAC Industry Meetings. The goal of the meetings is to facilitate a Myth-buster’s dialogue with the GSA A2/A2SB GWAC Team concerning the procurement strategy for the upcoming GSA A2/A2SB GWACs. The A2/A2SB GWAC Industry Meetings are open to all interested industry representative(s), regardless of whether the representative(s) is/is not a member of the Coalition for Government Procurement.

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DC RECAP

Good Afternoon All from Sunny (albeit baking) San Diego ---

Our DC trip resulted in a great deal of valuable feedback by way of comments and suggestions and I can assure you the Alliant 2 and Alliant Small Business 2 teams are listening.

A few big chunks to consider:

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Interact Question #8 – Acceptable Baseline for Achieving Competition

The GWAC Program believes that competition under the Alliant Program is beneficial for clients for several reasons:

1.             Provides increased innovative solutions

2.             Supports strategic sourcing initiatives

3.             Reduces labor rates consistently

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Interact Question #7 – Alliant 2 / Alliant 2 GWACs Open Forum Discussion

You are invited to participate in an open forum discussion at The Coalition for Government Procurement's GWAC, MAC, and Enterprise Contracting Committee meeting on September 16th, 2014.  Non-coalition members are welcome to attend. 

GSA GWAC staff will be present to discuss the innovative solutions provided under the GSA GWAC and future procurement plans for the follow-on to the successful Alliant GWAC.

Director, GSA Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts - Chris Fornecker

Director, Enterprise GWAC Division Director - Casey Kelley

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Interact Question #6 – Standardized Information Technology (IT) Service Labor Categories

Thank you to all that have contributed here – your input is helping to shape GSA’s next GWACs and we appreciate your input.

So far we have discussed Standardized IT Service Labor Categories and – as many of you are aware – we are seriously considering this type of standardization as part of the Alliant 2 GWAC family of contracts in an effort to improve reporting capabilities and follow trends and indicators as the contracts move through their respective life cycle. 

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Interact Question #5 - Labor Categories Not Subdivided by Knowledge/Skill Level

Thank you for your previous input on Interact Question #1 – Labor Categories. Your input & feedback is greatly appreciated as many of the contributions & comments received are being considered.

Many of the labor categories under the current GSA Alliant and Alliant Small Business GWACs are further subdivided by knowledge/skill level (i.e., Entry-Level, Journeyman, Senior, Master).   The approach being considered under Alliant 2 (A2) & Alliant 2 Small Business (A2SB) is to not further subdivide labor categories by knowledge/skill level.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Hope this post finds everyone well (or at least tolerating) and would ask that you consider our next area of research required to form the Alliant 2 family of contracts.

This post will address the emerging trends associated with information technology and contract inclusions required to ensure the new Alliant family is market focused and capable of offering solutions to agencies for many years to come. 

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Interact Question #4 – Quality/Technical Certifications

In an effort to assure customers that the GSA Alliant 2 GWAC program will maintain the highest levels of Information Technology (IT) services by awarding to premier IT contractors with quality/technical competencies, the GSA Alliant 2 GWAC program is considering adding requirements of generally accepted certifications as criteria for the next Alliant 2 family of GWAC contracts (Alliant 2 and Alliant 2 Small Business). The quality/technical certifications that are emerging thus far as appropriate for consideration are ISO 9000 series and CMMI.

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Clarification/Update - Interact Question #3 - Cyber Security Risk Management Plan

Thank you all for your valuable input and suggestions. In an effort to clear the confusion between the Alliant team’s question and a more government wide effort that is currently being socialized, please consider the proposed Alliant 2 Cyber Risk Management Plan (CRMP) is separate from, but complementary to, the implementation of Executive Order 13636.

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