GSA agrees to resolve Polaris small business concerns raised in pre-award protestDavid Chung
The General Services Administration has agreed to resolve a bid protest filed in late March over solicitations issued as part of the $15 billion Polaris procurement. The Government Accountability Office on April 25 dismissed the pre-award challenge brought by federal contractor BD Squared after the agency agreed to update the language used in the solicitation.
Polaris is one of the most hotly anticipated governmentwide IT acquisition vehicles among federal technology contractors. It has an expected $15 billion ceiling and will allow government agencies to obtain a range of services including cloud platforms, cybersecurity and software development technology.
The contract succeeds the 8(a) STARS III and VETS 2 governmentwide acquisition contracts and is intended to further the Biden administration’s efforts to use the purchasing power of the federal government to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.
Federal contracting sources said they expect GSA to publish an updated version of the request for proposals in the coming weeks.
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