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GSA Proposes Increasing Alliant 2 Small Business IT Vehicle Awards to 120

Five months after rescinding all awards in the Alliant 2 Small Business (A2SB) Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), the General Services Administration issued proposed contract changes this week that would boost the number of awards by 40.

GSA originally made the awards in February, but returned to “pre-award status” as “corrective action” after a successful court challenge to the process by Citizant. In the March rescission notice, GSA said “proposal evaluation will continue and a new source selection decision is expected at a point to be determined” for the IT services acquisition vehicle.

The original wording of the contract process says, “The government anticipates that Multiple Awards shall be made up to a maximum of 80 awards. In the event of a precisely tied score at a number at the 80th position, all those Offerors will receive a Master Contract award.”

GSA’s draft revision to Amendment 9 raises both numbers to 120. The agency also added that “a pre-proposal webinar sponsored by the Government will be presented to interested parties, consisting of an RFP overview” to be offered on a to-be-announced date and time.

Proposals have been required to be in seven separate folders — “General; Relevant Experience; Past Performance; Systems, Certifications, and Clearances; Organizational Risk Assessment; Cost-Price; Responsibility” — but the new GSA draft removes the “responsibility” folder, and later adds a section stating offerors “may be contacted after proposal submission to supply to supply a completed GSA Form 527, Contractor Qualification and Financial Information as part of the Government’s responsibility determination.”

The section on proposed subcontractors, which said “the offeror and all proposed subcontractors must represent as small businesses for NAICS 541512 within SAM.GOV,” now adds, “This representation is based on the time of original offer submission for proposed subcontractors included in the initial proposal. For any new proposed subcontractors, this representation is based on the time of offer revision.”

GSA said the draft was presented Monday to existing offerors to gather comments and suggestions. “This draft amendment would require responses from existing offerors; no new offers would be accepted,” the agency said. Comments or suggestions may be submitted on the A2SB RFP Questions Template to A2SB@gsa.gov no later than Sept. 3.

“All input from offerors will be reviewed and considered by GSA; however, questions submitted may not be individually answered during this phase,” GSA said, adding, “The GSA A2SB Procuring Contracting Officer recommends that offerors DO NOT significantly invest their company resources, specifically ‘B&P Dollars,’ into developing proposal revisions in response to this draft amendment because (1) that is not the purpose of this draft, and (2) changes to this draft amendment may occur before the official Amendment 9 is released.”

Bridget Johnson
Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a terrorism analyst and security consultant with a specialty in online open-source extremist propaganda, incitement, recruitment, and training. She hosts and presents in Homeland Security Today law enforcement training webinars studying a range of counterterrorism topics including conspiracy theory extremism, complex coordinated attacks, critical infrastructure attacks, arson terrorism, drone and venue threats, antisemitism and white supremacists, anti-government extremism, and WMD threats. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15 and a private investigator. Bridget is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera, BBC and SiriusXM.

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