The General Services Administration is set to make awards for the Polaris small business contract vehicle, which will replace the Alliant 2 Small Business. The Polaris contract will feature pools of winners in different small business categories and will be used by agencies to procure IT solutions and services across various performance areas such as cloud, cyber, data management, and information technologies.
The solicitation for the Polaris contract was released in early 2021, but it faced pre-award protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which led to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ordering GSA to amend the solicitation and allow bidders to resubmit their proposals.
Two companies filed protests with GAO on the eve of the new proposal deadline, alleging that GSA was not allowing them to update their past performance and experience information and that GSA’s position favored mentor-protégé firms. However, GAO rejected these protests and sided with GSA, paving the way for GSA to make hundreds of awards for Polaris.
The contract has no ceiling and can also be used to procure software development and IT operations and maintenance. Despite GAO’s decision, there is still a risk of protests against the final awards.