Alliant 2 replacement contract Polaris will have CMMC requirements

“Another of the General Services Administration’s emerging next-generation IT acquisition contracts will contain the Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements, according to agency officials.”

“GSA’s developing Polaris small business governmentwide contracting vehicle, that will eventually replace the canceled Alliant 2 Small Business contract, will include CMMC requirements, said Carlton Shufflebarger, acting director of GSA’s Office of Information Technology Category in remarks during an Oct. 28 AFCEA Northern Virginia chapter webcast.”

“The agency has already folded CMMC language into its 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services (STARS) III request for proposals. The clause could require small business contractors chosen for the new vehicle to adhere to CMMC…”

“First and foremost, we want to expand the industry partner base,” he said. Although the agency has emphasized the contract would include woman-owned and HUBZone small businesses, Tittle said it would not be limited to those specific set of firms.

“We want to increase IT modernization opportunities” for agencies with the contract’s scope. Tittle pointed to a request for information posted on the agency’s Polaris Interact page for more information on how it might expand technologies offered on the vehicle…” Read the full article here.

Source: Alliant2 replacement will have CMMC requirements – By Mark Rockwell, October 28, 2020. FCW.

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