“The General Services Administration plans to release an Alliant 3 draft request for proposals in the coming months potentially increasing the ceiling of the premier governmentwide acquisition contract for IT.”
“Alliant 3 remains in the market research phase as GSA considers the ceiling increase, as well as incorporating supply chain risk management requirements and Section 876 authority for agencies to award contracts at an hourly rate without considering price in their evaluations.”
“The predecessor, Alliant 2, has a $50 billion ceiling and estimated value of $36 billion, and agencies used the best-in-class (BIC) contract to procure innovative IT solutions including artificial intelligence, big data, biometrics, health IT, and virtual networking products and services in fiscal 2021.”
“’Because the Alliant 2 program has been so successful, we’re looking at moving forward on Alliant 3 much, much faster and earlier than we ever anticipated,’ said Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner of IT Category at GSA, during the Coalition for Government Procurement Spring Training Conference on Thursday.”
“The Office of IT Category is trying to understand the impact supply chain risk management requirements will have on businesses, small ones in particular, so it put out two requests for information, Stanton added.”
“Most businesses were concerned with how to manage resource costs and remain competitive while becoming compliant, based on responses…”
“GSA officials also addressed Polaris — a small business set-aside, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for IT service-based solutions — which was paused for revisions following a series of protests…” Read the full article here.
Source: GSA eyes early Alliant 3 release – By Dave Nyczepir, June 16, 2022. FedScoop.