GSA begins work on new small business IT contract, Polaris

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Dave Nyczepir

The General Services Administration plans to increase the quality and diversity of IT available to agencies with a new governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) geared toward small businesses.

Named Polaris after the “guiding star” in the night sky, the contract will increase the pool of qualified small businesses that provide emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain and 5G gear, as well as areas such as robotic process automation, cybersecurity and cloud services.

GSA intends to use Section 876 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to award task orders without considering prices for services acquired on an hourly rate basis, wrote Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner of the Office of IT Category, in a blog announcing Polaris earlier this month.

“As this would shift the focus to pricing competition at the task order level, it is important that we continue our efforts to

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San Diego Begins Virtual Open House For 2 Valencia Business Park Proposals

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San Diego City Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

The city of San Diego began a virtual open house Monday to solicit public input for two potential uses for a vacant lot in the Encanto community.

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The city is asking the public to consider two redevelopment proposals for the Valencia Business Park located at Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue.

Located in the federally designated San Diego Promise Zone, the Valencia Business Park has been vacant for more than 20 years. According to the city, the community-focused redevelopment is moving forward and expected to create at least 72 full-time jobs.

“For years, the vision for Southeastern San Diego has included activating the Imperial Avenue Corridor and development of the Valencia Business Park property,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “We are energized to take another crucial step in this

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San Diego begins virtual open house for Valencia Business Park proposals

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The City of San Diego began a virtual open house Monday to solicit public input for two potential uses for a vacant lot in the Encanto community.

The city is asking the public to consider two redevelopment proposals for the Valencia Business Park located at Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue.

Located in the federally designated San Diego Promise Zone, the Valencia Business Park has been vacant for more than 20 years. According to the city, the community-focused redevelopment is moving forward and expected to create at least 72 full-time jobs.

“For years, the vision for Southeastern San Diego has included activating the Imperial Avenue Corridor and development of the Valencia Business Park property,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “We are energized to take another crucial step in this process and get vital input from our community on this redevelopment, as we see this vision come to

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