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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