GSA working on Alliant 2 Small Business replacement
- By Mark Rockwell
- Jul 15, 2020
Development work continues on an alternative to the General Services Administration’s cancelled $15 billion Alliant 2 Small Business vehicle, according to one of the agency’s top acquisition executives.
“We’re going to work on the Alliant 2 SB re-procurement,” Keith Nakasone, deputy assistant commissioner of IT Acquisition in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said at a July 15 Advanced Technology Academic Research Center event. Nakasone told the virtual audience to “stay tuned” on the replacement vehicle for the cancelled small business government wide acquisition contract.
Just before the July 4 holiday, GSA announced it was dropping Alliant 2 SB completely after the contract had slogged through a year of protests at the Government Accountability Office and at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In that announcement, GSA said it is working on a new approach to governmentwide contracts for small businesses.
"Plans are underway for a new and enhanced small business GWAC program that better reflects the changing landscape and addresses the needs of agencies to access the expertise of small businesses," the agency said in a July 3 announcement. "The changes will support recent developments in cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and supply chain risk management."
In his July 15 remarks, Nakasone said GSA has been working efficiently on developing and spinning out new contracting vehicles despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He pointed to GSA’s solicitation for 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services (STARS) II issued on July 6 as an example of the agency pushing ahead with complex contract development in a difficult environment.
In creating the new 8(a) STARS solicitation, Nakasone said, GSA had listened to industry on how to open the contract up and make it more flexible for small businesses.
The contract, he said, has “significant” changes to small business past performance and qualification requirements. It also includes templates that small businesses can follow to more efficiently assemble their bid proposals and apply.
Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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