The General Service Administration has opened its $50 billion Alliant 2 governmentwide IT-buying vehicle for vendor bidding.
The next-gen contract is a follow-on to the premier federal IT governmentwide acquisition contract, Alliant, which pools custom IT providers on one full-range vehicle to meet the evolving needs of federal agencies.
GSA has also issued a follow-on request for proposals for its Alliant 2 Small Business vehicle, limited to companies that do less than $27.5 million in revenue annually.
The scope of work provided under the Alliant contracts is fairly wide open to fit almost any agency’s custom needs and can even evolve during the contract itself.
“This Master Contract allows for the application of technology to meet business needs including the ability to perform all current, leading edge and/or emerging IT services required to satisfy all IT services requirements anywhere and anytime worldwide,” the RFP says. “The Master Contract scope includes any and all components of an integrated IT services-based solution, including all current leading edge technologies and any new technologies, which may emerge during the Master Contract period of performance.”
Like many of GSA’s governmentwide contracts, the new Alliant 2 vehicles are indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts, inviting IT contractors to compete for a spot on the vehicle off of which agencies can place task orders for their services.
The unrestricted Alliant 2, like its predecessor, will have a $50-billion ceiling, a five-year base ordering period and a five-year option to extend. The small business vehicle will have the same length but a $15-billion cap. The optional extension period for orders on the original Alliant vehicle will expire April 20, 2019, up to which point agencies can still place task orders under that contract.
In both the new vehicles, GSA has incorporated scope improvements, new IT service labor categories, new cybersecurity standards and new environmental standards. The agency drew many on these enhancements from the feedback of agency and industry customers during the presolicitation phase of the vehicles.
“The Alliant team at GSA has worked diligently to engage with stakeholders on a transparent, collaborative and interactive process, including both federal agency and industry partner involvement during the pre-solicitation phase,” Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of GSA’s Office of Integrated Technology Services, said in a statement. “The results of that engagement are well-rounded final RFPs that build on the success of the first generation Alliant solutions, and that incorporate feedback from customers and the vendor community. These next-gen Alliant vehicles have great potential to provide agencies with new IT offerings, expanded scope, and flexible options while driving down costs for the American taxpayer.”
Vendors have until Aug. 29 to submit proposals on the contracts.
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