May 24, 2021

ACT-IAC Providing Recommendations to GSA on Emerging Tech Contract Vehicles

TCG’s Michael Drescher Contributes to ACT-IAC Working Group on the SB Contract

ACT-IAC has formed several working groups to make recommendations on three new contract vehicles, including Polaris–the forthcoming Government Wide Acquisition Contract(GWAC) for small businesses. TCG’s Michael Drescher is contributing to the Polaris working group focusing on the evaluation criteria and statement of work for the contract vehicle.

The goal of the working groups is to provide industry insight for vehicles that will establish a well qualified group of vendors with a diversity in solution offerings. Among other topics, these working groups are providing recommendations on the importance of past performance, work history among joint ventures, and corporate certifications that demonstrate knowledge and experience in best practices for quality, security, and development.

Government and industry collaboration is essential for creating contract vehicles that connect agencies with the most qualified candidates in private industry, something that can be a challenge given the complexity of statements of work, past performance requirements, evaluation criteria, teaming requirements and all of the other things that go into byzantine architecture of contract vehicles. ACT-IAC working groups help facilitate this collaboration between government and private industry .

With the General Services Administration cancelling the Alliant 2 GWAC for small business because of a deluge of protests, GSA currently has no tech GWAC for small businesses, which can hinder agencies from purchasing innovative software and IT solutions.