GSA Announces VETS 2 GWAC Awards

VETS 2 GWAC pre award notice was issued late August via federal business opportunities.  The VETS 2 contract was established by GSA exclusively for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOSB) to fulfill IT requirements.  This contract will allow GSA to achieve their small business goals of ensuring SDVOSB’s will receive the minimum three percent of federal acquisitions.

VETS 2 GWAC includes:

  1. Comprehensive Scope – The contract scope is designed to meet a variety of diverse agency IT requirements, including new and emerging technologies.

  2. Multiple Contract Types – VETS 2 will allow Fixed Price, Cost Reimbursement, Time & Materials, and Labor Hour orders;.

  3. Enables Long-Term Planning – VETS 2 will have a five-year base period and one five-year option period;.

  4. Robust Contractor Pool – Provides access to customized IT solutions from a qualified pool of SDVOSBs; and.

  5. Socioeconomic Impact – Enables GSA to continue its support of the SDVOSB Procurement Program, while helping federal agencies achieve their socioeconomic goals and objectives.

  6. On October 26, 2017 GSA announced the awards to seventy (70) Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOSB).  GSA also announced that currently federal agencies are not able to place orders against the contract until a Notice to Proceed (NTP) is issued.  To view vendors that have been awarded contracts under VETS 2 GWAC click here.

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Why Slow Down When You Can Get In The FASt Lane

If you’ve dealt with GSA schedules you know that the process is not completed quickly.  Dependent upon which schedule you apply for it may take anywhere from three to nine months to get an award.  Keep in mind that’s if the contracting officer request minimal clarifications.

In the early part of this year GSA launched a new program called GSA FASt Lane.  The program is supposed to cut down on the approval time for proposal submissions and/or modifications.  New proposal submissions can be approved in less than 45 days, and modifications can be approved in as little as 2 days.  Unfortunately, the program only applies to specific GSA schedule 70 initiatives.  Here are a list of the initiatives that apply.

  • Health IT Solutions

  • Cybersecurity Solutions

  • Cloud Services

  • Agile Delivery Services

For companies that already have a GSA schedule 70 and want to add new products and services modifications can be processed in as little as 2 days under the following initiatives.

  • Army Contracting Command (AMCOM) Express

  • Agile Delivery Services Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA)

  • DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) BPA

  • Government-wide Strategic Solutions for Laptops and Desktops

  • National IT Commodity Program

  • Navy SPAWAR Enterprise Agreement Project

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GSA Facilities Maintenance & Management Schedule-What You Need To Know

A current GSA schedule offered to vendors is 03FAC, Facilities Maintenance & Management.  This particular schedule covers:

  • Facilities Maintenance or Management
  • Energy Management & Water Conservation
  • Industrial Aerospace Coating; Marine Coating
  • Dry Docking Solutions

The preliminary requirements to qualify are:

  • Two years of consistent business.
  • Total sales of $50,000 or more within the past two years of business.
  • Two or more projects relating to the Special Item Number (SIN) you are applying for.
  • Must be able to provide a total solution to the Government.

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Do You Qualify For A GSA Schedule?

A GSA schedule is a long-term federal contract that can generate billions of dollars if you craft a realistic business strategy.  But before you attempt to apply for the program you need to know if you qualify.  There are four preliminary qualifications that apply to every business owner,  take a look at what they are below:

  1. You must have maintained at least twenty five thousand dollars in yearly sales for two previous years of business (Totaling $50,000 in sales).
  2. You must have performed at least two consistent years of business that is related to the GSA schedule that you are interested in applying for.  (Effective June 2016 this requirement is not applicable to GSA schedule 70- General Purpose Commercial Information Technology Equipment, Software, and Services, which require one year of consistent business.)
  3. If you offer products they must be manufactured in the countries listed in Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.225-5 Trade Agreements Act.
  4. All products and services offered must be commercially available.  This means all items that you sell must be available to everyone who wants purchase.

If you qualify for GSA’s preliminary requirements and are ready to grow your business in the federal market with a GSA schedule, then I am ready to help you get there.  Schedule your appointment today for a FREE consultation by clicking here.

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GSA Schedules- Cybersecurity HACS SINS

GSA schedule 70 is constantly changing to stay current with the innovative technology solutions, and to meet the needs of its federal customers.  In support of the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) IT Schedule 70 has added a new Special Item Number (SIN) for Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) under Refresh 39 issued in early September.  GSA’s Administrator, Denise Turner Roth has said, “In support of the Administration’s CNAP activities, these new SINS will provide government agencies with quicker and more reliable access to key, pre-vetted support services that will expand  agencies’ capacity to test their high-priority IT systems, rapidly address potential vulnerabilities, and stop adversaries before they impact our networks.”  The newly added SINS are:

  • 132-45A Penetration Testing
  • 132-45B Incident Response
  • 132-45C Cyber Hunt
  • 132-45D Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA)

To add these SINS an oral technical evaluation procedure will be conducted by GSA personnel.  The evaluation will consist of SIN specific scenarios and questions, and may take up to three hours to complete, dependent upon the number of SINS.  As an offeror you must be able to identify five key personnel to attend the evaluation (virtual attendance is acceptable).  Offerors that do not pass the oral evaluation will be ineligible to resubmit proposals for six months.  Recording devices will not be allowed during the evaluation.

Prospective GSA contract holders may submit their proposal for this SIN under GSA’s Fastlane program.  Fastlane is a new program that was created to cut down on approval time in as little as 45 days from the date of receipt of your proposal submission.  Unfortunately, the fastlane program only applies to specific SIN’s, for more information click here.  I will say I have utilized the fastlane program and it is very impressive.  GSA is extremely responsive and the process is clear and concise.

For current GSA contract holders you may submit a modification to add the HACS SINS to your contract and you may receive approval within seven days.  For more information regarding the new SINs and its processes contact Ilene Giles, GSA Proposal Maven by clicking here. 

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