Alliant draft RFPs hit the street

The General Services Administration yesterday issued the draft requests for proposals for the multibillion-dollar Alliant full and open and Alliant small-business contracts.

Alliant, a 10-year IT service governmentwide acquisition contract, combines Millennia and Answer, two of GSA's IT services contracts. The Alliant full and open contract has a $50 billion ceiling, and the separate Alliant small-business contract has a $15 billion ceiling.

GSA expects to release the RFPs for both Alliant contracts in July and make awards in June 2006. GSA plans to award up to 20 Alliant full and open contracts and up to 40 Alliant small-business contracts.

The agency plans to hold two pre-solicitation conferences for industry on both procurements April 18 in Washington and April 26 in San Diego. Comments on the draft RFPs are due by June 3.

'Alliant small business is the largest small-business GWAC ever,' said Neal Fox, assistant commissioner in the Office of Commercial Acquisition at GSA's Federal Supply Service at a recent conference in Arlington, Va., sponsored by the Industry Advisory Council of Fairfax, Va. 'We really want industry and agencies to provide us with feedback on the draft RFPs. We want to know about things like teaming between contractors and whether the source selection committee should look at just the prime contractor or the entire team.'

More information is available on the Alliant Web site at www.gsa.gov/alliant.

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