GSA issues second Alliant draft RFPs

(Updated) The General Services Administration today issued the second set of draft requests for proposals for its 10-year, $65 billion Alliant procurement program to let federal agencies buy a wide range of IT services.

Industry has until June 30 to submit comments for the draft RFPs, which reflect changes in strategy for the $50 billion Alliant full and open governmentwide acquisition vehicle and the $15 billion Alliant small business set-aside contract.

The second set includes technical requirements in the context of the Defense Department/Federal Enterprise Architecture, which provides a common framework for defining IT requirements. GSA wants industry to offer feedback on the DOD/Federal Enterprise Architecture alignment, clarity of requirements for offers, alignment of labor categories and industry practices, and minimum order size.

GSA released the drafts after receiving 'voluminous' comments during the virtual industry day the agency held earlier this year, Alliant project manager Jim Ghiloni said in a press briefing.

The agency made a few adjustments in response to the comments and on its request for information on how the procurement vehicle can best be structured to attract medium-sized businesses, he added.

'We feel the net effect of the changes ... will ensure that best-in-class solutions can be acquired through Alliant,' Ghiloni said.

GSA still anticipates releasing the final RFPs in October and awarding contracts in 2007.

The agency plans to issue awards to 25 to 30 companies for the Alliant full and open contract, and to issue 40 to 60 awards for the Alliant small-business contract. GSA previously planned to issue about 20 awards for the Alliant full and open procurement and up to 40 for the small-business contract.

GSA will publish comments about the second set of draft RFPs at

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology. Rob Thormeyer is a staff writer for Government Computer News.

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