Alliant 3's final solicitation hits the streets

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Companies have four months to work on their bids for one of six dozen spots on this "Anything IT Anywhere” vehicle for all of government.

The waiting is over -- industry now has a final solicitation for the governmentwide Alliant 3 IT services and solutions contract vehicle to read through and get their proposals together for.

With that Friday release, the General Services Administration also met its goal to release the request for proposals in the third quarter of federal fiscal year 2024.

Bids are due Oct. 28 for the potential 10-year contract that will have no ceiling value, while questions must be into GSA by July 26 and the agency expects to release the answers by Aug. 23. 

As we've gone over before, Alliant 3's scope touches just about every aspect of technology one can think of. The contract is designed to take a "Anything IT Anywhere” philosophy and approach for bringing in all components of integrated tech solutions for agencies.

GSA intends to make 76 awards based on a self-scoring and verification process. If bidders have precisely tied scores in Position No. 76, all of them will be chosen for an award.

Bids will first go through an acceptability review screening that will determine eligibility on a Pass/Fail basis, then the technical evaluation will take place to focus on aspects such as relevant experience and past performance. Proposals can get up to 89,950 points.

Pricing will be a factor in the evaluations, but GSA says that its methodology weighs non-price factors as "significantly more important in price."  There will also be "no tradeoff between the non-price factors and price," the final RFP says.

The current Alliant 2 contract's last date to order is June 30, 2028. Like with Alliant 3, task order performance periods can extend for up to five years beyond that expiration date at the master contract level.

Alliant 2 has seen approximately $27 billion in obligations flow through it since first being opened for business in July 2018, or around 36%. GSA lifted the ceiling in August 2022 from the original $50 billion to $75 billion.

GovTribe data pegs the five largest users of Alliant 2 as the Air Force, Homeland Security Department, Army, Treasury Department, and Health and Human Services Department.