GSA started the Alliant 3 ball rolling with the release of the draft RFP in mid-October of last year and, with much anticipation, they finally released the solicitation on Friday, June 28, 2024. This is another of the large Government-wide acquisition contracts (GWAC) that have been released in the last 24 months and is following a similar methodology to the Polaris and OASIS+ acquisitions with the use of a self-scoring worksheet. The halting of the Polaris acquisition during its evaluation phase from a decision of the Court for Federal Claims has thrown a number of things into question regarding Polaris and OASIS +, and it may have had a significant impact on the Alliant 3 effort as well.

Having said that, Alliant 3 is another massive contract to provide broad-based IT services across the Government to locations around the world. With no discernable or announced ceiling- although GovWin estimates $75B, it has huge potential for winning contractors with a potential period of performance of up to 10 years (one 5-year base and one 5-year option). IT solution services within scope include new, leading edge and emerging technologies as supported by the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA), Department of Defense Information Enterprise Architecture (DoD IEA) Reference Models, and associated reference models.

The GSA has announced that up to 76 contracts will be awarded regardless of business size so long as small businesses can meet the self-scoring requirements. A total of 89.950 points are available.

This response will not require what we traditionally consider to be “Volumes” of text but, instead, will require a plethora of data, most of which will involve the completion of templates provided in the RFP along with documentation of such things as award documents, statements of work, CTA/JV agreements, and FPDS documents. Multiply this number of documents by the total number of projects submitted, and you can see that the total documents submitted may well run in excess of 100 documents. Not included in this count are such things as ISO and CMMI certifications, Facility Clearances, proof of acceptable accounting system, estimation system, purchasing system, EVMS, and others.

The GSA has been generous with the amount of time allocated for preparing the response. The current due date is October 28, 2024. I would expect this date to change based upon the number of expected bidders and the number of questions involved. Should GSA near the same volume of questions as the SEWP VI solicitation (5000+), then the final due date could well stretch.

Alliant 3 Level of Effort

Let’s talk about the level of effort required to submit a viable response. You will want a dedicated Proposal Manager, one (or more) Proposal Coordinators, and, potentially, one or two Technical Writers. Probably no need for a Graphic Artist, an Editor or a Desktop Publisher.

Since there is a fair amount of time before submittal (120 days, in fact, without any extensions) you have time to perform a proposal readiness review (PRR). A PRR will help you identify where you stand and can assist you with making a bid/no bid decision before you ramp up a response effort. A PRR can be accomplished in about a week and can be invaluable in your decision-making process.

OCI can be your source for resources to assist in your response efforts. Whether you need a single consultant, a group of consultants, or an entire proposal team, we have the the consultants with the Alliant experience you need.

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