Last month, we discussed Information Technology (IT) Schedule 70, one of the largest contract vehicles administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). GSA now is evaluating whether Schedule 70 should be made more accessible to certain small contractors, new IT providers, and other, similarly situated firms. Presently, an offeror that responds to the Schedule 70 solicitation—available for download here—must demonstrate at least two (2) years of prior experience providing such products and services. GSA recognizes, however, that this requirement—among others—can be “particularly problematic for small businesses” and is “a barrier for new IT companies.” Accordingly, GSA has issued a new Request for Information (RFI), suggesting changes to the Schedule 70 solicitation that are intended to eliminate the 2-year experience requirement. GSA also is requesting feedback on the following questions:
- What would be a benefit to removing the 2-year experience requirement? Or, a concern?
- Do any other requirements, processes, or barriers interfere with obtaining a Schedule 70 contract?
- Even after the successful receipt of a Schedule 70 award, do any other requirements, processes, or barriers make it difficult to work with the government?
Responses to the RFI are due by 4:00 P.M. EST on September 18, 2015, and should be submitted via e-mail to S70LoweringBarriers@gsa.com.