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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

GSA Polaris - Understanding the Next Premier Small Business GWAC

Start Date: 11/16/2021 1:00 PM EST
End Date: 11/16/2021 2:30 PM EST

Venue Name: Zoom Webinar


Organization Name: SECAF

Contact:
Julia Nelson
Email: info@secaf.org
Phone: 703-574-1117

 Tuesday, November 16, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm

Monthly Briefing: GSA Polaris -  Understanding the Next Premier Small Business GWAC

 

Following last year's cancellation of Alliant 2 Small Business (SB), GSA is back with Polaris -- the next premier GWAC for government customers to access highly qualified small business IT services providers. The ten-year contract is targeted for over 300 spots and includes pools for small businesses, HUBZone, SDVOSB, and WOSB businesses that offer IT services-based solutions. The draft RFP includes categories for cloud services, cyber security, data management, information and communications technologies, IT O&M, software development, system design, and ancillary support, with a focus on innovation and emerging technologies. 
 
In accordance with GSA's focus on streamlining the acquisition process, businesses will be scored on a self-assessment rubric that takes into account relevant experience, past performance ratings, and experience with emerging technologies, among other factors. 
 
Join SECAF for a briefing and discussion from GSA leaders Marcelo Olascoaga and Stephen Triplett to learn more about what to expect from Polaris. 

Speakers:

  • Marcelo Olascoaga - Director of GWAC, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Stephen Triplett - Supervisory Management and Program Analyst, U.S. General Services Administration

Moderator: Kim Pack - CEO, Wolf Den Associates

Registration is required.

  • SECAF Members - Complimentary
  • Non-Members - $35

Register by Monday, November 15th by 12:00pm.
 


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Stephen Triplett is the Director of the Small Business Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts Division, (GWAC Center for GWAC Programs, Small Business Acquisition Division for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State, and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services.  As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services, and solutions.

As the Director for the Small Business GWACS, Mr. Triplett is responsible for the Small Business GWAC portfolio consisting of the 8(a) STARS, VETS, and Polaris.  Through these contracts the federal government can buy cost-effective, innovative solutions for information technology (IT) to meet agency mission objectives, and social-economic goals.

Mr.  Triplett began his government career as a Presidential Management Intern and has held several  managerial and leadership positions during his 30-year career at the General Services Administration.

Stephen received his Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Public Administration degrees from Wichita State University.  He completed the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program.

Marcelo Olascoaga is the Director of the Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts Division (GWAC) for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State, and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services.  As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services, and solutions.  

As the Director for GWACS, Mr. Olascoaga is responsible for the entire GWAC portfolio which includes both unrestricted and small business contracts such as Alliant I and II, Alliant Small Business, 8(a) STARS, VETS, and Polaris.  Through these contracts the federal government can buy cost-effective, innovative solutions for information technology (IT) to meet agency mission objectives.

Previously, Mr. Olascoaga was a government contractor and an entrepreneur managing a start-up technology company conducting business in the United States and Latin America.  Afterwards, he resumed his federal career in a start-up Government agency under the Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for Enterprise Architecture, Capital Planning and Investment Control, and IT Strategic Planning.  He continued his federal career as a CIO for an agency within USDA before joining the General Services Administration (GSA).



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