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FCW : July 15, 2015
Casey Kelley likes to talk about Alliant 2. For most of 2015, it seems, he’s been doing little else. Alliant 2, of course, is the General Services Administration’s successor to the Alliant governmentwide acqui- sition contract, which since 2009 has provided agencies with a wide range of IT services and service-based solutions. And Kelley, as director of GSA’s Enter- prise GWAC Division, is responsible for making sure the new contract works for companies and agency customers alike. What he can’t do, however, is answer the one question that gets asked most often: When will the Alliant 2 request for proposals be released? “All I can tell you with certainty is that it will not happen this fiscal year,” Kelley told FCW. “Winter is a safe esti- mate right now.” Truth be told, Kelley and his col- leagues have been focused more on listening than talking. Early in 2014, GSA launched an Alliant 2 forum on its discussion website, Interact.GSA. gov, and quickly signed up some 8,000 members. A request for information was released last fall, and more than 1,000 people signed up to attend the first Alli- ant 2 industry day in November. Feedback from those discussions was folded into the draft RFP, which GSA released on March 31 — and then the conversations really started. Throughout April, GSA officials hosted an unprece- dented series of one-on-one meetings with contractors interested in bidding on Alliant 2. According to Kel- ley, “349 companies signed up for the opportunity to give us input and feedback.” Not all of those RSVPs KICKER: Acquisition HED: Let’s talk about Alliant 2 DEK: The General Services Administration is going to great lengths to gather feedback on its IT services GWAC. Will it make for a better acquisition vehicle? BY TROY K. SCHNEIDER 0715fcw_018-020.indd 18 6/23/15 3:54 PM
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