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Alliant Small Business Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For government customers

Why Alliant Small Business?

  1. Why should I use Alliant Small Business?
  2. What can I buy using Alliant Small Business?
  3. How do the Alliant contracts stay current with technology over time?

How do I use Alliant Small Business?

  1. How do I access the contract?
  2. Can I limit competition on task orders to a set number of prime contractors?
  3. Can state and local governments use Alliant Small Business?
  4. How can I be sure my scope is consistent with the contract?
  5. How can I be sure that my agency receives small business credit?

For industry partners

  1. What can I do if I missed the solicitation or was not awarded a contract under Alliant Small Business?
  2. If a NAICS code and a size standard are included on a task order solicitation, should I assume that I must re-represent my status?
  3. Where can I find information on agency forecasts?
  4. Where do I report my task orders and subcontracting?

Why Alliant Small Business?

1. Why should I use Alliant Small Business?

Alliant Small Business offers the unique opportunity to contract with highly qualified small businesses. Using GWACs is a faster alternative to time-consuming and costly full and open competitions. We also offer training and customer service to help you with contracting rules and regulations.

Highlights include:

  • Robust scope aligned with the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) and Department of Defense Enterprise Architecture (DoDEA);
  • Access to a full range of comprehensive IT services and IT services-based solutions;
  • Flexibility as emerging technologies and the definition of information technology evolve;
  • On-ramp and off-ramp provisions insure retention of a highly qualified pool of contractors;
  • A full spectrum of contract types, including cost reimbursement; and
  • Worldwide coverage.

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2. What can I buy using Alliant Small Business?

GWACs are for information technology (IT) services and IT services-based solutions. Ordering contracting officers may include ancillary services and equipment on orders as long as the ancillary support is integral and necessary for the IT services-based solution.

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3. How do the Alliant contracts stay current with technology over time?

To provide the most comprehensive and flexible IT contracts possible, we aligned Alliant and Alliant Small Business with the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) and Department of Defense Enterprise Architecture (DoDEA).

Alignment with the FEA facilitates agencies' efforts to migrate toward a more unified governmentwide IT infrastructure by standardizing technologies and systems that support mission needs. By aligning with FEA, Alliant Small Business:

  • Uses a common language to define IT investments,
  • Evolves over time as technology develops and expands,
  • Adheres to a modeled approach (eliminating the need to "list everything possible"),
  • Assists customers in responding to OMB mandates for tracking and reporting IT investments, and
  • Promotes sharing, consolidation, and reuse of business processes and systems.

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How do I use Alliant Small Business?

1. How do I access the contract?

Read the ordering guide for helpful instructions on how to use Alliant Small Business.

In general, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Attend training
  2. Request a delegation of procurement authority
  3. Issue the task order
  4. Report contract actions
  5. Review past performance

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2. Can I limit competition on task orders to a set number of prime contractors?

No. All contract holders must be provided a fair opportunity to be considered for all orders in accordance with FAR 16.505, unless an exception to fair opportunity in FAR 16.505(b)(2)(i)-(iv) applies. Exceptions must be documented in the file.

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3. Can state and local governments use Alliant Small Business?

No. Alliant Small Business is authorized by the Clinger-Cohen Act to provide technology solutions to the federal government only. State and local governments can use IT Schedule 70 through the Cooperative Purchasing Program.

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4. How can I be sure my scope is consistent with the contract?

GSA will review your task order or modification requirements for free to make sure the scope of your task order is compatible with the scope of our GWACs — we call this a scope compatibility review, and it takes approximately two to five business days.

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5. How can I be sure that my agency receives small business credit?

Contracting officers can ensure their agencies receive small business credit by conducting a task order size re-representation. Ordering contracting officers may conduct a task order size re-representation as a condition of new task order awards if you think it is in your agency's best interest. For additional guidance, please refer to Appendix XI, Task Order Size Re-representation, located in the ordering guide (PDF, 350k, 06/21/2011). It includes sample language for task order solicitations.

After you have made the award, you claim socioeconomic credit by reporting contract actions in the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS).

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For industry partners

1. What can I do if I missed the solicitation or was not awarded a contract under Alliant Small Business?

We encourage all companies to consider subcontracting or teaming arrangements with any of the Alliant Small Business industry partners.

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2. If a NAICS code and a size standard are included on a task order solicitation, should I assume that I must re-represent my status?

No. NAICS codes and size standards are commonly listed in solicitations, but that does not necessarily mean the customer agency requires an order level size re-representation. If the ordering contracting officer requires an order level size re-representation, they must clearly state it in the solicitation.

When it doubt, ask the ordering contracting officer what their intention was early in the solicitation period.

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3. Where can I find information on agency procurement forecasts?

Acquisition Central features Agency Procurement Recurring Forecasts.

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4. Where do I report my task orders and subcontracting?

Industry partners should report task orders and subcontracting in the IT Solutions Shop (ITSS) - GWAC Management Module.

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