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GSA eyes unmanned solicitation release for August

The General Services Administration has made several adjustments to the ASTRO procurement it is developing for the Defense Department, including news that GSA now expects the solicitation to come in August rather than June.

ASTRO is a broad services and solutions contract to support a multitude of unmanned systems requirements.

A dollar value hasn’t been attached to the vehicle yet, but the expectation is that it will be measured in billions rather than millions. This also is a new contract, so there are no incumbents.

Like with OASIS and other large IDIQ contract vehicles, GSA plans to use a self-scoring evaluation model where bidders score their own past performance and then provide material to support their scores. Self-scoring allows GSA to eliminate companies quickly from the competition.

Besides the August timeframe for the RFP, GSA also provided updates to the self-scoring in the different functional areas of the contract. The contract’s functional areas include:

  • Data Operations
  • Mission Operations
  • Aviation
  • Ground support
  • Space
  • Maritime
  • Development/systems integration
  • Research
  • Support services
  • Training

The updated also included definitions and examples for many of the subfactors as well as some more details on what GSA and DOD are looking for.


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Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 28, 2020 at 12:03 PM

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