Why GSA just made Polaris a no-win situation for many small firms

A week after the General Services Administration released the first two solicitations for the much anticipated Polaris small business contract vehicle, the first of what could be many protests landed at the Government Accountability Office.

GSA made a last minute change to the solicitation requirements. That’s causing heartburn among many small businesses planning to bid. The vehicle potential 10 year life has a $10 billion ceiling.

In his weekly reporter’s notebook, executive editor Jason Miller writes about why GSA’s change, about what’s required from mentor-protégé joint ventures, is causing so much concern.