NGA posts RFI for new contract vehicle: Polaris
On March 23, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency released a request for information for a new requirement – Polaris (Solicitation Number: HM0476-17-R-POLARIS). Responses must be received no later than 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, April 6.
This notice is a Request for Information (RFI) requesting UNCLASSIFIED written documentation only. The purpose of this RFI is to obtain information in support of market research efforts and initiate a dialogue with industry to discuss ideas and approaches to shape an overall strategy, methodology, and process for the agile software development of multiple systems, domains, applications, and data repositories spanning multiple portfolios. This RFI is a technique to conduct market research and may result in revisions to the Government’s requirements documents and acquisition strategy for any future solicitation, based upon industry responses.
The Office of Contract Services (OCS) is conducting market research for a new requirement called Polaris to support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Adopt and Deliver Group (TI). TI expedites the acquisition, adoption, integration, and deployment of Information Technology (IT) services to enable the community wide adoption of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) in support of NGA’s GEOINT CONOPS 2022.
The Polaris contract vehicle will develop GEOINT capabilities and deliver interoperable cloud-based GEOINT services to the NGA, Intelligence Community (IC), and international partners. The contract will support NGA’s transition from systems to services, and from organizational specific to operating and sharing in the cloud. An emphasis will be rapid development of capabilities using open source software first, and avoiding end-to-end closed system unless proprietary software brings exceptional or unique value to NGA.
Full information is available here.