GSA Wants to Know What Tech to Include on New Small Business GWAC: Polaris

The General Services Administration has big ideas for its new governmentwide small business IT contract but wants to know exactly what kinds of emerging technologies people want to see among the offerings.

GSA is developing Polaris as the spiritual successor to $15 billion Alliant 2 Small Business, which the agency abruptly canceled in July after years of protests, re-awards and more protests. At the time, officials said a replacement contract vehicle was coming, though they provided few details.

The first look at the new contract, dubbed Polaris, came in late August, followed by some early industry outreach.

“Polaris is also known as ‘The Guiding Star’ in the night sky,” Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category, wrote in a recent blog post. “Polaris will not only guide small businesses through the federal market, it will also help GSA customer agencies through the acquisition of IT service-based

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Electric Snowmobiles? Polaris Partners With Zero Motorcycles To Bring EV Tech To Their Many Toys

Big news in the recreational and utility vehicle world today as snowmobile, side-by-side and Slingshot maker Polaris has inked a 10-year partnership with the Zero Motorcycles, a worldwide leader in electric motorcycle design and production.

To be clear, Polaris is not going to start selling Zero motorcycles at Polaris dealerships. The partnership will initially be focused on bringing electrification to other products in the Polaris lineup, including their market-leading side-by-side four-wheelers and, yes, snowmobiles. But never say never.

Electric vehicles are not new to Minnesota-based Polaris. A decade ago, Polaris invested in the upstart Oregon company Brammo as they tried to achieve the ambitious goal of bringing a full-blooded, full-size and feature-packed EV to market: the Empulse electric motorcycle. At the time, Polaris already offered an

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