A statement has been issued by Space Development Agency‘s (SDA) Chief of Strategic Engagement, Jennifer Elzea, regarding the agency’s SDA T1TL solicitation.
“The Space Development Agency will rescind the Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) Request for Proposal, issued on September 30, and reissue the solicitation under Other Transaction Authorities (OTA).
“On October 8, SDA heard from industry through a protest that pointed out the solicitation may have inadvertently limited competition. SDA is committed to full and open competition and the agency understands protests are a potential and not uncommon part of the process, but SDA would like to avoid even the perception that competition was limited in some way. SDA has always had the authorities to use different contracting mechanisms; therefore, SDA will cancel the initial request for proposal submitted using traditional contracting mechanisms under the Federal Acquisition Regulation and will reissue the solicitation under OTA.
“While this is a shift from our earlier acquisition approach, OTAs generally allow for a more streamlined solicitation, evaluation, and contract award processes that is well-suited for SDA. This change is not expected to substantially impact the delivery timeline, cost, or technical requirements for the Tranche 1 Transport Layer. We will ensure that all competitors have time to submit their offers and the agency can evaluate them fully and fairly. Most importantly, the contracting strategy milestones will not impact the pace at which we will deliver capability into the hands of the warfighter.”
The new SDA RFP may be viewed at this direct link…