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We’ve got a pet peeve here at GovShop: when government contracting organizations transfer the effort of basic market research onto their industry counterparts through a popular (and at times very appropriate) tool called a request for information (RFI).

Apparently, we aren’t alone. Based on a Naval Postgraduate report from March 2019, companies spend over 1400 hours each year replying to government RFIs. Do the math with even the most basic labor rates, and the annual economic cost of this transfer of effort approaches one million dollars. 

As a former contracting officer, I have mixed feelings about RFIs. On one hand, companies that want to win lucrative contracts should expect some degree of effort, and RFIs can be an effective tool for both parties. On the other hand, it’s expensive to bid on government contracts and when we transfer the market research effort to contractors, we’re adding overhead that just gets passed back to government. 

Granted, market research is a time-consuming chore. Hunting down supplier info on myriad public sector databases isn’t how anyone wants to spend their time. In fact, we created GovShop to consolidate all those sites and provide government contracting professionals with a “high resolution view” of a supplier’s capability and key demographic data. 

So when we see RFIs drop that ask for information that can easily be discovered through a little bit of market research effort, we get our backs up. If contracting professionals want to know the socioeconomic breakdown of an industry or discover existing contract vehicles to trim their PALT, there’s a GovShop filter for that. But when agencies need more information that isn’t readily available, an RFI can be a valuable tool in the toolbox.

And thankfully, that is the case with the General Service Administration’s (GSA) recent RFI for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Let’s take a look at why we really like GSA’s example here, and what other contracting professionals can learn from it. And then, we’ll take a look at companies that we found through GovShop that may be of interest to GSA and other public sector organizations making preparations for future AI/ML acquisitions.

Why We Like GSA’s AI/ML RFI

First things first, we appreciate them promoting it on LinkedIn. Too often, agencies release these on beta.sam.gov and are surprised when only the same old offerors respond. If you want to find emerging companies and innovative startups, you have to go beyond your traditional points of entry. 

Second, the whole RFI response is form-based. No additional document to create, no company letterhead to be signed by an exec and approved by legal. Using an online form makes the whole response process far less burdensome, and more likely to be completed by experts in the organization rather than the marketing professionals. 

While there are some free form fields in the response form, most of the questions use a time-friendly check the box format like the one below. Not only will this make it easier for GSA to analyze the data they receive, the respondents don’t have to guess at what GSA really wants to know. And they will appreciate the opportunity to talk about their expertise in the long-form responses without having to fire up their word processor.

It’s also worth noting that GSA’s questions are indicative of a contracting team that has already done their homework and have a firm understanding of what they are buying. Getting to this level of detail on individual companies using traditional market research would neither be possible nor advisable. By using an RFI, contractors who respond can ensure accurate and comprehensive responses, improving GSA’s information collection without sacrificing their weekend to do it.

Finally, GSA signals to prospective respondents that responding to this RFI isn’t just an administrative exercise. In accordance with FAR 8.405-3(b)(1)(ii)(B)(2) and/or FAR 8.405-2(c)(3)(iii)(B), GSA expresses their authority to issue future requests for quotes for AI/ML services directly to the sources identified through this RFI. So there’s skin in the game on both sides; contractors who submit quality responses may have an inside track for future opportunities.

Ultimately, this is the type of RFI we like to see. If your company provides AI/ML services and is interested in future opportunities with the government’s most powerful buyer, then complete the survey on the other side of this link. Then head over to GovShop to add the capabilities to your GovShop profile. Next time someone needs to do market research on AI/ML services, they can find you just as easily as we found these next 20 vendors in our database. 

But don’t delay! The RFI closes on February 5th, 2021.

Doing the Work: AI/ML Company Profiles in GovShop

Our research team likes any opportunity to jump in and match suppliers in our database with government contracting opportunities that can help their business grow. We did it recently when GSA released its draft request for proposals on the Polaris GWAC. And since we’ve already invested significant time and energy in our own categorization of the AI industrial base, it was a no brainer to do it again to help GSA’s cause. Here’s a quick tutorial to show you how we did it.

We always recommend starting with a basic query and using our filters to drill down to a specific set of suppliers. As keywords, “Machine Learning” and “Artificial Intelligence” returned over 30,000 supplier profiles. But when we filtered for companies that are already on a GWAC or other multi-award contract, we trimmed that population down to just over 1,000. 

Still a bit too unwieldy for our research purposes, so we decided to separate the queries and focus on each keyword individually. While each returned about 20,000 companies, our filtering helped us get down to a more manageable list. Here’s what we did specifically:

  • 21,260 results returned for the “Artificial intelligence” keyword
    • Narrowed down to 178 results by selecting all the “GWAC and other IDIQ contracts” and “Federal schedules” in the “Contract Type” filter.
    • Further refined to 119 results by selecting “Small business” in the “Size” filter.
  •  18,955 results returned for the “Machine learning” keyword
    • Narrowed to 975 results with the “GWAC and other IDIQ contracts” and “Federal schedules” in the “Contract Type” filter.
    • 800 of those companies were identified as small businesses using the “Size” filter
    • 554 results by selecting the two filters above, selecting all the options in the “Ownership” filter and all the options in the “Government set-aside program”
  • From here, contracting professionals can sort by various socioeconomic set-aside programs or create a summary report for a composite view of the entire market

Based on the shortlists of viable suppliers achieved through the filtering options offered by GovShop, we identified 20 companies below with capabilities and expertise that GSA and other buyers of AI/ML would be wise to include in any future market research initiatives.

Interested in learning what a free GovShop account can do for your company or contracting team? Sign up for a demo from our team at Public Spend Forum and we’ll show you how to make market research your superpower. 

NEWWAVE TELECOM AND TECHNOLOGIES

MD, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Emerging Tech includes: Collaboration Center, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality. Technologies include: Blue Button 2.0, Databricks, Agile / SAFe, Azure, Amazon Web Services, DevSecOps, FHIR, Microsoft, IBM Watson. NewWave Products include: MyCareAI, CaseGenics, SmartAPP, Spade, OLIViA VA.

SAM: Active; DUNS #:133570601; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M; Size: small business; Ownership: African American; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB; GSA contracts: GWAC and other IDIQ→ CIO-SP3 (Small Business), 8(a) STARS II, GSA Schedules

STRIKE LABS LLC

Description: CI, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512, 541519 / Specialties and Expertise: Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence (AI), AI Platform & Computing, ADS-B, Web Development, Encryption, predictive analytics, unsupervised learning, web-based applications, custom computer programming, big data, alternative intelligence, machine learning, ADS-B surveillance, MVP, Prototype, Internal Tools, Agile, Reinforced Learning, Autonomous, Big Data Solutions, and more.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 113679478; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: small business; Ownership: African American; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB; GSA contracts: None

UNITED SOLUTIONS

Description: IL, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541519 / Specialties and Expertise: Innovation, Strategy & Governance, Digital Transformation, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio, Program & Project Management, Cyber Security, Big Data, Semantic Web, Mobile Computing, Iot Knowledge Management, Angular, .Net, Java, SAS BI, Microsoft Power BI, Tableau.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 197746022; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific, Minority-Unspecified; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB, SBA 8(a); GSA Contracts: 2 GWAC and Other IDIQ, Federal Schedules

PRECISION PROCUREMENT SOLUTIONS

Description: LA, USA/Serves US Federal/NAICS: 541512/ Specialties and Expertise: Multi-Domain Operations, Critical Infrastructure, Rapid Acquisition, AR/VR, IoT, Cloud Computing, Geopolymers, Gaming, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Advanced Materials, Analytics/Bi, NanoMedicine, Global Command & Control, Biological Sciences

SAM: Active; DUNS: 116754027; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Veteran; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDVOSB; GSA Contracts: None

AURA TECHNOLOGIES

Description: NC, USA/Serves US Federal, Private Sector/NAICS: 541519/ Specialties and Expertise: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Cyber Security, Intelligent Power Distribution, Disinfection Chamber, Intelligent Power Solutions, Artificial Intelligence Solutions, Disinfection Equipment, Healthcare.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 808372762; Annual Revenue: $1M - $5M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Unknown; Government Set-Aside Programs: HubZone; GSA Contracts: None

COUNTERTRADE PRODUCTS

Description: CO, USA/ Serves US Federal/ NAICS: 541519/ Specialties and Expertise: Storage Devices, Networking, Software, Learning Resources, Audio/Video Equipment, Cameras, Office Machines, Local, State School District IT Support, Business IT Services, Product Line Card, E-commerce, Communication Equipment, Managed IT services, Disaster Recovery, Computer Hardware/Software, Government IT Contracting, Memory Storage Devices, Networking, Software, Learning Resources.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 144293636; Annual Revenue: $50M-$100M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: WOSB; GSA Contracts: 2 federal schedules, 3 GWAC and other IDIQ.

TATCS

Description: VA, USA/Serves US Federal/NAICS: 54519/ Specialties and Expertise: Enterprise Portal Development, Online Virtual Reality Platform Development, Designing Data Management Software, Platform Applications Development, Software Development, Mobile Technology Solutions, IT Development, Certification and Accreditation (C&A), Risk Management Framework, Portfolio Management, Logistical Support, Research & Compliance, Program/Project Management, Financial Management, Budget Analysis, Quality Management, Infrastructure Planning & Management, Strategic Planning, Social Media Advisory, Machine Learning Solutions.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 780148248; Annual Revenue: $5M - $50M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific, Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB, WOSB; GSA Contracts: GWAC and other IDIQ, Federal Schedules

HORIZON INDUSTRIES

Description: VA, USA/Serves US Federal/ NAICS: 541512/ Specialties and Expertise: Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), IT Support and Operations, Low-Code Development, Logistics & Asset Management, Cyber Security, IV&V, Agile Development, Data Management, IT Asset Management Service, Business Process Management, Business Intelligence, Cyber Security, Cyber Security Services.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 965557507; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific, Minority Unspecified; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB; GSA Contracts: Federal Schedules, GWAC and other IDIQ

SPATIAL FRONT

Description: VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 / Specialties and Expertise: DevOps & Agile, Internet Of Things, Cloud & Virtualization, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Infrastructure Operation, Service Desk, System Engineering, Geographic Information System, Emerging Technology, and Testing Solutions.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 833175917; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: Small business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific, Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB; GSA Contracts: GWAC and other IDIQ → 8(a) STARS II, GSA Schedules

REDHORSE TECHNICAL SERVICES

Description: CA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 / Specialties and Expertise: System Design, Cyber Security, System Architecture, Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Cognitive Computing Services, Artificial Intelligence, Data Engineering, Agile Development, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, Business Engineering, Acquisition Strategies, Technology Roadmaps, Strategic Plans, National Security, Sustainable Solutions, Energy Management, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy Audits, Resource Efficiency, Clean Energy, Air Quality, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Smartgrid, Policy and Advisory Support, Resource Management Services and Assessments, Geospatial Support Services, Environmental Restoration, Environment Consulting, Compliance, Policy/Regulations, Cyber Security, Cyber Security Services, Cyber Security Managed/Outsourced Services.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 808149004; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: Small business; Ownership: Alaska Native, Minority Unspecified, Native American, Veteran; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB, SDVOSB; GSA Contracts: 4 federal schedules, GWAC and other IDIQ.

RIVERSTONE SOLUTIONS

Description: AL, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541511, 541512, 541519 / Specialties and Expertise: Cyber Security Services, Cloud Solutions, Data Management and Analytics, Data Visualization, Service Desk Services, Risk Management, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 933887031; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: WOSB, SDB; GSA Contracts: GSA Schedule

VION

Description: VA, USA / Serves US Federal/ NAICS: 541511, 541512, 541519 / Specialties and Expertise: Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, IT Infrastructure, Services. Services include: Multi-Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, IT Infrastructure, Professional, Managed & Support Services, Managed Services, Data Center & Cloud Migration Services, Transformational Service Projects, Support Services, Service Packs, and Residents.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 098695323; Annual Revenue: $100M-$500M; Size: Other than small business; Ownership: Veteran; Government Set-Aside Programs: None; GSA Contracts: 2 GSA Schedules

PUEO

Description: VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512, 541519 / Specialties and Expertise: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Business Intelligence, Cyber + Physical Security Services, and IT Support.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 080380333; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: Small business; Ownership: Veteran, Asian-Pacific; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDVOSB; GSA Contracts: GSA Schedules

XTREME SOLUTIONS

Description: GA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541511, 521412, 541519 / Specialties and Expertise: Predictive Analytics, GIS Data Integration and Modeling, Information Assurance, Cyber Security, Data Mining and Machine Learning, DevOps and Agile Software, Big Data Solutions, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning Application, and more.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 827980942; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Veteran, African-American; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDVOSB, WOSB; GSA Contracts: GWAC and other IDIQ → 8(a) STARS II, GSA schedules

SEEDS OF GENIUS

Description: VA, USA/Serves US Federal/ NAICS: 541511/ Specialties and Expertise: IT Service Delivery, Healthcare IT Services, Systems Engineering, Machine Learning, Automation Tools, and Comprehensive Security.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 167036016; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific, Minority-Unspecified, Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB, WOSB; GSA Contracts: None.

EPISYS SCIENCE INC.

Description: CA, USA/Serves US Federal/ NAICS: 334419 / Specialties and Expertise: Tactical Artificial Intelligence (Tactical AI), Wideband Digital Signal Processing (WDSP), and Collaborative Intelligent Radio Networking (CIRN), Distributed Systems, Autonomous Systems, Smart Sensors, Unattended Sensors, Wireless Sensors, Smart Grid, Resource Management, Emerging Technologies.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 831374751; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific, Minority-Unspecified, Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: WOSB, SDB; GSA Contracts: None

NAVITAS BUSINESS CONSULTING

Description: VA, USA/Serves US Federal/ NAICS: 541519 / Specialties and Expertise: Cloud Transformation, Application Migration & Modernization, Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI), Cloud Management, Monitoring-As-A-Service, DevSecOps, API Management, Cloud Native Microservices, Serverless PAAS, Web Applications, Multi-Channel Integration, Modern Data Platform, Advanced Cloud Analytics, Business Intelligence, Visualization, Enterprise Data Lake (EDL), Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning, Intelligent Automation, Advisory and Strategy Services, Application Development Services, Project Management Services, Infrastructure Services, Enterprise Data Management, Security Services.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 829003727; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M; Size: Small Business; Ownership: Asian-Indian, Minority-Unspecified, Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: WOSB; GSA Contracts: Federal Schedules, GWAC and Other IDIQ

SILVER RAIN CONSULTING

Description: WA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541511, 541512, 541519 / Specialties and Expertise: Custom Software Engineering, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Records Management, Task Management, Document Management, Document Preparationaration, Document Scanning, Data Entry, Client Relationship Management, Big Data, Data Science, Cyber Security, Scrum Training, Business Analysis, Project Management, COTS/GOTS Integration and Customization, IT Staff Augmentation, Help Desk, Network Operation Center Critical Event Analyst.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 080018677; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: Small business; Ownership: African-American; Government Set-Aside Programs: HUBZone, WOSB, EDWOSB; GSA Contracts: GSA Schedule

INFINITY TECHNOLOGY

Description: VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541511, 541512, 541519 / Specialties and Expertise: Software Development and Design, Planning and Analysis, Budgeting, Portfolio Management, Data Application, Data Management, Artificial Intelligence, Exercise Planning, Operational and Policy Support, Manpower Management Analysis, Supply Chain Management, Physical Inventory, Warehouse Management, Regulatory Compliance.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 198024809; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M; Size: Small business; Ownership: Veteran, African-American; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDVOSB; GSA Contracts: 2 GSA Schedule, and GWAC and other IDIQ → 8(a) STARS II

NYLA TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Description: MD, USA/Serves US Federal/ NAICS: 541512/ Specialties and Expertise: Software Development, Software Architecture, Containers, Micro-Services Architecture, Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), Agile Kanban, SCRUM Methodologies, Cognitive Computing Development, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Data Mining, Data Architecture, Network Security, Policy Procedures and Practices, Cyber Network Operations (CNO), Systems Engineering, Product Management and Strategy, DevOps, End-User Experience (UX), System Security, System Administration, Software Lifecycle Efficiencies, Performance Monitoring and Alerting, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Communications & Networks, Electrical Engineering, Network Analysis, Signals Analysis, Sensor Systems, Cyber Security, Cyber Security Services.

SAM: Active; DUNS: 078797548; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: Small business; Ownership: Minority-Unspecified, Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: WOSB; GSA Contracts: None

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