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Who's who on OASIS small business?

EDITOR'S NOTE: To avoid any confusion, this blog has been updated to make sure it is clear that the OASIS spreadsheet is different from the Contract Award database.

We’ve built a downloadable spreadsheet listing all the winners of the OASIS Small Business contract, including company addresses and websites.

You can download the spreadsheet here. If you are looking for our Contracts Award database, click here.

For OASIS, the General Services Administration made 220 awards to 125 small businesses across six pools under the $60 billion contract for high end professional services. So, obviously, there were companies that won in more than one pool.

 

The spreadsheet is pretty straightforward and will allow you to sort by company name, pool, city and even whether the company received a provisional award. We’ve also pulled in the company websites, so you can drill deeper into each of the companies.

We thought the websites were of particular importance because while there are some familiar names on the list, there are a lot of companies that are likely going to be new to you.

Because it is an Excel document, you should be able to port into other programs you may use to track competitors or do research on this contract.

Several protests are pending involving OASIS, but our experience has been that once you win a spot on a multiple award contract, the likelihood is slim that you’ll lose your spot on the contract. It is more likely that the protests will lead to the addition of more companies. If that happens, we’ll update the spreadsheet.

The large business portion of OASIS is expected to be awarded by the end of March or early April. We’ll do the same with that contract when the list of winners comes out.

This is the first time we’ve done something like this, so I’d really like to hear back from you if you find it valuable and if you do, what other information you my like to see.

Send me your comments and suggestions to nwakeman@washingtontechnology.com.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM0 comments


Budgets, modernization, disasters, oh, my

There’s plenty of IT news breaking across the market, so here’s a quick review of five stories we couldn’t cover ourselves, but ones we thought were worth bringing to your attention. We've included the links if you want to read more.

Budget requests for classified IT climbs 14 percent

IT budgets for the intelligence agencies are classified, but FCW.com’s Adam Mazmanian does the math to get to a number that’s pretty close.

He landed at a $6.15 billion figure requested for fiscal 2015, but pulling figures from the president’s annual defense-relate IT spending and the number for non-classified projects as reported in the federal IT Dashboard.

The difference is the spending on classified IT.

OPM plans for IT modernization

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta has lived up to her confirmation hearing promise and has released an IT strategy in the first 100 days of her administration.

The plan calls for consolidating IT functions under the CIO. That process will begin in June, according to an article in Federal Times.

By September, OPM will have a central technical project management office established to oversee IT projects and compliance with White House initiatives like PortfolioStat.

CIOs preach the power of practice

Practice, practice, practice. That’s a critical component of preparing for a potentially devastating cyber Pearl Harbor, according to CIOs speaking at Symantec’s Government Symposium this week.

In this report from FCW.com, reporter Mark Rockwell explains that in the face of the risk of a catastrophic cyberattack, agencies need a disaster plan, and they need to rehearse it repeatedly.

Natural disaster or cyberattack results are the same, said Rear Adm. Robert Day, the Coast Guard’s Cyber Command commander and CIO, with network facilities that don’t work. It’s then that an agency’s plans had better be up to date and well-rehearsed.

“We see so few organizations doing that,” he said.

Special Ops moves from ‘perpetual war to perpetual engagement’

Conventional forces are shrinking while special operations units are growing, but increasingly the focus will be on building partnerships with allies to “stem the rise of extremism,” according to U.S. Special Operations Commander Adm. William McRaven.

He was speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee.

DefenseOne reported that Michael Lumpkin, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, also told the subcommittee that, “We are moving from a state of perpetual war to perpetual engagement — engaging with partners to build their capacity, engaging problems before they become too big to fix and engaging in direct and indirect action to disrupt and destroy our enemies.”

Special operations forces are now engaged in 70 countries.

Google backs women tech entrepreneurs

Google is putting up $1 million into a program to launch tech incubators around the world that will help women entrepreneurs get their companies off the ground. The company is partnering with organizations around the world.

According to Google, women-led tech companies achieve a 35 percent higher return on investment, and when venture-backed, they bring in 12 percent more revenue.

The initiative is called #40Forward because Google is partnering with 40 startup-focused organizations to challenge them to increase the number of women entrepreneurs they are supporting.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM0 comments


Eagle II and the big "so what"

Imagine my excitement when I got word from a source Monday that the Homeland Security Department was about to make a major announcement about Eagle II large business awards.

I started clearing the decks and figuring out what I’d do if the news broke after 5. My wife would have to take care of the kids solo for a couple hours while I wrote the story, got edited and posted to the website. Then, I’d have to rebuild the morning newsletter and retest it. It would need to be rescheduled as well.

So, it was a little deflating when I got the word that DHS’ big announcement was that it was going to re-evaluate all the bids for the unrestricted portion of functional category 1 for service delivery.

What? Didn’t everyone already know that in December, when the Government Accountability Office dismissed 25 protests because DHS said it was taking a corrective action?

The presumption then was that DHS was going to re-evaluate bids. Now, they’ve made that official, but as my source said, “To me this looks like a big, ‘So what?”’

My source and I were both expecting something more, especially since DHS recently prevailed in a couple Eagle II-related protests.

It also makes me wonder what DHS has been doing since December.

Anyway, in the notice to bidders, DHS says that their submitted proposals will be used for the re-evaluation, “hence no revisions to your proposal are requested and none will be entertained at this time.”

The evaluation criteria also are the same.

DHS also is requiring bidders to confirm that their proposals are still valid through March 31. The confirmation is due March 14.

So, we’re not exactly back to square one, but it looks like the delays for Eagle II will continue.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM0 comments


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