Draft RFPs released for $10B OASIS contract
GSA moves forward with small biz and full-and-open contracts
- By Matthew Weigelt
- Mar 28, 2013
The $10 billion OASIS contract has moved forward with the General Services Administration releasing a pair of draft requests for proposals.
Officially known as One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contracts, the procurement program will be used as professional services complement to the GSA schedules and as a way to reduced duplication of contracting efforts across the government. GSA released the drafts on March 28.
OASIS will be a multiple award task order contract used to buy professional services such as management and consulting, engineering, logistics and finance services. Other services also will be offered.
The procurement program is divided into two contracts -- an unrestricted contract that includes 50-percent small business subcontracting goals, and OASIS Small Business, a small-business set-aside contract. GSA is currently looking for a new name for the unrestricted contract, according to a recent blog post.
"Ensuring full participation from our industry and agency partners in the development of this new acquisition is a priority for GSA’s OASIS team," said Tom Sharpe, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. "OASIS is a great example of how FAS makes agencies more effective at what they do by providing expertise, management and optimal acquisition solutions."
Earlier this year, FAS’ OASIS team gathered industry feedback on a variety of issues and met with more than 60 responders in one-on-one sessions to ensure a comprehensive set of contracting options for agency customers.
Officials said they will continue to gather agencies’ input as they further develop the contracts.
OASIS hasn't been without its detractors who question how it will achieve its goals in an environment dominated by lowest price, technically acceptable contracts.
Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.