GSA makes 123 OASIS small-business awards
- By Matthew Weigelt
- Feb 24, 2014
The General Services Administration on Feb. 24 announced it has awarded 123 small businesses places on its 10-year, $60 billion professional services contract, known as OASIS.
“We believe that the large pool of awardees will provide government with access to highly skilled small businesses through a contract that is not only cost effective, but also efficient and streamlined for easier use by federal agencies looking to purchase complex professional services,” Tom Sharpe, commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, said in a statement today.
GSA has not announced the awards for the large business portion of the OASIS program.
OASIS Small Business is one part of the overarching multiple-award, task ordercontract. OASIS SB is a 100-percent small-business set-aside contract.
Through OASIS, agencies can buy professional services, such as management and consulting, engineering, logistics and financial services. Cutting across each of the core disciplines are eight life cycle phases where agencies may need professional services support, such as requirements analysis, concept development, planning, acquisition, research and development, test and evaluation, implementation, and operations and maintenance.
The small-business awards include 220 slots across six pools, and some companies are in multiple pools.
One of the winners, USFalcon, was one of the pre-award protestors of this contract.
GSA has said the procurement program will complement the GSA schedules and reduce the duplication of contracting efforts across the government. GSA expects OASIS SB to drive down costs for agencies, and increase efficiency by reducing the time spent on developing complex contract deals.
“We created OASIS SB to meet the growing demand for a hybrid, government-wide acquisition vehicle that maximizes opportunities for small businesses,” Sharpe said.
OASIS has already attracted agency customers. In December, the Air Force committed to use OASIS SB instead of creating several of its own multiple-award contracts. GSA estimates these efforts are estimated to be worth approximately $1.4 billion annually. Moreover, the use of OASIS SB will save the Air Force significant dollars and resources.
Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.