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74 large businesses win OASIS awards

The General Services Administration has completed the award phase of its huge OASIS contract for professional services with the awarding of contracts to 74 companies in OASIS's full-and-open portion.

These awards join the 123 small business awards GSA made in February for the $60 billion contract. Nine protests are still pending with the Government Accountability Office involving the small business awards.

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 lifecycle 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.

“OASIS and OASIS SB are the result of a two-year acquisition development process that involved not only the hard work and expertise of GSA’s OASIS team, but also the input of our industry partners,” GSA Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe said in a statement.

The Air Force has committed to using OASIS for its professional services procurements.

The contract also includes on-ramping and off-ramping so GSA can keep the vendor pool fresh.

GSA developed the contract using its GSA Interact site to increase collaboration with industry as it developed the contracts requirements. It is also using the same process to develop Alliant II and Alliant Small Business II.

The increased collaboration might explain why there are relatively few protests, and why GSA is seeing those protests through and isn’t taking any corrective actions.

With the large number of awards in the large business portion, the winners read like a who’s who of the contracting world. Though a few notable names are missing, I haven’t been able to confirm yet whether they bid on the contract.

We’ll be tracking GAO to see if any large business protests are filed in the coming weeks.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

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