GSA preps on-ramp solicitation for OASIS
The General Services Administration plans to release reworked solicitations for the on-ramp for several pools of its OASIS professional services contract.
GSA has already redone the solicitations for the small business competition after losing a bid protest because of limitations it wrongly placed on mentor-protege joint ventures.
The new solicitation for unrestricted competition in Pools 1, 3 and 4 will be released on July 11, according to an FBO.gov notice. Each pool will get up to 40 new winners. The new contracts will run through Sept. 2, 2024.
Pool 1 covers a wide range of professional services that agencies need. Pool 3 is essentially a subset of Pool 1 but focuses on the needs related to the military and aerospace. Pool 4 covers high-tech areas such as nanotechnology, biotech and other life sciences.
The on-ramps are GSA’s effort to bring in more companies and increase competition for OASIS task orders.
OASIS uses a self-scoring process where bidders submit their own scores. Scores in the competitive range are then evaluated and verified by GSA.
Leo Alvarez, a consultant at the accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly, said that he expects companies will only have a 45-60 day turnaround to submit their responses.
“Industry should prepare their project scoring early,” he said.
GSA has been promising the unrestricted on-ramp solicitation for nearly a year.
“That’s left a lot of vendors frustrated, so this will be a welcome sight for many contractors,” Alvarez said.
Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jun 28, 2019 at 12:29 PM