GSA OASIS Nearing Next Stage in Development
At the Coalition for Government Procurement’s Fall Conference in Arlington, VA., Todd Richards, acting deputy director of the GSA OASIS program management office at GSA, said GSA plans to release by the end of November draft RFPs for the unrestricted GSA OASIS and OASIS Small Business (SB) contract vehicles which have been in development for over a year. OASIS, which stands for One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, is a next-generation contract designed to address agencies’ needs for a total solution combining professional services requirements in areas such as management and consulting, professional engineering, logistics, and finance. While the draft RFP may be released by the end of November, the final RFP will likely be posted in late March. The vehicle aims to meet agencies complex acquisition requirements and while it is still being finalized from top to bottom, several important aspects of the contract have emerged:
- GSA OASIS Master Contract proposal evaluations will not allow a team approach. This means that Primes, either directly or through subcontractors, will need to show past performance for fulfilling the five core competencies of the contract (program management, management consulting, logistics, engineering, and financial management), and cannot simply rely on a teaming arrangement to fulfill the required competencies. With that said, teaming arrangements will be recognized at the task order level. Similarly, Joint Venture organizations will be evaluated based on Joint Venture past performance and not the past performance the individual Joint Venture partners.
- The GSA OASIS Contract will be a hybrid contract with commercial and non-commercial items available through it as well as cost type contracts. As such, OASIS will require that accounting systems for larger organizations adhere to Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). CAS is a set of 19 standards and rules established by the Federal Government for use in determining costs on negotiated procurements. Small businesses will also be required to at least demonstrate an adequate accounting system.
- Small business awardees that are acquired during the contract period will be “off-ramped” and excluded from competing for new business in order to prevent unsuccessful bidders from buying their way onto the OASIS vehicle.
- As a total solution contract, the GSA OASIS vehicle will even allow vendors to propose labor categories for classified contracts. In order to encourage apples to apples comparison of labor rates during evaluation, bidders will be able to provide 4 sets of labor rates (standard, cleared, on-site, and off-site) with consistent labor category titles and descriptions. Bonus points will be given to organizations with facility security clearances.
- The unrestricted GSA OASIS contract, open to vendors of all sizes, will have very aggressive small business goals of up to 50%.
- Small firms that outgrow their small business size standard will be allowed to transition from the OASIS SB contract to the unrestricted GSA OASIS contract, if they meet certain qualifications, which remain unspecified at this point.