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GSA’s Strategy for OASIS Leaves Vendors Discontented

OASIS contractThe General Services Administration (GSA) is putting the final touches on its next government-wide, multi-billion dollar contract, One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS). A draft Request for Proposal (RFP) is expected in the coming month. This contract will split GSA’s next major multiple award IT contract into two parts: one that would be unrestricted and one for small businesses.
Two of the biggest questions concerning OASIS are how it fits into the Obama administration’s strategic sourcing initiative, which focuses on commodity products and services, and how GSA will determine price standardization around many of the services included under the contract vehicle.

The goal of OASIS is to allow agencies to buy complex solutions under one contract. For example, an agency could buy engineering, IT and management consulting services all under OASIS. Up until OASIS was introduced, no government-wide acquisition vehicle was able to do this.

Jim Ghiloni, program manager for OASIS, said that GSA is currently collecting data to support the price ranges for some of the less complex areas that will be detailed in the final RFP. Lena Trudeau, GSA’s associate commissioner for the Office of Strategic Innovations in the Federal Acquisition Service, noted that the GSA expects services that have different levels of complexities to cost different amounts. GSA plans on determining the right price range by including the labor hours as well as time and materials in the contract. This is expected to be only one small part of the job functions under OASIS.

GSA is currently figuring out what data it needs to determine the correct price range for price standardization. Ghiloni said the GSA is using the model from the Alliant contract and other agencies, including the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, to collect current government data prior to deciding what it must collect from industry.

The only remaining question is whether or not OASIS is needed. At the moment agencies have been claiming, “If I had a vehicle where I could strategically buy professional services, I’d do it.”

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