GSA exchanges Integrations for an OASIS

The General Services Administration’s professional services contract Integrations is now named OASIS, officials said March 28.

OASIS stands for One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services.

“Selecting a name for a solution is no small task; a name must not only be recognizable, but it must also convey the solution’s purpose and value,” Jim Ghiloni, the recently named program executive officer of OASIS, wrote March 28 in a post on GSA Interact.

OASIS is an integrated professional services contract with a support IT component. The principle services include management and consulting, professional engineering, and logistics and financial services. Officials have said it will be a hybrid contract with commercial and non-commercial items available through it. It will also allow for all types of contracts at the task order level.

OASIS will be a multiple-award, multi-agency task and delivery order contract. GSA officials say it will be more like a multiple-award contract or a governmentwide acquisition contract than a Multiple Award Schedule.

With the name-change, officials are focusing on the next stage. They are coming together from FAS’ Office of General Supplies and Services, Office of Information Technology Services, Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, and others to work on arranging the contract to suit agencies’ needs.

FAS also needs to finalize and post the contract in the Office of Management and Budget’s MAX Federal website. By posting it there, the government can see if another contract is already selling these same services. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has tried to avoid duplicative contracts.

They plan on establishing a customer working group and continue to use GSA’s Interact website to gather input and share updates.

“We believe the name OASIS, generated with input from industry members, is representative of the true value this vehicle will bring to the federal government,” said Steve Kempf, commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA.

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Reader comments

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 RT

The problem isn't contracting for the services, it is managing the services on the contract!! Why apply more $ and effort to what we as govies can already easily buy? We need contract admimistrators/CORs/COTRS that get training and guidance in managing these type of contracts - which in effect - when not solidly managed, result in the contractors making the decisiions that the government should be making. Am I the only one left that can read???

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 RT

The name is worth all that time and effort? how about training procurment officers so that they can actually buy what we need and really use competition to establish the schedules and GWACs? GSA is a mess and the fact that they can say - without laughing - that the coming up with the name was all that - gheese..... all we can do in this city is form committees that agree on such things as the name for a contract. save us someone!! please!!

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