OASIS RFPs issued
- By Mark Rockwell
- Jul 31, 2013
The General Services Administration issued the final two requests for proposals for its much-anticipated $10 billion OASIS one-stop services contracts on the last day of July, opening the door for responses from potential contractors in late summer.
One RFP is an unrestricted contract that includes 50 percent small business subcontracting goals; the other is a 100 percent small business set-aside.
GSA considers One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) to be a one-stop shop designed to reduce duplication of contracting efforts across the government and provide federal agencies with comprehensive, integrated professional services contract options.
OASIS is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract that aims to meet the cross-government demands for professional services. The next-generation contract was designed to address agencies' needs for management and consulting, professional engineering, logistics and finance. OASIS will also offer ancillary support services.
The two final RFPs, officially released by the agency's Federal Acquisition Services (FAS), contain a Sept. 17 deadline for contract submissions.
"Working very closely with federal agencies on requirements and soliciting industry feedback were two key parts of the development process for the final RFPs," FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe said in a statement. "As a result of the tremendous amount of input we received, we believe OASIS will fill the substantial need for a hybrid, government-wide acquisition vehicle that has great potential to reduce the number of full-and-open procurements across government and drive extraneous costs out of the acquisition process."
According to GSA, OASIS will drive better outcomes for the federal government by helping to reduce costs and expenses, improve operating efficiency and increase focus on socioeconomic contracting goals.
GSA said that it had invited industry to provide feedback on a variety of issues through whitepapers earlier this year and had met with more than 110 contractor responders in one-on-one sessions to get the most comprehensive contracting options for federal agencies. That feedback, it said, had been considered in finalizing the RFPs for both contracts.
Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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