OASIS: The details
- By Mark Rockwell
- Aug 01, 2013
GSA's One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple-award contract encompasses seven service areas and 28 federal classification codes.
The final OASIS Request for Proposals (RFPs) released July 31 include one unrestricted RFP and another limited to small businesses.
According to the RFPs, OASIS can be used to support and/or improve an organization in seven core services areas: program management, management consulting, engineering, scientific, logistics, financial and ancillary support.
Vendors can bid on individual functions, all seven or any combination, according to the agency, which said it expects to make between 20 and 40 awards per area. The multiple-award contracts will also have a five-year base with one five-year option.
OASIS spans a variety of vendor expertise and includes any components required to formulate a solution to a professional-services based requirement.
The RFP also explains how IT and IT services will be handled under the contracts. IT is considered an ancillary support service or product on task orders and can be performed only when the service or product is integral to a total integrated solution under a professional-service based requirement within the scope of OASIS.
It defines IT as equipment, interconnected systems, or subsystems of equipment used for the automatic acquisition, storage, analysis, evaluation, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data or information by an agency. For purposes of this definition, it said, "equipment is used by an agency if the equipment is used directly or by a contractor under contract with the agency that requires its use; or to a significant extent, its use in the performance of a service or the furnishing of a product."
Mark Rockwell is a staff writer at FCW.
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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