OASIS under protest
- By Mark Rockwell
- Aug 09, 2013
Anyone who was waiting for the General Services Administration's requests for proposal for its one-stop consulting, professional engineering, logistics, and finance services contract will have to wait just a bit longer before acting. Although GSA has issued the documents, two protests have already been filed.
The One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contracts has an estimated total value of up to $60 billion. OASIS is divided into two contracts, one unrestricted and one for small businesses.
USFalcon, of Morrisville, N.C., has filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office, said Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, in an Aug. 9 emailed statement.
The statement said USFalcon had challenged the terms of the solicitation, not an award decision. White said he couldn't comment on the arguments raised in the protest until the case is completed.
USFalcon's attorney, Jen Miller, said the company is protesting a term in the solicitation, calling it a "fairly narrow issue."
Meanwhile, a group called the Voice of Small Business in America filed a protest with GSA. Its objection, as first reported by Washington Technology, was to the unrestricted contract's evaluation criteria used to determine Pass/Fail for the contract's award. The group announced the protest on its LinkedIn page.
Even though GSA said it worked closely with industry to draft the RFPs, industry observers had expected protests. In releasing the RFP, GSA had said that earlier this year its OASIS team had been invited to provide feedback on a variety of important issues by submitting white papers. It also said it met with more than 110 contractor responders in one-on-one sessions to get comprehensive contracting options
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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