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GSA stands by for OASIS protests

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The Government Services Administration made 225 awards to 74 vendors in its huge multiple award professional services contracts handed out May 19. Now we wait to see who files a protest.

The service areas covered by the $60 billion One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contract include management consulting, program management, financial management, engineering, and scientific services.

Anticipating protests, GSA said in its award announcement to vendors that notices to unsuccessful bidders would go out in the next three days.

"If any offeror feels an error has been made in the evaluation of their offer, they are encouraged to contact the contracting officer PRIOR to filing protest," said the notice. "Protests are expensive to both the offeror and the government. Where possible and warranted, the government would like to take measures to ensure all offerors are treated fairly and consistently without the need for protests."

The industry source said that by using written debriefings instead of face-to-face meetings with unsuccessful offerors, GSA was virtually guaranteeing protests that would freeze OASIS's progress until they are resolved.

OASIS had already faced a number of protests before the contracts were awarded, with the Government Accountability Office finally clearing the final one in January.

Clarification: A previous version of this story noted that some high-profile IT vendors were absent from the list of winners. They were absent only from the list of Pool 1 vendors.

About the Author

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.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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