Acquisition

DHS signs up for OASIS

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Following in the footsteps of the Army and Air Force, the Department of Homeland Security signed a memorandum of understanding committing DHS to the General Services Administration's $60 billion One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contracts.

The move is significant for GSA's OASIS contract because it shows a significant commitment by the largest civilian department, Jim Ghiloni, professional services program management executive and OASIS program director at GSA, said in an interview with FCW.

DHS has already been using OASIS for its Technical, Acquisition and Business Support Services, a department-wide, multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract that provides technical, acquisition and business support services.

Ghiloni said he expects about $250 million annually from DHS under the OASIS memorandum. He said the Army and Air Force could each bring in $500 million per year.

DHS said it would be using the contracting vehicle, including both unrestricted and small business contracts, department-wide.

OASIS is GSA's next-generation take on large contracting vehicles and its development incorporated unprecedented input from industry, as well as federal agencies, including online communities and groups established to discuss the complexities of the contract and services. GSA said the OASIS "solution contract" gives the government maximum flexibility at the task-order level, ensuring customers can access the right mix of suppliers and solutions to meet their professional service needs, including multi-disciplinary requirements.

"It's no surprise that OASIS and OASIS SB are emerging as the solutions of choice for agencies like DHS, Army, and the Air Force. These contracts provide agencies with more flexible full-service options while driving down costs for our federal partners,” GSA Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Thomas A. Sharpe Jr. said in a statement.

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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