Navy commits to OASIS for services
- By Mark Rockwell
- Sep 16, 2016
The General Services Administration and the Navy Department's Naval Supply Systems Command have signed an agreement for the Navy to strategically source services through GSA's One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contracts.
The agreement also covers the Marine Corps, a Sept. 15 GSA announcement states.
According to the memorandum of understanding, the Navy is expected to obligate more than $500 million to the OASIS and OASIS Small Business contracts from February 2016 to December 2017. Navy officials said they will use the contracts for services related to program management, management consulting, logistics, engineering, and scientific and financial activities.
GSA and Navy officials signed the agreement in July.
The $60 billion OASIS vehicles were designed as a total solution for complex professional services requirements, including IT services. GSA and Navy officials said the agreement will give the Navy access to commercial and non-commercial services, including applied research and development.
The Army and Air Force have already committed to OASIS for some services; both said the vehicles minimize duplication on low-risk, stand-alone and indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts, and give more insight into associated spending information, including volume, labor types and costs.
The Navy's aim is much the same. Officials said the contracts will allow them to cut costs and lead times for complex professional services IDIQs and gain more insight into spending. The deal is also expected to promote the use of small businesses.
"NAVSUP is excited about adding the full benefits of OASIS as a tool in Navy buyers' toolbox for acquiring professional services," said Mark Bennington, NAVSUP's assistant commander for contracting, in the announcement.
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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