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The General Services Administra- tion’s $60 billion One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contract was one of the most anticipated agreements the agency has produced in the past decade. And despite being bare- ly a year old, the service-orient- ed acquisition vehicle is already reshaping the way GSA handles other massive multiple-source procurements. From the beginning, GSA want- ed to use OASIS to show how the agency was reinventing itself as a more efficient smart shopper for its government customers. Observers say it has succeeded and the OASIS DNA can already be seen in other big upcoming contracts, including the Enter- prise Infrastructure Solutions contract that is the cornerstone of the agency’s buying strategy for next-generation telecommunica- tions services, the Alliant 2 IT gov- ernmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC), and the Human Capital and Training Solutions contract. OASIS allows agencies to buy a wide range of vetted goods and services under one contracting vehicle. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, said OASIS is a valuable model that has demonstrated the importance of work- ing with a broad coalition of federal agency and industry leaders to create large, complex contracting vehicles. “OASIS is among the most sig- nificant outreach efforts” GSA has ever undertaken, he added. A pioneering approach The agency collaborated with industry for two years before issuing a request for proposals. During that time, GSA officials gathered comments, ideas and suggestions from meetings with stakeholder groups and individual companies. They also launched an online interactive community to solicit even more input. “GSA was willing to attend just about any meeting,” Chvot- kin said. Officials repeated that open, collaborative approach when they created the RFP for the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract, which is due by the end of Sep- tember. As it did with OASIS, the agency held numerous face- to-face consultations and on-the- record, open meetings with ven- dors. GSA also hosted an online community for interested parties where it posted proposed changes and news about the contract. In addition, OASIS officials pioneered a new approach to accepting vendors into the various service pools in each contract. Instead of the pass/fail grade typically used to The outlook for OASIS BY MARK ROCKWELL The $60 billion vehicle for integrated services has already influenced other big acquisition efforts, but fiscal 2016 will be critical for OASIS’ own future success “With OASIS, we cracked the nut for large” IDIQ contracts. JIM GHILONI, GSA August 30, 2015 FCW.COM 27 ExecTe c h 0830fcw_027-030.indd 27 8/6/15 9:58 AM
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