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The One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services vehicle is composed of contracts for profes- sional services such as financial management, engineering, sci- ence and logistics. OASIS Small Business is a set of contracts exclusively for small companies, including those with special socioeconomic status, such as minority-owned business- es. Contracts have been awarded to 123 small companies, which have been divided into eight groups based on size and annual revenue. The unrestricted OASIS vehicle has 74 contract holders spread across six pools that are divided by type of service. Many small businesses participate in this vehicle as subcontractors work- ing with primary contract holders, which tend to be much larger firms. Deltek estimates that the General Services Administra- tion could capture 5 percent to 10 percent of the services market through OASIS, which could total $6 billion a year. OASIS and OASIS Small Busi- ness complement GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule contracts for pro- fessional services acquisitions by providing a single, unified path for complex requirements. The agency does not classify OASIS as a governmentwide acquisition contract because GWACs are specific to IT require- ments, and OASIS contracts are aimed at broader professional services and the ancillary prod- ucts and services that go with them. Historically, professional ser- vices procurements have been notorious for requiring multiple contracts to fulfill, leading to costly duplication. According to GSA, OASIS contracts are optimal for require- ments that: • Cover multiple disciplines. • Contain significant IT com- ponents but are not solely IT requirements. • Include other direct costs. • Must be performed on a cost- reimbursement basis. Agencies benefit because OASIS: • Offers a single acquisition platform. • Maximizes small-business opportunities. • Offers a focused number of awardees and contract holders. • Reduces the lead time and administrative effort necessary to acquire complex professional services. • Supports customers with a robust Web-based library of help- ful features, including sample documents and templates. assess vendors, GSA opted to rely on a quantitative, point-based methodol- ogy that scored vendors’ proficiency and sought bids with the highest tech- nical rating and acceptable pricing. GSA officials said the point struc- ture better weighed the various capa- bilities, experience and performance of potential offerers to identify the 40 best in each of the contracts’ pools of awardees. The framers of Alliant 2, GSA’s GWAC for total IT solutions, have said they are using the same meth- ods for that vehicle. “We watched all the protests be resolved,” said John Cavadias, the GSA senior contracting officer responsible for the Alliant 2 RFP. The standard of highly techni- cally rated and fair and reasonable pricing “was found to be innovative, but within the rules, allowable.” The OASIS contracts were award- ed in May 2014 but were delayed by a tangle of protests that took a few months to resolve. Some experts were concerned that the delays might sap OASIS’ momentum, but all the pro- tests were ultimately resolved in GSA’s favor. Attracting civilian agencies Jim Ghiloni, the OASIS program direc- tor at GSA, said the agency’s efforts, even with the protests, are building steady momentum, and early commit- ments from the Air Force and Army were a big help. “With OASIS, we cracked the nut for large” indefinite-delivery, indefi- nite-quantity contracts, he said. In 2013, the Air Force signed a memorandum of understanding with GSA that committed the service to spending an estimated $472 million over five years under OASIS. The OASIS basics 28 August 30, 2015 FCW.COM ExecTe c h 0830fcw_027-030.indd 28 8/6/15 9:58 AM
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