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FCW : August 30, 2015
30 August 30, 2015 FCW.COM ExecTe c h Army followed suit soon after with its own agreement. Those early commitments helped the contract “hit the ground running,” Ghiloni said. However, he added, those agreements also meant OASIS ran the risk of being viewed as a Defense Department-centric con- tract. Although he said the num- bers could be higher, civilian agen- cies have made nearly 80 awards under OASIS Small Business, with $160 million in obligations so far. The unrestricted OASIS vehicle has seen 13 awards totaling $56 million in obligations from civil- ian agencies. Ghiloni said some large task orders are still under evaluation and are due by the end of the fis- cal year. The contract got a valuable bump in July when the largest civilian agency of all, the Depart- ment of Homeland Security, signed a memorandum of under- standing to use OASIS. DHS has also said it will not issue a fol- low-on contract for its Technical, Acquisition and Business Support Services contract and will instead rely on OASIS and other resources. Ghiloni said agencies’ OASIS task orders receive an average of five bids and generally take 90 days to 120 days to be completed. Anecdotal data indicates that customers save about 10 percent through OASIS compared to other contracts, he added. Building better tools To help agencies with the decision-making process, GSA is expanding its online tools and making it easier to sort through pricing, purchasing and market research data, he said. GSA unveiled a dashboard tool in early July that allows federal procurement professionals to customize OASIS data by federal agency and industry partner, and use it to build individualized, downloadable reports that can be exported to spreadsheets. Ghiloni said the dashboard provides interactive, near- real-time information on the sta- tus of OASIS and OASIS Small Business task orders, including obligation values, the receiving agency and the industry partner for individual orders. Users can filter the data in multiple ways, drill down from the agency to the bureau level, and look at both the number and dollar value of task orders awarded to a particular industry partner. Ghiloni said he intends to add even more electronic tools to help OASIS users and potential users see more deeply into the con- tract’s data when making their buying decisions. He added that it has been a challenge to build systems that are better at capturing data because OASIS is breaking new ground. “We’re building this stuff from scratch,” he said. “It’s gone pretty well. The tools are good. They’ll be better in two years.” According to Chvotkin, howev- er, the toughest challenge facing OASIS might be its own success. “GSA’s biggest competitor is GSA,” he said. He said the agency’s myriad other contract efforts, including its schedule contracts, might pale in comparison to vehicles like OASIS that have electronic tools to tabulate data on what products are being bought and who’s buying them, then spit out pin- point reports. Additionally, some vendors might have to make diffi- cult decisions about which of the new and old contracts they want to pursue and how they want to pursue them, he added. Chvotkin said the next few months are crucial for OASIS because the contract has to show it is viable for a wider federal audience. DHS’ agreement is “a bellwether test,” he said. If other civilian agencies find value in OASIS in the com- ing months, it could pave the way for wider acceptance, he said, adding that if a significant number of agencies don’t show up by the end of the year, it might mean they’re not coming anytime soon. n The toughest challenge facing OASIS might be its own success. “GSA’s biggest competitor is GSA.” ALAN CHVOTKIN, PSC 0830fcw_027-030.indd 30 8/6/15 9:58 AM
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