January 23, 2015 by cs
At the end of the year, Federal News Radio’s “Off the Shelf” explored “What’s it like in the GWAC world?” Featuring Rob Coen, acting director of NIH’s GWAC program, and Joyce Woytek, NASA’s SEWP program manager, the interview covered the current and future state of GWACs.
As they shared the increased success of small businesses, three approaches stood out: more stringent requirements for vetting small businesses up front; inclusion of all five socio-economic categories in the contracts; and the use of on-ramps. At Deltek we are seeing – or expect to see – these approaches incorporated as part of several highly anticipated programs to be solicited this year.
Asked what’s driving the success of small business awards on his programs, Mr. Coen explained that spending more time upfront vetting small businesses – which must meet more stringent requirements – has resulted in increased comfort for government buyers. In turn, they have seen more high-dollar value/complex procurements for set-asides.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/acquisition/blog/2015/01/16/small-business-success/21859669/
About the author: Jennifer Sakole is the principal analyst for Federal Information Solutions at Deltek.
August 22, 2014 by cs
The General Services Administration (GSA) wants to make it easier for agencies to buy professional, management, technology and a host of other kinds of services from the schedule contracts. To that end, GSA will consolidate seven different professional services contracts into what could end up being one mega- schedule.
Tiffany Hixson, GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service’s professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate the schedules of as many as 500 vendors by November 2015.
“We are really hoping that will make it much easier for federal contracting officers to get those services, in particular where we have a requirement that covers a number of services areas. So instead of having to compete those services across a number of schedules, they will just be able to go to one,” Hixson said in an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio. “We think that will make it a lot more user friendly from a contracting officer perspective. Additionally, we will be able to reduce our administrative overhead, and for our contractors, it will reduce the cost of administering the number of schedules that we’ve got in the professional services area.”
Keep reading this article at: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/446/3685243/GSA-applying-its-IT-model-to-overhaul-of-services-schedules
August 21, 2014 by cs
The General Services Administration and the Air Force established a working group to help identify ways to save money on enterprise-wide contracts, an Aug. 18 GSA blog post says.
The working group will look into which GSA contracts the Air Force can use to cut costs, but still complete its mission, the blog post says.
Those GSA contracting vehicles include strategic sourcing initiatives, reverse auctions, the Global Supply Special Order Program and its One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contracts.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.fiercegovernment.com/story/gsa-and-air-force-partner-look-savings-gsa-contracts/2014-08-20
May 23, 2014 by cs
The General Services Administration has awarded its 10-year, multibillion dollar OASIS contract to 74 companies, according to an agency announcement.
The companies include Accenture Federal Services, LLC., Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Boeing Service Company, Deloitte Consulting, LLP., Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc., Raytheon Company and others across six separate pools of contractors.
OASIS is governmentwide acquisition contract that offers professional services, such as financial management and engineering, scientific and logistics services. OASIS also features separate contracts for small businesses and larger firms.
The market for all of the services offered through OASIS adds up to about $60 billion per year, according to research firm Deltek. The company estimates GSA may capture between 5 percent and 10 percent of the market — up to $6 billion a year.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20140519/ACQ/305190012/GSA-awards-long-awaited-OASIS-contract
February 26, 2014 by cs
On Monday (Feb. 24, 2014), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced it has awarded 125 contracts to small businesses for its One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Small Business (SB) contract to companies that will provide customers with best value services for complex professional service requirements.
OASIS SB, a 100-percent small business set-aside contract, was developed in response to the Government’s need for a hybrid, government-wide acquisition vehicle. OASIS SB will provide a streamlined solution for both commercial and non-commercial needs. OASIS SB is designed to reduce duplication of contracting efforts across the government and provide federal agencies with comprehensive, integrated professional services contract options. The list of the 125 companies awarded contracts is available by clicking here.
“We created OASIS SB to meet the growing demand for a hybrid, government-wide acquisition vehicle that maximizes opportunities for small businesses, stated Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner Tom Sharpe. “We believe that the large pool of awardees will provide government with access to highly skilled small businesses through a contract that is not only cost effective, but also efficient and streamlined for easier use by federal agencies looking to purchase complex professional services.”
OASIS SB will compliment GSA’s Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program and provide agencies with more flexible full-service options. Notable features and benefits of OASIS and OASIS Small Business include:
- Government-wide use
- Access to best in class solution providers
- On-ramp/off-ramp procedures to ensure a flexible, vibrant vendor pool
- Integrated support for key government initiatives
GSA predicts OASIS SB will drive down costs for federal agencies, and increase efficiency by reducing the time spent on developing complex contractual instruments. OASIS SB will include a vast array of professional services contractors for agencies to choose from. In fact it has already become the solution of choice for some government agencies. In December, the United States Air Force committed to use OASIS SB in lieu of creating several of its own multiple-award, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) acquisition vehicles. These efforts are estimated to be worth approximately $1.4 billion per year and use of OASIS SB is projected to save the Air Force and taxpayers significant dollars and resources.
December 23, 2013 by cs
The General Services Administration (GSA) is considering adding cost-reimbursable options to its supply schedules, according to a top agency official.
Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said in a statement to Federal Times that the agency is conducting an assessment on “a wide array of issues, and will not be a short-term action.”
He added that GSA’s planned OASIS contract vehicle for professional services will offer a cost-reimbursable option available to agencies, and GSA plans to award the contract soon.
Contracts on the GSA federal supply schedules currently use time-and-materials and fixed-price pricing terms.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20131213/DEPARTMENTS07/312130010/GSA-may-offer-more-cost-reimbursable-contracts
September 5, 2013 by cs
IT services contractor USfalcon Inc. has agreed to drop its protest of the final solicitation for the General Services Administration’s massive OASIS multiple-award contract.
“The resolution of this protest in a timely, professional and amicable manner by GSA and USFalcon saved taxpayer dollars and resources,” GSA spokeswoman Jackeline Stewart said in an email. “Contributions in the solicitation process from engaged industry partners like USFalcon help ensure that OASIS will most effectively meet the needs of our government clients for complex, integrated professional service requirements.”
GSA released final RFPs for the One Acquisition Solutions for Integrated Services (OASIS) program July 31. The vehicle is designed to reduce duplication in contract spending on professional services.
Contractors, however, had registered concerns with the program during its development, and just a week after the final RFPs — one for full and open competition and the other for small business — were released, two companies had protested the solicitations.
USfalcon’s protest, challenging the terms of the solicitation, was lodged with the Government Accountability Office. GAO was to have decided on the case by Nov. 18.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/445/3432959/Company-drops-protest-of-GSAs-OASIS-RFP
September 4, 2013 by cs
The list of Air Force operations eyeing the General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solutions for Integrated Services contracts is growing.
The Air Force Space and Missile Command, according to an Aug. 22 GSA blog post, has officially said it wants to use the dedicated Small Business OASIS contact (OASIS SB) instead of its own SMC Technical Support program. GSA estimated the value of this commitment, which will encompass virtually all Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) activities at Los Angeles Air Force Base, at $472 million over five years.
On July 31, GSA released two OASIS requests for proposals. One is an unrestricted contract that includes a 50-percent small business subcontracting goal. OASIS SB is a 100-percent small business set-aside.
Two other Air Force groups — the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida — have publicly announced their decision to use OASIS SB, according to a GSA spokeswoman. Those commitments and the latest announcement combine to represent an estimated value of $1.3 billion per year for the OASIS small business community.
Keep reading this article at: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/08/23/air-force-oasis-gsa.aspx
August 16, 2013 by cs
Anyone who was waiting for the General Services Administration’s requests for proposal for its one-stop consulting, professional engineering, logistics, and finance services contract will have to wait just a bit longer before acting. Although GSA has issued the documents, two protests have already been filed.
The One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contracts has an estimated total value of up to $60 billion. OASIS is divided into two contracts, one unrestricted and one for small businesses.
USFalcon, of Morrisville, N.C., has filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office, said Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, in an Aug. 9 emailed statement.
Keep reading this article at: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/08/09/oasis-protest.aspx
Related article: Is OASIS too complex: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/08/01/oasis-industry-reaction-complexity.aspx
Background on OASIS: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/08/01/oasis-details.aspx