The next, great massive multiple award contract is finally here.
After months of wrangling and anxiety, the General Services Administration gave industry Wednesday the final request for proposals for the full and open and the small business One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple award contracts.
Vendors haven’t spent this much effort and had this much distress since the GSA released the RFP for the Alliant contracts in 2006.
OASIS brings together seven different multiple award contracts that span 28 different classification codes under the professional, scientific and technical services sector. Vendors will have the opportunity to bid on individual functions, all seven or any combination of the functional areas. GSA said it expects to make between 20 and 40 awards per functional area.
Program management: To include everything from earned value analysis to cost- performance trade off analysis to information analytics.
Management consulting services: To include everything from strategic planning to technical advisory services to business process reengineering.
Scientific services: To include everything from decision support sciences to life sciences to mathematical sciences.
Engineering services: To include everything from configuration management to modeling and simulation to environmental consulting and remediation.
Logistics services: To include everything from logistics operations and maintenance to infrastructure services such as transportation and delivery to value chain management.
Financial management services: To include everything from grant management to affordability analysis to safeguarding personal data.
Ancillary support services: To include both technology and non-technology products and services necessary to perform the duties under the task order.
“Working very closely with federal agencies on requirements and soliciting industry feedback were two key parts of the development process for the final RFPs,” said Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, in a release. “As a result of the tremendous amount of input we received, we believe OASIS will fill the substantial need for a hybrid, governmentwide acquisition vehicle that has great potential to reduce the number of full-and-open procurements across government and drive extraneous costs out of the acquisition process.”
The multiple award contract will have a five-year base with one five-year option. GSA decided not to put a ceiling on the contract, though officials say the addressable market for these types of professional services is about $60 billion.
GSA will charge agency customers a .75 percent fee to use the contract, which is the same as Alliant.
Proposals are due Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. Questions on the RFPs are due by Aug. 20.
“The source selection process on OASIS will neither be based on the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) nor tradeoffs,” the RFP stated. “For OASIS, the best value basis for awards will be determined by the highest technically rated offerors with a fair and reasonable price. The highest technically rated, fair and reasonable price approach will best achieve the objective of awarding contracts to offerors of varying core expertise in a variety of professional services disciplines with qualities that are most important to GSA and our customers, such as past performance, relevant experience and systems, certifications and clearances.”