“OASIS and OASIS SB [Small Business] are the result of a two-year acquisition development process that involved not only the hard work and expertise of GSA’s OASIS team, but also the input of our industry partners,” said Tom Sharpe, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service in a statement. “We know that our customers have been looking forward to these final awards, and it is clear that OASIS is already the solution of choice for many government agencies including the Air Force, which recently committed to using OASIS SB for all its professional services procurements.”
Under pool 1, the program-management support services, which includes 34 different items such as business-intelligence support, earned-value management analysis, project management and a lot more, several recognizable contractors were left off the list of 42 winners. The most obvious large companies who didn’t win include IBM, General Dynamics IT and CACI.
These awards follow the 220 awards under the OASIS Small Business contract GSA made in February.
GSA listed no total spending ceiling for either contract, though some believe it could be worth more than $10 billion over the life of the contract. The Air Force in December committed to spending $500 million under OASIS in the first 18 months that it’s open for business.
Over the last nine months, GSA faced a series of protests over OASIS, and the awards likely will only elicit a new round of complaints.
In the award notice to vendors, obtained by Federal News Radio, GSA asked unsuccessful bidders for restraint before filing a protest.
“All notifications to unsuccessful offerors shall be sent out within the next three business days. This notification will include a written debriefing,” GSA stated in the notice. “If any offeror feels an error has been made in the evaluation of their offer, they are encouraged to contact the contracting officer PRIOR to filing protest. Protests are expensive to both the offeror and the government. Where possible and warranted, the government would like to take measures to ensure all offerors are treated fairly and consistently without the need for protests.”
GSA said on its Interact website that after the OASIS awards are made, it’s planning to tentatively host the OASIS Small Business kickoff event on or about July 1, and the unrestricted OASIS kickoff meeting on or about July 29.
An industry source said that without oral debriefings, GSA is almost guaranteeing a protest
“Agencies never get it right in a written debriefing,” the source said. “And it’s almost like GSA is asking the company to waive its right to file a protest by asking them to contact GSA before filing a protest. If you wait more than 5 days to file, you lose right to suspend contract performance. It’s comical that GSA would write that into the award notice.”