There’s been a sea change in how GSA partners. – Major General Wendy Masiello, Director of Contracting, United States Air Force
OASIS Achieves Key Successes and Becomes the Contract of Choice for Federal Agencies
One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), GSA’s next generation contract, is already becoming the solution of choice for government agencies. Throughout the development process, GSA listened to its customers who asked for a hybrid contract vehicle that provides both commercial and non-commercial services.
Federal agencies have expressed interest in this groundbreaking contracting solution. GSA secured--prior to award--a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States Air Force which will support the following: USAF Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (AFB); the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center, Eglin AFB; and the Air Force Space and Missile Center. The centers plan to use OASIS in lieu of their own multiple-award, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) acquisition vehicles.
USAF touted the benefits of OASIS at a recent industry event, noting that the solution “has simplified the decision process.” Read the October 30, 2013 article from Federal Computer Week (a nongovernment website).
By utilizing OASIS, agencies such as USAF will:
- Reduce excess costs associated with award and administration of multiple IDIQ and/or standalone contracts;
- Reduce the lead time and administrative efforts it currently takes agencies to acquire complex professional services;
- Gain insight into spend volume and labor types and costs across the federal government and facilitate negotiation of lower pricing at the task order level;
- Improve and reduce time associated with task order proposal comparison process by creating “apples to apples” comparisons of proposed labor costs; and
- Eliminate need for Task Order Contracting Officers to evaluate proposals from poor performers.
Participation in the OASIS contracts would give the Air Force reduced surcharges and better management of contractors, as well as increased insight into what kinds of IT goods and services are ordered, Major General Wendy Masiello, Director of Contracting, United States Air Force, told Federal Computer Week.
The positive response to OASIS is a result of GSA’s success in several key areas including:
- Setting a precedent for unparalleled transparency and collaboration through a comprehensive plan for communication with and soliciting input from industry via the OASIS Community on GSA Interact as well as attending industry events, participating in interviews with the news media and holding one-on-one sessions with industry partners;
- Meeting all major milestones published in the public forum such as the release of the two OASIS Draft Requests for Proposal, promised in the spring of 2013 and released on March 28, 2013; and the formal RFPs, which were promised for midsummer of 2013 and released on July 31, 2013; and
- Drawing the interest and participation of most federal agencies through outreach efforts with top spending agencies in OASIS type services and eliciting participation in customer working groups.
The work done by the OASIS team has served as a model through which GSA will continue to partner with our federal agency customers and vendors so we can deliver a more efficient and cost-effective acquisition solution that benefits government and the federal taxpayer.