How to Get on OASIS
OASIS AND OASIS SB ON-RAMPING REQUIREMENTS
One of the main questions we get here at the OASIS Program is “How do I get on OASIS?”
OASIS is not a GSA Schedule contract, so there is no continuously open application process. Getting on OASIS is a competitive process that we call “on-ramping.” On-ramps can be conducted as necessary at our discretion. While there are any number of reasons that we might decide to conduct an on-ramp, the primary reasons would revolve around inadequate competition levels at the task order level, mergers and acquisitions that shrink the number of vendors, customer driven request for a more focused sub-pool, and/or “small businesses” outgrowing their small business size standard after the first option period. Review Section H of the OASIS contract for more details. There are multiple on-ramp procedures.
For small businesses that outgrow their size standard, on ramps can be lateral (move from 1 Pool to another within OASIS SB as long as you are small for that Pool) or vertical (move up to the OASIS Unrestricted Pools).
Advanced notice for any on-ramping will be widely advertised including the Program Announcement section of this website and FBO.gov
For on-ramps that involve adding OASIS contractors (such as subpool development or increasing the number of contractors in a given pool beyond the original number of awards for competition purposes), a number of contracts to be awarded will be announced and the highest technically rated Offerors will receive those awards regardless of how their score compared to the original awardees.
For on-ramps that involve replacing OASIS contractors (such as mergers and outgrowing size status), you must have a proposal score equal to or higher than the lowest scoring Contractor within the Pool being applied for. Note: The lowest scoring Contractor is based on the lowest evaluated numerical score within a given Pool in accordance with the scoring table in Section M of the solicitation at the time of the original awards. The same evaluation criteria and scoring table of the original solicitation will be used for any on-ramping procurement.
Here are the lowest evaluated numerical scores per Pool, per vehicle: Note: N/A means the Pool was not filled and therefore the lowest scoring is yet to be established.
OASIS (Small Business)
- POOL 1: 5925
- POOL 2: N/A
- POOL 3: 5875
- POOL 4: 6575
- POOL 5A: 6625
- POOL 5B: 6975
- POOL 6: 5450
- POOL 1: 7825
- POOL 2: N/A
- POOL 3: 7575
- POOL 4: 7550
- POOL 5A: 7950
- POOL 5B: 8325
- POOL 6: N/A
In summary, OASIS and OASIS SB on-ramps will likely be targeted to a single pool and/or subpool at a time.
The second question we usually get after explaining the on-ramp process is “So what should I do now?”
We recommend the following:
- The immediate opportunity is to become a subcontractor with an existing OASIS prime contractor. The list of OASIS primes is available on this website. Figure what core competencies and value your company brings to potential solutions; network with the OASIS primes; and figure out the best ways to work together. Please don’t spam and be professional. Please do not use the Pool links to mass distribute capability statements or other marketing methods. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make yours count in a positive way.
- A key step is being ready for an on-ramp when one happens. The BEST way to do this is to examine and understand the original OASIS and OASIS SB solicitations. Even though those solicitations are still available on FedBizOpps.gov, we’ve provided final copies here on the website. All on-ramp solicitations will be almost identical to the original solicitations. Familiarize yourself with the structure of OASIS, the Pools, the point system, relevant experience projects, pool qualification projects, etc. The better you understand the solicitations, the more you can do NOW to strengthen your potential score when the right on-ramp opportunity comes available.
- If you aren’t intricately familiar with FedBizOpps.gov, then you need to be. This is where the federal government posts their full and open procurement opportunities including OASIS and OASIS SB on-ramps. Learn how to search; learn how to do advanced searches; and learn how to set up alerts.
Final Conformed OASIS Solicitation [PDF - 1.7 MB]
Final Conformed OASIS SB Solicitation [PDF - 1.8 MB]