U.S. Army Enlists with OASIS
Commits to Use GSA’s Groundbreaking Contract for Complex Professional Services
WASHINGTON -- In a ceremony held today at U.S. General Services Administration headquarters, GSA and the United States Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) securing Army’s use of GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) and OASIS Small Business contracts for procurement of complex professional services. OASIS is a first-of-its kind contract providing the government with a total solution contract vehicle for complex professional services projects.
“In Fiscal Year 2014, the U.S. Army’s procurement spend was nearly 17 percent, or $74.3 billion of the total federal spend. There are a lot of vendors who want to contract with us. To ensure we are continuing to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, we will use the OASIS contracting vehicle to support our strategy of minimizing duplication of contracting efforts where we’ve determined the risk to be low,” said Harry Hallock, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement.
Through OASIS and OASIS Small Business, the Army will:
- Reduce excess costs associated with award and administration of multiple IDIQ and/or stand-alone 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 the proposal review process by creating “apples to apples” comparisons of proposed labor costs
- Eliminate need for Task-Order Contracting Officers to evaluate proposals from poor performers
OASIS is designed to address agencies' needs for any professional services requirements that:
- Span multiple professional service disciplines
- Contain significant IT components, but are not IT requirements in and of themselves
- Contain ancillary support components commonly referred to as Other Direct Costs (ODCs)
- Require flexibility for all contract types at the task order level including cost reimbursement
OASIS is able to provide access to both commercial and non-commercial services. The core disciplines of the contract will include program management services, management consulting services, logistics services, engineering services, scientific services, and financial services. For more information about the MoU and/or OASIS, visit gsa.gov/oasis.