Updated 10/1/12 – OASIS News: GSA Announces Separate OASIS Small Business Contract, Update on Draft RFPs
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UPDATE: Based on the number of questions on GSA Interact’s OASIS Industry Community, it seems that interest in this opportunity continues to grow; however, GSA has been very tight-lipped on most details about the contract, putting prospective bidders in a “wait and see” pattern. We will all have to wait a little longer now – the estimated release date for the OASIS and OASIS SB draft RFPs has now been moved to late October to allow time for GSA to post the OASIS Business Case and review comments. In other news, GSA recently sponsored a Customer Working Group with potential agency users and Program Manager Jim Ghiloni reports that the participants were extremely positive about OASIS and OASIS SB, which are now “revered as exciting developments throughout government.” As always, keep tuned to FedPoint for the latest OASIS and government contracting news!
GSA’s OASIS Program Manager, Jim Ghiloni, announced last week that the highly-anticipated $48B OASIS professional services contract vehicle will be divided into small business and unrestricted contracts. The purpose of this configuration is to help agencies meet their socioeconomic goals by allowing them to award set-aside task orders under OASIS SB. As part of this objective, Ghiloni states that “GSA is looking for the solicitation to result in adequate numbers of awards in each socioeconomic category to ensure meaningful competition for each task order set aside for specific socioeconomic groups. GSA believes this approach affords the opportunity for the broadest participation by all small businesses in the industry and will provide a vehicle that will facilitate agencies’ ability to comply with the small business set aside procedures and manage their small business program goals.”
Specific details regarding the content and criteria of the upcoming OASIS RFPs have been hard to come by, as GSA has been deep in the process of conducting industry research and soliciting feedback from potential bidders. To that end, GSA has been very proactive in seeking industry participation through its OASIS Industry Community on the GSA Interact website– if you have not already joined Interact, we strongly encourage you to do so now. Interested bidders should keep their eyes open for the draft RFPs, which could be released as soon as September 18, although GSA is strongly considering delaying their release until after the end of the government fiscal year on October 1. GSA will review industry input, questions, and concerns from the draft RFP until the time the final RFP is issued. The final RFP is anticipated to be released by the end of winter (i.e. no later than March 19, 2013) and bidders will have approximately six weeks to prepare their responses.
Keep following FedPoint for continued coverage on this exciting opportunity!
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