The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced that it would be opening two pools on its OASIS Unrestricted vehicle for on-ramping. Bloomberg Government reports that GSA will issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for both Pool 2, which covers Financial Services and Social Sciences, and Pool 6, which covers Research and Development in Aircraft, at the end of this month (pools are groupings of professional services NAICS codes with the same size standard). Neither of these pools were filled under the original competition and limited orders have been placed against them thus far.
OASIS, which stands for One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, is a multi-billion dollar government-wide vehicle designed for the procurement of complex, integrated professional services solutions. Its scope includes program management, logistics, engineering, management consulting, scientific, and financial services. OASIS serves as a companion to GSA’s ALLIANT vehicle for IT solutions, and while IT services can be performed under OASIS, they must be ancillary to the overall purpose of the project.
Unlike the GSA Schedules, OASIS is not continuously open to offers. On-ramping is the only way for new contractors to win a spot on the vehicle. The primary benefit of the on-ramping process is that contractors know exactly what they need to do to earn a spot. The evaluation criteria will be exactly the same as it was under the original solicitation. Further, OASIS utilizes a self-scoring worksheet that allows contractors to determine whether they are likely to be competitive.
OASIS has attracted a lot of attention since GSA first started floating the concept more than seven years ago, and many contractors have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to on-ramp. So, how do you know whether OASIS is worth it for your company? There are a lot of factors to consider.
First, while total obligations to-date exceed $8B, spend has been highly concentrated in the Defense sector. If you aren’t certain whether your customers are using OASIS, GSA has an excellent dashboard you can use to gather historical spend information.
Secondly, OASIS is a Best-In-Class vehicle that sets a very high bar for the type of contractor that can realistically compete for a seat. OASIS allows for all contract types, including cost reimbursement, which means bidders must have an approved accounting system. Additionally, the relevant project experience required to maximize your score emphasizes large, complex contracts that:
- Integrate numerous professional services domains at multiple locations
- Employ subcontractors
- Have exceptional past performance ratings, among other criteria
Finally, in order to successfully on-ramp, contractors are required to earn at least as many evaluation points as the lowest-scoring contractor in the pool. Currently, neither Pool 2 or Pool 7 is full, which means that low score information is not available. For comparison’s sake, the minimum number of points in the filled OASIS pools runs from 7,550 to 8,325 (out of 10,000 available points). Contractors must be realistic and highly strategic when selecting which projects to include in their proposals in order to maximize points. Those who hope to compete for places in pools that aren’t currently open should begin planning for the on-ramp now.
Stay tuned for our next post with more details on upcoming OASIS Small Business (SB) on-ramps to fill spaces left by current contract holders who will size out of their pool at the option. Aronson will continue to follow OASIS closely and provide up-to-date information as it becomes available. For any questions, please contact Jennifer Aubel at 301.231.6253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.