The General Services Administration will release the draft request for proposals for a new professional services multiple-award contract called One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services at the end of November, Matthew Weigelt reported for FCW.
This next-generation contract is designed to address the agencies’ need for professional service requirements and also offer ancillary support services.
Todd Richards, acting deputy director of the OASIS program management office at GSA, said he plans to finalize the business case after the November elections.
“We’re not going to ruin anyone’s holiday season,” he said.
“We will adjust accordingly, so no one is working on Christmas Eve or New Year’s—I won’t be around either,” he added.
According to the article, a draft RFP may be released by the end of November, while the final RFP will be posted in late March.
At the Coalition for Government Procurement’s Fall Conference in Arlington, Va., Richards said that OASIS will work to make meeting the requirements of a project simpler.
It seeks to solve the dilemma between purchasing management and ancillary support through GSA’s complex multiple award schedules program and going for expensive multiple full-and-open competitions.
After the government spent $79.9 billion on professional services in fiscal 2010, half of which went through cost-reimbursement contracts, GSA recognized the need for professional services surrounded by complex circumstances.
Richards said GSA will create an unrestricted OASIS contract and an OASIS small business.
Officials will allow small firms that outgrow the small business size standards to transition to the unrestricted OASIS contract, if they meet certain qualifications.