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Q. What is OASIS? 
A. The purpose of the OASIS project is to develop an acquisition vehicle that meets the needs of customers with complex, integrated professional services with a support Information Technology (IT) component. These customers cannot use the existing/current General Services Administration vehicles as a solution for a number of reasons. OASIS will potentially represent a new offering to customers who have been unable to use the General Services Administration in the past.
The professional service disciplines being considered are program management and consulting, professional engineering, financial, logistics and equal or ancillary IT components.
 

Q. Why do we need OASIS?
A. GSA is the premier provider of acquisition solutions for federal government agencies.  In order to provide customers with a comprehensive range of solutions for their diverse requirements, GSA provides a full array of acquisition vehicles within many channels of delivery including Multiple Award Schedules (MAS), Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC), and telecommunications contracts.  Currently, there is no government-wide vehicle to provide complex, integrated professional services that allow for the full range of contract types at the task order level, including commercial and noncommercial requirements.  Agencies desire the maximum flexibility to meet these requirements and OASIS represents such a vehicle.  It will facilitate government initiatives such as managing high-risk contracts, encouraging performance-based contracting, leveraging transparency and data analytics under strategic sourcing, streamlining the acquisition process, and maximizing opportunities for small businesses.  

 

Q. Why can’t these requirements be procured under the MAS Schedules Program?
With all of the benefits offered by the MAS Schedules Program, it does not always offer customers the flexibility needed to meet the complex, integrated professional service requirements of today’s business environment.  The MAS Schedules Program is also not intended to address cost-reimbursement solutions, offer a standardized definition of labor categories, or capture detailed transactional data.  OASIS will complement the MAS Schedules Program and provide GSA’s customers a more flexible full-service offering.  
 

Q. What is being done to support small businesses?
A. One of the primary goals for the OASIS program is to provide complex, integrated professional service solutions to satisfy customers’ evolving needs and maximize the participation by small businesses.  In order to achieve this goal, OASIS must provide customers with access to a full array of integrated professional service solutions, as provided by industry partners of all sizes.  The OASIS draft RFP will be carefully constructed so as to ensure that we can achieve this goal.
In addition, aggressive small business subcontracting goals will be preferred for large businesses.
 

Q. Why would GSA include On-ramp and Off-ramp flexibilities?
A. One of the goals of the OASIS program is to sustain access to best-in-class solutions for our customers over the full lifetime of the contract.  On-ramp and off-ramp provisions provide the Government with the flexibility to assess the status of the OASIS vendor pool and make whatever adjustments are necessary (within the context of the terms and conditions of the OASIS contracts) to ensure that we have an optimal mix of industry partners and are expecting ample competition on task orders.
 

Q. How are GWACs different from OASIS?
A. Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) are to be used by agencies in meeting Information Technology objectives.  Ancillary to the primary IT objective may be some professional services, repair and alteration, office supplies, etc.
OASIS contracts will be used by agencies in meeting Professional Service objectives.  Equal or ancillary to the primary professional service objective may be IT components.   Additional ancillary commodities to the primary professional service objective such as repair and alteration and office supplies may be acquired. 
 

Q. How will this new vehicle impact Federal Agencies?
A. The intent of this vehicle is to provide a government-wide “total solution” based on an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity, multiple award task and delivery order contract that will be easy-to-use, populated with sound and experienced contractors; encourage best practices and data sharing; reduce the lead time and administrative efforts it currently takes agencies to acquire complex integrated professional services; provide a means to reduce high risk contracting; assist agencies in meeting socio-economic goals; and allow agencies to concentrate on agency missions rather than the acquisition itself, which will minimize the unnecessary proliferation of interagency and agency-wide contracts.
 

Q.   What does the scope of the OASIS include?
A.  The scope of OASIS includes program management, consulting, logistics, professional engineering services, financial services and supportIT components.
 

Q. Will OASIS benefit from Strategic Sourcing?
A. It is expected that OASIS will be built upon the foundation of strategic sourcing.  Historically, strategic sourcing initiatives focused on commodities and fixed unit prices.  Entering into strategic sourcing for complex, integrated, high dollar value professional services will require innovation.  Collection of transactional level data may reveal which contract types represent overall best value or drive cost efficiencies when acquiring such services. To gain customer feedback on OASIS, five Customer Focus Groups were held during the month of April and May.  During those events, customers indicated that the government generally has not collected data for professional services or have insight to this level of detail.  Simply knowing the number of hours expended by labor category would provide them insight they currently do not now have.  Additionally, data would allow the Government to monitor trends and make better program decisions going forward.  The majority of customers felt that this would be a characteristic of a vehicle-of-choice in this arena. 
 

Q. What are the strategic goals of the OASIS program?
A. The strategic goals of the OASIS program are to provide complex, integrated professional service solutions to satisfy customers’ evolving needs. This new vehicle will drive cost efficiencies and business process improvement through performance metrics and sustain access to best-in-class solutions.  OASIS supports the President’s March 4, 2009 memorandum objectives on Federal contracting.  OASIS supports the advancement of socio-economic goals by enabling opportunities to help small businesses succeed. This new vehicle complements other GSA contracts, as well as creating pathways to success for effective industry partners. 
 

Q. How will government agencies access the OASIS?
A. It is anticipated that GSA will offer government agencies two options for accessing the OASIS contracts:
1.  Direct Order/Direct Bill via Contracting Officers Procurement Delegations of Authority (PDAs) with a nominal Contract Access Fee where agencies order and pay for contractor services.
2. Turnkey assistance via the project management and procurement expertise of the GSA FAS organization. 
 

Q. Who are the OASIS Stakeholders?
A. GSA plans to reach the following target audiences established for the OASIS program:

  • Federal Agency Customers;
  • GSA Program/Staff Offices;
  • Members of Congress/Staff including the two Small Business Committees, Senate Homeland Security Government Contracting Committee, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Federal Procurement Policy
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Chief Acquisition Officers (OCAOs)
  • GSA’s internal stakeholders
  • GSA’s Office of Citizen Services
  • Industry including general industry partners and trade associations such as Information Technology Association of America, Professional Services Council, Coalition for Government Procurement
  • Media

 

Q. What is the Web site URL for OASIS?
A. The URL for the OASIS Web site is www.gsa.gov/oasis.  Users may access the OASIS Industry Overview webcast for additional information from this site.  There is also an Industry Community on Interact where users can get the latest information and participate in the weekly blogs from the PM.  The URL for the Interact site ishttp://interact.gsa.gov/group/integrations-industry-community.  
 

Q. Will OASIS be available for state and local use?
A. It is not expected that OASIS will be available for state and local use

 

Last Updated: 3/30/12
 

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Camila Anderson
<p>Hello-</p><p>I also have a question regarding the on-ramps. We are aware that both Draft RFPs are anticipating on-ramps; however, some of our folks attended MAGIC and they heard that on-ramps are most likely to&nbsp;open on the small business side and that the Government does not anticipate on-ramps for the unrestricted portion. We would like to confirm that information. Thanks!</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>We anticipate utilizing on-ramps on both contracts.&nbsp; Jim</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>The correct answer depends on what kind of on-ramp you are talking about.&nbsp; For all on-ramps, Offerors will have to submit a new proposal when the on-ramp is conducted.&nbsp; Your rank on the initial competition is irrelevant.&nbsp;</p><p>For an open-season on-ramp, you submit an updated proposal and will be evaluated against others who propose.&nbsp; If, for example, we were adding 5 Contractors to a Pool, then the highest scoring 5 contractors, whose scores were higher than the originally awarded lowest point total, would be awarded contracts.&nbsp;</p><p>For a vertical on-ramp (where an OASIS SB Prime outgrows their size standard), you submit an updated proposal that is not subject to further competition.&nbsp; The only requirement in this type of on-ramp is to score higher than the originally awarded lowest point total.</p><p>Jim</p>
griffinb12
<p>I had a question about how companies will be on-ramped.&nbsp; &nbsp;Will it just be the next company ranked after the original cut-off or will the overall rankings be reevaluated before selecting who gets the open slot? &nbsp;For example, if we receive our ISO certification &nbsp;and increase our &ldquo;score,&rdquo; for example after our submission, will that be reevaluated before additional companies needed in an on-ramp situation?&nbsp; Or is the rank we receive after this initial evaluation &nbsp;the rank we will always have &ndash; meaning new information will not change our rank.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>The correct answer depends on what kind of on-ramp you are talking about.&nbsp; For all on-ramps, Offerors will have to submit a new proposal when the on-ramp is conducted.&nbsp; Your rank on the initial competition is irrelevant.&nbsp;</p><p>For an open-season on-ramp, you submit an updated proposal and will be evaluated against others who propose.&nbsp; If, for example, we were adding 5 Contractors to a Pool, then the highest scoring 5 contractors, whose scores were higher than the originally awarded lowest point total, would be awarded contracts.&nbsp;</p><p>For a vertical on-ramp (where an OASIS SB Prime outgrows their size standard), you submit an updated proposal that is not subject to further competition.&nbsp; The only requirement in this type of on-ramp is to score higher than the originally awarded lowest point total.</p><p>Jim</p>
fodonnell
<p>Is there a particular GSA schedule (ie Schedule 70 or PES or LOGWORLD) that you need to compete for this effort.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>No, you do not need to hold a GSA schedule to compete for either OASIS or OASIS SB. - Jim</p>
Shan Davey
<p>Hello, what qualifies to be in OASIS as a software vendor under IT Ancillary. I did go through the draft OASIS RFP. Just thought it would be good to have a comprehensive info starting from NAICS code to GSA contract number to CTAs to others. If this compiled info is already available, can you please point me to the location / link.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.6468311936381945" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hello and thanks for the question. &nbsp;Subcontractors will be chosen by OASIS and OASIS SB Prime contractors at the task order level. &nbsp;The OASIS Program Office does not maintain any pre-qualified list of subcontractors. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
kuhng2000
<p>How will OASIS compare to SEWP V which is open to all agencies also?&nbsp; If there is already a vehicle like this available why have another one?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5924307531962197" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hello. SEWP V is a GWAC for IT products and IT product based services. &nbsp;OASIS is neither a GWAC nor an IT contract, but rather a multiple award IDIQ contract for non-IT professional service based requirements. &nbsp;Simply stated, there are no other government-wide contracts with the same scope as OASIS. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
jchickery
<p>Was this question answered some where else? I am also interested in learning if the small businesses will be required to submit a proposal for all disciplines (program management, logistics, professional engineering, and financial services) based on their own past performance, or if they will be allowed to submit a team proposal.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.05867917176192361" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">We will not evaluate teams. &nbsp;We will only evaluate prime Offerors. &nbsp;Prime Offerors on the SB contract must provide 5 examples of experience in integrating at least 3 of the 5 core disciplines. &nbsp;The core disciplines are: &nbsp;program management services, business consulting services, logistics services, engineering/scientific services, and financial services. Jim</span></p>
Drew Cotterman
<p>Will SB primes be asked to put their teams together for the competition or will we submit proposals as a prime only and then team with other SB winners to go after TOs?</p><p>Thank you.</p>
PatD
<p>How is OASIS different from the 871 SINs uner 03 FAC, which are all professional energy related services.&nbsp; Will these types of requirements be under OASIS?&nbsp; Including intelligent (IT-based) tools offered under the 871 SINs for things such as CMMS (for buildings) buildign controls sytems, smart building platforms, etc?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.779750918927619" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hello and thanks for the question. &nbsp;OASIS is a completely separate contract from the Schedules program. &nbsp;OASIS will include a much broader service offering than the schedule and SIN you cite, however those professional services would be permissible under OASIS. &nbsp;Please note that A&amp;E services covered specifically by the Brooks Act are NOT allowed to be performed on OASIS. &nbsp;OASIS is a services based contract, but may include ancillary support components like products only when those products are integral and necessary to the overall solution. &nbsp;We hope this answers your questions and thanks again. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
MBReslie
<p>How will OASIS differ from MOBIS?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">OASIS is for requirements for complex professional services that cross&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">disciplines and who cannot use Multiple Award Schedules for a total&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">solution. Therefore, the scope of OASIS will not only include&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">management consulting services (similar to MOBIS) but it will also&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">include financial, professional engineering, and logistics. OASIS&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">will also incorporate flexibilities that the Schedules Program does&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">not support, such as non-commercial requirements and all contract&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">types at the task order level.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); " /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); " />&nbsp;</p>
Amy Fadida
<p>Thank you!</p><p>Since updates will be announced on FBO, does this mean a F&amp;O competition as opposed to issuing a TO against Alliant as was being planned?</p><p>Truly appreciate your open forum, to the extent that you are able to share infomation at this point in the revision of the acquisition strategy.</p><p>Regards..</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 153); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">Hi Amy -- At this time, we are not providing details on the solicitation as the re-prioritization efforts will determine the best acquisition strategy, but please stay posted as more information will be provided soon via&nbsp;FBO. Thank you for your interest!</span></p>
Amy Fadida
<p>I have heard from a few sources that the reason that the GSA Supply Chain Modernization procurement has been delayed is because GSA will issue the task order against OASIS instead of using Alliant as had been planned. Would&nbsp; you please shed some light on this?</p><p>Thank you.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>&nbsp;</p><div>Helllo, Amy. Thank you for visiting the OASIS Industry Community -- helping our customers get more for their mission requires close collaboration with our industry partners. To address your comment, GSA is NOT issuing a task order against OASIS for GSA&#39;s Supply Chain Modernization (SCM) effort. In fact, GSA/FAS will not be able to announce contract awards for OASIS until Summer 2013, which is well beyond the &nbsp;time frame established as FAS updates the project roadmap and acquisition plan for SCM. SCM is being aligned with an initiative underway that is designed to modernize GSA&#39;s wholesale and retail supply programs. The alignment will integrate two initiatives within FAS into a more holistic approach that will:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><ul><li>Increase agility of implementation;</li><li>Enable the new business model;</li><li>Enhance the customer experience;</li><li>Be more cost effective;</li><li>Provide greater value and service to our customers;</li><li>Leverage the evolution of industry capabilities; and</li><li>Implement a vendor centric and customer focused business model.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As part of this alignment, FAS is re-prioritizing SCM and will require a new integrated acquisition strategy plan to sync up delivery functionality and ultimately impacts the scheduled issuance of the former SCM solicitation. A short review period is likely while FAS updates the solicitation requirements. Future communications regarding any associated acquisitions for SCM will be provided via FedBizOpps. Hope this helps!</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">Alliant is a Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) for Information Technology (IT) services. OASIS is a multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (MA IDIQ) contract for professional services. While there will be similarities in how each contract is administered and in the process for issuing task orders (using FAR Part 16), the scope of each contract is distinct and unique. OASIS is not a GWAC. &nbsp;</span></p>
tugmanj
<p>How will&nbsp;OASIS differ from&nbsp; GSA Alliant?</p>
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