GSA wants to boost market share of Schedules to 33 percent of federal spending

The General Services Administration (GSA) is exploring different ways to boost its contract spending market share and enhance its Multiple Awards Schedule program, according to agency officials.

Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, said he wants to boost the agency’s market share of federal spending from 15 percent to 33 percent in three years.

New contract vehicles such as the OASIS contract for professional services and the move to a “category management” system of expert contract advisers will help, Sharpe said.

He said at a GSA industry forum Feb. 13, hosted by the Professional Services Council, that the agency might roll out more versions of OASIS in the future for other contract areas besides professional services.

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What’s different about OASIS?

In September the General Services Administration declared its One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple-award contract program “open for business.” OASIS and OASIS Small Business (OASIS SB), a small-business set-aside contract, are hybrid, governmentwide acquisition vehicles that offer an integrated approach to address both commercial and noncommercial requirements for professional services. In a recent interview with Federal Times Editor Steve Watkins, OASIS Program Executive Officer Jim Ghiloni explained why he expects the program to serve a critical role in federal procurement. Following are edited excerpts:

GSA has declared OASIS open for business. What interest are you seeing so far from the federal customer base?

GSA logoThere’s a great deal of interest. We had opened OASIS Small Business a couple of months ago now [in June].

We’ve obviously already been engaged with customers about that contract. But now that we’ve got the full suite available, I think there’s even more interest from customers.

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GSA’s OASIS contract cleared of bid protests

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued an official Notice to Proceed (NTP), effective Sept. 3, 2014, for One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), a general contract procured through full and open competition among all interested businesses. As a result, both OASIS and OASIS Small Business (SB), GSA’s 100-percent small business set-aside contract, are ready for business, which means that agency customers can start using this solution set to address their complex professional services needs.

FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe Said:  “OASIS and OASIS SB have already become the solutions of choice for some of our customers. These solutions have great potential to provide agencies with more flexible full-service contract vehicle options while driving down costs for the American taxpayer. The OASIS program will strengthen the federal government by minimizing contract duplication and improving efficiency, while also delivering solid benefits to the selected OASIS and OASIS SB industry partners and maximizing opportunities for small businesses.”

OASIS and OASIS SB have become the solution of choice for the United States Air Force. In December, the Air Force announced that it would use OASIS and OASIS SB for purchasing systems engineering services, research and development services, and a host of other complex professional services instead of creating three of its own multiple-award, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. These services had an estimated value of $1.4 billion. By using OASIS and OASIS SB, the Air Force will save years of effort, taxpayer dollars, and resources over the life of the contracts.

Key Facts

The issuance of an NTP means that federal agencies can begin using GSA’s OASIS contract solutions to purchase both commercial and non-commercial complex professional services. The NTP for OASIS Small Business (SB) was issued earlier this summer.   Recently, both the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and Government Accountability Office denied several protests filed on OASIS allowing GSA to issue the notice.

OASIS and OASIS SB were developed in response to the government’s substantial need for a hybrid, government-wide acquisition vehicle, and are designed to reduce duplication of contracting efforts across the government and provide federal agencies with comprehensive, integrated professional services contract options.

GSA expects these solutions to provide customers with best value for complex professional service requirements.

To learn more about OASIS, visit where there are details on how to request a Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) and attend mandatory training.

Another contractor protests GSA’s professional services contract

More companies are piling on bid protests against the General Services Administration’s OASIS contract, according to documents filed with the Government Accountability Office.

IT service contractor Phacil Inc., is the latest of five companies to protest the award. Smartronix, Inc., VSE Corporation, American Systems Corporation, the Logistics Management Institute and Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Company all filed protests May 27. Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Company also filed bid protests during the pre-award phase of the contract, which were denied.

GSA awarded its 10-year, multibillion dollar OASIS contract to 74 companies on May 19. OASIS is governmentwide acquisition contract that offers professional services, such as financial management and engineering, scientific and logistics services. OASIS also features separate contracts for small businesses and larger firms and is valued at around $6 billion a year in agency business.

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Military looks to suppress appetite for service contracts

Defense Department officials say the 2015 budget they will formally unveil next week won’t just be about reducing the size of the uniformed military. They also intend to propose “targeted” reductions to the civilian workforce and downsize the ranks of contractor employees.

All three military departments say they’re mapping out ways to make do with less contractor support than they currently have.

Service contracting, like other areas of personnel spending, makes up a giant collective bill for the Pentagon. DoD currently spends slightly more on services — when research and development contracts are included — than it does on ships, planes, tanks and other hardware, and that’s been true for more than 10 years, according to annual statistics curated by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

It is too early to tell whether the services-to-products ratio would change in any meaningful way under DoD’s 2015 budget plan, and officials have not indicated by how much they would like to reduce their spending on services. But the Army, Air Force and Navy departments each say they are developing methodologies to prioritize their service contracts so that they buy only the services the military needs, and not necessarily all the services a local program manager might want.

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Air Force embraces OASIS multiple award contracting vehicle

The General Services Administration’s OASIS contracting vehicle already has changed the Air Force’s procurement operations for the better, one of the Air Force’s top acquisition officers says.

The Air Force’s participation in GSA’s $60 billion One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services multiple award contracts “has simplified the decision process,” said Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello, the USAF director of contracting.

The Air Force has embraced OASIS in the last several months. In August, the Air Force Space and Missile Command said it wanted to use the dedicated OASIS Small Business contract instead of its own SMC Technical Support program. GSA estimated the value of the commitment, which will encompass virtually all systems engineering and technical assistance activities at Los Angeles Air Force Base, at $472 million over five years.

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Tighter budgets mean bigger role for GSA

Dan Tangherlini wants more of your business — a lot more.

Installed by the White House a year ago as acting administrator of the General Services Administration to fix the scandal-rocked agency, Tangherlini ushered in a flurry of reforms to dial back conference spending, employee bonuses and accountability lapses at GSA.

Now, his focus is fixed on overhauling the way federal agencies buy goods and services. His aim is to redirect considerably more federal procurement spending through GSA contracts.

“Frankly, the system we have now, the way we structure ourselves now, the way we invest in certain things now, is not sustainable,” Tangherlini said in an hour-long interview with Federal Times editors and reporters. He said agencies will need to find ways to cut costs as much as possible without sacrificing their missions.

Last year, only about 12 percent of federal procurement spending that could have gone to GSA actually did, according to the agency. Tangherlini said his hope is that, within 10 years, the agency can get that figure closer to 90 percent.

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GSA preparing new professional services vehicle

The General Services Administration is readying a new contracting program designed to help federal agencies buy complex professional services, from consulting to engineering.

The program, known as One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, or OASIS, is expected to have a $12 billion ceiling value, said Aliya Nagimova, a research analyst at Herndon-based Deltek, which analyzes the government contracting market. The GSA said in a statement that it has not determined the ceiling value.

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GSA renames $48B IT contract

The General Services Administration’s professional services contract Integrations is now named OASIS, officials said March 28.

OASIS stands for One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services.

The contract is still in the pre-request for proposals stage and is expected to have a ceiling of $48 billion.

“Selecting a name for a solution is no small task; a name must not only be recognizable, but it must also convey the solution’s purpose and value,” Jim Ghiloni, the recently named program executive officer of OASIS, wrote March 28 in a post on GSA Interact.

OASIS is an integrated professional services contract with a support IT component. The principle services include management and consulting, professional engineering, and logistics and financial services. Officials have said it will be a hybrid contract with commercial and non-commercial items available through it. It will also allow for all types of contracts at the task order level.

OASIS will be a multiple-award, multi-agency task and delivery order contract. GSA officials say it will be more like a multiple-award contract or a governmentwide acquisition contract than a Multiple Award Schedule.

With the name-change, officials are focusing on the next stage. They are coming together from FAS’ Office of General Supplies and Services, Office of Information Technology Services, Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, and others to work on arranging the contract to suit agencies’ needs.

FAS also needs to finalize and post the contract in the Office of Management and Budget’s MAX Federal website. By posting it there, the government can see if another contract is already selling these same services. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has tried to avoid duplicative contracts.

They plan on establishing a customer working group and continue to use GSA’s Interact website to gather input and share updates.

“We believe the name OASIS, generated with input from industry members, is representative of the true value this vehicle will bring to the federal government,” said Steve Kempf, commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA.

About the Author: Matthew Weigelt is a senior writer covering acquisition and procurement for Federal Computer Week.  This article was published on Mar. 28, 2012 at