A green light for OASIS

A troubled fiscal 2014 for the administration’s strategic sourcing program may have a silver lining.

The General Services Administration continues to face protest after protest around many of the programs — office supplies namely — but just this past week got the go-ahead for the unrestricted version of the OASIS professional services contract.

The much-anticipated unrestricted version of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) has been on hold since May when GSA awarded 74 vendors a spot on the multiple award contract. A series of protests to the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims delayed the full roll out of the program until last week.

GSA had opened the OASIS Small Business version of the contract earlier this year. It awarded 123 firms a spot on that MAC.

GAO issued its opinion on Sept. 5 on the last remaining protest by Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Company of the unrestricted version of OASIS. GAO dismissed AAI’s request for reconsideration of the challenge of the awards. GAO says in its decision that AAI repeated the same arguments it made previously when the company saw GAO dismiss the protest as untimely.

GAO also denied a protest by VSE Corporation on Aug. 25, while other complaints by the Logistics Management Institute, American Systems Corporation, Phacil and Smartronix were withdrawn in June or July.

At the same time OASIS received the go-ahead, GSA launched its new effort to consolidate and improve how it provides professional services contracts.

As we first reported last week, GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service wants to reduce the number of services contracts under the schedules program from seven to somewhere between one and three.

GSA is using the interact site to create a discussion with industry and other stakeholders about its plans for consolidation.

The blog post includes important details of GSA’s plans and several FAQs around what this initiative means to vendors and their current schedule contracts for professional services.

This post is part of Jason Miller’s Inside the Reporter’s Notebook feature. Read more from this edition of Jason’s Notebook.

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