Update October 21, 2013: As posted by The Business of Federal Technology: Proposals for GSA’s $60 billion One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services multiple award contracts are now officially due the day before Halloween.
GSA is considering the potential merger of two GSA multiple award schedule contracts, 871, Professional Engineering Services (PES), and 899, Environmental Services. GSA is seeking industry feedback from 871 and 899 Schedule contractors through an online survey. The purpose of the possible merger would be to create a more complete and total solution Schedule contract as well as to increase the administrative efficiency of GSA and Schedule contractors.
If the contracts are merged:
GSA has issued amendment 4 to the OASIS RFP which extends the due date until October 10, 2013. Other changes of note include:
UPDATE (9/3/13): Amendment 3 to the OASIS SB solicitation and Amendment 2 to the OASIS solicitation are now available on FedBizOpps. I haven’t had a chance to review them for major changes, but please be aware that they are out there!
GSA released the final Request for Proposals (RFP) for the OASIS and OASIS SB contract vehicles this afternoon to FedBizOpps. Keep checking in with Aronson’s FedPoint for more details about the solicitations (as soon as I can read them) and be sure to sign up for our complimentary webinar, To Bid or Not to Bid: An Overview of the GSA OASIS and OASIS SB Solicitations, on August 6th to get the latest scoop on this multi-billion dollar opportunity!
UPDATE (8/27/13): USfalcon has withdrawn its protest of the OASIS solicitation. The company’s protest, a USfalcon spokesperson said, was addressed and satisfied by changes incorporated in Amendment 1 to the OASIS solicitation, issued August 23rd. OASIS still has a pending protest from consulting firm Aljucar, Anvil-Incus, and Company (AAIC). GSA’s General Counsel filed a motion to dismiss AAIC’s protest for lack of standing; however, the motion was denied therefore the protest is ongoing.
First of all, some OASIS news – two agency protests were already filed early this month in response to the final OASIS Unrestricted solicitation. The first contends that the evaluation criteria is arbitrary, restricts competition, and does not allow agencies to select the contractor or contractors that best suit the government’s needs by not allowing Contractor Teaming Arrangements (the FAR Subpart 9.6 kind of CTA, not the GSA Schedules kind). For relief, the protest requests that GSA allow for the use of teams at the master contract level to meet the requirements. The second protest found the evaluation criteria overly restrictive and likewise contests the inability of bidders to form Joint Ventures in order to respond to the solicitation. According to the Federal Acquisition Regulations, agencies receiving an agency-level protest must stay the awards and decide the case within 35 days.
Moving on, thank you to all of those people who attended our GSA OASIS: To Bid or Not to Bid webinar last week; we had a good crowd for the event and I hope that attendees found it helpful. If you were unable to participate, you can download the presentation or listen to a recording of the webinar through Aronson’s website. There were a large number of questions submitted throughout the webinar and I was unable to answer all of them in the time allotted. As promised, I am posting a complete list of questions and responses here (multiple questions on the same topic were combined). You can also contact me directly with further questions at email@example.com or (301) 231-6253. The responses are based on my interpretation of the solicitations in conjunction with my historical knowledge of the procurement. I have included citations to the relevant solicitation sections wherever possible. Please note that formal questions to GSA about the final OASIS and OASIS SB solicitations must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00pm CST Tuesday, August 20th. (Section L.3.5)
Q1: Tough question, but what is your guess of the minimum number of points required to justify bidding?