Update: GSA released the second RFI for the New Services IDIQ on June 2, 2021. Responses are due by 5:00 pm EST on June 21, 2021. Find a link to the RFI and more information on Interact here.
Planning is in the works for a contract to replace GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Contract. To date, OASIS has accounted for more than $35 billion in sales. OASIS sales have increased steadily since the contract’s launch, starting at $600 million in fiscal year 2015 and surpassing $10 billion last fiscal year. As a governmentwide contract, any federal agency can purchase services under the OASIS Contract. In fiscal year 2020, the Air Force Materiel Command accounted for the highest total awards under OASIS, followed by the Army, GSA, and the Air Force.
Background on OASIS
If your company provides non-IT professional services to the federal government, there is a good chance you have heard of the GSA OASIS Contract. GSA first awarded the OASIS Contract in 2014, after two years of planning and development.
Like the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract, OASIS is a governmentwide multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract administered by GSA. Unlike the GSA MAS Contract, OASIS allows for both commercial and non-commercial purchases for all contract types. You can view our comparison chart of OASIS versus GSA’s MAS Contract Professional Services Large Category (formerly the GSA Professional Services Schedule Contract) here.
OASIS Follow-On/GSA’s New Services IDIQ Contract
As we approach the 2024 end date for OASIS, GSA is releasing more information on the new IDIQ contract that will replace OASIS. Our team here at FEDSched has been following the progress of the new services IDIQ, which has also been referred to as the Best-in-Class Multi-Agency Contract or BIC MAC. Earlier this month, we attended GSA’s virtual industry day, where GSA shared the latest information on the new services IDIQ, including the feedback received from the first Request for Information (RFI).
What We Know About GSA’s New Services BIC MAC
Below are a few highlights on the proposed new services contract. Keep in mind, GSA is still in the RFI stage and stressed that details regarding the new contract may change as the agency receives additional feedback from industry and agency customers.
- While the new IDIQ has been referred to as BIC MAC, BIG MAC, Next Generation Services IDIQ, and OASIS 2, GSA has not yet settled on an official contract name.
- Like OASIS, the new IDIQ is intended to be a Best in Class (BIC) solution.
- The new IDIQ is intended to complement GSA’s MAS Contracts, which do not allow for the “full spectrum of acquisition strategies”. This means that, like OASIS, the new IDIQ will allow for all contract pricing types, as well as non-commercial services or a mix of commercial and non-commercial services.
- Unlike OASIS, the new IDIQ may have open enrollment with no cap on awardees.
- Based upon feedback from industry and agency customers, the new IDIQ will likely be one contract, as opposed to a small business and unrestricted contract like OASIS.
- Instead of Pools like OASIS, the new IDIQ will group service offerings within Domains that follow a category management structure.
- While most GWACS have a 10-year period of performance, GSA is considering a longer term for the new IDIQ.
BIC MAC Estimated Timeline
- Second RFI:
Late May/Early JunePublished on June 2, 2021 here.
- Draft RFP: Early Fiscal Year 2022
- Final RFP: Fiscal Year 2022 (Dependent on Feedback from Draft RFP)
What Companies Should Consider Pursuing the New Services Contract?
According to GSA, agency customers say they like using GSA IDIQs because they know companies are qualified. GSA would like to build upon this confidence with the new IDIQ. With agency customers in mind, the new IDIQ is not intended to be an entry level contract; companies with little government experience will not necessarily qualify.
The type of services that can be offered through the new service contract is still under deliberation. The list below includes initial concept domains. While GSA plans to broaden the scope of services under the new IDIQ, IT services are not under consideration while other IT focused IDIQs exist. Companies will have the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed domains when the second RFI is released in a few months.
Initial Concept Domains
- Technical and Engineering
- Research and Development
- Management and Advisory
- Financial Services
- Human Capital
- Base Operations Support
- Public Health
- Major Acquisitions
- Business Administration
- Legal Social
How Can Your Company Prepare for the OASIS Replacement BIC MAC?
During this early stage of planning, companies can best prepare by staying informed.
- Set an alert on beta.SAM.gov to receive notices of any draft RFPs.
- Register on GSA’s Interact site and subscribe to the Professional Services Category group.
While the new IDIQ Contract will not likely require companies to have a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), it may be a requirement at the task order level, so companies should prepare for CMMC in advance.
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