On September 15, 2022, the Office of Professional Services and Human Capital (PSHC) released the eighth in a series of program updates to keep industry abreast of the latest news on the development of OASIS Plus (OASIS+).
OASIS+ is an opportunity to expand upon the original OASIS successes.
Who should bid and why you should bid
This is an easy decision. OASIS+ will be one of the U.S. Government’s largest and most valuable Best-in-Class (BIC) Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles for the next 10 years. It’s likely to award more than $133.75B in task orders. In addition, OASIS+ has swim lanes for 8(a), Small Businesses, Full and Open/Unrestricted, HUBZone, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), and Woman-Owned Small Businesses.
OASIS+ combines the One Acquisition Solution For Integrated Services Unrestricted (OASIS), Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS), and Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) Building Maintenance and Operations (BMO) contracts, which are valued at more than $133.7B. Contractors who hold these contracts have a leg up on producing high-scoring proposals in their chosen domains and probably already have subcontractors that can help boost their scores.
Ideas for a win strategy
Your strategy should focus on producing a high-scoring and compliant proposal. One way to increase your score is by teaming up with other companies. To assemble a successful team, you must strictly adhere to OASIS+ guidelines for your CTA, Joint Ventures (including SBA-approved Mentor-Protégé arrangements), and Sub-Prime teams (for small business set-asides all businesses must meet the size standards for small business).
GSA’s guidance is still evolving and may likely change before the RFP is released, so stay up to date on the definitions. In addition, consult your contracts and/or legal department to verify your understanding of these definitions and that your strategy for teaming aligns with the definitions in the OASIS+ RFP.
Tips on preparing your proposal
Don’t delay in completing the Final_Draft_Domain_Qualification_Matrix that was issued on September 15, 2022. Use the List of NAICS and PSC Codes document to help guide your completion of the Final_Draft_Domain_Qualification_Matrix. GSA has clearly marked which domains are for small businesses and which are unrestricted.
As you review each tab, you will see that GSA has lumped the scores for each domain into broad categories that depict the relevance, size, and scale of your Qualifying Projects (QPs); the breadth of your federal experience; your government-approved systems, rates, and clearances; and your certifications.
After completing the scorecard, check it multiple times for accuracy. After completing the Final_Draft_Domain_Qualification_Matrix, assemble all the paperwork needed to verify your score. Double-check that the paperwork aligns with your score. GSA will eliminate bids that are non-compliant early in the source selection process.
Decision gates to watch
- New Draft RFP in Fall 2022
- RFP Release in January 2023
- Award in August 2023
By Brenda Crist, Vice President at Lohfeld Consulting Group, MPA, CPP APMP Fellow
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