After months of waiting and speculation, the General Services Administration (GSA) has released the awardees of the new OASIS contract. The OASIS contract over the course of 10 years will award billions of dollars to properly registered government contractors who bid on the OASIS contract this past year. The OASIS contract is said to award over $6 billion dollars a year to small businesses for the next 10 years, which is an enormous win for small business federal set-asides. The OASIS contract was just awarded this past May after being delayed twice from government contractor uproar and the 2013 government shutdown which halted procurement opportunities for just a little under a month. Ultimately, the GSA awarded 224 contracts to 74 contractors for OASIS, and 220 contracts to 123 small business contractors under the OASIS small business program.
In a report by Federal Times, Roger Waldron, the president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, said overall OASIS has many good features such as extensive collaboration and multiple types of cost reimbursement. However, he said, as GSA moves forward on new contracts it needs to drive down the cost companies incur to bid, and to maintain the high level of collaboration with industry. Contractors must be properly registered in System for Award Management (SAM) in order to bid on these types of large indefinite-quantity and indefinitely-delivery contracts like the OASIS contract.