In June we talked about the release of the OASIS and OASIS SB contract for use by the government.
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The GSA contract vehicle called One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Small Business (SB) is now available for use by government agencies. this contract is expected to save the government significant money while authorizing about $80 Billion per year in spending. The Air Force already committed to use this vehicle rather than establish their own IDIQ vehicle which will result in approximately $1.4 Billion in spending in this area alone. The OASIS SB contract is 100% set-aside for small business and there is also an OASIS contract that is open enrollment but designed to subcontract at least 50% to small business. The pre-solicitation came out a little over a year ago and the RFP solicited government contractors late last summer and fall. Recently, June 20, 1014, the list of successful bidders was released by the the US General Services Administration (GSA). We have discussed this contract a couple of times in the past on how the vehicle is designed to find the top suppliers and foster relationships with those companies. The "cream of the crop" of suppliers for services to the government. As a result, the government (translate; the taxpayer) is expected to save a significant amount of money. The contractors selected for this contract all had to pass stringent requirements related to quality, on-time delivery, accounting systems and purchasing systems to name a few criteria.
The Federal Government's use of IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity) type contracts has been increasing rapidly over the last 10 years. Many times these contracting vehicles are referred to as Multiple-Award Contracts (MAC). The Federal Government obligations under MAC awards have grown by over 5X from 2003 until this year. By far the largest of the IDIQ contract vehicles is the Navy's Seaport-e program. There are currently over 3,300 Seaport-e prime contract holders and obligated dollars in this program is over $5 Billion. The Navy has just announced (this week) that they will allow a "rolling admissions" to add to the contractor base for prime contractors in this vehicle. The solicitation is N00178-13-R-4000 and proposals will be due by May 1, 2013. Awards are expected to be given in October or early November of 2013.
Most of the core requirements for contracting with the Federal Government originate in the Federal Acquisition Regulations or FAR. These series of documents describe in great detail the how and the why of government procurements. The FAR may reference other regulations and may infer other regulations. This eventually turns into what we affectionately refer to as a "rat maze" to chase down all the requirements that may be imposed on a contractor.
The Navy just announced 385 new multiple award contracts under their Seaport-e program. There were 415 offers under what the Navy calls their "Rolling Admission Program" this year and 385 companies were selected. These contracts are mainly for service requirements for the Navy in 22 different functional areas and have become a competitive and popular way for the Navy to do business in these areas. There are currently more than 2,500 contractors holding Seaport-e ID/IQ contracts so there is adequate competition on winning task orders under the contracts. While the program is open to large and small businesses the Navy estimates that 85% of the contract holders are small businesses. The Navy has established a goal of 33% of total dollars to be awarded to small businesses. The Navy will purchase over $5 Billion worth of services under this program each fiscal year which means over a $1.65 Billion opportunity for small business. In addition, large business awards under the program have a subcontracting goal of 20% to small business. This adds another $1 Billion opportunity for small business. In all, there should be over $2.65 Billion opportunity for small business.