In March, GSA released a request for information (RFI) for the Best-in-Class Multiple Award Contract (BIC MAC) to replace GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Contract. The name of the new contract is not final, but a Best-in-Class Vehicle is a key designation from the Office of Management and Budget that signifies a low-risk option for contracting officers. OASIS has this Best-in-Class designation and has been one of GSA’s most successful vehicles accounting for $35 billion in obligations.
The Top Agencies by obligations using OASIS small business are:
- Air Force: $12.3B
- GSA: $1.8B
- Army: $1.6B
- Homeland Security: $1.5B
- Navy: $563M
The Top Agencies by obligations using OASIS unrestricted are:
- GSA: $13.6B
- Air Force: $1.6B
- Army: $1.2B
- Homeland Security: 990M
- Navy: $733M
BIC MAC’s goal is to reduce the number of contracts the Federal Government manages and decrease the number of vehicles contractors must have in order to grow their businesses. According to GSA, fewer than 1,000 contractors account for nearly 80% of the spending in the professional services category, yet those contractors are managing nearly 11,000 contracts. As we approach the 2024 end date for OASIS, we expect the final BIC MAC RFP to be released early in Fiscal Year 2022, depending on the feedback for the Draft RFP.GSA is currently thinking about organizing BIC MAC by domains following a category management structure. GSA is designing the domains to include multiple NAICS codes, and companies would qualify for domains and all associated NAICS codes as a whole. The current general domains are as follows:
- Technical and Engineering
- Research and Development
- Management and Advisory Services
- Business Administration
- Financial Services
- Environmental Services
- Marketing and PR
- Human Services (HR, Legal, and Social Services)
The current specialized domains are:
- Base Operations Support
- Major Professional Services Acquisitions (large dollar value comprehensive professional services)
These domains are subject to change based on industry feedback. GSA’s current plan does not cap the number of awardees, and they are considering an open season type of acquisition that would allow contractors to qualify for an award at any point. This is similar to GSA schedule proposals.
While details of this new IDIQ may change as the agency receives additional feedback, BIC MAC seems to correspond to GSA’s other contract offerings. BIC MAC provides the flexibility for agencies to move from unmanaged spend to a Best in Class, centrally-managed contract. In addition, GSA is considering longer contractual terms and multiple contract pricing types with BIC MAC.
To prepare for BIC MAC to replace OASIS, companies should stay informed of any updates by receiving SAM.gov notices of any draft RFPs. This new IDIQ will likely require companies to have a Cyber Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) at the task order level, so it would be prudent for firms to obtain that certification now in case it is required for a BIC MAC award.
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