The General Services Administration (GSA) has released a second amendment to the OASIS+ (One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services – Plus) professional services vehicle. The amendment updates several key areas, including submission instructions, joint venture experience, past performance, and cost/price.
GSA also indicated that it would release future amendment(s) to address J.P-8 Direct Labor Hourly Rate Ranges, Q&A responses, and OSP/Symphony enhancements. The first batch of GSA responses to industry questions was released this week and more responses will be released throughout August.
Building on the success of GSA’s OASIS, OASIS+ combines three GSA vehicles with a previous combined ceiling of $133.7 billion. Unlike its predecessor, OASIS+ has no defined ceiling value. GSA plans to issue an unlimited number of awards, giving all qualified bidders a chance to benefit. Organizations must submit fully compliant proposals by September 13, 2023.
Key Changes in Amendment 2
Past Performance Evaluation: The amendment emphasizes the importance of documenting past performance, especially for task orders under an IDIQ/BPA/BOA. The amendment specifies that CPARS reports from the IDIQ/BPA/BOA level that do not cover or specifically list the individual task order(s) will NOT be considered. If CPARS reports are unavailable or insufficient, offerors can use Attachment J.P-6, the Past Performance Rating Form.
Clarifications on Qualifying Projects: GSA made significant organizational changes to clarify “Qualifying Project – Relevance” criteria. For a project to be deemed relevant and earn credits in the Domain Qualifications Matrix, it must align with the proposed Domain’s scope. Bidders have two pathways to verify relevance: Automatic, based on matching PSC or NAICS codes, and Standard, where the project’s relevance is demonstrated either through contract documentation or a Project Verification Form. This form must be validated by a Contracting Officer or, if unavailable, another relevant government official. This should help bidders better select and present projects that will earn them the most points or favorable evaluations.
Direct Labor Rate Range: Proposing labor rates above the specified “high” end requires strong justification. Without it, bidders risk being deemed non-competitive, regardless of their technical score.
The OASIS+ Submission Portal (OSP)/Symphony will roll out its pricing submission feature, allowing users to upload and populate pricing files, by Friday, August 18, 2023. This update will also introduce the OSP-generated Project Verification Form. GSA is working on further enhancements, set to be released by Monday, August 28, 2023.
How OST Global Solutions Can Assist:
At OST Global Solutions, we have seasoned professionals who understand the nuances of GSA requirements. We will help you develop a winning OASIS+ proposal with rates that give you options when bidding task orders. Our experts will ensure that you take advantage of all the points available to you and that your proposal remains compliant through upcoming amendments.
OST Global Solutions is a professional business development consulting firm. We have experience supporting large, strategic bids like OASIS+. We can provide capture and proposal teams to develop a complete, winning proposal. Or we can provide consultants on a case-by-case basis to fill gaps on your business development team. Our services related to OASIS+ consist of team identification/negotiation, proposal management, pricing, proposal writing, editing, and desktop publishing.
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