GSA targets small businesses for new IT contracts

Monday - 8/20/2012, 12:26pm EDT

The General Services Administration is leaning toward splitting its next major multiple award IT contract into two parts: one that would be unrestricted and one for small businesses.

Jim Ghiloni, the program manager for the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contract, wrote in a blog post that this is GSA's "current thinking."

"GSA believes this approach affords the opportunity for the broadest participation by all small businesses in the industry and will provide a vehicle that will facilitate agencies' ability to comply with the small business set-aside procedures and manage their small business program goals," Ghiloni wrote in the blog.

The small business set-aside would be for firms who qualify as 8(a), service- disabled veteran owned, Historically Underutilized Business Zone and women-owned. The unrestricted contract would be open to all vendors.

Ghiloni wrote the small business version of OASIS would let agencies issue set-aside task orders or restrict competition to just these qualified small firms.

GSA wrote earlier this month it expects to release the draft request for proposals for OASIS no later than Sept. 18.

GSA estimates OASIS would have a ceiling value of $48 billion. Agencies would be able to buy complex integrated professional services along with supporting technology under the new MAC. Currently, agencies have to use different contracts to buy IT and professional services.

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