Acquisition

Air Force agrees to use OASIS for professional services

The Air Force has officially signed on to use the General Services Administration’s governmentwide OASIS contracts as its principal source of professional services.

The Air Force signed a memorandum of understanding committing to use the OASIS (One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services) and OASIS Small Business, which provide commercial and non-commercial services including program management, logistics, engineering, scientific and financial. Although the services have IT components, they are not specific to IT requirements, GSA said.

“OASIS will save Air Force, and our folks in the field, a tremendous amount of time and effort,” Randall Culpepper, program executive officer for Combat and Mission Support in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, said in GSA’s announcement of the agreement. “It will allow us to aggressively go after our small business goal with access to highly capable and vetted companies, and it significantly reduces our manpower requirements to conduct complex acquisitions.”

GSA said OASIS will reduce the costs the Air Force would incur dealing with multiple indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity or stand-alone contracts, as well as streamline the acquisition process, saving time on soliciting bids and comparing products and services. Among other things, it also will eliminate the need to evaluate proposals from poor performers.

The OASIS team expects to begin awarding contracts early in 2014, GSA said.

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