The General Services Administration (GSA) recently issued a draft Statement of Work for its Best-in-Class Multiple Award Contract (BIC MAC) – the upcoming successor to its One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Contract. OASIS has been one of GSA’s most successful vehicles, accounting for $35 billion in obligations, and BIC MAC is all set to take its place in the coming years.
The recent update is centered on the initial Domains that will be a part of the scope of the contract vehicle. In this blog, we have described some of the major highlights of the recently released Draft Section C, the Domains included in the scope, the services excluded from it, and the scope for future Domains.
GSA BIC MAC: What is the Recent Update About?
June 22,2022 Update*
A new oasis is on the horizon. OASIS’s successor GSA BIC MAC (GSA’s New Professional Services IDIQ) that has been in the making for over a year now, has now been named OASIS Plus (OASIS+). GSA announced yesterday that it intends to release the Draft RFP in Fall of 2022. Further updates will be posted on buy.gsa.gov and interested parties are encouraged to keep an eye on this new Interact page for updates. Now is a good time to review this upcoming opportunity, and consider adding it to your business’s proposal pipeline.
Updates So Far
BIC MAC will be organized by Domains – which are functional groupings of services, representing a common scope, spanning multiple NAICS codes. The purpose of these Domains is to align order requirements to industry partners that are qualified to perform the services covered under them. Right now, GSA anticipates awarding Domains in phases. We have presented an overview of each Domain with some examples below. These examples are not completely exhaustive but general indications of the types of services to be performed.
Management and Advisory: This Domain encompasses a broad range of management and consulting services to help federal agencies enhance their performance, accomplish mission objectives, and provide operational guidance and support on administrative and management challenges. Some of the examples of this Domain include but are not limited to acquisition and grants management support, business case development/analysis support, change management, configuration management, information analytics, leadership, and organizational assessments and risk assessment, mitigation, and management.
Technical and Engineering: This Domain includes requirements for providing specialized engineering, geoscience, or other technical professional skills performed by engineers, geologists, geophysicists, and technicians to optimize operating conditions and problems to assist the government. This Domain generally encompasses the application of physical laws and principles of engineering in the design, development, and utilization of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and systems; and providing expert advice and assistance on technical functions and issues.
Research and Development (R&D): The Research and Development (R&D) domain is concerned with achieving any specific or general R&D goals for basic research, applied search, and experimental development. The services for the R&D include the physical, engineering, and life sciences; nanotechnology; biotechnology; and social sciences and humanities. Examples include but are not limited to R&D of automated processes or robotics, psychological science research, life science research, mathematical science research, physical science research, biotechnology research, and process development.
Intelligence Services: This Domain covers technological capabilities to enhance Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance mission requirements for the defense and intelligence ecosystem. This service will encompass command and control strategies for intelligence advantage, highlighting a number of initiatives unique to their specific primary missions and in support of solutions for Command, Power and Integration support, Cyber and Tactical Network science, Information Superiority Support, Intelligence Information, Electronic Warfare, Network Visualization, Signals Intelligence, Software Development for specific IT Services, and many more.
Enterprise Solutions: This Domain comprises non-IT services that assist national security systems in accordance with 40 USC § 11103 (a). It contains specialized and highly technical mission objectives that require special management attention due to their importance to the agency’s mission, high development, operating, or maintenance costs, high risk, or high return, or their significant role in the administration of agency programs, finances, property, or other resources.
Environmental Services: This Domain is concerned with faster, more cost-effective ways for agencies to meet environmental objectives. Requirements generally involve diverse teams of scientists, engineers, and other technicians with expertise in areas such as air and water quality, climate change, asbestos contamination, remediation, ecological restoration, and environmental law such as Planning and Documentation Services for the development, planning, facilitation, coordination, and documentation of and/or for environmental initiatives or mandates in chemical, radiological, and/or hazardous materials. Examples include but are not limited to air monitoring, air toxicology, criteria pollutants and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions strategy and analyses, Carbon capture, utilization and storage, Geographical information systems (GIS) support, among others.
Facilities: Evident from the name, this Domain encompasses utility infrastructure, paved services, building maintenance, and real property assets and equipment. The scope for this Domain could include support for federal or industrial real property such as Department of Defense (DOD) installations, hospitals, cemeteries, etc. However, it does not include major/primary purpose construction. Examples include but are not limited to Civil engineering services, Commissioning services, Communication services – general, Building inspection services (including OSHA), Building management services, Cathodic protection, and corrosion control, etc.
Logistics: This Domain focuses on planning and designing, implementing, or operating systems or facilities providing the required distribution and movement of products, ensuring that goods are delivered successfully by road, air, water, rail, or pipeline. This requirement includes reliable strategies for Specialized Cargo Management, Rapid Deployment Of Supplies and Equipment Through Communication and Logistics Systems, ILS Risk Assessment, Schedules Creation and Performance Tracking, Food and Perishable Goods Supply Services, and many others.
Two of the domains included in the recent update, Enterprise Solutions and Logistics, were not among the initial concepts but have been included in the recent update.
What Services Have Been Excluded from the Scope of BIC MAC?
According to the recent update, the following services are excluded from the scope of BIC MAC:
- Requirements that come under Inherently Governmental Functions defined in FAR Subpart 2.101
- Requirements for Personal Services as laid down in FAR Subpart 2.101
- Any requirement whose main purpose comes under the scope of FAR part 36
- Any requirement whose principal purpose is in a NAICS code not listed under the corresponding Domain solicited
How will GSA prioritize and sequence Domains?
Based on data-driven assessments of need, the GSA will prioritize and add additional Domains (e.g., gaps in existing BIC solutions, anticipated demand changes, emerging administration directives). Future Domains will be unveiled in close collaboration with stakeholders and market research to back them up. GSA is taking the following criteria into account for prioritizing and sequencing Domains for the new Services MAC:
- The administration will make judgments concerning these Domains based on their priorities
- According to market research, demand for complex services is expected to increase over time, which will inform prioritization
- The ordering period for OASIS will end in 2024. BIC MAC will expand on OASIS’s capabilities while also addressing customer requests that were not fulfilled satisfactorily by the previous contract
- Historic spending on services makes it necessary to execute a Domain release prioritization plan that reflects anticipated spend based on market research
- The availability of existing Best-in-Class IDIQs, such as HCaTS, which recently exercised its option, eliminates the need to duplicate services provided early in the life cycles of new services contracts
Conclusion – The Way Forward
GSA’s Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories (PSHC) will be releasing further program updates and other sections of the draft RFP in the coming months, ensuring that the industry has enough time to provide feedback before the complete draft solicitation is released (possibly in the next calendar year). GSA is currently accepting questions and feedback from the industry related to this update.
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