Latest News: OASIS Unrestricted On-Ramp Is Open

By Global Services on Friday, July 12, 2019

OASIS Unrestricted On-Ramp Open

On July 11, 2019, GSA opened the on-ramp for submissions to OASIS Unrestricted. Contractors may submit proposals for Pools 1, 3, and/or 4.

In order to qualify for an OASIS Unrestricted Pool, offerors must have at least three Federal Prime contracts under the NAICS or PSC codes associated with that Pool. In addition, each project must meet several minimum criteria related to period of performance, recency, and past performance rating.

OASIS Pool 1

Pool 1 includes the following NAICS Codes:

541330 Engineering Services
541360 Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services
541370 Surveying And Mapping (Except Geophysical) Services
541380 Testing Laboratories
541611 Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
541612 Human Resources Consulting Services (2007), Human Resources and Executive Search Consulting Services (2002)
541613 Marketing Consulting Services
541614 Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services
541618 Other Management Consulting Services
541620 Environmental Consulting Services
541690 Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
541810 Advertising Agencies
541820 Public Relations Agencies
541830 Media Buying Agencies
541840 Media Representatives
541850 Outdoor Advertising
541860 Direct Mail Advertising
541870 Advertising Material Distribution Services
541890 Other Services Related to Advertising
541910 Marketing Research and Public Opinion Polling
541990 All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services


Pool 1 also includes all Category R Support (Professional/Administrative/Management) PSC Codes not assigned to a different pool.

Pool 3

Pool 3 includes the following NAICS Codes (note that ONLY projects under the listed Exceptions are acceptable. Standard 541330 does not count for this pool; it would fall under Pool 1 instead):


Exception A

Engineering for Military and Aerospace Equipment and Military Weapons

Exception B

Engineering for Contracts and Subcontracts for Engineering Services Awarded Under the National Energy Policy Act of 1992

Exception C

Engineering for Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture

Pool 3 also contains PSC code R425. However, during the OASIS Small Business on-ramping that ended last month, GSA made it clear that having PSC code R425 is not enough—offerors also need to show evidence in the SOW that the scope of work aligns with one of the three NAICS 541330 Exceptions identified above. (GSA encourages OASIS Unrestricted offerors to review the Q&As from the OASIS Small Business on-ramps, here.)

Pool 4

Pool 4 includes the following NAICS codes:

541713 Research and Development in Nanotechnology
541714 Research and Development in Biotechnology (except Nanobiotechnology)
541715 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)


Pool 4 also includes all Category A Research and Development PSC codes not assigned to a different Pool.

According to the OASIS Unrestricted RFP, GSA intends to award 40 new contracts under each of the three on-ramping Pools. The relatively small number of anticipated spaces and the wide range of eligible companies means competition for spaces on this high-value GWAC will be especially fierce.

It should also be noted that while businesses of all sizes are allowed to bid on OASIS Unrestricted, size standard still plays a role in the procurement: offerors may form Prime-Sub teaming arrangements for OASIS Unrestricted, but GSA will only allow offerors to use Small Business subcontractors’ experience for scoring/qualifying purposes. In other words, a large business may use its own experience, or its small business subcontractors’ experience, but may not use a large business subcontractor’s experience.

Need help determining if you qualify and how to maximize your score for OASIS Unrestricted? Contact Global Services today!