DoD’s ‘4th Estate’ Agencies to Procure Professional Services Via GSA’s OASIS; Tiffany Hixson Comments

Tiffany Hixson
Tiffany Hixson

The office of the defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics has signed an agreement with the General Services Administration to allow “4th Estate” agencies to procure professional services through GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services and OASIS Small Business contract vehicles.

GSA said Thursday the 4th Estate covers 28 Defense Department agencies that are not within combatant commands or military departments.

These include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Security Cooperation Agency and the National Security Agency.

“The MOU strengthens the existing partnerships between GSA and DoD, providing DOD with streamlined contracts to more effectively meet their mission requirements while eliminating costly duplicative contracts,” said Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive at GSA.

DoD’s 4th Estate agencies can use OASIS and OASIS SB to acquire program management, logistics, scientific, management consulting, financial, engineering and other commercial and non-commercial professional services under the memorandum of understanding with GSA.

Federal agencies were given the go-ahead to use OASIS and OASIS SB contracts in 2014 after the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims denied all protests filed on both acquisition vehicles.

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