BY WAYNE CRENSHAW,
July 26, 2018 04:51 PM
Officials for a government contracting program some blame for the loss of hundreds of jobs in Warner Robins said opportunities are coming that will allow many more small businesses to participate.
“We are going to be dramatically increasing the size of our small business pool,” said Clint McCoy, a program manager for One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, or OASIS. “We are going to be increasing our pools by quite a large margin.”
OASIS is a different method of contracting established in 2014 that essentially consolidates contracts. Services that might have once been provided by dozens of businesses might now be done by one company.
The meeting in Atlanta was quickly arranged after The Telegraph published a story July 16 in which some in Warner Robins blamed the program for vacant buildings once occupied by aerospace industry.
McCoy said OASIS is currently at about $9.3 billion in government-wide contracts, about evenly split between one category just for small business and another for businesses of any size.
Officials said they could not speak to how OASIS might impact the economy in any particular area.
“Lots of things factor into that,” said Alexandra Rouse, professional services program executive with the U.S. General Services Administration, which manages OASIS. “It really depends on how the Air Force is driving their acquisition strategies.”
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