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Attention Small Businesses! We Need Your Feedback on a Small Business Set-Aside

GSA is making good progress with our acquisition planning process.   Currently, we are thinking that the best way to maximize Small Business (SB) participation is through the issuance of two solicitations: one OASIS-Small Business set-aside and one OASIS unrestricted. 

We picture structuring the OASIS SB set aside contracts to allow agencies to set aside task orders for direct award, or competition limited to the SB socioeconomic categories identified in the Federal Acquisition Regulation at Sub-part 19.000(a)(3), consistent with the SBA regulations for each socioeconomic category, i.e:
  • 8(a) business development participants;
  • HUBZone small business concerns;
  • Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; and
  • Economically disadvantaged women-owned small business concerns and women-owned small business concerns eligible under the Women-Owned Small Business Program.
To meet this objective, GSA is looking for the solicitation to result in adequate numbers of awards in each socioeconomic category to ensure meaningful competition for each task order set aside for specific socioeconomic groups.  GSA believes this approach affords the opportunity for the broadest participation by all small businesses in the industry and will provide a vehicle that will facilitate agencies' ability to comply with the small business set aside procedures and manage their small business program goals.
I look forward to reading your thoughts and questions on this concept.  In addition, you can send your feedback to oasis@gsa.gov.
 
Jim

 

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nsmither
<p>I work for an SDB Alaskan Native Corporation 8(a).&nbsp; We&#39;re owned by a parent company that provides back office support and typical ANC support services to the numerous individual companies.&nbsp;&nbsp; Will OASIS allow the individual SB companies to propose and compete for independent awards or must only one SB (or LB) from the parent &#39;umbrella&#39; organization be allowed to participate?&nbsp; Today, in other GSA contracts, the individual companies can hold their own schedules.&nbsp; I&#39;m curious if there are any new or different rules that will govern this solicitation?&nbsp; Thanks.. -Nelson</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.21831948682665825" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hello, Nelson. While we would probably need more detailed information for this particular question, in general, if a company qualifies on their own standing and successfully competes for an award, we see no reason why the individual companies would be prohibited from getting their own contracts. Thanks for the question. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
ccorlett
<p>Hello, my question relates to the set-aside tracks under consideration for OASIS. Have you thought about identiying VOSB by itself, and allowing for preference to SDVOSB on a case-by-case basis? The trend appears to be to identify SDVOSB and not VOSB; this limts VOSB participation by the fact we have to compete with all other small businesses. If there were a track for VOSB, SDVOSB would still be able to compete, and GSA would still get substantial competition.</p><p>Thank you for your time, and for providing this forum for our questions.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>The socioeconomic categories mentioned in previous posts that may receive direct task order awards or compete for task orders set aside exclusively for one of those categories are established by Small Business regulation and designated in the Federal Acquisition Regulation at Subpart 19.000(a)(3).The regulatory authority to set aside procurements for these groups is found in the statutes establishing their programs. VOSBs are not among those categories. GSA does not have the authority to establish set asides that are not authorized by statute and implemented in the Small Business Regulations at 15 USC.</p><p>Jim</p>
pamela_milan
<p>Jim,</p><p>What type of feedback have you had from Federal agencies regarding OASIS?&nbsp; Are they excited about the prospect of another GSA SB contract or will each awardee be responsible for educating each agency about OASIS SB?&nbsp; Is GSA considering an Industry Day for new OASIS awardees to meet agency OSDBU reps? &nbsp;Will the list of SB awardees be posted on FBO.gov?</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Pamela</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.779750918927619" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hi Pamela and thanks for the questions. &nbsp;We are getting tremendously positive feedback regarding OASIS and OASIS SB! &nbsp;We will be working hard to promote both contracts both before and after award. &nbsp;We do plan to have a kick off meeting day for new awardees, but including agency OSDBU reps is certainly an interesting idea that we will consider. &nbsp;Finally, a list of all OASIS and OASIS SB awardees will be posted on FedBizOpps. &nbsp;Thanks again for the questions. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Craig T Stephens
<p>Good afternoon,</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I think that Small Companies/ Corporation&#39;s capability statements should include the organizations ability to attain and manage a line of credit; I believe this would prove that there is enough financial stability in the small business to alleviate the majority of fiscal responsibility concerns.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As an example, we were not awarded a contract because we lost on price, but the company that competed against us that was awarded the contract could not fulfill the mission because they did not have the fiscal assets to be successful. They bid low and then failed because they didn&#39;t recognize the cost of money. A rudimentary review of their financials would have shown they couldn&#39;t provide what they promised. So we lost, they lost and the government lost.&nbsp;I&#39;m certain that this isn&#39;t an isolated example. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Just a suggestion.</p><p>R/<br />Craig</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.779750918927619" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hi Craig and thank you so much for the input. &nbsp;We will definitely keep it in mind as we move forward. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
mdonovan
<p>&nbsp;</p><div><p><strong>Recommendation: </strong>It is recommended GSA use the 541519 NACIS code with its $25.5M size standard for this procurement. The current NACIS Code (541611) has a size standard of only $14M. Recently, in several services procurements similar to OASIS in size, scope and complexity, the Government has used NAICS Codes with established larger SB size standards. The critical step is determining that selected small businesses can actually perform at least 51% of the work from within their capabilities. Examples of recent procurements of similar scope include:</p></div><ul><li style="margin-left: 27pt; ">Under Solicitations HSHQDC-05-R-00010 (DHS EAGLE I) and HSHQDC-11-R-10001 (DHS EAGLE II), DHS used NAICS 541519, (Other Computer Related Services) a $25.5M SB size standard to procure Program Management Services;</li><li style="margin-left: 27.35pt; ">Under solicitation HSTS04-04-R-DEP976, TSA used NAICS 541519, (Other Computer Related Services) a $25.5M SB size standard to procure Program Management and Technical Support for OST under its Lot Contract; and</li><li style="margin-left: 27pt; ">Under GSA Alliant SB Solicitation EG0205.00DISA, Network Services used NAICS 541512, (Computer Systems Design Services) a $25.5M SB size standard to procure broad Financial, Acquisition, and Program Management services.</li></ul><p><strong>Outcome: </strong>This approach expands the pool of qualified SB companies, without eliminating the smaller companies from bidding. This allows GSA to fully achieve SB goals, while gaining the opportunity to procure larger service companies that possess greater operating and process maturity, scaled financial capacity, and relevant experience in a broader set of the required capabilities.</p><p><strong>Rationale:</strong> GSA has maintained the rationale for issuing broad scope requirements through the history of its SB procurements. In a review of the SOW documents, and our extensive experience performing for OSC, we believe the desire is to procure program management and technical support services of significant magnitude given the breadth and depth of scope provided in the SOWs.&nbsp;</p><p>There are clear areas of operational performance that mature SBs have historically excelled in; today&rsquo;s best are:</p><ul><li style="margin-left: 0.75in; ">Accomplished technically and financially;</li><li style="margin-left: 0.75in; ">Operating on solid business systems infrastructure; and</li><li style="margin-left: 0.75in; ">Fully capable of leading and managing large high performance teams to accomplish the toughest requirements &ndash; on time and on budget.</li></ul><p>In essence, by expanding the size of SB&rsquo;s that are able to bid on OASIS requirements, GSA will ensure&nbsp; competition from SB sector businesses that are truly capable of leading their teams and performing on the broad spectrum of management and technical requirements.</p><p>Another advantage mature SBs historically bring is responsiveness and can-do ingenuity. Further, should GSA choose a multiple award ID/IQ approach, once selected, the larger SB Offeror(s) will also serve as a balance to each other on the SOWs within the awarded contracts. Also, the Government should consider an ID/IQ scenario that task order competition requires awardees to have significant task proposal development dollars in order to develop solutions and compete with the best solutions to serve OSC. The smaller SBs generally do not have the budgets or technical capacity necessary to lead strong solution development.</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Michael</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.9233129959761545" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hello Michael and thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. The OASIS team is working with SBA representatives on the NAICS code issue and associated size standard. The NAICS code selection for this contract has not been finalized, however, NACIS code 541519 (Other Computer Related Services) cannot and will not be the NAICS code for OASIS or OASIS SB because the OASIS contracts are not IT contracts. &nbsp;The OASIS team does understand the intent of your suggestion, however, and will take it under consideration. &nbsp;Thanks again for the input. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
dwalz
<p>Jim,</p><p>Like other responses, I am very happy and excited to hear about GSA&#39;s commitment to the Small Business community with this solicitation. While I understand that you cannot arbitrarily select a size standard for this solicitation, I believe that the potential scope (references to both engineering and logistics) would necessitate engineering NAICS codes that generally allow for small businesses with revenues higher than $14M. As you might expect, for those companies with revenue just north of $14M, competing against the very recognizable large primes for the F&amp;O OASIS contract is more than a little daunting.</p><p>Secondly, I was wondering if there is a plan to have annual or periodic contract onboarding to allow for new companies to take part in the contract after initial award? Similar to an Open Season on other IDIQ type contracts.</p><p>Thank you Jim,</p><p>Damien</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7536894354404476" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hi Damien, and thank you for your question and feedback. &nbsp;Your concern regarding the NAICS code and size standard is one we&rsquo;ve heard often and are working with SBA to try to figure out. &nbsp;With regards to the onboarding, both OASIS and OASIS SB will feature both On Ramping and Off Ramping. &nbsp;There will also be a feature between the two contracts allowing OASIS SB contractors who outgrow their size status through &ldquo;natural&rdquo; growth (not being purchased) to be automatically on ramped to the OASIS unrestricted contract. &nbsp;Thanks again for the input. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Brad Smith
<p>I believe that you should add NAICS codes that allow more maturer small businesses to compete.&nbsp; Specifically, a 500 employee limit would open up access to&nbsp;some very strong companies that would greatly enhance the value of this procurement vehcile&nbsp;to the US Government.&nbsp; Having a smaller size standard severely limits the options for the various Agency buyers.&nbsp; The NAICS codes shown below are directly relevant to the scope envisioned for OASIS and open the opportunity for the US Government to reach more mature small businesses.&nbsp; This selection would benefit the Government significantly.</p><p><font size="3"><font size="3">541711 Research and Development in Biotechnology Current Size Standard of 500 employees.&nbsp; 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology). Current Size Standard of 500 employees.</font></font></p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7290036022229881" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hi Brad, and thank you for your feedback on this subject. There have been many suggestions on this subject and it is something that we are working with SBA about. &nbsp;This is a very important issue to both the OASIS team as well as Industry. &nbsp;Thanks again for the feedback. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
kkrymski
<p>Hi Jim!</p><p>We are anticipating our EDWOSB status very soon.&nbsp; Are you expecting specific set-asides for this newly designated SBA category in the OASIS vehicle?</p><p>Do you have any idea what percentage of the work might fall under IT professional services?</p><p>Thanks for your response!</p><p>Karen</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.38611401384696364" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Hi Karen and thanks for the questions. Set asides will be allowed for EDWOSB on the OASIS SB contract. As the primary requirement of a task order, we don&rsquo;t anticipate any IT professional services to be performed on the OASIS contracts. The OASIS contracts are not IT contracts. We do anticipate that IT professional services will be performed as ancillary work in support of other professional services based work, but the extent of that ancillary support will be based on individual task order requirements. Thanks again for the questions! &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
matt.kelley
<p>Jim,</p><p>Was curious as to whether OASIS SB will have socio-economic tracks (i.e. track for HUBZone, track for 8a etc.), or alternatively a minimum number of awards for each socio-economic category</p><p>Would strongly encourage this approach as it will ensure a spread of the work among SBs and assist the Federal Government in meeting some its more difficult SB targets such as HUBZone.</p><p>Matt</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.7743445800151676" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Hi Matt and thanks for the question. &nbsp;Right now, we don&rsquo;t intend to use a formal track structure for these socio-economic categories of SB, but the use of formal tracks is still under consideration. &nbsp;No matter how the architecture of the OASIS SB contract ends up (tracks or no tracks), we intend to have a sufficient number of awardees for competition in each of these categories because the OASIS SB contract will allow task order COs to make direct task order awards or set-aside task orders for exclusive competition among OASIS SB contractors in any of these socio-economic groups consistent with the SBA and FAR regulations for socio-economic direct awards and set-asides. &nbsp;We also plan to make it very clear to ordering agencies through training, ordering guide, and website information exactly how many companies we have under each category as well as who those contractors are. &nbsp;Thanks again for the question. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
Steve Lancaster
<p>Jim, you mention a sufficient number of awardees for competition in each category, do you have a target total amount of awardees for all SB categories?</p><p>Thanks, Steve</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.6828713156282902" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Hi Steve and thanks for the question.</span><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "> &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Much like the overall number of awards, we really don&rsquo;t have any &ldquo;targets&rdquo; in mind. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll see what we get in the proposals and make the best value decisions based on that. &nbsp;Thanks again for the question. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
Mojobobby1
<p>Jim:</p><p>Thank you very much for opening this discussion.&nbsp; Your statement open to 100% all small business raises one very important question:</p><p>1. Do you mean all (as in each category of SBA defined by NAICS code) small business?&nbsp; If so you&#39;re including size standard small business from under 500 employees, under 1,000 employees and under 1,500 employees.</p><p>I&#39;m making a very strong suggestion to you/your team.&nbsp; That is to very seriously consider the following:</p><p>1. Employ only the 500 or under size standard for small business.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because this gives you a the advantage of including businesses that have the PROVEN experience and capability to perform in multiple locations (CONUS/OCINUS) without financial issues; have the capability to rapidly ramp-up with highly qualified, experienced resources and enlist the smaller WOSBs, HubZones, SDVOBs, SBDs etc. and mentor them so to speak making them stronger and better able to perform on their own.</p><p>2. By enabling this size standard, you must also require this size SB to have at a minimum 33% SB subcontractors on all work performned over the life of the contract.&nbsp; This enables your acquisition shop to maximize the utilization of the specific SB&#39;s you want.&nbsp; In your acquisition strategy, you also employ an evaluation criteria that states that subcontract past performance will be evaluated and scored - same as the primes.&nbsp; This ensures that you get &quot;qualified&#39;, &quot;experienced&#39; and capable subcontractors in addition to the same for Primes.</p><p>3. This approach helps the &#39;IN BETWEEN&#39; size small businesses that have graduated out of the $25.5M category and simultaneously enables GSA acquisition to mazimize the use of SBs across all categories.&nbsp; IN addition, these &#39;in between&#39; small buisnesses (under 500 employees) have the ability to significantly enhance the use, performance and capabilities of all small businesses they employ as subcontractors and GSA acquisition benefits by having an additional resource to assist these same SBs in growing up in a mentored (so to speak) /facilitated environment that in-turn benefits GSA with better performing contractors.</p><p>Bottom line: this approach maximizes SB utilization; increases SB&nbsp;performance while simultaneously reducing GSA risk/cost to manage SBs; provides a methodology for advancing SB capabilities, performance and growth without risk to GSA or the &#39;in between&#39; contractors.</p><p>Thanks for listening,</p><p>Bob Johnson</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7431641646738114" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Thanks so much for the input Bob. &nbsp;We are working the issue with our Small Business representatives and seeing what we can do. &nbsp;As we have shared before, we don&rsquo;t have the authority to just select the size standard for the contract. &nbsp;Thanks for the input and please keep the ideas coming. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
rudysutherland
<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Hi Jim, this email is a follow-up to the voicemail left for you regarding the OASIS GWAC draft RFP &ndash; is it still scheduled for release this month?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7431641646738114" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hi there, as we just recently posted, the draft RFP will be released by the end of October. &nbsp;And just for clarification purposes, OASIS is not a GWAC. &nbsp;By definition, a GWAC is a contract for IT requirements, which is not what OASIS will be. &nbsp;Thanks for the question. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
David Simons
<p>Good Morning Jim,</p><p>In our experience, having dedicated tracks for different types of small businesses (such as HUBZone, WOSB, 8(a), etc.) can lead to increased vendor involvement and competition, which decreases risk for government and keeps prices low.</p><p>Additionally, having a larger pool of small business certifications, which will be maintained by having dedicated set-aside tracks, allows government to more easily achieve their small business goals.</p><p>David Simons</p><p>Oculus Group LLC</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>Thank you for your comments, David.</p>
rjlabenne
<ol><li>Although I see partial answers to this I ask to clarify: Will the small business be expected to have experience in all areas or is it sufficient that another company on the team as a subcontractor has the experience to fill the gap and will evaluation rating be the same as if Prime had all areas covered?</li><li>100% small business &ndash; does this mean prime and all subcontractors on the team must be small business also?</li><li>Will a small business who primes also be permitted to be on a full and open team as a subcontractor?&nbsp; (Cross-teaming)</li></ol>
OASIS Blogger
<div>1. &nbsp;Although I see partial answers to this I ask to clarify: Will the small business be expected to have experience in all areas or is it sufficient that another company on the team as a subcontractor has the experience to fill the gap and will evaluation rating be the same as if Prime had all areas covered? &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A final decision has not been made regarding evaluation of prime versus teams. &nbsp;The answer should become clear when the draft RFP is released. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</div><div>2. &nbsp;100% small business &ndash; does this mean prime and all subcontractors on the team must be small business also?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A 100% small business set-aside means that all of the OASIS SB prime contractors must be a small business. &nbsp;The set aside does not apply to subcontractors. &nbsp;However, in performing a set-aside contract, the small business prime must perform at least 50% of the &nbsp;work. &nbsp;As of today&#39;s regulatory guidance, that percentage applies at the contract level and not the task order level. &nbsp;There is a pending change that may affect this, however.<br />&nbsp;</div><div>3. &nbsp;Will a small business who primes also be permitted to be on a full and open team as a subcontractor?&nbsp; (Cross-teaming) &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I&#39;m not entirely sure what you mean when you use the term &quot;team&quot;, but there is no limitation on sub-contracting on the unrestricted contract. &nbsp;Accordingly, an OASIS SB prime could be a subcontractor to an OASIS prime.<br />&nbsp;</div><div>Thanks for the questions! &nbsp;</div><div>Jim</div>
Michael Sheetenhelm
<p>Greetings Jim,</p><p>Thanks for the opportunity to provide feedback, etc.</p><p>Is there any thought around potential certification requirements for Small Businesses for the SB track? (e.g. ISO, CMMI, etc.)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Mike</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; ">Thank you for your question, Mike. &nbsp;There have been no mandatory certification requirements established for OASIS SB. &nbsp;However, we may assign extra benefit to those companies who have company certifications. &nbsp;Make sure you keep an eye out for the draft solicitation and thanks again for the question. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Tom
<p>The DoD and VA have not always wanted to use GSA Schedules and GWACs have they and other Agencies and Departments&nbsp;agreed to use OASIS SB?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>The OASIS program has a Customer Working Group made up of agency representatives from many different agencies including components of the Department of Defense. &nbsp;The OASIS team is working with this group to create effective, efficient contract vehicles that are attractive to all federal agencies. &nbsp;We are too early in the process right now to have or ask for any official endorsement of the OASIS contracts, but we have received overwhelming positive response to the concepts of the contracts. We will keep everyone updated on this issue as we move forward. &nbsp;Thanks for the question. &nbsp;Jim</p>
Tom
<p>Will OASIS SB have a minimum sales requirement for the Option to be exercised such as in Sch 70 $25K every year and the GSA VETS GWAC $500K? I notice GSA has been promising for years to cancel schedules when the vendor did not meet sales requirements and that is now in full action with GSA cancelling hundreds of small business held schedules.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>Hi Tom, Both OASIS and OASIS SB will require Industry Partners to be active on the contracts. &nbsp;If an Industry Partner has no sales on their contract within a three year period, the OASIS team reserves the right to off-ramp the contractor. &nbsp;Of course, the OASIS team will take a close look at the efforts of the contractor prior to exercising this right and treat each and every Industry Partner in a fair and reasonable manner, but OASIS and OASIS SB Industry Partners will be required to stay active in order to stay on the contracts. &nbsp;Thanks for the question. &nbsp;Jim</p>
ckagy
<p>Jim,</p><p>We applaud GSA for investing the extra effort to offer OASIS SB as a separate vehicle, for keeping it focused on small (under $14m) businesses, and not simply a track on OASIS. &nbsp;That being said, would GSA permit a qualified SB to hold both an OASIS and OASIS SB schedule, or will they be mutually exclusive?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.763679187046364" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Hello and thanks for the question. &nbsp;First, let me clarify that OASIS and OASIS SB will not be a schedule. &nbsp;They will be GSA contracts, but not part of the schedules program.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">While the contracts are considered within the same &ldquo;family&rdquo;, each contract is separate and distinct. &nbsp;Accordingly, a small business concern would need to submit a separate proposal for each contract if they wanted to compete for both. &nbsp;Additionally, in order for a small business to be awarded a contract on the unrestricted OASIS contract, they will have to successfully compete with large business competitors with no special consideration given based upon size status. &nbsp;Please bear in mind that we are creating OASIS SB as a 100% small business set-aside contract that guarantees small business the ability to compete amongst other small businesses. &nbsp;In deciding whether to also compete for an OASIS unrestricted award, each small business concern will have to weigh the significant expense of competing for an unrestricted contract award AND the significant expense of competing for subsequent unrestricted task order awards against the likelihood of winning an unrestricted contract award and the likelihood of winning subsequent unrestricted task order awards, and then make a decision as to whether or not trying to compete for an unrestricted contract makes financial sense to them. &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">We feel that the competition levels for both OASIS and OASIS SB will be very high. &nbsp;Given this, we would probably advise that small businesses forego the significant expense of competing for an unrestricted contract award when a 100% small business set aside contract has been established specifically for them, but that decision will be each company&rsquo;s to make. &nbsp;Thanks again for the question. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
IT-H50
<p>Appreciate knowing the proposed date for the RFP issuance to Industry? &nbsp;Second, are the proposed labor skill categories and pricing criteria similar to what was established for GSA&#39;s 8a STARS I &amp; II (set skill set across vendors w/comparative/published pricing)? &nbsp; Much thanks in advance!</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.9671744168736041" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Thanks for the question. &nbsp;We intend to issue the draft solicitations late this Summer (Summer ends September 21st) or wait till after fiscal year end as we have suggested in other blogs.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">With regards to standardized labor categories (and associated labor category qualifications/descriptions) and published ceiling rates on certain contract types, yes... we intend to feature these on OASIS and OASIS SB.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Again, please note that 8(a) STARS is a GWAC which is for IT requirements. OASIS and OASIS SB will not be GWACS. OASIS AND OASIS SB are for professional service requirements, not IT requirements. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Thanks again for the question and be on the look out for the draft solicitation.</span></b></p>
sjalal
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>(Sorry if you posted this information earlier, I might have missed).</p><p>Will the existing GSA IT 70 Schedule holder MBEs get any automatic-enrolment or easier passage into OASIS contract or do we have to start all over again :-).</p><p>I am asking because for GSA&nbsp;IT &nbsp;70 contract we had to spend considerable time preparing for the requirements.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks</p><p>SJ</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.9671744168736041" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Thank you for your question. The OASIS and OASIS SB contracts are not related to, nor have a similar scope to, IT Schedule 70. &nbsp;IT may be present as ancillary support on OASIS and OASIS SB task orders, but it does not represent the scope of the contract. OASIS and OASIS SB will not be MAS contracts, and holding an MAS contract award will not, in and of itself, provide any shortcut, automatic consideration for, or access to an abbreviated process for competing for an OASIS or OASIS SB award. Each interested concern will have to prepare a competitive offer responsive to the OASIS or OASIS SB solicitations. Only the information contained in each submitted proposal will be considered in determining which contractors are competitively awarded an OASIS or OASIS SB contract. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">We hope this answers your question and thanks again.</span></b></p>
dblottie
<p>As a successful small business,we agree with the post that stated &ldquo;under the 541611 NAICS code and its $14 million small business size standard will greatly reduce the number of qualified and more importantly, experienced, small businesses that can respond to this opportunity.&rdquo; &nbsp;The success of a GWAC partnership with the GSA is in part dependent on being able to provide the client with a stable of firms that can respond to the likely scope of items that will be procured.&nbsp; The latest trends in GSA GWAC contracting are showing an increasing use of the contracts by elements of the DOD community, which suggests that they may be the largest users of OASIS as well.&nbsp; Across the spectrum of their needs, the best suited NAICS appears to be 541330, Engineering Services with a $35.5M size standard for DoD work.&nbsp; That NAICS is currently used in the PES and Environmental Services schedules.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.9671744168736041" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Thank you for your input on this very important topic. As the OASIS team has stated in other blog responses, the FAR requires the Contracting Officer to assign a NAICS code that represents the majority of work contemplated under the contract. &nbsp;The size standard associated with that NAICS code is established by the Small Business Administration, not the OASIS team. &nbsp;Currently, we believe that 541611 best represents what is anticipated to be the predominant category of work under OASIS and OASIS SB. The OASIS team is looking to design OASIS and OASIS SB to meet the needs of all agencies, including the DoD and continue to be open to comments and insight on the selection of the appropriate NAICS code. &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Additionally, we want to stress again, as in other blogs, that OASIS and OASIS SB will not be GWAC vehicles. &nbsp;GWAC vehicles are for for IT objectives. OASIS and OASIS SB will NOT be for IT objectives.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Thank you again for your input and please let us know if you have any further ideas in this area.</span></b></p>
bobfritz
<p>I&#39;d like to echo the interest in opening up the work to companies that hold this NAICS Code. Recently, the revenue limit on this code was increased after many years of not keeping up with inflation, which allowed hundreds of highly qualified, multi-disciplined companies a chance to compete for a wide variety of work. Since engineering services are one of the categories covered by this attractive new vehicle you are contemplating, please give consideration to selecting this as the proper vehicle. I totally understand your reasoning, but you did say it best represents what is &quot;anticipated&quot;. And that means that you are not certain. Thanks for reading my treatise!</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.6828713156282902" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Thanks for the feedback. &nbsp;We are taking it all into consideration. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
cusatice
<p>Hi Jim, thank you for posting so much helpful&nbsp;information about&nbsp;your future OASIS solicitations. Obviously the exact number of awards for the OASIS program won&#39;t be known to until you receive proposals from industry. That being said,&nbsp;do you and your team have any requirements or expectations for the number of awards that will be made from the unrestricted solicitation and the SB solicitation?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.011599797261891531" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Thank you for your question, Caitlin. &nbsp;To be perfectly candid, the answer is &ldquo;no&rdquo;. &nbsp;We certainly have no requirements for number of awards and really don&rsquo;t want to set any expectations for a number of awards. &nbsp;We will simply evaluate the proposals we receive against the evaluation criteria in the solicitation and see what we end up with once evaluations and the trade off process are complete. &nbsp;Any other approach usually only leads to trouble. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Amy Fadida
<p>Jim:</p><p>Thanks for this announcement and the decision to include a SB set-aside vehicle for OASIS task orders. I have a couple of questions.</p><p>First, is consideration being given to issue these task orders against the Alliant SB contract vehicle?</p><p>Next, I was wondering if you have made any decisions regarding whether a prime bidder on the unrestricted or LB contracts that will be awarded may be evaluated based on the past performance of the entire team as opposed to that of just the prime contractor. I ask because there are still concerns that mid-tier companies will be shut out of bidding as a prime if team quals are not allowed for evaluation purposes.</p><p>Thanks very much for your consideration.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.05518400855362415" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Hello and thanks for the questions. &nbsp;For your first question, OASIS and OASIS SB will be there own contracts which will allow task orders to be placed under. &nbsp;Furthermore, Alliant SB is an IT contract for IT services based requirements. &nbsp;OASIS SB is </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">NOT</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "> </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">an IT contract. &nbsp;OASIS SB is a contract for professional services based requirements.</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "> &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">With regards to the second question, the discussions and decision process aren&rsquo;t final yet regarding evaluation of prime versus team. &nbsp;There are pros and cons to each approach. &nbsp;You will see the approach once the draft RFP is issued and have opportunity to comment on it. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
masthink
<p>&nbsp;</p><p>If the goal is to maximize the small business participation, what is the reason to even have a track for non-SBs? In other words, competing against big contractors&nbsp;(even if they are in different tracks) is seen as a direct threat&nbsp;by small businesses. As long as there is a chance to have a big contractor win a deal,&nbsp;small companies will always&nbsp;have&nbsp;second thoughts about commiting limited resources to market and execute on the contract. I believe that giving exclusive contract access&nbsp;to small organizations will guarantee full participation of one of the hardest-hit groups in the economy.</p><p>In other words,&nbsp;is there any type of engagement where a small business can&#39;t either perform itself or find a partner within the big contractors community? In my experience, it&#39;s much more efficient to give the contract to the small guy and let him get help as needed than give it to the big guy and expect him to give up profit just to comply.</p><p><a href="http://www.masthink.com">www.masthink.com</a></p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.05518400855362415" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Hello and thanks for sharing your opinion. &nbsp;To clarify, OASIS and OASIS SB will be separate contracts, not separate tracks. &nbsp;Accordingly, other than small businesses will not be able to compete for those requirements solicited on the OASIS SB contract. &nbsp;Our job in establishing Government-wide contracts is to provide flexibility for Ordering Contracting Officers to meet their agency objectives. &nbsp;Whether doing so involves the utilization of an unrestricted contract that contains a significant Small Business subcontracting goal or the utilization of a 100% Small Business set-aside contract is up to the judgement, process, and procedures of the client agency and Ordering Contracting Officer. &nbsp;Furthermore, there are laws governing small business utilization that must be adhered to. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>

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