Hello everyone, Last Thursday, the OASIS team released the draft RFPs for Industry review and collaboration. We have received a significant number of requests for additional one-on-one sessions.
Keeping with our commitment to transparency in the process, and with the strong desire to gather detailed feedback and make the solicitations as high quality as possible, the OASIS Program Office will host additional one-on-one sessions. Industry Day is scheduled for May 13; one-on-one sessions will be held in the four days following.
At this time, we are allowing Industry 30 days to submit questions in response to the draft RFPs; the OASIS team will provide weekly answers to those questions in a written format on Interact. Industry Day will be held after we provide our written answers; as noted in an earlier blog, we will record the session so that everyone who cannot attend can watch at a later time.
We anticipate that there will be a significant number of one-on-one sessions. In order to conduct these sessions effectively, however, the OASIS team needs industry’s cooperation in adhering to some basic principles:
1. Both the government and industry partner will communicate with honesty, integrity, and mutual respect.
2. The focus and intent of the sessions is to allow the Industry community to share with the OASIS team what they feel are the strengths, weaknesses, and areas of concern about the solicitations. The OASIS team fully expects that all answers will have been provided prior to the one-on-one sessions. The one-on-one sessions are about feedback, not questions. The Q&A, as well as Industry Day, are about answering questions and increasing understanding of the solicitations. All one-on-one discussion should be within the context of what is best for OASIS clients, not just what might enhance your individual company’s chance of winning an OASIS award.
3. We ask that companies only request a one-on-one session if they plan to compete as an OASIS or an OASIS SB prime contractor.
4. We are also asking that when it comes time to sign-up, please note that Tuesday’s sessions will be reserved for out-of-town industry partners who have traveled to DC to attend Monday’s Industry Day session and are staying over specifically to attend a one-on-one session.
5. Participation in a one-on-one is not mandatory and has no bearing on whether or not your company receives an OASIS award. Time and resources are limited, so please do not request a session just for the sake of meeting face to face.
Similar to our first round of one-on-ones, we will issue a list of ground rules, requirements, and timelines that will apply to the one-on-one sessions. Also similar to our first round, we anticipate asking for a “white paper” from each industry partner desiring a session which will be marked and treated as proprietary. This white paper should identify the industry partner’s opinion on what the key strengths, weaknesses, and issues are with the solicitations. This will shape and guide the discussion during the session. Industry partners are encouraged to submit specific questions about clarification of language or specific terms and conditions to the OASIS email box prior to the one-on-one sessions.
More details will follow, so stay tuned! Feel free to share your thoughts below or you can always contact the team with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.