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OASIS Draft RFP: We Need Your Feedback!

Hello Industry Partners,

I know you are anxiously awaiting the release of the Draft RFP.  GSA promised it would be released in the summer of 2012 and we are earnestly working to keep that promise.  

Our current plan is targeting mid-September, no later than the 18th, to release the Draft RFP.  We know that this falls dramatically in your typical year-end business cycle and aware that your B&P teams will be extremely busy and that some of you may be unable to give the Draft RFP attention before October 1st. 

We'd like you to consider a few questions and provide us some frank responses.

With that in mind, would it be better to still post then, and give you all a bit longer to review, or hold it until early October, to allow you to get past the end of the fiscal year?   

Second question: Would releasing the RFP in stages be more helpful, or would you rather see the entire document at once?

Do you have recommendations on how you would like to handle feedback on the Draft RFP. At present, we are considering holding WebEx sessions to walk through the draft, and are open to other approaches.

Please share your feedback with the OASIS team regarding the above questions. We look forward to reading your responses!

Jim

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s.alvarez
<p>I dont see it posted, but the Drafts went up in FBO on March 28th:&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; line-height: 13px;">Solicitation Number: OASIS_RFI and&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; line-height: 13px;">Solicitation Number: OASIS_SB_RFI (for Total Small Business Set-Aside).</span></p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.6468311936381945" 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;">We posted a blog here on Interact announcing the release of the drafts, but thank you for reminding the community that the drafts are available on FBO. Jim</span></p>
Ron Kubacki
<p>I notice there hasn&#39;t been a blog post for over 14 weeks.&nbsp; Did the OASIS Draft RFP ever get released?&nbsp; I&#39;ve checked GSA Interact and FBO and can&#39;t locate any new information.&nbsp; Can anyone shed some light?</p><p>Thanks, Ron</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5924307531962197" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Hi Ron, and thank you for your question. I&rsquo;m not sure what or where you are checking, but you are missing a lot of activity. &nbsp;Perhaps you need to check your settings. &nbsp;Our last blog posting was made on March 7, 2013 and can be found here: <a href="https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/oasis-and-strategic-sourcing-march-7-2013">https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/oasis-and-strategic-sourcing-march-7-2013</a></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">In addition, I posted an update on the Draft RFP on February 12 of this year: </span><a href="https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/update-oasis-draft-rfp-february-12-2013"><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/update-oasis-draft-rfp-february-12-2013</span></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Regarding the status of the RFP at this point, we are continuing to brief stakeholders on the draft RFP in anticipation of releasi</span><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5924307531962197" style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">ng it in late March/early April. &nbsp;Get your Interact settings fixed, because we anticipate a lot more activity. &nbsp;Jim</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p>
sthuotsadilova
<p>Please clarify if all past performance entries&nbsp;must come from Prime on and&nbsp;demonstrate <u>all</u> competencies.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.3133282952476293" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hello and thanks for the question. &nbsp;Let me caveat this by reminding everyone that we are the pre-draft stage and everything is subject to change. &nbsp;With that said, what the plan is right now is to evaluate primes only and look for companies with experience integrating the core disciplines of program management services, business consulting services, logistics services, financial services, and engineering/scientific services. &nbsp;The &ldquo;I&rdquo; in OASIS stands for Integration. &nbsp;For the OASIS SB contract, we are looking for prime experience where companies have integrated at least three of the five core disciplines on a single requirement. &nbsp;That integration can be done through internal resources OR subcontracted resources OR teamed resources. &nbsp;For the OASIS Full and Open Contract, we are looking for prime experience where companies have integrated at least four of the five core disciplines on a single requirement. &nbsp;Again, that integration can be done through internal resources OR subcontracted resources OR teamed resources. &nbsp;So in effect, companies will not have to perform all core competencies themselves, but rather, have experience as a prime integrating a majority of the core disciplines. &nbsp;The focus on actual experience is one we have gotten very clearly and loudly from Industry input. &nbsp;We hope this helps explains the intent and requirement as it stands today. &nbsp;Thanks again for the question. Jim</span><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> &nbsp;</span></b></p>
APPEREON
<p>Good Morning,</p><p>Has the Draft RFP been released? if so, can you please let me know how I may obtain a copy.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.8098116160836071" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thank you for your question. No, the Draft RFP has not been released yet. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Due to some additional review of OASIS, and the pending holiday season, we are postponing the release of the draft RFPs until after the New Year. A copy will be available here on Interact. Please check back with us for further updates. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
ggreening
<p>We appreciate your position, but please consider a midsize company&#39;s ability to compete under this evaluation process. By only allowing the primes past performance to count clearly limits who can compete in the full and open category. There are a few midsize businesses that may be able to cover every requirement but even if they could most of them would be hard pressed to compete against the usual large business winners. Your current strategy greatly reduces midsize businesses (who are above the set aside NAICS codes and under 500 or 750 employees) to compete full and open. &nbsp;Your strategy also makes it extremely difficult for a midsize business to form a team when there win probability is so low. Worse yet these midsize businesses serve no set aside benefit to a large business team so they most likely won&rsquo;t get invited to a large business team. There are ways to control team composition after award to ensure the evaluated team is used. The recent NetCents Application Services award in the Air Force has stated no one is allowed to be released from a team without government approval to ensure the members who were used to win remain active. Please consider this approach and allow a more competitive contract for midsize businesses.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.02717582367434057" 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 and thank you for your feedback. &nbsp;First, let me reiterate that the OASIS team does not establish size standards for small business or establish parameters for what constitutes a midsize business. &nbsp;In fact, there is no legal definition of what constitutes a midsize business. &nbsp;However, I think you will be more relieved once the draft RFPs are released. &nbsp;This is all pre-draft information and subject to change, but as it is planned right now, companies are not going to be required to have the ability to perform every core discipline themselves. &nbsp;The &ldquo;I&rdquo; in OASIS stands for Integrated. &nbsp;Accordingly, we plan to be looking for companies experienced in integrating the core disciplines. &nbsp;For the unrestricted OASIS contract, we plan to look for relevant experience examples that integrate 4 of the 5 core disciplines. &nbsp;For OASIS SB, we plan to look for relevant experience examples that integrate 3 of the 5 core disciplines. &nbsp;This integration can be performed by internal or external resources. We have heard very loud and very clear feedback from both Industry and clients that real world experience carries a lot more weight than a proposal of what a company or team &ldquo;could&rdquo; potentially do. &nbsp;Accordingly, we have designed our evaluation criteria to reflect that and we think we will arrive at a highly qualified, highly competitive pool of outstanding contractors for OASIS and OASIS SB. &nbsp;Thank you again for your feedback and please continue to follow our progress. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
sudafed10
<p>Can you tell me if you plan on only evaluating the Prime&#39;s capabilities or the entire teams capabilities?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.38014989945812094" 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 and thanks for the question. &nbsp;Please note that we are still in pre-draft mode and things are subject to change, however, right now we plan on evaluating the capabilities of the prime and not evaluate teams at the contract level. &nbsp;There are several primary reasons why we have chosen to do this. &nbsp;First, the Government has no control over teams once the contract is awarded. &nbsp;From the Government&rsquo;s perspective, if you base an award on the qualifications of a team, and that team can change the day after award, then how valid is the evaluation process? &nbsp;Secondly, we have received a lot of feedback about how teaming is used for qualifications and winning awards of contracts, but then the team members are cut out of work after award. &nbsp;Finally and perhaps most importantly, one of the overriding principles in creating these contracts is flexibility at the task order level. &nbsp;Simply stated, the &ldquo;best&rdquo; team for individual requirements issued under OASIS will probably differ given the details of each requirement. &nbsp;This is especially true for OASIS given the broad scope of work involved. &nbsp;We hope that provides some clarification and thanks again for the question. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
telstarmkt
<p>Can you direct me to where I can find the draft RFP?&nbsp;</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 Larissa, and thank you for your interest in the draft RFP. The OASIS team is in the process of finalizing the draft RFP for both OASIS and OASIS SB and will post a message to this community and in FedBizOpps as soon as it is available. Jim</span></p>
dlehman12
<p>Jim,</p><p>Can you please provide GSA&#39;s defintion of &quot; Equal or Ancillary IT components&quot; in terms of professionals services you are envisioning for this task area?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7320238955705546" 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;">Hello and thanks for the question. &nbsp;The phrase &ldquo;Equal or Ancillary IT components&rdquo; is a phrase we are no longer using because we thought it confused people. &nbsp;Basically, what it means for OASIS is that solutions to professional service requirements can have an IT component provided as part of a total solution. &nbsp;However, OASIS is NOT an IT contract and IT requirements belong under an IT contract like GSA&rsquo;s Alliant contract. &nbsp;Thanks again for the question... Jim</span></p>
rflorez3
<p>Hello Jim,</p><p>1)&nbsp; I would recommend that the RFP be released all at once.&nbsp; Not in phases.&nbsp; This gives vendors the much needed time to fully evaluate all of the specific tasks and align company resources.</p><p>2)&nbsp; I think it is valuable to respond with a consolidated document of&nbsp; the questions asked within a spreadsheet.&nbsp; There will obviously be duplicate questions, so this would allow for deletion of duplicates, followed up by a webcast going through the consolidated document of questions.&nbsp; Many times the answers provided in writing are not totally clear and a webcast would allow for vendor/procurment enagement for any items not clearly understood.&nbsp;</p><p>3).&nbsp; I think categorizing the types of questions and breaking down the webcast into a series is actually a great idea.&nbsp; It allows for vendors to include the correct participants from their companies for the specifc categories that may be applicable.</p><p>4)&nbsp; I would also suggest using a &quot;live&quot; webcasting service that allows for the pushing out of polls for immediate results from the vendors to make sure each section is clearly understood.&nbsp; A simple poll such as (Did this webcast clarify your questions pertaining to this section of the RFP?).&nbsp; Those immediate results from a poll, will quickly alert GSA as to whether there are issues within the RFP prior to moving on to the next series.&nbsp;&nbsp; You would obviously want to make the webinar/webcast available on demand as well for those unable to participate in the live webcast.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7320238955705546" 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;">Hello and thanks so much for the great feedback. &nbsp;We will take all of these under consideration. &nbsp;Please keep the good ideas coming! Jim</span></p>
kara cameron
<p>I think the DRFP should be released all at once and preferrably after September 30th so industry can give better quality responses given the time of year.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>Hi, Kara. Thank you for your comment regarding the Draft RFP. Many community members agree.&nbsp; Jim</p>
kgolas
<p>Hi Jim.&nbsp; Katharine here from Southwest Research Institute.&nbsp; Do you plan to announce/release the draft RFP on FedBizOpps?&nbsp; If the draft is released in early October when do you expect or anticipate releasing the FINAL RFP? Thank you.&nbsp; We&#39;ve been tracking this since its Integration days, and we&#39;re looking forward to seeing it!</p><p>&nbsp;</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; ">Hi Katharine,</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Yes, we will release the draft RFP in FedBizOpps. &nbsp;While a lot of factors can influence this, and we are very early in the process, we anticipate releasing the final RFP sometime before the end of Winter of 2012-13, which ends March 19, 2013. &nbsp;Again, we are VERY early in the process and there are many moving parts, so this is subject to change. &nbsp;Thanks for the questions and stay tuned as we move forward. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
Fred Scheyd
<p>I would agree with those who have already recommended receiving the complete DRFP rather than in stages. It would then give Industry the complete picture of the solicitation.</p><p>Also - would you comsider adding a staright small business category based on size, i.e.500 or less?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Fred Scheyd</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; ">Hi Fred,</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Thanks for the feedback on the draft RFP. &nbsp;With regards to the small business size standard, that is dictated by the NAICS code selected for the contract and not something that we can arbitrarily choose. &nbsp;Please check some other blog questions and responses about this matter. &nbsp;Thanks again for the feedback and question. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
Dale P SID
<p>Jim,</p><p>Whole document is preferable, but getting out the&nbsp;PWS/SOW sooner than the rest is workable from our point of view. The DRFP or PWS can be&nbsp;released in September, just allow extra time to review.</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 feedback on the release, Dale. Jim</span></p>
randy_lange
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>Thanks for engaging via this forum.&nbsp; This is helpful.&nbsp; Generally, I&#39;ll echo most of what i&#39;ve already read above.&nbsp; I do believe 541611, is the correct NAICS code as it relates to SBSA.&nbsp; The scope of work seems to align most tightly to that NAICS code.&nbsp;</p><p>DLGrizzle above summed things up nicely in regards to releasing a complete and thorough DRFP once it is ready.&nbsp; Take the time to make sure its ready for prime-time which will certainly make things easier on our side of the table.&nbsp; Viewing all of the elements together allows for the best response planning as it relates to teaming etc.&nbsp; I also believe WebEx is a great way to engage industry and provide for useful dialogue that drives clarity of the DRFP&#39;s requirements. &nbsp;</p><p>I look foward to seeing the document and engaging alongside all my Industry colleagues here on the Portal.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>V/R</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Randy Lange</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;">Hi Randy. Thank you for your comments regarding the NAICS code and the Draft RFP. The team here appreciates your feedback and we are working hard to create a quality product. Jim</span></p>
jsutton
<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 70, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245); ">As an industry partner and representative of Technica Corporation, a Veteran Owned Small Business providing IT Engineering services to the Federal Government and Department of Defense, we concur with the comments above in encouraging GSA to 1) &nbsp;take the time required to produce a 2) complete and well vetted set of documents and applaud its strategy to 3) present those documents through a GoToMeeting or similar session. &nbsp;GSA FEDSIM recent similar webinars for the Continuous Diagnostics &amp; Monitoring effort were high quality and effective. &nbsp;It is immensely valuable to hear the author&#39;s present their documents and intent which convey more clearly the requirements than can be determined otherwise.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 70, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245); ">We feel strongly a limited five day period to submit questions does not afford sufficient time to distill and digest the documents to discover important points needing clarification. &nbsp;A two week minimum is encouraged.</span></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;">Hi Jim, and welcome back to the board. Thank you for your feedback. &nbsp;We on the OASIS team agree that it is more important to try to do it &ldquo;right&rdquo; than to try to do it &ldquo;right now&rdquo;. &nbsp;We are working diligently to get the draft RFP in good condition and share it with industry as soon as possible and practicable. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Olga Grkavac
<p>Hi Jim,&nbsp;&nbsp; On behalf of the TechAmerica OASIS Task Group, I wanted to resubmit some questions that we</p><p>had sent in earlier to see if some responses were now available.&nbsp; As we stated at the time of our initial</p><p>letter, our OASIS Task Group believes that responses to the questions below are critical to their planning</p><p>on how to invest in the OASIS program.&nbsp; We did note that one of our questions on the contracts for</p><p>large and small businesses was answered recently.&nbsp; Here are our remaining key questions:</p><p>1) Will the OASIS RFP allow for offerings of structured teams with the evaluation of team capabilities</p><p>or will only the prime contractor be evaluated?&nbsp;</p><p>2) What is the scope of the OASIS contract?</p><p>3) How many awards does the government plan to make?</p><p>4) Will there be functional or task areas in the contract?&nbsp; If so, will the contractor be required to</p><p>show capabilities/credentials in all areas?&nbsp; If awards are to be made by functional area, please provide the</p><p>number by functional area(s.)</p><p>5) What is the planned overall IDIQ contract ceiling?&nbsp; Please also indiciate the period of performance</p><p>(POP).</p><p>Thank you very much.</p><p>Best, Olga</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; ">Hi Olga! &nbsp;Let me try to answer your questions as best I can:</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">1) Will the OASIS RFP allow for offerings of structured teams with the evaluation of team capabilities or will only the prime contractor be evaluated? This decision has not been made yet. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ve received a lot of input on this and there are pros and cons to each approach. &nbsp;You will be able to see the approach moving forward once the draft RFP is released and have the opportunity to provide feedback.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">2) What is the scope of the OASIS contract? &nbsp;The objective of OASIS is to provide Federal government agencies with contractual solutions to complex professional service based requirements on a global basis. &nbsp;Complex requirements may call for solutions that contain multiple disciplines, extensive ancillary support, commercial and/or non-commercial work, and/or a variety of contract types including hybrid and cost reimbursement. &nbsp;The actual scope of OASIS revolves around the professional service core disciplines of program management services, management consulting, engineering and scientific services, and financial services. &nbsp;It should be noted, and we would appreciate the TechAmerica OASIS Task Group&rsquo;s help in clarifying, that OASIS is NOT an IT contract. &nbsp;IT service based requirements will NOT be authorized on OASIS. &nbsp;IT services and support will be allowed to be performed on OASIS only as an ancillary component when the IT support is integral and necessary to the professional services based requirement.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">3) How many awards does the government plan to make? &nbsp;The Government has no predetermined number of awards that it plans to make. &nbsp;We will award on a best value basis and there is no way to determine how many awards might be issued until proposals are received and evaluated.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">4) Will there be functional or task areas in the contract? &nbsp;If so, will the contractor be required to</span><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">show capabilities/credentials in all areas? &nbsp;If awards are to be made by functional area, please provide the number by functional area(s.) &nbsp;This decision has not been made yet. &nbsp;You will be able to see the approach moving forward once the draft RFP is released and have opportunity to provide feedback.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">5) What is the planned overall IDIQ contract ceiling? &nbsp;Please also indicate the period of performance (POP). &nbsp;Despite much speculation and several erroneous reports, there has been no ceiling established for either OASIS or OASIS SB. &nbsp;We are planning on having a base period of performance of 5 years with a single 5 year option period.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Hope this helps. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
DLGrizzle
<p>Good Afternoon, Jim and the OASIS Team!</p><p>First, I&#39;d like to thank you for the opportunity for the industry to&nbsp;assist in designing this contract. As an industry partner and representative of DMG Federal, a small business providing IT consulting services to the Federal Government, the opportunity to observe the dedication and careful consideration of multiple, highly variable factors in developing this contract has been eye-opening for me, and I&#39;m sure for others as well.</p><p>Second, I have composed answers to the open-ended questions posed in the initial blog post above:</p><p>1.) &quot;[Considering the busy season (and Fiscal Year end) for Federal acquisition and contractors occurs in September], would it be better to still post then, and give you all a bit longer to review, or hold it until early October, to allow you to get past the end of the fiscal year?&quot;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">I&#39;ve reviewed the statements by other industry partners above and see merit to both delivering in September and delaying until October. All the prior responses have considered only the industry partners&#39; time and effort, but I&#39;m certain there&#39;s still much more that needs to be completed on the Draft RFP, else we&#39;d not be looking at September as the soonest possible delivery time. If something is worth doing, it&#39;s worth doing right. I&#39;d much rather review a well-planned out and well-constructed draft of the full RFP at once, with less time to compose questions and cross-reference,&nbsp;than have adequate time to review an ambiguous, conflicting draft cobbled together to meet a deadline. (Not that I&#39;ve seen&nbsp;GSA take that approach in any of the&nbsp;procurements I&#39;ve seen -&nbsp;DMG&nbsp;holds both Schedule 70 and STARS II contracts).&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">I propose GSA take the necessary time to research and develop the draft, tie up loose ends, and thoroughly review the draft prior to releasing it. This planning on the front end will minimize effort&nbsp;for the development/delivery of the&nbsp;Final RFP&nbsp;as the only changes will arise from well-researched industry partner questions and GSA further consideration. If October 1 is the date GSA feels this can be accomplished, I&#39;m sure we in the industry will gratefully await the Draft RFP release then.</p><p>2.)&nbsp;&quot;Would releasing the RFP in stages be more helpful, or would you rather see the entire document at once?&quot;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">I&#39;d rather it come all at once. As I noted in my answer above, it&#39;s much easier to review in full. Personally, I like to break down the entire solicitation together in one sitting, to keep the information fresh and recognize conflicting information immediately. This helps me develop the questions I pose to the Government.</p><p>3.) &quot;Do you have recommendations on how you would like to handle feedback on the Draft RFP[?] At present, we are considering holding WebEx sessions to walk through the draft, and are open to other approaches.&quot;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">WebEx could work wonderfully and reduce costs, as others have noted, but depending on the Draft RFP size, it may need to be broken down into multiples to retain focus. For example, the Background and Statement of Work may be one WebEx, while teaming, contract requirements, and responsibilities are another. Finally, response requirements&nbsp;and evaluation factors would be the last presentation. These could be recorded live and provided&nbsp;to the industry for&nbsp;review 24/7 via links on this site.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you for the opportunity to participate at this early stage, and please let me know if you would&nbsp;have any questions regarding my responses to your queries. &nbsp;</p>
DLGrizzle
<p>Good Afternoon, Jim and the OASIS Team!</p><p>First, I&#39;d like to thank you for the opportunity for the industry to&nbsp;assist in designing this contract. As an industry partner and representative of DMG Federal, a small business providing IT consulting services to the Federal Government, the opportunity to observe the dedication and careful consideration of multiple, highly variable factors in developing this contract has been eye-opening for me, and I&#39;m sure for others as well.</p><p>Second, I have composed answers to the open-ended questions posed in the initial blog post above:</p><p>1.) &quot;[Considering the busy season (and Fiscal Year end) for Federal acquisition and contractors occurs in September], would it be better to still post then, and give you all a bit longer to review, or hold it until early October, to allow you to get past the end of the fiscal year?&quot;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">I&#39;ve reviewed the statements by other industry partners above and see merit to both delivering in September and delaying until October. All the prior responses have considered only the industry partners&#39; time and effort, but I&#39;m certain there&#39;s still much more that needs to be completed on the Draft RFP, else we&#39;d not be looking at September as the soonest possible delivery time. If something is worth doing, it&#39;s worth doing right. I&#39;d much rather review a well-planned out and well-constructed draft of the full RFP at once, with less time to compose questions and cross-reference,&nbsp;than have adequate time to review an ambiguous, conflicting draft cobbled together to meet a deadline. (Not that I&#39;ve seen&nbsp;GSA take that approach in any of the&nbsp;procurements I&#39;ve seen -&nbsp;DMG&nbsp;holds both Schedule 70 and STARS II contracts).&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">I propose GSA take the necessary time to research and develop the draft, tie up loose ends, and thoroughly review the draft prior to releasing it. This planning on the front end will minimize effort&nbsp;for the development/delivery of the&nbsp;Final RFP&nbsp;as the only changes will arise from well-researched industry partner questions and GSA further consideration. If October 1 is the date GSA feels this can be accomplished, I&#39;m sure we in the industry will gratefully await the Draft RFP release then.</p><p>2.)&nbsp;&quot;Would releasing the RFP in stages be more helpful, or would you rather see the entire document at once?&quot;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">I&#39;d rather it come all at once. As I noted in my answer above, it&#39;s much easier to review in full. Personally, I like to break down the entire solicitation together in one sitting, to keep the information fresh and recognize conflicting information immediately. This helps me develop the questions I pose to the Government.</p><p>3.) &quot;Do you have recommendations on how you would like to handle feedback on the Draft RFP[?] At present, we are considering holding WebEx sessions to walk through the draft, and are open to other approaches.&quot;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">WebEx could work wonderfully and reduce costs, as others have noted, but depending on the Draft RFP size, it may need to be broken down into multiples to retain focus. For example, the Background and Statement of Work may be one WebEx, while teaming, contract requirements, and responsibilities are another. Finally, response requirements&nbsp;and evaluation factors would be the last presentation. These could be recorded live and provided&nbsp;to the industry for&nbsp;review 24/7 via links on this site.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you for the opportunity to participate at this early stage, and please let me know if you would&nbsp;have any questions regarding my responses to your queries. &nbsp;</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; ">Thank you for your thorough feedback, Dana. Your comments are helpful and will be taken into consideration. Jim</span></b></p>
CTRMG
<p>After this fiscal year....</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; ">Thank you for your feedback, Ramir. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
Mojobobby1
<p>Jim and team:</p><p>I recommend the following actions for Oasis (F&amp;O and SB both).</p><p>1. Release the draft after 10/1/12.</p><p>2. Allow at least 30 days for responses, questions, recommendations, then</p><p>3. Hold an Industry Day to openly/transparently review the &quot;chosen&quot; recommendations as they apply to the acquisition strategy and RFP structure.</p><p>4 use this open/transparent Industry day to get immediate feedback and use that feedback to finalize the RFP structure and acquisition strategy.</p><p>5teh release the RFP and in my opinion you&#39;ll have a significantly improved acquisition, contractor responses, less chance of protest and you&#39;ll get exactly what you need, at a highly competitive price.</p><p>Thanks for asking and listening,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Bob Johnson</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; ">Hi Bob, and welcome back to the board. Thank you for your suggestions. We will take them into consideration. Please let us know if you have other ideas. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
Steve Hayes
<p><span style="font-family: &quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">We would prefer the draft RFP is released after October 1<sup>st</sup> with a minimum of 4 weeks response time. Additionally, we would like to see the draft RFP released in its entirety as opposed to releasing it in stages. The WebEx sounds like a good idea</span>.</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; ">Hi Steve, and thank you for your feedback on the Draft RFP release date. We appreciate your comments on this subject. Jim</span></b></p>
jcoley
<p>I agree with jrhaller that although I would like to see all of the Draft at once, the Draft PWS is the most critical up front and will allow me to create my teaming strategy. Also, releasing in September would be fine as long as we get the extended time to review it.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8095913392617634" 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 Jack, and thank you for your feedback on this subject. We will take your comments into consideration. Jim</span></p>
wborkowsky
<p>We would prefer a full DRFP release after October 1. &nbsp;We also would prefer an industry day over a WebEx.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8095913392617634" 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 feedback. Jim</span></p>
Jenifer A Fisch
<p>Hi Jim.</p><p>Thanks for the opportunity to share our thoughts on the draft RFP release.</p><p>Like most of the others who have posted to this thread, we recommend that GSA wait until it has a full draft RFP before releasing&nbsp;anything for review. However, we strongly recommend that GSA release the full draft as soon as it&#39;s ready, rather than waiting until October 1. GSA can provide some extra review time to accommodate those who choose to wait until October to begin reviewing the draft. We request that&nbsp;GSA&nbsp;allow several weeks for industry to carefully review the draft and to formulate and submit questions and comments.</p><p>With respect to feedback, webinars would be a useful tool for GSA to use to walk people through the draft and answer straightforward questions. We also recommend that GSA use this portal and the existing OASIS email box&nbsp;as mechanisms for industry to submit other comments and questions that aren&#39;t addressed during the webinars.</p><p jquery1345475950430="72">Thanks again for the opportunity to comment.</p><p jquery1345475950430="72">Regards,</p><p jquery1345475950430="72">Jenifer Fisch</p>
brucem
<p>Hi Jim and Team - I registered my account some time ago but haven&#39;t&nbsp;weighed in with any comments before now. Although arguments for releasing SOW/PWS information first, then Sections L and M later have merit, I&#39;m leaning towards a complete release all at once. I think an entire look at the work, the instructions, and the rating criteria have an aggregate value that might not otherwise be present with&nbsp;a staged release.&nbsp;I also like the idea of releasing the draft after October 1 (especially with the commitment that no responses will be due over the holidays!). In echoing the comments of others, the ability to provide feedback in this process is extremely valuable and I appreciate the opportunity.</p><p>Thanks.</p><p>Bruce</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8095913392617634" 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 Bruce, welcome to the community and thank you for taking the time to comment. We appreciate your feedback and feel the feedback and interaction throughout this process is valuable to all. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or comments. Jim</span></p>
Futron
<p>Full DRFP release after October 1st would be preferred.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.4306831463131183" 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 Stephanie, and thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>

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