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OASIS: What Happens Next?

Hello, Industry!

The next blog you hear from me, hopefully very soon, will announce the release of the final RFPs.  In fact, that blog has already been written.  So, much like “Let It Be” was recorded before “Abbey Road” but released afterwards, I will post these final thoughts in a not-final blog.  (Yes, I did just implicitly compare this blog to the Beatles oeuvre.  I apologize to the Fab Four!) 

Once we release the final RFPs, this blog will go silent for quite some time.  At that point, the formal acquisition process kicks in and all dialog between GSA and Industry will be conducted in accordance with the rules laid out in the RFPs.  Of course, we will still monitor our mailbox and the comments here, but the immediate back-and-forth dialog will have to go into hibernation.  I fully expect to resume blogging on a regular basis once the contracts are up and running.

I also want to remind you all that everything posted here, every public statement, every comment we’ve made, every document we’ve posted, every question we’ve answered, every speech we’ve given, etc. has been pre-decisional and part of our extensive market research.  The degree of interactivity between our office and Industry on this program has been unprecedented and I can say without hesitation that it has been invaluable and has resulted in a far superior product.  That being said, however, the final RFPs are just that... final.  We’ve tossed around a lot of ideas here and elsewhere.  The only thing that counts at the end of the day is what is in those final RFPs. 

I hope you all have enjoyed the process and gotten as much out of it as we have.  I know that we haven’t made everyone happy, but generally I believe that if you have made everyone happy, you’re doing something wrong.  Even where we disagree, I hope that you understand why we’ve made the decisions that we have and that you trust that we have done so based on serious consideration of the many issues that have been raised over these past months.  Not every comment and suggestion has been implemented, but each and every one has been heard and considered.

I really enjoy communicating, and look forward to writing more blog posts and hearing from you. However, my communication and outreach will now shift entirely to our potential customers so that we can ensure that whichever companies do succeed in winning awards will have ample opportunity to capitalize on their investment in the OASIS Program as we hit the ground running. 

I’ll be back, blogging away, once the COs and lawyers tell me it’s OK.  Until then, thank you again for your attention, your engagement, and your contributions to the OASIS Program.

Jim

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