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Update on the OASIS Draft RFP - February 12, 2013

Hello OASIS Interact-ers!  February is upon us and I’m sure you’ve all noticed that we have yet to post our draft Request for Proposals (RFP).  As I promised last month, here is an update on where we are.  As many of you  know, we have a new Commissioner here in the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Tom Sharpe.  We’re very excited to welcome Tom as he comes on board officially this week. One benefit for us on the OASIS Team is that Tom comes to the table with a solid understanding of what we’re all about.  

Over the coming weeks we will be completing our final round of briefings with various stakeholders across government. We anticipate releasing the draft RFP shortly after that, but, as none of these briefings have yet been scheduled, I can’t be any more specific as to when the release will occur.  Rest assured that we are using the extra time to hone things like evaluation factors, size standards, and other important items.

In other news, it seems that conference season is already upon us. At the end of January, Jeff Koses and I, along with other GSA, government, and industry leaders, participated in a one-day event focused on Strategic Sourcing, Professional Services, and OASIS. I will be posting our notes from that session along with some slides in the next few days. Overall, I believe the meeting went very well. We received some great questions and were able to address some concerns. This is a difficult period as I believe that many of the questions and concerns that our stakeholders have will be addressed by the draft RFP. However, to help bridge the gap until then, I will continue to use this space to talk about some of the issues raised, primarily:  what does strategic sourcing mean in the context of OASIS? Stay tuned.

There are a few events over the coming weeks that you may be interested in attending. On Wednesday, February 13, GSA FAS officials will participate on a panel at the Federal Networks Conference where OASIS will undoubtedly be a topic on the agenda. Additionally, the AFCEA GWAC Small Business Summit is scheduled on February 20. The OASIS Team is looking forward to participating at both of these events as we continue to share updates and receive valuable input from industry on the development of OASIS and OASIS Small Business (OASIS-SB). For those of you unable to attend, we will post any notes or presentations given to ensure that all of our industry partners have the opportunity to hear what’s new.

Thanks for your continued support.


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<p>I understand that&nbsp;businesses will have to respond to the OASIS IDIQ RFP with a prime bid to be prequalified to bid on future task orders as a prime. Do the same rules apply for subcontractors, or can subcontractors not participate in the IDIQ RFP activities, but still be able to come onboard a team as task orders are issued throughout the OASIS period of performance?</p>
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<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.8111519636586308" 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 and thanks for the question. &nbsp;OASIS has no limitation on subcontracting, so any subcontractor may be selected at the task order level to perform on an OASIS task order. &nbsp;Subcontractors do not participate in the initial award process. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
<p><u><strong>In the context of proposal development</strong></u>,&nbsp;is there&nbsp;a discrimination being cosidered between&nbsp;&quot;past performance&quot; and &quot;capabilites&quot;. Recognizing that the past performance of a&nbsp;given offer&nbsp;will only be evaluated based upon those of the prime bidder, will primes be given credit for the &quot;capabilities&quot;&nbsp;of the team as it pertains to the substance and credibilty of their offer. For example, a proposed Prime bidder may noy have say&nbsp;&quot;Financial Systems&quot; as a credible past performance, but teams with a potential sub-contractor who does&nbsp;own&nbsp;this capability/experience&nbsp;to enhane their team capabilities.</p><p>would the prime be considered &quot;qualified&quot; under these circumstances for that particular technical capability?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7636394324873577" 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;">Thanks for the question. &nbsp;We don&rsquo;t plan to evaluate &ldquo;capabilities&rdquo;. &nbsp;We plan to evaluate experience and past performance as well as systems, certifications, and resources of a prime vendor. &nbsp;As we have expressed previously, the Government has no real control over prime/sub relationships. &nbsp;Accordingly, we do not feel it is fair to qualified primes, or in the best interest of the Government, to make an IDIQ contract award based on a subcontractor relationship that could literally change the day after award is made. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Relative to your comment above on a contractor having a Purchasing System and EVMS - what do you mean by &quot;an offeror will be given credit&quot; - if they have these?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7636394324873577" 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;">While I can&rsquo;t be too specific prior to the release of the draft RFPs, I can say that on any evaluation, we are looking at a combination of &ldquo;must-have&rdquo; qualifications (Pass/Fail) and &ldquo;nice-to-have&rdquo; qualifications (Discriminators). &nbsp;Our challenge is to determine which category things like EVMS or a Purchasing System fit into. &nbsp;Additionally, within the range of Discriminators, we need to determine their relative value, i.e., is having a Purchasing System more or less valuable than having EVMS. &nbsp;You&rsquo;ll see what we&rsquo;ve come up with in the draft RFPs and we look forward to a vibrant discussion on our choices in the weeks thereafter. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>What does the schedule look like now for Draft RFP release? Thanks.</p>
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<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 and thanks for the question. &nbsp;We are continuing to brief stakeholders on the draft RFP in anticipation of releasing it in late March/early April. Jim</span></p>
<p>Hello and thank you very much for all of the information you have shared regarding OASIS thus far.&nbsp; I am hoping you can answer another question.&nbsp; Specifically, will the OASIS procurement require that a contractor have a Contractor Purchasing System or an Earned Value Management System?</p><p>Thank you for any reply.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.03516950487032244" 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;">Hello and thank you for the question and feedback. &nbsp;As of right now, Offerors will not required to have a purchasing system or EVMS in order to compete for an OASIS award, but those who do have these systems will receive credit for them in the overall evaluation process. &nbsp;As planned right now, the overall evaluation process will be based on a combination of &ldquo;Past Performance&rdquo;, &ldquo;Relevant Experience&rdquo;, and &ldquo;Systems, Certifications, and Resources&rdquo;. &nbsp;As part of our efforts for transparency and gathering feedback, the complete evaluation system will be released as part of the draft RFPs for review and comment. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
<p>Will businesses have to respond to an OASIS RFP to be prequalified to bid on future opportunities being placed on this vehicle.</p>
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<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.03516950487032244" 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;">Hello and thanks for the question. &nbsp;Yes, businesses will have to compete for an OASIS award in order to be eligible to compete for task orders placed under the OASIS contracts. &nbsp;&nbsp;Jim</span></p>
<p>Will JV&#39;s currently active on GSA Alliant be eligible to bid on SB OASIS?</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
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<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5022085885017205" 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;">Alliant status is irrelevant for OASIS eligibility. &nbsp;Any JV that has the prerequisite relevant experience, past performance, systems, and other necessary components (as a Joint Venture entity) may compete for an OASIS or OASIS SB award. </span></p>
<p>When considering a Joint Venture&rsquo;s (JV) Past Performance, will the Government consider the Past Performance from each individual company&nbsp; that make up the JV, or only the Past Performance of the JV as the performing entity?</p>
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<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7817680610940294" 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;">We will ONLY consider the past performance of a Joint Venture as the performing entity. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
<p>I&#39;m trying to fully understand the thought process behind only considering the past performance of a JV and not the the combination of the two, individually. &nbsp;Seems that a JV had to take into the consideration the past performance advantages from each entity when they choose who would be members of the JV and that should be given value. &nbsp;I mean, often the whole reason to create a JV is to provide a full scale solution using both past performance.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5022085885017205" 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;">Hello and thanks for the question. &nbsp;The bottom line answer here is that we are searching for entities that have PROVEN past experience and past performance as an entity. &nbsp;Establishment of a JV only promises what an entity should be able to do. &nbsp;This does not provide any real-world experience or performance of how that newly formed entity will actually work together. &nbsp;If a group of companies really feel that they can be an OASIS or OASIS SB prime, they can always form the JV, go capture the required experience, past performance, systems, and other necessary components, and then compete to get on the contracts through an on-ramp process. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
<p>Quick question: &nbsp;In this discussion, when you refer to a JV, do you mean a true Joint Venture (as in a 3rd legal entity is formed and has an EIN) or are you referring to a simple contractor teaming arrangement?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.11235567155885995" 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;">Hello and thanks for the question. &nbsp;When we refer to a JV, we are talking about a legal entity. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
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