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UPDATED: Name Choices for OASIS - We Want to Hear from You!

Hello, Industry Partners! Since the development phase of OASIS began, we have made significant progress and are just a few details away from releasing the draft RFPs. To better serve our industry partners and maximize opportunities for Small Businesses (SBs), two OASIS contracts have been established: an unrestricted contract with a very high small business subcontracting goal; and a 100 percent Small Business Set-Aside contract that will allow for set-asides based upon special socio-economic status.

Based on feedback from you, our industry partners and agency stakeholders, there is confusion regarding the naming of these two contracts; in particular, when is the discussion referring to OASIS - the unrestricted contract? And when is the discussion referring to OASIS SB - the Small Business Set-Aside contract? In order to resolve this issue, the OASIS team has decided that the unrestricted contract, currently referred to simply as OASIS, must be branded with an appropriate--and recognizable-- name (i.e. OASIS _______)

We recently held an internal brainstorming session and narrowed down a list of potential names. At this point in the process, we’re inviting you to take a short survey to help us decide which of those names is most practical, catchy and self- descriptive of the two OASIS contracts.

The top ranks are:

OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business

OASIS AB / OASIS SB (AB = All Business; SB = Small Business)

OASIS Open / OASIS Reserved

The OASIS team looks forward to your responses.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via this Interact community; if you prefer, you can also write to the OASIS team at oasis@gsa.gov.

Jim

UPDATE: Note that we have added a survey for your convenience since the blog was originally posted. Please feel free to respond directly to the survey, even if you have previously provided a response either to this blog or via the OASIS inbox. We also want to welcome any alternative names and thoughts- send us your ideas!  

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ClayHagan
<p>Have you considered creating a &quot;Pool 7: Full &amp; Open&quot; and then combining into a single contract named OASIS?&nbsp; It appears the two Draft RFPs are virtually identical with the exception of the Scoring system, Subcontracting Plan, and Lateral/Vertical On-Ramping. All differences between the two RFPs could be solved with notes like [Pool 7 only] or [Pools 1-6 only].&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>We&rsquo;ve considered many different approaches including that one.&nbsp; There are a number of reasons that approach cannot work.&nbsp; Primarily, it greatly complicates the on-ramping scenario for graduating small businesses and it would create tremendous confusion for OCOs with regards to set-asides because there is no set standard for what is a small business within that Pool.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve bounced these ideas around many, many times and the current structure is the cleanest and easiest to manage that we could come up with.&nbsp; Jim</p>
Daphne Zweifel
<p>I vote for OASIS Open / OASIS Reserved!</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p dir="ltr" id="internal-source-marker_0.5948227504261496" style="margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span 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;">Thank you for taking the time to vote. Jim</span></p>
splandes
<p>I believe that OASIS Open and OASIS Reserved are the most descriptive of the choices so that is my vote.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span 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 appreciate your feedback. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
shawn
<p>I would keep it simple - OASIS and OASIS SB</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p dir="ltr" id="internal-source-marker_0.5948227504261496" style="margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span 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;">Thank you for your feedback, Shawn. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
JerryRyznar
<p>Jim, Good points from folks above.&nbsp; Too late for a hybrid to address&nbsp;some of the concerns?&nbsp; OASIS Open / OASIS Small Business.&nbsp; Thanks, Jerry</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.8111519636586308" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thank you for your feedback, Jerry. Jim</span></b></p>
MCGroupInc
<p>Jim,</p><p>The best and clearest choice would be&nbsp;to use the same naming convertion used for Alliant since that is well known and accepted throughout Government and industry. Using that same convention shows some consistancy and standardization across GSA. I think OASIS Open and OASIS Reserved is an acceptable option. OASIS Enterprise clearly suggests or implies&nbsp;that the Full and Open version is for enterprise wide use and the small busienss version is not.</p><p>Regards, John Boulware</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.8111519636586308" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hi John, thank you for your thoughtful feedback. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
karenbinarygroup
<p>I selected one of the choices on the survey, however, the choices were limited to the combinations only.&nbsp; I would prefer the following:</p><p>OASIS Open/OASIS Small Business</p><p>Open to me says any business can participate and the other is clear that it is for small business.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.8111519636586308" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thank you for taking the time to respond to our survey and offer your thoughts. Jim</span></b></p>
Gib Johnson
<p>OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.48985314136371017" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thank you for your feedback. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
jfponeill
<p>OASIS F&amp;O and OASIS SB</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.48985314136371017" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We appreciate your feedback. Jim</span></b></p>
kuhng2000
<p>I vote for OASIS Enterprise and OASIS SB</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.48985314136371017" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thank you for your feedback. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
CampS
<p>Jim, Good points from folks above.&nbsp; Too late for a hybrid to address&nbsp;some of the concerns?&nbsp; OASIS Open / OASIS Small Business.</p><p>Scott Campbell</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><b id="internal-source-marker_0.48985314136371017" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hi Scott, thank you for your feedback on the names for our contracts. </span></b></p><div>Jim</div>
peterwarren
<p><span>OASIS Open / OASIS Reserved</span></p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.4367872695438564" 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;">Thank you, Peter! We recenlty added a survey link to the blog post - feel free to go in and choose your top pick!</span></b></p>
eric.smith@atke...
<p>OASIS Unrestricted (Full and Open)</p><p>OASIS Restricted (SB Set-Aside)</p><p>Eric</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.4367872695438564" 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;">Thank you for taking the time to respond, Eric!</span></b></p>
michael.wiltse
<p>There doesn&#39;t seem to be any confusion with Alliant (Alliant, Alliant Small Business (ASB)). Therefore, I suggest OASIS and OASIS Small Business (OSB).</p><p>-Mike</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>Thank you, Mike!</p>
Tiffani Lowe
<p>Jim,</p><p jquery1364303837798="71"><span>If there is any room to maneuver or shuffle the choices provided above,&nbsp;I&nbsp;would recommend &quot;OASIS Open / OASIS SB&quot;, but if the current choices provided are firm, then I would say that&nbsp;<span>&quot;OASIS Open / OASIS Reserved&quot; is the most straightforward.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</span></p><p jquery1364303837798="71">Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this survey.&nbsp;</p><p jquery1364303837798="71">Tiffani Lowe</p><p jquery1364303837798="71">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.4367872695438564" 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;">Thank you, Tiffani - your feedback is appreciated! We recenlty added a survey link to the blog post - feel free to go in and choose your top pick!</span></b></p>
Fred Scheyd
<p>I like OASIS Enterprise/OASIS Small Business</p><p>Fred Scheyd</p><p>CDO Technologies, Inc.</p>
Steve Hayes
<p>OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business</p>
DMDINE
<p>I like OASIS Open and OASIS Reserved.&nbsp; You could combine them and go woth OASIS Open and OASIS SB as well. No ambiguity in that choice.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.4367872695438564" 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;">Great, thanks! </span></b></p>
Scott Larkin
<p>As I see it, the distinction can be viewed between FAR requirements for Full and Open and &quot;Other than Full and Open&quot;.&nbsp; Since Other than Full and Open doesn&#39;t roll well off the tounge, the alternative &quot;Reserved for Small Business&quot; is often used (which is the basis for your &quot;Reserved&quot; choice I believe).&nbsp; I would prefer to see Full and Open (which should&nbsp;not preclude&nbsp;small business competition for those with credible capabilities e.g especially for those nearing the small/large business threshold), and &quot;Small Business Prime Contractor&quot; or shortened further &quot;Small Business Prime&quot;.&nbsp; This further deemphasizes the psychological perception that the effort has to be small because of its small business setaside nature, and emphasizes that Small Businesses are also capable Prime Contractors.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.4367872695438564" 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;">Thank you, Scott. Your feedback is appreciated!</span></b></p>
edwardsdm
<p>Jim,</p><p>Keep it simple. &nbsp;OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business.</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Dan Edwards</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p dir="ltr" id="internal-source-marker_0.8024567828191103" style="margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt;"><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;">Thank you very much for your feedback on naming the contracts. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
jim.bower
<p>Jim,</p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 70, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business sounds best to me. &nbsp; &quot;AB&quot; is often used to denote a Swedish company&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 70, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Regards, Jim Bower</span></p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8024567828191103" 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 Jim, we appreciate the feedback on this subject. And thank you for pointing out the fact that AB is used to denote a Swedish company. That&rsquo;s very helpful. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
SHHolden
<p>&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height: 18px; color: rgb(0, 70, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><strike>OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business</strike>&nbsp; This implies that small businesses cannot help with Enterprise issues&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height: 18px; color: rgb(0, 70, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">OASIS AB / OASIS SB (AB = All Business; SB = Small Business)</p><p style="line-height: 18px; color: rgb(0, 70, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><strike>OASIS Open / OASIS Reserved</strike>&nbsp; As much as it would be nice to be in the reserved category, it does not communicate very effectively that&#39; its for small businesses.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8024567828191103" 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;">Thank you very much for your feedback on naming the contracts. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
mecondon-83
<p>MY vote would be &nbsp;for OASIS &nbsp;Open and OASIS Rserved are clear about who can prime the opportunity.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>OASIS Enterprise could imply that &nbsp;is for enterprise work &nbsp;and makes OASIS Small Business appear to hae a subset of the business opportunities.-- it appears to create a distinction that I don&#39;t beleive you would want.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Mary Ellen Condon</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Condon Associates, LLC</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8024567828191103" 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;">Thank you very much for your feedback on naming the contracts. The OASIS team appreciates your thoughts on this subject. Jim</span></p>
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