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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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Comments

ClayHagan

Have you considered creating a "Pool 7: Full & Open" and then combining into a single contract named OASIS?  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]. 

OASIS Blogger

We’ve considered many different approaches including that one.  There are a number of reasons that approach cannot work.  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.  We’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.  Jim

Daphne Zweifel

I vote for OASIS Open / OASIS Reserved!

OASIS Blogger

Thank you for taking the time to vote. Jim

splandes

I believe that OASIS Open and OASIS Reserved are the most descriptive of the choices so that is my vote.

OASIS Blogger

We appreciate your feedback.  Jim

shawn

I would keep it simple - OASIS and OASIS SB

OASIS Blogger

Thank you for your feedback, Shawn.  Jim

JerryRyznar

Jim, Good points from folks above.  Too late for a hybrid to address some of the concerns?  OASIS Open / OASIS Small Business.  Thanks, Jerry

OASIS Blogger

Thank you for your feedback, Jerry. Jim

MCGroupInc

Jim,

The best and clearest choice would be 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 that the Full and Open version is for enterprise wide use and the small busienss version is not.

Regards, John Boulware

 

OASIS Blogger

Hi John, thank you for your thoughtful feedback.  Jim

karenbinarygroup

I selected one of the choices on the survey, however, the choices were limited to the combinations only.  I would prefer the following:

OASIS Open/OASIS Small Business

Open to me says any business can participate and the other is clear that it is for small business.

OASIS Blogger

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our survey and offer your thoughts. Jim

Gib Johnson

OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business

 

OASIS Blogger

Thank you for your feedback.  Jim

jfponeill

OASIS F&O and OASIS SB

OASIS Blogger

We appreciate your feedback. Jim

kuhng2000

I vote for OASIS Enterprise and OASIS SB

 

OASIS Blogger

Thank you for your feedback.  Jim

CampS

Jim, Good points from folks above.  Too late for a hybrid to address some of the concerns?  OASIS Open / OASIS Small Business.

Scott Campbell

OASIS Blogger

 

Hi Scott, thank you for your feedback on the names for our contracts.

Jim
peterwarren

OASIS Open / OASIS Reserved

OASIS Blogger

Thank you, Peter! We recenlty added a survey link to the blog post - feel free to go in and choose your top pick!

eric.smith@atke...

OASIS Unrestricted (Full and Open)

OASIS Restricted (SB Set-Aside)

Eric

OASIS Blogger

Thank you for taking the time to respond, Eric!

michael.wiltse

There doesn't seem to be any confusion with Alliant (Alliant, Alliant Small Business (ASB)). Therefore, I suggest OASIS and OASIS Small Business (OSB).

-Mike

OASIS Blogger

Thank you, Mike!

Tiffani Lowe

Jim,

If there is any room to maneuver or shuffle the choices provided above, I would recommend "OASIS Open / OASIS SB", but if the current choices provided are firm, then I would say that "OASIS Open / OASIS Reserved" is the most straightforward.   

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this survey. 

Tiffani Lowe

 

 

OASIS Blogger

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!

Fred Scheyd

I like OASIS Enterprise/OASIS Small Business

Fred Scheyd

CDO Technologies, Inc.

Steve Hayes

OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business

DMDINE

I like OASIS Open and OASIS Reserved.  You could combine them and go woth OASIS Open and OASIS SB as well. No ambiguity in that choice.

OASIS Blogger

Great, thanks!

Scott Larkin

As I see it, the distinction can be viewed between FAR requirements for Full and Open and "Other than Full and Open".  Since Other than Full and Open doesn't roll well off the tounge, the alternative "Reserved for Small Business" is often used (which is the basis for your "Reserved" choice I believe).  I would prefer to see Full and Open (which should not preclude small business competition for those with credible capabilities e.g especially for those nearing the small/large business threshold), and "Small Business Prime Contractor" or shortened further "Small Business Prime".  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.

OASIS Blogger

Thank you, Scott. Your feedback is appreciated!

edwardsdm

Jim,

Keep it simple.  OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business.

Thanks,

Dan Edwards

OASIS Blogger

Thank you very much for your feedback on naming the contracts.  Jim

jim.bower

Jim,

OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business sounds best to me.   "AB" is often used to denote a Swedish company 

Regards, Jim Bower

OASIS Blogger

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’s very helpful.  Jim

SHHolden

 

OASIS Enterprise / OASIS Small Business  This implies that small businesses cannot help with Enterprise issues 

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

OASIS Open / OASIS Reserved  As much as it would be nice to be in the reserved category, it does not communicate very effectively that' its for small businesses.

OASIS Blogger

Thank you very much for your feedback on naming the contracts.  Jim

mecondon-83

MY vote would be  for OASIS  Open and OASIS Rserved are clear about who can prime the opportunity.

 

OASIS Enterprise could imply that  is for enterprise work  and makes OASIS Small Business appear to hae a subset of the business opportunities.-- it appears to create a distinction that I don't beleive you would want.

 

 

Mary Ellen Condon

 

Condon Associates, LLC

OASIS Blogger

Thank you very much for your feedback on naming the contracts. The OASIS team appreciates your thoughts on this subject. Jim

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