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CLARIFICATION: OASIS SB IS OPEN TO ALL SMALL BUSINESSES - Oct 15, 2012

Hello to the small business community,

We’ve gotten some questions about the OASIS Small Business (OASIS SB) vehicle.  Here’s some clarification on how it works.  

The OASIS SB solicitation is open to all small businesses, whether or not they are in a "special" socioeconomic category. The criteria you must meet to be eligible for an OASIS SB contract award is that you must:

  1. Meet the Small Business Administration's (SBA) SB size standard for the NAICS code established for OASIS SB;
  2. Submit a winning proposal; and
  3. Be determined responsible.

Within the entire pool of Small Business awardees, set-asides at the OASIS SB task order level will be allowed for the socioeconomic categories identified in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at sub-part 19.000(a)(3). They include: 

  • 8(a) business development participant small businesses;
  • HUBZone small businesses;
  • Service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses;
  • Women-owned small businesses eligible under the Women-Owned Small Business Program; and
  • Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses.

While set-asides for these groups are allowed at the task order level, they are not mandatory. Additionally, the ability to perform set asides at the task order level does NOT prohibit other small businesses from competing for and/or receiving OASIS SB contract awards.  

We sincerely hope this clarifies the issue.  

Jim

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consultant
<p>Will Small businesses be allowed to prime in the Set Aside OASIS and also subcontract to a large business under the Full and Open OASIS?</p><p>Thank you.</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;">Hi and thanks for the question. &nbsp;The answer is a resounding &ldquo;ABSOLUTELY&rdquo;. &nbsp;In fact, use of OASIS SB prime contract holders as subcontractors on requirements issued under the OASIS contract will be encouraged by the OASIS Program Office. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
jjamibidm
<p>Wondering if the requirement to recertify as a small business&nbsp;<em>every&nbsp;</em>year could be reconsidered, perhaps in favor of recertification after 5 years (or at least after a period significantly longer than a year). Under the current recertification strategy, with even one large award in the first year, a Small Business might need to leave the OASIS SB and compete against larger businesses soon after coming on board, and before it has actually evolved resource-wise and expertise-wise to a point where it is able to compete successfully against long-established larger businesses. Thus, OASIS could turn into a &quot;one-and-done&quot; proposition for many small businesses; and not the small business development engine the Government envisions.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<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;">Thanks for the question. &nbsp;I&rsquo;m not sure where you got the information that Small Businesses would have to recertify every year, but regulations state that Small Businesses have to recertify size standard at the 5 year point and at the exercise of any option after that. &nbsp;Accordingly, Small Businesses will not be recertifying every year. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Michael Sheetenhelm
<p>Good Afternoon Jim,</p><p>I&#39;ve gone through the different questions and looked to see if this had been asked previously, but could not find anything and I&#39;m hoping you can help:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Understanding that GSA intends for the SB Socio Economic Status Procurements to be broken down as follows:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; color: rgb(0, 70, 127); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;"><li style="margin-bottom: 2px; padding-left: 2.1em; line-height: 18px; background-image: url(https://interact.gsa.gov/sites/all/themes/gsa_acquia_commons/images/bullet.png); background-color: transparent; border-top-left-radius: 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px; list-style: none; background-position: 1em 0.6em; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;"><p>8(a) business development participant small businesses;</p></li><li style="margin-bottom: 2px; padding-left: 2.1em; line-height: 18px; background-image: url(https://interact.gsa.gov/sites/all/themes/gsa_acquia_commons/images/bullet.png); background-color: transparent; border-top-left-radius: 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px; list-style: none; background-position: 1em 0.6em; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;"><p>HUBZone small businesses;</p></li><li style="margin-bottom: 2px; padding-left: 2.1em; line-height: 18px; background-image: url(https://interact.gsa.gov/sites/all/themes/gsa_acquia_commons/images/bullet.png); background-color: transparent; border-top-left-radius: 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px; list-style: none; background-position: 1em 0.6em; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;"><p>Service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses;</p></li><li style="margin-bottom: 2px; padding-left: 2.1em; line-height: 18px; background-image: url(https://interact.gsa.gov/sites/all/themes/gsa_acquia_commons/images/bullet.png); background-color: transparent; border-top-left-radius: 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px; list-style: none; background-position: 1em 0.6em; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;"><p>Women-owned small businesses eligible under the Women-Owned Small Business Program; and</p></li><li style="margin-bottom: 2px; padding-left: 2.1em; line-height: 18px; background-image: url(https://interact.gsa.gov/sites/all/themes/gsa_acquia_commons/images/bullet.png); background-color: transparent; border-top-left-radius: 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px; list-style: none; background-position: 1em 0.6em; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;"><p>Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses.</p></li></ul><p>Is there any thought as to what percentage of the SB Opportunies will be assigned a specific socio-economic status?</p><p>Thank you very much for your time,</p><p>Mike</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.08921736967749894" 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;">Hi Mike and thanks for the question. &nbsp;In addition to the overall 50% goal for SB, we intend on establishing the GSA goals in the Unrestricted OASIS contract for the following groups. &nbsp;We are working with the Small Business Offices within GSA to ensure that these are the latest GSA figures and groups for when the drafts get released as well as the final RFPs. &nbsp;This information will be specifically outlined in the draft RFPs. Jim</span></b></p><p>HUBZone Small Business: 3 percent</p><p>Small Disadvantaged Business: 5 percent</p><p>Women-Owned Small Business: 5 percent</p><p>Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business: 3 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Mary Orton
<p>Hello. I am a small business owner, still trying to figure out how this all works. From what I have read, it seems that OASIS is for multiple services, including IT. Are there specific services that small businesses must offer, such as IT, or it is assumed that we will partner with others who would offer those services that we do not? And, is there a list of specific services that you are looking for? Thank you! MO</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.9743835077509211" 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 welcome to the OASIS community. &nbsp;There is a lot of reading you need to catch up on! &nbsp;Please read the blogs on our site and the associated questions and answers over the past few months to get you caught up with everything going on and enhance your understanding. &nbsp;To answer your question, IT is NOT one of the services that have to be offered. &nbsp;Right now (and remember that we are the pre-draft stage and everything is subject to change), OASIS SB will have the following core disciplines:</span><br />&nbsp;</p><ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;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;"><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;">Program Management Services</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;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;"><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;">Management Consulting Services</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;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;"><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;">Logistics Services</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;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;"><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;">Financial Services</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;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;"><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;">Engineering/Scientific Services</span></li></ul><p><br /><br /><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;">The plan is right now is to look for companies with experience integrating these core disciplines. &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;We hope this answers your questions and provides some insight. &nbsp;Please continue to follow our progress! &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Dani@EWA
<p>I&#39;ve been following the blogs for a short while, and agree with the folks who have concerns about NAICS codes that limit small business size to a specific revenue cap. For my $.02, I&#39;d suggest those codes with a size standard of less than 500 persons, with no revenue cap. This affords SBs with a great opportunity to team together and encourage growth, while helping the government to meet its small business goals.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.6737010381184518" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Hi Dani and thank you for your feedback on this subject. TGSA is required to assign the size standard that the Small Business Administration has associated with the NAICS code that GSA determines best represents the principal purpose of the acquisition. While we do not have the leeway to choose the size standard first and then the NAICS, we appreciate the feedback. Please continue to monitor our progress. Jim</span><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "> </span></b></p>
Fred Scheyd
<p>My company is a veteran owned , minority ownned small business of apparoximately 250 people. We have graduated from 8(a) status. We don&#39;t fit any of the categoriesl isted above in the clarification. Also, the anticipated NAICS code, 541611, $14M would disqualify us from participating the OASIS Small and force us to compete against companies that many times larger than us</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;">Hello and thank you for your input. &nbsp;The OASIS team is working with SBA to see what options are available regarding this issue. &nbsp;Thanks again and keep monitoring the site. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Mojobobby1
<p>Jim:</p><p>Please identify the NAICS codes for OASIS SB.&nbsp; Will GSA employ eith or both of NIACS Codes: 517110 or 519130 as a part of OASIS SB?</p><p>Thanks you for your kind attention and continued support,</p><p>Mojobobby1</p>
OASIS Blogger
<div>&nbsp;</div><p>Hello and thanks for the question. &nbsp;NAICS Code 517110 is for Wired Telecommunication Carriers and NAICS code 519130 is for Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals. &nbsp;Neither of these NAICS Codes are applicable for OASIS or OASIS SB. &nbsp;Thanks for the question and have a great day. &nbsp;Jim</p>
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