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What is the best way for the OASIS team to gather and share feedback from Industry? - January 9, 2013

Greetings, Industry Partners, and Happy New Year!

Before we dive into the meat of this blog post, I wanted to touch on a personal matter.  As many of you know, back in May I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.  Over the last six months of 2012, I underwent many cycles of intense chemotherapy.  During that time, I was only able to check in on work periodically.  My outstanding team kept things moving forward in my absence in a seamless fashion.  

I’m happy to say that I’m now cancer-free and back on the job full-time.  I wanted to thank the OASIS team and everyone here at GSA that has kept the ball rolling and everyone else who has supported me with their well-wishes, thoughts, and prayers over the last 6+ months.  It’s good to be back and I know that 2013 will be a great year for me and especially for OASIS.   

Now, on to the subject of this week’s blog. Because we value your input, as we prepare to release the OASIS draft RFPs we are soliciting ideas for how best to have a dialogue with the Industry community regarding the draft RFPs.

First, we would like some feedback from you on a primary question:

How long of a window does industry need to review the draft RFPs?  Technically, the review period stays open until the final solicitations are issued.  We need to establish a response date, however, so that we can schedule the posting of our formal answers to the questions asked.

Once we establish the length of the response period, we are contemplating how we will gather and share feedback on the draft RFP.  Let us know what you think about the following approach:

1. All questions on the draft RFP will be submitted to the OASIS Mailbox.

2.  The OASIS Team will consolidate all of the questions and publish a Q&A document on Interact.  

3.  The OASIS Team will conduct a series of live webinars to verbalize the answers and allow for follow-up, related questions.  We would conduct three of these webinars (one for scope questions, one for evaluation questions, and one for all other questions), but the number and make up of the webinars will depend on the questions received.  The webinars  will be recorded and posted for later access by those who could not attend live.

4. Following these webinars, we were thinking of holding a live forum between key OASIS team members and various industry representatives.  We envisioned this to be a  “roundtable” discussion to address any outstanding concerns or ideas stemming from the webinars. This event would also to be recorded and posted.

This approach is what we are currently considering, but are open to, and asking for,  your suggestions as to the best and most effective way to communicate with industry on the feedback we receive on the draft RFPs.  As always, we welcome other approaches and ideas you may have.

Please share your input with the OASIS team regarding the above. We look forward to reading your responses!

Jim

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Daphne Zweifel
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>I think 30 days would be sufficient for industry to review the Draft RFPs.</p><p>Re 1-4:&nbsp;&nbsp;I applaud you for your effort to support bi-directional feedback and open dialogue.&nbsp; We need MORE of this across major acquisitions!</p><p>My only concern is with #4 &quot;live forum between key OASIS team members and various industry representatives.&quot; While it is certainly innovative, you may expose yourself to someone in industry protesting&nbsp;... i.e., complaining that the representatives from industry (albeit members of the various associations that you mentioned earlier)&nbsp;now have had&nbsp;a more intimate level of&nbsp;face time...and now (&quot;of&nbsp;course&quot;)&nbsp;have an &quot;advantage&quot;.&nbsp;&nbsp;Not sure how you would&nbsp;mitigate that risk....or that having industry representatives would really give you&nbsp;more insight/feedback, etc....&nbsp; Perhaps&nbsp;there is another more virtual forum leveraging social media,&nbsp;that&nbsp;could accomplish your objective while avoiding any potential downside.</p><p><br />Daphne&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.45022893461459523" 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, Daphne. Regarding the comments about potential protest surrounding &ldquo;face time&rdquo;, this is not a concern of ours. &nbsp;In accordance with the February 2011 Mythbusters Memo issued by OMB, &ldquo;While agencies do not have the resources, and are not required, to meet with every vendor at every step of the acquisition process, information gathered from industry sources plays an invaluable role in the acquisition process.&rdquo; &nbsp;We have championed being as open and as transparent as possible. &nbsp;We are in pre-daft mode, and have sought input through Interact, email, in person, at conferences, and every other way we can seek feedback. &nbsp;Along the same lines, everyone in Industry will be treated fairly, but that does not mean that if we talk to Company A, that we have to provide the same type of availability and time to every other company at this stage of the process. &nbsp;Once the formal solicitations are issued, there will be a more rigid communication structure, but until then, there is no &ldquo;advantage&rdquo; provided to people we happen to talk to. &nbsp;This is a common misconception, but thank you for the input. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
rbsamuels
<p>Welcome Back!</p><p>Thank you for this feedback.&nbsp; Our firm concurs with this approach; however&nbsp;the draft review will depend on the breadth of the documents.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Allowing 4 weeks for the review process should be sufficient.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5997804185252529" 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 Regina, and thank you for your feedback. Jim</span></p>
JR.Murphy1925
<p>Congratulations again! &nbsp;Understand very well the challenges you&#39;ve faced.</p><p>Very much agree with the 30 day period for review and the submission -- as suggested by another poster -- to have a template for the responses and questions.</p><p>Best wishes.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5997804185252529" 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 John and thank you for your good wishes and feedback. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Bmyers
<p>Jim,</p><p>So glad to&nbsp;hear the great news on your successful battle with Burkitts Lymphoma -- I had a similar personal experience as my daughter contracted Burkitts in 2003, but unfortunately did not win the battle and passed in 2005.&nbsp; Very happy to hear yoru treatment was successful!!</p><p>Re the DRFP,&nbsp;I support&nbsp;a 30-day review period -- for a program such as this providing sufficient time for full reveiw, question formulation and submittal&nbsp;will be key to submitting / receivning solid proposal responses.&nbsp; I like the idea of using the interact portal for posting questions and responses.&nbsp; Also like the idea of topical webinars to&nbsp; review Q&amp;As in separate segments -- donig it all on one webinar would be somewhat overwhelming.&nbsp; Hopefully the webinars will be archived and be accessible to industry for follow on viewing. I Supprot the live forum plann also -- recommend this also be broadcast and archived for industry access during adn after.</p><p>Thanks again, and continued good health!</p><p>Blake</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5997804185252529" 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 Blake and thank you for your support and feedback. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
michael.wiltse
<p><strong>Jim:</strong></p><p><strong>You and the team didn&rsquo;t skip a beat while going through this very trying time. Congratulations on being cancer-free and having the support you needed to get through all of this, both personally and professionally.</strong></p><p><strong>Please see our comments below.</strong></p><p>How long of a window does industry need to review the draft RFPs? Technically, the review period stays open until the final solicitations are issued. We need to establish a response date, however, so that we can schedule the posting of our formal answers to the questions asked.</p><p><strong>30 days should be sufficient time to review and respond to the Draft RFP.</strong></p><p>Once we establish the length of the response period, we are contemplating how we will gather and share feedback on the draft RFP. Let us know what you think about the following approach:</p><p>1. All questions on the draft RFP will be submitted to the OASIS Mailbox.</p><p><strong>Receipt should be acknowledged.</strong></p><p>2. The OASIS Team will consolidate all of the questions and publish a Q&amp;A document on Interact.</p><p><strong>Using the portal is better than email.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;3. The OASIS Team will conduct a series of live webinars to verbalize the answers and allow for follow-up, related questions. We would conduct three of these webinars (one for scope questions, one for evaluation questions, and one for all other questions), but the number and make up of the webinars will depend on the questions received. The webinars will be recorded and posted for later access by those who could not attend live.</p><p><strong>Although it&rsquo;s always beneficial to attend live webinars, archiving for on demand viewing is a great idea.</strong></p><p>4. Following these webinars, we were thinking of holding a live forum between key OASIS team members and various industry representatives. We envisioned this to be a &ldquo;roundtable&rdquo; discussion to address any outstanding concerns or ideas stemming from the webinars. This event would also to be recorded and posted.</p><p><strong>This will be very helpful. Thanks for being innovative.</strong></p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.09734152382344519" 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 you comments, Michael. The OASIS team appreciates your thorough feedback. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
jleach
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>Yes, a 30-day turnaround is good for a review of the DRFP. Do you have any idea on when we should expect it out?</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Jasleen</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.09734152382344519" 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 Jasleen, We are still gathering support for the program and want to ensure that when we put out the draft documents we get full participation and receive all the critical feedback that we need to deliver an excellent end product. &nbsp;We are gathering feedback from some very important Government personnel right now and will issue the drafts once that is complete. &nbsp;We are still hoping and intending that will be by the end of January. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
dwalz
<p>Jim,</p><p>I&#39;d also like to offer my congratulations on being cancer free! Stories like yours serve to help us all remember what is truly important.</p><p>I agree with the comment that the duration of the response time should be proportional to the length/complexity of the DRFP. We&#39;ve all seen enough RFPs to know what we are looking for, so unless it is extremely long or complex, I would think a couple weeks to review should suffice.</p><p>I also agree that having webinar sessions would be the most advantageous for the majority of folks...probably more cost effective all around as well.</p><p>I was curious how GSA would go about selecting &quot;various industry representatives&quot; for the live forum roundtable idea. I would assume that it would be an assemblage representing different business types, sizes, classifications, etc.?</p><p>Thanks Jim...take care. Damien</p><p>&nbsp;</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;">Thank you Damien for your kind words and thoughts on the draft RFP and webinar sessions as well. In response to your question, our thoughts were to have representatives from groups like ACT/IAC, TechAmerica, the Professional Services Council, and the Coalition for Government Procurement. &nbsp;These groups represent the assemblage that you speak of, but we are certainly open for suggestion on this. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
jleach
<p>Hi Bob,</p><p>Congrats on the recovery! Wish you all the best.</p><p>I agree with most of the folks here on having a 30-day turnaround.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Jasleen</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;">Thank you for your input on the turnaround time, Jasleen. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
Matt Orlando
<p>Jim, Glad to hear you are doing well...and you are back to work.&nbsp; Really Great News</p><p>In regards to&nbsp;the Draft RFP, I recommned 30 days review cycle</p><p>I think the four step appraoch is spot on...and will allow ample time for feedback from industry and your team.</p><p>&nbsp;</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;">We appreciate the feedback, Matt. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
hlegrande
<p>Jim - what great news to start the year with, congratulations to you and your family.</p><p>As for the DRFP timeframe for review - 30 days is the best.&nbsp;</p><p>In maintaining daily business functions sometimes it&#39;s hard to get people to recognize the importance of a&nbsp;&quot;draft&quot; RFP.&nbsp; Less time, from a small business angle, means that&nbsp;many aren&#39;t able to participate as fully as some larger businesses because&nbsp;they don&#39;t have dedicated manpower - most&nbsp;small biz owners&nbsp;wear many hats.</p><p>An Industry Day or on-line event is also a great idea.&nbsp; Preferably an on-line event as travel, these days, is harder to justify.</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Hannah</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 Hannah, and thank you very much for your comments regarding these subjects. Jim</span></b></p>
bobfritz
<p>Jim,</p><p>So great to hear your news on your health! Praise God!</p><p>For the DRFP, I recommend 30 days to give it a good wringing. And, as someone said, to have questions on the answer to questions. That happens occasionally!</p><p>Also, an Industry Day would be a great idea, not only to hear the latest information from your perspective, but also to give us a chance to network as we put teams together. I know that, as a Small Business Prime, I want to meet people who can potentially help my team compete. The Navy has used such events for exactly that purpose, and some are really good (the bad ones merely recite the RFP words, but networking still is valuable). I have ideas on how to make them effective that I am willing to share.</p><p>Regards,</p><p>Bob</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><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;">Hi Bob, thank you for your comments. We appreciate the feedback. Jim</span></p>
jeanine_m_callahan
<p>Hello Jim,</p><p>Let me add my best wishes for your continued good health. &nbsp;</p><p>Regarding draft RFP feedback, here are some thoughts:</p><ul><li>Concur with 30 day review period. &nbsp;&nbsp;Because there may be hundreds of questions submitted,&nbsp;I recommend allocating sufficient time for your own team to respond as well.</li><li>Recommend you establish a template for question&nbsp;submission, including a field to indicate whether the questions relates to scope, proposal preparation, evaluation or another area. &nbsp;This will facilitate&nbsp;consolidating and grouping feedback. &nbsp;It will also help the contractor community compose clearer questions and&nbsp;anaylze&nbsp;the information you provide in rersponse.</li><li>Given the extent to which the OASIS team has gone to engage the contractor/vendor community, my next comment may be unnecessary. &nbsp;Please make every attempt to &nbsp;answer the questions with meaningful information. &nbsp;On multiple occaisons I have seen&nbsp;responses from the agency acquisition organization that were overly simplistic (e.g., a yes-or-no response to a &quot;how&quot; question, or referring back to the RFP in general terms) or incomplete (e.g., answering one part of a two-part question). &nbsp;I&#39;d rather it take longer to get good information (including clear statements of what information you will NOT provide) than&nbsp;to get a response quickly that creates additional confusion.</li><li>If at all possible, it would be wonderful to understand the final dispostion of all questions/comments (e.g.,&nbsp;changes are incorporated in final documents&nbsp;or a recommendation is not accepted).</li></ul><p>Thank you for the opportunity to engage!</p><p>VTY,</p><p>Jeanine Callahan</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.06931059042148668" 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 for your thorough feedback, Jeanine. We appreciate your comments and will take them into consideration as we move closer to releasing the draft RFPs. Jim</span></p>
Daphne Zweifel
<p>Hi Jim,&nbsp; we are compliling feedback and will send to you, shortly.&nbsp; Meanwhile, I just wanted you to know that we are so thrilled to hear that you are now cancer-free!&nbsp; That is truly remarkable and heart-warming news and a wonderful way to start a new year.&nbsp;Thanks for sharing this with&nbsp;us!&nbsp;Congratulations and best wishes as you continue to regain your strength over the coming weeks and months.&nbsp; Daphne</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.06931059042148668" 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 Daphne, and thank you very much for your kind words regarding my recovery. Jim</span></p>
mdonovan
<p>How long of a window does industry need to review the draft RFPs?</p><p>​We would prefer 30 days so that we have to really read and understand the DRFPs.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I would also recommend that the Government provide a format / template that they want the questions back in. &nbsp;I would suggest that the format includes the DRFP Section # and subsection (if applicable) to the referring question to make your life easier, and allow duplicate / similar questions to be answered together.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As for webinars / video conferencing, I think this is an awesome idea and much better then trying to get everyone in a large conference room. &nbsp;Each company could have as many people attend as they could get around a computer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.06931059042148668" 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 comments regarding the draft RFP and webinars. Jim</span></p>
MontyWhite
<p>Congratulations on being cancer free!&nbsp; That has to be the best news possible for you &amp; your family in starting a new year.</p><p>I would suggest a two-week period for submission of questions.&nbsp; That should be adequate for review of the draft RFP, determination of potential questions, and coordination within the reviewing company.&nbsp; I like your proposed approach.&nbsp; It provides opportunity for direct interaction by a broad audience, and review of the interaction by those unable to participate at the time.</p><p>Thank you for continuing to work with the community fo the best possible procurement product.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.06931059042148668" 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 for your feedback, Monty. Jim</span></p>
Stephanie Ambrose
<p>Welcome back Jim!&nbsp; It&#39;s great to know your back at the helm full time.&nbsp; Regarding the response time on the DRFP, to some degree it will depend on the size and complexity of the draft.&nbsp; At a minimum, I think a 2-3 week timeframe is needed, but if there are new or unusal terms and/or requirements, a longer timeframe will be needed.&nbsp; Also, thank you for continuing to reach out to industry.&nbsp; The planned webinars and live meeting will be very valuable to the contractor community.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.06931059042148668" 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 Stephanie, and welcome back to the board. We appreciate your comments regarding the draft RFP timeframe and webinars. Jim</span></p>
cjdsmith
<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(239, 247, 250);">I&#39;m not sure how sophisticated of a response system you are planning for, but yesterday I discovered the amazing powers of google forms for collecting information from recipients in a way that automatically records their responses in a google spreadsheet. Here is a link to the Chatter post that got the solution rolling for me.&nbsp;</span><a href="https://gsa.my.salesforce.com/0D530000016mne4" style="color: rgb(1, 91, 167); word-wrap: break-word; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(239, 247, 250);" target="_blank">https://gsa.my.salesforce.com/<wbr />0D530000016mne4</a></p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8772703139726759" 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 the link! &nbsp;We&rsquo;re still figuring out how best to use all the wonderful tools that Google has to offer here and will certainly look into this as one potential solution. - Jim</span></p>
mhillelsohn
<p>Wonderful news on your recovery.&nbsp; Wishing you continued good health.</p><p>Regarding the reponse time for questions I suggest 30 days...long enough to analyze the document and compose and generate meaningful questions and short enough that the&nbsp;inevitable &quot;questions on the questions&quot; round can occur without&nbsp;impacting the projected RFP release timeframe.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8772703139726759" 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 for your good wishes, Michael. It&rsquo;s great to be back. </span></p>
MCGroupInc
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>So happy to hear you are cancer free. Great way to enter the new year.</p><p>Re your request for feedback.</p><p>30 days should be sufficient for draft review. That will give interested parties sufficient time to do a thorough review while still addressing normal business obligations.</p><p>I like your proposed 4-step process to provide feedback that you outlined in your blog entry.</p><p>Will the &quot;live forum&quot; (your step 4) be anything like a pre-proposal conference in a large auditorium or will it be an online forum? Your description in your blog entry of it being&nbsp; a &quot;roundtable&quot; discussion suggests a small number of participants. Is that correct?</p><p>Regards, John</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8772703139726759" 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&rsquo;re open to suggestions on that front, John. In general, it&rsquo;s easier for us to do things online as opposed to trying to find locations suitable for large-scale events, but we also see the value in meeting face-to-face with interested Industry Partners. &nbsp;One possibility is partnering with one or more industry associations to sponsor an event. &nbsp;The &ldquo;roundtable discussion&rdquo; would refer simply to the format, not the number of potential attendees. &nbsp;In any case, if we do anything in person, we will capture any slides presented as well as a synopsis of the discussion and post them here for those folks who are unable to attend in person. &nbsp;- Jim</span></p>
MCGroupInc
<p>Jim,</p><p>Thanks for the feedback. Online forums work really well and will give more industry reps a chance to hear a discussion live in the convenience of their office.</p><p>Re the final RFP. If a draft RFP is released by the end of Jan is your plan to still release the final RFP before the end of Winter (by the end of March 2013) as you stated last year?</p><p>John</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.06931059042148668" 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 for the feedback, John. In response to your question, the period of time between the release of the draft RFP and the final RFP will be determined by the number of questions and issues identified in response to the draft. &nbsp;At this point, it is difficult to determine what that timeframe will be. &nbsp;We will continue to refine and update our milestone schedule as the process evolves. Jim</span></p>
Prashant Gaur - PG
<p>&nbsp;</p><p>First of all, Jim, thanks for sharing your personal story.&nbsp; The great thing about working in the federal market is that we all come together for the common cause of service to the government, and, in the process, we meet wonderful folks which add real meaning to what we do.&nbsp; So good to hear that you are cancer free.</p><p>The work the OASIS team is doing to involve industry is a good example for other contracts, so I have nothing more to add to the process you have mentioned.&nbsp; However, I do have a couple of suggestions on the NAICS code, but since I am still getting used to posting on this web site, will soon make a separate entry.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks and regards</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8772703139726759" 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 and kind words regarding my recovery, Dom. There certainly are many terrific people in this sector who have fostered a very strong sense of community. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll be on the lookout for your suggestions on the NAICS code. Jim</span></p>
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