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Changes to the OASIS SB Draft Solicitation

Hello Industry Community!

We’d like to thank everyone for all the questions, comments, and suggestions that we have received regarding the OASIS SB draft solicitation.  While the process is still ongoing, we wanted to share some decisions with you that we have made in response to the feedback we have received.  Specific details will be provided in an updated version of the draft solicitation, but the following are general descriptions of the changes:

1. Accounting Systems:  We are removing the requirement to have a DCAA audited accounting system as a Pass/Fail element.  However, Offerors must still have an accounting system that meets FAR requirements.  While a DCAA audited accounting system is preferable, we will allow companies with accounting systems that have not been audited by DCAA to compete for an OASIS award.  In order to meet the minimum requirements, a Non-DCAA audited accounting system must be operational and have been audited by either a cognizant non-DCAA government auditor or an independent, third party accounting firm that has certified the accounting system for compliance with the same standards set forth in SF1408, Preaward Survey of Prospective Contractor Accounting System AND FAR Part 31.  Recognition of already having a DCAA audited accounting system is now present in the scoring system as a significant factor.

2. Offeror Name/Affiliates/Divisions:  We are editing the first paragraph of Section L.3 to remove the language about requiring the Parent Company to be the Offeror.  We shall consider Affiliates for Relevant Experience examples and Systems subject to the following:

a. There is a “meaningful relationship” between the affiliate, division and/or subsidiary of the Offeror for purposes of performance under OASIS.

b. The Offeror provides the Government a “commitment letter” from the affiliate, division or subsidiary of the Offeror which demonstrates the specific nature of the “meaningful relationship” and the resources that the affiliate, division or subsidiary of the Offeror will devote to OASIS.

c. The Offeror provides a Corporate Guarantee of financial backing from the parent company if the Offeror’s responsibility determination depends upon any criteria other than themselves.

d. Note: Certifications must be in the name of the Offeror.

4. Relevant Experience:  We have deleted the requirement for at least one of the Relevant Experience examples to be cost reimbursable contract type.

5. Relevant Experience:  We are significantly lowering the dollar threshold associated with relevant experience minimum requirements.  We are editing Section L.5.3.1 to read:

L.5.3.1. Relevant Experience Minimum Requirements

Using the relevant experience template in accordance with the instructions in Section L.5.3.2., the Offeror must demonstrate Five (5) distinct projects, each as a Prime Contractor or (Existing CTA in accordance with Section L.5.1.7 only), that meet the following minimum conditions:

1.The primary scope of work must be One (1) of the Six (6) OASIS Core Disciplines

2.Involve the performance and/or integration of at least Three (3) out of the Six (6) OASIS SB Core Disciplines. The OASIS SB Core Disciplines are described in Section C and include Program Management Services, Management Consulting Services, Scientific Services, Engineering Services, Logistics Services, and Financial Management Services

3. Have a total award value of at least $750,000 Per Year

4. Have been completed within the Past Five (5) Years prior to the solicitation closing date or be ongoing with at least One (1) Year of performance completed prior to the solicitation closing date

5. At least Three (3) out of Five (5) projects must be for work that was for the Federal Government under a contract or task order awarded by the Federal Government.

As always, we welcome your input on these changes.

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mabel
<p>Jim, Appreciate your collacoration and wanted to clarify acceptability of relevant experience projects under the small business competition.&nbsp; Section L.5.3.1 states that &quot;A relevant experient &#39;<strong>project</strong>&#39; is defined as a...single task order placed under an IDIQ, &#39;Task-Order&#39; contract (FAR 16.501-1).&quot;&nbsp; In a hypothetical scenario with a small business that has a large, prime single award IDIQ, task-order contract, please confirm that each individual task order issued that meets the $750K annual revenue requirement (and other requirements), could be used as a separate &quot;<strong>project</strong>&quot; to meet the minimum experirence requirements.&nbsp; Thanks.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>Any individual order placed under an IDIQ contract that meets the dollar threshold and integration requirements may be used as an individual Relevant Experience project.&nbsp; Now, be advised, since we allow for a collective IDIQ contract to count for one Relevant Experience project, we won&rsquo;t allow individual orders to be counted from the same IDIQ being claimed.&nbsp; Jim</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
karthikb
<p>Can you please clarify the meaning of&nbsp; &quot;<strong>Five (5) distinct projects&quot;:</strong></p><p><span lang="EN" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 9pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">1. Does this mean 5 distinct prime contracts?<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span lang="EN" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 9pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">2. Can it be one prime contract with five distinct projects (tasks) under it? If so, does each project have to be over $750,000/year or the&nbsp;one prime contract be over $750,000/year?<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span lang="EN" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 9pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">3. Request that the minimum five distinct projects be reduced to 2 or 3&nbsp;projects, particularly given that the requirements for DCAA approved accounting system and the minimum 1 cost plus type relevant experience&nbsp;have been removed.</span></p><p><span lang="EN" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 9pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;"><o:p>There are several&nbsp;small businesses&nbsp;that may not have have 5 prime contracts but qualify in all other aspects.</o:p></span><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="display: none;"><font color="#222222" face="Arial">d</font>...&nbsp;</span></font></p>
OASIS Blogger
<p class="normal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:143%"><span style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Hello and thank you for the question.&nbsp; Please take the time to read through the Q&amp;As that have been posted as this question has been asked many times and in many ways.&nbsp; To quickly answer your specific questions:</span></p><p class="normal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:143%"><span style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">1.&nbsp; Yes.</span></p><p class="normal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:143%"><span style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">2.&nbsp; No.</span></p><p class="normal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:143%"><span style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">3.&nbsp; Thank you for the recommendation, but the requirements will remain as they are.</span></p><p class="normal" style="margin-top:9.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:9.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:143%"><span style="color: rgb(76, 76, 76); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Jim</span></p>
dlehman12
Jim, Are you planning on posting updates before the release of the next DRFP? Thanks.
OASIS Blogger
<p>We will continue to post blogs and updates as we always have.&nbsp; We hope to post updated draft RFPs in the next week or two and are looking to release the final RFPs for both OASIS and and OASIS SB later this summer.</p><p>Jim</p>
dlehman12
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Are you plainning on releasing an updated Draft RFP? Thanks. Debra</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p>How soon do you expect to provide an updated version of the draft RFP? Thanks! Donna</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="docs-internal-guid-421fe086-85a0-e434-ea05-e42fcb063c7c" style="font-weight:normal;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hi Donna, Our target for release of the final RFP is Summer. &nbsp;At this point, we cannot be more specific, as we need to assess the feedback provided through the questions received, industry white papers, and our customer working group to determine what further changes we need to make to the drafts. &nbsp;We will continue to update you all on our progress here on Interact. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
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