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    OASIS Blogger
    Since releasing the OASIS Business Case, the most frequent questions we receive at GSA are about strategic sourcing and how it will be applied to OASIS.  I would like to use this update to address this issue directly and clarify key issues.
     
    Last Activity: 3/11/2013 12:14 PM
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    betsey.hutton
    Hi Jim,Just wanted to clarify what you mean by a 50% SB Subcontracting Goal on the unrestricted OASIS vehicle. Does this mean that of the work that the contractor subs out (as needed/at the company's discretion) 50% must be to SB's, OR...Read More
    OASIS Blogger
    Hi Betsey and thanks for the question.  This means that of the work that gets subcontracted, 50% of that work should be going to Small Business.  Jim
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    OASIS Blogger
    As we get closer to the release of the draft Request for Proposals (RFP), I thought it would be a good time to discuss GSA’s “Rules of Engagement” for interaction with our Industry Partners.
     
    Last Activity: 2/25/2013 10:17 AM
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    bobfritz
    Please continue to set the pace for a new way of dealing with Industry for major solicitations. Many other agencies are stuck in the 90s, electing to host events that require travel to and from, parking, hours, expenses, and other logistics...Read More
    OASIS Blogger
    Thank you for your feedback, Robert. We really appreciate it.
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    OASIS Blogger
    Hello to the small business community,
     
    Last Activity: 2/15/2013 7:42 AM
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    Michael Sheetenhelm
    Good Afternoon Jim,I've gone through the different questions and looked to see if this had been asked previously, but could not find anything and I'm hoping you can help: Understanding that GSA intends for the SB Socio Economic Status...Read More
    jjamibidm
    Wondering if the requirement to recertify as a small business every 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...Read More
    OASIS Blogger
    Thanks for the question.  I’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...Read More
    consultant
    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?Thank you.
    OASIS Blogger
    Hi and thanks for the question.  The answer is a resounding “ABSOLUTELY”.  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...Read More
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    OASIS Blogger
    Hello, Industry Partners! We are glad to take an opportunity to share more information with you about the OASIS acquisition.
     
    Last Activity: 2/14/2013 4:24 PM
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    Michael A. Scruggs
    Jim,The Redacted Business Case document provides a useful insight in GSA's OASIS strategy.On page 10 of the document, four bulleted socioeconomic categories are identified (i.e., 8(a), HUBZone, SDBOSB, and women-owned small business concerns). ...Read More
    Regina Gibson
    Hi Jim,Page 11 of the OASIS Business Case document contains Chart 1: Comparison of Potentially Duplicative Vehicles. This chart lists the PSCs for the four main OASIS PWS areas. PSC 410 (listed as "Financial Management Services" in Chart 1...Read More
    OASIS Blogger
    Hello RG and thanks for the catch.  This appears to be a typo in the table.  410 should be 710.  Jim
    Eyam
    Hello Jim,I have a few questions:Before the draft RFP is officially released, is there a more comprehensive document that summarizes the scope and envisioned guidelines of QASIS (other than the Business Case document)? Particularly the detailed scope of...Read More
    OASIS Blogger
    Hi Eric, and thank you for your questions. In response:1.  No.  We have discussed the scope of OASIS and OASIS SB extensively in blog responses and there are many slides devoted to it that our available in briefings on this website.  2....Read More
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    OASIS Blogger
    Hello Industry Partners,
     
    Last Activity: 2/7/2013 6:10 PM
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    kcdensmore08
    Good Morning Jim,Is a summary or PowerPoint of “The Strategic Sourcing of Professional Services: Is It the Next Step? Is It the Right Step?” going to be available online and is there a way to attend virtually?V/R,Katie
    Ventura
    Hi Jim -At this time, approximately 95% of our total effort is provided On-Government-site with the remaining 5% provided On-Contractor-site.Hope this information is helpful!Best regards,Jamie, Ventura
    OASIS Blogger
    Thank you very much for responding to the survey, Jamie. We appreciate it.  Jim
    speikin
    Currently ~90% of our effort is provided on site with the government and ~10% is provided on contractor site.Regards,Scott
    OASIS Blogger
    Thank you for your feedback, Scott.  Jim
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    OASIS Blogger
    Hello Industry Partners, The OASIS team is extremely excited that the program has generated such a high level of interest from businesses and customers that recognize
     
    Last Activity: 2/6/2013 3:15 PM
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    JR.Murphy1925
    Greetings,Have enjoyed reviewing the Business Plan and am simply curious if you have updated your projected date for release of the Draft RFPs?  Earlier I think you suggested January as a potential release date.  Thanks in advance.
    dlehman12
    Hi Jim,Good to see you at the PSC/Tech America event last week.  My question today is:Is it correct to assume that the 5 past performance examples full & open primes need to show 4 of the 5 funcitional areas to be a qualified example?Thanks....Read More
    OASIS Blogger
     That is correct.  For the full and open OASIS procurement, primes will need to show 4 of the 5 core disciplines within each example.  For the OASIS SB procurement, primes will need to show 3 of the 5 core disciplines within each example....Read More
    dlehman12
    Jim,Will the government accept Direct Award Task Orders to a contractor (from a contract vehicle that another prime owns) as an acceptable past performance example for the full & open requirements? Thanks.     
    OASIS Blogger
    Thanks for the question.  If I understand the question correctly, based upon the words “from a contract vehicle that another prime owns”, you are talking about a subcontract, which would not be acceptable as a past performance example....Read More
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    OASIS Blogger
    Hello Industry Partners,  In response to the great amount of feedback we received from industry members regarding the development of a spreadsheet for companies interested in reaching out to potential ind
     
    Last Activity: 2/4/2013 12:09 PM
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    SMA
    Hello - we were wondering if GSA would allow a contractor to submit a proposal for OASIS as a prime, and also participate as a subcontractor on a team?  ThanksStephanie
    dlehman12
    As follow on to Stephanie's question:At the contract/BPA level - will GSA allow a contractor to submit a proposal response as a Prime and also as a subcontractor to another prime?Thanks.  
    OASIS Blogger
    Hello and thank you for the question.  We intend that evaluation at the contract level will involve Primes only, so there will be no consideration of subcontractors at the contract level.  However, a prime OASIS contractor may sub to another...Read More
    dwalz
    Jim,The response to Stephanie's question above leads me to another question. Given the potential expansive scope of services to be provided via OASIS, I wonder about the feasibility of small business primes to credibility respond to the requirements...Read More
    OASIS Blogger
    Hello Damien and thanks for the question.  We will be utilizing the “prime only” evaluation approach for OASIS SB.  In principle, ALL companies, both large and small, generally have to team or subcontract to cover requirements where...Read More
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    OASIS Blogger
    Greetings, Industry Partners, and Happy New Year!
     
    Last Activity: 1/28/2013 8:24 AM
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    JR.Murphy1925
    Congratulations again!  Understand very well the challenges you've faced.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.Best wishes.
    rbsamuels
    Welcome Back!Thank you for this feedback.  Our firm concurs with this approach; however the draft review will depend on the breadth of the documents.   Allowing 4 weeks for the review process should be sufficient.
    OASIS Blogger
    Hi Regina, and thank you for your feedback. Jim
    Daphne Zweifel
    Hi Jim,I think 30 days would be sufficient for industry to review the Draft RFPs.Re 1-4:  I applaud you for your effort to support bi-directional feedback and open dialogue.  We need MORE of this across major acquisitions!My only concern...Read More
    OASIS Blogger
    Thank you very much for your feedback, Daphne. Regarding the comments about potential protest surrounding “face time”, this is not a concern of ours.  In accordance with the February 2011 Mythbusters Memo issued by OMB, “While...Read More
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    OASIS Blogger
    Hello Industry Partners, As we wrap up a very busy year, I’d like to take some time to reflect on 2012 and share where we are headed in 2013.
     
    Last Activity: 1/17/2013 11:48 AM
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    kcdensmore08
    Good Afternoon Jim,I have read through the blogs, but I have not seen a reference to facility clearances. Will a clearance be a requirement for OASIS and OASIS SB? Thanks.
    Ray
    Is there going to be a Industry Day in 2013?
    OASIS Blogger
    Hi Ray, and thank you for your question. We are currently examining a variety of event possibilities for 2013. Please check with us over the next several weeks for updates. We hope to have some information for our Industry Partners soon. Jim
    CampS
    Jim,Have you decided on what the past performance limit will be for OASIS (i.e., 3 yrs., 5 yrs. etc.).  Also, is the OASIS team still entertaining visits/one-on-ones with prospective vendors?  Thanks, Scott  
    OASIS Blogger
    Hi Scott and thanks for the questions.  Right now, we are planning for references to have been performed within the past three years.  The feedback strategy for interacting with Industry after release of the draft RFPs hasn’t been set yet...Read More

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