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Redacted Version of OASIS Business Case Now Available! - January 23, 2013

Hello, Industry Partners! We are glad to take an opportunity to share more information with you about the OASIS acquisition. We are providing a redacted version of the OASIS Business Case (BC) that was posted for review by all Federal agencies. Please click the link below to access the document. In this case we are also glad to give rather than to receive; we are not asking you to provide feedback or questions in response.   We simply hope the information found in the BC helps you develop a greater understanding of what the Government hopes to achieve through the use of the OASIS contract vehicles and provides greater insight into how you might play a role in those achievements if you compete for and win an OASIS or OASIS-SB award.

As always, we are grateful for your keen interest in OASIS and your participation in the process of developing the premier contract vehicles for complex professional services.

Jim

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Eyam

Hello Jim,

I have a few questions:

  1. 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 functional areas, ways (e.g. restrictions) a small business can team with a large business,...., etc..
  2. How can we find out other companies (large and small) which are interested in OASIS, so we can start exploring teaming arrangement?
  3. What is GSA’s envisioned rough time interval between: Draft RFP, Final RFP, and Proposal Submission?

Thank you.

Eric

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.  There is a list of companies that are interested in OASIS and you can sign up to get that list and be on that list here.  (https://docs.google.com/a/gsa.gov/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFhlc1hXUVNtR2tsTG5oZUk0cUN5Wnc6MQ) However, please note that we will not be considering teaming arrangements for master contract award.
3.  We plan to release the draft RFPs, provide 30 days for companies to provide written questions, then respond to those questions and perform a series of webinars as a follow up.  There is a blog that specifically addresses this.  Release of the formal solicitation will hopefully occur in the early Summer timeframe and plan to allow 30 days for proposals to be submitted.  Jim

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), is confusing me a bit. If you look at the PSC manual, PSC-R 410 is listed as "Support - Professional: Program evaluation/review/development" and PSC-R 710 is "Financial Services".

Please clarify.

Thank you, RG

OASIS Blogger

Hello RG and thanks for the catch.  This appears to be a typo in the table.  410 should be 710.  Jim

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). 

Informaiton from GovWin shows OASIS using a primary NAICS code of 541330, Engineering Services, with applicable size standards. 

Please clarify this situtation:

--A company meets the primary NAICS code and applicable size standard, but the company is not in one of the four bulleted socioeconmic categories listed.  Would that company be eligible for an OASIS small business contract award?

Thank you.

Michael A. Scruggs

 

 

 

 

OASIS Blogger

Thanks for the question, Michael.  The direct answer to your question is “absolutely.”  That company would be eligible for an OASIS SB contract award.  All SBs that meet the size standard and submit a successful proposal may be awarded an OASIS SB contract.  What the business case is referring to, and what the OASIS SB contract will offer, in addition to being a 100% Small Business set aside, is the ability for OCOs to set aside task order requirements within the OASIS SB contract for these socioeconomic categories identified in the FAR. Jim

betsey.hutton

Jim,

It is mentioned throughout the business case that OASIS will involve both commercial and non-commercial work/services. In this context, what do you mean by "commercial" versus "non-commercial"?

Thank you,

Betsey

OASIS Blogger

Hi Betsey and thanks for the question.  Generally speaking, the FAR defines what constitutes a “commercial item”.  If a solicitation identifies a requirement as a commercial item, then a very specific set of terms and conditions apply to that procurement.  However, when a requirement does not fit that definition, or there is something unique or specialized about the requirement, then the requirement is considered “non-commercial” and a very different set terms and conditions apply to that procurement.  For example, requirements that need to be performed on a Cost Reimbursement basis are considered non-commercial because that is a Government-unique way to do business.  To allow proper flexibility to clients in meeting their needs, OASIS and OASIS SB will allow either type of contracting to be utilized within task orders placed under the contracts.  Jim

dlehman12

Jim,

Has the OASIS Business Case been offcially approved by your senior procurement executive? Thanks.

OASIS Blogger

The OASIS Business Case is in the official approval process right now and we fully anticipate it being approved before we proceed to issue the final RFP.  Jim

MCGroupInc

Hello Jim,

I will read the busienss case with great interest and thanks for releasing it. When do you expect to release the draft RFP? Before the end of this month?

 

 

 

OASIS Blogger

Thank you for the question, John.  We are hopeful that will be the case, but we have some very important and high level communications going on with other Government agencies about OASIS and as you’ve probably heard, we also just got a new FAS Commissioner who may want to be briefed and/or have some input on OASIS prior to the draft RFPs being released since they are such high visibility contracts.  But fear not, if the drafts are not released by the end of the month, we will post a blog to update everyone on when we think they may come out.  Thanks again for the question.  Jim

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