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Coming Soon: OASIS Industry Day!

Hello, Industry Members!

In final preparation for the release of the draft RFP, we recently met with customer agencies to discuss various elements of the OASIS contract vehicle. The draft RFP that you’ll see soon will reflect the concerns and needs of our agency customers gathered during this process.

The development of a contract vehicle of this significance, and potential impact on the quality of federal acquisition practices, can only benefit from the involvement of both federal and industry professionals and a balancing of the respective viewpoints. With our continued commitment to transparency, we will be hosting an Industry Day, which is tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2013, to answer questions you may have as a result of reviewing the draft RFP.

The OASIS Industry Day will be held locally and we realize that not everyone will be able to attend in person. At this point in the planning process, our intention is to create a video, which we will share the week following the event. The Industry Day sessions will be hosted in two parts- one for OASIS and one for OASIS SB- and we will ensure that both parts are recorded.

Please share your feedback regarding this event and how we can best meet your expectations. As always, I invite you to respond either directly to this blog or via our OASIS inbox (oasis@gsa.gov).

We look forward to your feedback on this issue.

 

Jim

 
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Q@imc.com
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>Thanks for all your info in this thread. I would just like to ask a few questions about the requirements to register for the 1v1 sessions. I have the link to the registration form, my questions are in regards to the white paper draft RFP that we need to submit alongside the online registration.</p><p>What should this White Paper entail? Should it be focused toward more toward:</p><ul><li>The company?</li><li>The company&#39;s capablities/industries/past work experience?</li><li>Page Limits?</li></ul><p>Just looking for some basic guidelines as to what content is expected in the White Paper Submission. Is there a link somewhere that I missed which has this info?</p><p>Thanks!</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.06801734608598053" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We will be issuing a blog shortly that provides instruction for white paper submittal. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
s.alvarez
<p>Has there been any update on the location, time, etc?</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.06801734608598053" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thank you for your question. Yes, we recently posted a blog outlining all of the details for Industry Day. You can find it </span><a href="https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/oasis-industry-day-scheduled-may-13-register-now"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">HERE</span></a><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. &nbsp;Jim</span></b></p>
SamiDick
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>Where in Washington DC will Industry Day be held? &nbsp;Is it necessary to register for the event and if so how? &nbsp;We are a VOSB and would like to attend in person.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.48985314136371017" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hi there, and thank you for your questions. Please continue monitoring this blog for forthcoming information regarding location and registration. We will be posting that information shortly. Jim</span></b></p>
bobfritz
<p>Hi Jim,</p><p>Great idea to host an Industry Day. Since many of us have held strong interest from early on, and have registered on your Excel list that you publish monthly, is it possible to make sure that those companies have first dibs on registering for Industry Day? We will be definitely Priming the Small Business RFP and want to make sure we&#39;re in the event in person to facilitate networking with potential partners.</p><p>Thanks!</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8024567828191103" 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 suggestion. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll certainly take it under advisement. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Skip Derick
<p>Has the business case for OASIS been approved bt OMB? If yes, does it have to be resubmitted for re-approval after the draft RFQ has been issued and x number more questions are submitted?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p dir="ltr" id="internal-source-marker_0.8024567828191103" style="margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt;"><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 and thanks for the question. &nbsp;Technically speaking, OMB does not actually &ldquo;approve&rdquo; business cases. &nbsp;Business cases that fall under the guidance of OMB Memo entitled &ldquo;Development, Review and Approval of Business Cases for Certain Interagency and Agency-Specific Acquisitions&rdquo; issued September 29, 2011, call for agency Senior Procurement Executives to approve business cases. &nbsp;The memo calls for agencies to issue Part 1 of the business case on the OMB MAX portal for Government-wide comment, take any comments into consideration, and then either finalize or cancel the business case. &nbsp;The OASIS business case has gone through this process of being issued on MAX and is now in the final approval process, which is internal to GSA. &nbsp;The memo also specifically authorizes the release of draft solicitations associated with the business cases, so we are moving forward with release of the draft RFPs. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
mercer1298
<p>While videotaping provides historical viewing, is there an consideration for a possible WebEx?&nbsp; This would allow many users to attend that might otherwise be omitted because of space limitations.</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8024567828191103" 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 and thanks for the suggestion. &nbsp;We would like to be able to do WebEx or something functionally equivalent to it. &nbsp;We are working on validating whether or not we can provide that right now. &nbsp;We didn&rsquo;t want to overpromise until we confirm our capabilities. &nbsp;We will post more details as we move forward. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
Mlou Hill
Is this local in San Diego or Wash, DC? Thanks. m'lou
OASIS Blogger
<p dir="ltr" id="internal-source-marker_0.7636394324873577" style="margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt;"><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;">Thank you for your question. The event will take place in Washington, DC; however, for those who cannot attend, we are planning to create a video, which we will share the week following the event.</span></p><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;">Jim</span></p>
karenbinarygroup
<p>It would be great to identify companies at Industry Day who are interested in subcontracting and those interested in prime, so companies can identify and connect during the event more effectively.&nbsp; Perhaps a designation on everyone&#39;s badge?</p>
OASIS Blogger
<p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7636394324873577" 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 suggestion, Karen. We&rsquo;ll take it into consideration as we plan the event. &nbsp;I suspect that room capacity will have a big impact on our ability to do this, but we&rsquo;ll certainly see what we can do. &nbsp;Jim</span></p>
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