For the next year, as the contractors developed Request for Proposals (REP), WLMP electronically posted all sections of the REP and attachments and received comments from industry in the secure area of the IBOP to protect sensitive comments.
In April 1999, the final REP was issued electronically to the IBOP.
In May and June of that same year, potential offerors submitted mock proposals to assure industry that IBOP's security encryption tools were effective.
A multifunctional group consisting of the WLMP Special Projects Team, the IBOP team, and a government data systems analyst conceptualized, designed, and developed the ASSIST electronic source selection tool.
* Seamless issuing of IFNs to the IBOP and reception by the evaluators;
In August 1998, a secure source selection room was set up on the IBOP to post draft source selection sensitive information.