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Subject: Requests for consultant services

The approved spending plan for the LegalXML Member Section for 2006 includes a little over $22,000 for consultant services.  The Steering Committee’s intention for the use of these funds is to provide TCs with technical expertise in drafting specifications and related artifacts.  As you know, the availability of such services enabled the Electronic Court Filing TC to complete its drafting of ECF 3.0 after a number of years of inconclusive efforts.


If your TC desires to have OASIS hire a consultant to provide support for your efforts, please submit a proposal to the Member Section Steering Committee by February 1, 2006.  The address for the Steering Committee list is included as a cc to this email.  The Steering Committee will review the requests during its next regularly scheduled meeting on February 8th.


Your request should include the following information:


            1.  A description of the specification for which you wish technical assistance

2.  The status of the TC’s work to date on that effort – for instance, that you have completed a statement of requirements, developed an architecture, etc.  The Steering Committee will want to know your TC’s “readiness” for detailed work on a specification.

3.  An estimate of the number of hours of consulting services required to bring the specification into existence.

4.  A rough time line for the TC’s intended development process once a consultant has been hired.

5.  How the TC will cope with the possibility that the Member Section’s resources will not sufficient to pay for all of the effort required to complete the specification.

6.  How the TC will oversee the performance of the consultant and approve consultant invoices for payment by OASIS.


We cannot guarantee that every request received will be funded.  The Member Section resources are limited.  If multiple requests are received, the Steering Committee will have to decide which request or requests offer the greatest likelihood for return on the investment to be made.



John M. Greacen

Greacen Associates, LLC

HCR 78 Box 23

Regina, New Mexico 87046


505-289-2163 (fax)

505-780-1450 (cell)



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