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Agriculture and NRM Consulting Services

Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC | Published February 11, 2016  -  Deadline March 3, 2016
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Agriculture and NRM Consulting Services Solicitation: MCC-16-RFQ-0080 1) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information including in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The Solicitation number is MCC-16-RFQ-0080 and is issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ). This solicitation document incorporates all mandatory commercial item provisions and clauses that are in effect through the most recent Federal Acquisition Regulation amendments which can be found at http://www.acquisition.gov/far/index.html 2) The North American Industrial Classification Systems (NAICS) code is 541611 and the small business size standard is $15 million. 3) FAR Clauses 52.212-1 through 52.212-5 apply to this procurement. The exact text and wording of clauses and provisions may be obtained from the Internet at http://acquisition.gov/far/index.html. The Government contemplates the award of a Time and Materials Order resulting from this solicitation. NOTE: An Addendum to FAR clause 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items, (Alt I) is attached. 4) The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government corporation whose mission is to provide assistance that will support economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry. For more information on the MCC, please visit www.mcc.gov. 5) THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR UP TO THREE (3) INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS AND IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT DIRECT WITH MCC, NOR FOR ANY FIRMS. PLEASE VISIT: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Independent-Contractor-Defined FOR INFORMATION REGARDING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. Note: MCC will assist the consultant(s) in coordinating with an Independent Contractor Engagement Services Provider for payroll, travel, international travel insurance, etc., therefore, a DUNS number and registration in System for Award Management (SAMS) is not required. 6) Description of Services: MCC requires up to three (3) consultants is to support the MCC Agriculture and Land Practice Group and members of relevant MCC country teams and implementation support teams in their efforts to (i) assess agriculture and NRM aspects of proposed Compact projects and activities and (ii) provide implementation oversight and assessment of implementer and project performance for projects with agriculture and NRM activities and components in on-going Compacts. Refer to the Statement of Work (SOW) for more details. 7) This combined synopsis and solicitation notice is a request for competitive quotations. Therefore, all quotations received prior to the RFQ close date will be considered. 8) The Government will award an order to the responsible independent consultant(s) whose quote conforming to this notice represents the best value in terms of technical criteria, past performance and price. All non-price factors (technical criteria and past performance) are more important than price. 9) The consultant(s) will work in from their home office and/or MCC headquarters or any MCC eligible country and/or country with on-going or recently completed MCC compact, including but not limited to Indonesia, El Salvador and Philippines. 10) Evaluation Factors. Only quotes which meet the mandatory technical evaluation criteria will be considered. Technical Evaluation Criteria: All mandatory qualifications described below must be addressed in a resume. Mandatory Requirements• Experience working on and/or designing and evaluating agriculture and NRM projects in MCC eligible countries, preference given for experience in Indonesia;• Demonstrated familiarity and experience with certification programs that support improved land use practices and sustainable production of agriculture and timber products;• Experience working in the private sector in agriculture, agribusiness and/or timber/forest industries;• Experience implementing and/or developing "climate smart" agriculture projects and/or supporting activities, including mitigation and/or adaptation;• Demonstrated experience developing partnerships that leverage private sector resources to address development challenges; • Demonstrated experience assessing the positive and negative impacts of current laws, policies and regulations on the agricultural and NRM sectors and identifying changes that would enhance private sector investment in these sectors; • Familiarity with MCC model and approach to project development, design and implementation oversight;• Familiarity and experience conducting and/or supporting cost-benefit analysis required for investment decision making; • Demonstrated experience conducting value chain and market assessments in MCC eligible countries;• Experience managing and implementing irrigation projects, including alternatives analysis and sustainable approaches to operations and management of systems by local communities and/or associations of water users; Preferred Requirements• Spanish, French and/or Russian language skills MCC reserves the right to interview the candidates. Past Performance: Three (3) professional references for relevant work performed during the past three years. Price: The government will examine the proposed rate for reasonableness. 11) Evaluation Methodology. The Government will perform a comparative analysis of quotes and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each quote as related to the Evaluation Factors. Multiple awards may be made from this notice and all quotes will be retained and may be utilized for additional requirements for a period of 12 months. 12) Quote Deadline. Independent Consultants are invited to submit their quotations in response to this notice by 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST), March 3, 2016. Only e-mailed requests for additional information will be accepted at MCCConsultants@mcc.gov and oberoia@mcc.gov by 11:00 am EST on February 29, 2016. Quotations submitted in response to this notice shall include the solicitation number MCC-16-RFQ-0080 AND description ‘Agriculture and NRM Consulting Services' in the subject line and be signed, dated and submitted via email to MCCConsultants@mcc.gov and oberoia@mcc.gov. The maximum file size is 10mb. 13) Exclusion of Quotes and Communications. At any time prior to award, including upon receipt of quotes, the Government may exclude a quote from further consideration for reasons such as (but not limited to): non-compliance with instructions related to this solicitation; the quote is not among the most highly rated; or the quote is not likely to be selected for award. The Government need not notify an offeror that its quote has been excluded from further consideration nor need it provide the offeror with a pre-award debriefing. However, the offeror will be provided post-award notification and if requested, a brief explanation of the basis of the award decision. After receipt of quotes, the Government will conduct an evaluation. The Government intends to evaluate quotes and issue a contract/ order without communications with offerors. However, during the evaluation process, the Government may, solely at its discretion, communicate with an offeror for any purpose, such as to gain a better understanding of the quote. As a result of such communication, the Government may allow offerors to submit quote revisions. If quote revisions are allowed, the Government may, solely at its discretion, impose non-common due dates for the revisions. In other words, the Government may elect to have a quote revision date for an offeror that is different than the quote revision date for another offeror(s). The Government need not conduct communications with all offerors. Rather, the Government may, at its discretion, conduct communications with one or only some offerors. Furthermore, the Government need not permit all offerors to submit quote revisions. Rather, the Government may, at its discretion, seek quote revisions from only one or only some offerors. 14) Quote Submission. The Individual Consultant shall submit the following document: a. Technical: (1) Cover letter that addresses all technical criteria as listed in this solicitation; (2) Curriculum Vitae (25 page maximum), Microsoft Word file b. Past Performance: Three professional references, with contact phone and email information, Microsoft Word file c. Price: Complete the attached Bio-Data form (see attached) to include the independent consultant's proposed rate and salary history. PLEASE DO NOT COMBINE YOUR SUBMISSION INTO ONE (1) DOCUMENT. DOCUMENTS (a), (b), &(c) MUST BE SUBMITTED AS SEPARATE DOCUMENTS. 15) FAR 52.212.3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items shall be required from the selected consultant(s), prior to the time of award. 16) The following Clauses will apply to the resulting order: a. 52.249-70, Termination Clause b. 52.232-72, Limitation of Funds - Incrementally Funded Contracts 17) There are no additional contract requirements(s) necessary for this acquisition other than those consistent with customary commercial practices. 18) See attached documents, (1) Addendum to FAR Clause 52.212-4, (Alt I); (2) MCC Bio-Data Sheet and (3) Statement of Work.

PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRCTOR (PSC) DIRECTOR, AGRICULTURE AND LAND

Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC | Published February 26, 2015  -  Deadline March 19, 2015
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The MCC requires the services of an Intermittent Personal Services Contractor (PSC) to actively participate in the relevant practice area and perform a variety of assignments associated with the development and implementation of MCC-funded projects and activities, as well as a range of responsibilities related to practice area development and MCC internal administration. The assigned practice area is based on a specific area of policy/guidance for which effective implementation is a priority for MCC, as-well-as by the presence in MCC of staff with professional expertise where the subject area and the staff working in it cut across MCC divisions. The subject area is relevant to most MCC partner countries at some stage of compact consultation, design, or implementation. Examples of current practice groups include infrastructure, Agriculture, Land, ESA, Gender and Social Assessment, etc.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks to lease the following space in Columbia (Maury County), TN:

General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service (PBS) | Published August 30, 2016  -  Deadline September 29, 2016
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City, State: Columbia, TNCounty: Maury CountyDelineated Area:Within the Columbia, TN City LimitsMaximum Usable Sq. Ft. (ABOA): 2,450Maximum Rentable Square Feet (RSF): 2,599Space Type: Office Parking Spaces (Total): 21Parking Spaces (Surface):21Parking Spaces (Secured):NoneParking Spaces (Reserved):1Full Term: Ten (10) Years (120 Months)Firm Term: Four (4) Months Option Term: NoneAdditional Requirements: •Parking lot must be able to accommodate trucks with trailers •Building must not be within a 100 year flood zone•A fully serviced lease is required•Offered space must meet Government requirements for fire safety, accessibility, seismic and sustainability standards per the terms of the Lease. Expressions of Interest Due: 09/29/2016 Reference: USDA-Smithville NRCS-TN-17-03 Market Survey (Estimated): TBDOccupancy (Estimated): TBD Expressions of Interest should include the following:1. Building name and address, or site location and approximate address (if known)2. Location of space within building3. Rentable square feet offered and full-service rental rate per square foot4. List of building services provided5. Total ANSI/BOMA usable square feet office area (ABOA) and the building common area factor6. Amount of onsite paved parking available; parking lot must be able to accommodate pull-thru trailers and oversized vehicles.7. Energy efficiency and renewable energy features existing within the building8. Building ownership information9. Contact information for Owner or Authorized Agent Send email (preferred) or hard-copy Expressions of Interest referencing USDA-Smithville NRCS-TN-17-03 to:Name/Title: Damon N Moody AmeriVet Real Estate Services Inc.Address: 5005 W Laurel Street, Suite 213 Tampa, FL 33607Office/Fax: 813-605-5906Email Address: dnmoody@amerivetres.com Government ContactReal Property Leasing Officer: Yi Kum, RPLO USDA-Natural Resources Conservation ServiceAddress: 675 U.S. Courthouse,801 Broadway Nashville,TN 37203Office/Fax: 615-277-2535Email Address: Yi.Kum@wdc.usda.gov  

Hotel Rooms

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published July 1, 2015
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspections Service(APHIS), International Services (IS), located at 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD , has a requirement for up to 95 single occupancy sleeping rooms. Checking-In Saturday August 29, 2015 and Checking-Out Saturday September 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. 15 Checking-In Saturday August 29, 2015 80 Checking-In Sunday August 30, 2015

Propylene Glycol, FCC/USP 99% Pure

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published June 29, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Health and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS), has an upcoming requirement for Propylene Glycol, FCC/USP 99% Pure in 55 Gallon Drums. The requirement will be for a 5 year firm fixed price IDIQ contract with estimated quantiles per year of 30 drums delivered to locations in Texas. The solicitation including the statement of Work will be posted on this site on or about July 1, 2015. Any updates will be posted to this site. Any inquiries must be e-mailed to the Contracting Office, to the attention of Patricia M. Simon, Contract Specialist, via e-mail to patricia.m.simon@aphis.usda.gov

Aerial Release Services

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published February 9, 2016  -  Deadline March 7, 2016
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), International Services Division (IS), sterile insect release program in Guatemala is seeking a contractor to provide aerial release services. The contractor shall provide services, as needed during the contract period, with fixed winged airplane(s) and qualified pilots for the aerial distribution of sterile fruit flies. The aerial dispersals shall take place in the south-west, north-west, central and northern regions in Guatemala covering a total area of approximately 193,104 hectares (1,931 km2). The approximate locations and base of operations for the release programs are in the vicinities of Retalhuleu and Santa Rosa. The Contractor shall furnish all management, supervision, qualified personnel, and equipment necessary to provide the services in accordance with the requirements specified in the solicitation. A firm fixed price indefinite delivery indefinite quantity commercial services contract is anticipated for these services. The anticipated effective period of the contracts shall be on or about May 1, 2016. The contract will include a base year with the option to extend the contract for an additional four (4) years. The solicitation, AG-6395-S-16-0044, will be released at www.fedbizopps.gov on or about Tuesday, February 16, 2016. After release, one may download a copy of the solicitation at www.fedbizopps.gov. NOTIFICATIONS WILL NOT BE SENT TO CONTRACTORS REGARDING THE ISSUANCE OF THE SOLICITATION NOR ANY OF ITS AMENDMENTS. IT IS THE CONTRACTOR'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THIS WEB SITE PERIODICALLY FOR AMENDMENTS. Proposals shall be submitted to the contracting activity by the date and time indicated in the request for proposal.

The Beacon

Government Printing Office, Customer Services Department | Published October 31, 2014  -  Deadline November 20, 2014
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Single award contract for the period December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2015, for the Department of Agriculture. Production area restricted 60 miles of Washington, DC. Anticipate approximately 4,400 to 8,800 copies per order (monthly), pages 12, 16 or 20 pages per order 8-1/2 x 11". These specifications cover the production of newsletters requiring such operations as elecronic prepress, printing, binding, packing and distribution.

CHIPBOARD AND FIBERBOARD BOXES

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published February 12, 2015  -  Deadline March 3, 2015
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The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS) is the nation's repository of critical veterinary supplies, equipment, and service resources. The NVS seeks a contract to purchase Blood Boxes, Inner Partitions and Outer Shipping Containers to collect blood samples to send to the lab for cattle/swine disease. The inserts hold the tubes of blood in position to prevent spillage/leakage of blood. The outer box is the master container that is used to secure the blood box w/lid and inserts w/blood collection while being transported to the laboratory. The Contractor shall provide Blood Box, Inner Partition and Outer Shipper Container to the US Department of Agriculture's Animal Plan Health Inspection Service's (APHIS), National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS). The intent is to award a firm fixed price Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract for a period of five years. This procurement is a small business set-aside. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code is 322219 with a small business size standard of 750 employees. Solicitation number AG-6395-S-15-0050 will posted on or about February 12, 2015. Any questions or inquiries must be e-mailed to the Contracting Office, to the attention of the point of contact listed in this notice. Requests by telephone will not be honored. Point of contact: Leah Schultz, Contracting Specialist, e-mail: leah.h.schultz@aphis.usda.gov.

WI Goose Meat Testing

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published March 9, 2016  -  Deadline March 31, 2016
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1. This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. The test program under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 13.5 authorizes the use of simplified procedures for this acquisition. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotations are being requested and a separate written request for quotation will not be issued. This combined synopsis/solicitation will result in 5 year firm-fixed price Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, unless extended or terminated. 2. The reference number is __AG-6395-S-16-0083__ and the solicitation is issued as a request for quote (RFQ). The detailed terms and conditions are presented in Attachment 1 to this combined synopsis/solicitation.3. The provisions and clauses incorporated into this solicitation document are those in effect at the time of publication. Provisions and clauses incorporated by reference have the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. The full text of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Agriculture Federal Acquisition Regulations supplement (AGARs) can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.acquisition.gov/far and http://www.usda.gov/procurement/policy/agar.html. 4. It is anticipated that a single IDIQ contract will be awarded. This is an unrestricted solicitation and small businesses are encouraged to submit a quote. The associated NAICS code for this effort is __541380__ and small business size standard is _$15,000,000 _. 5. This requirement consists of goose tissue analysis for listed contaminants for up to 5 years. The Note to contractors/Price Schedule/Statement of Work is provided in Attachment 2 to this combined synopsis/solicitation. The vendor shall return a Price Schedule with offered prices along with other requested information in accordance with the Note to Contractors6. The specifications for this requirement are provided in Attachment 1 and Attachment 2 to this combined synopsis/solicitation. 7. Delivery and acceptance of deliverables will be FOB destination. 8. The provision at 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial, applies to this solicitation. 9. The provision at 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items, applies to this solicitation. The following text is added to Paragraph (a) of FAR 52.212-2: (i) technical capability and approach of the contractor to meet the Government requirement and specifications; (ii) past performance; and (iii) price. Technical and past performance, when combined is equally important when compared to price. A competitive firm-fixed price BPA will be awarded to the responsible firm or firms with the best value quotation(s) trading off expected value against probable costs. The quote, at a minimum, must meet or exceed the acceptability standards for non-cost factors: technical capability and approach based on the specifications, and past performance. Past experience with analysis of tissue samples and the ability report timely results are important elements that will be considered. Additional guidance on price and past performance is provided under provision 52.212-1. Offerors with no past performance will be rated neutral. 10. The provision at 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items, applies to this solicitation. The contractor shall return a completed copy of this provision with its quotation. A copy of the provision may be attained from http://www.acquisition.gov/far/. 11. The clause at 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. FAR clauses and AGAR clauses identified in Attachment 1 are considered applicable to this acquisition. 12. The clause at 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. The checked FAR clauses are identified in Attachment 1.13. To be awarded this contract, the offeror must be registered with current information in the Systems for Award Management (SAM) Database. SAM information may be found at http://www.sam.gov. 14. Amendments, if issued, will be posted to this site. Quoters must include acknowledgement of any amendments with their quote.15. Quotations are due no later than 12:00 p.m. (Central time) on Match 31st, 2016. Quotations and inquiries must be submitted BY EMAIL ONLY to: Kimyen Nguyen, Contracting Specialist at kimyen.nguyen@aphis.usda.gov

Avian Influenza Vaccines, Eurasian HPAI H5

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published February 8, 2016
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) intends to award multiple commercial, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts for vaccines and vaccine combinations effective against Eurasian highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5 clade 2.3.4.4 (EA H5) in order to establish an emergency vaccine stockpile. The APHIS National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS) is the nation's repository of critical veterinary supplies, equipment, and service resources. It exists because of the nation's concern over animal diseases of catastrophic proportions that would• deplete State and local response inventories, • generate surge requirements that would overwhelm commercial sources, and• prevent unaffected States from providing significant help for fear of the threat crossing their borders NVS's ability to deploy within 24 hours large amounts of critical veterinary resources ensures states have what they need to respond to catastrophes and other outbreaks. The arrival and subsequent evolution of Eurasian HPAI H5 viruses of clade 2.3.4.4 lineage (EA H5 viruses) in North America has resulted in a catastrophic epiornitic, affecting both domestic poultry and captive avian wildlife. These viruses may persist within the wild bird compartment which could serve as a reservoir and pose a significant threat to U.S. poultry and avian collections. Therefore, NVS seeks sufficient supplies of vaccine, to be used singly or in combination with other vaccines that are effective against EA H5 viruses, suitable for use in chickens and/or turkeys ranging from one-day of age up to ≥ 3 years of age. The goal is to acquire and maintain an emergency/supplementary stockpile of EA H5 vaccines available for delivery anywhere in the United States within 24 hours of order by the NVS. Such products might include but not be limited to the following formulations/platforms: finished vaccine with shelf-life ≥ 1 year; vaccine precursors that can be rapidly processed into finished vaccine (e.g., antigen concentrates for inactivated vaccines) with potency retention of ≥ 2 years; and modified-live, or nonviable/nonreplicating vaccines that can be stored in a manner to ensure potency retention of ≥ 2 years. This vaccine stockpile would be used for emergency vaccination and to supplement commercial supplies as part of a larger vaccination campaign. All finished vaccines or vaccine precursors would be stored and maintained at the manufacturer. Nationally, the placement rate of laying hens and meat turkeys is approximately 20 million birds per month. With each bird requiring two doses of vaccine prior to placement, 80 million doses per month will be needed just for these two sectors alone. Therefore, vaccine companies should minimally have a production capacity ≥ 100 million doses per month to address these two sectors. NVS seeks a contract that will have the following components: 1) Production and banking of AI vaccine or vaccine precursors: Contractors would produce and store product and must demonstrate a storage capacity of a minimum of 100 million doses to a maximum of 500 million doses of vaccine or vaccine precursor that are effective against EA H5 viruses, whether used alone or as combinations of different vaccines;2) Vaccine must be fully licensed, conditionally licensed, or permitted (only products permitted for general distribution and sale will be considered) in accordance with the Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) regulations in order to be eligible for award. Delivery anywhere within the continental U.S. of up to 100 million doses of finished vaccine eligible for distribution and sale must be made within 10 calendar days of order as directed by the NVS;3) Vaccine or vaccine precursor must be stored in a manner consistent with the longest potency viability of the product, and demonstrate satisfactory potency when tested at 12 month intervals throughout the duration of the contract;4) Small serials of finished vaccine from vaccine precursor will be produced by the manufacturer every 12 months and potency tested by the manufacturer and provide potency data for review by the CVB;5) Samples of finished vaccine and/or serum samples from vaccinated birds will be provided to CVB if requested by the CVB; 6) Product will be stored by the manufacturer in a manner that ensures the longest shelf life while retaining satisfactory potency as determined by the CVB (e.g., vaccine antigen concentrate) which shall be no less than two years; The contracts will have a guaranteed minimum of $6 million worth of doses up to a maximum of 500 million doses of vaccine or vaccine precursor effective against EA H5. The North American Industry Classification System code is 325414 with a small business size standard of 500 employees. Solicitation number AG-6395-S-16-0066 will be issued on an unrestricted basis and posted on FBO on or about February 22, 2016. Any questions or inquiries must be e-mailed to Jim Roloff, contracting officer, at james.g.roloff@aphis.usda.gov.

USDA Seeking Expessions of Interest for Leased Animal Port Crossing Facility in Eagle Pass, TX

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published March 5, 2015  -  Deadline March 30, 2015
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U. S. Government Seeking Expressions Of Interest for Leased Animal Port Crossing Facility in Eagle Pass, TX The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking expressions of interest from fee title owners, or their representatives, wanting to participate in a lease construction project. Duly authorized representatives must submit evidence of their ability to represent the owner of the site. The expression of interest is for one site and construction of an office building (2,500 SF), covered horse inspection area, covered cattle inspection area (cattle squeeze chute, dip vat area and cattle holding pen areas), and parking for up to 20 cars. Facility must be designed to accommodate 10 semi tractor-trailers with ample space for vehicles to maneuver and room to enter and exit from the access road or Highway. Site entrance must be no farther than 15 driving miles from the United States border at International Bridge II in Eagle Pass, TX (local traffic laws for commercial trucks shall be adhered to when factoring driving route distances). Site offered must be 10 to 50 acres in size and contain potable water for cattle consumption with water capacity of 50-60 pounds per square inch at 15 gallons per minute. Access to paved public thoroughfares and paved state highway routes, must be available to the offered site. Sites offered shall be zoned for commercial facilities and location outside the 100 or 500-year floodplain is preferable. Site and site access must be designed so that it is accessible and can remain fully operable during local flooding conditions. Site offered shall possess reasonable level terrain for cattle pen placement and vehicle maneuvering. No rolling terrain or various elevations of land. Facility design must comply with animal and hazardous waste disposal as required by regulating authorities including the State of Texas. The offered site shall contain no hazardous materials, substances, or waste at the time of lease award. The site shall not be eligible for consideration if it does not have "no recognized environmental conditions" as a result of a current (i.e., completed or updated less than 180 days prior to the due date for proposals and less than 180 days prior to lease award) Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). Testing must be performed in a manner that, 1) satisfies the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final "All Appropriate Inquiries Rule (70 Fed. Reg. 66069, 1 November 2005);" 2) conforms to the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E 1527-05; and 3) is undertaken by an Environmental Professional with qualifications that meet these EPA and ASTM standards. All costs related to or incurred for the Phase I ESA and, if necessary, Phase II ESA shall be borne by the Offeror. In support of the Government's Brownfield initiative, abandoned, idled, or underused commercial sites where redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination will be considered. The Offeror must provide any existing environmental information available for the site. In addition, the Offeror shall advise if there are any historic structures on or in the immediate area of the site and if there are any known archaeological resources on or near the site. In compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and Executive Order 13006, when operationally appropriate and economically prudent, the Government will consider historic buildings and sites within historic districts. Demolition of historic buildings in anticipation of Government use may disqualify an offeror from consideration. Additional information is available at http://www.gsa.gov/historicpreservation or by contacting APHIS at the address listed below. The Government will select the site deemed to be most advantageous to the United States, all factors considered. None of the above-listed evaluation criteria is considered to be more important than any other. However, as sites are evaluated each site's unique attributes may result in one or more criteria becoming more important with respect to that particular site. The Government may also consider any unique attributes or other nuances of a site deemed worthy of consideration even if not listed in the advertisement. This advertisement is NOT a basis for negotiation and the right is hereby reserved, as the interest of the Government may require, to reject any or all offers and give consideration to sites other than those offered in response to this advertisement. Fee title owners, or their duly authorized representatives, are invited to submit expressions of interest, specifying the address and legal description of the property to: Brenda Santelman Lease Contracting Officer USDA, APHIS, MRPBS, Realty Services 100 North Sixth Street Minneapolis, MN 55403-1588 Ph: 612-336-3231 Fx: 612-336-3553 Brenda.k.santelman@aphis.usda.gov Responses are requested by March 30, 2015.

Commodity Inspection Services

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published February 10, 2016  -  Deadline March 1, 2016
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1. This is a combined synopsis/solicitation prepared in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 12.6, and supplemental information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotations are being requested for one or more Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA's). This combined synopsis/solicitation will result in one or more BPA's. The requirement is for Commodity Inspection Services. 2. Simplified procurement procedures will be used for this acquisition per Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13. This requirement is being offered as a Small Business Set-Aside. The NAICS code is 541990 The small business size standard is $15 million. 3. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), facilitates the marketing of U.S. grain and related agricultural products through the establishment of standards for quality assessments, and regulation of handling practices. GIPSA's Federal Grain Inspection Services (FGIS) administers the official inspection program under the authority of the US Standards for Grain and Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA), as amended. FGIS will use this contracting authority to supplement its workforce by contracting with private firms, institutions, and individuals to grade, sample, review documents, dispatch or weigh bulk and bagged grain, rice, processed commodities, and graded commodities, and more. See attached Statement of Work for complete details. 4. The solicitation number for this effort is AG-6395-S-16-0057 and this combined synopsis/solicitation is issued as a Request for Agreement (RFA)/Request for Quotes (RFQ). 5. The provisions and clauses incorporated into this solicitation document are those in effect at the time of publication. Provisions and clauses incorporated by reference have the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. The full text of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) can be accessed on the Internet at http://farsite.hill.af.mil/6. REQUIREMENTS --See attached statement of work (SOW) for requirements and locations. 7. Price must include all costs.8. The provision at 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors - Commercial applies to this solicitation.9. The provision at 52.212-2 Evaluation - Commercial Items applies to this solicitation. Award will be made to the responsible offeror(s) whose offer conforming to this combined synopsis/solicitation will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers: Price, location, capability (license/experience), and past performance. 10. The provision 52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications -Commercial Items applies to this solicitation. The contractor shall either complete the on-line Offeror Representations and Certifications www.SAM.gov or return a completed copy of the Offeror Representations and Certifications with their quotation.11. The clause at 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items applies to this acquisition.12. The clause at 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes Or Executive Orders Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. The following FAR clauses identified in FAR 52.212-5 are considered checked and are applicable to this acquisition;52.204-10, Reporting Executive compensation and First-TierSubcontract Awards (Pub. L. 109-282) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).52.209-6, Protecting the Government' Interest When Subcontractingwith Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Aside 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (E.O. 11246)52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (29 U.S.C. 793).52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (22 U.S.C. chapter 78 and E.O. 13627).52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messagingwhile Driving 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System forAward Management 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers 52.222-41, Service Contract Labor Standards 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires 52.222-55, Minimum Wages Under Executive Order 1365813. Additional clauses/provisions included: FAR 52.204-16, 52.204-18, 52.232-40, 52.252-2, 52.216-31, and AGAR, 452.209-71, 452.209-70, 452.237-74.14. To be awarded this contract, the offeror must be registered in theSAM.gov. SAM.gov information may be found at http://www.SAM.gov.15. Quotations must be sent via e-mail to patricia.m.simon@aphis.usda.gov by the date and time specified. ANY QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO THIS Request for Quotes (RFQ) SHALL BE DIRECTED TO PATRICIA SIMON, (No later than 4 days before quotes are due) BY EMAIL TO patricia.m.simon@APHIS.USDA.gov 16. A COMPLETE QUOTE WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING:a) the completed Pricing schedule (price and service location(s))b) location of operation or residence (must be within 25 miles of facility)c) statement of capability (including key personnel- the names of the individual or individuals that will be performing the services-see clause 452.237-74 KEY PERSONNEL) outlining inspection (or related/similar) experience for each individual, and capability of being licensed (if not already licensed). The statement of capability must demonstrate that the vendor is capable of performing the work in the SOW. d) three references (name, phone number and e-mail, a description of the work performed, and the date of performance). The past performance must be similar or work somewhat related to the type of work in the SOW. e) DUNS number, completed Provision AGAR 452.209-70, and confirmation of SAM registration 17. USDA IS AN AGENCY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, TAX-EXEMPT. FEDERAL TAX. I.D. NO. 41-0696271.18. Any Amendments issued will be posted to this site and must be submitted and acknowledged with your quote. Watch this site for any changes. 19. Responses must be received by March 1, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. CT.

Commodity Inspection Services

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published March 2, 2015  -  Deadline March 16, 2015
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This is a combined synopsis/solicitation to establish one or more Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs). Pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 13.303, Blanket Purchase Agreements, the Contractor agrees to the following terms of a BPA EXCLUSIVELY WITH UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA), ANIMAL PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE (APHIS) and Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). Contractor shall provide processed commodity inspection and weighing services under the authority of the Agriculture Marketing Act (AMA) in the geographical area serviced by the FGIS Domestic Inspection Operations Office (DIOO). These areas include commodity plants in Crete, Nebraska; Cambria, Wisconsin; and Danville, Illinois. Work shall be done in accordance with the specifications when requested by the Contracting Officer or those individuals authorized to make call orders under the BPA. Notes to Quoters: 1. This solicitation is for one or more Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA'S). If more than one agreement is awarded, the decision to use a particular BPA will be made based on location, price, and service need. 2. ANY QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO THIS Request for Agreements (RFA) SHALL BE DIRECTED TO PATRICIA SIMON, BY EMAIL TO patricia.m.simon@APHIS.USDA.gov no later than 2 days before quotes are due. 3. ALL CONTRACTORS MUST BE REGISTERED IN THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM) PRIOR TO CONTRACT AWARD. Go to www.sam.gov to register. If already registered, please make sure that your registration is up to date, that you have completed all FAR representations and certifications, and that you are registered under the NAICS code used for this solicitation. 4. ALL WORK PERTAINING TO THIS REQUEST SHALL BE DONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ATTACHED BPA AND THE DEPT OF LABOR WAGE DETERMINATIONS APPLICABLE TO EACH WORK SITE. Wage rates for each site can be found at http://www.wdol.gov/sca.aspx, and will be included in the contract. 5. YOU MAY EMAIL YOUR QUOTE DIRECTLY TO PATRICIA SIMON before the time specified on the solicitation. Send quotes to: patricia.m.simon@APHIS.USDA.gov. 6. USDA IS AN AGENCY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, TAX-EXEMPT. FEDERAL TAX. I.D. NO. 41-0696271. 7. Interested vendors shall submit the completed pricing schedule, statement of capability (including key personnel- see clause 452.237-74 KEY PERSONNEL), three references, and location (See Provision 52.212-2 at the end of this document for complete information). Price for hourly rates shall include all costs necessary to perform the specified work at the various facility locations indicated in the Statement of Work. Contractors must indicate the facilities they wish to have included in the BPA, only the locations listed on the pricing schedule will be considered for inclusion in the BPA if awarded. 8. This solicitation is 100% small business set-aside. PRICING SCHEDULE: Rate shall be a firm fixed hourly rate for inspection services at the location(s) quoted. Pricing shall include all costs associated with providing the service. SERVICE LOCATION(S) ___________________________________________________________________________ PRICE SCHEDULE Item No Description Unit Price 001 Commodity Inspection tiny_mce_marker_____ PER HR Services -04/01/2015 - 03/31/2016 1. DETAILS OF SOLICITATION 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF AGREEMENT: This is a solicitation to establish one or more Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs). Pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 13.303, Blanket Purchase Agreements, the Contractor agrees to the following terms of a BPA EXCLUSIVELY WITH UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA), ANIMAL PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE (APHIS) and Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). Contractor shall provide processed commodity inspection and weighing services under the authority of the Agriculture Marketing Act (AMA) in the geographical area serviced by the FGIS Domestic Inspection Operations Office (DIOO). These areas include commodity plants in Crete, Nebraska; Cambria, Wisconsin; and Danville, Illinois. Work shall be done in accordance with the specifications when requested by the Contracting Officer or those individuals authorized to make call orders under the BPA. 1.2 TERM OF AGREEMENT: The effective period of this BPA is one year (April 01, 2015 through March 31, 2016). 1.3 EXTENT OF OBLIGATION: The Government is obligated only to the extent of authorized call orders actually placed against this BPA. 1.3.1 Review for compliance to new statutes or directives shall be completed, at least annually, before the anniversary of the BPA's effective date. Any revisions to the BPA, as a result of this review, shall be accomplished by a bi-lateral modification. 1.3.2 This agreement may be unilaterally terminated at any time by either party with thirty days written notice and may be rewritten or revised at the option of the Contracting Officer. 1.3.3 Purchases after the specified period or exceeding the aggregate total dollar limitation shall not be authorized, nor considered an obligation. 1.3.4 Call orders made under this BPA will include, by reference, the terms and conditions set out in this BPA. 1.4 PRICING: The prices to the Government for all services under this BPA shall be as low as, or lower, than those charged the supplier's most favored customer for comparable services under similar terms and conditions. Call orders are estimated overall at 200-3500 hours of service annually (approximately 280 hours yearly at Danville, approximately 3000 hours yearly at Crete, approx. 3400 hours yearly at Cambria). No single call order may exceed $25,000. Estimated hours at each location may vary. The Government is obligated only to the extent of authorized call orders actually placed against this BPA. There is no minimum guarantee under this BPA. If more than BPA is awarded, the decision to use a particular BPA will be made based on location, price, and service need. 1.5 PURCHASE LIMITATION: Each Call Order placed by individuals authorized under this BPA shall not exceed $25,000. BPA Ceiling: Combined Call Orders must not exceed $250,000 per BPA per BPA year. There is no minimum guarantee under this BPA. 1.6 LIMITATIONS OF INDIVIDUALS AUTHORIZED TO PLACE CALL ORDERS AND DOLLAR AMOUNT: Calls under this agreement are only authorized by the following USDA Personnel and USDA Contracting officer. All call orders by the following personnel are limited to $25,000 per person, per call: Authorized USDA Personnel: Ron Metz - 816-659-8400 Jeff LHeureux - 816-659-8415 Claudius Price - 816-659-8414 Brian Woods - 816-659-8402 Roy Lyon - 316-204-3851 Sara Ludwig - 816-659-8404 Andrew Greenfield - 202-720-0277 Denise Ruggles - 816-659-8406 Warranted USDA Contracting Officer 1.6.1 Orders under the BPA will be issued based on hourly requirements for a given service location and shall detail the BPA Pricing Schedule item and quantity being ordered. 1.6.2 All calls by USDA purchasers shall be tracked and reported to the contracting officer at least quarterly. This information shall be sent to Patricia.m.simon@aphis.usda.gov. 1.6.3 DELIVERY: Upon services rendered under this agreement, the supplier shall provide a delivery ticket or sales slip containing the following minimum information: (i) Name of contractor/worker. (ii) BPA number. (iii) Date(s) of services rendered. (iv) Purchase number. (v) Itemized list of services furnished. (vi) Quantity and unit price, and extension of each item, less applicable discounts (unit prices and extensions need not be shown when incompatible with the use of automated systems, provided that the invoice is itemized to show this information). (vii) Date of delivery or shipment. 1.7 RECEIPT AND ACCEPTANCE OF PURCHASES: Receipt of purchases shall be indicated by signature and date on the appropriate form by the authorized Government representative. This shall be subject to acceptance by the assigned receiver when compared to the documentation of the original call. A sales slip, or delivery ticket (See 1.6.2), may be used for receipt and acceptance. 1.8 INVOICES: The USDA, APHIS uses the Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) for electronic submission and tracking of invoices and payment information to its suppliers of goods and services. Invoices shall be submitted electronically to the IPP invoicing system. The contractor may register at https://ipp.gov . An invoice must include- (1) Name and address of the Contractor; (2) Invoice date; (3) BPA number, contract line item number and, if applicable, the order number; (4) Description, quantity, unit of measure, unit price and extended price of the items delivered; (5) Terms of any prompt payment discount offered; (6) Name and address of official to whom payment is to be sent; and (7) Name, title, and phone number of person to be notified in event of defective invoice. Invoices will be handled in accordance with the Prompt Payment Act (31 U.S.C. 3903) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-125, Prompt Payment. Contractors are encouraged to assign an identification number to each invoice. 1.9 DELIVERY: All items will be FOB Destination. 1.10 POINT OF CONTACTS (POCs): a. Technical POC for arranging delivery: Andy Greenfield (202) 720-0277 b. Payment POC for invoicing: Denise Ruggles, USDA, GIPSA, FGIS, National Grain Center, 10383 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153. Phone: 816-659-8406 c. Contracting Specialist for BPA related issues: Patricia Simon, USDA, APHIS, MRPBS, ASD, 100 North Sixth Street, 5th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Email: Patricia.m.simon@aphis.usda.gov. Telephone: 612-336-3460 2.0 SPECIFICATIONS Statement of Work To Assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, Federal Grain Inspection Service In Providing Commodity Inspection and Weighing Services 2.1 INTRODUCTION The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), facilitates the marketing of U.S. grain and related agricultural products through the establishment of standards for quality assessments, and regulation of handling practices. GIPSA's Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) administers the official commodity inspection and weighing program under the authority of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA), as amended. The AMA authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to contract with private firms, institutions, and individuals for the purpose of performing specified inspection services. FGIS will use this contracting authority to supplement its workforce by contracting with private companies and individuals to sample, inspect, and weigh commodities when requested by FGIS-Field Management Division. 2.2 SCOPE OF WORK Contractor must provide processed commodity inspection and weighing services under the authority of the AMA in the geographical area serviced by the FGIS Domestic Inspection Operations Office (DIOO) and have a base of operations within a 25 mile radius of the commodity plant. The commodity plants are in Bunge Milling, 1405 Norman Avenue, Crete, Nebraska; Didion Milling, 501 S Williams St., Cambria, Wisconsin; and Bunge Milling, 321 East North Street, Danville, Illinois. Work at the plant may include any or all activities in the Processed Commodities Handbook, Weighing Handbook, Condition of Food Container Handbooks, Sanitation Handbook, and applicable Directives. The commodity inspection services that FGIS may assign to the contractor may include any of the following services: a. Sampling Service. Drawing a sample from a processed commodity lot using FGIS-approved methods to obtain representative samples for laboratory analysis to determine quality based contract requirements and instructions. b. Condition of Food Container Inspection. Examining the containers for condition, construction, sealing, and markings using U.S. Standards for Condition of Food Containers. (Reference: Agricultural Marketing Service, Part 42--Standards for Condition of Food Containers) c. Checkweighing. Weighing a selected number of containers from a processed commodity lot, determining the estimated total gross, tare, and net weight, or the estimated average gross or net weight per filled container. (Reference: Chapter 4, FGIS Weighing Handbook) d. Carrier Stowage Examination. Visually determine if a carrier or container is clean; dry; free of infestation, rodents, toxic substances, and foreign odor; and suitable to store or carry a commodity. (Reference: Directive FGIS 9180.48) e. Checkloading. Performing a stowage examination on a carrier, computing the number of filled containers loaded aboard the carrier, observing the condition of containers loaded aboard the carrier, and sealing the loaded carrier, if practicable. (Reference: Directive FGIS 9180.50) The number and kind of work activities at each plant may expand or be reduced during the contract period based on requests FGIS-Field Management Division (FMD) receives from interested parties involved in purchasing and producing product and FGIS-FMD's performance assessment of the contractor. 2.3 APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS Contractor must perform all commodity inspection and weighing related services in accordance with the AMA (7 U.S.C. 71 et seq.), regulations (7 CFR Part 868 subpart A), Handbooks, instructions, methods, policies, and procedures. Links to applicable material for this work are in parts of the following: Sanitation Inspection Handbook: http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/fgis/handbook/sanitation_inspec.aspx Weighing Handbook, Chapter 4, Checkweighing: http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/fgis/handbook/weighing/chapter4/whb-ch4.pdf Processed Commodities Handbook, Chapters 1, 2, and 3: http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/fgis/handbook/processcomm/Chapter_1.pdf http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/fgis/handbook/processcomm/Chapter_2.pdf http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/fgis/handbook/processcomm/Chapter_3.pdf United States Standards for Condition of Food Containers: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=stelprdc5106236 2.4 RESPONSIBILITIES a. Contractor must perform all commodity inspection and weighing related services using licensed personnel. Personnel must demonstrate written and practical knowledge and hold active licenses as defined by FGIS-FMD before they can perform work independently. Licenses may be issued by FGIS-FMD on or before the first day of work after contractor demonstrates knowledge of the written material and can show they can do the work. FGIS-FMD is available to offer clarity on written material and work procedure before licensing. Written material is identified in Applicable Documents, see paragraph 2.3. b. Contractor must also be able to (i) read, write, and understand English (ii) perform basic mathematical computations (i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and (iii) be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Contractor must: 1. Not have a conflict of interest (as specified in 7 CFR §868.80). This includes the contractor and any officer, director, stockholder, employee, or other related entity. (a) Advise FGIS immediately of any proposed change in name, ownership, officers or directors, or control of the contractor and, if a trust, any change affecting the trust agreement. (b) Not enter into any local work agreements with plants. (c) Not accept personal compensation (this includes Contractor employees) of any kind from plants or plant personnel. 2. Have qualified personnel available that meet the physical condition requirements in the Sanitation Inspection Handbook. (a) Provide transportation for personnel to and from point(s) of service, and compensate personnel assigned to perform services under this Statement of Work. (b) Use only personnel licensed by FGIS-FMD to perform services. (c) Train and assist personnel in acquiring and maintaining the necessary skills to perform official service and maintain records of training. (d) Keep FGIS informed of the personnel status changes and report any requests for work falling outside this SOW to FGIS. (e) Ensure personnel have readily available, during working hours, a valid FGIS issued license to perform assigned services and that they abide by the plant's or mill's safety and sanitation regulations. 3. Provide official services at the time scheduled by FGIS-FMD or within two hours after receiving non-scheduled request for personnel from FGIS-FMD. 4. Follow approved official procedures and use only approved equipment for performing official sampling. 5. Report immediately any apparent violation of the AMA, Part 868 regulations, and instruction to the field office according to FGIS Directive 9070.6, Reporting Violation of the U.S. Grain Standards Act and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended. 6. Submit reports, samples, and other required documents to locations, within the time frame, and in the manner specified by FGIS-FMD. (a) Use forms provided by FGIS-FMD to document work. (b) Complete and sign required reports and inspection forms. (c) Keep an accurate record of the time inspections begin and finish. 7. Invoice FGIS-FMD for services rendered in response to BPA Call orders. (a) Submit invoices to FGIS-FMD assigned personnel via email and IPP.GOV. Billing invoices must contain sufficient documentation as determined by FGIS-FMD to support payment. At a minimum, invoices must include information in Paragraph 1.6.2 above. c. GIPSA's, FGIS, Field Management Division personnel are responsible for interpreting specifications; determining appropriate inspection methods and techniques; and developing inspection guidelines, instructions, handbooks, and training aids. FGIS will: 1. License personnel determined by FGIS as qualified to perform official sampling and related services. Test potential licensees to determine their skills and abilities. (Information that will be tested is contained in paragraph 2.3 and this SOW.) Conduct triennial renewals of licensed individuals. Issue licenses, in accordance with 7 CFR Part 868 Regulations as supplemented by FGIS-issued instructions and maintaining the licensing database. 2. Provide the Contractor with the pertinent regulations, instructions, directives and notices; sampling, inspection and weighing procedures and equipment; containers and tags for mailing samples; security containers; FGIS Directive 9070.6, Reporting Violations of the U.S. Grain Standards Act and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946; official forms including Form FGIS-110, Bribery Card. 3. Monitor the performance of Contractor in the application of sampling methods and techniques. FGIS-FMD will take the appropriate action if the work performed on its behalf is unacceptable as determined by FGIS-FMD. 4. Report to the Contracting Officer, if the Contractor is found to be in violation of the AMA and regulations. FGIS will suspend or revoke any license according to applicable regulations when it deems such action to be for the good of USDA-GIPSA. 5. Pay contractor for performance rendered in response to a BPA service call order. Payment will be based on the BPA pricing schedule and actual service rendered. 6. Designate service testing laboratories which the contractor may send commodity samples for chemical, physical, and microbiological analysis or inspections. Provide Contractor the location and time of service requests. 7. Spot check Contractor's performance to ensure that it is according to contract specifications. The method and frequency of spot checking will be determined by FGIS-FMD and will depend on various factors including the contractor's performance history, service point workload, distance, and budget constraints. 8. Ensure that the Contractor understands: inspection and weighing methods and techniques; sampling methods and techniques; how to use handbooks, instructions, sampling plans, forms, and any equipment involved in performing required services; the necessity and procedures for sample, equipment, and inspection data security; that samples must be mailed to the appropriate laboratory in a timely manner; and that they are not employees of the Federal Government and therefore, are not covered by such benefits as health, retirement, vacation, social security, unemployment compensation, workman's compensation, etc. 2.5 PERFORMANCE The Contractor shall provide the service when calls are placed against the BPA by the individuals authorized to request services during the contract period of performance. The Government and Official Agencies are obligated only to the extent of authorized purchases made under the BPA. 2.6 BASIS FOR PAYMENT The hourly rate for inspection services (includes all services listed in Paragraph 2.2 above) will be paid for services rendered at the service location in response to a BPA service call order. Hourly rates for official inspection services shall include all costs necessary to perform the services covered under paragraph 2.2, including, but not limited to, transportation, training, licensing, overtime and premium pay, maintaining supplies, securing information, per diem, lodging, administration, and scheduling. The contractor is responsible, without separate hourly reimbursement, for employee scheduling, re-ordering supplies, protecting equipment/supplies, securing and discarding reserve files, ensuring plant and company personnel meet sanitary requirements, supervising all activities, training in all activities, and maintaining relations with plant management. a. Each Year Hourly rate (one rate)shall cover the following: . 1. Cost of performing service and related administrative costs; 2. Cost of first-class mail service between contractor and employee; 3. Cost of overtime and premium pay. b. Computing hourly rates. Hourly fees will be assessed in quarter hour increments for: 1. All services covered by the contract, (hourly rate applies uniformly), whether services are performed singly or combined, payment is based on one hourly rate. 2. Performance of the requested service, less mealtime. Time worked online at plants and for time worked off-line necessary to facilitate work activities. Off-line hours is specific to preparing paperwork and samples for distribution and delivering samples and paperwork to local mail drop off sites after production is completed. The amount of off-line time allowed for payment is determined by FGIS-FMD based on local assessment of each plant location and production processes. c. Application of rates when service is delayed by Plant. Hourly rates will be paid when: 1. Service has been requested at a specified location; 2. Contractor's employee is on duty and ready to provide service but is unable to do so because of a delay by the plant (i.e. equipment breaks down or other plant caused disruptions in production); and 3. Contractor determines that the Contractor's employees or licensed subcontractors cannot be used elsewhere or have not been withdrawn or dismissed. d. Application of rates when request for service is withdrawn or dismissed. Hourly fees will be assessed to GIPSA for the scheduled service if the request is withdrawn or dismissed after the Contractor's employee departs for the service point or if the request for service is not withdrawn or dismissed by 2 p.m. of the business day preceding the date of scheduled service. (2-hour minimum) However, hourly fees will not be assessed to GIPSA if Contractor's officials determine that the Contractor's employee can be used elsewhere or if the Contractor's employee can be released without cost to the Contractor. e. To whom fees are assessed. Fees for official services including additional fees will be assessed to and paid by GIPSA for the service. 1. The number of hours requested to work is not guaranteed; that is, the hours may be fewer than the amount shown in the Call Order. 2. Guaranteed 2-hour minimum payment per call out. 3. Form FGIS-992, Services Performed Report, must be completed and sent to FGIS each time called to a service location to perform a service. If, upon arrival, there is no work (including standby time), the service location call out and departure times and the phrase 2-hour minimum must be shown in the Comments of Sampler block. If there are fewer than 2 hours of work performed (including standby time), the service location departure time and the phrase 2-hour minimum must be shown in the block. 2.7 PUBLIC RELATIONS It is essential for all employees of the Contractor, and their licensed subcontractors, to display a positive image of USDA-GIPSA by ensuring that their employees maintain favorable relations with the processed commodity plant or mill and associated staff. Personnel must be courteous in their dealings with facility management. All personnel working for the Contractor must carry identification at all times documenting employment by the Contractor. Work must be performed with due care, taking precautions against damage to property and interference with vehicular or pedestrian traffic. The Contractor must protect against damage to all USDA-GIPSA, commodity loading facility, and associated property. 2.8 QUALITY ASSURANCE A. The government will evaluate the Contractor's performance under this contract. Nonperformance or substandard task performance will be documented when it occurs. B. The Government will monitor quality control procedures under this contract. The Contractor will submit a quality control plan before the contract start date. The plan must include methods to be used for identifying and preventing defects in the quality of service performed and records to be kept to document corrective or preventive actions taken. The Contractor must make appropriate modifications and obtain acceptance of the plan by the Contracting Officer before the contract start date. 2.9 CONTRACTOR LIABILITY The Contractor is liable for any damages, losses, or injuries to people, property, and animals, which occur as a result, directly or indirectly, from work performed by the Contractor's employees and licensed subcontractors while under contract with USDA-GIPSA. The Contractor must immediately notify FGIS and the Contracting Officer, of any damages, losses, or injuries occurring during the performance of any contract with USDA. 3.0 WAGE RATES The Service Contract Act applies to this contract. The Department of Labor Wage rates will be included in the BPA terms for each location and are listed below. The commodity plants are located in: Crete, Nebraska, WD 2005-2323 Dated 12/22/2014 Cambria, Wisconsin WD 2005-2579 Dated 12/22/2014 Danville, Illinois, WD 2005-2165 Dated 12/22/2014 4.0 CLAUSES AND PROVISIONS CLAUSES 52.204-13 System for Award Management Maintenance (Jul 2013) 52.212-4 -- Contract Terms and Conditions -- Commercial Items (Dec 2014) 52.212-5 -- Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders -- Commercial Items (Dec 2014) (a) The Contractor shall comply with the following Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clauses, which are incorporated in this contract by reference, to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items: (1) 52.209-10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations (Dec 2014) (2) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (FEB 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)). ____ Alternate I (AUG 2007) of 52.222-50 (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)). (3) 52.233-3, Protest After Award (AUG 1996) (31 U.S.C. 3553). (4) 52.233-4, Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim (OCT 2004) (Public Laws 108-77, 108-78 (19 U.S.C. 3805 note)). (b) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (b) that the contracting officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items: [Contracting Officer check as appropriate.] ___ (1) 52.203-6, Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales to the Government (Sept 2006), with Alternate I (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 4704 and 10 U.S.C. 2402). ___ (2) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Apr 2010) (41 U.S.C. 3509). ___ (3) 52.203-15, Whistleblower Protections under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Jun 2010) (Section 1553 of Pub L. 111-5) (Applies to contracts funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). _X__ (4) 52.204-10, Reporting Executive compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards (Jul 2013) (Pub. L. 109-282) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note). ___ (5) [Reserved] ___ (6) 52.204-14, Service Contract Reporting Requirements (Jan 2014) (Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Div. C). ___ (7) 52.204-15, Service Contract Reporting Requirements for Indefinite-Delivery Contracts (Jan 2014) (Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Div. C). _X__ (8) 52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment (Aug 2013) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note). ___ (9) 52.209-9, Updates of Publicly Available Information Regarding Responsibility Matters (Jul 2013) (41 U.S.C. 2313). ___ (10) [Reserved] ___ (11) (i) 52.219-3, Notice of HUBZone Set-Aside or Sole-Source Award (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657a). ___ (ii) Alternate I (Nov 2011) of 52.219-3. ___ (12) (i) 52.219-4, Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns (Oct 2011) (if the offeror elects to waive the preference, it shall so indicate in its offer)(15 U.S.C. 657a). ___ (ii) Alternate I (Jan 2011) of 52.219-4. ___ (13) [Reserved] _X__ (14) (i) 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644). ___ (ii) Alternate I (Nov 2011). ___ (iii) Alternate II (Nov 2011). ___ (15) (i) 52.219-7, Notice of Partial Small Business Set-Aside (June 2003) (15 U.S.C. 644). ___ (ii) Alternate I (Oct 1995) of 52.219-7. ___ (iii) Alternate II (Mar 2004) of 52.219-7. _X__ (16) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Oct 2014) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)). ___ (17) (i) 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Oct 2014) (15 U.S.C. 637 (d)(4)). ___ (ii) Alternate I (Oct 2001) of 52.219-9. ___ (iii) Alternate II (Oct 2001) of 52.219-9. ___ (iv) Alternate III (Oct 2014) of 52.219-9. ___ (18) 52.219-13, Notice of Set-Aside of Orders (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644(r)). _X__ (19) 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 637(a)(14)). ___ (20) 52.219-16, Liquidated Damages-Subcontracting Plan (Jan 1999) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)(F)(i)). ___ (21) 52.219-27, Notice of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657f). _X__ (22) 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)). ___ (23) 52.219-29, Notice of Set-Aside for Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Concerns (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)). ___ (24) 52.219-30, Notice of Set-Aside for Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Concerns Eligible Under the WOSB Program (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)). ___ (25) 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003) (E.O. 11755). ___ (26) 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Jan 2014) (E.O. 13126). _X__ (27) 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Feb 1999). _X__ (28) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246). _X__ (29) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Jul 2014) (38 U.S.C. 4212). __X_ (30) 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities (Jul 2014) (29 U.S.C. 793). __X_ (31) 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (Jul 2014) (38 U.S.C. 4212). __X_ (32) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496). X___ (33) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (Aug 2013). (Executive Order 12989). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items or certain other types of commercial items as prescribed in 22.1803.) ___ (34) (i) 52.223-9, Estimate of Percentage of Recovered Material Content for EPA-Designated Items (May 2008) (42 U.S.C. 6962(c)(3)(A)(ii)). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items.) ___ (ii) Alternate I (May 2008) of 52.223-9 (42 U.S.C. 6962(i)(2)(C)). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items.) ___ (35) (i) 52.223-13, Acquisition of EPEAT® -Registered Imaging Equipment (Jun 2014) (E.O.s 13423 and 13514 ___ (ii) Alternate I (Jun 2014) of 52.223-13. ___ (36) (i) 52.223-14, Acquisition of EPEAT® -Registered Television (Jun 2014) (E.O.s 13423 and 13514). ___ (ii) Alternate I (Jun 2014) of 52.223-14. ___ (37) 52.223-15, Energy Efficiency in Energy-Consuming Products (Dec 2007) (42 U.S.C. 8259b). ___ (38) (i) 52.223-16, Acquisition of EPEAT® -Registered Personal Computer Products (Jun 2014) (E.O.s 13423 and 13514). ___ (ii) Alternate I (Jun 2014) of 52.223-16. _X__ (39) 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging while Driving (Aug 2011) (E.O. 13513). ___ (40) 52.225-1, Buy American--Supplies (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 83). ___ (41) (i) 52.225-3, Buy American--Free Trade Agreements--Israeli Trade Act (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 83, 19 U.S.C. 3301 note, 19 U.S.C. 2112 note, 19 U.S.C. 3805 note, 19 U.S.C. 4001 note, Pub. L. 103-182, 108-77, 108-78, 108-286, 108-302, 109-53, 109-169, 109-283, 110-138, 112-41, 112-42, and 112-43). ___ (ii) Alternate I (May 2014) of 52.225-3. ___ (iii) Alternate II (May 2014) of 52.225-3. ___ (iv) Alternate III (May 2014) of 52.225-3. ___ (42) 52.225-5, Trade Agreements (Nov 2013) (19 U.S.C. 2501, et seq., 19 U.S.C. 3301 note). ___ (43) 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases (Jun 2008) (E.O.'s, proclamations, and statutes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury). ___ (44) 52.225-26, Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States (Jul 2013) (Section 862, as amended, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008; 10 U.S.C. 2302 Note). ___ (45) 52.226-4, Notice of Disaster or Emergency Area Set-Aside (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150). ___ (46) 52.226-5, Restrictions on Subcontracting Outside Disaster or Emergency Area (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150). ___ (47) 52.232-29, Terms for Financing of Purchases of Commercial Items (Feb 2002) (41 U.S.C. 4505), 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)). ___ (48) 52.232-30, Installment Payments for Commercial Items (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 4505, 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)). _X__ (49) 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer- System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332). ___ (50) 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Other Than System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332). ___ (51) 52.232-36, Payment by Third Party (May 2014) (31 U.S.C. 3332). ___ (52) 52.239-1, Privacy or Security Safeguards (Aug 1996) (5 U.S.C. 552a). ___ (53) (i) 52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flag Commercial Vessels (Feb 2006) (46 U.S.C. Appx 1241(b) and 10 U.S.C. 2631). ___ (ii) Alternate I (Apr 2003) of 52.247-64. (c) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (c), applicable to commercial services, that the Contracting Officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items: [Contracting Officer check as appropriate.] _X__ (1) 52.222-41, Service Contract Labor Standards (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67.). ___ (2) 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67). ___ (3) 52.222-43, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Labor Standards -- Price Adjustment (Multiple Year and Option Contracts) (May 2014) (29 U.S.C.206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67). ___ (4) 52.222-44, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Labor Standards -- Price Adjustment (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67). ___ (5) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment--Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). ___ (6) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Certain Services--Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). ___ (7) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (May 2014) (E.O. 13495). ___ (8) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations. (May 2014) (42 U.S.C. 1792). ___ (9) 52.237-11, Accepting and Dispensing of $1 Coin (Sep 2008) (31 U.S.C. 5112(p)(1)). ___ (10) 52.222-55, Minimum Wages Under Executive Order 13658 Dec 2014)(Executive Order 13658). (d) Comptroller General Examination of Record The Contractor shall comply with the provisions of this paragraph (d) if this contract was awarded using other than sealed bid, is in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold, and does not contain the clause at 52.215-2, Audit and Records -- Negotiation. (1) The Comptroller General of the United States, or an authorized representative of the Comptroller General, shall have access to and right to examine any of the Contractor's directly pertinent records involving transactions related to this contract. (2) The Contractor shall make available at its offices at all reasonable times the records, materials, and other evidence for examination, audit, or reproduction, until 3 years after final payment under this contract or for any shorter period specified in FAR Subpart 4.7, Contractor Records Retention, of the other clauses of this contract. If this contract is completely or partially terminated, the records relating to the work terminated shall be made available for 3 years after any resulting final termination settlement. Records relating to appeals under the disputes clause or to litigation or the settlement of claims arising under or relating to this contract shall be made available until such appeals, litigation, or claims are finally resolved. (3) As used in this clause, records include books, documents, accounting procedures and practices, and other data, regardless of type and regardless of form. This does not require the Contractor to create or maintain any record that the Contractor does not maintain in the ordinary course of business or pursuant to a provision of law. (e) (1) Notwithstanding the requirements of the clauses in paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d) of this clause, the Contractor is not required to flow down any FAR clause, other than those in this paragraph (e)(1) in a subcontract for commercial items. Unless otherwise indicated below, the extent of the flow down shall be as required by the clause- (i) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Apr 2010) (41 U.S.C. 3509). (ii) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Oct 2014) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)), in all subcontracts that offer further subcontracting opportunities. If the subcontract (except subcontracts to small business concerns) exceeds $650,000 ($1.5 million for construction of any public facility), the subcontractor must include 52.219-8 in lower tier subcontracts that offer subcontracting opportunities. (iii) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (May 2014) (E.O. 13495). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (1) of FAR clause 52.222-17. (iv) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246). (v) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Jul 2014) (38 U.S.C. 4212). (vi) 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities (Jul 2014) (29 U.S.C. 793). (vii) 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (Jul 2014) (38 U.S.C. 4212). (viii) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (f) of FAR clause 52.222-40. (ix) 52.222-41, Service Contract Labor Standards (May 2014), (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). (x) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Feb 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)). 52.217-8 -- Option to Extend Services (Nov 1999) The Government may require continued performance of any services within the limits and at the rates specified in the contract. These rates may be adjusted only as a result of revisions to prevailing labor rates provided by the Secretary of Labor. The option provision may be exercised more than once, but the total extension of performance hereunder shall not exceed 6 months. The Contracting Officer may exercise the option by written notice to the Contractor no later than 30 days before contract expiration. 52.222-99 ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM WAGE FOR CONTRACTORS (DEVIATION 2014-0001) (October 2014) This clause implements Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, dated February 12, 2014, and OMB Policy Memorandum M-14-09, Implementation of the President's Executive Order Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, dated June 12, 2014. (a) Each service employee, laborer, or mechanic employed in the United States (the 50 states and the District of Columbia) in the performance of this contract by the prime Contractor or any subcontractor, regardless of any contractual relationship which may be alleged to exist between the Contractor and service employee, laborer, or mechanic, shall be paid not less than the applicable minimum wage under Executive Order 13658. The minimum wage required to be paid to each service employee, laborer, or mechanic performing work on this contract between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015, shall be $10.10 per hour. (b) The Contractor shall adjust the minimum wage paid under this contract each time the Secretary of Labor's annual determination of the applicable minimum wage under section 2(a)(ii) of Executive Order 13658 results in a higher minimum wage. Adjustments to the Executive Order minimum wage under section 2(a)(ii) of Executive Order 13658 will be effective for all service employees, laborers, or mechanics subject to the Executive Order beginning January 1 of the following year. The Secretary of Labor will publish annual determinations in the Federal Register no later than 90 days before such new wage is to take effect. The Secretary will also publish the applicable minimum wage on www.wdol.gov (or any successor website). The applicable published minimum wage is incorporated by reference into this contract. (c) The Contracting Officer will adjust the contract price or contract unit price under this clause only for the increase in labor costs resulting from the annual inflation increases in the Executive Order 13658 minimum wage beginning on January 1, 2016. The Contracting Officer shall consider documentation as to the specific costs and workers impacted in determining the amount of the adjustment. (d) The Contracting Officer will not adjust the contract price under this clause for any costs other than those identified in paragraph (c) of this clause, and will not provide price adjustments under this clause that result in duplicate price adjustments with the respective clause of this contract implementing the Service Contract Labor Standards statute (formerly known as the Service Contract Act) or the Wage Rate Requirements (Construction) statute (formerly known as the Davis Bacon Act). (e) The Contractor shall include the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (e) in all subcontracts. 52.228-5 Insurance -- Work on a Government Installation (Jan 1997) 452.228-71 INSURANCE COVERAGE (NOV 1996) Pursuant to FAR clause 52.228-5, Insurance-Work on a Government Installation, the Contractor will be required to present evidence to show, as a minimum, the amounts of insurance coverage indicated below: (a) Workers Compensation and Employer's Liability. The Contractor is required to comply with applicable Federal and State workers' compensation and occupational disease statutes. If occupational diseases are not compensable under those statutes, they shall be covered under the employer's liability section of the insurance policy, except when contract operations are so commingled with a Contractor's commercial operations that it would not be practical to require this coverage. Employer's liability coverage of at least $100,000 shall be required, except in States with exclusive or monopolistic funds that do not permit worker's compensation to be written by private carriers. (b) General Liability. The Contractor shall have bodily injury liability insurance coverage written on a comprehensive form of policy of at least $500,000 per occurrence (c) Automobile Liability. The Contractor shall have automobile liability insurance written on a comprehensive form of policy. The policy shall provide for bodily injury and property damage liability covering the operation of all automobiles used in connection with performing the contract. Policies covering automobiles operated in the United States shall provide coverage of at least $200,000 per person and 500,000 per occurrence for bodily injury and $20,000 per occurrence for property damage or loss. (d) Aircraft Public and Passenger Liability. When aircraft are used in connection with performing the contract, the Contractor shall have aircraft public and passenger liability insurance. Coverage shall be at least $200,000 per person and $500,000 per occurrence for bodily injury, other than passenger injury. Coverage for passenger injury shall be at least $200,000 multiplied by the number of seats or passengers, whichever is greater. (End of Clause) 52.232-40 Providing Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors (Dec 2013) 452.237-74 KEY PERSONNEL (FEB 1988) (a) The Contractor shall assign to this contract the following key personnel: Inspection Services Personnel (b) During the first ninety (90) days of performance, the Contractor shall make no substitutions of key personnel unless the substitution is necessitated by illness, death, or termination of employment. The Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer within 15 calendar days after the occurrence of any of these events and provide the information required by paragraph (c) below. After the initial 90-day period, the Contractor shall submit the information required by paragraph (c) to the Contracting Officer at least 15 days prior to making any permanent substitutions. (c) The Contractor shall provide a detailed explanation of the circumstances necessitating the proposed substitutions, complete resumes for the proposed substitutes, and any additional information requested by the Contracting Officer. Proposed substitutes should have comparable qualifications to those of the persons being replaced. The Contracting Officer will notify the Contractor within 15 calendar days after receipt of all required information of the decision on substitutions. The contract will be modified to reflect any approved changes of key personnel. (End of Clause) 52.246-4 -- Inspection of Services -- Fixed-Price (Aug. 1996) 52.252-2 -- Clauses Incorporated by Reference (Feb 1998) This contract incorporates one or more clauses by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available. Also, the full text of a clause may be accessed electronically at this/these address(es): http://farsite.hill.af.mil/vffara.htm (End of Clause) AGAR 452.209 - 71 ASSURANCE REGARDING FELONY CONVICTION OR TAX DELINQUENT STATUS FOR CORPORATE APPLICANTS (a) This award is subject to the provisions contained in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012, P.L. No. 112-55, Division A, Sections 738 and 739 regarding corporate felony convictions and corporate federal tax delinquencies. Accordingly, by accepting this award the contractor acknowledges that it - (1) does not have a tax delinquency, meaning that it is not subject to any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, and (2) has not been convicted (or had an officer or agent acting on its behalf convicted) of a felony criminal violation under any Federal or State law within 24 months preceding the award, unless a suspending and debarring official of the United States Department of Agriculture has considered suspension or debarment of the awardee, or such officer or agent, based on these Attachment 1 AGAR Advisory 104 Attachment 1, AGAR Advisory 104 Page 4 of 4 convictions and/or tax delinquencies and determined that suspension or debarment is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government. (b) If the awardee fails to comply with these provisions, USDA may terminate this contract for default and may recover any funds the awardee has received in violation of sections 738 or 739. (End of Clause) PROVISIONS 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors-Commercial Items. (Apr 2014) 52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items. (DEC 2014) The offeror shall complete only paragraphs (b) of this provision if the Offeror has completed the annual representations and certification electronically via the System for Award Management (SAM) Web site accessed through http://www.acquisition.gov . If the Offeror has not completed the annual representations and certifications electronically, the Offeror shall complete only paragraphs (c) through (p) of this provision. (a) Definitions. As used in this provision-- "Economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) concern" means a small business concern that is at least 51 percent directly and unconditionally owned by, and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by, one or more women who are citizens of the United States and who are economically disadvantaged in accordance with 13 CFR part 127. It automatically qualifies as a women-owned small business eligible under the WOSB Program. "Forced or indentured child labor" means all work or service- (1) Exacted from any person under the age of 18 under the menace of any penalty for its nonperformance and for which the worker does not offer himself voluntarily; or (2) Performed by any person under the age of 18 pursuant to a contract the enforcement of which can be accomplished by process or penalties. "Highest-level owner" means the entity that owns or controls an immediate owner of the offeror, or that owns or controls one or more entities that control an immediate owner of the offeror. No entity owns or exercises control of the highest level owner. "Immediate owner" means an entity, other than the offeror, that has direct control of the offeror. Indicators of control include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following: Ownership or interlocking management, identity of interests among family members, shared facilities and equipment, and the common use of employees. "Inverted domestic corporation," means a foreign incorporated entity that meets the definition of an inverted domestic corporation under 6 U.S.C. 395(b), applied in accordance with the rules and definitions of 6 U.S.C. 395(c). "Manufactured end product" means any end product in Federal Supply Classes (FSC) 1000-9999, except- (1) FSC 5510, Lumber and Related Basic Wood Materials; (2) Federal Supply Group (FSG) 87, Agricultural Supplies; (3) FSG 88, Live Animals; (4) FSG 89, Food and Related Consumables; (5) FSC 9410, Crude Grades of Plant Materials; (6) FSC 9430, Miscellaneous Crude Animal Products, Inedible; (7) FSC 9440, Miscellaneous Crude Agricultural and Forestry Products; (8) FSC 9610, Ores; (9) FSC 9620, Minerals, Natural and Synthetic; and (10) FSC 9630, Additive Metal Materials.

CIRCULAR A AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYERS TAX GUIDE (PUB.51, Rev. 2015)

Government Printing Office, Customer Services Department | Published January 8, 2015  -  Deadline January 9, 2015
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These specifications cover printing and binding of 36,839 copies of a FORTY-EIGHT (48) page self-cover pamphlet in black ink for all pages; printing head to head and packaging and labeling 36,000 copies for shipment to IRS, National Distribution Center in full carton quantities.

A--VETERINARY SERVICE

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Capitol Network Acquisition Center | Published July 30, 2015  -  Deadline August 31, 2015
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The Department of Veteran Affairs intends to award a sole source firm fixed price Contract to the University of Maryland - Baltimore (UMB). The University of Maryland possesses intimate knowledge and understanding of the required Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, UW Department of Agriculture, Public Health Service and VA regulatory standards. This contract action is for services for which the Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under the authority of FAR 6.302-3 Industrial Mobilization, Engineering, Development or Research Capability; or Expert Services. It is the government's belief that only the University of Maryland possesses the required capability, expertize and accommodations to successfully meet this requirement. Interested persons may identify their interest and capability to respond to the requirement or submit proposals. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive quotations; however, all quotations/responses received within seven (7) days of the issuance of this notice will be considered by the government. A determination by the government not to compete this proposed contract based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the government. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. Any quotation/response should be addressed to the Contract Specialist (no telephone inquiries will be accepted) Delterine Mickey, Delterine.Mickey@va.gov by close of business August 31, 2015.

Data Loggers and Telemetry Related Equipment

Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service | Published March 16, 2015  -  Deadline March 25, 2015
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This notice is a combined synopsis/solicitation, Notice of Intent. The Midwest area for the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture intends to issue an award to Campbell Scientific, Inc., 815 West 1800, Logan, UT 84321. This is a sole source procurement under the authority of FAR 6.302-1, Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. This is a requirement of the Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit (CSWQRU), MWA, USDA at Columbia, Missouri for Data Loggers and Telemetry related equipment in order to improve and/or expand upon the existing Rain Gage/Radio Telemetry Network. The existing Radio Telemetry Network is designed to work together and communicate between each site as needed to transmit data to a central location. Therefore, all equipment has to be compatible using the same software. The current Network is controlled by Campbell Scientific, Inc. software and equipment. The current requirement of Data Loggers and Telemetry related equipment must be compatible with the existing software and equipment. The equipment and software from Campbell Scientific is proprietary. No telephone inquiries will be accepted. Interested parties should submit written (mail or email) responses, including prices and technical data sufficient to determine capability to meet the entire requirement. Responses must be received in this office within 10 calendar days after publication of this notice. It should be noted that no contract will be awarded on the basis of offers received in response to this notice, but will be used to determine if a comparable source more advantageous to the government is available. If no affirmative written responses are received, negotiations will be held with Campbell Scientific, Inc. without further notice. This acquisition is being conducted under the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act, Simplified Acquisition Procedures. SOLE SOURCE JUSTIFICATION: Upon the basis of the following justification, I, as Contracting Officer, hereby approve the use of other than full and open competition for the proposed contractual action pursuant to the authority of 10 U.S.C.2304(c)(1), FAR Subpart 6.302-1(a)(2)(iii), Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. JUSTIFICATION 1. Agency and Contracting Activity (FAR 6.303-2(a)(1)). USDA, AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE, Midwest Area, Procurement & Property Section. 2. Nature/Description of Actions(s) (FAR 6.303-2(a)(2)). a. This contracting action is to obtain Data Loggers and Telemetry related equipment to be used for research purposes. 3. Description of Supplies/Services (FAR 6.303-2(a)(3)). The requirement is to purchase Data Loggers and Telemetry related equipment in order to improve and/or expand upon the existing Rain Gage/Radio Telemetry Network. 4. Identification of Statutory Authority (FAR 6.303-2(a)(4)). 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1), FAR Subpart 6.302-1. The services required by the agency are available from only one responsible source and no other type of services will satisfy the Agency requirements. 5. Demonstration of Contractor's Unique qualifications (FAR 6.303-2(a)(5)). a. Only one responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services will satisfy Agency Requirements (FAR 6.302-1(a)(2)) (1) FAR 6.302-1(a)(2)) states, "When the supplies or services required by the agency are available from only one responsible source, or for DOD, NASA, and the Coast Guard, from only one or a limited number of responsible sources, and no other type of supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements, full and open competition need not be provided for." (2) The requirement is to purchase Data Loggers and Telemetry related equipment in order to improve and/or expand upon the existing Rain Gage/Radio Telemetry Network. The Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit in Columbia, Missouri operate a Rain Gage/Radio Telemetry Network. The network is controlled by Campbell Scientific, Inc. equipment and software. Any equipment that is purchased to improve and/or expand upon the existing network must be compatible with the existing software. The equipment and software from Campbell Scientific, Inc. are proprietary. In 2008, extensive market research was done in order to determine the best option for upgrading the Rain Gage Network. It was determined that Campbell Scientific, Inc. was the best option. Therefore, a decision was made to purchase all equipment related to data loggers and telemetry equipment from Campbell Scientific, Inc. in order to guarantee compatibility across all sites included in the system. It was also determined that future purchases of equipment and/or software to improve and/or expand upon the Rain Gage/Radio Telemetry Network would also need to be purchased from Campbell Scientific, Inc. because of the importance of compatibility and the proprietary properties of the equipment and software. 6. Federal Business Opportunities - FedBizOpp.gov (FBO) Announcement/Potential Sources (FAR 6.303-2(a)(6)). a. A Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) synopsis is published in an attempt to identify other possible vendors of the required consumable. b. USDA/ARS does not anticipate other qualified sources; however, should any responses be received, they will be evaluated to determine if they can meet future needs of the Government. 7. Determination of Fair and Reasonable Cost (FAR 6.303-2(a)(7)). After a thorough web search, price comparisons between Campbell Scientific, Inc. equipment and other vendors who sell similar equipment was able to be made. 8. Description of Market Research (FAR 6.303-2(a)(8)). Extensive market research was done in order to determine the best option for upgrading the Rain Gage Network. It was determined that Campbell Scientific, Inc. was the best option. It was also determined that future purchases of equipment and/or software to improve and/or expand the Rain Gage/Radio Telemetry Network would also need to be purchased from Campbell Scientific, Inc. because of the importance of compatibility and the proprietary properties of the equipment and software. There were also comparisons with other vendors who sold similar equipment. 9. Any Other Supporting Facts (FAR 6.303-2(a)(9)) There are no other supporting facts. 10. Listing of Interested Sources (FAR 6.303-2(a)(10)). No other sources are available at this time. 11. Actions Taken to Remove Barriers to Competition (FAR 6.303(a)(11)). A notice of intent to award on a sole source basis is posted in FedBizOpps in order to see if any other vendors could possible meet the entire requirement. 12. Technical Requirements and Certifications; (FAR 6.303-1(b) and FAR 6.303-2(b)). I certify that the facts and representations under my cognizance which are included in this justification and which form a basis for this justification are complete and accurate. CONTRACTING OFFICER CERTIFICATION: (FAR 6.303-1(A), 6.303-2(A)(12)). I certify that this justification is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief. Name: Brionna D. Wade Title: Contracting Officer

24' Pontoon / 150 hp motor / trailer

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published August 5, 2015  -  Deadline August 20, 2015
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(i) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Parts 12 and 13 using the format found at FAR Subpart 12.6 - Streamlined Procedures for evaluation and solicitation for commercial items and supplemented with additional information included in this notice. (ii) This solicitation is a Request for Quotation (RFQ). (iii) The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular. Applicable FAR clauses are incorporated by reference and may be viewed on the following website (s) https://www.acquisition.gov/ https://www.acquisition.gov/far/index.html http://www.dm.usda.gov/procurement/policy/agar_x/agarbase/index.html (iv)The associated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this procurement is 336612 - Wildlife Services for a 100% small business set-aside. The Small Business size standard for this NAICS code is 500 employees. (v) Supplies and Quantities needed Mfg: Encore 24' pontoon 1 Mfg: Mercury 150 hp motor- operating in fresh and salt water 1 Mfg: Road King Trailer - The trailer must be equipped with trailer brakes and three sets of bunks. 1 Delivery / Freight Brand Name or Equal IAW FAR 52.211-6 (vi) Item Description See Attachment #2 -SOW In accordance with FAR provision 52.211-6 Brand Name or Equal.(b) (1-4): (b) To be considered for award, offers of "equal" products, including "equal" products of the brand name manufacturer, must- (1) Meet the salient physical, functional, or performance characteristic specified in this solicitation; (2) Clearly identify the item by- (i) Brand name, if any; and (ii) Make or model number; (3) Include descriptive literature such as illustrations, drawings, or a clear reference to previously furnished descriptive data or information available to the Contracting Officer; and (4) Clearly describe any modifications the offeror plans to make in a product to make it conform to the solicitation requirements. Mark any descriptive material to clearly show the modifications. (vii) Place(s) of delivery and acceptance and FOB point: USDA APHIS Wildlife Services 400 Northeast Drive, Suite L Columbia, SC 29203 (Program can pick up the boat if it is in a reasonable distance) Shipment will be FOB Destination and Inspection and acceptance is in accordance with FAR Clause 52.212-4(a) (viii) Provision at 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors -- Commercial, applies to this acquisition and a statement regarding any addenda to the provision. (ix) Evaluation-Commercial. Evaluation 13.106-2 (b)(4)(i) Evaluation of quotations or offers. (b) Evaluation procedures. (4) For acquisitions conducted using a method that permits electronic response to the solicitation, the contracting officer may- (i) After preliminary consideration of all quotations or offers, identify from all quotations or offers received one that is suitable to the user, such as the lowest priced brand name product, and quickly screen all lower priced quotations or offers based on readily discernible value indicators, such as past performance, warranty conditions, and maintenance availability; *All pricing to include any and all costs but not limited to: overhead, general and administrative costs, profit, and transportation** In accordance with FAR Provision: 52.211-6 Brand Name or Equal (c) & (d). The Contracting Officer will evaluate "equal" products on the basis of information furnished by the offeror or identified in the offer and reasonably available to the Contracting Officer. The Contracting Officer is not responsible for locating or obtaining any information not identified in the offer. Unless the offeror clearly indicates in its offer that the product being offered is an "equal" product, the offeror shall provide the brand name product referenced in the solicitation. The following FAR Provisions apply to this Solicitation. Offers submitted without completion of required Certifications, Representations, and Provisions at the time of submission may be considered nonresponsive. 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors-Commercial Items. 52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items. The following FAR Clauses apply to this Solicitation and resulting award. 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items. 52.252-2 Clauses Incorporated by Reference. 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items. CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT STATUTES OR EXECUTIVE ORDERS-COMMERCIAL ITEMS (MAY 2015) (a) The Contractor shall comply with the following Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clauses, which are incorporated in this contract by reference, to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items: 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Feb 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)). 52.233-3, Protest After Award (AUG 1996) (31 U.S.C. 3553). 52.233-4, Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim (OCT 2004) (Pub. L. 108-77, 108-78). (b) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (b) that the Contracting Officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items: 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644). 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation (Apr 2009) (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)). 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003) (E.O. 11755). 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Mar 2012) (E.O. 13126). 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Feb 1999). 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246). 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Sep 2010)(38 U.S.C. 4212). 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (Oct 2010) (29 U.S.C. 793). 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving (AUG 2011) (E.O. 13513). 52.225-1, Buy American Act-Supplies (Feb 2009) (41 U.S.C. 10a-10d). 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases (June 2008) (E.O.'s, proclamations, and statutes 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Central Contractor Registration (Oct 2003) (31 U.S.C. 3332). 52.232-40 PROVIDING ACCELERATED PAYMENTS TO SMALL BUSINESS SUBCONTRACTORS (DEC 2013) The U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS A TAX EXEMPT AGENCY. (EXEMPT FROM STATE AND FEDERAL TAX) (xiii) WARRANTIES: Implied Warranty - The Government's post award rights contained in 52.212-4 are the implied warranty of merchantability, the implied warranty of fitness for particular purpose and the remedies contained in the acceptance paragraph. Additional Warrant - : Explain all details of the warranty. If an extended warranty is available explain details of extended warranty including price and availability after initial warranty expires. The Offeror shall extend to the Government the full coverage of any standard commercial warranty normally offered in a similar commercial sale, provided such warranty is available at no additional cost to the Government. Acceptance of the standard commercial warranty does not waive the Government's rights under the Inspection clause nor does it limit the Government's right with regard to the other terms and conditions of this contract. In the event of a conflict, the terms and conditions of the contract shall take precedence over the standard commercial warranty. The contractor shall provide a copy of its standard commercial warranty (if applicable) with this response. FAR Provision 52.211-6 Brand Name or Equal applies to this solicitation (see attached product info for information on specifications and salient characteristics ) (xiv) regarding (DPAS), input a statement that this requirement does not have a DPAS rating. (xv) Quotes are due August 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM CST. (xvi) Please contact: Jeanine Goral Jeanine.j.goral@aphis.usda.gov Office: 612-336-3353 fax : 612-336-3550 USDA APHIS MRPBS AAMD Procurement 100 North Sixth Street Suite 510C Minneapolis, MN 55403 Or Carol Dingess Carol.dingess@aphis.usda.gov Phone: 970-494-7360 INSTRUCTIONS CONDITIONS AND NOTICES TO OFFERORS OR RESPONDENTS In order to have a complete quote package, as a minimum, it must contain the following items: Completion of all required items in attachment 1 ONLINE Completion of provision 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items. Anyone wishing to do business with the USDA Shall complete certifications electronically at http://sam.gov An offeror shall complete only paragraph (j) of this provision included in the solicitation if the offeror has completed the annual representations and certifications electronically at http://sam.gov . If an offeror has not completed the annual representations and certifications electronically at the ORCA website, the offeror shall complete only paragraphs (b) through (i) of this provision included in the solicitation attachment 1. Offers submitted without completion of this provision will be considered nonresponsive. ONLINE A completed Central Contractors Registration at http://sam.gov In accordance with FAR 52.212-1 (k) Central Contractor Registration; anyone wishing to do business with the USDA must be listed in the government's Central Contractor Registrar. You may register on line with http://sam.gov or by calling Central Contractors Registration @ 1-866-606-8220 Potential Vendors must also obtain a Dunn and Bradstreet number. If your company does not have a DUNS number, you may contact Dun and Bradstreet directly to obtain one by calling 1- 866-705-5711or via the following website: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform or at ccr.dnb.com/ccr/pages/CCRSearch.jsp. Offers submitted without completion of this provision will be considered nonresponsive. The Vendor quote along with the completed Attachment 1 need to be sent to the attention of Jeanine Goral at the Email, Fax, or address listed below by 4:00 PM Central Time August 20, 2015.

Environmental and Social Performance Consultant

Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC | Published May 18, 2015  -  Deadline June 1, 2015
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Environmental and Social Performance Countries: Niger MCC-15-RFQ-0123 1) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information including in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The Solicitation number is MCC-15-RFQ-0123 and is issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ). This solicitation document incorporates all mandatory commercial item provisions and clauses that are in effect through the most recent Federal Acquisition Regulation amendments which can be found at http://www.acquisition.gov/far/index.html 2) The North American Industrial Classification Systems (NAICS) code is 541611 and the small business size standard is $14 million. 3) FAR Clauses 52.212-1 through 52.212-5 apply to this procurement. The exact text and wording of clauses and provisions may be obtained from the Internet at http://acquisition.gov/far/index.html. The Government contemplates the award of a Time and Materials Order resulting from this solicitation. NOTE: An Addendum to FAR clause 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items, (Alt I) is attached. 4) The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government corporation whose mission is to provide assistance that will support economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry. For more information on the MCC, please visit www.mcc.gov. 5) THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR AN INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT AND IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT DIRECT WITH MCC. PLEASE VISIT: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Independent-Contractor-Defined FOR INFORMATION REGARDING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. Note: MCC will assist the consultant in coordinating with an Independent Contractor Engagement Services Provider for payroll, travel, international travel insurance, etc., therefore, a DUNS number and registration in System for Award Management (SAMS) is not required. 6) Description of Services: MCC has a requirement for an environmental and social assessment consultant to advise the MCC Niger country team on a range of environmental and social issues. The Consultant will primarily be working with the Niger MCC Contract Officer's Representative (COR)/Project Manager (PM) and Resident Country Mission (RCM), with the support of technical leads including infrastructure, economic, M&E, gender, and agriculture specialists. 7) This combined synopsis and solicitation notice is a request for competitive quotations. Therefore, all quotations received prior to the RFQ close date will be considered. 8) The Government will award an order to the responsible independent consultants(s) whose quote conforming to this notice represents the best value in terms of technical criteria, past performance and price. All non-price factors (technical criteria and past performance) are more important than price. If options are included, quotes will be evaluated by adding the total price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. Evaluation of options shall not obligate the Government to exercise the options(s). 9) Evaluation Factors. Only quotes which meet the mandatory technical evaluation criteria will be considered. Evaluation Criteria: Mandatory:  A minimum of 15 years of experience working in environmental and/or social field;  A minimum of 5 years working with the IFC Performance Standards;  Ability to conduct technical analysis of environmental and social issues and provide effective communication to enhance the design and implementation of irrigation and Integrated Water Resource Management projects;  Experience with climate change issues and assessments, and building resilience  Oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate complex technical subjects to a wide range of non-technical stakeholders;  Professional oral and written command of English and French essential (Please include any other languages and level of proficiency in your resume); Desirable:  Experience working in infrastructure, and preferably irrigation and Integrated Water Resource Management projects in Niger and West Africa;  Skill in providing technical advice and guidance on the assessment and management of environmental and social risks and impacts associated with development projects/programs in developing countries with experience in Niger and West Africa;  Experience in two or more of the following sub-sectors is also highly desired: • Infrastructure • Natural Resource Management • Agriculture • Involuntary Resettlement • Social Science • Agriculture • Occupational health and safety • GIS Education: An advanced degree in environmental, social or natural sciences, environmental engineering, planning or a related field (Mandatory). Past Performance: Three (3) professional references for relevant work performed during the past three years. Price: The government will examine the proposed rate for reasonableness. 10) Evaluation Methodology. The Government will perform a comparative analysis of quotes and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each quote as related to the Evaluation Factors. Multiple awards may be made from this notice and all quotes will be retained and may be utilized for requirements for a period of 6 months. 11) Quote Deadline. Independent Consultants are invited to submit their quotations in response to this notice by 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday, June 1, 2015. Only e-mailed requests for additional information will be accepted at MCCConsultants@mcc.gov by 12:00 pm eastern standard time on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Quotations submitted in response to this notice shall include the solicitation number MCC-15-RFQ-0123 AND description in the subject line and be signed, dated and submitted via email to MCCConsultants@mcc.gov. The maximum file size is 10mb. 12) Quote Submission. The Individual Consultant shall submit the following document: a. Technical: (1) Cover letter that addresses all technical criteria as listed in this solicitation; (2) Curriculum Vitae (25 page maximum) b. Past Performance: Three professional references c. Price: Bio-Data Form which includes the independent consultant's proposed rate and salary history (See link below). PLEASE DO NOT COMBINE YOUR SUBMISSION INTO ONE (1) DOCUMENT. DOCUMENTS (a), (b), &(c) MUST BE SUBMITTED AS SEPARATE DOCUMENTS. 13) FAR 52.212.3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items shall be required from the selected consultant, prior to the time of award. 14) There are no additional contract requirements(s) necessary for this acquisition other than those consistent with customary commercial practices. 15) See attached documents, (1) Addendum to FAR Clause 52.212-4, (Alt I); (2) MCC Bio-Data Sheet and (3) Statement of Work.

Social and Gender Assessment Consultant - Nepal and Indonesia

Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC | Published March 9, 2015  -  Deadline March 24, 2015
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Social and Gender Assessment Countries: Nepal and Indonesia MCC-15-RFQ-0060 1) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information including in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The Solicitation number is MCC-15-RFQ-0060 and is issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ). This solicitation document incorporates all mandatory commercial item provisions and clauses that are in effect through the most recent Federal Acquisition Regulation amendments which can be found at http://www.acquisition.gov/far/index.html 2) The North American Industrial Classification Systems (NAICS) code is 541611 and the small business size standard is $14 million. 3) FAR Clauses 52.212-1 through 52.212-5 apply to this procurement. The exact text and wording of clauses and provisions may be obtained from the Internet at http://acquisition.gov/far/index.html. The Government contemplates the award of a Time and Materials Order resulting from this solicitation. NOTE: An Addendum to FAR clause 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items, (Alt I) is attached. 4) The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government corporation whose mission is to provide assistance that will support economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry. For more information on the MCC, please visit www.mcc.gov. 5) THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR AN INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT AND IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT DIRECT WITH MCC. PLEASE VISIT: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Independent-Contractor-Defined FOR INFORMATION REGARDING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. Note: MCC will assist the consultant in coordinating with an Independent Contractor Engagement Services Provider for payroll, travel, international travel insurance, etc., therefore, a DUNS number and registration in System for Award Management (SAMS) is not required. 6) Description of Services: MCC has a requirement for a social and gender integration Consultant for the Nepal compact. Based on analysis already completed for the Nepal Threshold Program, it is already known that the compact will address one or both of the power and road sectors. Initial social and gender analysis already carried out has identified areas of significant ethnic/caste and gender inequality to be addressed in program and project development. The consultant shall also support the Indonesia Compact implementation, especially in providing social and gender oversight of Social and Gender Integration Plan (SGIP) roll out, SGA grants activities and three projects implementation. 7) This combined synopsis and solicitation notice is a request for competitive quotations. Therefore, all quotations received prior to the RFQ close date will be considered. 8) The Government will award an order to the responsible independent consultants(s) whose quote conforming to this notice represents the best value in terms of technical criteria, past performance and price. All non-price factors (technical criteria and past performance) are more important than price. If options are included, quotes will be evaluated by adding the total price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. Evaluation of options shall not obligate the Government to exercise the options(s). 9) Evaluation Factors. Only quotes which meet the mandatory technical evaluation criteria will be considered. Evaluation Criteria: Technical: (a) Nepal The consultant should have expertise and a minimum of 15 years of experience in the following: • Social and gender analysis • A strong track record of field work in and publications on Nepal. • Knowledge of the Nepali language. • Familiarity with the key issues in the power and road sectors. • Writing high-quality analytical papers and reports on deadline • Ability to work constructively in a team. • Preference given to individuals with experience of working with MCC. In addition, Consultants will be evaluated on the basis of their skills and experience in the following: For Technical Support: • Developing or working with strategies, approaches, and tools for gender integration in large-scale international development programs in the education sector • Conducting desk reviews and providing documentation on issues relevant to social/gender impact assessment • Providing substantial input into social and gender assessment in policy analysis, research, program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. • Developing gender indicators for performance monitoring and evaluation • Developing and reviewing Scopes of Work and Terms of Reference for Social/Gender Analysis and country-level social and gender assessment specialists. • Developing and assessing methods, tools and indicators for monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment. • Expertise in the education sector, particularly in technical and higher education • Preference will be given to Consultants who have worked in Nepal and can speak Nepali. Technical: (b) Indonesia The consultant should have expertise and a minimum of 15 years of experience in the following: • Social and gender analysis • A strong track record of field work in natural resource management, agriculture and low carbon development in Indonesia • Familiarity with the key issues in the climate change, low carbon development, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture in developing countries, especially in Asia. • Writing high-quality analytical papers and reports on deadline • Ability to work constructively in a team. • Preference given to individuals with previous experience of working with MCC. In addition, Consultants will be evaluated on the basis of their skills and experience in the following: For Technical Support: • Developing and oversight of projects, approaches, and tools for social inclusion and gender integration in large-scale international development programs in the low carbon development and natural resource sectors. • Conducting desk reviews and providing documentation on issues relevant to social/gender impact assessment • Providing substantial input into social and gender assessment in policy analysis, research, program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. • Developing gender indicators for performance monitoring and evaluation • Developing and reviewing Scopes of Work and Terms of Reference for Social/Gender Analysis and country-level social and gender assessment specialists. • Developing and assessing methods, tools and indicators for monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment. • Expertise in the climate change and natural resource management sectors, particularly in low carbon development programs • Preference will be given to Consultants who have worked in Indonesia. Education: Masters in social science, especially in sociology, anthropology, development economics, geography, natural resource management, agriculture etc. Ph. D degree is a plus. Past Performance: Three (3) professional references for relevant work performed during the past three years. Price: The government will examine the proposed rate for reasonableness. 10) Evaluation Methodology. The Government will perform a comparative analysis of quotes and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each quote as related to the Evaluation Factors. Multiple awards may be made from this notice and all quotes will be retained and may be utilized for requirements for a period of 6 months. 11) Quote Deadline. Independent Consultants are invited to submit their quotations in response to this notice by 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday, March 24, 2015. Only e-mailed requests for additional information will be accepted at MCCConsultants@mcc.gov by 12:00 pm eastern standard time on Monday, March 17, 2015. Quotations submitted in response to this notice shall include the solicitation number MCC-15-RFQ-0060 AND description in the subject line and be signed, dated and submitted via email to MCCConsultants@mcc.gov. The maximum file size is 10mb. 12) Quote Submission. The Individual Consultant shall submit the following document: a. Technical: (1) Cover letter that addresses all technical criteria as listed in this solicitation; (2) Curriculum Vitae (25 page maximum) b. Past Performance: Three professional references c. Price: Bio-Data Form which includes the independent consultant's proposed rate and salary history (See link below). PLEASE DO NOT COMBINE YOUR SUBMISSION INTO ONE (1) DOCUMENT. DOCUMENTS (a), (b), &(c) MUST BE SUBMITTED AS SEPARATE DOCUMENTS. 13) FAR 52.212.3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items shall be required from the selected consultant, prior to the time of award. 14) There are no additional contract requirements(s) necessary for this acquisition other than those consistent with customary commercial practices. 15) See attached documents, (1) Addendum to FAR Clause 52.212-4, (Alt I); (2) MCC Bio-Data Sheet and (3) Statement of Work.

Environmental and Social Requirements

Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Contracts and Administrative Services | Published June 3, 2016  -  Deadline July 6, 2016
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AGENCY BACKGROUNDThe Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) was established as an agency of the U.S. government in 1971. OPIC is the U.S. Government's development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help address critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds, when commercial funding cannot be obtained elsewhere. OPIC supports a wide range of investments, including extractive industries, agriculture, manufacturing, and infrastructure. OPIC is required by U.S. law (Title IV of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961) to evaluate certain policy issues for every project it supports. OPIC's Office of Investment Policy (OIP) is responsible for insuring that OPIC projects are implemented in a manner consistent with OPIC's statutory requirements related to social and environmental matters which include environmental, health, and safety impacts; impacts on project affected people; labor and working conditions; and human rights. OFFICE OF INVESTMENT POLICY BACKGROUNDIn October 2010, OPIC adopted its Environmental and Social Policy Statement (ESPS), which outlines the environmental and social standards, assessment, and monitoring procedures that OPIC applies to prospective and ongoing investment projects. The ESPS is based in large part on environmental and social impact assessment procedures and guidelines applied by the World Bank Group and other development finance institutions. The OPIC ESPS may be viewed at: http://www.opic.gov/sites/default/files/consolidated_esps.pdf. OIP reviews proposed projects seeking OPIC support and evaluates the environmental, social and safety aspects of the project to assure they meet OPIC's environmental, social, health and safety requirements as identified in OPIC's ESPS, the 2012 International Finance Corporation (IFC) Environmental and Social Performance Standards, World Bank Group Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines, and other international best practices (the "Environmental and Social Requirements"). OIP also monitors project performance to ensure that projects comply with the Environmental and Social Requirements. OPIC anticipates a need of support to ensure OPIC-supported projects meet the Environmental and Social Requirements. OPIC will utilize the Prospective Contractor Lists established by this solicitation to award IDIQ Task Orders to Contractors to perform services within the specified areas of expertise. The Prospective Contractor Lists are as follows: 1. Independent Environmental and Social Reviews for Projects2. Independent Auditing and/or Monitoring Support for Projects3. Independent Industry- or Sector-Specific Technical Reviews or Other Environmental and Social Support for Projects4. Policy and Procedure Support Please see the attached solicitation for more information.