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Management of CDC, DSAT secure file room

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published April 22, 2016
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The contractor shall provide the following to Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS): current 1A07 secure file room analysis, current paper filing system analysis, updated file room procedures based on the current practices of CDC, Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT), updated paper filing system to parallel the DSAT system, management practices to maintain the file room and the paper files in an operational and efficient system, and training of AgSAS personnel on the new paper filing system, in accordance with the Agriculture Bioterrorism Act, 2002. The contractor's personnel are required to have at least a Secret-level clearance.  Item Description - Firm Fixed Priced Contract with SRA International for AgSAS Filing System IAA with CDC. The Period of Performance is six months with a possible six month option to extend if AgSAS determines a critical need. The first six month period begins on May 2nd , 2016 through October 31, 2016The 6 month option period will be from November 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017 Location of Services:APHIS Headquarters4700 River RdRiverdale, MD

Yellow Sticky Traps, baited and un-baited

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published April 19, 2017
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The USDA APHIS PPQ is intending to award one Fixed price, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for delivery of a Baited and Un-Baited Yellow Sticky Traps. The bait will specifically target Rhagoletis species. Certain insect traps have been shown to be an effective monitoring tool for non-indigenous insects. Various trap combinations have enabled the USDA to better contain and monitor potential infestations of these insects. Psyllids and other flying insects are some of the most serious exotic plant pests threatening agriculture and environmental resources. The USDA APHIS PPQ has been tasked by congress with detecting, monitoring and managing these insects. The impact of these insects, should they become established, would have irreversible impacts on natural resources, hinder trade and increase costs of production. This acquisition will be done in accordance to FAR 13 - Simplified Acquisitions Procedures and will be 100% set aside for small businesses only. The NAICs code is 325320 - Pesticide and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing, with a small business size standard of 1000 employees. The solicitation and the specifications will be made available electronically at this website on or about 04/21/17. All changes to the pre-solicitation notice, solicitation and any attachments shall be posted here.  

National Organic Program Accreditation Peer Review Project

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published August 18, 2015  -  Deadline September 2, 2015
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(i) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. (See attached.) This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotations are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. (ii) This reference number for this effort is AG-6395-S-15-0169. This solicitation is issued as a request for quotation (RFQ) and will result in a firm-fixed-price contract. (iii) The solicitation document and incorporated provisions are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-83, effective August 3, 2015. (iv)This solicitation is issued as unrestricted. The appropriate NAICS code is 541611 with a small business size standard of $15M. (v) Contract Line Items: "Request for Quotation" (attached). (vi) Description of requirements for items to be acquired. Services to conduct a peer review evaluation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program's polices processes and procedures for conformance to ISO/IEC 17011:2011 Conformity Assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies. See "Request for Quotation" (attached). (vii) Date and place of delivery and acceptance and FOB point: The period of performance is one year from the contract award date. See "Request for Quotation" (attached). (viii) The provision at 52.212-1, INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS - COMMERCIAL and 52.212-1 Addendum apply to this acquisition. See "Request for Quotation" (attached). (ix) The provision at 52.212-2, EVALUATION - COMMERCIAL ITEMS, applies. (a) The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible Quoter whose quotation conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. Quotations will be evaluated in accordance with FAR Parts 12 and 13. The following factors shall be used to evaluate quotations: (i) Price (ii) Technical Approach and Capability (iii) Management Approach and Staffing (iv) Past Performance. All non-price related evaluation factors, when combined, are considered significantly more important than price. See paragraph 1.3, Criteria for Selection and Method of Award, for submission requirements. (b) Quoters are responsible for ensuring completeness of offers. The Government may evaluate solely on the information provided in the initial offer and not assume the Quoter possesses any capability that is not specifically identified in the quotation. (x) The provision 52.212-3, OFFEROR REPRESENTATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS - COMMERCIAL ITEMS applies. Offerors must complete online representations and certifications in the System for Awards Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov (xi) The clause at 52.212-4, CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS - COMMERCIAL ITEMS, and Addendum applies to this acquisition. See "Request for Quotation" (attached). (xii) The clause at 52.212-5, CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT STATUTES OR EXECUTIVE ORDERS - COMMERCIAL ITEMS, applies to this acquisition. See "Request for Quotation" (attached). (xiii) Additional contract requirements: See "Request for Quotation" (attached). (xiv) DPAS ratings: N/A (xvi) Quotations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. (local time) on September 2, 2015. Quotations must be submitted by email to: Lisa Draves, Contract Specialist, at lisa.a.draves@aphis.usda.gov (xvi) Point of Contact for Inquiries: All questions concerning this solicitation should be submitted in writing to Lisa Draves at lisa.a.draves@aphis.usda.gov

Fixed wing aircraft maintenance in Nevada

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published July 20, 2016  -  Deadline August 4, 2016
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1. This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial services- prepared in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 12 and Part 13 and supplemental information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotations are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. This combined synopsis/solicitation will result in a firm fixed price IDIQ commercial service contract. 2. The solicitation number for this effort is AG-6395-S-16-0158 and this combined synopsis/solicitation is issued as a request for quotation (RFQ). 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) can be accessed on the Internet at http://farsite.hill.af.mil/ 4. 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 488190. The small business size standard is $32.5 million. 5. This requirement is for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Service (WS) in aircraft services in Nevada6. REQUIREMENTS AND QUANTITIES: See attached schedule, statement of work and additional clauses. 7. The period of performance will be 5 years. 8. The provision at 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items (Oct 2015) applies to this solicitation. 9. Award will be made to the responsible offeror 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, Technical capability (such as experience with Top Cubs or CC-18/180, location to aircraft base and Past performance. 10. The provision 52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items (Apr 2016) 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 (May 2014) applies to this acquisition. 12. The clause at 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes Or Executive Orders (June 2016) 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; (4) 52.204-10, Reporting Executive compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards (Jul 2013) (Pub. L. 109-282) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note). (8) 52.209-6, Protecting the Government' Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment (Aug 2013) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note). (10) 52.209-10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations (May 2012) (section 738 of Division C of Public Law 112-74, section 740 of Division C of Pub. L. 111- 117, section 743 of Division D of Pub. L. 111-8, and section 745 of Division D of Pub. L. 110-161). (14) (i) 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644). (16) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)).(19) 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 637(a)(14)).(22) 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)).(25) 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003) (E.O. 11755).(27) 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Feb 1999).(28) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246).(29) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Sep 2010) (38 U.S.C. 4212).(30) 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities (Jul 2014) (29 U.S.C. 793).(31) 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (Sep 2010) (38 U.S.C. 4212).(32) 52.222-40 Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496(33) (i) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Mar 2015) (22 U.S.C. chapter 78 and E.O. 13627).(34) 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.) (42) 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging while Driving (Aug 2011).(47) 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).(54) 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332).(2) 52.222-41, Service Contract Act of 1965 (Nov 2007) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).(3) 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires (May 1989) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).(4) 52.222-43, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act -- Price Adjustment (Multiple Year and Option Contracts) (Sep 2009) (29 U.S.C.206 and 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.). 13. To be awarded this contract, the offeror must be registered in SAM.gov. SAM.gov information may be found at http://www.SAM.gov. 14. Quotations are due to the United States Department of Agriculture, Minneapolis Contracting Office, 100 North Sixth Street, Butler Square, 5th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403 by 01:30 PM CST, August 04, 2016. Quotes may be sent via e-mail to Jason.l.wilking@aphis.usda.gov, fax to 612-336-3550 or via mail. The point of contact for this combined synopsis solicitation is Jason Wilking who may be reached at Jason.l.wilking@aphis.usda.gov , or phone at 612-336-3210. 15. A COMPLETE QUOTE WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING:a. A completed pricing schedule and technical information for evaluation.b. Past performance references for projects similar to the work required in this contract. References must include contact name, phone number, e-mail address, and a description of the work. d. A completed copy of the provisions at FAR 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items or if not completed in SAM.gov. .

Avian Influenza Vaccines, Eurasian H5 Subtype

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published July 6, 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. The NVS' 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 100 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 100 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-16-0130 will be issued on an unrestricted basis and posted on FBO on or about August 15, 2016. Any questions or inquiries must be e-mailed to Jim Roloff, contracting officer, at james.g.roloff@aphis.usda.gov.

Avian Influenza Vaccines, Eurasian HPAI H5

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published November 6, 2015
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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 twelve (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 twelve (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-16-0005 will be will be issued on an unrestricted basis and posted on FBO during the latter part of November, 2015. Any questions or inquiries must be e-mailed to Jim Roloff, contracting officer, at james.g.roloff@aphis.usda.gov.

CLEAR Database Subscription

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published January 5, 2016
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This BPA has been awarded based on limited sources justification below. 1 NATURE AND/OR DESCRIPTION OF THE ACTION BEING APPROVED: Investigative and Enforcement Service (IES) is the investigative and enforcement arm for the programs under the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Investigators are responsible for investigation related to the enforcement of the rules and regulation under the purview of APHIS in all 50 states and the US territories. The primary purpose of the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Workers' Compensation Program (WCP) is to facilitate wage replacement, payment for medical care, and return to work efforts for employees who sustain compensable work injuries. The WCP staff works with the Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Workers' Compensation Program (OWCP) who administers the federal program according to the Federal Employees' Compensation Act. Additionally, our staff works with supervisors and employees to ensure accountability and the timely processing of OWCP claims, and provides guidance in navigating regulation and policy. The Security Branch (SB) is the entity within USDA-APHIS responsible for investigating, assessing, and mitigating threats to agency facilities and personnel. All programs within the agency report internal and external threats, as well as other security incidents, to the Security Branch. Once the Security Branch receives an initial report, a Security Specialist conducts a threat assessment to determine the nature, severity, and potential mitigation of the incident. Accurate and timely information is paramount to the three programs. To that end, access to third party databases is required for information gathering and validation. Accurate and timely access to this important information is vital in carrying out each programs missions and goals. 2 DESCRIPTION OF THE SERVICE/SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED TO MEET AGERNCY NEED: CLEAR Investigator Database The CLEAR public records data will provide information on locating persons, assets, verifying identities, identifying businesses and business affiliations, and identifying adverse information. Real-time gateways and locator data is provided at no additional cost. The gateway provides real-time access to ensure information obtained is up-to-date. This includes access to credit header data, vehicle registration data, and phone data-including cell phones. Live gateways also provides locator data to obtain the most current address available. These records are searchable and users are able to save customized searches and reports. The ability for users to order reports and customizing those reports is a necessity. Users have the ability to save report in an Adobe pdf and Microsoft Word format. We require the ability to run all four report types: contact report, basic report, national comprehensive report, and business comprehensive report. The sections of each report should provide the ability to customize prior to saving. User is able to export results to IBM i2 Analyst Notebook for further analysis. Users have access to query history, session summary, and the ability to export search results to Microsoft Excel. The user is able to create alerts for subjects of a Person Search. The Public Record Data Sets allows searches to be bundled into broad search types: • Person • Business • Asset • Phone • License • Court Premium Content Users will also require access to the following premium content for specialized searching: • Web Analytics - This service provides access to multiple resources including social networking sites, news services, and blog entries. Web Analytics provides information not normally found in public records including photos and email addresses, and business affiliations. • Real-Time Incarceration and Arrest Records - provides access to booking records and photo images. This includes 36 states and the District of Columbia. • Healthcare Fraud Content - Provides access to healthcare provider content, including NPI numbers, state and federal sanctions, and expanded professional licenses - across all states. The total amount for unlimited subscription of CLEAR database and premium contents is approximately $185,000 for a total of 5 years. 3. IDENTIFICATION OF THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY PERMITTING NONCOMPETITIVE ACQUISITIONS: FAR 8.405-6 (a)(1)(i)(B) Only one source is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services are unique or highly specialized. 4. DEMONSTRATION THAT THE PROPOSED CONTRACTOR'S UNIQUE SERVICE/SUBSCRIPTION AND THE NATURE OF THE ACQUISITION REQUIRES USE OF THE AUTHORITY CITED: The refresh rates and diversity of data sources is paramount to providing actionable information. We rely heavily on our information validation protocol to that end. CLEAR provides different information sources than Lexis.com, Lexis Investigative Portal, Accurint, and PeopleMap. Their refresh rate is better for some information and their cell phone, employer data, Secretary of States data, social media and Canadian telephone information is more comprehensive than that provided by its competitors. Even though all the subscription may provide people information or business information the source that they get that information from and the refresh rate makes the difference. If we are looking for cell phone information CLEAR is one of the best sources for that, if it is address information than CLEAR will pick that information up first because of its use of credit reporting data. These are only a few of the difference. Here are some of the data areas that CLEAR provides that other databases did not offer: • Web Analytics- This service provides access to multiple resources including social networking sites, news services, and blog entries. Web Analytics provides information not normally found in public records including photos and email addresses, and business affiliations. • Real-Time Incarceration and Arrest Records - provides access to booking records and photo images. This includes 36 states and the District of Columbia. • Telephone information for Canadian residence and businesses. • Employment data • Ability to export results to Microsoft Excel • Ability to set alert to notify analyst when information changes for a specified entity. CLEAR is an important tool in our toolbox and necessary to providing actionable information to or investigators and enforcement staff. Based on CLEAR's unique nature, we have determined that West Publishing Corp. is the only capable source that can provide services required at the level of quality required. 5.A DESCRIPTION OF EFFORTS MAKE TO ENSURE THAT OFFERS ARE SOLICITED FROM AS MANY POTENTIAL SOURCES AS IS PRACTIABLE, INCLUDING WHETHER A NOTICE WAS OR WILL BE PUBLIZED AS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATIONS (FAR) SUBPART 5.2 AND IF NOT, WHICH EXCEPTIONS UNDER FAR 5.202 APPLIES: We elevated 5 different data subscriptions and as their data availability changes we must reevaluate the merit of the data provided. 6.A DETERMINATION BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICIER THAT THE ANTICIPATED COST TO THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE FAIR AND REASONABLE, AND THE BASIS FOR THAT DETERMINATION. Determination of fair and reasonable pricing will be based on historical pricing and price comparisons to other data subscriptions contractors. In the previous contract with West Publishing Corporation for CLEAR services, the USDA paid approximately $158 per user monthly with an annual increase of approximately $8 for a total of 11 users. This new requirement is for 17 users with additional service requirements. With that being said each program (WCP, SB, and IES) is paying around $158 to $268 per user monthly - depending on the user content access - with an annual increase of approximately $6 to $9 per user. As mentioned in Part 6, we evaluated 5 different data subscriptions and West Publishing Corp. has the best value. By bundling the requirements of these three programs the government is saving money on services and on long term administrative cost. Furthermore, GSA has already determined the prices of supplies and fixed-price services under schedule contracts to be fair and reasonable (FAR 8.404).
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