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HHS/ACF/OHS Head Start Information and Communication Center (HSICC)

Department of Health and Human Services, Program Support Center | Published March 7, 2017
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The Department of Health and Human Services intends to negotiate a contract with Trans Management Systems Corporation located in Washington, DC on a sole source basis for the Administration of Children and Families (ACF)/Office of Head Start (OHS) for Head Start Information and Communication Center (HSICC). The acquisition is for an interim contract for a 12-month period. This interim contract is crucial to give the Government time to complete a competitive procurement. Purpose The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) is the national agency responsible for awarding funding, developing and enforcing policies, and providing technical assistance and oversight to ensure that Head Start programs deliver high quality services that prepare low income and vulnerable children and families for success in school and in life. As a federal-to-local program, OHS delivers a high volume of communications that cover a wide range of regulations, policies and technical assistance to oversee and support the success of grantee agencies. The purpose of this acquisition is to provide and mature specialized services in information communications for OHS and to conduct, if necessary, transition activities. The OHS requires the Head Start Information and Communication Center (HSICC) to manage communications with the Head Start and early childhood community through the provision of an expert contact center, the ongoing development and maturation of the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website, maturation and moderation of the ACF/OHS website, and the provision of mass communications services including social media and mass emailing. Background Head Start programs enhance the multi-faceted development of enrolled children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. Since its beginning in 1965, Head Start has served more than 33 million children and their families. Head Start, in FY 2016, provided over a million children with services to support their early learning, health, and family well-being. Head Start programs engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. The Head Start Program also emphasizes the significant involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs. The legislative authority for this acquisition, and the Head Start program generally, is the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 (U.S. Code Citation: 42 USC 9801 et seq.). The Department of Health and Human Services, through OHS, provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services to economically disadvantaged children and families. There are over 1,600 Head Start grantees, ranging from small agencies with little organizational capacity serving less than 100 children, to large agencies with complex staffs serving tens of thousands of children. A number of grantees also have delegate agencies which provide all or part of the required comprehensive services. Through the HSICC, OHS provides critical policy, guidance and technical assistance information to Head Start programs, prospective parents, the early childhood community, and the general public. Since the early 1990's, OHS has contracted with small businesses who understand the workings of Head Start and federal communication requirements to continuously inform the field of the latest advances in early childhood policy and practice through the lens of Head Start, as well as maintain close linkages to the programs and to the federal staff that support them. The OHS currently operates the HSICC through the services of a contractor. Currently HSICC includes a customer service center that receives and responds to inquiries via phone, email, and web; two primary websites - the ECLKC (http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov) and the OHS/ACF website (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs); mass emailing service for Head Start program staff and other interested parties; several @headstartgov social media accounts; and a NewsWatch service, all of which is supported by a team of experts in various Head Start topics. Customer Service Center The customer service center receives and responds to 1,500 to 4,000 inquiries per year from the public, early childhood professionals, the Head Start community, and OHS/Federal staff. The customer service center staffs a call center that receives about 25,000 calls per year, and also responds to inquiries via email, web, and mobile application. The most frequently requested services are from families and parents seeking programs that will meet their unique needs. Approximately one third of these inquiries are from Spanish speaking users. Customer service representatives respond with information from a knowledge base, the ECLKC website, or submit the inquiry to OHS staff. Tier two support is available from the expert knowledge team, or for technical issues, members of the infrastructure and hosting contract team. Tracking software is used to manage the volume, nature and languages of inquiries, which subsequently informs OHS leadership, the development of training and technical assistance resources, and other ECLKC content. Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) Website The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website presents information about Head Start, its policies, and technical assistance on early childhood development to agencies that provide Head Start services, child care providers, members of congress, the press, and other members of the public. The ECLKC currently receives over 2 million visits per year, approximately 1/4 on mobile devices, providing a means to find and connect knowledge across programs, regions and states and offers different methods of accessing on-line learning and training. Numerous federal and contract staff contribute to the content, including six large national centers, each with specific areas of expertise. The expert knowledge team works with the contributing partners and technical liaisons to assure content is created, maintained, archived and deleted according to OHS and HHS quality requirements. As a team they also create an information architecture that delivers content to the broadest audience in intuitive and practical ways. The full contents of the website are available in high quality Spanish, translated according to a Head Start glossary of terms maintained through the services of this contract. The ECLKC hosts over 8,600 pages with many file formats including .pdf documents, .MP4 videos, and interactive online lessons. It is based on a Drupal 8 content management platform with numerous linked databases and directories, and supported by link checkers, web analytics, taxonomy management, and a robust search engine. The site meets all HHS technical requirements, including the use of plain language, and accessibility to people with disabilities. The ECLKC also contains a publicly accessible archive, and private communities with members varying from ten to one thousand. An image library allows OHS staff to access thousands of Head Start photos. A mobile application (app) delivers policies and regulations, as well as popular technical assistance resources, and Head Start location information to mobile devices through feeds from the website infrastructure. ACF/OHS Website The ACF/OHS website (acf.hhs.gov/ohs) is maintained by ACF's Office of Communications. This website is the top ranking result for public searches about Head Start. OHS targets the information on this site primarily to the general public, the media, and prospective grantees. Information on this site is tightly coordinated and linked to information on the ECLKC website. Mass Communications A high volume email service reaches tens of thousands of recipients on a daily basis, through targeted use of over 20 large email lists. The in-house staff with Head Start expert knowledge works with the content creators, using marketing principles and web analytics to produce high value emails that produce desired responses from recipients. The official social media platforms for Head Start, including Twitter and Facebook, nurture engaged communities of Head Start staff, parents and supporters, providing them with useful information from Head Start resources, research, and other trustworthy sources. A closed social media platform, MyPeers, is also supported by OHS. This is a vibrant community of over 5,000 Head Start and early education professionals sharing best practices, lessons learned, and core knowledge, as well as accessing direct support from peer to peer collaboration. Webinars and Webcasts from the Office of Head Start reach audiences of up to 2,500 participants at a time. About 30 webinars and webcasts annually support major policy or resource releases, and trainings for various audiences. NewsWatch A daily compilation of internet news across the nation based on multiple search criteria including the names of all grantee agencies and Head Start related terms informs OHS of local best practices, activities and potential areas of concern. This easy-to-navigate compilation is mailed by OHS to all OHS staff every work day. Master librarians monitor professional literature, reports and journals for new resources, assess whether new regulations and federal register postings affect the Head Start community, and assess emerging issues and trends in early childhood service provision. TasksTask 1. Head Start Customer Services • Receive and respond to up to 50,000 contacts per year in English and Spanish• Inquiries and complaints are communicated through various methods including phone, email, and ECLKC "Contact Us" inquiries, mobile app, and other methods proposed and approved by OHS. • Staff and support call center operations for OHS• Tracking software must be used to manage the volume, nature and languages of inquiries to inform OHS, and inform the development of training, technical assistance and ECLKC content. Inquiries and responses must be available in web- based library format to the OHS and to other National Centers to ensure consistency and continuity of message across all OHS assets. Task 2. Head Start Websites • Responsible for the management, maintenance, ongoing maturation and enhancement of the OHS websites:o ACF/OHS, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ ohs/ o The ECLKC, http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov • Records Management and Archive• Head Start Apps• Private communitiesTask 3. Hardware and Software - Applications and Platform Management The contractor shall manage, maintain and mature the hardware and software of:• ECLKC• Archive,• Apps• Private communitiesAll technology solutions shall be fully transitioned to open source solutions or solutions that are commercially available with minimal need for customization by the end of the contract period. Task 4. Mass Communications Services The contractor shall manage and extend mass communication and marketing services that allow Head Start messages to reach thousands of existing users, and to extend Head Start materials to new users. • Mass emailing services -manage and extend numerous large email lists reaching tens of thousands of recipients and provide well targeted, high-volume email services on a daily basis sending up to 60 mass email communications a month on behalf of OHS• Head Start social media - responsible for the day-to-day management of the OHS social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, and other potential outlets as they become available. • Support a closed social media platform, MyPeers, for Head Start and early education professionals to share best practices, lessons learned, and core knowledge, as well as accessing direct support from peer to peer collaboration. This platform will enable open communities as well as closed workgroups to collaborate by sharing messages, files, calendars, questions and wikis.• Head Start Webinars and webcasts - support webinars and webcasts from the Office of Head Start to reach audiences of up to 2,500 participants at a time.• Identify/Recommend new technologies for mass communications Task 5. NewsWatch Service The contractor shall provide a daily compilation of all news across the web related to Head Start and its grantees informing OHS of local best practices, activities and potential areas of concern relevant to the Head Start and the early childhood community. The contractor will also monitor professional literature, reports and journals for new resources, and assess emerging issues and trends in early childhood service provision for inclusion. Task 6. Head Start Expert Knowledge The contractor shall provide in-house staff with Head Start expert knowledge to inform the call center, mass communications services, and the websites. This knowledge shall include specialized expertise in content areas such as early childhood development, teaching and learning, cultural and linguistic diversity, infant and toddler needs, early childhood and family health (including oral, nutritional, dental and mental), family and community engagement, program management and fiscal operations of Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and state systems for early childhood. Experts shall apply their understanding to the various services of the Center, particularly in relation to the taxonomy and organization of the website, and marketing of existing resources. These experts shall serve as liaisons to the National Centers, OHS, and its designees to facilitate the effective and timely design and posting of content. Task 7. User Feedback and Analysis Develop and implement surveys of system users regarding service and product satisfaction and impact, including the customer service center. Task 8. Project Management, Work Plan, and Project ReportsThe contractor proposed is currently providing OHS the services described above. The contractor has managed this large operation for more than five years and has the necessary staffing and capacity currently in place to continue necessary services while the follow-on contract is compete.   OHS carefully analyzed the current services to determine whether the current work could be accomplished through another method. The analysis indicated that the current contractor is uniquely knowledgeable and staffed to provide interim services in the specific areas identified. Transitioning to a new contractor for interim support will result in a lapse in service and unacceptable risk to the Head Start program. Trans Management Systems Corporation is the only responsible source capable of operating the Head Start Information and Communications Center and no other services will satisfy agency requirements. This is due to the ongoing transition of the ECLKC website and associated web services from the proprietary content management system, Hyperwave, to a popular open source solution, Drupal and other commercially available solutions with minimal need for customization. The ECLKC website was developed and launched in 2006 on the Hyperwave platform, which offered the features and flexibility the Office of Head Start needed. This platform has been extensively customized for the information needs of the Office of Head Start. Trans Management Systems Corporation and its partners have experience in managing the Hyperwave platform and an understanding of the needs of Head Start community. In the last contract period, following the direction of OMB to use open source content management systems, Trans Management Systems Corporation transitioned the public ECLKC website to the Drupal platform. While the public face of the ECLKC website will be transitioned to the Drupal platform by March 2017, the end of the current contract period, many applications and technical solutions for both the website and other HSICC services will still be in transition from Hyperwave technology to open source solutions, or commercially available solutions with minimal need for customization. This includes the Central Authentication Service for tools that have individualized features and permissions associated with logging into the platform, the micro-service delivery, database back applications, logs, databases associated with the help desk, and integrations with the Head Start Enterprise System. Under this acquisition, Trans Management Systems Corporation as the prime contractor will finish migration of these dependencies to various acceptable solutions, while maintaining all of the other tasks associated with the HSICC. As the primary receiver of Head Start complaints from the public, disseminator of technical assistance documents, organizer of networking solutions, and liaison with parents looking for programs, it is vital that all of the HSICC tasks continue without interruption. The statutory authority for other than full and open competition is 41 U.S.C. 3304(a)(1), in accordance with FAR Part 6.302-1, only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Vendors interested in this acquisition must demonstrate in writing they can meet the Government's requirement. Responses must include a written narrative statement of capability, including detailed technical information and other technical literature demonstrating the ability to satisfy the stated requirements. The written statements of capability (no more than 20 pages in length) should be emailed to the Contract Specialist, Ryan Collins, at ryan.collins@psc.hhs.gov and are due no later than 5:00 p.m. (ET) on March 22, 2017. Failure to submit adequate documentation will result in the Government proceeding with a sole source award to Trans Management Systems Corporation. A determination by the Government not to open the requirement based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. No solicitation document is available. The purpose of this announcement is to determine whether there may be other sources with the requisite qualifications to perform the work described above.

99--Professional Service Schedule

General Services Administration, Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) | Published January 13, 2017
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Notice is hereby provided that the standing solicitation for Multiple Award Schedule 00CORP - Professional Services Schedule (PSS) has been refreshed. The new solicitation number FCO00CORP0000C, Refresh #26 replaces solicitation number FCO00CORP0000C, Refresh #25, posted on January 09, 2017 and incorporates additional clauses and provisions to implement the PSS Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) Pilot for the 871 SIN series. On June 23, 2016, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published a General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) final rule to capture transactional data on procurements across all of its Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts and Government-wide Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contracts, to include Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs). The TDR Rule requires vendors to electronically report the price the federal government paid for an item or service purchased through the contracts covered by TDR. To reduce the burden on industry, the Price Reduction Clause (PRC) tracking requirements and Commercial Sales Practices (CSP) disclosure requirements are eliminated for TDR Pilot participants. For more information on the PSS TDR Pilot, please visit https://tdr.gsa.gov/ OR GSA Interact and review the solicitation attachment entitled PSS TDR Pilot. The Professional Services Schedule (PSS) enables Federal agencies to procure total professional service solutions using a single Multiple Award Schedule. PSS contractors possess expertise related to an array of professional services, including; business consulting & program support services, financial consulting solutions, environmental services, engineering services, advertising and integrated marketing services, logistics support and language services. PSS Special Item Numbers (SINs) are organized into the following SIN series: Financial and Business Solutions (previously Schedule 520) Advertising & Integrated Marketing Solutions (previously Schedule 541) Language Services (previously Schedule 738 II) Professional Engineering Services (previously Schedule 871) Business Consulting & Program Support Services (previously Schedule 874 - MOBIS) Logistics Services (previously Schedule 874 V - LOGWORLD) Environmental Services (previously Schedule 899) PSS contractors can offer information technology related professional services, human resource services, energy management planning & strategies, energy auditing, resource efficiency management (REM) and energy consulting services under complementary PSS SINs when those services are ancillary to the provision of a total professional services solution. Under no circumstances can the complementary PSS SINs be used on a stand-alone basis. Offerors interested in providing IT, Human Resource and energy-related services on a stand-alone basis are directed to the following solicitations: Schedule 03FAC Facilities Maintenance and Management Solicitation # 6FEC-E6-030292-B Schedule 70 General Purpose Commercial Information Technology Equipment, Software & Services Solicitation # FCIS-JB-980001-B Schedule 738X Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity Services Solicitation # 2FYA-AR-060004-B NOTICE: The GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program continues to experience a significant and sustained increase in new offers. Due to the large number of new offers currently in process, it may take up to 12 months or longer before an offer is evaluated. Historically, GSA's practice was to evaluate offers in the order in which they were received. GSA now processes offers in the manner that is determined to be most effective, considering strategic or tactical priorities, customer requirements, available resources, complexity and/or quality of the offers received, and other factors of relevance to the MAS program. To facilitate the timely review of all offers, we highly encourage offerors to ensure that their offer fully complies with solicitation Part IV-Evaluation Factors for Contract Award. Please be advised that all offerors will receive a system generated New Offer Welcome Letter via email with details regarding the processing of their offer. This solicitation is open continuously with no closing date. The resultant contracts are awarded as Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity; Fixed Price with Economic Price Adjustment. Contract periods commence on the Date of Award through a 5-year base period with three 5-year option periods. Agency ordering procedures for services and further information on the GSA Multiple Award Schedules program may be found at www.gsa.gov/schedules. GSA is only issuing this solicitation/request for proposal through the FedBizOpps internet site, GSA will not provide paper copies of this solicitation. Interested parties may access the solicitation at www.fedbizopps.gov. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by this agency. PLEASE NOTE: ALL RESPONSES SHALL BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY AS EOFFERS (http://eoffer.gsa.gov). NO HARD COPY RESPONSES WILL BE ACCEPTED UNDER THIS REFRESH. PLEASE NOTE: GSA WILL ONLY ACCEPT MODIFICATION REQUESTS SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY AS EMODS (http://eoffer.gsa.gov). For guidance on utilizing the eOffer and eMod systems and obtaining digital certificates please go to www.eoffer.gsa.gov. For additional information regarding the Professional Services Schedule, please visit www.gsa.gov/psschedule. A list of PSS contractors is available at the GSA Schedules E-Library website, www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov. If you have further questions please contact the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-488-3111 or e-mail ncsccustomer.service@gsa.gov.

Stainless Steel Produce Grading Tables

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published October 26, 2016  -  Deadline November 15, 2016
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DESCRIPTION Stainless Steel Produce Grading Tables The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Services, Agricultural Marketing Services and Fresh Products Branch Facility in Fredericksburg, VA is in need of a Firm Fixed Priced Indefinite Quantity, Indefinite Delivery Contract to supply Produce Grading Tables. First Article Testing is required in accordance with FAR Clause 52.209-4 First Article Approval-Government Testing (1ea Grading Table to be delivered upon award at no cost to the government) The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code is 332999 (All Other Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing). The Small Business Standard Size is 750 Employees. The solicitation will be issued as a 100% Small Business Set Aside. The Government intends to provide the full package for solicitation number AG-6395-S-17-0014 and all amendments via this web site. The Federal Government is not responsible for notifications to offerors regarding the issuance of the solicitation nor any of its amendments. It is the offeror's responsibility to check this web site periodically for updates. Telephone and email requests will not be accepted   Anyone interested in doing business with the USDA must first 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 Anyone interested in doing business with the USDA must also be listed in the government's System for Award Management known as SAM. You may register on line with http://sam.gov. A prospective awardee shall be registered in the SAM database prior to award, during performance and through final payment of any contract resulting from this solicitation. Offerors may obtain information on registration and annual confirmation requirements via the SAM database accessed through http://sam.gov or by calling 1-866-606-8220***REGISTRATION IS FREE***  

R--Navy Advertising and Marketing Services

Department of the Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command | Published March 29, 2016  -  Deadline March 9, 2016
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Modification P00031 under contract N00189-09-D-Z040 was awarded by the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Philadelphia Office to Lowe Campbell-Ewald Company (2000 Brush Street, Suite 601, Detroit, MI 48226-2251) on 18 March 2016 for the Advertising and Marketing Services in support of the Navy Recruiting Advertising Program in support of the Commander, Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC), Millington, TN for the period 20 March 2016 through 19 April 2016 (19 May 2016 if all options are exercised). While the value of the modification is $4,173,077.00, if all options are exercised, this modification to extend the ordering period is accomplished within the original ceiling of the contract thus resulting in no increase to the contract ceiling.

99--VISN1 Video Production

Department of Veterans Affairs, Bedford VAMC | Published June 2, 2016  -  Deadline June 9, 2016
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(i) 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. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. (ii) The solicitation number is VA241-16-Q-0479 and the solicitation is issued as a request for quotation (RFQ). (iii) A statement that the solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-88. (iv) This requirement is being issued as a total small business set-aside. The associated NAICS code is 541430 - Graphic design services and video production. (v) The Government intends to award a firm-fixed price, one-time service order for a Contractor to design and create three VA informational advertisements, along with two TV ready commercial, and other media services as outlined in the statement of work. Please see the attached statement of work and the Price Schedule below for full requirement details and pricing submission. ITEM NUMBER DESCRIPTION OF SUPPLIES/SERVICES QUANTITY UNIT UNIT PRICE AMOUNT 0001 Vendor shall create three VA informational advertisements varying in length from one minute-three minutes. All videos must be compatible and ready for use on the VA New England mobile application and YouTube. 0002 Vendor shall create television ready commercials which must be compatible and ready to be used on the VA New England mobile application, YouTube, and various local New England TV stations. 0003 Waterfire Sandwich Board Signs: In accordance with VA regulations and design per VA outreach team collaboration. 0004 12 Big E. Sandwich Board Signs: In accordance with VA regulations and design per VA outreach team collaboration. 0005 Design and Print Marketing Services: Vendor will develop a pre-paid postage mailer with 10,000 double sided 5"x7" VA advertisement postcards. Design will be provided by the VA outreach team. The postcards will be sent to the Veteran target list that will be provided by the VA prior to mail out. 0006 Photography Service for VA Photo Library: Vendor will conduct photos shoots for VA photos including images of VA Veteran employees. These photos will be added to the VA photo library and utilized when needed for future marketing campaigns. 0007 Design Services Design Posters and signs Software Design conversion: Vendor will convert images provided by VA Outreach Team in order to accommodate different media forms. This may include but is not limited to converting a pdf file to EPS format. 0008 Web Services: Webpage advertisements for Sports Hub, WEEI, WZLX sites. VA will pay for advertisement space separately. GRAND TOTAL (vi) The Contractor shall deliver all line items as indicated on the statement of work for the Veteran's Integrated Network System of New England. (vii) Provision at 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors -- Commercial, applies to this acquisition in addition to the following addenda's to the provision: 52.252-1 Solicitation Provisions Incorporated by Reference (FEB 1998); Prohibition on Contracting With Entities That Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements (DEVIATION 2015-02) (FEB 2015); 52.203-98 Prohibition on Contracting with Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements - Representation (DEVIATION 2015-02) (FEB 2015) 52.204-16 Commercial and Government Entity Code Reporting (NOV 2014) 52.204-17 Ownership or Control of Offeror (NOV 2014) 52.204-20 Predecessor of Offeror (APR 2016) 52.223-4 Recovered Material Certification (MAY 2008) 52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items Submission of Quotes: (1) Quotes shall be received on or before the date and time specified in Section (xv) of this solicitation. Note: Offers received after the due date and time shall not be considered. (2) Offerors may submit their quotes electronically via email to Erin.McIntyre2@va.gov. (3) Questions: Questions shall be submitted to the Contracting Officer in writing via e-mail. Oral questions are not acceptable due to the possibility of misunderstanding or misinterpretation. The cut-off date and time for receipt of questions is 06/2/2016 at 12:00 PM EST. Questions received after this date and time may not be answered. Questions will be answered in a formal amendment to the solicitation so all interested parties can see the answers. (4) Quote Format: The submission should be clearly indexed and logically assembled in order of the evaluation criteria below. All pages of the quote shall be appropriately numbered and identified by the complete company name, date and solicitation number in the header and/or footer. Evaluation Process: Award will be made to the best value, as determined to be the most beneficial to the Government. Please read each section below carefully for the submittals and information required as part of the evaluation. Failure to provide the requested information below shall be considered non-compliant and your quote could be removed from the evaluation process. Offeror quotes shall be evaluated under FAR Part 13.106-2(b) -- Evaluation of Quotations or Offers. Therefore, the Government is not obligated to determine a competitive range, conduct discussions with all contractors, solicit final revised quotes, and use other techniques associated with FAR Part 15. The contracting techniques associated with FAR Part 15 are not mandatory. The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers: 1. Price (Follow these instructions): a. Offeror will complete the Price Schedule in Section (v), with offerors proposed contract line item prices (labor and parts separately) inserted in appropriate spaces. Offerors must also provide all applicable labor rates for the solicited services so they can be compared to the applicable wage determination for compliance with the Service Contract Act (SCA). b. Ensure your representations and certifications are complete in the System for Award Management (SAM)( https://www.sam.gov). Otherwise, you will need to fill out solicitation Clause 52.212-3 "Offeror Representation and Certifications -Commercial Items", and submit with the quote. Federal Acquisition Regulations require that federal contractors register in the SAM database at http://www.sam.gov and enter all mandatory information into the system. Award cannot be made until the contractor has registered. Offerors are encouraged to ensure that they are registered in SAM prior to submitting their quotation. 2. Past Performance: a. Provide (3) references of work, similar in scope and size with the requirement detailed in the Performance Work Statement. References must include contact information, brief description of the work completed, and contract # (if relevant). Please submit as part of your quote submission. References may be checked by the Contracting Officer to ensure your company is capable of performing the Statement of Work. The Government also reserves the right to obtain information for use in the evaluation of past performance from any and all sources. 3. Technical: The offeror's quote shall be evaluated to determine if the organization has the experience and capabilities to provide the requested services IAW the Performance Work Statement in a timely efficient manner. a. Contractor shall demonstrate their corporate experience and approach to meet all requirements stated in the Statement of Work. b. Contractor shall provide confirmation that all work will be completed by September 30 , 2016. c. Contractor will provide all current and relevant licenses and/or certifications for the State of Massachusetts. d. If you are planning to sub-contract some or all of this work, please provide the name and address(s) of all subcontractor(s) (if applicable) and a description of their planned subcontracting effort. 4. Veterans Preference Factor (per 852.215-70): The Government will assign evaluation credit for an Offeror (prime contractor) which is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB) or a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB). Non-SDVOSB/VOSB Offerors proposing to use SDVOSBs or VOSBs as subcontractors will receive some consideration under this evaluation Factor. a. For SDVOSBS/VOSBs: In order to receive credit under this Factor, an Offeror shall submit a statement of compliance that it qualifies as a SDVOSB or VOSB in accordance with VAAR 852.215-70, "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Business Evaluation Factors". Offerors are cautioned that they must be registered and verified in Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database (http://www.VetBiz.gov). i. Verified SDVOSBs will receive a 10% price credit (e.g. if a SDVOSB submits an offer of $100.00, it will be evaluated as if it submitted an offer of $90.00). ii. Verified VOSBs will received a 5% price credit (e.g. if a VOSB submits an offer of $100.00, it will be evaluated as if it submitted an offer of $95.00). b. For Non-SDVOSBs/VOSBs: To receive some consideration under this Factor, an Offeror must state in its proposal the names of SDVOSB(s) and/or VOSB(s) with whom it intends to subcontract, and provide a brief description and the approximate dollar values of the proposed subcontracts. Additionally, proposed SDVOSB/VOSB Subcontractors must be registered and verified in VIP database (http://www.VetBiz.gov) in order to receive some consideration under the Veteran's Involvement Factor. i. If a vendor submits a subcontracting plan where it will be using a SDVOSB, it will receive a 3.5% price credit (e.g. if this vendor submits an offer of $100.00, it will be evaluated as if it submitted an offer of $95.00). ii. If a vendor submits a subcontracting plan where it will be using a VOSB, it will receive a 2.5% price credit (e.g. if this vendor submits an offer of $100.00, it will be evaluated as if it submitted an offer of $97.50). (x) Please include a completed copy of the provision at 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications -- Commercial Items, with your offer via the SAM.gov website or a written copy. (xi) Clause 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions -- Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition in addition to the following addenda's to the clause: 52.203-99 Prohibition on Contracting With Entities That Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements (DEVIATION 2015-02) (FEB 2015), 52.204-18 Commercial and Government Entity Code Maintenance (JUL 2015), 52.232-40 Providing Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors (DEC 2013), 852.203-70 Commercial Advertising (JAN 2008), 852.215-71 Evaluation Factor Commitments (DEC 2009), 852.232-72 Electronic Submission of Payment Requests (NOV 2012), 852.237-70 Contractor Responsibilities (APR 1984). Subcontracting Commitments - Monitoring and Compliance This solicitation includes VAAR 852.215-70, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Business Evaluation Factors, and VAAR 852.215-71, Evaluation Factor Commitments. Accordingly, any contract resulting from this solicitation will include these clauses. The contractor is advised in performing contract administration functions, the CO may use the services of a support contractor(s) to assist in assessing contractor compliance with the subcontracting commitments incorporated into the contract. To that end, the support contractor(s) may require access to the contractor's business records or other proprietary data to review such business records regarding contract compliance with this requirement. All support contractors conducting this review on behalf of VA will be required to sign an "Information Protection and Non-Disclosure and Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Agreement" to ensure the contractor's business records or other proprietary data reviewed or obtained in the course of assisting the CO in assessing the contractor for compliance are protected to ensure information or data is not improperly disclosed or other impropriety occurs. Furthermore, if VA determines any services the support contractor(s) will perform in assessing compliance are advisory and assistance services as defined in FAR 2.101, Definitions, the support contractor(s) must also enter into an agreement with the contractor to protect proprietary information as required by FAR 9.505-4, Obtaining access to proprietary information, paragraph (b). The contractor is required to cooperate fully and make available any records as may be required to enable the CO to assess the contractor compliance with the subcontracting commitments. (xii) Clause at 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes Or Executive Orders -- Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition and in addition to the following FAR clauses cited, which are also applicable to the acquisition: 52.204-14, 52.219-6, 52.219-28, 52.222-3, 52.222-21, 52.222-36, 52.222-50, 52.223-18, 52.225-13, 52.232-34, 52.222-41 (xiii) All contract requirement(s) and/or terms and conditions are stated above. (xiv) The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) and assigned rating are not applicable to this requirement. (xv) RFQ responses are due 06/6/2016 at 10:00 AM EST. RFQ responses must be submitted via email to: Erin.McIntyre2@va.gov. Hand deliveries will not be accepted. (xvi) The POC of this solicitation is Erin McIntyre at Erin.McIntyre2@va.gov). MEDIA STATEMENT OF WORK PROJECT OVERVIEW Following is a preliminary scope of work for advertising and related services to be provided on behalf of the VA New England Healthcare System. A. GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Title of Project: Advertising and Marketing Campaign 2. Scope of Work: The contractor shall provide the resources and services necessary to complete the following tasks: " Vendor shall create three VA informational advertisements varying in length from one minute-three minutes. All videos must be compatible and ready for use on the VA New England mobile application and YouTube. " Vendor shall create television ready commercials which must be compatible and ready to be used on the VA New England mobile application, YouTube, and various local New England TV stations. " 6 Waterfire Sandwich Board Signs: In accordance with VA regulations and design per VA outreach team collaboration. " 12 Big E. Sandwich Board Signs: In accordance with VA regulations and design per VA outreach team collaboration. " Design and Print Marketing Services: Vendor will develop a pre-paid postage mailer with 10,000 double sided 5"x7" VA advertisement postcards. Design will be provided by the VA outreach team. The postcards will be sent to the Veteran target list that will be provided by the VA prior to mail out. " Photography Service for VA Photo Library: Vendor will conduct photos shoots for VA photos including images of VA Veteran employees. These photos will be added to the VA photo library and utilized when needed for future marketing campaigns. " Design Services o Design Posters and signs o Software Design conversion: Vendor will convert images provided by VA Outreach Team in order to accommodate different media forms. This may include but is not limited to converting a pdf file to EPS format. " Web Services: Webpage advertisements for Sports Hub, WEEI, WZLX sites. VA will pay for advertisement space separately. 1. Performance Period: The contractor shall deliver services between the dates of June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017, unless otherwise directed by the Contracting Officer. 2. Managing Agency: The VISN Business Office is managing this project. The VISN Outreach Coordinator, in consultation with the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR), shall be the contractor's principal point of contact regarding the execution of the contract's requirements. B. ADDITIONAL TASKS Vendor will meet face to face with VA Outreach team for a kickoff meeting two weeks after the award has been initiated. The objective of this meeting will be to review all deliverables included in the contract and to establish a timeline. In addition vendor will meet with outreach team face to face 6 months into the contract. The objective of this meeting will be to review all deliverable to date and prepare to execute the remaining deliverables. C. MEETING SCHEDULE 1. The contractor's performance period dates will serve as the schedule of delivery for the deliverables specified. DELIVERABLE DATE GOVT ESTIMATE 1 Kick Off Meeting (face to face) June 15, 2016 2 Mid-Year Review (face to face) December 7, 2016 D. GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITIES Government shall approve the final printout design for all deliverables included in the SOW prior to production. All approvals will be completed after two weeks of receipt. 6500.6 form: Requirements do not apply and a Security Accreditation Package is not required.

99--Veterans Integrated Systems Networkof New England Video/Media production for advertisment

Department of Veterans Affairs, Bedford VAMC | Published May 31, 2016  -  Deadline June 6, 2016
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(i) 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. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. (ii) The solicitation number is VA241-16-Q-0479 and the solicitation is issued as a request for quotation (RFQ). (iii) A statement that the solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-88. (iv) This requirement is being issued as a total small business set-aside. The associated NAICS code is 541430 - Graphic design services and video production. (v) The Government intends to award a firm-fixed price, one-time service order for a Contractor to design and create three VA informational advertisements, along with two TV ready commercial, and other media services as outlined in the statement of work. Please see the attached statement of work and the Price Schedule below for full requirement details and pricing submission. ITEM NUMBER DESCRIPTION OF SUPPLIES/SERVICES QUANTITY UNIT UNIT PRICE AMOUNT 0001 Vendor shall create three VA informational advertisements varying in length from one minute-three minutes. All videos must be compatible and ready for use on the VA New England mobile application and YouTube. 0002 Vendor shall create television ready commercials which must be compatible and ready to be used on the VA New England mobile application, YouTube, and various local New England TV stations. 0003 Waterfire Sandwich Board Signs: In accordance with VA regulations and design per VA outreach team collaboration. 0004 12 Big E. Sandwich Board Signs: In accordance with VA regulations and design per VA outreach team collaboration. 0005 Design and Print Marketing Services: Vendor will develop a pre-paid postage mailer with 10,000 double sided 5"x7" VA advertisement postcards. Design will be provided by the VA outreach team. The postcards will be sent to the Veteran target list that will be provided by the VA prior to mail out. 0006 Photography Service for VA Photo Library: Vendor will conduct photos shoots for VA photos including images of VA Veteran employees. These photos will be added to the VA photo library and utilized when needed for future marketing campaigns. 0007 Design Services Design Posters and signs Software Design conversion: Vendor will convert images provided by VA Outreach Team in order to accommodate different media forms. This may include but is not limited to converting a pdf file to EPS format. 0008 Web Services: Webpage advertisements for Sports Hub, WEEI, WZLX sites. VA will pay for advertisement space separately. GRAND TOTAL (vi) The Contractor shall deliver all line items as indicated on the statement of work for the Veteran's Integrated Network System of New England. (vii) Provision at 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors -- Commercial, applies to this acquisition in addition to the following addenda's to the provision: 52.252-1 Solicitation Provisions Incorporated by Reference (FEB 1998); Prohibition on Contracting With Entities That Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements (DEVIATION 2015-02) (FEB 2015); 52.203-98 Prohibition on Contracting with Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements - Representation (DEVIATION 2015-02) (FEB 2015) 52.204-16 Commercial and Government Entity Code Reporting (NOV 2014) 52.204-17 Ownership or Control of Offeror (NOV 2014) 52.204-20 Predecessor of Offeror (APR 2016) 52.223-4 Recovered Material Certification (MAY 2008) 52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items Submission of Quotes: (1) Quotes shall be received on or before the date and time specified in Section (xv) of this solicitation. Note: Offers received after the due date and time shall not be considered. (2) Offerors may submit their quotes electronically via email to Erin.McIntyre2@va.gov. (3) Questions: Questions shall be submitted to the Contracting Officer in writing via e-mail. Oral questions are not acceptable due to the possibility of misunderstanding or misinterpretation. The cut-off date and time for receipt of questions is 06/2/2016 at 12:00 PM EST. Questions received after this date and time may not be answered. Questions will be answered in a formal amendment to the solicitation so all interested parties can see the answers. (4) Quote Format: The submission should be clearly indexed and logically assembled in order of the evaluation criteria below. All pages of the quote shall be appropriately numbered and identified by the complete company name, date and solicitation number in the header and/or footer. Evaluation Process: Award will be made to the best value, as determined to be the most beneficial to the Government. Please read each section below carefully for the submittals and information required as part of the evaluation. Failure to provide the requested information below shall be considered non-compliant and your quote could be removed from the evaluation process. Offeror quotes shall be evaluated under FAR Part 13.106-2(b) -- Evaluation of Quotations or Offers. Therefore, the Government is not obligated to determine a competitive range, conduct discussions with all contractors, solicit final revised quotes, and use other techniques associated with FAR Part 15. The contracting techniques associated with FAR Part 15 are not mandatory. The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers: 1. Price (Follow these instructions): a. Offeror will complete the Price Schedule in Section (v), with offerors proposed contract line item prices (labor and parts separately) inserted in appropriate spaces. Offerors must also provide all applicable labor rates for the solicited services so they can be compared to the applicable wage determination for compliance with the Service Contract Act (SCA). b. Ensure your representations and certifications are complete in the System for Award Management (SAM)( https://www.sam.gov). Otherwise, you will need to fill out solicitation Clause 52.212-3 "Offeror Representation and Certifications -Commercial Items", and submit with the quote. Federal Acquisition Regulations require that federal contractors register in the SAM database at http://www.sam.gov and enter all mandatory information into the system. Award cannot be made until the contractor has registered. Offerors are encouraged to ensure that they are registered in SAM prior to submitting their quotation. 2. Past Performance: a. Provide (3) references of work, similar in scope and size with the requirement detailed in the Performance Work Statement. References must include contact information, brief description of the work completed, and contract # (if relevant). Please submit as part of your quote submission. References may be checked by the Contracting Officer to ensure your company is capable of performing the Statement of Work. The Government also reserves the right to obtain information for use in the evaluation of past performance from any and all sources. 3. Technical: The offeror's quote shall be evaluated to determine if the organization has the experience and capabilities to provide the requested services IAW the Performance Work Statement in a timely efficient manner. a. Contractor shall demonstrate their corporate experience and approach to meet all requirements stated in the Statement of Work. b. Contractor shall provide confirmation that all work will be completed by September 30 , 2016. c. Contractor will provide all current and relevant licenses and/or certifications for the State of Massachusetts. d. If you are planning to sub-contract some or all of this work, please provide the name and address(s) of all subcontractor(s) (if applicable) and a description of their planned subcontracting effort. 4. Veterans Preference Factor (per 852.215-70): The Government will assign evaluation credit for an Offeror (prime contractor) which is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB) or a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB). Non-SDVOSB/VOSB Offerors proposing to use SDVOSBs or VOSBs as subcontractors will receive some consideration under this evaluation Factor. a. For SDVOSBS/VOSBs: In order to receive credit under this Factor, an Offeror shall submit a statement of compliance that it qualifies as a SDVOSB or VOSB in accordance with VAAR 852.215-70, "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Business Evaluation Factors". Offerors are cautioned that they must be registered and verified in Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database (http://www.VetBiz.gov). i. Verified SDVOSBs will receive a 10% price credit (e.g. if a SDVOSB submits an offer of $100.00, it will be evaluated as if it submitted an offer of $90.00). ii. Verified VOSBs will received a 5% price credit (e.g. if a VOSB submits an offer of $100.00, it will be evaluated as if it submitted an offer of $95.00). b. For Non-SDVOSBs/VOSBs: To receive some consideration under this Factor, an Offeror must state in its proposal the names of SDVOSB(s) and/or VOSB(s) with whom it intends to subcontract, and provide a brief description and the approximate dollar values of the proposed subcontracts. Additionally, proposed SDVOSB/VOSB Subcontractors must be registered and verified in VIP database (http://www.VetBiz.gov) in order to receive some consideration under the Veteran's Involvement Factor. i. If a vendor submits a subcontracting plan where it will be using a SDVOSB, it will receive a 3.5% price credit (e.g. if this vendor submits an offer of $100.00, it will be evaluated as if it submitted an offer of $95.00). ii. If a vendor submits a subcontracting plan where it will be using a VOSB, it will receive a 2.5% price credit (e.g. if this vendor submits an offer of $100.00, it will be evaluated as if it submitted an offer of $97.50). (x) Please include a completed copy of the provision at 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications -- Commercial Items, with your offer via the SAM.gov website or a written copy. (xi) Clause 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions -- Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition in addition to the following addenda's to the clause: 52.203-99 Prohibition on Contracting With Entities That Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements (DEVIATION 2015-02) (FEB 2015), 52.204-18 Commercial and Government Entity Code Maintenance (JUL 2015), 52.232-40 Providing Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors (DEC 2013), 852.203-70 Commercial Advertising (JAN 2008), 852.215-71 Evaluation Factor Commitments (DEC 2009), 852.232-72 Electronic Submission of Payment Requests (NOV 2012), 852.237-70 Contractor Responsibilities (APR 1984). Subcontracting Commitments - Monitoring and Compliance This solicitation includes VAAR 852.215-70, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Business Evaluation Factors, and VAAR 852.215-71, Evaluation Factor Commitments. Accordingly, any contract resulting from this solicitation will include these clauses. The contractor is advised in performing contract administration functions, the CO may use the services of a support contractor(s) to assist in assessing contractor compliance with the subcontracting commitments incorporated into the contract. To that end, the support contractor(s) may require access to the contractor's business records or other proprietary data to review such business records regarding contract compliance with this requirement. All support contractors conducting this review on behalf of VA will be required to sign an "Information Protection and Non-Disclosure and Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Agreement" to ensure the contractor's business records or other proprietary data reviewed or obtained in the course of assisting the CO in assessing the contractor for compliance are protected to ensure information or data is not improperly disclosed or other impropriety occurs. Furthermore, if VA determines any services the support contractor(s) will perform in assessing compliance are advisory and assistance services as defined in FAR 2.101, Definitions, the support contractor(s) must also enter into an agreement with the contractor to protect proprietary information as required by FAR 9.505-4, Obtaining access to proprietary information, paragraph (b). The contractor is required to cooperate fully and make available any records as may be required to enable the CO to assess the contractor compliance with the subcontracting commitments. (xii) Clause at 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes Or Executive Orders -- Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition and in addition to the following FAR clauses cited, which are also applicable to the acquisition: 52.204-14, 52.219-6, 52.219-28, 52.222-3, 52.222-21, 52.222-36, 52.222-50, 52.223-18, 52.225-13, 52.232-34, 52.222-41 (xiii) All contract requirement(s) and/or terms and conditions are stated above. (xiv) The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) and assigned rating are not applicable to this requirement. (xv) RFQ responses are due 06/6/2016 at 10:00 AM EST. RFQ responses must be submitted via email to: Erin.McIntyre2@va.gov. Hand deliveries will not be accepted. (xvi) The POC of this solicitation is Erin McIntyre at Erin.McIntyre2@va.gov).

Program Coordinator contract worker services

Department of the Army, National Guard Bureau | Published June 16, 2016
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Non-personal services for Program Coordinator for Marketing.  Services are needed by Recruiting and Retention.

BPA for Various Vegetable Sizers

Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service | Published January 21, 2016  -  Deadline February 23, 2016
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The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection, Agriculture Marketing Services Facility in Fredericksburg, VA is in need of a Firm Fixed Priced Blanket Purchase Agreement for Various Vegetable Sizers. Each Single Blade shall be stamped with USDA Logo and the applicable size. The period of performance is not to exceed five years. (See Attached Drawings and Statement of Work for details) Vendor must accept government credit cards. FOB Destination Freight prepaid and add This solicitation will be a Small Business Set Aside according to the North American Standard Industrial Classification Code and business size standard(s) describing the products and/or services to be acquired listed below: NAICS CODE 332999 - All other Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Size Standard 750 Employees Anyone interested in doing business with the USDA must be listed in the government's System for Award Management known as SAM. You may register on line with http://sam.gov. A prospective awardee shall be registered in the SAM database prior to award, during performance and through final payment of any contract resulting from this solicitation. Offerors may obtain information on registration and annual confirmation requirements via the SAM database accessed through http://sam.gov or by calling 1-866-606-8220***REGISTRATION IS FREE***Anyone interested in doing business with the USDA 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 The Government intends to provide the solicitation AG-6395-S-16-0058 and all amendments via this web site . The Federal Government is not responsible for notifications to offerors regarding the issuance of the solicitation nor any of its amendments. It is the offeror's responsibility to check this web site periodically for updates. Telephone and email requests will not be accepted

Advertising and marketing services

ICE — Agenzia per la promozione all'estero e l'internazionalizzazione delle imprese italiane ufficio di New York | Published January 20, 2016
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The Golup Corporation Price Chopper
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Actions with LRT with chain Price Chopper.

R--Navy Advertising and Marketing Services

Department of the Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command | Published September 3, 2015  -  Deadline September 11, 2015
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The Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department, Philadelphia, intends to solicit on a sole source basis with Lowe Campbell Ewald Company of Detroit, MI to provide to provide Advertising and Marketing Services in support of the Navy Recruiting Advertising Program in support of the Commander, Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC), Millington, TN. The Navy requires full-service advertising and marketing services to assist in fulfilling critical manpower needs to fill vacancies in enlisted and officer programs for both the active and reserve components. This procurement action is being conducted in accordance with FAR Part 12 and Part 15. Furthermore, this procurement is being processed through other than full and open competition pursuant to the statutory authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), as implemented by FAR 6.302-1. This is considered a bridge action in order to avoid a break in services while the protest of the competitive follow-on award is resolved. It is critical that the work continue while the protest is being resolved. This is not a request for quote from any other contractor other than Lowe Campbell Ewald. The Advertising and Marketing Services competitive follow-on contract has been awarded; the solicitation, now closed, was available on the NECO website under Solicitation number N00189-14-R-Z004. To acquire the Advertising and Marketing Services for the bridge period, the Navy intends to solicit for a Firm Fixed Price modification to extend the existing contract, N00189-09-D-Z040, to provide continuous contractual coverage for a period of one month from 20 September 2015 through 19 October 2015, with five one-month options, while the protest is being resolved. The Terms and Conditions in the current contract apply to this sole source modification. The applicable NAICS code for this requirement is 541810. The proposed 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. 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 proposals. However, all proposals received by the close of business 11 September 2015 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. The Government will not pay for information submitted in response to this notice. Please direct any questions to Nicole Denofa at nicole.denofa@navy.mil

Agricultural Marketing Service Designated Laboratory (ADL) Meat Testing Services

Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service | Published October 5, 2015
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See attached Purchase Commodity Award (PCA) document.

R--Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS)

General Services Administration, Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) | Published August 4, 2015
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NOTICE: GSA is moving to one Professional Services Schedule (PSS). New offers for GSA Schedules 520 (FABS), 541 (AIMS), 738II (Language), 871 (PES), 874 (MOBIS), 874V (Logistics), and 899 (Environmental) are no longer being solicited or accepted. As of refresh 20, offers must be submitted under the Solicitation Number FCO00CORP0000C for the Consolidated (00CORP) Schedule. The FCO00CORP0000C solicitation can be accessed from www.fbo.gov. NOTICE: The GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program has experienced a significant and sustained increase in new offers over the past several years. Due to the large number of new offers currently in process, it may take up to 12 months or longer before an offer is evaluated. Historically, GSA's practice was to evaluate offers in the order in which they were received. GSA now processes offers in the manner that is determined to be most effective, considering strategic or tactical priorities, customer requirements, available personnel resources, complexity and/or quality of the offers received, and other factors of relevance to the MAS program. Notice is hereby provided that the Standing Solicitation for Multiple Award Schedule 541: Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS) has been refreshed. This new solicitation number 7FCB-H2-07-0541-B, Refresh #21, posted on August 04, 2015 will replace solicitation number 7FCB-H2-07-0541-B, Refresh #20, posted on April 29, 2015 and includes updated clauses and provisions. Interested parties may access the solicitation at: https://www.fbo.gov/. The solicitation is entitled Schedule 541: Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS). The Special Item Numbers (SINs) in the solicitation include: 541-1 Advertising Services 541-2 Public Relations Services 541-3 Web Based Marketing Services 541-4A Market Research and Analysis 541-4B Video/Film Production 541-4C Exhibit Design and Implementation Services 541-4D Conference, Events and Tradeshow Planning Services 541-4E Commercial Photography Services 541-4F Commercial Art and Graphic Design Services 541-4G Challenges and Competitions Services 541-5 Integrated Marketing Services 541-99 Introduction of New Services 541-1000 Other Direct Costs (ODCs) Ten (10) NAICS Codes are listed under this solicitation: 512110 Motion Picture and Video Production, 541430 Graphic Design Services, 541511 Custom Computer Programming Services, 541613 Marketing Consulting Services, 541810 Advertising Agencies, 541820 Public Relations Agencies, 541850 Display Advertising, 541910 Marketing Research and Public Opinion Polling, 541922 Commercial Photography and 561920 Convention and Trade Show Organizers. The basic solicitation includes clauses, which are applicable to the solicitation/resultant contract. The basic solicitation has multiple attachments pertaining to various aspects of the solicitation. Offerors must complete and return all exhibits or attachments applicable to the services, which they intend to offer. This is a standing solicitation with no closing date for receipt of offers. This solicitation will remain in effect until it is replaced by another refreshed solicitation. The Federal Supply Schedule period is continuous and will contain contracts with periods that commence on the date of award (DOA) and expire five years (exclusive of any options) from the DOA unless further extended pursuant to any option to extend the term of the contract, or cancelled sooner. This solicitation contains an option clause, Option to Extend the Term of the Contract (Evergreen), which allows the Government to extend the contract three additional five-year periods, not to exceed a total of twenty years. All contracts will be indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contracts with a $2,500 guaranteed minimum for the contract period. All contracts to be awarded include Industrial Funding Fee provisions. The Trade Agreements clause applies to this solicitation.

R--Navy Advertising and Marketing Services

Department of the Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command | Published June 4, 2015
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The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Philadelphia Office awarded contract N00189-15-D-Z024 for advertising and marketing services in support of the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, TN. The contract services support the recruitment of personnel to fill vacancies in enlisted and officer programs for both the active and reserve components. The contract was awarded to Y and R, New York, NY. The contract is for a one-year base ordering period and includes 4 one-year options. The value of the base period of the contract is $84,425,402.92, and the overall total amount of the contract, including options, is $457,461,287.28.

R--MaxPreps High School Entry Vehicle Services

Department of the Army, National Guard Bureau | Published August 21, 2015
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Advertising/Marketing services using high school sports targeted campaign.

Agricultural Marketing Service Designated Laboratory (ADL) Meat Testing Services

Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service | Published May 26, 2015
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The USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Commodity Procurement Staff, intends to procure meat testing services for the meat procured for the National School Lunch Program and other Federal food and nutrition assistance programs. The proposed meat testing requirement will be for a one-year period with four one-year option periods. The geographical location(s) of the testing laboratories is undetermined as of this time. The Government is flexible as to laboratory locations as long as they can meet the timely sample testing requirements of AMS meat suppliers who are located in various locations across the United States. The contractor(s) will be required to provide microbiological and fat testing for the AMS ground beef, boneless beef, and other AMS purchase programs. Contractors will be responsible for the analysis of data and reporting of results for those programs. The following are the tests that will be required: A. Microbiological Testing Testing for all microbes as specified within the applicable AMS Federal Purchase Program Specifications. Tests will be done for both presence and quantification level microbes. The following tests will be required: 1. Aerobic (standard) Plate Count (APC) 2. Total coliforms Petrifilm 3. Generic E. coli Petrifilm 4. Salmonella 5. Salmonella Confirmatory 6. E. coli 0157:H7 (1 X 325g) 7. E. coli 0157:H7 Confirmatory 8. Non-0157 Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli Serotypes 9. Non-0157 Shiga Toxin-Producing E.coli Serotypes Confirmatory B. Fat Testing Requirements Samples will be tested for fat content as specified within the applicable AMS Federal Purchase Program specifications. Contractor(s) shall be responsible for providing the sampling procedures to all meat suppliers, conducting the required tests for microbiological and fat tests, and reporting the test results on a timely basis simultaneously to AMS and the meat supplier. All testing laboratories to be used by the contractor(s) must provide documentation that the laboratory and methods used by the laboratory to perform testing for AMS Federal Purchase Program requirements, are assessed for compliance with the quality system requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, General Requirements for the Competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories, assessed for technical competency to perform specific tests (including proficiency testing), and accredited by an accreditation body that is a signatory and in good standing with the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of the International ADL Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The accreditation body must have technical expertise in the fields of biological/microbiological and chemical testing of meat and meat products. The USDA intends to award multiple firm-fixed-price IDIQ (indefinite delivery indefinite quantity) commercial contracts for this effort. The contract(s) will include a one-year base period and four one-year unilateral option periods. This procurement will be competed using the tradeoff process to obtain the best value to the Government. It is anticipated that the formal solicitation, Request for Proposal (RFP) AG-3J14-S-15-0053, will be released on or about June 04, 2015 and posted on the FEDBIZOPPS website. Please download the RFP from this website. This is being competed using full and open competitive procedures. Thus, all responsible businesses may submit an offer. After release, all potential offerors may download a copy of the solicitation from this site. NOTIFICATIONS WILL NOT BE SENT TO OFFERORS REGARDING THE ISSUANCE OF THE SOLICITATION NOR ANY OF ITS AMENDMENTS. IT IS THE OFFEROR'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THIS WEB SITE. Any questions or inquiries must be mailed or emailed to the Contracting Office, to the attention of the point of contact listed in this notice. Point of contact: James D. Sprandel, Contracting Officer, (202)720-9191, E-mail: james.sprandel@ams.usda.gov. Contracting Office Address: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Commodity Procurement Staff 1400 Independence Ave SW, STOP 0239 Washington, DC 20250-0239 Primary Point of Contact: James D. Sprandel, Contracting Officer james.sprandel@ams.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-9191

USDA Bison Purchase Program Announcement

Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service | Published February 12, 2015
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United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Services Commodity Procurement Staff DATE: February 10, 2015 USDA BISON PURCHASE PROGRAM ANNOUNCED: The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced plans to purchase ground lean bison (110001) for Federal food nutrition assistance programs. An Invitation for Bid (solicitation) will be issued in the near future. All offers must be submitted electronically through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) website at -http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=WBSCM. Offers submitted by any means other than WBSCM will be considered non-responsive. Offerors are urged to review all documents that pertain to this program, including the AMS Master Solicitation for Commodity Procurements, dated April 2014; Supplement 603 to the AMS Master Solicitation for the Purchase of Bison Products, dated June 2012; Amendment 1 to Supplement 603, dated February 2015; and the Qualification Requirements for Prospective Contractors Selling Commodities to USDA, dated October 2014. The documents are available on the AMS Commodity Procurement website at www.ams.usda.gov/commoditypurchasing. To assist with vendor participation, AMS will host a telephone conference call on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The call will discuss technical and program requirements, and will field any questions from interested offerors. To participate in the call, dial 888-844-9904. The participant code for the call is 1801764#. Offerors must read all terms of the applicable Solicitation when it is issued. To receive electronic (e-mail) notification of the issuance of these solicitations, see the "Subscribe to AMS CP News (link)" available on the AMS Commodity Procurement website. Inquiries may be made by telephoning (202) 720-4517 or addressing the Contracting Officer, USDA/AMS Commodity Procurement Staff, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 0239, Washington, DC 20250-0256. An electronic version of this Purchase Announcement can be obtained through the Commodity Procurement Home Page at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/commoditypurchasing

R--Navy Advertising and Marketing Services

Department of the Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command | Published May 5, 2015  -  Deadline May 12, 2015
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The Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department, Philadelphia, intends to solicit on a sole source basis with Lowe Campbell Ewald Company of Detroit, MI to provide to provide Advertising and Marketing Services in support of the Navy Recruiting Advertising Program in support of the Commander, Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC), Millington, TN. The Navy requires full-service advertising and marketing services to assist in fulfilling critical manpower needs to fill vacancies in enlisted and officer programs for both the active and reserve components. This procurement action is being conducted in accordance with FAR Part 12 and Part 15. Furthermore, this procurement is being processed through other than full and open competition pursuant to the statutory authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), as implemented by FAR 6.302-1. This is considered a bridge action in order to avoid a break in services while the competitive follow-on is processed. It is critical that the work continue until the competitive follow-on is completed. This is not a request for quote from any other contractor other than Lowe Campbell Ewald. The Advertising and Marketing Services competitive follow-on is in the pre-award phase; the solicitation, now closed, was available on the NECO website under Solicitation number N00189-14-R-Z004. To acquire the Advertising and Marketing Services for the bridge period, the Navy intends to solicit for a Firm Fixed Price modification to extend the existing contract, N00189-09-D-Z040, to provide continuous contractual coverage for a period of 2 months from 20 May 2015 through 19 July 2015 with two one-month options while the follow-on procurement is completed. The Terms and Conditions in the current contract apply to this sole source modification. The applicable NAICS code for this requirement is 541810. The proposed 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. 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 proposals. However, all proposals received by the close of business 12 May 2015 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. The Government will not pay for information submitted in response to this notice. Please direct any questions to Nicole Denofa at nicole.denofa@navy.mil

R--Marketing Services

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs | Published August 12, 2014  -  Deadline September 12, 2014
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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. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE SOLICITATION THOROUGHLY. A QUOTE WHICH DOES NOT INCLUDE ALL THE REQUESTED INFORMATION AND COPIES MAY BE REJECTED. Solicitation No. A14PS00811 herein cited will be procured under FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items. The associated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this procurement is 541613 with a small business size standard of $14.0 Million. This procurement is being set aside 100% for Native Owned businesses in accordance with the Buy Indian Act Regulations. All responsible small business sources may submit a proposal based on the Statement of Work. The resultant contract shall be awarded as a firm fixed price contract. It is the intent of the Government to award a fixed price contract for a base year with three option year, not to exceed 4 years. Contractor should provide a separate pricing for each option year. The base year will be 10/01/2014 to 09/30/2015. The Government plans to make a single contract award. NOTE: For a copy of the Statement of Work, please e-mail janice.begay@bie.edu no later than 25 August 2014. INSTRUCTION TO OFFERORS Instruction, Conditions, and Notice of Offerors of Respondents. This solicitation incorporates one or more solicitation clauses/provisions by reference; with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. You may view clauses/provisions at following website, https://www.acquisition.gov/far (Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Home Page. PROPOSAL PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS 1. Questions: Interested offerors shall submit questions electronically via email janice.begay@bie.edu later than 4:30pm CST August 25, 2014. Offerors shall reference the Solicitation number in the subject line of their email. 2. Submission/receipt of Proposal: The original signed and dated proposal, accompanied with contractor's DUNs number, and a completed copy of FAR Clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items, mailed to the DOI-BIE Haskell Indian Nations University, Division of Acquisition, Attention: Janice Begay, 155 Indian Ave #5006, Lawrence, KS 66046 by close of business, Central Standard Time, September 12, 2014 Proposals submitted by express mail service shall be sent in a timely manner prior to the closing date to allow for timely delivery. The Offeror is solely responsible for ensuring its proposal arrives in a timely manner. An offeror who fails to meet the due date will be considered "late" in accordance with FAR 52.212-1(f) and may not be evaluated. 3. Proposal Preparation Costs: The Government is not obligated to pay any costs incurred by an offeror for the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this RFP. 4. Contents of Proposals. The contractor shall submit a written proposal to include following: a. Past Performance - three references from accredited school - The offeror's past performance references. The references shall include the company name, point of contact, mailing/physical address, phone number, and email address. The offeror must describe how its past performance is related to this requirement. An evaluation criteria will be sent to the references evaluating Quality of Service, Timeliness of Performance, Price/Cost control and Customer satisfaction. b. Technical capability - KNOWLEDGE/Experience: The offeror shall demonstrate to have the appropriate range of relevant academic achievements and applied experience. The offeror shall also demonstrate know ledge and experience by submitting resume(s) for key personnel. Key personnel are defined as those individuals the offeror views as essential to successfully performing its proposal SOW. c. Price factor: The Government will evaluate each offeror's price for fairness and reasonableness. Unrealistically high (or low) pricing in the initial or revised proposal may be grounds for eliminating a proposal from competition - either on the basis that the offeror does not understand the requirement of has made an unrealistic proposal. The Government will review: (1) proposed prices to determine whether they are materially balanced; and (2) any unbalanced offer to assess the associated risks to the Government in awarding to such an offeror, and (3) whether an award will result in unreasonably high or low price for contract performance. An offer may be rejected if the contracting officer determines the lack of balance poses an unacceptable risk to the Government. Price proposals shall include Price Per Hour - Price per hour shall factor cost of services. The estimate needed amount of hours per week. Basic of Award EVALUATION-COMMERCIAL ITEMS (JANUARY 1999) (a) The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers: Technical capability, past performance, and price. (b) Technical and Past Performance, when combined, are equal compared to price. Before an award can be issued the prospective contractor shall undergo background/screening the determination clearance will be issued by the Bureau of Indian Education Security Office. An offeror must be required to register at System for Award Management (SAM) In order to receive a contract or purchase order. www.sam.gov CONTRACT CLAUSES: The following clauses apply to this acquisition: 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors Commercial Items; 52.212-2 Evaluation Commercial Items (factors are past experience, past performance and price - the government reserves the right to award to other than the low offeror if the awardee is judged to have superior credentials); 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications Commercial Items; 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions Commercial Items; 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders Commercial Items; 52.222-54 Employment Eligibility Verification; 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside (June 2003); 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003); 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Jan 2006); 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Feb 1999); 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Apr 2002); 52.225-1; 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer; 52.219-01 termination for convenience of the Government; 52.219-08 Default, (fixed-price supply and services). 48 CFR Part 1452 Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses The authority citation for part 1452 continues to read as follows: Authority: Sec. 205(c), 63 Stat. 390, 40 U.S.C. 486(c); and 5 U.S.C. 301. Subpart 1452.2 Texts of Provisions and Clauses 1452.226-70 Indian Preference 1452.226-71 Indian Preference Program 1452.280-1 Notice of Indian small business economic enterprise set-aside. 1452.280-2 Notice of Indian economic enterprise set-aside. 1452.280-3 Subcontracting limitations. 1452.280-4 Indian economic enterprise representation

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Department of the Army, FedBid | Published September 24, 2014
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Antipsychotic and Stimulat Prescribing Patterns in Specific Patient Populations

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published September 11, 2014  -  Deadline September 21, 2014
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INTRODUCTION This is a pre-solicitation non-competitive (notice of intent) synopsis to award a contract without providing for full or open competition (including brand-name). THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT, NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. A SOLICITATION WILL NOT BE ISSUED AND PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE REQUESTED. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Consolidated Station Support and Simplified Acquisitions (CSS/SA) Branch intends to negotiate and award a purchase order to Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York . The purpose of this purchase order will be to provide the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) with a contractor who whall provide analysis on prescription patterns in the United States of antipsychotic medications in children ranging from one (1) to seventeen (17) years of age; stimulant medications in individuals ranging from one (1) to eighty (80) years of age; and of antipsychotic medications in adults ranging from fifty (50) to eighty (80) years of age. NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (NAICS) CODE The intended procurement is classified under NAICS code 611310 with a Size Standard of $25.5M. REGULATORY AUTHORITY The resultant contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through the Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-76 dated July 15, 2014 STATUTORY AUTHORITY This acquisition is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures, Subpart 13.106-1 (b) (1), Soliciting from a single source and is not expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. Contracts awarded using FAR Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures are exempt from the requirements of FAR Part 6-Competition Requirements. BACKGROUND INFORMATION The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has a long-standing interest in psychotropic medication prescribing patterns in the outpatient mental healthcare setting. Analyses performed to date have been limited to data from single states, individual payers, or specific treatment settings as well as surveys with small numbers of treated individuals. Investigators at Columbia University and Yale have a license with Intercontinental Marketing Services (IMS) Health-LifeLinkTM for access to the proprietary LRx Longitudinal Prescription 2006-2009 databases for prescriptions from 33,000 retailers (approximately 75% of all retail pharmacies in the US). These databases contain de-identified individual prescriptions that are nationally representative with respect to patient sex, age, and insurance coverage. It is from these databases that the Contractor shall perform a set of analyses. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE ACQUISITION The Contractor shall provide panalyses on prescription patterns in the United States of antipsychotic medications in children ranging from one (1) to seventeen (17) years of age; stimulant medications in individuals ranging from one (1) to eighty (80) years of age; and of antipsychotic medications in adults ranging from fifty (50) to eighty (80) years of age. CONTRACTOR REQUIREMENTS The Contractor shall: Work with available population-based administrative data from source described in the ‘Background Information' section of this Small Business Sources Sought (SBSS) on psychotropic prescription drug claims, including data on antipsychotic medications and stimulant medications. Prescription-level data shall be indexable at the patient level and at the prescriber level. Data shall cover at least, but not limited to, calendar years 2006 to 2009 in the United States. The data shall be representative of the corresponding US population; and the database(s) shall be sufficiently large to support rigorous statistical analyses for both males and females and across relevant age ranges (e.g., children, adolescents, older adults). ‘Rigorous' is defined as sufficiently large to have at least 80% power for detecting differences in prescription drug use of 0.5 percentage points or smaller between population cells defined by sex and single year of age. Conduct specific empirical analyses of the prevalence and correlates of psychotropic drug use, by demographic status and across time, as described in further detail in Tasks, listed below. Task 1 - Analysis of Antipsychotic Treatment of Children in the United States The Contractor shall compare antipsychotic use in the United States in recent years, across three (3) age groups - young children (one (1) to six (6) years), children (seven (7) to twelve (12) years), and adolescents (thirteen (13)to seventeen (17) years). The Contractor shall assess the percentage of each age group who received any antipsychotic medication during the course of one year. Rates of antipsychotic use shall be examined separately for males and females and described with respect to duration and dosage of antipsychotic treatment, other co-prescribed classes of psychotropic medications, and in terms of which type of physician (i.e., psychiatrists vs. others) who prescribed the medications. For those patients filling antipsychotic medications for whom service claims data are available, the three age groups shall be further characterized with respect to ten (10) different categories of mental disorders: 1) Schizophrenia and other psychoses 2) Pervasive developmental disorders or mental retardation 3) Bipolar disorder 4) Disruptive behavior disorders 5) Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 6) Depression or mood disorder, not otherwise specified 7) Anxiety disorders 8) Adjustment disorder 9) Communication and learning disorders 10) Other mental disorders The results shall provide the first national portrait of antipsychotic use by young children, children, and adolescents in the United States. New insights will be generated concerning how the use of antipsychotic medications changes throughout childhood and adolescence in the United States. Task 2 - National Patterns in Stimulant Treatment The Contractor shall examine the use of stimulant medications - which are principally used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - across the life cycle in the United States. The Contractor shall compare the rate and pattern of stimulant use in young children (one (1) to six (6) years), children (seven (7) to twelve (12) years), adolescents (thirteen (13) to seventeen (17) years), young adults (eighteen (18) to twenty-nine (29) years), adults twenty(20) to forty-nine (49) years), and older adults (fifty (50) to eighty (80) years). The six (6) age groups shall be compared with respect to the rate of stimulant use overall and by gender and prescribing physician specialty. Among individuals who are prescribed stimulants, the age groups shall be compared with respect to the total duration of stimulant treatment during the study year. To characterize the duration of stimulant treatment episodes, a related analysis shall examine continuity of stimulant treatment among patients who initiate stimulants during the first quarter of the study year. To evaluate the complexity of their pharmacological treatment, the Contractor shall also examine the proportion of stimulant treated patients in each age group who receive antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, and mood stabilizers during the course of the study year. Among the subset of individuals with available service claims data, the Contractor shall compare the six stimulant-treated groups with respect to the proportion who received a diagnosis for ADHD, narcolepsy, depression, cognitive impairment, and obesity. The results shall describe stimulant prescribing practices across the lifespan and help to identify patient groups at risk for suboptimal stimulant treatment. Task 3 - Antipsychotic Treatment of Older Adults in the United States The Contractor shall examine patterns of antipsychotic treatment among older adults in the United States. The Contractor will compare the rates at which adts aged fifty-one (51) to sixty (60), sixty-one (61) to seventy (70), and seventy-one (71) to eighty (80) years of age receive any antipsychotic medications during the study year, and antipsychotic treatment rates among males and females within these three (3) age groups. Among adults treated with antipsychotic medications, the Contractor shall compare the three age groups with respect to the mean number of days of antipsychotic medication treatment during the study year, mean chlorpromazine equivalents prescribes during days of treatment, total antipsychotic exposure during the study year, and treatment with individual antipsychotic medications. Among those antipsychotic-treated patients for whom service claims data are available, the Contractor shall compare the three age groups with respect to the percentage who receive a diagnosis of dementia, depression, anxiety, delirium, bipolar, and schizophrenia or related psychoses. The Contractor shall also determine the proportion of patients whose antipsychotic medications are prescribed by psychiatrists as compared with non- psychiatrist physicians focusing on provider specialty differences in medication selection, dose, duration of treatment, and treated conditions. The results shall offer new insights into national antipsychotic medication treatment of older adults. CONTRACTING WITHOUT PROVIDING FOR FULL OR OPEN COMPETITION (INCLUDING BRAND-NAME) DETERMINATION The determination by the Government to award a contract without providing for full and open competition is based upon the market research conducted. Specifically, Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York is the only vendor in the current market place that can provide the services required by the National Instute of Mental Health. In accordance with FAR part 10, extensive market research was conducted to reach this determination. Specifically, a small business sources sought notice was posted to FedBizOpps referencing the above detailed generic requirements and no responses were received. Additionally, knowledgeable inviduals in the Government and Industry were contacted for market research purposes. None of the subject matter experts contacted were able to identify any contractor other than Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York could meet the needs of this requirement. Finally, a review of both the GSA Advantage and Dynamic Small Business Search returned no results. Therefore, only Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York is the only vendor capable of meeting the needs of this requirement. The intended source is: Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York 630 W 168th Street, Floor 4 New York, NY 10032-3725 Stanford, CA 94305-2004 APPLICABLE CLAUSES AND PROVISIONS The provision at FAR clause 52.213-4, Terms and Conditions - Simplified Acquisiton (Other Than Commercial Items). The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) are not applicable to this requirement. CLOSING STATEMENT THIS SYNOPSIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS. However, interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to this notice. Responses to this notice shall contain sufficient information to establish the interested parties' bona-fide capabilities for fulfilling the requirement and include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, the delivery period after contract award, the prompt payment discount terms, the F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov. 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. The information received will normally be considered solely for the purposes of determining whether to proceed on a non-competitive basis or to conduct a competitive procurement. All responses must be received by the closing date and time of this announcement and must reference the solicitation number. Responses may be submitted electronically to Paul Marsalese, Contract Specialist, at paul.marsalese@nih.gov. US Mail and Fax responses will not be accepted.
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