Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service | Published April 8, 2016 - Deadline April 22, 2016
This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6 and 13.106, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) is releasing this combined synopsis/solicitation electronically only. This on-line version of the Request for Quote (RFQ) is the official version for this acquisition. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; in cases of conflict between the electronic (on-line) version of this RFQ and any downloaded version of the RFQ, the on-line RFQ prevails. Offerors are encouraged to check the Federal Business Opportunity (FEDBIZOPS) website at http://www.fedbizops.gov for any amendments to this combined synopsis/solicitation. All questions must be in writing. No telephonic request will be entertained. All responses to questions will be posted by way of an amendment to this combined synopsis/solicitation to the FEDBIZOPS website. The email addresses for submission of all questions is email@example.com.
All questions must be received no later than Friday, April 15, 2016. Offerors shall pay close attention to the instructions listed. Please pay close attention to Section B, K, L and M. These Sections must be submitted properly. Please do not forget to complete Section L (exam L-6 as these evaluation factors will be scored). You will find these documents in the "Return Packet" of the FBO documents. All references must contain (Company Name, Address, Point of Contact name, telephone number [mobile and business], and e-mail address). All performance questionnaires must be complete and contain all relevant information as identified in Section L of this solicitation and email to the assigned contracting officer not later than the closing date established in this solicitation and to Denise.firstname.lastname@example.org. Solicitation Number AG-2B46-S-16-0015 is issued as a request for quote (RFQ) and is 100% set aside for Small Business. Offerors shall complete attached RFQ block 13, 14, 15, 16, sign the quote and any amendment issued. Offerors shall complete the price schedule section B of the RFQ for the base year and all option years by entering unit price and calculated total amount. The resulting contract will be Firm Fixed Price. Award date is expected to be not later than Sunday, May 1, 2016. The NAICS code assigned to this project is 561720 and the size standard is $16.5 Million/PSC Code S201. FAR 52-212-1, Instructions to Offerors-Commercial is incorporated by full-text and applies to this acquisition. FAR 52.212-2, Evaluation-Commercial Items apply to this acquisition. Fill-ins for FAR 52.212-2 are as follows: Award will be made to the offerors (1) whose proposal is technically acceptable and (2) whose technical/cost relationship is the most advantageous to the Government. While cost is secondary to technical, it will be a factor in the award decision. The critical factor in making any cost/technical trade-off is not the spread between the technical scores, but rather what is the significance of that difference. The significance of the spread in scores will be determined on the basis of what that difference might mean in terms of performance and what it would cost the Government to take advantage of it. Awards may not necessarily be made to that offeror submitting the lowest offer. Also, award may not necessarily be made for technical capabilities that would appear to exceed those needed for the successful performance of the work. The Government reserves the right to make cost/technical trade-offs that are in the best interest and to the advantage of the Government. Offerors shall include a completed copy of the provision at 52.212-3, Offeror Representation and Certifications - Commercial Items, with its offer. The FAR Clause 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items applies to this acquisition and will be incorporated into any resulting contract. The clauses at FAR 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items apply to this acquisition, specifically the following cited clauses and provisions are applicable: 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities; 52.222-22 Previous Contracts and Compliance Reports; 52.222-25 Affirmative Action Compliance; 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity; 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities; 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Central Contractor Registration; and 52.204-7, Offerors MUST register in the System for Award Management (SAM) data base - See FAR 52.212-4 (t) and Online Representations and Certifications Applications (ORCA) - See FAR clause 52.212-3. These are now consolidated at the following site: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/. Full text versions of clauses and provisions may be viewed at http://farsite.hill.af.mil. Solicitation closing date is Friday, April 22, 2016. All quotes must be received by 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The Government intends to evaluate offers and award a contract without discussions with offerors. Therefore, the offeror's initial offer should contain the offeror's best terms from a price and technical standpoint. However, the Government reserves the right to conduct discussions if later determined by the Contracting Officer to be necessary. Offerors shall submit two (2) copies of their quote and the Representations and Certifications (FAR 52.212-3) in-person, or mail to the following address: USDA-NRCS, Attn: Denise Brooks, Contracting Officer, 339 Busch's Frontage Road, Suite 301, Annapolis, MD 21409. Offerors are reminded to insure your FEDEX, UPS or DHL package arrives on time not later than 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, April 22, 2016. The NRCS office is open from 8:00-4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. No proposals will be accepted via Email (electronic mail nor fax). Any questions concerning this requirement should be addressed to the individual indicated above.