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NM932 REALTY CONSULTANT

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management | Published December 22, 2016  -  Deadline January 23, 2017
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 and incorporates provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-92.  Proposals are being requested against Request for Quote (RFQ) Solicitation Number L17PS00041.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), New Mexico State Office intends to award a single, firm fixed-price contract to an eligible small business concern for Realty Consultant Services under NAICS Code 541191 with a size standard of $11.0, whereby BLM seeks to acquire certain New Mexico State lands within and adjacent to the Rio Grande del Norte and the Sabinoso Wilderness in the Northern part of the State.  These lands are located throughout the State and are administered by the Farmington, Albuquerque, Roswell and Las Cruces Districts. The work consists of initiating the Rio Grande del Norte/Sabinoso Land Exchange project, within the State of New Mexico, by preparing a Feasibility Report package in accordance with 43 CFR 2200, maintaining a public record of internal discussions and documentation of all federal actions and processes, attending meetings and participating in constructive communications with all parties involved, and preparing required reports. The estimated period of performance is 18 months from date of award which depends on how soon the HSPD-12 required credentialing of the awarded contractor is completed.
FAR Provisions at 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial; 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items; and 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items, apply to this acquisition.
The resultant contract will be awarded to the responsible offeror whose offer is considered most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. The factors that will be used to evaluate offers are: 1) Technical Capability to Meet the BLM's Requirement; 2) Past Performance; and 3) Price. When combined, evaluation factors are approximate equal to price.
Offerors must be registered in the System for Awards Management (SAM) database in order to do business with the Federal Government and be considered for award. The database can be accessed at http://www.sam.gov.
The solicitation is available electronically at www.FedConnect.net. Questions to solicitation are due by January 9, 2017. Offers are being accepted via electronic mail to asalas@blm.gov, facsimile at (505) 761-8911 or by mail at BLM NMSO, Attention: Anna Salas-Waldo, 100 Sun Avenue, Suite 330, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Offers must be submitted via company letter head, referencing this RFP, and are due no later than 4:30PM Mountain Standard Time on January 23, 2017.

GOXI Online Community Development Support and Conflict Prevention Consultant

New York - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | Published January 13, 2017  -  Deadline January 31, 2017
The purpose of this procurement exercise is to contract an individual consultant who will support GOXI’s conveners and work closely with GOXI’s Community Manager in further developing the overall GOXI community of practice. The Consultant will primarily support the community as a facilitator and in the implementation of GOXI activities and tasks related to knowledge management with a particular emphasis on extractive industries and conflict related issues. The consultant will be supervised by the UNDP Advisor on Extractive Industries, based in New York. Details are provided in the Terms of Reference as advertised on UNDP job site VA# https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=70192Interested bidders are requested to submit their application using the following link: VA # https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=70192 as per the instruction in the notice and using templates provided.

R--Adaptive Sports Consultant, Bedford VAMC

Department of Veterans Affairs, Manchester VAMC | Published December 22, 2016
Performance Work Statement
1.  POSITION DESCRIPTION/SCOPE
This requirement is for (1) One temporary position needed at Bedford Medical Center, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.
2.  PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
The individual will work for approximately 22 weeks, with one option Period of 14 Weeks if needed.  Therefore the contract cannot exceed 180 Working days or 36 weeks, but may be terminated upon completion of the project or funds dissolution.
3. CONTRACTOR REQUIREMENTS
Education/Experience:  Bachelor s Degree in a related area and 8-10 years  experience working with Veterans in the Adaptive Sports/Recreation arena.
Cultivate a variety of relationships/collaboration between Bedford VA and Adaptive Sports venues on the Massachusetts Northshore (Bedford VA catchment area) for use by Bedford VA Veterans.
Adaptive Sport/collaborations could be rowing, skiing, fishing, hiking or any other adaptive sport available to eligible Veterans.
Responds to VA needs as directed by the Bedford VA Associate Director Patient Care Services.
Provides periodic briefings to Bedford VA leadership including the Hospital Director, Associate Director Patient Care Service, Chief Rehab Service and Supervisor Recreation Therapy on going developments and collaboration among community adaptive sports venues.
Possesses the ability to collaborate and communicate with Bedford VA leadership and community adaptive sports venues.
Possesses the ability to plan, develop, and coordinate, with Bedford VA and adaptive sports venues for Veteran programming.
4.  TERM OF CONTRACT
The individual will work for approximately 22 weeks, with one option Period of 14 Weeks if needed.  Therefore the contract cannot exceed 180 Working days or 36 weeks, but may be terminated upon completion of the project or funds dissolution.
5. PAYMENT
Payment of sums due will be paid monthly in arrears of work performed, upon submission and receipt of a properly prepared invoice by the Contractor.  The Contractor will submit a monthly bill for the hours worked, at the agreed upon price.  Contractor is required to pay a minimum of the attached wage rate as listed under Section J of this contract for services performed under this contract.  Payment will be authorized by the VA upon verification by the VA of the services billed and submission of documentation required under the Labor Standards Provisions of this contract.
EDITH NOURSE ROGERS MEMORIAL VETERANS HOSPITAL
BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS
RECREATION THERAPY ADAPTIVE SPORTS CONSULTANT
GS-0638
General Description:  This is a unique clinical position under Recreation Therapy and Sensory & Physical Rehab Services as An Adaptive Sports Consultant.  Incumbent works as an independent therapist practitioner, at the Bedford VA Medical Center.  Bedford VA is one of the busiest and most complex geriatric and mental health facilities in the nation with numerous mental health programs inpatient and outpatient clinics.  Additionally, the facility has multiple outpatient locations and clinically support and trains a large number of residents, interns, and trainees in a wide variety of medical specialties and health care occupations through multiple academic affiliations.  The facility is a Complexity Level 3 facility which houses a rehabilitation short stay unit, TBI support clinic, the largest long term care unit within the VA, numerous outpatient mental health clinics, a chronic mental health and acute mental health (both locked) inpatient units, domiciliary, and intense mental health counseling outpatient program.  The incumbent provides case management services to active duty service members and Veterans and their families when necessary, and is the primary point of contact for patients and their families regarding adaptive sports.  The position is established and funded to assist in full-filling the objectives of the Bedford VA medical Centers Adaptive Sports and Fitness Programs, which is committed to consumer and family-driven care and to wellness rehab services necessary to )1 improve participant s overall health status, 2) reduce the risk of acquiring secondary medical complications, 3) introduce new leisure opportunities, 4) promote a lifetime of wellness practices post-injury, 6) as well as live, work, learn, and participate fully in the community.  Incumbent participated in planning, describing and implementing new and innovative approaches to providing these services to injured Veterans and active duty service members.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
Outpatient Case Management:  Incumbent accepts inpatient/outpatient case referrals from Rehabilitation inpatient/outpatient treatment programs, Polytrauma Team, residents and attending physiatrist/psychiatrists, military treatment facilities, congressional officials, community agencies, concerned individuals, Veterans, and their families to provide extensive services to Veterans deemed appropriate for such programs and will require intensive case management.
Incumbent may accept and complete screens in-center with trained medical personnel, but may travel to meet with Veterans and their families at community locations, such as the Veteran s home, if deemed necessary.
Incumbent makes independent assessment of the physical. Cognitive, psychosocial/behavioral, rehabilitation, level of independence and support care (if needed) needs of each Veteran and formulated a full treatment plan.
The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, conducting, and supervising a comprehensive and complex therapeutic/self-directed activity based program that addresses the physical limitations; communicative disorders; cognitive deficits, and social, emotional and/or behavioral reactions of young adult, middle-adult, and geriatric patients from treatment units assigned.  Programs as such require a variety of knowledge and skills in providing therapeutic/self -directed activity-based programs for patients having varied diagnoses and age specific considerations, which may include neuro-muscular, orthopedic, chronic cardiovascular, psychological, psychiatric, chronic/acute medical problems and physical disabilities.
The programs will be varied to include activities for both individuals and groups, with specific interventions to fulfill medical prescriptions and attention being directed toward creativity and ingenuity in gaining the most possible for patient interest and potentials.  The incumbent has the responsibility for administering interventions utilizing program adaptations, planned or spontaneous; to provide both interesting and therapeutic oriented activities to enhance the Patient s potential, in accordance with the customized treatment plans and predetermined treatment goals.  Programs will be planned on a continuum, addressing clinical patient care (therapy), leisure education, and adapted (self-directed) activity-based community programs.
The incumbent consults with utilizing services and programs, agency representatives and community officials relative to the publicizing development and improvement of program.
Incumbent works closely with VA and community health care professionals to support the Veteran s medical treatment plan.  Provides consultation and update of progress to health care personnel on the overall components identified in the Veteran s treatment plan.
Incumbent provides intensive case management services that require the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of clinical skills/cross-training.  Carries full professional responsibility for cases presenting a wide range of physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental problems with no limitations (within his/her scope of clinical privileges) as to the range of Services to be performed.
Incumbent documents all case management, documentation, and Recreation Therapy activities in the patient s VA Medical Center clinical record.  He/she notifies physicians and other clinical staff on treatment team, as appropriate, regarding additional interventions.
Incumbent provides information and referral services to various community services, as appropriate.  Investigates community resources and makes information about them available to case management staff.  Provides information and consultation with conservators and/or payees regarding management of patients  services.  Reports incidents of abuse or negligence to legal authorities and updates DHCP risk alerts as necessary.
Administrative Responsibilities: Incumbent participates in program development and planning and in the development of working relationships with community agencies and resources.  Promotes, in conjunction with local community/international agencies, strategies for developing joint ventures to address the physical, cognitive, psychological, and social needs of injured participates.  Maintains accurate statistics, and reports, as required, within specified deadlines; submits data on patient contacts promptly and accurately for computer entry.
All statistical and administrative reports will be completed according to policy and/or requested by the Supervisor Recreation Therapy Service, (i.e. DSS encounters, monthly and daily calendars/schedules, Nutrition and Food requests, work orders, motor vehicle requests, etc.).  Knowledge of Professional, CARF and The Joint Commission (TJC) standards.  Participates in the overall activities of the Bedford VA Adaptive Sports and Fitness program.
Incumbent is responsible for making purchases for the Bedford VA Adaptive Sports & Fitness Program using Government Purchase Cards, Government Travel Cards, or purchase orders when required.  Accurate records of accounts and transactions are also maintained by the incumbent.
Other duties as assigned:  Incumbent performs other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor Recreation Therapy Service.  Incumbent may participate in research, education, evaluations and studies.  He/she may also supervise Recreation/Creative Arts Therapy or case manager students, interns, and trainees.
Factor 1- Knowledge Required by the Position: Mastery of and sound judgement and flexibility in the use of a wide range of case management skills, including the more difficult therapeutic techniques.  Professional knowledge of recreation, physical, cognitive therapy, and mental health services requiring extended and continuing education or experience to perform advanced techniques requiring in-depth knowledge.  Ability to apply new procedures in the treatment of difficult and complex individual problems.
Knowledge of interviewing techniques and of consistently appropriate use of these techniques with a wide variety of patients, family members and significant others, including persons who may be hostile and /or have emotional problems.
Knowledge of illness and stability with implications for recreation Therapy and multi-disciplines, including psychology, sociology, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology for disease, special populations, including physically disabled, emotionally disturbed, substance abusers, organic illness, and frail elderly.  Interprets medical information in relation to disabilities, identifies problems treatable to plan treatment, and communicate with other team members.  The incumbent demonstrates skills and knowledge to communicate appropriately to the ages of the patients serviced, including the young adult, middle adult, and geriatric patients.
Knowledge of delivery systems specifically related to diagnosis and treatment, including medical models, therapeutic recreation continuum, leisure education models, therapeutic community and interdisciplinary teams, and facilitation of counseling techniques used in providing preventative and rehabilitative service to patients.  Establishes and provides integrated and recognized treatment procedures that are innovative and meet the special needs of patients with acute or chronic psychological, physical, and/or cognitive disabilities that must be modified in response to subtle changes in the patients  conditions.
Knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents which effect the use of program and related support resources (people, money, or equipment).
The incumbent possesses skills and knowledge in leadership dynamics, socio-behavior domains, motivational approaches and communication processes, able to employ diverse treatment approaches for individuals or groups of patients in order to motivate patients towards treatment objectives.  Considers the age of the patients in order to motivate patients towards treatment objectives.  Incumbent has knowledge of the basics of other professions on interdisciplinary teams, e.g. basic knowledge of the goals and objectives of psychologists, social workers, nurses, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and kinesiotherapists, and the tools they use.
Working understanding of the dynamics of chemical dependency, dual diagnosis and their impact on psychosocial functioning.  Knowledge of how to make objective and accurate psychosocial assessments, formulate sound and workable case management treatment plans and makes appropriate clinical interventions.
Knowledge of the fundamentals of effective written and oral communication and skill in establishing and maintaining effective and cooperative work relationships.  Knowledge of how to conceptualize information and share such information and concepts with others, individually and in groups.
Knowledge of the psychosocial component of illness and aging and of patient s responses to medical care.  Knowledge of the dynamics of human personality, normal vs. abnormal behavior, impact of social systems, and cultural and environmental influences of individuals and families.  General knowledge of the health care field and relevent case management principles and practices.
Ability to organize a complex demanding caseload and master these tasks even when away from the medical center.  Knowledge of the VA benefits and community resources and be skilled in their appropriate use on behalf of patients/families/significant others.
Knowledge of quality assurance/audit techniques to the level of being able to do self-evaluation and to participate effectively and objectively in quality assurance programs within the Service.  The incumbent is responsible for knowing and following safety policies and procedures.  Safety is the utmost importance and will be paramount in carrying out daily tasks, activities and duties.
Incumbent is required to maintain a valid driver s license and or CDL  Motor Operator s License to operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of community outings for patients participating in therapeutic and social activities.  This requirement also includes specific safety competencies including vehicle passenger restraint systems, wheelchair lift operations and knowledge of policies and procedures for emergency situations occurring off station.  Medical examination for driver clearance in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations is also required.
Incumbent is required to maintain valid state and professional licenses and certifications, (I.e. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, etc.).
Factor 2- Supervisory Controls: The Chief Sensory and Physical Rehab Service and the Supervisor of Recreation Therapy oversee the overall performance and mandatory requirement of the incumbent.  The case manager plans and carries out the intervention process for referred individuals and devises or adjusts the approaches and priorities to meet intervention objectives.  The therapist coordinates with other health care providers concerning total care.  He/She informs the health care officials, as appropriate, where treatment is contraindicated or where other issues may result in conflict.  The incumbent works independently and is professionally accountable for the quality and quantity of his/her work.  Work is monitored through audits, peer review, and such other evaluations as required by the service and Medical Center performance Improvement Program.  Input into the annual appraisal/evaluation will be provided by the Chief of Sensory and Physical Rehab Service and performed by the Supervisor of Recreation Therapy.
Factor 3-Guidelines: Guidelines are available but not always applicable to the work.  Guidelines at this level describe evaluative and compensatory therapeutic techniques which apply generally, but not specifically, to the diverse set of conditions involving a person under treatment.  The therapist uses judgment in selecting and modifying treatment approaches, as necessary.  The incumbent must use resourcefulness and initiative in developing new methods and proposing new policy on the provision of therapy services to the most clinically challenging patients, all of whom have persistent physical, cognitive, and/or mental illness and are high users of inpatient and outpatient services.
Guidelines include operating policies and practices of the clinic, accepted materials, procedures, techniques, and standards of practice, facility publications, mandated Joint Commission standards, CARF standards and the Veterans Health Administration and Medical Center policies and directives.  The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting techniques, procedures and materials most appropriate for the patient.
Factor 4-Complexity: The Recreation Therapy Adaptive Sports Case Manager is charged with providing professional case management services to all outpatient participants of the Bedford VA Adaptive Sports and Fitness programs in a wide range of community settings.
The Recreation Therapy Adaptive Sport Case Manager s contact with patients occurs in the medical center and may also occur in the Veteran s natural environment away from the medical center.  The Recreation Therapy Adaptive Sports Manager in many instances is the patient s only link with the medical center and outside resources that may further advance his treatment progression.  It is the responsibility of the case manager to engage VA patients in treatment, to deliver the treatment and to link the patient to other services.  In locales where specific VA services are lacking, the case manager works with community agencies that provide needed services to ensure that Veterans have access to all treatment opportunities.  The case manager establishes and maintains working relationships with other non-VA service providers.  As a solitary practitioner, the case manager makes many on the spot clinical decisions without immediate access to supervision or consultation.  These decisions involve critical aspects of the patient s clinical care, including involuntary treatment, and rely solely on the clinical judgement of the case manager.
The complexity of this position is increased by the following factors:
The use of a wide variety of tasks, methods, and function, resources, such as individual therapy, case management, crisis intervention, group therapy, substance abuse counseling, and family therapy.
The variety and unpredictability of physical settings, i.e. boarding homes, shelters, hotels, substance abuse centers, and apartments, outdoor areas which may be remote, public facilities.
The frequently complicated life situations of patients and their families, compounded with the emotional, social and economic impact of such illness and disabilities.
The hostility, extreme disturbance and sever chronic illness of some patients and their families.
The high frequency of substance abuse and dual diagnosis amongst the patients assigned to the case manager for treatment and the lack of resources available to treat these disorders.
Ambiguity of agency policies and the unpredictability of individuals  reactions and the ultimate results of intervention.
The dependence of the target population and the case manager s role in modifying this dependence.
The scarcity of resources, particularly for research protocols they qualify for.
The need for innovation to develop new approaches and techniques to adjust to difficult and changing situations.
Factor 5- Scope and Effect: The purpose of the work is to provide a comprehensive program of case management to outpatients in the assigned area and to help each person to reach the ultimate potential for independent living functioning using a wide variety of therapeutic approaches.  The case manager uses professional expertise and judgment in assessing complex situations and carrying out plans of treatment.
The work has a direct impact on the person s social, economic and functional well-being, i.e. the extent to which they learn to handle frustrations and solve problems affects their lifestyles in the community and the ability to support themselves and their families; which in turn, affects the image and to some extent the functioning of the VA and local community.
The expected impact is in the recovery, social, physical and economic well-being of the patients and their families.  The impact of the work is felt in the personal lives of the patients.  The sports Case Manager must possess skills in public relations.
Factor 6- Personal Contacts: Personal contacts and coordination with a wide variety of persons are essential to this position.  Contacts are with persons outside the agency which may include consultants, administrators, department heads, or business executives in a moderately unstructured setting.  May also include contacts with the head of the employing agency or program officials several managerial levels removed from the employee when such contact occurs on an ad-hoc basis.
Intra-agency personal contacts include patients from all age groups (young adult, middle adult, and geriatric).  The age group of the patient will be given full consideration when planning treatment and when addressing all requests in order to insure the appropriateness of the employee s response.  Also includes contact with other therapists, treatment team members, health care professionals, volunteers, student interns, and personal throughout the Medical Center, nationally and Central Office.  Contacts include regular meetings with patient family members and significant others, community resource managers, university faculty members, Recreation Therapy and Creative Arts professionals, volunteers, community and members of the public.
Factor 7- Purpose of Contacts:  Contacts are to influence managers or other officials to accept and implement findings and recommendations on organizational improvement or program effectiveness.  May encounter resistance due to such issues as organizational conflict, competing objectives, new recovery program models and objectives or resource problems.
The personal contacts involve gathering and exchanging information, participation in overall program planning, treatment planning, counseling with patients, families, significant others, and coordinating services on behalf of patients and those persons significant to their recovery.  Skill is needed in working with people who may be fearful, uncooperative or hostile and who may hold different viewpoints or objectives, in order to establish rapport and obtain desired therapeutic outcomes.
The incumbent is required to use good judgment, tact, and diplomacy in relations with all parties.  Contacts with patients are to assess, implement, and evaluate treatment.  Contact with therapists and other team members and health care providers are to give information and discuss program or treatment issues.  Contacts with volunteers are to discuss program or treatment issues.
Contacts with volunteers are to schedule activities and provide training.  Contacts with other Medical Center personnel are for administrative tasks, medical Center committee assignments, problem resolution and to arrange community/volunteer needs, transportation, patient meals, etc.  Contacts with academic institutions are to discuss the progress and clinical abilities/skills of students, interns and/or trainees.  Contacts with patient family and significant others are to develop discharge plans, utilize community resources, advocate for ill and disabled Veteran.  Contact with Recreation Therapy/Creative Arts professional community is for the purpose of technical information sharing and networking and maintenance of professional competence.
Regular and reoccurring contacts are made to plan and coordinate treatment and rehabilitation of patients, motivate patients to meet treatment goals, and provide exchange of information.  Interaction with patients involves a particularly strong element of persuasion.  The therapist encourages patients to participate both individually and in groups.
Factor 8- Physical Demands: This position involves walking, standing, sitting, lifting, travel, shifting, kneeling, stooping, grasping, and participation in multidisciplinary therapy activities which may be physical in nature, such as running, physical fitness activity, bowling, kayaking, skiing, etc. and driving motor vehicles such as a sedan or van.
Additional physical demands include, bending, pushing, pulling, shifting patients, retrieving, standing, pivoting, twisting, squatting, grasping, extending, balancing,, casting, throwing, stretching, reaching, dodging, striking, lifting, turning, carrying, swinging, creative movement and dragging.
The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as above average dexterity to perform intricate procedures.  The physical limitations of the young adult, middle adult, and the geriatric patient must be taken into consideration when preforming all assigned responsibilities.  The work involves driving an automobile and going in and out of a variety of settings in the community.
Factor 9- Work Environment:  The incumbent works in an office, on treatment units, both indoors and outdoors in various recreation areas and facilities.  Incumbent is exposed to patients with a variety of disabilities and illnesses, both physical, cognitive, and with psychiatric conditions.  The incumbent will also work out of state when accompanying Veterans to nationally recognized VHA programs, community based activities, leisure education activities and community institutions, and residences- involve everyday risks and discomforts and the observance of normal safe work practices.

Consultant: Gender Equality and Elections module update, BPPS/G&PB

UNDP/HQ - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | Published January 9, 2017  -  Deadline January 18, 2017
The purpose of this procurement exercise is to contract an individual consultant who will update the Gender Equality and Elections module of Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections curriculum.Details are provided in the Terms of Reference as advertised on UNDP job site VA # 70106.Interested bidders are requested to submit their application using the following link: VA # 70106. https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=70106 as per the instruction in the notice and using templates provided.

Part-time Climate Finance Knowledge Management Junior Consultant - Green Climate Fund Readiness (USA Nationals or Others Legally Authorized to Work in the USA)

UNDP GEF, New York - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | Published December 28, 2016  -  Deadline January 20, 2017
UNDP-GEF is seeking one Part-Time Climate Finance Knowledge Management Junior Consultant for the Green Climate Fund Readiness. Please note this consultancy is only for USA Nationals or others legally authorized to work in the USA.To assist you in understanding the requirements of this assignment we have attached hereto the Terms of Reference. To apply, please refer to:https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=69942

Center Menta Health Consultant

Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration | Published December 28, 2016  -  Deadline January 27, 2017
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5465 Point Clair Road
Carville , LA

Nutrition Scientist Consulting Services for the HANDLS Study

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published January 9, 2017  -  Deadline January 30, 2017
Nutrition Scientist Consulting Services for the HANDLS Study

Competitive Combined Synopsis/Solicitation 
HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-17-132

INTRODUCTIONThis 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.
The solicitation number is HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-17-132 and the solicitation is issued as a request for quotation (RFQ).  ACQUISITION AUTHORITYThis acquisition is for a commercial item or service and is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures; FAR Subpart 13.5- Simplified Procedures for Certain Commercial Items; and FAR Part 12-Acquisition of Commercial Items, and IS expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold.
The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-93-1, dated January 1, 2017. The resultant contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through this date.
NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (NAICS) CODEThe associated NAICS code is 541690 with the Size Standard of $15 Million.  SET-ASIDE STATUSThis acquisition is unrestricted. Contractors of all business size may respond.
DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENT 
BackgroundThe NIA Intramural Research Program performs a longitudinal study of the effects of race and socioeconomic status on healthy aging in a representative sample of community dwelling residents from the Baltimore metropolitan region. This study, known as the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) study, requires a detailed knowledge of the public health characteristics of this region including racial, socioeconomic, and nutritional characteristics. This information is used to assess the influences of these factors on a variety of health outcomes such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular functioning, psychophysiological and cognitive performance, and muscular strength and conditioning.
This requirement focuses on support for the nutritional aspects of the HANDLS study. Nutritional status influences an individual's risk for the development of chronic conditions, thereby affecting a person's ability to live a healthy and productive life. Therefore, nutrition science specific technique support, including nutritional monitoring and dietary recall, are required to determine the study population's nutritional status and the effects of nutritional status over the course of the longitudinal study.
PurposeThe purpose of this requirement is to procure nutrition scientist consulting services in support of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) Study. Services shall include training, monitoring, data collection and analysis, and manuscript support for the nutritional domain of this study.Contract TypeA Firm Fixed Price Contract with Options to Extend the Term of the Contract is contemplated. Invoicing shall be on a NET30 and payment shall be made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Invoices against the contract shall be submitted monthly after support is provided and processed via Two Way Match. Period of PerformanceThe required period of performance is one (1) one-year base period from March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018 and four (4) subsequent one-year option periods.
Place of PerformanceThe primary place of performance shall be Contractor site. Conference calls and email shall be the primary mode of communication; however, the Contractor may be required to work at Government facilities in the continental United States, primarily the NIH Biomedical Research Center located at 251 Bayview Blvd, Suite 100, Room 3A526, Baltimore, MD 21224.
Project RequirementsThe Contractor shall provide nutrition science consulting support services to the National Institute on Aging for the HANDLS study as follows:
•	Use the Blaise computer assisted interviewing system and survey processing tool to assist in collection, analysis, and quality control of the HANDLS dietary data.•	Train HANDLS study dietary data manager to appropriately and effectively use the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Automated Multiple Pass Method (AMPM) assessment. This includes development, implementation and evaluation of materials to train new dietary interviewers and provide periodic refresher trainings. Training shall ensure that trained individuals perform the assessment and associated coding activities with 90% or greater accuracy at the end of the contract period.•	Train HANDLS dietary data manager to train telephone data collection staff in coding.  Dietary interviewers must be able to learn to assign an 8-digit code to foods consumed by HANDLS study participants using SurveyNet a program developed and provided by the USDA.  This includes development, implementation and evaluation of materials to train new dietary coders and provide refresher trainings. •	Develop quality control checklists for evaluating dietary interviews and coding processes. •	Check dietary data sets for errors using Microsoft Access queries; the contractor is expected to be able to identify errors independently. There are approximately 30 quality control checks (i.e., Microsoft Access programs) already prepared which must be performed, ranging from flagging extremely large or small amounts of food eaten, to checking the eating occasion, to time of data. Additionally, the nutrient file shall also be checked for errors in extremely high or low values for each nutrient in the database. •	Once a record is identified as having a possible error, review the data to determine if an error was made in coding and make corrections as necessary. Corrections made must be documented. Following all corrections, if any, made to a dataset at any given time, re-check the dataset to ensure no required corrections were missed.  •	Train dietary data manager and dietary interviewers to perform the above detailed reviews and to make corrections to coding as needed. •	Development of instructions to process dietary recall data using the USDA Post Interview Processing System for extraction of AMPM Blaise databases, reformatting AMPM data for SurveyNet, and auto-coding of foods and portion sizes.
•	Development of guidelines (such as assigning food groups to foods consumed in combinations) for the transformation of the dataset for food pattern analysis.
•	Compile dietary and supplemental questionnaire data for review and use.
•	Document information related to the nutritional component of the HANDLS study for use in writing manuscripts; prepare these manuscripts as directed and assist in processing their publication.
•	Present analysis of nutritional information from the study as directed.
•	Assess the diet quality, over the course of the longitudinal study, of HANDLS participants using the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) and provide analysis results.
•	Survey and record the nutritional components of study participant's daily diets using the Healthy Eating Index (HEI). The survey and associated scoring must be developed in a way that is standardized so that participants can be compared to themselves over time.
Level of EffortThe estimated level of effort for this requirement is one (1) contractor employee on a part-time basis for 960 hours during the base period of performance and 672 hours during each of the optional periods of performance.
Reporting RequirementsThe Contractor shall provide the following reports to the Government:•Quality Assurance Reports shall be delivered at the end of the months of March, September, and December and will include a summary of data monitoring activities as well as the results of data monitoring. 
•	Nutritional Data files and Dietary Nutrient Analyses shall be provided at the conclusion of each study wave. These analyses shall document and analyze vitamin intake, energy (calories) and other nutrition information as collected during the HANDLS study.
All reports, as well as any manuscripts or articles prepared in the course of performance of this requirement, shall be delivered electronically via email to the Contracting Officer's Representative on the last business day of each month. Data files and Dietary Nutrient Analyses shall be delivered to the HANDLS data manager in hard copy in addition to soft copy.   Any matters which may require immediate attention shall be brought to the COR immediately as they occur.
Government Furnished Information/PropertyThe Government will supply workspace, office supplies such as pen and paper, a telephone, and desktop computer for contractor use at the NIH Biomedical Research Center (BRC). Government Furnished Information, including study data, shall be provided for the purposes of executing this requirement. Consultant(s) shall guarantee strict confidentiality of the information/data that it is provided by the NIH or by any other participant on a project to which the consultant is assigned.  FAR Clause 52.245-1 Government Property shall be applicable to this requirement.
Key PersonnelThe Contractor employee providing services for this effort shall be considered key personnel.  Key Personnel requirements are as follows:  •	Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nutrition•	Licensed Dietician•	At least ten (10) years of experience working in nutrition research resulting in at least four (4) published manuscripts.
The proposed Key Personnel will become subject to the provisions of Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR) Clause HHSAR 352.237-75 Key Personnel as follows:The key personnel specified in this contract are considered to be essential to work performance. At least 30 days prior to the contractor voluntarily diverting any of the specified individuals to other programs or contracts the Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer and shall submit a justification for the diversion or replacement and a request to replace the individual. The request must identify the proposed replacement and provide an explanation of how the replacement's skills, experience, and credentials meet or exceed the requirements of the contract. If the employee of the contractor is terminated for cause or separates from the contractor voluntarily with less than thirty days notice, the Contractor shall provide the maximum notice practicable under the circumstances. The Contractor shall not divert, replace, or announce any such change to key personnel without the written consent of the Contracting Officer. The contract will be modified to add or delete key personnel as necessary to reflect the agreement of the parties.
Travel:No travel is required or authorized for this requirement.
Data Rights: The National Institute on Aging shall have unlimited rights to and ownership of all deliverables provided under this procurement including data, reports, briefings, surveys, analyses, recommendations and all other deliverables. In addition, it includes any additional deliverables required by contract change. The definition of "unlimited rights" is contained in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 27.401, "Definitions." FAR clause 52.227-14, "Rights in Data-General," shall be incorporated into any resulting award by reference.
Information Systems SecurityThe Contractor must ensure that any and all computer systems used in the course of this contract shall include the following features:
1.	Any computer used in relation to this contract must be patched with most updated IT Security Patches.2.	Any Contractor computer used in relation this contract must have virus protection loaded and running with definition files that are updated on at least a daily basis.3.	Hard drives and portable media used for this contract must be encrypted using the FIPS 140-2 standard. 4.	Contractors are required to take NIH Security and Privacy Training annually  http://irtsectraining.nih.gov/5.	Contractor are required to sign the NIH non-disclosure agreement  http://irtsectraining.nih.gov/NIH_Non-Disclosure_Agreement.pdf6.	Contractors are required to report any lost or stolen NIH data to the NIA ISSO within one hour of knowing of the lost or theft even if the data is on a Contractor furnished computer.7.	Contractors are required to adhere to the NIH IT rules of behavior which can be found at  https://ocio.nih.gov/InfoSecurity/training/Pages/nihitrob.aspx8.	Any computers used in reference to this contract must be assessed for vulnerabilities.9.	Any computers used in reference to this contract must be backed up on an external hard drive which is password protected.10.	Any computers used in reference to this contract must have auditing enabled such that if an incident occurred then that event could be reconstructed. 11.	Any computers that are used in reference to this contract must employ at a minimum user name and password authentication or if possible two factor authentication.  12.	Any computer used in relation to this contract must be password protected. All Password must meet the NIH standard such that users must choose passwords that have at least eight characters and at least three of the following types of characters:a.	capital lettersb.	lower case lettersc.	numeric charactersd.	special characters (!@#$%^&*()_+|~-=\`{}[]:";'<>?,./)
Confidentiality of InformationConfidential Information means information or data of a personal nature about an individual, or proprietary information or data submitted by or pertaining to an institution or organization. Confidential Information or records shall not be disclosed by the Contractor without written authorization from the Contracting Officer. Whenever the Contractor is uncertain with regard to the confidentiality of or a property interest in information under this contract, the Contractor should consult with the Contracting Officer prior to any release, disclosure, dissemination, or publication.
Collaboration RequirementsIt is required that all contractors involved with the NIH community work collaboratively with federal staff and other contractors towards the NIH mission and other affected organizations and follow the direction of the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), and/or the designated Federal Project Manager(s)/Lead(s).  This collaboration includes day-to-day activities, support, development, knowledge transfer and creating and sharing documentation when required.
Non-Personal Service Statement:The contract employee performing services will be controlled, directed and supervised at all times by management personnel of the contractor. Actions of contractor employees may not be interpreted or implemented in any manner that results in any contractor employee creating or modifying Federal policy, obligating the appropriated funds of the U.S. Government, overseeing the work of Federal employees, providing direct personal services to any Federal employee or otherwise violating the prohibitions set forth in Parts 7.5 and 37.1 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).Section 508 ComplianceSection 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology (EIT) is accessible to people with disabilities. The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Final Rule for Section 508 (EIT Accessibility) can be found at www.section508.gov and at the Access Board's Web site at https://www.access-board.gov/508.htm.  The contractor must state that they will comply with the requirements of Section 508 or cite a justifiable reason for an exception.
QUESTION & ANSWER PERIODInterested contractors may submit questions relating to this requirement. Questions shall be submitted to the contract specialist, Lauren Phelps, via email at lauren.phelps@nih.gov by or before January 16, 2017  at 6:00 PM EST.  Late questions shall not be accepted. Questions will be anonymized and answered and the answers will be provided as soon as possible after the question deadline via solicitation amendment. Should no questions be received, no amendment shall be posted.
RESPONSE FORMATResponses to this solicitation must include clear and convincing evidence of the offeror's capability of fulfilling the requirement as it relates to the technical evaluation criteria.  The offeror must submit 1) a technical response, 2) a copy of the proposed contractor employee's Curriculum Vitae or Resume and 3) a separate price quotation. The technical response should address each individual evaluation criteria identified in this solicitation and may be up to fifteen (15) single-sided pages. This limit does not include key personnel curriculum vitae/ resumes.
Price quotations submitted must include a fully burdened hourly rate for each contract period. This hourly rate must cover all associated labor, materials, etc. Price quotations must be submitted in the following format:
Nutrition Scientist Consulting Support Price Quote
Contract Period        Hourly Price          Required Hours         Extended PriceBase                                                    960	Option 1                                               672	Option 2                                               672	Option 3                                               672	Option 4                                               672	TOTAL
 
Contractors must provide their Company Name, Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), Business Size, Physical Address, and Point of Contact Information in their responses. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov."
EVALUATION CRITERIAFAR clause 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items (October 2014) applies to this acquisition. 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.	Factor 1: Technical Approach
The Contractor's proposal shall address each area of the statement of work requirements in sufficient detail to demonstrate a clear understanding of the statement of work and the understanding of the expertise required for compliance with requirements. At a minimum, the proposed technical approach shall include information regarding the proposed approach to individual use of the USDA approved Automated Multiple Pass Method (AMPM) assessment, as well as methods to train others in it. Approach shall be evaluated for efficiency, effectiveness, and familiarity with the Blaise computer assisted interviewing system.  The degree of streamlining to the proposed method for processing data using the USDA Post Interview Processing System, extracting AMPM Blaise databases, reformatting AMPM data for SurveyNet and auto-coding of foods and portion sizes, shall also be reviewed.2.	Factor 2: Key Personnel
The Contractor's proposal shall include a resume or curriculum vitae for proposed key personnel. This document shall be evaluated for conformance to the key personnel qualifications, as well as for the extent and depth of skills related to expertise in assessing diet quality over the course of a longitudinal study examining health disparities in minority and poor populations. The Nutrition Scientist is the key personnel for this requirement and must possess a Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition degree and must be a licensed and registered Dietician. The proposed key personnel must possess at a minimum ten (10) years of experience in nutrition research resulting in at least four (4) published manuscripts. Experience in nutrition research specifically related to aging, low-income, and minority populations shall be viewed favorably, as shall having authorship of additional published manuscripts related to nutrition research. Additionally, evidence of key personnel experience developing guidelines for the transformation of dietary data for food pattern analyses over the course of longitudinal studies shall be reviewed.3.	Factor 3: Past Performance
The Contractor shall provide at least two (2) past performance references with knowledge of the contractor's relevant skills and experience related to the requirements outlined in this Statement of Work.
References shall include the following information:
a.	Name of Organizationb.	Description of Contractor's Responsibilitiesc.	Contract Period of Performanced.	Contact Name and Titlee.	Telephone Numberf.	E-mail address
Past Performance shall be evaluated for relevance to the current requirement.
Technical proposals will be evaluated using a summary adjectival rating in accordance with the following scale:ExcellentThe proposal has exceptional merit and reflects an excellent approach which will clearly result in the superior attainment of all requirements and objectives. This clearly achievable approach includes several advantageous characteristics of substance, and very few disadvantages, which can be expected to result in outstanding performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is very low as the proposal provides solutions which are unquestionably feasible and practical. These solutions are further considered very low risk in that they are exceptionally clear andprecise, fully supported, and demonstrate a clear understanding of the requirements. Risk Level: Very Low
GoodThe proposal demonstrates a sound approach which is expected to meet all requirements and objectives. This sound approach includes advantageous characteristics of substance, and few relatively minor disadvantages, which collectively can be expected to result in satisfactory performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is low as the proposal contains solutions which are considered feasible and practical. These solutions are further considered to reflect low risk in that they are clear and precise, supported, and demonstrate an understanding of the requirements. Risk Level: Low
AcceptableThe proposal demonstrates an approach which is capable of meeting all requirements and objectives. The approach includes both advantageous and disadvantageous characteristics of substance, where the advantages are not outweighed by the disadvantages. Collectively, the advantages and disadvantages are likely to result in acceptable performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is moderate, as the proposal solutions are generally feasible and practical. These solutions may also be considered to reflect moderate risk in that they may be somewhat clear and precise, partially supported, and/or demonstrate a general understanding of the requirements. Risk Level: Neutral
MarginalThe proposal demonstrates an approach which may not be capable of meeting all requirements and objectives. The approach has disadvantages of substance and advantages, which if they exist, are outweighed by the disadvantages. Collectively, the advantages and disadvantages present a low or questionable likelihood of resulting in satisfactory performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is high as the proposal contains solutions which may not be feasible and practical. These solutions may also be considered to reflect high risk in that they lack clarity and precision, are generally unsupported, and/or do not demonstrate a complete understanding of the requirements. Risk Level: High
UnacceptableThe proposal demonstrates an approach which, based on a very high risk, will very likely not be capable of meeting all requirements and objectives. This approach has several disadvantages of substance, and advantages which, if they exist, are outweighed by disadvantages. Collectively, the advantages and disadvantages are unlikely to result in satisfactory performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is very high as the proposal contains solutions which are not feasible and practical. The solutions may also be considered to reflect very high risk in that they lack any clarity or precision. Risk Level: Very High
APPLICABLE CLAUSES AND PROVISIONSThe following FAR clauses and provisions shall apply to this solicitation:1.	All Offerors MUST be actively registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov.
2.	The provision at FAR clause 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items (October 2015), applies to this acquisition.
3.	A completed copy of the provision at FAR clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items (July 2016), is required with any offer submitted. This requirement may be met by completion of the provision in the System for Award Management.
4.	FAR clause 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items (May 2015) applies to this acquisition.
5.	FAR clause 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items (September 2016) applies to this acquisition and the following terms within the clauses are applicable:
a.	FAR Clause 52.203-6, Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales to the Government (Sept 2006), with Alternate I (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 4704 and 10 U.S.C. 2402).
b.	FAR Clause 52.204-10, Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards (Oct 2015) (Pub. L. 109-282) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).
c.	FAR Clause 52.204-14, Service Contract Reporting Requirements (Jan 2014) (Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Div. C).
d.	FAR Clause 52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment. (Oct 2015) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).
e.	FAR Clause 52.209-9, Updates of Publicly Available Information Regarding Responsibility Matters (Jul 2013) (41 U.S.C. 2313).
f.	FAR Clause 52.219-4, Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns (OCT 2014) (if the offeror elects to waive the preference, it shall so indicate in its offer) (15 U.S.C. 657a).
g.	FAR Clause 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Oct 2014) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)).
h.	FAR Clause 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Oct 2015) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)).
i.	FAR Clause 52.219-16, Liquidated Damages-Subcontracting Plan (Jan 1999) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)(F)(i)).
j.	FAR Clause 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)).
k.	FAR Clause 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003) (E.O. 11755).
l.	FAR Clause 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Feb 2016) (E.O. 13126).
m.	FAR Clause 52.222-21 Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Apr 2015).
n.	FAR Clause 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Apr 2015) (E.O. 11246)
o.	FAR Clause 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Oct 2015)(38 U.S.C. 4212).
p.	FAR Clause 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities (Jul 2014) (29 U.S.C. 793).
q.	FAR Clause 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (FEB 2016) (38 U.S.C. 4212).
r.	FAR Clause 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496).
s.	FAR Clause 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Mar 2015) (22 U.S.C. chapter 78 and E.O. 13627).
t.	FAR Clause 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving (AUG 2011) (E.O. 13513).
u.	FAR Clause 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases (June 2008) (E.O.'s, proclamations, and statutes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury).
v.	FAR Clause 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332).
w.	FAR Clause 52.239-1, Privacy or Security Safeguards (Aug 1996) (5 U.S.C. 552a).
x.	FAR Clause 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (May 2014)(E.O. 13495).
y.	FAR Clause 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67).
6.	FAR Clause 52.217-5 - Evaluation of Options (July 1990) applies to this acquisition
7.	FAR Clause 52.217-9 - Option to Extend the Term of the Contract (March 2000) applies to this acquisition.
8.	FAR Clause 52.237-2 -- Protection of Government Buildings, Equipment, and Vegetation (April 1984) applies to this acquisition.
9.	Please see the attached Addendum 1: Applicable Information Security Information for additional contract requirements and terms and conditions related to information security.
10.	The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) are not applicable to this requirement.
In addition, the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size must be included in the response. All Offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov."
CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVEA Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) shall be assigned to the awarded contract.
The COR is responsible for: (1) monitoring the Contractor's technical progress, including the surveillance and assessment of performance and recommending to the Contracting Officer changes in requirements; (2) interpreting the statement of work and any other technical performance requirements; (3) performing technical evaluation as required; (4) performing technical inspections and acceptances required by this contract; and (5) assisting in the resolution of technical problems encountered during performance.The Contracting Officer is the only person with authority to act as agent of the Government under this contract. Only the Contracting Officer has authority to: (1) direct or negotiate any changes in the statement of work; (2) modify or extend the period of performance; (3) change the delivery schedule; (4) authorize reimbursement to the Contractor for any costs incurred during the performance of this contract; (5) otherwise change any terms and conditions of this contract; or (6) sign written licensing agreements. Any signed agreement shall be incorporated by reference in Section K of the contractThe Government may unilaterally change the COR designation for this contract.
CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONFinal Evaluation of Contractor performance will be prepared for the resulting contract in accordance with FAR Subpart 42.15. The final performance evaluation will be prepared at the time of completion of work.
Final evaluation will be provided to the Contractor as soon as practicable after completion of the evaluation. The Contractor will be permitted thirty days to review the document and to submit additional information or a rebutting statement. If agreement cannot be reached between the parties, the matter will be referred to an individual one level above the Contracting Officer, whose decision will be final.
Copies of the evaluation, Contractor responses, and review comments, if any, will be retained as part of the contract file, and may be used to support future award decisions.
Contractors may access evaluations through a secure Web site for review and comment at the following address:  http://www.cpars.gov
CLOSING INFORMATIONResponses to this solicitation must include clear and convincing evidence of the offeror's capability of fulfilling the requirement as it relates to the technical evaluation criteria.  The price proposal must include the labor categories, an estimate of the number of hours required for each labor category, fully loaded fixed hourly rate or each labor category, breakdown and rationale for other direct costs or materials, and the total amount.
All responses must be received by the closing date of this announcement and must reference solicitation number HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-17-132.  Responses shall be submitted electronically via email to Lauren Phelps, Contract Specialist, at lauren.phelps@nih.gov. Post and Fax responses will not be accepted.
Please contract Ms. Lauren Phelps, Contract Specialist, at lauren.phelps@nih.gov or 301-480-2453 for information regarding this solicitation.
 

Pharmaceutical Business Development & Venture Capital Consulting Services

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published January 9, 2017  -  Deadline January 27, 2017
Pharmaceutical Business Development & Venture Capital Consulting Services

Competitive Combined Synopsis/Solicitation 
HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-17-088
INTRODUCTIONThis 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. This acquisition is being conducted in accordance with the procedures of FAR Part 13--Simplified Acquisition Procedures and FAR Part 12--Acquisition of Commercial Items.The solicitation number is HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-17-088 and the solicitation is issued as a request for quotation (RFQ).  NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (NAICS) CODEThe intended procurement is classified under NAICS code 541990 with a Size Standard of $15 Million. SET-ASIDE STATUSThis acquisition is 100% set aside for small businesses.ACQUISITION AUTHORITY This acquisition is for a commercial item or service and is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures and FAR Part 12-Acquisition of Commercial Items, and IS NOT expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. 
The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-93-1, dated January 1, 2017. The resultant contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through this date. DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENT 
BackgroundThe NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, a consortium of 15 NIH Institutes and Centers that support neuroscience research, established the NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN) as a pipeline between the typical endpoint of NIH-funded research and the beginning of industry drug development. The BPN provides neuroscience researchers with funding and access to a full range of industry-style drug discovery and development services and expertise.
The BPN program is intended for projects requiring medicinal chemistry optimization and CRO support through phase I clinical testing. Each project is directed by a Lead Development Team composed of the principal investigator, industry consultants hired by NIH, and NIH staff. This team maps out a research strategy, including milestones, and oversees implementation by contract research providers. Bioactivity and efficacy studies are funded through an award to the principal investigator; other research services are provided without cost to the PI through NIH contracts.
The BPN External Oversight Committee (EOC) was instituted in late 2011 and will continue through 2027 or until all of the projects in the Network are completed. The NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) oversees the EOC. The EOC typically convenes monthly via web-enabled virtual meetings and teleconference calls. Additionally, the EOC meets once per year at NIH for a day long face to face meeting and on an ad hoc basis to evaluate BPN project specific issues.  These additional meetings of the EOC are scheduled around EOC member availability and full participation in such scheduled events is expected.
PurposeThe purpose of this requirement is to procure business development and venture capital consulting services in support of NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network drug discovery and development programs and the associated BPN External Oversight Committee.Project RequirementsThe Contractor shall provide consulting support services to the BPN EOC and NIH Leadership in relation to drug discovery and development programs as follows:•	Review operations and processes of BPN programs and provide recommendations regarding funding and strategic resource strategies.•	Advise regarding suitability and relevance of proposed BPN program business development milestones, recommend revised business development milestones for BPN programs as needed, and evaluate project progress relative to established milestones.•	Analyze potential business development and venture capital opportunities and concerns for future BPN program projects under consideration. •	Recommend potential solutions and assist in implementation of selected strategies to resolve programmatic challenges related to business development and venture capital for drug discovery and development as they arise. •	Mentor BPN executive team and project leaders in scientific entrepreneurship, including but not limited to fundraising, striking partnerships, and licensing procedures, for continued development and improvement of the BPN programs•	Provide feedback to assist in successful work towards scientific and business goals and aspirations of program projects•	Participate in web-enabled virtual meetings and teleconference calls with BPN staff on both a monthly and an ad-hoc-as-required basis.Level of EffortThe estimated level of effort for this requirement is one (1) contractor employee on a part-time basis for ninety (90) hours per year.Government Furnished Information/PropertyNo Government furnished property shall be provided. Project related data will be provided to the Contractor for performance of work efforts. All data provided to the Contractor must be treated as confidential and not be disclosed to any third party.Project data will be collected and stored by BPN.  BPN will provide data as needed to the Contractor each time it requests service. The Contractor may store data up to 12 months after initially receiving it, after that time the Contractor should either delete the data files and sanitize the computer using NIST SP 800-88 (current revision) or if information is still needed contact the COR for approval to store data longer.
Key Personnel:The Contractor employee providing services for this effort shall be considered key personnel.  Key Personnel requirements are as follows:  •	A PhD in a scientific discipline•	At least 15 years of experience providing strategic guidance to government agencies, academic institutions, and/or start-up companies at the executive level in reference to business development and venture capital.
The proposed Key Personnel will become subject to the provisions of Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR) Clause HHSAR 352.237-75 Key Personnel as follows:The key personnel specified in this contract are considered to be essential to work performance. At least 30 days prior to the contractor voluntarily diverting any of the specified individuals to other programs or contracts the Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer and shall submit a justification for the diversion or replacement and a request to replace the individual. The request must identify the proposed replacement and provide an explanation of how the replacement's skills, experience, and credentials meet or exceed the requirements of the contract. If the employee of the contractor is terminated for cause or separates from the contractor voluntarily with less than thirty days notice, the Contractor shall provide the maximum notice practicable under the circumstances. The Contractor shall not divert, replace, or announce any such change to key personnel without the written consent of the Contracting Officer. The contract will be modified to add or delete key personnel as necessary to reflect the agreement of the parties.
Travel:The consultant may be required to travel within the contiguous United States to provide the services described in this statement of work. Travel reimbursement will be provided for such required travel. All travel arrangements must be made in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations and must be approved by the Contracting Officer and authorized by the Contracting Officer's Representative prior to being finalized or invoiced. Contracting Officer approved and Contracting Officer's Representative-authorized travel shall not exceed $1,500.00 annually.
Please note that time spent travelling may not be billed to the Government. Please see the Federal Travel Regulation for allowable travel expenses, such as fares, rental fees, mileage payments, and other expenses related to transportation per FTR §301-10.2.
Information Security:The Contractor must ensure that any computer system used in the course of this contract shall include the following features:
1.	Any computer used in relation to this contract must be patched with most updated IT Security Patches.2.	Any Contractor computer used in relation this contract must have virus protection loaded and running with definition files that are updated on at least a daily basis.3.	Hard drives and portable media used for this contract must be encrypted using the FIPS 140-2 standard. 4.	Contractors are required to take NIH Security and Privacy Training annually  http://irtsectraining.nih.gov/5.	Contractor are required to sign the NIH non-disclosure agreement  http://irtsectraining.nih.gov/NIH_Non-Disclosure_Agreement.pdf6.	Contractors are required to report any lost or stolen NIH data to the NINDS ISSO within one hour of knowing of the lost or theft even if the data is on a Contractor furnished computer.7.	Contractors are required to adhere to the NIH IT rules of behavior which can be found at  https://ocio.nih.gov/InfoSecurity/training/Pages/nihitrob.aspx8.	Any computers used in reference to this contract must be assessed for vulnerabilities.9.	Any computers used in reference to this contract must be backed up on an external hard drive which is password protected.10.	Any computers used in reference to this contract must have auditing enabled such that if an incident occurred then that event could be reconstructed. 11.	Any computers that are used in reference to this contract must employ at a minimum user name and password authentication or if possible two factor authentication.  12.	Any computer used in relation to this contract must be password protected. All Password must meet the NIH standard such that users must choose passwords that have at least eight characters and at least three of the following types of characters:a.	capital lettersb.	lower case lettersc.	numeric charactersd.	special characters (!@#$%^&*()_+|~-=\`{}[]:";'<>?,./)
Data Rights: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke shall have unlimited rights to and ownership of all deliverables provided under this procurement including reports, analyses, recommendations and all other deliverables. In addition, it includes any additional deliverables required by contract change. The definition of "unlimited rights" is contained in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 27.401, "Definitions." FAR clause 52.227-14, "Rights in Data-General," shall be incorporated into any resulting award by reference.
Non-Personal Service Statement:The contract employee performing services will be controlled, directed and supervised at all times by management personnel of the contractor. Actions of contractor employees may not be interpreted or implemented in any manner that results in any contractor employee creating or modifying Federal policy, obligating the appropriated funds of the U.S. Government, overseeing the work of Federal employees, providing direct personal services to any Federal employee or otherwise violating the prohibitions set forth in Parts 7.5 and 37.1 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).Collaboration Requirements:It is required that all contractors involved with the NIH community work collaboratively with federal staff and other contractors towards the NIH mission and other affected organizations and follow the direction of the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), and/or the designated Federal Project Manager(s)/Lead(s).  This collaboration includes day-to-day activities, support, development, knowledge transfer and creating and sharing documentation when required.  Confidentiality of Information:Confidential Information means information or data of a personal nature about an individual, or proprietary information or data submitted by or pertaining to an institution or organization. Confidential Information or records shall not be disclosed by the Contractor without written authorization from the Contracting Officer. Whenever the Contractor is uncertain with regard to the confidentiality of or a property interest in information under this contract, the Contractor should consult with the Contracting Officer prior to any release, disclosure, dissemination, or publication.
Period of PerformanceThe required period of performance is a one-year base period from April 15, 2017 through April 14, 2018 and four (4) subsequent one-year optional periods.Place of PerformanceThe primary place of performance shall be Contractor site. Conference calls and email shall be the primary mode of communication; however, the Contractor may be required to work at Government facilities in the continental United States, primarily Bethesda, MD, on an as needed basis.
Contract TypeA Firm Fixed Price Purchase Order with Options to Extend the Term of the Contract is contemplated. Invoicing shall be on a NET30 basis and payment shall be made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).RESPONSE FORMATResponses to this solicitation must include clear and convincing evidence of the offeror's capability of fulfilling the requirement as it relates to the technical evaluation criteria.  The offeror must submit 1) a technical response and 2) a separate price quotation. The technical response should be prepared in reference to the evaluation criteria identified in this solicitation and may be up to thirty (30) single-sided pages. The price quotation must include an hourly rate for each contract period of performance as well as extended pricing for each period of performance and the full level of effort. Contractors must provide their Company Name, Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), Business Size, Physical Address, and Point of Contact Information in their responses. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov."EVALUATION CRITERIAThe Government will award a contract resulting from this requirement on the basis of best value, technical factors and price considered. Technical factors together shall be considered more important than price and all technical evaluation factors are detailed below:Factor 1: Technical Approach 
The Contractor's proposal shall address each area of the statement of work requirements in sufficient detail to demonstrate a clear understanding of the statement of work and compliance with requirements. The proposed technical approach shall include information regarding computer systems security plans, collaboration capabilities, and teleconference and email communication skills.
Factor 2: Key Personnel 
The Contractor's proposal shall include a resume or curriculum vitae for proposed key personnel. This document shall be evaluated for conformance to the key personnel qualifications, as well as for the extent and depth of skills related to evaluating opportunities for new ventures and providing information and insights that drive critical business decisions for pharmaceutical research innovations in central nervous system related areas; developing funding strategies; overcoming business challenges; making strategic resource recommendations; leading business development efforts; and licenses fundraising and striking partnerships. Skills related to working with translational multi-disciplinary drug development teams in the biopharmaceutical industry, scientific board advising, and mentoring scientific entrepreneurs shall also be sought.
Factor 3: Past PerformanceThe Contractor shall provide at least two (2) past performance references with knowledge of the contractor's relevant skills and experience related to the requirements outlined in this Statement of Work. References shall include the following information:
a.	Name of Organizationb.	Description of Contractor's Responsibilitiesc.	Contact Name, Title, and Telephone Number
Past Performance shall be evaluated for relevance to the current requirement, as well as customer satisfaction in reference to the following:1)	Interpersonal skills2)	Attention to detail3)	Computer and software literacy4)	Writing, Communication, and Presentation Skills
APPLICABLE CLAUSES AND PROVISIONSThe following FAR clauses and provisions shall apply to this solicitation:1.	All Offerors MUST be actively registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov.
2.	The provision at FAR clause 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items (October 2016), applies to this acquisition.
3.	FAR clause 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items (October 2014) applies to this acquisition.
4.	A completed copy of the provision at FAR clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items (October 2016), is required with any offer submitted. This requirement may be met by completion of the provision in the System for Award Management.
5.	FAR clause 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items (May 2015) is applicable to this acquisition.
6.	FAR clause 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items (November 2016) applies to this acquisition as detailed below:
a.	FAR 52.204-10 Reporting Executive Compensation and First Tier Subcontract Awardsb.	FAR 52.209-6 Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarmentc.	FAR 52.219-6 Notice of Total Small Business Set Asided.	FAR 52.219-13 Notice of Set-Aside of Orderse.	FAR 52.219-28 Post Award Small Business Program Re-representationf.	FAR 52.222-3, Convict Laborg.	FAR 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remediesh.	FAR 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilitiesi.	FAR 52.222-26, Equal Opportunityj.	FAR 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilitiesk.	FAR 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Personsl.	FAR 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchasesm.	FAR 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System for Award Management
7.	 FAR Clause 52.237-2 -- Protection of Government Buildings, Equipment, and Vegetation (April 1984) applies to this acquisition.
8.	The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) are not applicable to this requirement.
In addition, the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size must be included in the response. All Offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov."
CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVEA Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) shall be assigned to the awarded contract.
The COR is responsible for: (1) monitoring the Contractor's technical progress, including the surveillance and assessment of performance and recommending to the Contracting Officer changes in requirements; (2) interpreting the statement of work and any other technical performance requirements; (3) performing technical evaluation as required; (4) performing technical inspections and acceptances required by this contract; and (5) assisting in the resolution of technical problems encountered during performance.The Contracting Officer is the only person with authority to act as agent of the Government under this contract. Only the Contracting Officer has authority to: (1) direct or negotiate any changes in the statement of work; (2) modify or extend the period of performance; (3) change the delivery schedule; (4) authorize reimbursement to the Contractor for any costs incurred during the performance of this contract; (5) otherwise change any terms and conditions of this contract; or (6) sign written licensing agreements. Any signed agreement shall be incorporated by reference in Section K of the contractThe Government may unilaterally change the COR designation for this contract.
CLOSING INFORMATIONResponses to this solicitation must include sufficient information to establish the interested parties' bona-fide capabilities of providing the product or service.  The price quote shall include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, delivery days after contract award, delivery terms, prompt payment discount terms, F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), product or catalog number(s); product description; and any other information or factors that may be considered in the award decision.
All responses must be received by the closing date of this announcement and must reference solicitation number HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-17-088.  Responses shall be submitted electronically via email to Lauren Phelps, Contract Specialist, at lauren.phelps@nih.gov.
 

Neurodegenerative Disease Scientific Data Consulting Services

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published January 13, 2017  -  Deadline February 3, 2017
Neurodegenerative Disease Scientific Data Consulting ServicesCompetitive Combined Synopsis/Solicitation HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-17-052INTRODUCTIONThis 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.
The solicitation number is HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-17-052 and the solicitation is issued as a request for quotation (RFQ).  ACQUISITION AUTHORITY This acquisition is for a commercial item or service and is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures; FAR Subpart 13.5- Simplified Procedures for Certain Commercial Items; and FAR Part 12-Acquisition of Commercial Items, and IS expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold.
The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-93-1, dated January 1, 2017. The resultant contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through this date.
NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (NAICS) CODEThe associated NAICS code is 541690 with the Size Standard of $15 Million. SET-ASIDE STATUSThis acquisition is 100% Set Aside for Small Businesses.DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENT
BackgroundThe National Institute on Aging (NIA) Laboratory of Neurogenetics (LNG) uses scientific data consulting services on an array of projects including rapid cloud-based processing of exome and genome sequences in Parkinson's disease; facilitating cloud based environments for real-time multi-center collaborations on large *-omics datasets; predictive modeling and remote phenotyping in Parkinson's disease; international collaborative efforts in charting neurological disease progression; and building robust analytics infrastructure for reproducible and reliable statistical genetics applications.
PurposeThe purpose of this requirement is to procure scientific data consulting services related to neurodegenerative diseases in support of National Institute on Aging (NIA) Laboratory of Neurogenetics (LNG). Contract TypeA Firm Fixed Price Purchase Order with Options to Extend the Term of the Contract is contemplated. Invoicing shall be on a NET30 and payment shall be made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Invoices against the contract shall be submitted monthly after support is provided and processed via Two Way Match. Period of PerformanceThe required period of performance is a one-year base period and four (4) subsequent one-year optional periods.
Place of PerformanceThe primary place of performance shall be the contractor's site via remote efforts. Work shall also be performed at the Government facility located at 35 Convent Drive, Room 1A-1102, Bethesda, MD 20892 as requested.
Project RequirementsThe Contractor shall provide scientific data consulting support services in relation to neurodegenerative diseases as follows:
•	Provide guidance and recommendations regarding statistical and computing processes related to analyzing the genetic bases of neurological disease.•	Manipulate genome-scale and next generation sequence data as directed.•	Analyze molecular genetics and genomic data, including genome-wide genotype data, microarray based expression datasets, targeted resequencing, whole exome sequencing, and full transcriptome sequencing; using standard biostatistics/bioinformatics packages as well as machine and deep learning methods.  •	Develop, implement, and maintain cloud-based analytic pipelines for generating and analyzing multi-modal datasets.•	Collaborate with NIH scientists and other NIH collaborators to perform multi-national analytics and data management efforts related to the genomics of neurodegenerative diseases within a meta-analysis and "big data" framework.•	Prepare manuscripts related to analyses performed in relation to this requirement.
Level of EffortThe estimated level of effort for this requirement is one (1) contractor employee on a part-time basis for 1,500 hours per year (approximately thirty (30) hours per week).
Reporting RequirementsThe Contractor shall provide monthly written reports to the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and the Chief of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics which summarize all efforts performed during the reporting period. Reports shall be given on the first business day of each month, following the first month of award. All reports shall also include a brief conference call or meeting with the COR and Chief of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics to discuss plans for the following month.
Government Furnished Information/PropertyThe Government will provide data for analysis, computing resources, and office space to the contractor personnel working under this effort.  All data provided to the Contractor must be treated as confidential and not be disclosed to any third party. FAR Clause 52.245-1 Government Property shall be applicable to this requirement.
Key PersonnelThe Contractor employee providing services for this effort shall be considered key personnel.  Key Personnel requirements are as follows:  •	A PhD in a data science discipline•	At least 10 years of experience providing genome-related scientific data analytics and data management support services. •	At least ten (10) publications focused on statistical analyses in the neurogenetics field.
The proposed Key Personnel will become subject to the provisions of Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR) Clause HHSAR 352.237-75 Key Personnel as follows:The key personnel specified in this contract are considered to be essential to work performance. At least 30 days prior to the contractor voluntarily diverting any of the specified individuals to other programs or contracts the Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer and shall submit a justification for the diversion or replacement and a request to replace the individual. The request must identify the proposed replacement and provide an explanation of how the replacement's skills, experience, and credentials meet or exceed the requirements of the contract. If the employee of the contractor is terminated for cause or separates from the contractor voluntarily with less than thirty days notice, the Contractor shall provide the maximum notice practicable under the circumstances. The Contractor shall not divert, replace, or announce any such change to key personnel without the written consent of the Contracting Officer. The contract will be modified to add or delete key personnel as necessary to reflect the agreement of the parties.
Travel:The consultant may be required to travel within the contiguous United States to provide the services described in this statement of work. Travel reimbursement will be provided for such required travel. All travel arrangements must be made in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations and must be approved by the Contracting Officer and authorized by the Contracting Officer's Representative prior to being finalized or invoiced. Contracting Officer approved and Contracting Officer's Representative-authorized travel shall not exceed $5,000.00 annually.
Please note that time spent travelling may not be billed to the Government. Please see the Federal Travel Regulation for allowable travel expenses, such as fares, rental fees, mileage payments, and other expenses related to transportation per FTR §301-10.2.
Data Rights: The National Institute on Aging shall have unlimited rights to and ownership of all deliverables provided under this procurement including data, reports, briefings, surveys, analyses, recommendations and all other deliverables. In addition, it includes any additional deliverables required by contract change. The definition of "unlimited rights" is contained in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 27.401, "Definitions." FAR clause 52.227-14, "Rights in Data-General," shall be incorporated into any resulting award by reference.
Information Systems SecurityThe Contractor must ensure that any and all computer systems used in the course of this contract shall include the following features:
1.	Any computer used in relation to this contract must be patched with most updated IT Security Patches.2.	Any Contractor computer used in relation this contract must have virus protection loaded and running with definition files that are updated on at least a daily basis.3.	Hard drives and portable media used for this contract must be encrypted using the FIPS 140-2 standard. 4.	Contractors are required to take NIH Security and Privacy Training annually  http://irtsectraining.nih.gov/5.	Contractor are required to sign the NIH non-disclosure agreement  http://irtsectraining.nih.gov/NIH_Non-Disclosure_Agreement.pdf6.	Contractors are required to report any lost or stolen NIH data to the NIA ISSO within one hour of knowing of the lost or theft even if the data is on a Contractor furnished computer.7.	Contractors are required to adhere to the NIH IT rules of behavior which can be found at  https://ocio.nih.gov/InfoSecurity/training/Pages/nihitrob.aspx8.	Any computers used in reference to this contract must be assessed for vulnerabilities.9.	Any computers used in reference to this contract must be backed up on an external hard drive which is password protected.10.	Any computers used in reference to this contract must have auditing enabled such that if an incident occurred then that event could be reconstructed. 11.	Any computers that are used in reference to this contract must employ at a minimum user name and password authentication or if possible two factor authentication.  12.	Any computer used in relation to this contract must be password protected. All Password must meet the NIH standard such that users must choose passwords that have at least eight characters and at least three of the following types of characters:a.	capital lettersb.	lower case lettersc.	numeric charactersd.	special characters (!@#$%^&*()_+|~-=\`{}[]:";'<>?,./)       Confidentiality of InformationConfidential Information means information or data of a personal nature about an individual, or proprietary information or data submitted by or pertaining to an institution or organization. Confidential Information or records shall not be disclosed by the Contractor without written authorization from the Contracting Officer. Whenever the Contractor is uncertain with regard to the confidentiality of or a property interest in information under this contract, the Contractor should consult with the Contracting Officer prior to any release, disclosure, dissemination, or publication.
Collaboration RequirementsIt is required that all contractors involved with the NIH community work collaboratively with federal staff and other contractors towards the NIH mission and other affected organizations and follow the direction of the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), and/or the designated Federal Project Manager(s)/Lead(s).  This collaboration includes day-to-day activities, support, development, knowledge transfer and creating and sharing documentation when required.
Non-Personal Service Statement:The contract employee performing services will be controlled, directed and supervised at all times by management personnel of the contractor. Actions of contractor employees may not be interpreted or implemented in any manner that results in any contractor employee creating or modifying Federal policy, obligating the appropriated funds of the U.S. Government, overseeing the work of Federal employees, providing direct personal services to any Federal employee or otherwise violating the prohibitions set forth in Parts 7.5 and 37.1 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).Section 508 ComplianceSection 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology (EIT) is accessible to people with disabilities. The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Final Rule for Section 508 (EIT Accessibility) can be found at www.section508.gov and at the Access Board's Web site at https://www.access-board.gov/508.htm.  The contractor must state that they will comply with the requirements of Section 508 in the event they become applicable.
QUESTION & ANSWER PERIODInterested contractors may submit questions relating to this requirement. Questions shall be submitted to the contract specialist, Lauren Phelps, via email at lauren.phelps@nih.gov by or before January 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST.  Late questions shall not be accepted. Questions will be anonymized and answered and the answers will be provided as soon as possible after the question deadline via solicitation amendment. Should no questions be received, no amendment shall be posted.
RESPONSE FORMATResponses to this solicitation must include clear and convincing evidence of the offeror's capability of fulfilling the requirement as it relates to the technical evaluation criteria.  The offeror must submit 1) a technical response, 2) a copy of the proposed contractor employee's Curriculum Vitae or Resume and 3) a separate price quotation. The technical response should address each individual evaluation criteria identified in this solicitation and may be up to fifteen (15) single-sided pages. This limit does not include key personnel curriculum vitae/ resumes.
Price quotations submitted must include a fully burdened hourly rate for each contract period. This hourly rate must cover all associated labor, materials, etc. Price quotations must be submitted in the following format:
Data Scientist Consulting Support Price Quote
Contract Period       Hourly Rate      Required Hours       Extended Price 
 Base	  1500	 Base Period Travel  N/A N/A  $5,000.00 Option 1    1500	 Option 1 Travel  N/A N/A    $5,000.00 Option 2	   1500	 Option 2 Travel	  N/A N/A  $5,000.00 Option 3	   1500	 Option 3 Travel  N/A N/A   $5,000.00 Option 4   1500	 Option 4 Travel	  N/A N/A  $5,000.00 TOTAL
 
Contractors must provide their Company Name, Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), Business Size, Physical Address, and Point of Contact Information in their responses. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov."
EVALUATION CRITERIAFAR clause 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items (October 2014) applies to this acquisition. 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.	Factor 1: Technical Approach 
The Contractor's proposal shall address each area of the statement of work requirements in sufficient detail to demonstrate a clear understanding of the statement of work. The proposed technical approach shall include information regarding analysis skills, collaboration capabilities, and teleconference and email communication skills.  The proposed approach shall also be evaluated for creativity and thoroughness of the planned task execution methods, ability to anticipate and address potential areas of difficulty, and ability to integrate new processes and technologies as they arise.2.	Factor 2: Key Personnel
The Contractor's proposal shall include a resume or curriculum vitae for proposed key personnel. This document shall be evaluated for conformance to the key personnel qualifications, as well as for the size and quality of the record of publications in academic and professional literature and contributions to the field of data analytics, statistical genetics, and neurodegenerative disease.3.	Factor 3: Past Performance
The Contractor shall provide at least three (3) past performance references with knowledge of the contractor's relevant skills and experience related to the requirements outlined in this Statement of Work. References shall include the following information:
a.	Name of Organizationb.	Description of Contractor's Responsibilitiesc.	Contact Name, Title, and Telephone Number
Past Performance shall be evaluated for relevance to the current requirement in subject area, anticipated dollar value, and effort duration and complexity. Past performance shall also be evaluated for experience guiding large international collaborative efforts and customer satisfaction.
Technical proposals will be evaluated using a summary adjectival rating in accordance with the following scale:ExcellentThe proposal has exceptional merit and reflects an excellent approach which will clearly result in the superior attainment of all requirements and objectives. This clearly achievable approach includes several advantageous characteristics of substance, and very few disadvantages, which can be expected to result in outstanding performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is very low as the proposal provides solutions which are unquestionably feasible and practical. These solutions are further considered very low risk in that they are exceptionally clear andprecise, fully supported, and demonstrate a clear understanding of the requirements. Risk Level: Very Low
GoodThe proposal demonstrates a sound approach which is expected to meet all requirements and objectives. This sound approach includes advantageous characteristics of substance, and few relatively minor disadvantages, which collectively can be expected to result in satisfactory performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is low as the proposal contains solutions which are considered feasible and practical. These solutions are further considered to reflect low risk in that they are clear and precise, supported, and demonstrate an understanding of the requirements. Risk Level: Low
AcceptableThe proposal demonstrates an approach which is capable of meeting all requirements and objectives. The approach includes both advantageous and disadvantageous characteristics of substance, where the advantages are not outweighed by the disadvantages. Collectively, the advantages and disadvantages are likely to result in acceptable performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is moderate, as the proposal solutions are generally feasible and practical. These solutions may also be considered to reflect moderate risk in that they may be somewhat clear and precise, partially supported, and/or demonstrate a general understanding of the requirements. Risk Level: Neutral
MarginalThe proposal demonstrates an approach which may not be capable of meeting all requirements and objectives. The approach has disadvantages of substance and advantages, which if they exist, are outweighed by the disadvantages. Collectively, the advantages and disadvantages present a low or questionable likelihood of resulting in satisfactory performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is high as the proposal contains solutions which may not be feasible and practical. These solutions may also be considered to reflect high risk in that they lack clarity and precision, are generally unsupported, and/or do not demonstrate a complete understanding of the requirements. Risk Level: High
UnacceptableThe proposal demonstrates an approach which, based on a very high risk, will very likely not be capable of meeting all requirements and objectives. This approach has several disadvantages of substance, and advantages which, if they exist, are outweighed by disadvantages. Collectively, the advantages and disadvantages are unlikely to result in satisfactory performance. The risk of unsuccessful performance is very high as the proposal contains solutions which are not feasible and practical. The solutions may also be considered to reflect very high risk in that they lack any clarity or precision. Risk Level: Very High
APPLICABLE CLAUSES AND PROVISIONSThe following FAR clauses and provisions shall apply to this solicitation:1.	All Offerors MUST be actively registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov.
2.	The provision at FAR clause 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items (October 2015), applies to this acquisition.
3.	A completed copy of the provision at FAR clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items (July 2016), is required with any offer submitted. This requirement may be met by completion of the provision in the System for Award Management.
4.	FAR clause 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items (May 2015) applies to this acquisition.
5.	FAR clause 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items (September 2016) applies to this acquisition and the following terms within the clauses are applicable:
a.	FAR Clause 52.203-6, Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales to the Government (Sept 2006), with Alternate I (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 4704 and 10 U.S.C. 2402).
b.	FAR Clause 52.204-10, Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards (Oct 2015) (Pub. L. 109-282) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).
c.	FAR Clause 52.204-14, Service Contract Reporting Requirements (Jan 2014) (Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Div. C).
d.	FAR Clause 52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment. (Oct 2015) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).
e.	FAR Clause 52.209-9, Updates of Publicly Available Information Regarding Responsibility Matters (Jul 2013) (41 U.S.C. 2313).
f.	FAR Clause 52.219-4, Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns (OCT 2014) (if the offeror elects to waive the preference, it shall so indicate in its offer) (15 U.S.C. 657a).
g.	FAR Clause 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644).
h.	FAR Clause 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Oct 2014) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)).
i.	FAR Clause 52.219-13, Notice of Set-Aside of Orders (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644(r)).
j.	FAR Clause 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 637(a)(14)).
k.	FAR Clause 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)).
l.	FAR Clause 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003) (E.O. 11755).
m.	FAR Clause 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Feb 2016) (E.O. 13126).
n.	FAR Clause 52.222-21 Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Apr 2015).
o.	FAR Clause 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Apr 2015) (E.O. 11246)
p.	FAR Clause 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Oct 2015)(38 U.S.C. 4212).
q.	FAR Clause 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities (Jul 2014) (29 U.S.C. 793).
r.	FAR Clause 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (FEB 2016) (38 U.S.C. 4212).
s.	FAR Clause 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496).
t.	FAR Clause 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Mar 2015) (22 U.S.C. chapter 78 and E.O. 13627).
u.	FAR Clause 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving (AUG 2011) (E.O. 13513).
v.	FAR Clause 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases (June 2008) (E.O.'s, proclamations, and statutes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury).
w.	FAR Clause 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332).
x.	FAR Clause 52.239-1, Privacy or Security Safeguards (Aug 1996) (5 U.S.C. 552a).
y.	FAR Clause 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (May 2014)(E.O. 13495).
z.	FAR Clause 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67).
6.	FAR Clause 52.217-5 - Evaluation of Options (July 1990) applies to this acquisition
7.	FAR Clause 52.217-9 - Option to Extend the Term of the Contract (March 2000) applies to this acquisition.
8.	FAR Clause 52.227-14 -- Rights in Data-General (May 2014) applies to this acquisition.
9.	FAR Clause 52.245-1 -- Government Property (April 2012) applies to this acquisition.
10.	HHSAR Clause HHSAR 352.237-75 (December 2015) applies to this acquisition.
11.	Please see the attached Addendum 1: Applicable Information Security Information for additional contract requirements and terms and conditions related to information security.
12.	The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) are not applicable to this requirement.
In addition, the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size must be included in the response. All Offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov."
CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVEA Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) shall be assigned to the awarded contract.
The COR is responsible for: (1) monitoring the Contractor's technical progress, including the surveillance and assessment of performance and recommending to the Contracting Officer changes in requirements; (2) interpreting the statement of work and any other technical performance requirements; (3) performing technical evaluation as required; (4) performing technical inspections and acceptances required by this contract; and (5) assisting in the resolution of technical problems encountered during performance.The Contracting Officer is the only person with authority to act as agent of the Government under this contract. Only the Contracting Officer has authority to: (1) direct or negotiate any changes in the statement of work; (2) modify or extend the period of performance; (3) change the delivery schedule; (4) authorize reimbursement to the Contractor for any costs incurred during the performance of this contract; (5) otherwise change any terms and conditions of this contract; or (6) sign written licensing agreements. Any signed agreement shall be incorporated by reference in Section K of the contract.The Government may unilaterally change the COR designation for this contract.
CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONFinal Evaluation of Contractor performance will be prepared for the resulting contract in accordance with FAR Subpart 42.15. The final performance evaluation will be prepared at the time of completion of work.
Final evaluation will be provided to the Contractor as soon as practicable after completion of the evaluation. The Contractor will be permitted thirty days to review the document and to submit additional information or a rebutting statement. If agreement cannot be reached between the parties, the matter will be referred to an individual one level above the Contracting Officer, whose decision will be final.
Copies of the evaluation, Contractor responses, and review comments, if any, will be retained as part of the contract file, and may be used to support future award decisions.
Contractors may access evaluations through a secure Web site for review and comment at the following address:  http://www.cpars.gov
CLOSING INFORMATIONResponses to this solicitation must include clear and convincing evidence of the offeror's capability of fulfilling the requirement as it relates to the technical evaluation criteria.  The price proposal must include the labor categories, an estimate of the number of hours required for each labor category, fully loaded fixed hourly rate or each labor category, breakdown and rationale for other direct costs or materials, and the total amount.
All responses must be received by the closing date of this announcement and must reference solicitation number HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-17-052.  Responses shall be submitted electronically via email to Lauren Phelps, Contract Specialist, at lauren.phelps@nih.gov. Post and Fax responses will not be accepted.
Please contract Ms. Lauren Phelps, Contract Specialist, at lauren.phelps@nih.gov or 301-480-2453 for information regarding this solicitation.
 

Online moderators for online activities on leadership development for UNDP’s Leadership Development Pathways – BMS/OHR

UNDP HQ - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | Published January 18, 2017  -  Deadline February 2, 2017
The purpose of this procurement exercise is to contract up to 5 individual consultant (s) who will assist as online moderators for online activities on leadership development for UNDP’s Leadership Development Pathways.Interested bidders are requested to submit their proposals with all supporting documentation through the following link: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=70271

Request for Proposals Economic + Urban Design Framework Strategies

National Capital Planning Commission, Office of Administration | Published July 21, 2015  -  Deadline August 21, 2017
PURPOSE
The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) is seeking proposals from interested Architectural and Engineering (A/E) firms,` in accordance with FAR Part 36, to develop economic and urban design framework strategies for the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor between the U.S. Capitol and White House.   NCPC will award a contract to the responsible offeror whose proposal conforms to this solicitation and is most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. The designated NAICS code is 541300 for architecture/engineer services.
BACKGROUND
In 2014, NCPC launched the Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative to develop a new vision for the corridor that will guide near-and long-term physical, programmatic, and operational changes. The Initiative is led by an Executive Committee (EC) comprised of representatives from NCPC, the National Park Service (NPS), the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Government of the District of Columbia (including the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Deputy Mayor's Office of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)).
Also, a Steering Committee of key federal and local stakeholders was organized to participate in this Initiative. After seeking input from the public and other stakeholders, the Steering Committee developed an Aspiration Statement to guide the overall vision, character and role of the Avenue. The NCPC and the other members of the EC are now exploring a path forward to update the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan.
Pennsylvania Avenue, including its public realm and adjacent land uses, was transformed in the 1980's - 90's through a major redevelopment process guided by the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation (PADC) Plan of 1974. Since redevelopment, national security issues and a number of economic, real estate, and demographic shifts in the neighborhood, city and region have impacted the Avenue.
STUDY AREA
The study area encompasses the PADC Boundary and Federal Triangle, including the right-of-way, streetscape, parks, memorials and buildings fronting the Avenue between 3rd - 15th Streets.  While the Treasury Building and Sherman Park are within the PADC Boundary, this area will not be included in the study area. However, the study should consider stronger connections to President's Park and the White House to the west and the U.S. Capitol to the east, as well as north-south connections between downtown Washington and the National Mall.
Attachments are included with this solicitation.
SCOPE OF WORK
The goal of this Scope of Work is to provide the NCPC and the other members of the Executive Committee with information necessary to consider and inform a future update to the 1974 Pennsylvania Avenue Plan. The Consultant will:
1)	conduct a market analysis of current and future development conditions and projections to identify economic development strategies for future study; and
2)	Develop urban design concepts to identify activation, planning and design improvement strategies and a rough order of magnitude of costs and benefits.
Task 1 	Review Current Background Information and Develop Work Plan (Three weeks)
The purpose of this task is to establish a baseline knowledge of the study area; review available project materials; and prepare a work plan to carry out Tasks 2 - 5.
The plan includes interviews with stakeholders; meetings between the Consultant, Executive Committee (EC) staff, and/or the EC (meetings may occur in-person or via video conference as appropriate); status calls between the Consultant and NCPC's project manager (and, if necessary, appropriate EC members); and an urban design workshop.
The Consultant team shall be responsible for generating proposed strategies and the majority of support materials, reserving workshop venues (including any rental fees and/or permits), and leading facilitated discussions. Workshop/interview venues should be located in or within 4 blocks of the study area boundary and support a collaborative atmosphere. Deliverables should be provided to NCPC in both electronic (.pdf, .dwg, .doc, .skp, or others as appropriate) and paper (ten copies) formats.
Task 1.1 Review Background Information. The Consultant shall review related studies, plans, aspiration statement and existing baseline conditions to gain a general understanding of the study area. They shall also provide a preliminary assessment of the Avenue's existing economic and urban design conditions, and any missing information needed to accomplish Tasks 2 - 5.
Task 1.2: Develop Work Plan. The Consultant shall prepare a draft and a final work plan to execute Tasks 2 - 5, including a detailed timeline with key milestones and deliverables. The work plan should include a Steering Committee workshop as part of Task 4, and a series of stakeholder interviews for Tasks 3 and 4. Interviews may be consolidated to ask participants economic and urban design questions at the same time. Workshops and interviews should be structured to inform the deliverables.
Deliverables:
1.	A draft and a final briefing memo to the EC that includes:
a.	A preliminary assessment of the Avenue's existing economic and physical conditions for use throughout Tasks 2- 5.
b.	A request for any missing background information that may be needed to accomplish Tasks 2 - 5, as well as recommended sources for it.
2.	A draft and a final work plan, approved by NCPC, that includes:
a.	A project timeline outlining key milestones and deliverables.
b.	A stakeholder engagement plan.
c.	A workshop execution plan.
3.	The Consultant shall participate in the following meetings:
a.	One EC staff-level meeting to discuss the work plan.
b.	One EC kick-off meeting to present the draft briefing memo and work plan.
Task 2	Conduct Economic Development Market Analysis (Eight weeks)
The purpose of the market analysis is to evaluate the current and projected real estate market conditions and land use mix in the study area, as well as to consider how the study area is impacted by downtown, city and regional development. The analysis should identify the current and projected competitive advantages and disadvantages of the Avenue, considering private and public sector markets.
The deliverable should document and assess the current and projected market supply and demand for office (public and private sector), residential, hotel, cultural/entertainment, commercial/retail and institutional uses from 2016 - 2026. Tourism should also be considered. This information will frame the economic strategies in Task 3 as well as future economic studies, including a cost benefit analysis and a capital/operational strategic funding plan. The market analysis should begin concurrently with Task 1.
Task 2.1 Develop Market Analysis Report
The market analysis report should include information on:
•	Current and projected (through 2026) socio-economic / demographic / employment / tourism data for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
•	Current supply and demand and property value/lease data of office (public and private sector), residential, hotel, cultural/entertainment, commercial/retail and institutional property uses in the study area.
•	Major projects in the pipeline (conceptual / planned / under construction phases) that may impact the study area.
•	Projected (through 2026) supply and demand and property value/lease data of office (public and private sector), residential, hotel, cultural/entertainment, commercial/retail and institutional uses in the study area.
	What is the Avenue's economic potential from a density and land use perspective? What different kind of a land use mix may provide greater economic vitality for the study area?
•	Recent building/land use conversions in DC + the national capital region (gsf, uses, costs, lease/sale rates, etc.).
	General opportunities and constraints or conditions that may influence conversion decisions.
•	Destination catchment area for out-of-town tourists and local visitors.
Deliverables:
1.	A draft and a final market analysis report (including executive summary) as outlined in Task 2.1, including narratives, charts, diagrams, infographics, images and other written/visual components to explain current and projected market supply and demand.
2.	The Consultant shall participate in the following meetings:
a.	Up to three EC staff meetings to discuss the market analysis.
b.	Two EC meetings to review and assess the draft market analysis.
Task 3	Generate Economic Development Strategies (Four weeks)
The economic strategies will assess future opportunities, challenges, and approaches for improving the study area. To develop the strategies, the Consultant should consider the following key questions:
1.	What are the corridor's unique economic strengths, weaknesses, and assets within the city and the nation?
a)	How can the corridor further distinguish itself from other local neighborhoods like NoMa, Gallery Place, Golden Triangle, and Bethesda, as well as other capital streets (both national and international)?
b)	What are its competitive advantages/disadvantages?
2.	How can the corridor expand its economic/placemaking success from 1 or 2 locations (such as Market Square and the west end near the Willard and W Hotels) to the entire Avenue? Based on the city's economic goals and market trends, is this a realistic goal?
3.	What is the public (city and federal) and private development community's economic interest along           the corridor?
4.	Would an updated Avenue image/brand attract both national and local interest and investment? If so, how?
5.	What different approaches are available to harness the economic power of local residents, regional visitors, and national/international tourists?
6.	What additional economic information is needed to inform a future update to the Pennsylvania           Avenue Plan?
All strategies should outline the responsible party and action steps needed to execute the strategy.
Task 3.1: Conduct Stakeholder Interviews. Interview groups of select stakeholders to discuss strategies to help reinforce the Avenue's economic health and role in our 21st century capital.
Task 3.2: Develop Economic Development Strategies. Upon completion of the draft market analysis and stakeholder interviews, develop a draft and a final set of economic development strategies. These strategies should address the six questions listed above, identify responsible parties and action steps needed to execute the strategy, and help assess the corridor's economic potential as the Executive Committee develops a path forward to update the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan.
Deliverables:
1.	A draft and a final meeting agenda for the stakeholder interviews, including key questions and desired outcomes.
2.	All materials and background information necessary to accomplish stakeholder interviews, and identification of party responsible for generating the materials (for example, a map identifying vacant ground-floor retail space).
3.	Meeting minutes from each stakeholder interview, including a summary of key take-aways.
4.	A draft and a final internal report (including executive summary) of economic development strategies based upon the six questions listed in Task 3 to improve the Avenue's economic vitality. The report should include narratives, charts, diagrams, infographics, images and other written/visual components to explain the strategies.
5.	A presentation (PowerPoint, .pdf or equivalent) of strategies to the Executive Committee.
6.	The Consultant shall participate in the following meetings:
a.	Up to three EC staff meetings to discuss the market analysis and economic strategies.
b.	Stakeholder interviews as determined in Task 3.1.
c.	Two EC meetings to review and assess the economic strategies.
Task 4	Conduct Urban Design Workshop and Develop Framework Strategies (Eight weeks)
The Consultant will develop urban design and activation strategies that explore a range of physical and programmatic improvements in the study area. This Task will provide an analysis of urban design and activation issues and identify programmatic and physical improvements. Urban design and activation components to be examined include: buildings and their land uses; the multi-modal transportation network; the public realm, including the streetscape, parks, and commemorative elements; and activities (both planned and spontaneous) along the Avenue. Seven key questions to analyze and help guide this Task are listed below.
1.	How can Pennsylvania Avenue simultaneously fulfill its national symbolic/ceremonial role and maintain a sense of historic continuity while establishing a stronger local sense of place with a unique neighborhood identity?
a.	What narratives or themes (social, cultural, environmental, innovation, history, etc.) might the Avenue leverage to develop a brand illustrating its local and national roles in the nation's capital?
2.	How could a right-of-way reallocation (both on a temporary and long-term basis) improve circulation, accommodate future mobility/public realm needs, and encourage a greater amount of activity?
3.	How could buildings on both sides of the Avenue more effectively connect their ground floor uses (office and residential lobbies, retail, etc.) with the adjacent sidewalks, parks and plazas?
a.	What tools and strategies are available to develop a better interface between indoor and outdoor uses to better activate the space to create a place?
4.	How might new sustainability and security elements better integrate into the corridor's buildings and public realm? What benefits and challenges would they bring?
5.	What physical and/or programmatic strategies will improve linkages and remove north/south barriers between Downtown and the National Mall to attract more people here? How can the Federal Triangle serve a more effective role in these connections?
6.	How can land uses (residential, office, cultural, etc.) and special events become more compatible (including location, special event themes, traffic functions, security, etc.)?
7.	What can be done to physically and programmatically accommodate use of the Avenue for more day-to-day and community-based activities such as health and wellness, recreation, and smaller, informal gatherings typical of urban streets?
Task 4.1: Analyze Urban Design and Activity Issues. Based on the Task 1 briefing memo and seven questions listed above, analyze and diagram the urban design and activation challenges and opportunities in the study area and area of influence.
Task 4.2: Conduct Steering Committee Workshop. This workshop should provide a range of urban design improvements (including physical and programmatic elements) to help reinforce the Avenue's future character and role in our 21st century capital. Given the size of the group (approximately 50 participants), breakout sessions should be included. The workshop should not exceed 6 hours.
Task 4.3: Conduct Stakeholder Interviews. Similar to Task 3.1, select stakeholders should convene to discuss strategies to frame the Avenue's character and role in our 21st century capital. Given the number of stakeholders, multiple breakout sessions should be considered. Interviews should not exceed 2 hours. Tasks 4.3 and 3.1 may be combined for efficiency where appropriate.
Task 4.4: Generate, Refine and Finalize Framework Strategies. Framework strategies should include both design-based (diagrams, sections, plans and/or models) and descriptive components that answer the seven questions listed above.
Deliverables:
1.	Draft and final meeting agendas for the workshops and interviews, including key questions and desired outcomes.
2.	All materials and background information necessary to accomplish interviews and workshops, and identification of party responsible for generating the materials (for example, a map identifying vacant ground-floor retail space may be needed, and could be generated by NCPC).
3.	Meeting minutes from each workshop and stakeholder interview, including a recap of key takeaways.
4.	A draft and final internal report (including executive summary) of urban design framework strategies based upon the seven questions listed in Task 4 to frame the Avenue's character and role. The report should include narratives, plans, sections, charts, diagrams, infographics, images and other written/visual components to explain the strategies.
5.	A final presentation (PowerPoint, .pdf or equivalent) of strategies to the Executive Committee.
6.	The Consultant shall participate in the following meetings:
a.	Up to four (4) EC staff meetings to discuss the analysis and framework strategies.
b.	Stakeholder interviews and one (1) Steering Committee workshop
c.	Three (3) EC meetings to frame the Steering Committee workshop and discuss the assessment and development of the urban design framework strategies.
Task 5     Develop Initial and Draft Urban Design Concepts (Twelve weeks)
Based on the information gained from Phase I of this scope of work, as well as additional workshops/charrettes and feedback through the Executive Committee, Steering Committee, stakeholders and general public, prepare three (3) initial and three (3) draft concepts to help frame and guide the scope to update the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan.
Concepts may range from modest changes (improve maintenance of the existing streetscape/park elements, stronger programming, small to modest capital investments for ADA and stormwater improvements, etc.) to significant improvements (a reallocation of right-of-way use, building conversions and/or redevelopment, streetscape and park design, to land use changes, etc.).
Concepts should further analyze the economic development and urban design framework strategies delivered through Tasks 1 - 4 of this scope of work, and should identify a program to guide future changes to the Avenue, including the corridor's land use, density, transportation, environment, programming, circulation, and public realm.
The three concepts should include:
o	Physical plans, sections, diagrams and visual models illustrating changes to consider (permanent and/or temporary) to the right-of-way allocation (including streets and sidewalks), parks, and building envelopes.
o	Programmatic changes to consider (near- and long-term) that reinforce the concepts. These may focus on ideas such as formal and informal weekday and weeknight activity, formal special events, temporary urbanism and pop-up opportunities, outdoor public arts and culture exhibits, and/or other items recommended by the Consultant team.
o	Land use and economic changes to consider (near- and long-term) that reinforce the concepts. These may focus on land use mix, development density, building envelopes, and/or other items recommended by the Consultant team.
o	Analysis of how catalyst projects in the development pipeline (including Old Post Office, FBI, World War One Memorial, etc.) affect the future success of the Avenue.
o	Recommendations on updating the Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative's Aspiration Statement and PADC Objectives (if necessary).
o	Identification of additional information and/or studies needed before updating the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan.
o	A rough order of magnitude of capital costs and benefits for each concept, including:
o	The public realm (streetscape, parks, plazas).
o	Public and private development (buildings, building yards, etc.).
o	Infrastructure (stormwater, ADA, security, etc.).
o	Income and gap analysis.
o	Disaggregated cost-benefit analysis based on key Avenue stakeholders and location.
The Consultant team will work closely with the Executive Committee and its staff to develop the preliminary concepts. Upon completion of preliminary concepts, the Consultant team will gain feedback from the Steering Committee through a workshop, and additional feedback through public outreach, including online and in-person events. This feedback will then be used to develop the draft concepts.
Deliverables:
1.	Draft and final meeting agendas for the workshops and other public outreach, including key questions and desired outcomes.
2.	All materials and background information necessary to accomplish workshops and other public outreach, and identification of party responsible for generating the materials (for example, a map identifying vacant ground-floor retail space may be needed, and could be generated by NCPC).
3.	Meeting minutes from each workshop and public outreach element, including a recap of key takeaways.
4.	A draft and a final internal report (including executive summary) explaining the three draft concepts. The report should include narratives, analysis, plans, sections, charts, diagrams, infographics, images and other written/visual components to explain the preliminary urban design concepts.
5.	Preliminary and final presentations (PowerPoint, .pdf or equivalent) of initial and draft concepts to the Executive Committee.
6.	The Consultant shall participate in the following meetings:
a.	Up to six EC staff meetings to discuss development of the initial and draft concepts.
b.	Four EC meetings to frame the Steering Committee workshop and discuss the development of the initial and draft concepts.
c.	One Steering Committee workshop.
d.	One public workshop.
PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
All proposals must include the following:
a)	Brief statement addressing each of the selection criteria specified in the Evaluation section of this solicitation;
b)	1 - 3 page summary of relevant Consultant and team project experience;
c)	Statement of the offerors qualifications and 3 project examples of relevant experience;
d)	Two past performance references for this type of service;
e)	Detailed firm-fixed price estimate to perform the services, broken down by Task; and
f)	Offeror's Tax Identification Number and Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number. Both numbers must be clear and legible.
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Proposals for this solicitation must be submitted in writing by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on AUGUST 21, 2015. Proposals must be submitted via electronic mail to bizopps@ncpc.gov.  All proposals become the property of the National Capital Planning Commission and will not be returned.
PROPOSAL EVALUATION
The Selection Committee will use the following evaluation factors to select a Consultant:
a)	Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required service (firm's registrations, licenses and other professional affiliations or accreditations);
b)	Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required;
c)	Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time;
d)	Past performance on contracts with federal government agencies in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules; and
e)	Best value to the government. This factor will consider the overall benefit received from the offeror's proposal in response to the services provided with cost being one, but not the sole, benefit to be considered.
The Selection Committee will also assess the Consultant's prior experience with:
1.	Urban economic development, including:
o	Market analysis and strategies for office, residential, commercial/retail, hotel, cultural land uses
o	Cost benefit analysis and funding strategies
o	Neighborhood scale redevelopment/revitalization
o	A significant public realm component
o	Multifaceted jurisdictional issues and operational challenges
2.	Urban planning and design, including:
o	Land use, multi-modal transportation, and environmental planning
o	Sustainable urban design
o	Public realm design for transportation, streetscapes, parks, and plazas
o	Historic preservation and culturally significant landscapes
o	Projects that serve a prominent or symbolic role in defining the character of an area, neighborhood or city
o	Programming of urban spaces, including:
	Activity areas and outdoor "rooms", including flexible, temporary, and permanent areas
	Planning and staging of national and local special events (such as demonstrations, marathons and parades)
	Ground-floor building use and activation (such as retail, cultural or educational uses)
	Formal and informal outdoor public realm uses (such as exercise classes or lunch areas)
o	Public and Stakeholder Engagement
	Stakeholder engagement techniques (interviews and workshops)
	Facilitation with public and private stakeholders
All evaluation factors other than cost or price, when combined are approximately equal to cost or price.
TYPE OF CONTRACT
This is a Firm Fixed-Price Contract.
OTHER
Prospective contractors shall be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR)   database (www.ccr.gov) prior to award of a contract or agreement.

FY2017 USPSOIG BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA)

United States Postal Service, Other Buying Organizations | Published October 5, 2016  -  Deadline September 30, 2017
This publication constitutes the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (OIG) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), to solicit proposals from interested parties on a specific sub-set of OIG services. A formal Request for Proposal (RFP), solicitation, and/or additional information regarding this announcement will not be issued. All applicable solicitation provisions, instructions, terms and conditions are contained in this document. Specific clauses for any resultant contracts will be negotiated at contract award.The OIG will not issue paper copies of this announcement. The OIG reserves the right to select for award all, some or none of the proposals in response to this announcement. The OIG provides no funding for direct reimbursement of proposal development costs. Technical and cost proposals (or any other material) submitted in response to this BAA will not be returned. It is the policy of OIG to treat all proposals as sensitive competitive information and to disclose their contents only as necessary for the purposes of evaluation. 
Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. § 410(a), "no Federal law dealing with public or Federal contracts, property, works, officers, employees, budgets, or funds, including the provisions of chapters 5 and 7 of title 5, shall apply to the exercise of the powers of the Postal Service." Specifically, the OIG does not fall under the purview of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). This BAA is intended for proposals related to professional, consultant and support services only, as further addressed in Section II. This BAA will remain in effect for one (1) fiscal year (October 1 - September 30), or until replaced by a successor BAA. The BAA will be issued on the Federal Business Opportunities website, which can be accessed through this link: www.fbo.gov. Proposals may be submitted at any time during the solicitation period, as further defined in Section IV. 
 

AE Repair CHPP Electrical Panel, Phase A

Department of the Air Force, Pacific Air Forces | Published December 19, 2016  -  Deadline January 18, 2017
ARCHITECT-ENGINEERING (A-E) SERVICES AT EIELSON AFB, AK.
"Notice to Offeror(s)/Supplier(s): Funds are not presently available for this effort. No award will be made under this solicitation until funds are available. The Government reserves the right to cancel this solicitation, either before or after the closing date for receipt of proposals. In the event the Government cancels this solicitation, the Government has no obligation to reimburse an offeror for any costs."
The 354th Contracting Squadron is seeking qualification packages and past performance information from vendors interested in providing professional architect and engineering services at Eielson AFB, AK to replace the low voltage electrical panels, lighting and wiring throughout the Central Heat & Power Plant (CH&PP).
BACKGROUND: The CH&PP is a coal-fired cogeneration power plant providing steam for district heat and electricity for the facilities on Eielson AFB. The plant was originally built in 1952 and has six floors (including the basement). The majority of the low voltage (480V and lower voltage) electrical panels, lighting throughout the power plant and the interconnecting wiring are old and in poor condition. In addition, lighting levels in many parts of the plant are inadequate. In 2012 and 2013, a design was produced for replacement of all of the lighting and lighting panels in the plant as well as in the cooling pond pump house and the ash silo building. At the end of the design, it was determined that the project was too costly and should be broken into three phases, however, funding was not available at the time to modify the existing design contract. The design consultant, however, did provide a rough phasing plan. Since completion of the 2013 design, Boilers 5 and 6 at the plant have been replaced. As part of the boiler replacements, the lighting around those boilers has also been replaced, and other electrical changes have been made. Almost all areas inside the plant are dusty. Many areas are classified as Class II, Div 1 or 2, Group F. In addition, many of the metal surfaces inside may be coated with lead-based paint and there may be asbestos containing materials in the project area.
This is a competitive selection process in which competing offeror's qualifications will be evaluated in accordance with (IAW) FAR Part 36.6 to determine the most highly qualified firms. The Government intends to award one Firm Fixed-Price contract.
IAW FAR 36.603(b): To be considered for architect-engineer contracts, a firm must file with the appropriate office or board the Standard Form 330, "Architect-Engineer Qualifications," Part II and when applicable, SF 330, Part I. Responders are advised that the Government will not pay for any information or administrative costs incurred in response to this posting; all costs associated with responding will be solely at the interested parties' expense. Failure to respond to this post does not preclude participation in the subsequent technical evaluation so long as a firm's SF 330 is currently on file with the 354th Contracting Squadron. It is the responsibility of the potential offerors to monitor these sites for additional information pertaining to this requirement.
This acquisition is being solicited on a 100% Small Business Set-Aside basis. The NAICS 541330 (Engineering Services) applies to this acquisition, with a small business size standard of $15M. The Disclosure of Magnitude for the subsequest construction project is between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 IAW FAR 36.204(f).
The work to be performed shall include but is not limited to:
1. Site investigation, investigation of options, development of design concepts, and production of an investigation report, including a discussion of options with recommendations and cost estimates.2. Development of the design documents for the selected option - including design analysis, specifications, drawings and cost estimates.3. Attendance at the various project related meetings and review conferences.4. Responding to review comments and making revisions to the design as agreed upon during the reviews.5. Producing and submitting the final project design documents.
A-E EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A-E's experience shall include that which is commensurate with the requirements specific to the scope of design.
A. The ideal firm should have experience designing modifications and upgrades to low voltage electrical systems and lighting, especially in operating industrial plants and in hot, dirty and hazardous environments, specifically Class II, Div1 and 2, Group F; experience in surveying existing facilities for hazardous materials, and design including remediation of such hazards as necessary to complete the other work of the project.
B. The A-E shall demonstrate that they have experienced personnel with Alaska Registrations, and adequate capacity and depth in the following disciplines:
1. Electrical Engineering
C. The A-E shall demonstrate that they have experienced personnel with certification, and adequate capacity and depth in the following discipline:
1. Industrial Hygiene
The Air Force requires complete and functional designs that are appropriate for the sub-arctic environment for interior Alaska and that meet all applicable Federal, State, Local, Industry, U.S. Air Force and Eielson AFB requirements.
The A-E shall be responsible for all travel and lodging arrangements and expenses involved in the performance of work under this contract. The A-E shall furnish the Air Force with complete and usable products to include: planning documents, investigative reports, study reports, design analyses, project drawings, technical provisions (specifications), equipment layouts, cost estimates, submittal registers, quality assurance plans, constructability review reports, construction bidding amendments, construction contract modifications, and other documents.
QUESTIONS: All questions regarding this synopsis must be submitted in writing no later than 5 January 2016.
Primary POC email: tanya.gutka@us.af.mil Alternate POC email: donovan.wall@us.af.mil
The following documents are considered attachments to this A&E Announcement:
Attachment 1 - Instructions to OfferorsAttachment 2 - Evaluation FactorsAttachment 3 - Statement of WorkAttachment 4 - SF 330Attachment 5 - Past Performance Questionnaire

Utility Management Consulting Services

Department of Energy, Federal Locations | Published December 17, 2014  -  Deadline January 8, 2020
No Description Provided

NIH Consulting Entrepreneur Services

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published December 28, 2016  -  Deadline January 18, 2017
See attached Combined Synopsis / Solicitation for details.

C--Install Modular USP800 Chemo Compounding room, 3rd Floor, Bldg 24

Department of Veterans Affairs, Fresno VAMC | Published January 13, 2017  -  Deadline February 13, 2017
The Department of Veterans Affairs VA Central California Health Care System, CA (VACCHCS) is seeking Architectural/Engineering Firms to submit Standard Form (SF) 330 for Project No. 570-17-406, Project Title  Design Install Modular Chemo Compounding Room, 3rd Floor Bldg. 24 .  The project will be located at the VACCHCS Fresno Campus.  The applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code is 541310, Architectural Services, and the small business size standard is $7.5 million.
This design effort includes, but is not limited to, providing Schematic Design (SDs), Design Development (DDs), Construction Documents (CDs), and Construction Period Services (CPS) necessary for the installation of an alternative modular compounding room on the third (3rd) floor of Building twenty-four (24) for use when the primary room is inoperable.  The modular compounding room shall operate as required by United States Pharacopeia 800 (USP 800).
The contract work requires multiple disciplines. The Prime firm shall be a licensed/registered professional firm.  The disciplines required include, but are not limited to: Architectural, Civil, Interior Design, Structural, HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Fire Life Safety, Security, IT/Data, Construction Cost Estimating, and Signage/Way-Finding.
This procurement is a total Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set aside under the Veterans First Contracting program as required by 38 U.S.C. 8127-8128, as implemented under VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) subpart 819.70. The term Service-disabled Veteran-Owned small business (SDVOSB) under the Veterans First Contracting program has the same meaning as service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern defined in FAR subpart 2.101, except for acquisitions authorized by 38 U.S.C. 8127 and 8128 for the Veterans First Contracting Program.  These businesses must be listed as verified in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database at https://www.vip.vetbiz.gov in addition to meeting the NAICS code small business size standard to be eligible for award under the Veterans First Contracting Program.
All SDVOSB firms that submit Standard Form (SF) 330s must be listed in Veterans Information Page (VIP) as verified to be considered for this procurement.  Offers from unverified SDVOSBs are considered deficient and will not be evaluated further.  A firm s status will be verified in VIP at time of receipt of the SF 330, prior to conducting evaluations/interviews/discussions, and prior to award.  This set aside process is in keeping with VA Procurement Policy Memorandum 2016-05   Implementation of the Veterans First Contracting Program, FAR Part 19, and the requirements of FAR 36.6 for acquiring Architect-Engineer Services.
This notice serves as the Governments call for Standard Form (SF) 330s from interested SDVOSB Architectural/Engineering (A/E) Firms concerns. Firms that meet the requirements described in this announcement are invited to submit one (1) electronic copy of their SF-330 package via e-mail to James Proctor at james.proctor@va.gov and Denise R. Groves at denise.groves@va.gov and one (1) hard copy to James Proctor at 855 M Street, Suite 1020 Fresno, CA 93721 by 1:00 pm PT February 13, 2017.  The SF-330, Part I may be accompanied by any other evidence of experience and capabilities the applicant considers relevant. Part II shall be submitted for each proposed consultant s office involved.
The Government will evaluate SF-330 s received in response to this notice to identify at least three (3) of the most highly qualified SDVOSB firms to perform the required services. The Government will then hold discussions/interviews with the most highly qualified SDVOSB firms based on the following evaluation factors.
The following evaluation criteria, listed in descending factor order of importance and weight, will be used for both the SF330 evaluation and when conducting discussions/interviews.  Sub-factors when combined represent the overall score for the factor.
Factor 1:  Professional Qualifications (35 pts)
Subfactor 1A - Professional qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of A/E services necessary to complete the type of work required (20 pts)
Subfactor 1B   Reputation and standing of the firm and its principals with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness (15 pts)
Factor 2: Specialized Experience and Technical Competence (25 pts)
Subfactor 2A - Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, the use of recovered materials, and LEED certification (15 pts)
Subfactor 2B - Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team (10 pts)
Factor 3: Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time (20 pts)
Factor 4: Past Performance (15 pts)
Subfactor 4A - Past performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules (10 pts)
Subfactor 4B - Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. (5 pts)
Factor 5: Location (5 pts)
Location in the general geographical area of the project and knowledge of the locality of the project; provided, that application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the project.
The evaluation board will prepare a selection report recommending at least three firms, in order of preference based on the combined SF330 and discussion/interview score, that are considered to be the most highly qualified to perform the required services.  This selection will be completed utilizing FAR 36.602-5 Short Selection Process paragraph (a) Selection by the board, therefore the evaluation board report shall serve as the final selection list and shall be provided directly to the contracting officer.
All firms on the final selection list are considered  selected firms  with which the contracting officer may negotiate in accordance with FAR 36.606, beginning with the most preferred firm in the final selection.  If a mutually satisfactory contract cannot be negotiated, the contracting officer shall obtain a written final proposal revision from the firm, and notify the firm that negotiations have been terminated.  The Contracting Officer will then initiate negotiations with the next firm on the final selection list.
Questions regarding this procurement should be directed, in writing, to the Contracting Specialist James Proctor via email at james.proctor@va.gov, or the Contracting Officer Denise R. Groves via E-mail at denise.groves@va.gov. It is the intent of the Contracting Officer to make a single firm-fixed price contract award under this solicitation.

R--Consultation Services to Support J-MAPS.

Department of the Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command | Published March 25, 2009  -  Deadline April 2, 2020
The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk Philadelphia (FISC) Detachment Philadelphia Division, intends to procure consultation services to support J-MAPS requirements definition and cal lab operations.  The primary objective of this task will address a review of the optical design of J-MAPS as well as other aspects of the overall package design, specifically as it affects various aspects of the optical performance.  The proposed award will include a base period of 12 months and one (1) 12 months option period.   This task will be performed both by reviews, such as at the facility of SSG in Boston, at USNO in Washington or in the form of analysis that will be performed at the contractor's facility. The proposed procurement is being processed on other than full and open competitive basis with Douglas Currie, using simplified acquisition procedures under the authority of the FAR PART 13.   Douglas Currie is the only firm capable of providing the above services sinc! e they have developed the proprietary software tools and engineering essential to the successful interoperability, functionality of the existing equipment.  All Interested parties should respond, and identify their interest and capability to the requirement by submitting a proposal. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive proposals. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract is based upon responses to this notice is a 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. Point of Contact-Rosa E. Cedeno-Stout, Contract Specialist; ContractingOfficer, Brian Excell, 215-697-9613

Environmental Consulting Services IDIQ MATOC- Savannah District

Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Published January 4, 2017
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, intends to advertise for the award of an Environmental Consulting Services (ECS), Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) with a pool comprised of up to four (4) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contracts with a total capacity of $50 million. The geographic areas to be served by these contracts will be all states within SAD (Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina), Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Central America. This acquisition will be solicited and awarded on a competitive basis and will be set-aside to economically disadvantaged small business participants in the 8(a) program. The planned duration for the contracts is a total of five years, consisting of a 3 year base period and one 2-year option period. Applicable NAICS code is 541620 - Environmental Consulting Services; the small business size standard is $15 million.
The work will include the following:The contracts awarded will be firm-fixed price for a wide range of environmental consulting services in the following areas including, but not limited to, air emissions management; air quality; cultural and historic resources management; facility response plans; fire management plans for ranges; hazardous materials management; hazardous waste management; natural resources management; pesticide management; petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) management; solid waste management; special pollutants (e.g. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), asbestos, lead based paint, radon gas, etc.) management; natural resources inventories; noise management; underground storage tank management; water quality management; wetlands management; radioactive materials management; and storm water management; air emissions inventories; air permit applications; compliance monitoring and reporting; asbestos sampling; environmental electronic data management; water quality evaluations; mitigation planning; National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit applications & monitoring; spill prevention and response plans; Environmental Compliance Assessment System audits; Environmental Monitoring System support; Tier I (installation), Tier II (state), and Tier III (regional) reporting; partnering support to include facilitation, public meeting support, and preparation/presentation of reports and management support; consumer confidence report (Safe Drinking Water Act); environmental compliance training; National Environmental Policy Act; environmental assessments (EAs); Environmental Baseline Surveys (EBS); preliminary assessment/site inspection; solid waste management plans; hazardous waste management plans; Subtitle C and Subtitle D (40 CFR 264/265 and 40 CFR 258) landfill operations plans; hazardous waste reporting; landfill closure plans; biological assessments; endangered species management plans (ESMP); National Historic Preservation Act studies; historic building surveys; historic building guides; data recovery plans and mitigation; coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Integrated Cultural Resources Management plans; Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessments; Pollution Preventions Plans Life Cycle Cost Analysis; ecological risk assessments; and, environmental fate studies.
Contract actions will be solicited, evaluated, and awarded in accordance with FAR Part 15, Department of Defense Source Selection Procedures and the Army Source Selection Supplement (AS3) to the Department of Defense Source Selection Procedures. All task orders to be awarded under this MATOC will be competed IAW FAR 16.505(b)(1), Fair Opportunity, and DFARS 216.505-70, Ordering Under Multiple Award Contracts, unless one of the exceptions to fair opportunity applies and is justified.
Contract award will be made to those offerors whose proposals represent the best value to the Government considering price and other non-cost or price factors. Proposals shall include sufficient detailed information to allow complete evaluation. The Government reserves the right to reject any and all offers. The Government will use a Performance Price Trade-off (PPT) evaluation process in rendering the best value decision for award of this contract.
The solicitation is anticipated to be available within the next 60 days. This is not a request for quotations (RFQ) nor is it the official solicitation. The solicitation will be issued in electronic format only.
Note: Information on the PROPOSAL DUE DATE will be stated in the solicitation. Offerors must register in the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov. After completing SAM, contractors and their subcontractors must register at ww.fbo.gov in order to download RFP documents. It is the Offerors' responsibility to check the Internet address provided as necessary for any posted changes to this notice and future solicitations or amendments.
 

Architect/Engineer services for Nationwide Army Reserve projects, and other military projects primarily within the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division mission boundaries. The Louisville District Army Reserve mission is nationwide, including Puerto Rico

Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Published December 21, 2016  -  Deadline January 25, 2017
1.) SYNOPSIS: This announcement is open to all businesses regardless of size. The proposed services, which will be obtained by negotiated Firm Fixed Price Contracts, are for a variety of Architect/Engineer services primarily for Army Reserve projects nationwide (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa). Projects outside the primary mission area may be added at the Government's discretion upon agreement of the A/E firm.
Projects will be awarded by individual task orders. The maximum cumulative contract value for the total contract is $8,000,000. This is a five year contract, with no option years. The estimated construction cost per project is between approximately $3,000,000 and $50,000,000.
Up to five firms will be selected, the top ranked firm will be awarded the first contract, the second ranked firm will be awarded the second, and so on. Award of all contracts will be made within nine (9) months after award of the first contract provided there is sufficient workload. If necessary, secondary selection criteria will be used as a tiebreaker between Offerors considered as technically equal. Once selected, the following factors will be used in deciding which selected Offeror will be utilized for task orders: past performance, quality of deliverables, capacity to accomplish the work in the required time, and uniquely specialized experience. Estimated start date is April 2017.
As a contract specifically procured by the Louisville District for the U.S. Army Reserve, the selected firms and relevant sub-consultants will be required to attend one two-day partnering workshop within 12 months of the award of the IDIQ contract. This workshop will require the attendance of representatives from project management, architecture, engineering and interior design disciplines to define the Government's expectations of the Offeror, create a positive working atmosphere, encourage open communication, and to identify common goals. Cost for these sessions will be borne by the selected Offeror.
In accordance with FAR 36.604 and the supplements thereto, and upon final acceptance or termination, all task orders above $35,000 will receive a performance evaluation. A performance evaluation may be prepared for lesser task orders and interim performance evaluations may be prepared at any time. Performance evaluations will be maintained for use in future source selections for Architect-Engineer Services.
2.) PROJECT INFORMATION: The selected offeror will be solely responsible for the designs that they produce, and will become the designer of record or Design-Build RFP preparer for each individual project on their contract. Projects may consist of military projects for the U.S. Army Reserve and other military customers of USACE Louisville District. Project task orders under this indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract may include some or all of the following types of building structures: training centers (which include administration, education, assembly, storage, special training and other support spaces); vehicle maintenance shops (which include work bays, administration, special training, storage and support spaces); stand-alone buildings (which include administration facilities, unheated storage, and direct support/general support warehouses); and other structures unique to Army Reserve facilities and military installations.
A/E services may consist of the following activities: preparation of construction solicitations for design-bid-build (complete design) projects and design build RFP's (request for proposal); concept level designs and engineering feasibility studies; military master planning; site investigation/assessment of existing conditions; value engineering services; engineering services during construction (shop drawing review, site inspection, etc.); design of demolition or deconstruction; hazardous materials survey, analysis, and abatement methodology; LEED Certification, sustainable design; construction cost estimates and schedules; technical studies/analysis in support of design for new construction and renovation; and comprehensive planning that is related to future construction requirements on military installations.
Additional A/E support services may include: civil site design; geotechnical studies; design for the renovation of existing facilities; interior design services; environmental compliance; National Environmental Policy Act documentation; controlled waste and flammable storage design; asbestos, lead and PCB surveys and/or abatement; and utility investigations. Other A/E services beyond traditional design may include: site selection; American Land Title Association surveys; deed and title services; DD form 1391 development; facility assessments; updating the Army Reserve Design Criteria; development of standard designs and value engineering workshops. Construction cost estimating will be accomplished for all design projects using the current generation and version of Micro-Computer Aided Cost Estimating System (MII) software (software and database is available from the Government for a nominal fee).
Unless otherwise specified, designs shall be performed using BIM technology, which utilizes computer aided design (CAD) technology with information loaded within three dimensional models. The A/E firm is responsible for the training and associated training costs for both primary and back-up BIM team members. Disciplines required for BIM are architecture, interior design, structural, mechanical, electrical, and cost estimating. BIM products will be produced in the current version of either the AECOSIM or Revit as specified in each task order. Traditional CAD deliverables, if required for individual task orders, shall include Microstation (.dgn) or AutoCAD (.dwg) files as specified in each task order.
3.) SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection criteria in descending order of importance are listed below. "a" through "d" are primary, and "e" is secondary.
a. Professional Qualifications:The government's evaluation of professional qualifications will consider education, training, certifications, registrations, overall experience, relevant experience, and longevity with the firm.
Additional consideration will be given to offerors who provide individual team members who possess a current LEED BD+C credential, and additional consideration will be given to offerors who provide a BIM manager with a bachelor's or master's degree in architecture, engineering or construction management. Additional consideration will be given to offerors who provide environmental engineers with a professional engineering (PE) registration.
b. Specialized Experience and Technical Competence:The government's evaluation of Specialized Experience and Technical Competency will consider example projects in SF330 Section F which include the Specialized Experience and Technical Competencies below. The government also will consider the same Specialized Experience and Technical Competencies of individual team members in SF330 Section E.
1. Use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)2. Use of USACE CADBIM Policies and Procedures3. Design/Build project design methodology4. Sustainable design 5. Design of anti-terrorism and force protection measures6. Construction cost estimating using MCACES MII7. Performance of design charrettes 8. Use of SpecsIntact9. Facilitation of Value Engineering studies in accordance with SAVE
The government will also consider prior experience between design team members working on the same project included in SF330 Section G.
Additional consideration will be given to offerors who provide a Design Quality Management Plan in SF330 Section H that demonstrates a clear understanding of USACE quality management policies and that details quality management activities that will be used in addition to those required by USACE policy.
c. Capacity: The government's evaluation of the offeror's capacity narrative included in the Design Quality Management Plan in SF330 Section H will consider the offeror's ability to complete the work in the required time with the understanding that this contract may require multiple design teams to work multiple task orders at various locations simultaneously.
 
d. Past Performance: The government's evaluation of past performance will consider the offeror's ability to design projects within funding limitations, comply with performance schedules, provide high quality design products, achieve required LEED Certifications, and minimize cost and time growth of the project during construction.
e. Small Business Participation:The government's evaluation of the offeror's Small Business Participation plan will consider level of participation of Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, HUBZone Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and Veteran Owned Small Business team members.
4.) SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Offerors must submit one (1) hard copy and one (1) electronic copy on CD of the SF 330, Part l, and one copy of the SF330, Part II for the prime firm. Each branch office that will have a key role in the proposed contract must also submit a copy of the SF 330 Part II. Offerors must submit a current and accurate SF 330, Part II, for each proposed sub-consultant. Any firm with an electronic mailbox responding to the solicitation should identify such address in the SF 330, Part I. Please identify the Dun & Bradstreet number of the office(s) performing the work in Block 5 of the SF 330, Part I. Dun & Bradstreet numbers may be obtained by contacting (866) 705-5711, or via the internet at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
The proposal shall be submitted as one file using Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). Font size shall be 10 or larger on white letter-sized paper (8 inches by 11 inches). The SF 330 will be no longer than 100 pages in length (excluding the SF 330, Part IIs) and Section H will be 20 pages or less in length. Each printed side of a page will count as one page. The data on the CD shall not substitute for the hard copy submission.
Do not furnish design portfolios, prints, magazines, newspaper clippings, or CDs of completed projects. All requirements of this notice must be met for a firm to be considered responsive.
Additional instructions and clarifications for SF330:
SF330 Section D:The offerors shall submit an organizational chart as required by SF330 Section D.
SF330 Section E:The individuals identified by the project roles on the SF330 may not have multiple duties or be "dual-hatted." Offerors shall provide individual resumes in SF330 Section E for each of the individuals listed below in lines 1 through 30. Individuals included in SF330 Section E must possess the certifications and registrations listed below and must have performed in their respective role (i.e. project manager, architect designer, etc.) on projects similar to those listed in Paragraph 2 of this solicitation for the amount of time listed below. 1. Project Manager, Registered Architect or Professional Engineer, 10 Years2. Project Manager, Registered Architect or Professional Engineer, 10 Years 3. Architect Designer, Registered Architect, 10 Years 4. Architect Designer, Registered Architect, 10 Years 5. Architect Checker, Registered Architect, 10 Years 6. Civil Engineer Designer, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years7. Civil Engineer Designer, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years8. Civil Engineer Checker, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years9. Structural Engineer Designer, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years10. Structural Engineer Designer, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years11. Structural Engineer Checker, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years12. Mechanical Engineer Designer, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years13. Mechanical Engineer Designer, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years14. Mechanical Engineer Checker, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years15. Electrical Engineer Designer, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years16. Electrical Engineer Designer, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years17. Electrical Engineer Checker, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years18. Geotechnical Engineering Designer, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years19. Geotechnical Engineering Checker, Registered Professional Engineer, 10 Years20. Interior Designer, certified by the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ), registered interior designers, or registered architect with at least five years of experience and training in interior design, 10 years21. Interior Designer, certified by the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ), registered interior designers, or registered architect with at least five years of experience and training in interior design, 10 years22. Environmental Engineering Designer, No certification required, 10 years23. Environmental Engineering Checker, No certification required, 10 years24. Registered Communication Distribution Design (RCDD), Designer, 10 years 25. Registered Communication Distribution Design (RCDD), Checker, 10 years 26. Landscape Architect, Registered Landscape Architect, 10 years27. Cost Engineer: Certified Cost Engineer (CCE), Certified Cost Consultant (CCC), or comparable certification (American Society of Professional Estimators or Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering), 10 Years28. BIM Manager, No Certification Required, 3 Years 29. Registered Fire Protection Engineer, 5 years30. Certified Value Specialist, 10 Years
SF330 Section F:For all projects included in SF330 Section F, construction must be substantially complete. Of the up to ten projects included in SF330 Section F, a minimum two of the projects must be design/build request for proposal preparation by the offeror and minimum of two must be fully designed by the offeror.
SF330 Section H:In SF330 Section H, include an evaluation of performance from the client/owner for all example projects included in SF330 Section F. Performance evaluations will not be counted against the 20 page limit of SF330 Section H or the 100 page limit for the entire SF330.
In SF330 Section H, each offeror shall present a Design Quality Management Plan including an explanation of the firm's management approach; management of sub-consultants (if applicable); quality control procedures (for plans, specification, design analysis and electronic documents); procedures to insure that internal resources are not over committed; and an organizational chart showing the inter-relationship of management and various team components (including sub-consultants). The Design Quality Management Plan shall also include a Capacity Narrative describing the offeror's ability to complete the work with available resources.
In SF330 Section H, all large businesses shall present a Small Business and Small Disadvantaged Business Subcontracting Plan in accordance with Public Law 95-507 as part of the response to this RFP. Additionally, estimate the proposed extent of participation of Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, HUBZone Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and Veteran Owned Small Business team members in the contract team using a chart showing each firm that is a team member, their small business category, and their proposed level of participation measured as a percentage of the overall estimated effort (i.e. a chart with 3 columns, respectively entitled 'Firm Name', 'Small Business Category', and '% Participation').
Release of firm status will occur within 10 days after approval of any selection. All responses on SF 330 to this announcement must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. local time on 25 January 2017. No other general notification to firms under consideration for this project will be made. Facsimile transmissions will not be accepted. Solicitation packages are not provided and no additional project information will be given to firms during the announcement period.
To be eligible for award, a firm must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database, via the SAM Internet site at https://www.sam.gov.
Submit responses to US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, ATTN: April Judd 600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pl., Room 821, Louisville, KY 40202.
Contracting Office Address: USACE District, Louisville, 600 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Place, Room 821, Louisville, KY 40202
Point of Contact(s): April Judd; April.C.Judd@usace.army.milUSACE District, Louisville
OFFEROR'S QUESTIONS AND COMMENTSTechnical inquiries and questions relating to proposal procedures or bonds are to be submitted via Bidder Inquiry in ProjNet at http://www.ProjNet.org/ProjNet. As noted below, offerors shall not submit their proposals via ProjNet. Offerors shall submit their proposals in accordance with the provisions stated in the solicitation.
To submit and review bid inquiry items, bidders will need to be a current registered user or self-register into system.
The Solicitation Number is: W912QR-17-R-0010The Bidder Inquiry Key is: M57MAQ-TIK7SF
Specific Instructions for ProjNet Bid Inquiry Access:1. From the ProjNet home page linked above, click on Quick Add on the upper right side of the screen.2. Identify the Agency. This should be marked as USACE.3. Key. Enter the Bidder Inquiry Key listed above.4. Email. Enter the email address you would like to use for communication.5. Select Continue. A page will then open stating a user account was not found and will ask you to create one using the provided form. 6. Enter your First Name, Last Name, Company, City, State, Phone, Email, Secret Question, Secret Answer, and Time Zone. Make sure to remember your Secret Question and Answer as they will be used from this point on to access the ProjNet system. 7. Select Add User. Once this is completed you are now registered within ProjNet and are currently logged into the system.
Specific Instructions for Future ProjNet Bid Inquiry Access:1. For future access to ProjNet, you will not be emailed any type of password. You will utilize your Secret Question and Secret Answer to log in.2. From the ProjNet home page linked above, click on Quick Add on the upper right side of the screen.3. Identify the Agency. This should be marked as USACE.4. Key. Enter the Bidder Inquiry Key listed above.5. Email. Enter the email address you used to register previously in ProjNet.6. Select Continue. A page will then open asking you to enter the answer to your Secret Question. 7. Enter your Secret Answer and click Login. Once this is completed you are now logged into the system.From this page you may view all bidder inquiries or add an inquiry. Bidders will receive an acknowledgement of their question via email, followed by an answer to their question after it has been processed by our technical team. Offerors are requested to review the specification in its entirety and to review the Bidder Inquiry System for answers to questions prior to submission of a new inquiry. The call center operates weekdays from 8AM to 5PM U.S. Central Time Zone (Chicago). The telephone number for the Call Center is 800-428-HELP.Information concerning the status of the evaluation and/or award will NOT be available after receipt of bids/proposals.
NOTES: 1. Offerors shall not submit their proposals via ProjNet, but in accordance with the provisions stated in the solicitation. Any questions regarding acceptable means of submitting offers shall be made directly to the Contract Specialist identified in the solicitation.2. Government responses to technical inquiries and questions relating to proposal procedures or bonds that are submitted to ProjNet in accordance with the procedures above are not binding on the Government unless an amendment is issued on Standard Form 30. In the case of any conflicts, the solicitation governs. Any changes or revisions to the solicitation will be made by formal amendment. Government responses will be limited to: (a) Notice that an amendment will be issued; (b) Reference to an existing requirement contained in the solicitation; or (c) Notice that a response is not necessary.
The ability to enter technical inquiries and questions relating to proposal procedures or bonds will be disabled five (5) days prior to the closing date stated in the solicitation. No Government responses will be entered into the ProjNet system within two (2) days prior to the closing date stated in the solicitation.
 

C--589A5-17-100 Upgrade Pharmacy for Oncology

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Heartland Network | Published December 30, 2016  -  Deadline January 31, 2017
VA255-17-R-0163
Synopsis:
CONTRACT INFORMATION
This A-E Services requirement is being procured in accordance with the Brooks Act (Public Law (PL0582) and implemented in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 36.  Firms will be selected for negotiation based on demonstrated competence and qualifications for the required work.
This procurement is restricted to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) firms located within a 350 mile radius of the Colmery-O Neil VA Medical Center, 2200 Gage Blvd Topeka, Kansas 66622. The mileage restriction is in compliance with VAAR 805.207(b). This requirement is being procured in accordance with the VAAR 836.606-73 as implemented in FAR Subpart 36.6.
This is not a Request for Proposal and an award will not be made with this announcement.  This announcement is a request for SF 330 s from qualified contractors that meet the professional requirements.
After the evaluation of SF330 submissions in accordance with the evaluation criteria, three or more of the most highly qualified firms will be chosen for interviews to present their approach to the design to arrive at selection of the number one firm for negotiations. The Government will not pay nor reimburse any costs associated with responding to this request. The Government is under no obligation to award a contract as a result of this announcement. The contract is anticipated to be awarded in February 28, 2017.
Award of any resultant contract is contingent upon the availability of funds.
No solicitation document is available and no other information pertaining to project scope, etc. is available at this time. Any request for assistance with submission or other procedural matters shall be submitted via email only (arnold.payne@va.gov).
Personal visits to discuss this announcement will not be allowed.
The NAICS Codes for this procurement is 541310 Architectural Services and small business size standard of $7.5 Million. Award of a Firm Fixed Price contract is anticipated. Anticipated time for completion of design is approximately 140 calendar days including time for VA reviews. The A/E firm shall also be required to perform construction period services if award of a construction project contract is made.
DATABASE REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
VERIFICATION OF STATUS OF APPARENTLY SUCCESSFUL OFFEROR THIS ACQUISITION IS 100% SET-ASIDE FOR QUALIFIED SERVICE DISABLED VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS AE FIRMS IN COMPLIANCE WITH VAAR 852.219-10. ONLY BUSINESSES VERIFIED AND LISTED IN THE VENDOR INFORMATION PAGES DATABASE, (http://www.Vetbiz.gov), SHALL BE CONSIDERED.
SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM):
Federal Acquisition Registrations require that federal contractors register in the System for Award Management (SAM) database at 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 qualifications package.
THE EXCLUDED PARTIES LIST SYSTEM (EPLS):
To ensure that the individuals providing services under the contract have not engaged in fraud or abuse regarding Sections 1128 and1128A of the Social Security Act regarding federal health care programs, the contractor is required to check the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) located at www.sam.gov for each person providing services under this contract. Further the contractor is required to certify that all persons listed in the qualifications package have been compared against the EPLS list and are NOT listed. During the performance of this contract the Contractor is prohibited from using any individual or business listed on the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities.
E-VERIFY SYSTEM:
Companies awarded a contract with the federal government shall be required to enroll in E-Verify within 30 days of the contract award date. They shall also need to begin using the E-Verify system to confirm that all of their new hires and their employees directly working on federal contracts are authorized to legally work in the United States. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee's Form I-9, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States. There is no charge to employers to use E-Verify. (FAR 52.222-54)
Qualified A-E firms are required to respond if interested by submitting one (1) original completed Standard Form 330 qualification package Parts I and II to include all consultants (form available on-line at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/download/116486) Must include in Part I Section H an organizational chart of the firm (excludes consultants) and a design quality management plan. Submission information incorporated by reference is not allowed. All submissions must be bound in 3 ring binder) and a CD copy of the Standard Form 330.
Completed package shall be delivered on or before January 31, 2017 by 2:00PM CDT  to the following address:
Department of Veteran Affairs, NCO 15 Contracting Office,
Attn:  Contracting Officer: Arnold J. Payne,
Contracting Office Address:
3450 S 4th Street
Leavenworth, KS 66048.
Outermost envelope or packaging shall clearly identify Solicitation number and project. Information shall be submitted via commercial courier service, mail or hand carried deliveries.  Telegraphic, email, and facsimile forms are prohibited.
PROJECT INFORMATION
Description of work to be performed includes: Architect-Engineering services are required for Schematics Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Technical Specifications, Construction Period Services, Site Visits, Cost Estimates, and all other related information for project number 589A5-17-100 Upgrade Pharmacy for Oncology.  The project will include design work for the preparation of 100% complete working drawings and contract documents using edited VA Master Specifications to complete the following:
1. STATEMENT OF AE TASKS
The A/E firm shall prepare plans and specifications for a construction contract to accomplish the following scope of work.  The project is to expand the existing negative pressure room and ante room space within the pharmacy to add an additional separate negative pressure ante room to store chemotherapy medications in accordance with USP 800. This project will require the existing ante room to be expanded in order to accommodate the addition of another negative pressure room.  The existing negative pressure room will need to maintain the 30 air exchanges per hour while the new, additional negative pressure ante room will need to be designed for 12 air exchanges per hour. The additional negative pressure ante room will need to accommodate a refrigerator, sink, eyewash station, and shelving for dry storage. The project will require the design for utilities to ensure that sufficient utilities are in place for all planned equipment. The design will take into consideration disconnecting and/or moving existing utilities and the installation of new utilities. The project also includes the removal of several walls; the construction of several walls; wall treatments; painting; installation of new ceiling tile, and lighting. The design should also include commissioning requirements if necessary. The A/E firm should also prepare a construction cost estimate.
2. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
The A/E firm shall:
Meet with Facilities, and other personnel prior to start of design to determine detailed requirements of work involved;
Work from existing building and site drawings furnished by the VA to develop project design.  (These are to be used only as guidelines);
Perform any necessary on-site field investigations to accomplish work and to verify drawings provided by the VA;
Prepare rough sketches, if necessary, to solve possible problems in design throughout the contract; and
Follow VA Program Guide PG-08-15 Volume C, and other applicable guidelines to design the project.
3.  CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
A/E firm shall complete such further investigations to develop selected items into working drawings and specifications for issuance through the competitive bid process or through other bidding methods of procurement, specifically the SDVOSB program.
In most instances, copies of the VA Master Construction Specifications will be available off the Internet, which will be edited and incorporated in the project specifications.  In those instances where copies of the VA Master Construction Specifications are not available, the A/E shall develop the specification for incorporation into the project specifications. Copies of design guides, space criteria, room finishes, and other VA guidelines are also available off the Internet.
Working drawings and specifications shall provide for construction within the National Fire Protection Association Code, VA Standards, and other national codes.
A/E shall provide a written synopsis describing the overall scope of the construction project as well as any pertinent information about the project that would assist potential bidders in preparing a comprehensive bid package. This synopsis is intended to be a general description of the project not to exceed two written pages in length.
All necessary reports, specifications and other documents shall be prepared in MS Word and all drawings shall be prepared in AutoCadd. One set each of CD-ROM computer disks containing all reports, specifications, documents and drawings will be required for the final submission of Construction Documents. All necessary reports, cost estimates and other documents shall be prepared in accordance with all applicable portions of the A/E Submission Instructions, Program Guide PG-08-15, Volume C previously issued with the original contract.
A/E firm shall submit the following:
1.  The number of print copies designated in Paragraph 9 Design Deliverables.
2.  A complete set of drawing files shall also be provided on a CD disc, which was created by AutoCAD Release 2013 or older software.   A complete set of drawing files shall consist of, but not limited to, all files used to create or plot the drawing files:
Xref files which should be Bound to the drawing file;
OLE Object files;
Image files;
Custom Plot Style Table files;
Any fonts which are not standard with AutoCAD.
A/E firm shall adhere to the following CAD standards:
AIA 3rd Edition Layer Standard guidelines shall be used, which are already built into the software   use with full Layer Descriptions.  Layer integrity must be maintained on all layers, for example all doors and only doors should be on layer A-DOOR.  Object elements mixed up on more than one layer, which should be on one layer, will not be accepted.  Only TrueType Fonts shall be used to create drawing files.  All drawing sheets for Plotting shall be created in Paper Space on Layout tabs.  Templates with border and title block will be provided by VAEKHCS.  All drawing object elements shall be created in Model Space at real world size.  No object elements are to be scaled in Model Space.  All scaling of object elements shall be done in Paper Space View ports only.
4. MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
The A/E shall retain  qualified  and licensed engineers to perform the details design work of the HVAC, Lighting, Plumbing, Electrical, Communications, Controls, Security, and all associated subsystems.
5. ESTIMATE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
a.  General - the A/E shall submit a construction cost estimate with the drawings at each project submission. This estimate shall show the cost of construction, which would be expected to be reflected by the construction contractors' bids, if the bids were submitted on the same date as the estimate. The level of detail for this estimate shall be consistent with the degree of completeness of the drawings being submitted. Simply stated, this means that if a construction element is shown, it must be priced; if it is shown in detail, it must be priced in detail. For detailed elements, "lump sum" or "allowance" figures will not be acceptable.
b.  Use of Forms - VA Form 10-6238, Estimate Worksheet: This form serves two purposes: (a) to show the division of cost between labor and material for each cost item; and (b) to extend the level of detail of an estimate beyond square foot cost summaries. The estimated costs shall include all labor, materials, mobilization, overhead, insurance, and applicable contractor markup. A/E may utilize their estimate worksheets if approved in advance by the VA.
6. AS-BUILT DRAWINGS:
The A/E firm shall provide a clause in the specifications indicating the method by which a contractor will provide information (i.e.,  red line mark-ups ) to the firm to allow the firm to provide as-built drawings upon completion of construction.
The A/E firm shall submit the following:
a.  The number of print copies as designated in Paragraph 9 Design Deliverables.
b.  A complete set of as-built drawings shall also be provided on a CD.
7.  CRITERIA FOR DESIGN AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
The A/E firm shall design to conform to the requirements of the following VA documents in preparing the design specified in this work order amendment.  These documents can be found at the following website: www.cfm.va.gov/TIL/spec.asp.
-Design and Construction Procedures, PG-18-3
-Design Manuals, PG-18-10, Equipment
-Standard Details, PG-18-4
-Equipment Reference Manual, PG-18-6
-Equipment Guide List, PG-18-5
-Master Construction Specifications, Program Guide, PG-18-1
-VA Design Alerts
-VA Quality Alerts
-VA Drawing Title Box Layout
-Technical Summaries
-Manual for Preparation and Issuance of Construction Solicitation and Contract Documents
-Minimum Requirements for A/E Submissions" for Minor and Minor
Miscellaneous projects, Handbook H-18-15 Volume C
-National Codes and Standards (NFPA, NEC, Natl. Plumbing Code, EPA,
OSHA, etc.)
-Uniform Accessibility Standards
-Asbestos Abatement Design Manual
-Electrical Design Manual for Hospital Project
-Fire Protection Design Manual
-Estimating Manual
-USP 800
-Seismic Requirements
Other design criteria may be required to meet specific requirements of the design work scope that are not listed above, or are not available on the VA Office of Facilities web site.  The A/E is responsible for obtaining and complying with all such criteria.
8. PROMOTION OF FULL AND OPEN COMPETITION
The A/E firm agrees to assure specifications are not restrictive. Specifications will be based on performance criteria when possible and will not use brand names.
If an occasion arises that the use of a brand name is necessary, the A/E will provide a justification including:
Why the particular brand must be used or why a specification cannot be written (i.e., Proprietary design)
The criteria of alternate items must be met to be considered equal.
In the event that it is necessary to pre-qualify major components, the A/E will advise the Contracting Officer of such, so that the necessary action can be taken to establish a Qualified Products List.
In addition to requirements of the special provisions, a certification will be provided stating the solicitation is not restrictive; it has been written to provide full and open competition; and will list at least three manufacturers who can supply major components or systems of the project.
9.  DESIGN DELIVERABLES
Schematic 30% Submission:
Construction Cost Estimate
Narratives, Analyses, Studies, Calculations, Data, and Drawings
List of VA Master
and A/E produced
Specifications
Email PDF to COR
Email PDF to COR
Email PDF to COR
Design Development (DD) 60%  and 90% Submission:
Construction Cost Estimate
Narratives, Analyses, Studies, Calculations, Data, and Drawings
List of VA Master
and A/E produced
Specifications
Email Microsoft doc to COR
(1) Full Size complete set & PDF to COR
(1) complete set on PDF emailed to COR
Construction Documents (CD) 100% Submission:
Construction Cost Estimate
Narratives, Analyses, Studies, Calculations, Data, and Drawings
List of VA Master
And A/E produced
Specifications
(2) complete sets
(2) complete sets, via (1) Full size and (1) half size prints, and emailed PDF to COR
(2) complete bound sets and also emailed to COR
As-Built Drawings (As-Built) Project Close Out Submission:
Narratives, Analyses, Studies, Calculations, Data, and Drawings
(1) Full size Full Set, CD-ROM computer disks with all drawings listed in current version of Auto-Cadd in use by the VAMC, PDF s and all BIM models in Revit 2013 sent to COR
10.  DESIGN REVIEW AND COMPLETION SCHEDULE:
The A/E shall perform the work required by this contract within the limits of the following schedule.  The A/E shall provide Professional Architects and Engineers as directed by the Contracting Officer who are familiar with the work to attend the Design Reviews on the following dates:
Deliver Schematic material to the Contracting Officer _30_ days after NTP.
Review Schematic material with the Contracting Officer _7_ days after delivery of material.
Deliver Design Development (DD 60%) material to Contracting Officer  _30__ days after review completion.
Review Design Development (DD 60%) material with Contracting Officer _10__ days after delivery of material.
Deliver Design Development (DD 90%) material to Contracting Officer  _21__ days after review completion.
Review Design Development (DD 90%) material with Contracting Officer _7 _ days after delivery of material.
Deliver Construction Documents (CD) material to the Contracting Officer _14__ days after review completion.
Review Construction Documents (CD) material with the Contracting Officer _7__ days after delivery of material.
Deliver Final material incorporating comments from 100% review to Contracting Officer _14_ days after review.
Total Days: 140 days
The Contracting Officer (CO) may schedule an additional Design Review(s) as necessary when it is determined by the CO that such review(s) is/are required for satisfactory completion of A/E contract requirements.  The A/E will be reimbursed for all additional review meetings, unless it is determined by the CO that such additional reviews were requested by the A/E, or were required due to the A/E s failure to meet contract requirements.
A/E firm shall provide to the COR one full size and two half-size drawings of the 100% package.  A/E shall also provide two bound sets of 100% specifications to the COR for use during bidding and construction.
11. CONSTRUCTION PERIOD SERVICES
The A/E firm shall provide such construction period services to allow the VA to supervise the contract on a daily basis with adequate support from the A/E firm.  The items of support shall include, but not be limited to:
Review of all technical submittals, shop drawings and other technical correspondence.
Provide advice and consultation on questions raised by the VA or the contractor on technical matters.
Provide sketches and cost estimates as necessary.
The A/E shall provide adequate representation at all pre-bid and pre-construction conferences to answer questions from contractors and inform them of technical items which should be brought to their attention for a complete job.
Review Contractor prepared Changer Orders and breakdown of associated cost for reasonableness.
Perform final walkthroughs with COR and Contractor.
Provide as-build drawings in the following format. 1 CD containing complete Auto CAD As-Builts, and PDF s. (SEE SP B5 DESIGN DELIVERABLES) for more information.
12.  SITE VISITS
The A/E firm shall provide representatives to make periodic site visits during the construction to provide additional support to the VA in managing the contract.
Site visits shall be a fixed cost per visit. General site visits and Final inspection.
Formal documentation will be required for all site visits.  Final inspection reports will be prepared by the A/E firm and submitted to the VA for issuance to the contractor.
Estimated number of site visits is one initial meeting with VA Staff, one Pre-bid, one Pre-Construction, one Final Inspection, and three (3) general site visits.  All site visits not subsequently used shall not be charged to the VA.
13.  MISCELLANEOUS
Existing drawings for building(s) included within the limits of this project will be provided to the A/E Consultant.  As-built drawings have been found not to show the actual location, quantity, etc., of all building features, and should only be used as a general guide.  The extent of drawing work required will include updating the existing building plan drawings that are in AutoCadd format within the project work scope.
VA Engineering personnel will assist when site inspection procedures affect the functioning of any of the building utility systems.
Some utility systems are critical. If a shutdown is required, it must be conducted during an evening or weekend, and scheduled with the VA in advance.
In accordance with 52.236-22, Design within Funding Limitation (APR 1984), the estimated construction contract price for this project is $390,000, not including any contingency.
EVALUATION FACTORS:
Selection criteria are in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 36.602-1 and VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Part 836.602-1.  Prospective firms are required to address all selection criteria within submitted SF330 packages using additional pages as necessary.  SF 330 submissions including any additional pages are not to exceed fifty (50) pages.
Prospective firms are required to address all selection criteria within submitted SF330 packages using additional pages as required and SF 330 submissions including any additional pages are not to exceed fifty (50) pages.
Qualifications (SF330) submitted by each firm for Project # 589A5-17-100, Upgrade Pharmacy for Oncology for Colmery-O Neil VA Medical Center will be reviewed and evaluated based on the following evaluation criteria listed below:
Professional Qualifications: the qualifications of the individuals which will be used for these services will be examined for experience and education and their record of working together as a team.  AE firms shall have licensed professional architects and engineers currently registered in the state which has recognized the engineering license.  The specific disciplines which will be evaluated are Architects, Healthcare planner, Engineers (to include Electrical, Mechanical, and Fire Protection), Interior Design Decorator, Estimators, and Project Managers.
Specialized Experience and Technical Competence: specific experience and technical skill in the type and scope of work required for medical facilities new construction and renovations to existing medical facilities, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. Experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team.
Capacity to Accomplish the Work: the general work load and staffing capacity of the design office which will be responsible for the majority of the design and the ability to accomplish the work in the required time will be evaluated.   In accordance with VAAR 852.219-10(c)(1), prime contractors shall clearly demonstrate how they will meet the requirement  that at least 50 percent of the design work be accomplished by employees of the concern or employees of  eligible service-disabled veteran owned small business subcontractor/consultant.
Past Performance: the past performance of  projects that are complete (design and construction) that the firm has designed relevant in scope to the advertised project that were accomplished with the Department of Veterans Affairs, other Government agencies, and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules will be examined. Project past performances that are older than 3 years will receive a lesser score than those references for projects accomplished within the past 3 years.
Location of Design Firm: the geographic proximity of each firm to the location of the VA Medical Center will be evaluated. The mileage restriction is in compliance with VAAR 805.207(b).  This criterion will apply to the office from which the majority of the design services will be performed. Firms within 350 miles of the medical center will receive a maximum score. Firms more distant than 350 miles will receive a zero score for this criterion.
Claims and Terminations: record of significant claims against the firm or terminated contracts because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services will be examined.
Reputation in A-E Community: reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness.