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C-- FY15 FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Rocky Mountain Consolidated Contracting Center | Published January 13, 2015
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DESCRIPTION: This is a Pre-Solicitation Notice requesting services of a qualified Architectural Engineering (A/E) firm with specialized experience to provide a design consisting of drawings and specifications for the all technical services including architectural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and structural engineering required for renovation of several areas throughout the VA Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. This requirement is being set-aside to Small Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) firms. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL; NO SOLICITATION PACKAGE WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL AFTER AN EVALUATION HAS BEEN MADE ON THE PROVIDED SF-330s. The SF-330 can be downloaded through the GSA Forms Library at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/TOP, scroll down and locate and click on the SF330 hyperlink entitled, "Architect-Engineer Qualifications." Written questions pertaining to this requirement should be submitted no later than 2:00p.m. Mountain Standard Time, January 13, 2015. Interested firms should submit their current SF 330, Parts I and II, to josiah.benton@va.gov. The SF 330s are due no later than 2:00p.m. Mountain Standard Time, January 29, 2015. SCOPE OF WORK: The Department of Veterans Affairs Denver (VAMC) 1055 Clermont Street Denver, Colorado 80220 is seeking professional architect/engineering firms to complete the following type services: technical services including architectural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and structural engineering required for renovation of several areas throughout the medical center. Work will include: A. Bldg. 1 Tuckpointing B. 7C123 HVAC Modifications C. 1D108a FCU Installation D. Bldg. 7 Ramp Replacement/Lift Repair (Gym Entrance) E. Fire Alarm System Expansion F. Pharmacy Waiting Room Renovations G. OR's 2, 3 and 7 Medical Air Hoses H. Supply Room Door Card Reader I. Install OR Automatic Doors J. Replace Shop Air Compressor in sub-basement A/E shall provide construction period services and record as-built drawings after the project is complete. 1. A/E shall incorporate Infection Control measures during construction as directed by VA in accordance with facility policy and infection control staff. 2. A/E shall incorporate fire/smoke walls in the area of construction into drawings and include notes and specifications for repairs of any penetrations of these barriers. Design shall include required fire protection due to structural or occupancy changes. 3. A/E shall incorporate energy efficient equipment into design in accordance with meeting the requirements of the Federal Governments established regulations including the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, Executive Order 13423 Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management, the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004. 4. A/E shall incorporate mandatory recycling and use of sustainable products into design where appropriate without adverse effect on project budget and accomplishing main objective of project. 5. Specifications will be developed using the standard VA specifications. These and other VA design criteria can be obtained at http://www.cfm.va.gov/TIL/. OFFERORS WILL BE EVALUATED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: The submitted SF330s will be evaluated on the following criteria: This acquisition will be in accordance with FAR Part 36-602-1 and VAAR Part 836.601-1. The following evaluation criteria will be used to evaluate SF 330 technical proposals: The A&E must demonstrate its and each key consultant's qualifications with respect to the published evaluation criteria for all services. Evaluation Criteria (1) through (4) are considered most important and equal among themselves; Criteria (5) and (6) are of slightly less importance and are equal among themselves; Criterion (7) is the least important and will be used as a tie breaker among technically equal firms; and Criterion (8) will exclude a firm from further evaluation. Specific evaluation criteria include: 1. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. 2. Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. 3. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. 4. Past Performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules. 5. Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. 6. 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. 7. Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness. 8. Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. Criterion 1 - Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. (SF 330 Part 1 Section F) - Offerors will be evaluated on specialized experience and technical competence in the performance of services similar to those anticipated under this contract with regard to: ? Experience with design of similar types of facilities; ? Experience with multi-phased hospital design and construction programs; ? Experience with construction and renovation phasing in hospitals and other VA facilities; ? Experience in providing post construction award services (shop drawing review, as-built drawing and Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) preparation, construction inspection services, and Operating and Maintenance Manuals). Submission requirements: Provide up to five (5) projects completed or substantially completed within the past five (5) years that best illustrate specialized experience of the proposed team in the areas outlined above. Example projects shall note project's square footage. All projects provided in the SF 330 must be completed by the office/branch/regional office/individual team member actually proposed to manage and/or perform work under this contract. To enable verification, firms should include the DUNS number along with each firm name in the SF 330 Part 1, Section F Item 25 "Firms from Section C Involved in this Project," block (1). Include a contract number or project identification number in block 21. Include an e-mail address, and phone number for the point of contact in block 23(c). Include in the project description the contract period of performance, award contract value, current contract value, a summary of the work performed that demonstrates relevance to specialized experience as outlined above. If the contractor served as a subcontractor on a project, indicate the value of the work they provided towards the performance of the overall project. If a project was performed by a joint venture, and not all joint venture partners are on the team proposed for this contract, the offeror/team should specifically address the work performed by the joint venture partner offering/teaming on this contract. Likewise, if the offeror/team member worked as a subcontractor on a project, the description should clearly describe the work actually performed by the offeror/team member and the roles and responsibilities of each on the project, rather than the work performed on the project as a whole. If the project description does not clearly delineate the work performed by the entity/entities offering/teaming on this contract, the project could be eliminated from consideration. NOTE: If the Offeror is a joint venture, information should be submitted as a joint venture; however, if there is no information for the joint venture, information should be submitted for either joint venture partner, not to exceed a total of five (5) projects for this criterion. Projects shall be submitted on the SF330. For submittal purposes, a task order on an IDIQ contract is considered a project, as is a stand-alone contract award. Do not list an IDIQ contract as an example of a completed project. Instead, list relevant completed task orders or stand-alone contract awards that fit within the definition above. Examples of project work submitted that do not conform to this requirement will not be evaluated. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being considered less qualified. All information for Criterion 1 should be submitted in Part 1, Section F of the SF330. The Government WILL NOT consider information submitted in addition to Part 1, Section F in evaluating Criterion 1. Criterion 2 - Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. Offerors will be evaluated in terms of the qualifications, competence and experience of the key personnel and technical team proposed to accomplish this work. Key personnel are individuals who will have major contract or project management responsibilities and/or will provide unusual or unique expertise. Provide a balanced licensed and or certified workforce in the following disciplines - Architecture, Interior Design, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection Engineering and LEED/Green Globes. Submission requirements: Provide resumes for all proposed key personnel. Resumes are limited to one page each and should cite project specific experience and indicate proposed role in this contract. Provide professional registration, certification, licensure and/or accreditation. Indicate whether key personnel hold security clearance and if so, what level. Indicate participation of key personnel in example projects in the SF 330 Part 1 Section G. Criterion 3 - Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Firms/teams will be evaluated in terms of their ability to plan for and manage work under the contract and capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Submission requirements: Describe the firm's ability to concurrently perform and manage multiple projects in different locations to meet aggressive schedules, multiple disciplines, and control costs and the firm's capacity to accomplish multiple projects simultaneously. Criterion 4 - Past Performance - Offerors will be evaluated on past performance with Government agencies and private industry in terms of work quality, compliance with schedules, cost control, and stakeholder/customer satisfaction. Evaluating past performance and experience will include information provided in Past Performance Questionnaires (PPQs) or CPARS/ACASS for Criterion 1 projects and may include other information provided by the firm, customer inquiries, Government databases, and other information available to the Government including contacts with points of contact in other criteria. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being considered less qualified. NOTE: Past performance information for projects listed under Criterion 1 will be given greater weight. Submission requirements: SUBMIT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION FOR EACH PROJECT UNDER CRITERION 1. IF THERE IS NOT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION, the Past Performance Questionnaire (PPQ) (Attachment (A)) included in this notice is provided for the offeror or its team members to submit to the client for each project the offeror includes under Criterion 1. AN OFFEROR SHALL NOT SUBMIT A PPQ WHEN A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS IS AVAILABLE. IF A CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION IS NOT AVAILABLE, ensure correct phone numbers and email addresses are provided for the client point of contact. Completed PPQs should be submitted with your SF 330. If the offeror is unable to obtain a completed PPQ from a client for a project(s) before the response date set forth in this notice, offerors should complete and submit with their responses the first page of the PPQ (Attachment), which will provide contract and client information for the respective project(s). Offerors may submit a PPQ previously submitted under a different Notice/RFP (legible copies are acceptable) as long as it is on the same form as posted with this Synopsis. Offerors should follow up with clients/references to ensure timely submittal of questionnaires. If requested by the client, questionnaires may be submitted directly to the Government's point of contact, Network Contracting Office 19, Attn: Josiah Benton via email at josiah.benton@va.gov prior to the response date. Offerors shall not incorporate by reference into their response PPQs or CPARS previously submitted in response to other A/E services procurements. However, this does not preclude the Government from utilizing previously submitted PPQ information in the past performance evaluation. Criterion 5 - Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. Submission requirements: Offerors shall submit evidence of individuals experience and qualifications in their respective fields. Additionally, documentation must be provided to show these individuals have worked together as a team on previous projects and there role. Furthermore, offerors shall describe the ability of the firm to manage, coordinate and work effectively with team members, both internal staff and consultants. Discuss the history of working relationships with team members, including joint venture partners where applicable. Criterion 6 - Location in the general geographical area and knowledge of the locality of Denver CO. (within 150 miles Radius); provided, that application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the project. Provided that the application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the contract, firms/teams will be evaluated on the locations of their office or offices that will be performing the work under this contract. Knowledge of the locality is defined as familiarity of applicable codes and regulations in place for the area. Submission requirements: Indicate firms/teams location, including main offices, branch offices and any subconsultants' offices and demonstrate how this will be advantageous to the Government. Criterion 7 - Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness. Submission requirements: Offerors shall provide documentation or certificates as evidence of reputation and standing of its firm Criterion 8 - Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. Offerors with significant claims again the firm as a result of improper architectural and engineering services provided in the last three (3) years will be excluded from further evaluation. Submission requirements: Records and any other documentation of any significant claims highlighting improper or incomplete architectural engineering services against the firm within the last three (3) years. The SF 330 shall contain a signed and dated statement by the president of the firm affirming that there are no records of significant claims because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. SELECTION INTERVIEW: Interviews may be scheduled with firms slated as the most highly qualified. Firms slated for interviews may be asked to explain or expand on information contained in the SF330 submittal. Elaborate presentations are not desired. General Information: The Medical Center must remain operational throughout the construction period and a detailed sequence of work will be provided by the A/E to minimize impact of the construction. All work must be designed within a construction cost range of $250,000 and $500,000. The A/E will provide an initial estimate of cost to perform the above work and will design only those items that can be provided within the cost limitation. The NAICS code for this project is 541310, Architectural Services. The current small business size standard for 541310 is $7.5 million. Requirement for Electronic Submission Unless paper offers are specifically authorized, all responses to this pre-solicitation notice must be submitted electronically as described below. The only acceptable paper form for this requirement is the receipt of past performance questionnaires. Failure to comply with this requirement may jeopardize the possibility of receiving an award for the contract due to non-compliance with the terms of the solicitation. You must submit your electronic offer, and any supplemental information (such as spreadsheets, backup data, technical information), using any of the electronic formats and media described below. In addition, contractors are notified of the award via an electronic Notice of Award e-mail. The award document will be attached to the Notice of Award e-mail. Acceptable Electronic Formats (Software) for Submission of Offers 1. Files readable using the current Microsoft* Office version Products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Access. Spreadsheet documents must be sent in a format that includes all formulas, macro, and format information. Print or scan images of spreadsheets are not acceptable. Please see security note below for caution regarding use of macros. When submitting construction drawings contractors are required to submit one set in AutoCAD and one set in Adobe PDF. (Purpose: contracting can open the PDF version and engineering can open AutoCAD files) 2. Files in Adobe* PDF (Portable Document Format) Files: When scanning documents scanner resolution should be set to 200 dots per inch, or greater. 3. Other electronic format. If you wish to submit an offer using another format than those described in these instructions, e-mail the Contracting Officer who issued the solicitation. Please submit your request at least ten (10) calendar days before the scheduled closing date of the solicitation. Request a decision as to the format acceptability and make sure you receive approval of the alternate format before using it to send your offer. 4. Please note that we can no longer accept .zip files due to increasing security concerns. E-mail Submission Procedures: For simplicity in this guidance, all submissions in response to a solicitation will be referred to as offers. a. Subject Line: Include the solicitation number, name of company, and closing date of solicitation. Use only one of the terms Quotation, Offer, or Bid depending on the solicitation type. b. Size: Maximum size of the e-mail message shall not exceed five (5) megabytes. Only one email is permitted unless otherwise stated in this paragraph or in writing by the Contract Officer submitting the solicitation. The offer will be date and time stamped by the Microsoft Email system and will be the official record of receipt for the submission. Security Issues, Late Bids, Unreadable Offers 1. Late submission of offers are outlined at FAR Parts 52.212-1(f), 52.214-7, and 52.215-1(c)(3). Particular attention is warranted to the portion of the provision that relates to the timing of submission. 2. Please see FAR 15.207(c) for a description of the steps the Government shall take with regard to unreadable offers. 3. To avoid rejection of an offer, vendors must make every effort to ensure their electronic submission is virus-free. Submissions or portions thereof submitted and which the automatic system detects the presence of a virus or which are otherwise unreadable will be treated as "unreadable" pursuant to FAR Parts 14.406 and FAR 15.207(c ). 4. The virus scanning software used by our e-mail systems cannot always distinguish a macro from a virus. Therefore, sending a macro embedded in an e-mail message or an e-mail attachment may cause the e-mail offer to be quarantined. You may send both the spreadsheet and the spreadsheet saved in PDF format to ensure that your proposal is readable. 5. Password protecting your offer is not permitted. The Contracting Officer will file the offer electronically which will allow access only by designated individuals. Important Notice: Apparent successful offerors must apply for and receive verification from the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) in accordance with 38 CFR Part 74 and VAAR 819.70 by submission of documentation of Veteran status, ownership and control sufficient to establish appropriate status, offerors must be both VISIBLE and VERIFIED by the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprises at the time of submission of proposal. Failure to be both VERIFIED by CVE and VISIBLE on VetBiz at the time of proposal submission will result in the offeror's proposal being deemed non-compliant. All offerors are urged to contact the CVE and submit the aforementioned required documents to obtain CVE verification of their SDVOSB status if they have not already done so. 852.219-10 VA NOTICE OF TOTAL SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE (DEC 2009) (a) Definition. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, "Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern": (1) Means a small business concern: (i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses); (ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses) or, in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran; (iii) The business meets Federal small business size standards for the applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code identified in the solicitation document; and (iv) The business has been verified for ownership and control and is so listed in the Vendor Information Pages database, (http://www.VetBiz.gov). (2) "Service-disabled veteran" means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16). (b) General. (1) Offers are solicited only from service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. Offers received from concerns that are not service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns shall not be considered. (2) Any award resulting from this solicitation shall be made to a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern. (c) Agreement. A service-disabled veteran owned small business concern agrees that in the performance of the contract, in the case of a contract for: (1) Services (except construction), at least 50 percent of the cost of personnel for contract performance will be spent for employees of the concern or employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (2) Supplies (other than acquisition from a non-manufacturer of the supplies), at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing, excluding the cost of materials, will be performed by the concern or other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (3) General construction, at least 15 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; or (4) Construction by special trade contractors, at least 25 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. (d) A joint venture may be considered a service-disabled veteran owned small business concern if- (1) At least one member of the joint venture is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and makes the following representations: That it is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and that it is a small business concern under the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement; (2) Each other concern is small under the size standard corresponding to the NAICS code assigned to the procurement; and (3) The joint venture meets the requirements of paragraph 7 of the explanation of Affiliates in 19.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. (4) The joint venture meets the requirements of 13 CFR 125.15(b). (e) Any service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern (non-manufacturer) must meet the requirements in 19.102(f) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to receive a benefit under this program.

C--Radiology HVAC Improvements 436-17-101

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Rocky Mountain Consolidated Contracting Center | Published August 5, 2015
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PART I - INSTRUCTIONS, CONDITIONS AND NOTICES TO OFFERORS DESCRIPTION: This is a Pre-Solicitation Notice for the following services under project number 436-17-101-Radiology HVAC Improvements, projected at the Ft Harrison Montana Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) 53687 Veterans Dr., Ft Harrison, Montana 59636. This will be a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB) Set-aside. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL; NO SOLICITATION PACKAGE WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL AFTER AN EVALUATION HAS BEEN MADE ON THE PROVIDED SF-330. Interested firms should submit one (1) copy of their current SF 330 no later than 1:00 PM Mountain Time (MT) 8/28/2015 to Donna.Davis11@va.gov. The emailed file shall not exceed 5MB in total. The NIACS code for this project is 541330, with a small business size standard of $15M. This project will be 100% set-aside for Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses as stated below. The project construction magnitude is between $1,000,000.00 and $2,000,000.00 Funds are not currently available for this solicitation. Award of a contract as a result of this solicitation is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment of this contract may be made. There shall be no legal liability on the part of the Government for contract purposes until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer. The Contracting Officer will confirm availability of funds in writing to the contractor upon award of contract. 52.232-18 -- Availability of Funds. Funds are not presently available for this contract. The Government's obligation under this contract is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment for contract purposes can be made. No legal liability on the part of the Government for any payment may arise until funds are made available to the Contracting Officer for this contract and until the Contractor receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in writing by the Contracting Officer. The VA Montana Healthcare System requires the services of a qualified Architect / Engineer (A/E) firm to provide design services allowing for the project 436-17-101 Radiology HVAC Improvements - Building 154. Primary Aspects of this project are as follows. Spaces in CT, Heart Cath., and all other areas of Radiology including nuclear, produce significant operational heat and are currently served by area air handling units and supplemental in-room cooling equipment, one pass water condenser (Split systems are installed in the areas to make up the excess cooling demand requirements). A new system is to be designed and installed that is dedicated to supply the radiology departments cooling, heating and ventilation capacity to handle the existing energy loads and allow space for future equipment expansion. The design procedures should include cost effective plans for the differing loads of patient equipment, power supplies and Uninterruptible Power Supplies. The design will require and must allow for the approach of many different load conditions and the flexibility to satisfy these conditions. Analyze and/or design of a Variable Frequency Drive for the Air Conditioning 1 System including supply and/or return fans. The work will include: all associated existing system demolition and installation of new mechanical equipment, control system, system piping, insulation, and ductwork upgrades necessary to increase cooling and ventilation efficiency and reduce energy consumption. The construction documents will provide a training requiem for Controls and or Mechanical Equipment. Extensive phasing of work will be required to ensure critical hospital equipment remains in operation during construction. A/E Requirements The anticipated construction cost associated with this design is expected to range between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000. The VA's expectation is that the A/E will provide sufficient design services to utilize this construction budget with fees in accordance with the Brooks Act. The A/E will provide an initial itemized construction cost estimate as part of the 30% submission from which the VA may elect potential deducts equivalent to a minimum of 20% of the projected construction cost of the full scope OR expand the scope to fully utilize the anticipated budget. Deducts are expected to be incorporated in a manner that allows for segregation at the Construction Document stage. The cost estimate shall be carried forward and modified to reflect changes on each subsequent submission. Design of the above documented project scope must meet all applicable codes, regulations, and standards. This includes but is not limited to National Fire Protection Association Codes, National Electric Code, Environmental Protection Agency, Montana Department of Environmental Quality Regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration 1926, American Society for Testing and Material and The Joint Commission Standards. Additionally, the A/E is required to meet all applicable laws and regulation not explicitly stated in this document. Design efforts and products shall be conducted and produced in compliance with VA Publications including Master Construction Specifications, Design Guides, and Computer Aided Drafting Standards (http://www.cfm.va.gov/TIL). A/E submissions are to comply with the requirements stated in PG-18-15 Volume C. The design submissions shall consist of progressively more complete documents consisting of the following: " Schematic Design (30%) " Schematic Design (50%) " Design Development (90%) " Design Development (95%) " Construction Documents (100%) " Final Construction Documents - Production OFFERORS WILL BE EVALUATED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: The submitted SF330s will be evaluated on the following criteria: This acquisition will be in accordance with FAR Part 36.602-1 and VAAR Part 836.601-1. The following evaluation criteria will be used to evaluate SF 330 technical proposals: *(NOTE: Evaluation Criteria (1) through (4) are considered the most important and equal among themselves; Criteria (5) and (6) are of slightly less importance than (1) through (4), but are of equal value among themselves; Criteria (7) and (8) are the least important and listed in descending order of importance. Specific evaluation criteria include: 1. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. 2. Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. 3. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. 4. Past Performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work, and compliance with performance schedules. 5. Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. 6. 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. 7. Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness. 8. Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. Criterion 1 - Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. Offerors will be evaluated on specialized experience and technical competence in the performance of services similar to those anticipated under this contract with regard to: ? Experience with design of HVAC renovation for radiographic imaging types of facilities ? Experience with multi-phased hospital design and construction programs for HVAC projects that were 75 percent of the project work ? Experience with construction and renovation phasing in hospitals and other VA facilities for HVAC projects that were 75 percent of the work; ? Experience in providing post construction award services (shop drawing review, as-built drawing and Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) preparation, construction inspection services, and Operating and Maintenance Manuals) for HVAC projects that were 75 percent of the work. Submission requirements: Provide up to five (5) projects completed or substantially completed within the past five (5) years that best illustrate specialized experience of the proposed team in the areas outlined above. Example projects shall note project's square footage. All projects provided in the SF 330 must be completed by the office/branch/regional office/individual team member actually proposed to manage and/or perform work under this contract. To enable verification, firms should include the DUNS number along with each firm name in the SF 330 Part 1, Section F Item 25 "Firms from Section C Involved in this Project," block (1). Include a contract number or project identification number in block 21. Include an e-mail address, and phone number for the point of contact in block 23(c). Include in the project description the contract period of performance, award contract value, current contract value, a summary of the work performed that demonstrates relevance to specialized experience as outlined above. If the contractor served as a subcontractor on a project, indicate the value of the work they provided towards the performance of the overall project. If a project was performed by a joint venture, and not all joint venture partners are on the team proposed for this contract, the offeror/team should specifically address the work performed by the joint venture partner offering/teaming on this contract. Likewise, if the offeror/team member worked as a subcontractor on a project, the description should clearly describe the work actually performed by the offeror/team member and the roles and responsibilities of each on the project, rather than the work performed on the project as a whole. If the project description does not clearly delineate the work performed by the entity/entities offering/teaming on this contract, the project could be eliminated from consideration. NOTE: If the Offeror is a joint venture, information should be submitted as a joint venture; however, if there is no information for the joint venture, information should be submitted for either joint venture partner, not to exceed a total of five (5) projects for this criterion. Projects shall be submitted on the SF330. For submittal purposes, a task order on an IDIQ contract is considered a project, as is a stand-alone contract award. Do not list an IDIQ contract as an example of a completed project. Instead, list relevant completed task orders or stand-alone contract awards that fit within the definition above. Examples of project work submitted that do not conform to this requirement will not be evaluated. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being rated lower. All information for Criterion 1 should be submitted in Part 1, Section F of the SF330. The Government WILL NOT consider information submitted in addition to Part 1, Section F in evaluating Criterion 1. Criterion 2 - Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. Offerors will be evaluated in terms of the qualifications, competence and experience of the key personnel and technical team proposed to accomplish this work. Key personnel are individuals who will have major contract or project management responsibilities and/or will provide unusual or unique expertise. Provide a balanced licensed and or certified workforce in the following disciplines - The majority of the project will be Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Less than 20% of the work could be Architecture, Interior Design, Civil, Structural, and Fire Protection Engineering. Submission requirements: Provide resumes for all proposed key personnel. Resumes are limited to one page each and should cite project specific experience and indicate proposed role in this contract. Provide professional registration, certification, licensure and/or accreditation. Indicate participation of key personnel in example projects in the SF 330 Part 1 Section G. Criterion 3 - Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Firms/teams will be evaluated in terms of their ability to plan for and manage work under the contract and capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Submission requirements: Describe the firm's ability to concurrently perform and manage multiple projects in different locations to meet aggressive schedules, multiple disciplines, and control costs and the firm's capacity to accomplish multiple projects simultaneously. Criterion 4 - Past Performance - Offerors will be evaluated on past performance with Government agencies and private industry in terms of work quality, compliance with schedules, cost control, and stakeholder/customer satisfaction. Evaluating past performance and experience will include information provided in Past Performance Questionnaires (PPQs) or CPARS/ACASS for Criterion 1 projects and may include other information provided by the firm, customer inquiries, Government databases, and other information available to the Government including contacts with points of contact in other criteria. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being rated lower. NOTE: Past performance information for projects listed under Criterion 1 will be given greater weight. Submission requirements: SUBMIT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION FOR EACH PROJECT UNDER CRITERION 1. IF THERE IS NOT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION, the Past Performance Questionnaire (PPQ) (Attachment (A)) included in this notice is provided for the offeror or its team members to submit to the client for each project the offeror includes under Criterion 1. AN OFFEROR SHALL NOT SUBMIT A PPQ WHEN A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS IS AVAILABLE. IF A CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION IS NOT AVAILABLE, ensure correct phone numbers and email addresses are provided for the client point of contact. Completed PPQs should be submitted with your SF 330. If the offeror is unable to obtain a completed PPQ from a client for a project(s) before the response date set forth in this notice, offerors should complete and submit with their responses the first page of the PPQ (Attachment), which will provide contract and client information for the respective project(s). Offerors may submit a PPQ previously submitted under a different Notice/RFP (legible copies are acceptable) as long as it is on the same form as posted with this Synopsis. Offerors should follow up with clients/references to ensure timely submittal of questionnaires. If requested by the client, questionnaires may be submitted directly to the Government's point of contact, Network Contracting Office 19, Attn: Donna Davis via email at Donna.davis11@va.gov prior to the response date. Offerors shall not incorporate by reference into their response PPQs or CPARS previously submitted in response to other A/E services procurements. However, this does not preclude the Government from utilizing previously submitted PPQ information in the past performance evaluation. Criterion 5 - Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. Submission requirements: Offerors shall submit evidence of individuals experience and qualifications in their respective fields. Additionally, documentation must be provided to show these individuals have worked together as a team on previous projects and their role. (Completing Sections E, F, and G, on the SF330 meets the documentation requirement). Furthermore, offerors shall describe the ability of the firm to manage, coordinate and work effectively with team members, both internal staff and consultants. Discuss the history of working relationships with team members, including joint venture partners where applicable. Criterion 6 - Location in the general geographical area and knowledge of Fort Harrison, Montana; provided, that application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the project. Provided that the application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the contract, firms/teams will be evaluated on the locations of their office or offices that will be performing the work under this contract. Submission requirements: Indicate firms/teams location, including main offices, branch offices and any sub-consultants' offices and demonstrate how this will be advantageous to the Government. Indicate firms/teams knowledge of Ft Harrison Montana area. Criterion 7 - Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness. Submission requirements: Offerors shall provide documentation (awards, certificates, publications, commendations from within the community) as evidence of reputation and standing of its firm. Criterion 8 - Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. Offerors with substantiated claims against the firm as a result of improper architectural and engineering services provided in the last three (3) years. Submission requirements: Records and any other documentation of substantiated claims highlighting improper or incomplete architectural engineering services against the firm within the last three (3) years. The SF 330 shall contain a signed and dated statement by the president of the firm affirming that there are no records of significant claims because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. SELECTION INTERVIEW: Interviews shall be scheduled with firms slated as the most highly qualified. Firms slated for interviews may be asked to explain or expand on information contained in the SF330 submittal. Elaborate presentations are not desired. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL; NO SOLICITATION PACKAGE WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL AFTER AN EVALUATION HAS BEEN MADE ON THE PROVIDED SF-330. Interested firms should submit one (1) copy of their current SF 330 no later than 1:00 PM Mountain Time (MT) 8/28/2015 to Donna.Davis11@va.gov. The emailed file shall not exceed 5MB in total. Important Notice: Apparent successful offerors must apply for and receive verification from the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) in accordance with 38 CFR Part 74 and VAAR 819.70 by submission of documentation of Veteran status, ownership and control sufficient to establish appropriate status, offerors must be both VISIBLE and VERIFIED by the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprises prior to contract award. Failure to be both VERIFIED by CVE and VISIBLE on VetBiz prior to contract award will result in the offeror's proposal being deemed non-responsive. All offerors are urged to contact the CVE and submit the aforementioned required documents to obtain CVE verification of their SDVOSB status if they have not already done so. VA NOTICE OF TOTAL SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE (DEC 2009) (a) Definition. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, "Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern": (1) Means a small business concern: (i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses); (ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses) or, in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran; (iii) The business meets Federal small business size standards for the applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code identified in the solicitation document; and (iv) The business has been verified for ownership and control and is so listed in the Vendor Information Pages database, (http://www.VetBiz.gov). (2) "Service-disabled veteran" means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16). (b) General. (1) Offers are solicited only from service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. Offers received from concerns that are not service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns shall not be considered. (2) Any award resulting from this solicitation shall be made to a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern. (c) Agreement. A service-disabled veteran owned small business concern agrees that in the performance of the contract, in the case of a contract for: (1) Services (except construction), at least 50 percent of the cost of personnel for contract performance will be spent for employees of the concern or employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (2) Supplies (other than acquisition from a non-manufacturer of the supplies), at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing, excluding the cost of materials, will be performed by the concern or other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (3) General construction, at least 15 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; or (4) Construction by special trade contractors, at least 25 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. (d) A joint venture may be considered a service-disabled veteran owned small business concern if- (1) At least one member of the joint venture is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and makes the following representations: That it is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and that it is a small business concern under the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement; (2) Each other concern is small under the size standard corresponding to the NAICS code assigned to the procurement; and (3) The joint venture meets the requirements of paragraph 7 of the explanation of Affiliates in 19.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. (4) The joint venture meets the requirements of 13 CFR 125.15(b). (e) Any service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern (non-manufacturer) must meet the requirements in 19.102(f) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to receive a benefit under this program.

C--Energy Efficiency Commissioning Corrections

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Rocky Mountain Consolidated Contracting Center | Published December 11, 2015  -  Deadline January 12, 2016
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DESCRIPTION: This is a Pre-Solicitation Notice for the establishment of an Architect-Engineering (A-E) contract with services to be performed at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center at Salt Lake City VAMC 500 Foothill Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84148. This requirement is being set-aside to Small Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) firms. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL; NO SOLICITATION PACKAGE WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL AFTER AN EVALUATION HAS BEEN MADE ON THE PROVIDED SF-330s. The SF-330 can be downloaded through the GSA Forms Library at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/TOP, scroll down to locate and click on the SF-330 hyperlink entitled, "Architect-Engineer Qualifications." Written questions pertaining to this requirement should be submitted no later than 2:00 PM. Mountain Standard Time (MST), December 22, 2015. Interested firms should submit their current SF-330, Parts I and II, to jason.thomas@va.gov. The SF-330s are due no later than 12:00 PM, MST, January 12, 2016. SCOPE OF WORK: The VA Utah Healthcare System requires the services of a qualified Architect/Engineer (A/E) firm to provide drawings, specifications, cost estimates and construction period services to accomplish the following work: a. Design the repair of the solar how water system interconnect piping for building 14 solar hot water for either connecting into the existing domestic hot water system or the building heat hot water system. The original system was disconnected due to legionella concerns. The existing hot water panels were replaced in 2013. The design will include controls to monitor energy production. b. Design the repair of the solar how water system interconnect piping for building 8 solar hot water system. The original system was installed in 2009 and was intended to heat the swimming pool water. The existing system was designed to use the swimming pool as the heat sink. The design will include controls to monitor energy production. c. Design the repair 18 Variable Air Volume boxes per the attached Facility Investment Measure (FIM) log. d. Design the replacement of 40 VAV boxes per the attached FIM log. e. Design the installation of approximately 350 wireless, pneumatic to digital retrofit thermostats in building 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 14. The A/E will conduct initial study and provide recommendations for each of the above items. The AE will provide an initial study with estimated cost to accomplish the above items and will design only those items that can be provided within the cost limitation. Submission requirements are the initial estimate and preliminary design submission, 50% design submission and a 95% design submission. Complete design/energy analysis calculations will be included at each submission. The Scope of the A/E Services shall at a minimum include: a. Meetings with VA personnel to establish design criteria and finalize scope of design work. b. Obtain the applicable as-built drawings for use during site visits to verify accuracy. c. Conduct detailed site visits of the affected construction areas to verify the physical locations of all applicable equipment and lighting. d. Provide for the design of all new control devices and associated wiring and programming. e. Identify the condition of the existing systems and controls that require replacement or upgrades, or new equipment that requires modification. f. Provide design reviews at 35%, 65% and 95% completion stages. g. Provide construction design documents, along with schedules, specifications and engineers estimates of construction costs at each stage of submission. Project Deliverables shall include: a. 2 - Full Size and 4- half size sets of drawings with specifications and estimates at each submittal stage. b. 2 - Full Size and 4- half size sets of drawings with specifications and estimates at100% submittal stage and two Complete CD's with all drawings, specifications and estimates in original Auto Cad, MS Word, Excel Spreadsheet, and PDF Formats. Project design duration shall be eight Weeks from Notice to Proceed with monthly progress billings. Any reimbursable charges will be billed monthly as expenses are incurred. OFFERORS WILL BE EVALUATED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: The submitted SF-330s will be evaluated on the following criteria: This acquisition will be in accordance with FAR Part 36.602-1 and VAAR Part 836.601-1. The following evaluation criteria will be used to evaluate SF-330 technical proposals: The A/E must demonstrate its qualifications with respect to the published evaluation criteria for all services. Evaluation Criteria (1) through (4) are considered most important and equal among themselves; Criteria (5) and (6) are of slightly less importance than (1) through (4), but are equal value among themselves; Criteria (7) and (8) are the least important and listed in descending order of importance. Specific evaluation criteria include: 1. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. 2. Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. 3. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. 4. Past Performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work and compliance with performance schedules. 5. Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. 6. 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. 7. Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness. 8. Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. Criterion 1 - Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. Offerors will be evaluated on specialized experience and technical competence in the performance of services similar to those anticipated under this contract with regard to: ? Experience with design of mechanical system retrofits based on energy efficiency. ? Experience with solar hot water systems; ? Experience with building automated control systems; ? Experience in providing post construction award services (shop drawing review, as-built drawing and Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) preparation, construction inspection services, and Operating and Maintenance Manuals). Submission requirements: Provide up to five (5) projects completed or substantially completed within the past five (5) years that best illustrate specialized experience of the proposed team in the areas outlined above. Example projects shall note project's square footage. All projects provided in the SF-330 must be completed by the office/branch/regional office/individual team member actually proposed to manage and/or perform work under this contract. To enable verification, firms should include the DUNS number along with each firm name in the SF-330 Part 1, Section F Item 25 "Firms from Section C Involved in this Project," block (1). Include a contract number or project identification number in block 21. Include an e-mail address, and phone number for the point of contact in block 23(c). Include in the project description the contract period of performance, award contract value, current contract value, a summary of the work performed that demonstrates relevance to specialized experience as outlined above. If the contractor served as a subcontractor on a project, indicate the value of the work they provided towards the performance of the overall project. If a project was performed by a joint venture, and not all joint venture partners are on the team proposed for this contract, the offeror/team should specifically address the work performed by the joint venture partner offering/teaming on this contract. Likewise, if the offeror/team member worked as a subcontractor on a project, the description should clearly describe the work actually performed by the offeror/team member and the roles and responsibilities of each on the project, rather than the work performed on the project as a whole. If the project description does not clearly delineate the work performed by the entity/entities offering/teaming on this contract, the project could be eliminated from consideration. NOTE: If the Offeror is a joint venture, information should be submitted as a joint venture; however, if there is no information for the joint venture, information should be submitted for either joint venture partner, not to exceed a total of five (5) projects for this criterion. Projects shall be submitted on the SF-330. For submittal purposes, a task order on an IDIQ contract is considered a project, as is a stand-alone contract award. Do not list an IDIQ contract as an example of a completed project. Instead, list relevant completed task orders or stand-alone contract awards that fit within the definition above. Examples of project work submitted that do not conform to this requirement will not be evaluated. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being rated lower. All information for Criterion 1 should be submitted in Part 1, Section F of the SF-330. The Government WILL NOT consider information submitted in addition to Part 1, Section F in evaluating Criterion 1. Criterion 2 - Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. Offerors will be evaluated in terms of the qualifications, competence and experience of the key personnel and technical team proposed to accomplish this work. Key personnel are individuals who will have major contract or project management responsibilities and/or will provide unusual or unique expertise. Provide a balanced licensed and or certified workforce in the following disciplines - Mechanical, Electrical, Leadership Energy and Environmental Design. Submission requirements: Provide resumes for all proposed key personnel. Resumes are limited to one page each and should cite project specific experience and indicate proposed role in this contract. Provide professional registration, certification, licensure and/or accreditation. Indicate participation of key personnel in example projects in the SF-330 Part 1 Section G. Criterion 3 - Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Firms/teams will be evaluated in terms of their ability to plan for and manage work under the contract and capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Submission requirements: Describe the firm's ability to concurrently perform and manage multiple projects in different locations to meet aggressive schedules, multiple disciplines, and control costs and the firm's capacity to accomplish multiple projects simultaneously. Criterion 4 - Past Performance - Offerors will be evaluated on past performance with Government agencies and private industry in terms of work quality, compliance with schedules, cost control, and stakeholder/customer satisfaction. Evaluating past performance and experience will include information provided in Past Performance Questionnaires (PPQs) or CPARS/ACASS for Criterion 1 projects and may include other information provided by the firm, customer inquiries, Government databases, and other information available to the Government including contacts with points of contact in other criteria. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being rated lower. NOTE: Past performance information for projects listed under Criterion 1. Submission requirements: SUBMIT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION FOR EACH PROJECT UNDER CRITERION 1. IF THERE IS NOT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION, the Past Performance Questionnaire (PPQ) included in this notice is provided for the offeror or its team members to submit to the client for each project the offeror includes under Criterion 1. AN OFFEROR SHALL NOT SUBMIT A PPQ WHEN A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS IS AVAILABLE. IF A CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION IS NOT AVAILABLE, ensure correct phone numbers and email addresses are provided for the client point of contact. Completed PPQs should be submitted with your SF-330. If the offeror is unable to obtain a completed PPQ from a client for a project(s) before the response date set forth in this notice, offerors should complete and submit with their responses the first page of the PPQ (Attachment), which will provide contract and client information for the respective project(s). Offerors may submit a PPQ previously submitted under a different Notice/RFP (legible copies are acceptable) as long as it is on the same form as posted with this Synopsis. Offerors should follow up with clients/references to ensure timely submittal of questionnaires. If requested by the client, questionnaires may be submitted directly to the Government's point of contact, Network Contracting Office 19, Attn: Jason Thomas via email at Jason.Thomas@va.gov prior to the response date. Offerors shall not incorporate by reference into their response PPQs or CPARS previously submitted in response to other A/E services procurements. However, this does not preclude the Government from utilizing previously submitted PPQ information in the past performance evaluation. Criterion 5 - Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. Submission requirements: Offerors shall submit evidence of individuals experience and qualifications in their respective fields. Additionally, documentation must be provided to show these individuals have worked together as a team on previous projects and their role. (Completing Sections E, F, and G, on the SF-330 meets the documentation requirement). Furthermore, offerors shall describe the ability of the firm to manage, coordinate and work effectively with team members, both internal staff and consultants. Discuss the history of working relationships with team members, including joint venture partners where applicable. Criterion 6 - Location in the general geographical area (Salt Lake City, UT) and knowledge of the (Salt Lake City, UT); provided, that application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the project. Provided that the application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the contract, firms/teams will be evaluated on the locations of their office or offices that will be performing the work under this contract. Submission requirements: Indicate firms/teams location, including main offices, branch offices and any subconsultants' offices and demonstrate how this will be advantageous to the Government. Criterion 7 - Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness. Submission requirements: Offerors shall provide documentation (awards, certificates, publications, commendations from within the community) as evidence of reputation and standing of its firm. Criterion 8 - Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. Offerors with substantiated claims against the firm as a result of improper architectural and engineering services provided in the last three (3) years. Submission requirements: Records and any other documentation of substantiated claims highlighting improper or incomplete architectural engineering services against the firm within the last three (3) years. The SF-330 shall contain a signed and dated statement by the president of the firm affirming that there are no records of significant claims because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. SELECTION INTERVIEW: Interviews shall be scheduled with firms slated as the most highly qualified. Firms slated for interviews may be asked to explain or expand on information contained in the SF-330 submittal. Elaborate presentations are not desired. GENERAL INFORMATION: All design and work will conform to the current edition of the VA Master Specifications and VA Design Standards as published at the following site: www.cfm.va.gov; ASME, OSHA, IBC 2009, NFPA and NEC building codes and standards. Coordinate all work through the COR of Facilities Management Service. Contractor is responsible for all cleanups and refuse disposal throughout the construction period. The A-E firm will prepare drawings and specifications in sufficient detail such that qualified outside General Contracting companies can prepare accurate and timely proposals for the desired construction work. Microsoft Project scheduling and management software will be used by both the A-E and Contractors to allow for regular tracking of schedules and work by the VA Medical Center. Schedules with MS Project will be regularly sent to the COR upon project initiation and whenever significant changes occur in the schedule. The estimated magnitude of construction is between $500,000 and $1,000,000. The A-E will provide an initial estimate of cost to perform the above work and will design only those items that can be provided within the cost limitation. The Medical Center must remain operational throughout the construction period and a detailed sequence of work will be provided by the A-E to minimize impact of the construction. The A-E will provide documents at each submission as indicated in the statement of work. The NAICS code for this procurement will be 541310, Architectural Services. The current small business size standard for 541310 is $7.5 million. Requirement for Electronic Submission Unless paper offers are specifically authorized, all responses to this pre-solicitation notice must be submitted electronically as described below. The only acceptable paper form for this requirement is the receipt of past performance questionnaires. Failure to comply with this requirement may jeopardize the possibility of receiving an award for the contract due to non-compliance with the terms of the solicitation. You must submit your electronic offer, and any supplemental information (such as spreadsheets, backup data, technical information), using any of the electronic formats and media described below. In addition, contractors are notified of the award via an electronic Notice of Award e-mail. The award document will be attached to the Notice of Award e-mail. Acceptable Electronic Formats (Software) for Submission of Offers 1. Files readable using the current Microsoft* Office version Products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Access. Spreadsheet documents must be sent in a format that includes all formulas, macro, and format information. Print or scan images of spreadsheets are not acceptable. Please see security note below for caution regarding use of macros. When submitting construction drawings contractors are required to submit one set in AutoCAD and one set in Adobe PDF. (Purpose: contracting can open the PDF version and engineering can open AutoCAD files) 2. Files in Adobe* PDF (Portable Document Format) Files: When scanning documents scanner resolution should be set to 200 dots per inch, or greater. 3. Other electronic format. If you wish to submit an offer using another format than those described in these instructions, e-mail the Contracting Officer who issued the solicitation. Please submit your request at least ten (10) calendar days before the scheduled closing date of the solicitation. Request a decision as to the format acceptability and make sure you receive approval of the alternate format before using it to send your offer. 4. Please note that we can no longer accept .zip files due to increasing security concerns. E-mail Submission Procedures: For simplicity in this guidance, all submissions in response to a solicitation will be referred to as offers. a. Subject Line: Include the solicitation number, name of company, and closing date of solicitation. Use only one of the terms Quotation, Offer, or Bid depending on the solicitation type. b. Size: Maximum size of the e-mail message shall not exceed five (5) megabytes. The SF330, in its entirety, shall not exceed one email of 5MB. The SF330 (not including past performance questionnaires) are limited to 30 pages. Only one email is permitted unless otherwise stated in this paragraph or in writing by the Contract Officer submitting the solicitation. The Microsoft Outlook © Email time/date stamp will be used to date and time stamp offers for the official record of receipt for the submission. The date and time stamp in recipients "inbox" is the official record of receipt. Security Issues, Late Bids, Unreadable Offers 1. Late submission of offers are outlined at FAR Parts 52.212-1(f), 52.214-7, and 52.215-1(c)(3). Particular attention is warranted to the portion of the provision that relates to the timing of submission. 2. Please see FAR 15.207(c) for a description of the steps the Government shall take with regard to unreadable offers. 3. To avoid rejection of an offer, vendors must make every effort to ensure their electronic submission is virus-free. Submissions or portions thereof submitted and which the automatic system detects the presence of a virus or which are otherwise unreadable will be treated as "unreadable" pursuant to FAR Parts 14.406 and FAR 15.207(c ). 4. The virus scanning software used by our e-mail systems cannot always distinguish a macro from a virus. Therefore, sending a macro embedded in an e-mail message or an e-mail attachment may cause the e-mail offer to be quarantined. You may send both the spreadsheet and the spreadsheet saved in PDF format to ensure that your proposal is readable. 5. Password protecting your offer is not permitted. The Contracting Officer will file the offer electronically which will allow access only by designated individuals. Important Notice: Apparent successful offerors must apply for and receive verification from the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) in accordance with 38 CFR Part 74 and VAAR 819.70 by submission of documentation of Veteran status, ownership and control sufficient to establish appropriate status, offerors must be both VISIBLE and VERIFIED by the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Verification and Evaluation prior to contract award. Failure to be both VERIFIED by CVE and VISIBLE on VetBiz prior to contract award will result in the offeror's proposal being deemed non-compliant. All offerors are urged to contact the CVE and submit the aforementioned required documents to obtain CVE verification of their SDVOSB status if they have not already done so. 852.219-10 VA NOTICE OF TOTAL SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE (DEC 2009) (a) Definition. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, "Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern": (1) Means a small business concern: (i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses); (ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses) or, in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran; (iii) The business meets Federal small business size standards for the applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code identified in the solicitation document; and (iv) The business has been verified for ownership and control and is so listed in the Vendor Information Pages database, (http://www.VetBiz.gov). (2) "Service-disabled veteran" means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16). (b) General. (1) Offers are solicited only from service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. Offers received from concerns that are not service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns shall not be considered. (2) Any award resulting from this solicitation shall be made to a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern. (c) Agreement. A service-disabled veteran owned small business concern agrees that in the performance of the contract, in the case of a contract for: (1) Services (except construction), at least 50 percent of the cost of personnel for contract performance will be spent for employees of the concern or employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (2) Supplies (other than acquisition from a non-manufacturer of the supplies), at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing, excluding the cost of materials, will be performed by the concern or other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (3) General construction, at least 15 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; or (4) Construction by special trade contractors, at least 25 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. (d) A joint venture may be considered a service-disabled veteran owned small business concern if- (1) At least one member of the joint venture is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and makes the following representations: That it is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and that it is a small business concern under the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement; (2) Each other concern is small under the size standard corresponding to the NAICS code assigned to the procurement; and (3) The joint venture meets the requirements of paragraph 7 of the explanation of Affiliates in 19.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. (4) The joint venture meets the requirements of 13 CFR 125.15(b). (e) Any service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern (non-manufacturer) must meet the requirements in 19.102(f) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to receive a benefit under this program.

C--Bldg. 38 PAMNS Corrections

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Rocky Mountain Consolidated Contracting Center | Published February 20, 2015  -  Deadline March 12, 2015
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DESCRIPTION: This is a Pre-Solicitation Notice for the establishment of an Architect-Engineering (A-E) contract with services to be performed at the Denver VA Medical Center, 1055 Clermont Street, Denver, CO 80220. This requirement is being set-aside to Small Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) firms. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL; NO SOLICITATION PACKAGE WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL AFTER AN EVALUATION HAS BEEN MADE ON THE PROVIDED SF-330s. The SF-330 can be downloaded through the GSA Forms Library at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/TOP, scroll down to locate and click on the SF-330 hyperlink entitled, "Architect-Engineer Qualifications." Written questions pertaining to this requirement should be submitted no later than 12:00 PM. Mountain Standard Time (MST), March 2, 2015. Interested firms should submit their current SF-330, Parts I and II, to Josiah.Benton@va.gov. The SF-330s are due no later than 12:00 PM, MST March 12, 2015. SCOPE OF WORK: 1. The A-E shall provide all technical services including but not limited to architectural, electrical, mechanical engineering required to correct 3 deficiencies to the ECHCS Public Address/Mass Notification System (PAMNS) in Bldg. 38 at the Denver VA Medical Center. All deficiencies were identified on the June 2013 - Public Address/Mass Notification System Investigation and Analysis Report for the Denver VA Medical Center. The intent of these corrections is to bring the system up to all applicable Codes and Regulations. As required, equipment/cable layout, electrical power, controls will need to be incorporated in the design. A-E shall provide construction period services and provide as-built drawings after the project is complete. 2. The following are systems descriptions and identified deficiency items on the 2013 PAMNS Investigation and Analysis report. a. PAMN System Description: The Campus PAMNS was installed by Interwest Sound Communications which utilizes multiple components from different manufactures. This system was installed in 1995 and is beyond its recommended lifecycle however is functioning as originally designed. The head unit amplifier is operating at full capacity and parts for this portion of the system are becoming obsolete. A secondary system of Notification which utilizes the Fire Alarm Speaker system is in place and has been utilized in the past for mass notification. The fire alarm speaker system appears to have full coverage of the VA campus buildings. No prerecorded messages exist and the operator controls did not appear to be in a convenient location (subject to the authority having jurisdiction) per 2012 NFPA 101.9.6.6. b. Deficiency Items: Item 1 - "PA Identified Equipment" is in a climate-controlled telecom specific room IAW VA-EDM 8.4.6 and are subject to failure due to excessive heat and lack of ventilation. Item 2 - Existing abandoned low voltage cabling above ceilings. Per NFPA 70 Article 800.25, existing communication cabling shall be removed and cables for future use be identified with a tag. Existing cabling and punch down blocks should be review, tagged, and removed where abandoned. Item 3 - Cables are not properly supported above ceiling per NFPA 70 Article 800.24 DESIGN CRITERIA: 1. A-E shall determine phasing to ensure the least disruptive construction schedule and design the subsequent work accordingly. 2. A-E shall incorporate Infection Control measures during construction as directed by VA in accordance with facility policy and infection control staff. 3. A-E shall incorporate fire/smoke walls in the area of construction into drawings and include notes and specifications for repairs of any penetrations of these barriers. Design shall include required fire protection due to structural or occupancy changes. 4. A-E shall incorporate energy efficient equipment into design in accordance with meeting the requirements of the Federal Governments established regulations including the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, Executive Order 13423 Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management, the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004. 5. A-E shall incorporate mandatory recycling and use of sustainable products into design where appropriate without adverse effect on project budget and accomplishing main objective of project. 6. Specifications will be developed using the standard VA specifications. These and other VA design criteria can be obtained at www.cfm.va.gov/TIL/ . 7. The drawings will be produced using industry standard details and VHA CADD Deliverable Guidelines, on a VA provided title block. All drawings will be standard, scaled, e-size (30" x 42") drawings or half size drawings. A-E will be provided with architectural background drawings in AutoCAD 2014. A-E shall confirm in the field, actual as-built conditions. 8. Construction cost estimates are required for each stage of design. A detailed construction cost estimate is required at 65% submission and 95% submission. Deductive alternates may be required in order to meet construction budgeted fund. OFFERORS WILL BE EVALUATED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: The submitted SF-330s will be evaluated on the following criteria: This acquisition will be in accordance with FAR Part 36.602-1 and VAAR Part 836.601-1. The following evaluation criteria will be used to evaluate SF-330 technical proposals: The A/E must demonstrate its qualifications with respect to the published evaluation criteria for all services. Evaluation Criteria (1) through (4) are considered most important and equal among themselves; Criteria (5) and (6) are of slightly less importance than (1) through (4), but are equal value among themselves; Criteria (7) and (8) are the least important and listed in descending order of importance. Specific evaluation criteria include: 1. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. 2. Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. 3. Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. 4. Past Performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of cost control, quality of work and compliance with performance schedules. 5. Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. 6. 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. 7. Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness. 8. Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. Criterion 1 - Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required, including, where appropriate, experience in energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the use of recovered materials. Offerors will be evaluated on specialized experience and technical competence in the performance of services similar to those anticipated under this contract with regard to: ? Experience with design of experience in similar types of facilities; ? Experience with multi-phased hospital design and construction programs; ? Experience with construction and renovation phasing in hospitals and other VA facilities; ? Experience in providing post construction award services (shop drawing review, as-built drawing and Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) preparation, construction inspection services, and Operating and Maintenance Manuals). Submission requirements: Provide up to five (5) projects completed or substantially completed within the past five (5) years that best illustrate specialized experience of the proposed team in the areas outlined above. Example projects shall note project's square footage. All projects provided in the SF-330 must be completed by the office/branch/regional office/individual team member actually proposed to manage and/or perform work under this contract. To enable verification, firms should include the DUNS number along with each firm name in the SF-330 Part 1, Section F Item 25 "Firms from Section C Involved in this Project," block (1). Include a contract number or project identification number in block 21. Include an e-mail address, and phone number for the point of contact in block 23(c). Include in the project description the contract period of performance, award contract value, current contract value, a summary of the work performed that demonstrates relevance to specialized experience as outlined above. If the contractor served as a subcontractor on a project, indicate the value of the work they provided towards the performance of the overall project. If a project was performed by a joint venture, and not all joint venture partners are on the team proposed for this contract, the offeror/team should specifically address the work performed by the joint venture partner offering/teaming on this contract. Likewise, if the offeror/team member worked as a subcontractor on a project, the description should clearly describe the work actually performed by the offeror/team member and the roles and responsibilities of each on the project, rather than the work performed on the project as a whole. If the project description does not clearly delineate the work performed by the entity/entities offering/teaming on this contract, the project could be eliminated from consideration. NOTE: If the Offeror is a joint venture, information should be submitted as a joint venture; however, if there is no information for the joint venture, information should be submitted for either joint venture partner, not to exceed a total of five (5) projects for this criterion. Projects shall be submitted on the SF-330. For submittal purposes, a task order on an IDIQ contract is considered a project, as is a stand-alone contract award. Do not list an IDIQ contract as an example of a completed project. Instead, list relevant completed task orders or stand-alone contract awards that fit within the definition above. Examples of project work submitted that do not conform to this requirement will not be evaluated. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being rated lower. All information for Criterion 1 should be submitted in Part 1, Section F of the SF-330. The Government WILL NOT consider information submitted in addition to Part 1, Section F in evaluating Criterion 1. Criterion 2 - Professional Qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of required services. Offerors will be evaluated in terms of the qualifications, competence and experience of the key personnel and technical team proposed to accomplish this work. Key personnel are individuals who will have major contract or project management responsibilities and/or will provide unusual or unique expertise. Provide a balanced licensed and or certified workforce in the following disciplines - Architecture, Interior Design, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection Engineering and LEED/Green Globes. The A-E must include a registered engineer from the state of Colorado. The government shall allow for an offeror demonstrating reciprocity through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Submission requirements: Provide resumes for all proposed key personnel. Resumes are limited to one page each and should cite project specific experience and indicate proposed role in this contract. Provide professional registration, certification, licensure and/or accreditation. Indicate participation of key personnel in example projects in the SF-330 Part 1 Section G. Criterion 3 - Capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Firms/teams will be evaluated in terms of their ability to plan for and manage work under the contract and capacity to accomplish the work in the required time. Submission requirements: Describe the firm's ability to concurrently perform and manage multiple projects in different locations to meet aggressive schedules, multiple disciplines, and control costs and the firm's capacity to accomplish multiple projects simultaneously. Criterion 4 - Past Performance - Offerors will be evaluated on past performance with Government agencies and private industry in terms of work quality, compliance with schedules, cost control, and stakeholder/customer satisfaction. Evaluating past performance and experience will include information provided in Past Performance Questionnaires (PPQs) or CPARS/ACASS for Criterion 1 projects and may include other information provided by the firm, customer inquiries, Government databases, and other information available to the Government including contacts with points of contact in other criteria. Failure to provide requested data, accessible points of contact, or valid phone numbers could result in a firm being rated lower. NOTE: Past performance information for projects listed under Criterion 1. Submission requirements: SUBMIT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION FOR EACH PROJECT UNDER CRITERION 1. IF THERE IS NOT A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION, the Past Performance Questionnaire (PPQ) (Attachment (A)) included in this notice is provided for the offeror or its team members to submit to the client for each project the offeror includes under Criterion 1. AN OFFEROR SHALL NOT SUBMIT A PPQ WHEN A COMPLETED CPARS/ACASS IS AVAILABLE. IF A CPARS/ACASS EVALUATION IS NOT AVAILABLE, ensure correct phone numbers and email addresses are provided for the client point of contact. Completed PPQs should be submitted with your SF-330. If the offeror is unable to obtain a completed PPQ from a client for a project(s) before the response date set forth in this notice, offerors should complete and submit with their responses the first page of the PPQ (Attachment), which will provide contract and client information for the respective project(s). Offerors may submit a PPQ previously submitted under a different Notice/RFP (legible copies are acceptable) as long as it is on the same form as posted with this Synopsis. Offerors should follow up with clients/references to ensure timely submittal of questionnaires. If requested by the client, questionnaires may be submitted directly to the Government's point of contact, Network Contracting Office 19, Attn: Josiah Benton via email Josiah.Benton@va.gov prior to the response date. Offerors shall not incorporate by reference into their response PPQs or CPARS previously submitted in response to other A/E services procurements. However, this does not preclude the Government from utilizing previously submitted PPQ information in the past performance evaluation. Criterion 5 - Specific experience and qualifications of personnel proposed for assignment to the project and their record of working together as a team. Submission requirements: Offerors shall submit evidence of individuals experience and qualifications in their respective fields. Additionally, documentation must be provided to show these individuals have worked together as a team on previous projects and their role. (Completing Sections E, F, and G, on the SF-330 meets the documentation requirement). Furthermore, offerors shall describe the ability of the firm to manage, coordinate and work effectively with team members, both internal staff and consultants. Discuss the history of working relationships with team members, including joint venture partners where applicable. Criterion 6 - Location in the general geographical area (Denver, CO within 150-mile radius) and knowledge of the (Denver, CO); provided, that application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the project. Provided that the application of this criterion leaves an appropriate number of qualified firms, given the nature and size of the contract, firms/teams will be evaluated on the locations of their office or offices that will be performing the work under this contract. Submission requirements: Indicate firms/teams location, including main offices, branch offices and any subconsultants' offices and demonstrate how this will be advantageous to the Government. A-E firm identified as the "prime" must be within 150-mile radius of Denver, CO. If not, the prime must provide any subcontractors or subconsultants' a signed letter of delegation. This delegation letter must be provided with the submission of the SF330. Criterion 7 - Reputation and standing of the firm and its principal officials with respect to professional performance, general management, and cooperativeness. Submission requirements: Offerors shall provide documentation (awards, certificates, publications, commendations from within the community) as evidence of reputation and standing of its firm. Criterion 8 - Record of significant claims against the firm because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. Offerors with substantiated claims against the firm as a result of improper architectural and engineering services provided in the last three (3) years. Submission requirements: Records and any other documentation of substantiated claims highlighting improper or incomplete architectural engineering services against the firm within the last three (3) years. The SF-330 shall contain a signed and dated statement by the president of the firm affirming that there are no records of significant claims because of improper or incomplete architectural and engineering services. SELECTION INTERVIEW: Interviews shall be scheduled with firms slated as the most highly qualified. Firms slated for interviews may be asked to explain or expand on information contained in the SF-330 submittal. Elaborate presentations are not desired. GENERAL INFORMATION: All design and work will conform to the current edition of the VA Master Specifications and VA Design Standards as published at the following site: www.cfm.va.gov; ASME, OSHA, IBC 2009, NFPA and NEC building codes and standards. Coordinate all work through the COR of Facilities Management Service. Contractor is responsible for all cleanups and refuse disposal throughout the construction period. The A-E firm will prepare drawings and specifications in sufficient detail such that qualified outside General Contracting companies can prepare accurate and timely proposals for the desired construction work. Microsoft Project scheduling and management software will be used by both the A-E and Contractors to allow for regular tracking of schedules and work by the VA Medical Center. Schedules with MS Project will be regularly sent to the COR upon project initiation and whenever significant changes occur in the schedule. The estimated construction range is between $100,000 to $250,000. The A-E will provide an initial estimate of cost to perform the above work and will design only those items that can be provided within the cost limitation. The Medical Center must remain operational throughout the construction period and a detailed sequence of work will be provided by the A-E to minimize impact of the construction. The A-E will provide documents at each submission as indicated in the statement of work. The NAICS code for this procurement will be 541310, Architectural Services. The current small business size standard for 541310 is $7.5 million. Requirement for Electronic Submission Unless paper offers are specifically authorized, all responses to this pre-solicitation notice must be submitted electronically as described below. The only acceptable paper form for this requirement is the receipt of past performance questionnaires. Failure to comply with this requirement may jeopardize the possibility of receiving an award for the contract due to non-compliance with the terms of the solicitation. You must submit your electronic offer, and any supplemental information (such as spreadsheets, backup data, technical information), using any of the electronic formats and media described below. In addition, contractors are notified of the award via an electronic Notice of Award e-mail. The award document will be attached to the Notice of Award e-mail. Acceptable Electronic Formats (Software) for Submission of Offers 1. Files readable using the current Microsoft* Office version Products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Access. Spreadsheet documents must be sent in a format that includes all formulas, macro, and format information. Print or scan images of spreadsheets are not acceptable. Please see security note below for caution regarding use of macros. When submitting construction drawings contractors are required to submit one set in AutoCAD and one set in Adobe PDF. (Purpose: contracting can open the PDF version and engineering can open AutoCAD files) 2. Files in Adobe* PDF (Portable Document Format) Files: When scanning documents scanner resolution should be set to 200 dots per inch, or greater. 3. Other electronic format. If you wish to submit an offer using another format than those described in these instructions, e-mail the Contracting Officer who issued the solicitation. Please submit your request at least ten (10) calendar days before the scheduled closing date of the solicitation. Request a decision as to the format acceptability and make sure you receive approval of the alternate format before using it to send your offer. 4. Please note that we can no longer accept .zip files due to increasing security concerns. E-mail Submission Procedures: For simplicity in this guidance, all submissions in response to a solicitation will be referred to as offers. a. Subject Line: Include the solicitation number, name of company, and closing date of solicitation. Use only one of the terms Quotation, Offer, or Bid depending on the solicitation type. b. Size: Maximum size of the e-mail message shall not exceed five (5) megabytes. Only one email is permitted unless otherwise stated in this paragraph or in writing by the Contract Officer submitting the solicitation. The offer will be date and time stamped by the Microsoft Email system and will be the official record of receipt for the submission. Security Issues, Late Bids, Unreadable Offers 1. Late submission of offers are outlined at FAR Parts 52.212-1(f), 52.214-7, and 52.215-1(c)(3). Particular attention is warranted to the portion of the provision that relates to the timing of submission. 2. Please see FAR 15.207(c) for a description of the steps the Government shall take with regard to unreadable offers. 3. To avoid rejection of an offer, vendors must make every effort to ensure their electronic submission is virus-free. Submissions or portions thereof submitted and which the automatic system detects the presence of a virus or which are otherwise unreadable will be treated as "unreadable" pursuant to FAR Parts 14.406 and FAR 15.207(c ). 4. The virus scanning software used by our e-mail systems cannot always distinguish a macro from a virus. Therefore, sending a macro embedded in an e-mail message or an e-mail attachment may cause the e-mail offer to be quarantined. You may send both the spreadsheet and the spreadsheet saved in PDF format to ensure that your proposal is readable. 5. Password protecting your offer is not permitted. The Contracting Officer will file the offer electronically which will allow access only by designated individuals. Important Notice: Apparent successful offerors must apply for and receive verification from the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) in accordance with 38 CFR Part 74 and VAAR 819.70 by submission of documentation of Veteran status, ownership and control sufficient to establish appropriate status, offerors must be both VISIBLE and VERIFIED by the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprises at the time of submission of proposal. Failure to be both VERIFIED by CVE and VISIBLE on VetBiz at the time of proposal submission will result in the offeror's proposal being deemed non-compliant. All offerors are urged to contact the CVE and submit the aforementioned required documents to obtain CVE verification of their SDVOSB status if they have not already done so. 852.219-10 VA NOTICE OF TOTAL SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE (DEC 2009) (a) Definition. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, "Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern": (1) Means a small business concern: (i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses); (ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans (or eligible surviving spouses) or, in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran; (iii) The business meets Federal small business size standards for the applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code identified in the solicitation document; and (iv) The business has been verified for ownership and control and is so listed in the Vendor Information Pages database, (http://www.VetBiz.gov). (2) "Service-disabled veteran" means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16). (b) General. (1) Offers are solicited only from service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. Offers received from concerns that are not service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns shall not be considered. (2) Any award resulting from this solicitation shall be made to a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern. (c) Agreement. A service-disabled veteran owned small business concern agrees that in the performance of the contract, in the case of a contract for: (1) Services (except construction), at least 50 percent of the cost of personnel for contract performance will be spent for employees of the concern or employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (2) Supplies (other than acquisition from a non-manufacturer of the supplies), at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing, excluding the cost of materials, will be performed by the concern or other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; (3) General construction, at least 15 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns; or (4) Construction by special trade contractors, at least 25 percent of the cost of the contract performance incurred for personnel will be spent on the concern's employees or the employees of other eligible service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. (d) A joint venture may be considered a service-disabled veteran owned small business concern if- (1) At least one member of the joint venture is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and makes the following representations: That it is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern, and that it is a small business concern under the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement; (2) Each other concern is small under the size standard corresponding to the NAICS code assigned to the procurement; and (3) The joint venture meets the requirements of paragraph 7 of the explanation of Affiliates in 19.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. (4) The joint venture meets the requirements of 13 CFR 125.15(b). (e) Any service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern (non-manufacturer) must meet the requirements in 19.102(f) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to receive a benefit under this program.

R--Cancer Registry

Department of Veterans Affairs, Network Contracting Office 4 | Published November 4, 2015  -  Deadline November 19, 2013
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1. This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial services prepared in accordance with the format in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This Request for Proposal (RFP) will also use the procedures under FAR Part 13. In accordance with 13.106-2, the contracting officer may take into consideration information such as the contracting officer's knowledge of and previous experience with the services being acquired or other reasonable basis. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. 2. The reference/solicitation number is VA244-16-R-0093 and the solicitation is issued as a Request for Proposals (RFP). The combined synopsis/solicitation will result in a contract to the successful offeror. 3. This solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-55. Provisions and clauses incorporated by reference have the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. The full text of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulations (VAAR) Supplement can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.arnet.gov/far (FAR) and the (VAAR) (Federal Acquisition Circular) 4. This requirement is to establish a Requirements Contract for providing Cancer Registry Services for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. 5. This requirement is a Total Small Business Set-Aside. Applicable NAICS Code is 541611 Size Standard is $14 million. 6. Period of Performance: This requirement shall be for a base period of performance from date of award through 11/30/16. Estimated Date of Award is 12/1/15, plus four option periods Period of Performance: Base: 12/1/2015 - 11/30/2016 Option 1: 12/1/2016 - 11/30/2017 Option 2: 12/1/2017 - 11/30/2018 Option 3: 12/1/2018 - 11/30/2019 Option 4: 12/1/2019 - 11/30/2020 7. Place of Performance: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Pittsburgh, PA 15240 8. The provision at FAR 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items, applies to this solicitation --Instructions to Offerors - Evaluation Factors-- All questions and inquiries about this solicitation must be submitted in writing via email to linda.buccigrossi@va.gov on or before 11/10/2015 by 10:00 AM. All responses to questions, which may affect offers, will be incorporated into a written amendment to the solicitation. Offerors must submit all proposals electronically by email to linda.buccigrossi@va.gov on or before the proposal due date of 11/19/2015 no later than 11:00 AM EST. In the subject line of your proposal, please state RFP VA244-16-R-0093 Cancer Registry Services. No hardcopy proposals will be accepted, and late offers will not be accepted. Offeror must submit a cost proposal as a separate document. Offeror shall provide a narrative to address each Evaluation Factor. Offerors must present clear evidence of ability to meet or exceed all requirements of this acquisition. Offeror must clearly identify their DUNS# on their proposal. Evaluation will be based on Technical, Past Performance and Cost Factors. Technical and past performances, when combined, are more important than Cost. Evaluation Factors A. Technical 1. Proposal Submission " The proposal must detail the Offeror's technical approach for fulfilling the requirements and adequately address all aspects of the Statement of Work and deliverables. Offerors must display adequate understanding of the Governments requirement and the nature of the work to be performed under the prospective contract. " The proposal must demonstrate the Offeror's understanding of the nature of the work to be performed, under the prospective contract. 2. Estimating Effectiveness " The proposal must demonstrate that the Offeror's capabilities will enable them to meet Government requirements " The proposal will be assessed to determine if the Offeror's proposals presents any risks that could potentially lead to the Offeror's poor performance and could jeopardize the success of the contract. 3. Staffing " The proposal must address the Offeror's organization and technical team of staff, partners, consultants, and sub-offeror's to perform the work B. Cost Offeror must submit a cost proposal as a separate document. In order to determine price, an aggregate of all items will be determined based on the completion of the attached Price Schedule. Offeror must indicate pricing on every line item listed in the price schedule or no further consideration will be given to the proposal and it will not be considered for award. C. Past Performance Proposal must list up to five contracts of similar type, scope, size and complexity that are ongoing, or have been completed within the past five years. The following information shall be provided for each contract. o Name and address of the contracting activity o Name and telephone number of contact person o Dates of contract performance (beginning and ending) o Total dollar value of contract o Brief description of the project, scope and services offered Note: Please advise your references to expect contact from VAPHS personnel regarding customer satisfaction with your products and services and your compliance with and fulfillment of the requirements of previous contracts. Information utilized in past performance evaluation will be obtained from the references provided by the Offeror and may also be obtained from other sources such as customers known to the Government, others who may have useful and relevant information, and Government databases. SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS - The Offeror shall provide the following information: " Socio-economic status of prime contractor " List name of any sub-contractor and socio-economic status. 9. The provision at FAR 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items applies to this requirement. The Government will award a firm fixed price 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: Price Technical and Past Performance. All evaluation factors other than cost or price, when combined, are approximately equal to cost or price. Evaluation will be performed as follows: EVALUATION - Commercial Items applies to this requirement. The Government will award a firm fixed price 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: Price, Technical and Past Performance. All evaluation factors other than cost or price, when combined, are approximately equal to cost or price. Evaluation will be performed as follows: " PRICE: The Government will evaluate offers for award purposes by adding the total price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. The Government may determine that an offer is unacceptable if the option prices are significantly unbalanced. Evaluation of options shall not obligate the Government to exercise the option(s). " TECHNICAL: The proposal must adequately address all aspects of the Statement of Work items and deliverables. Offerors must display adequate understanding of the requirement. ) Attached Business Associate Agreement must be submitted with proposal. " PAST PERFORMANCE: Proposal shall be evaluated based on submission of the required number of previous contracts demonstrating past performance. Offerors not able to submit the minimum number of previous contracts will be given a neutral rating. Interviews with previous customers may or may not be conducted. 10. A written notice of award or acceptance of an offer mailed or otherwise furnished to the successful offeror within the time for acceptance specified in the offer, shall result in a binding contract without further action by either party. Before the offer's specified expiration time, the Government may accept an offer (or part of an offer), whether or not there are negotiations after its receipt, unless a written notice of withdrawal is received before award. 11. The provision at 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certification, Commercial Items, applies to this solicitation. The contractor shall either: (1) return a completed copy of this provision with its proposal (a copy of the provision may be attained from http://www.arnet.gov/far); or (2) complete the Online Reps and Certs. Application (ORCA) at http://www.bpn.gov and reference it in your proposal. 12. The clause at 52-212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. 13. 52.212-5 Contracts Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items; The following FAR clauses identified at paragraph b. of FAR 52.212.5 are considered checked and are applicable to this acquisition: 52.204-9, Personal Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel 52.204-10, Reporting Executive Compensation & First-Tier Subcontract Awards 52.204-13 System for Award Management Maintenance 52.204-18 Commercial and Government Entity Code Maintenance 52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment 52.209-10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations 52.211-5 Material requirements 52.215-8 Order of Precedence - Uniform Contract Format 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Representations 52.222-3, Convict Labor 52.222-19 Child Labor- cooperation with Authorities and Remedies 52.222-20 Contracts for Materials, Supplies, Articles, and Equipment Exceeding $15000 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity 52.222-35 Equal Opportunity for Veterans 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations Act 52.222-50 Combating Trafficking in Persons 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving 52.225-3, Buy American Act - Free Trade Agreements - Israeli Trade Act 52.225-13, Restriction on Certain Foreign Purchases 52.232-1 Payments 52.232-11 Extras 52.232-23 Assignment of Claims 52.232-25 Prompt Payment 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer - Other than Central Contractor Registration 52.233-1 Disputes Alternate 1 (Dec 1991) 52.222-41, Service Contract Act of 1965 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires 52.222-43, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act-Price Adjustment In compliance with the Service Contract Act of 1965, as amended, and the regulations of the Secretary of Labor (29 CFR Part 4), this clause identifies the classes of service employees expected to be employed under the contract and states the wages and fringe benefits payable to each if they were employed by the contracting agency subject to the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 5341 or 5332. This Statement is for Information Only: It is not a Wage Determination. Please reference attached wage determination for appropriate rates. Wage Determination No.: 2005-2449, Revision No.: 16, Date of Revision: 7/8/15 (Attached) Other Applicable Clauses/Provisions: FAR 52.213-1 Type of Contract - The Government contemplates award of a Firm Fixed Price, Requirements contract resulting from this solicitation. FAR 52.216.18, Ordering 52.216-19, Order Limitations FAR 52.216-21, Requirements FAR 52.217-8, Option to Extend Services FAR 52.217-9, Option to Extend the Term of the Contract FAR 52.228-5, Insurance - Work on a Government Installation FAR 52.232-19, Availability of funds for Next Fiscal Year FAR 52.233-2 Service of Protest FAR 52.237-3, Continuity of Services VAAR 852.203-70, Commercial Advertising VAAR 852.233-70 Protest Content/Alternative Dispute Resolution VAAR 852.233-71 Alternate Protest Procedure VAAR 852.216-70 Estimated Quantities VAAR 852.237-70, Contractor Responsibilities VAAR 852.273-74, Award without exchanges VAAR 852.273-76, Electronic Invoice Submission 14. To be awarded this contract, the Offeror must be registered in the SAM database. SAM information may be found at http://www.sam.gov. The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) is not Applicable to this acquisition. There are no applicable Numbered Notes that apply. 15. Additional Security Language Contractor will be required to comply with physical security guidelines by either checking in with the VA Police each time they come on-site to perform contracted services or by obtaining a VA Contractor ID badge in accordance with VAPHS Policy. The VA ID badge must be worn at all times. Contractor must comply with all information security requirements to obtain/maintain computer access including a remote account for remote access, if required. Contractor must remotely connect via the VA's Citrix Access Gateway. PDAT must be used to determine appropriate background screening. Contractor employee(s) requiring computer access must sign and comply with Appendix D Contractor Rules of Behavior Contractor must complete "VA Privacy and Information Security Awareness and Rules of Behavior" training prior to the performance of the contract and annually thereafter. Training must be completed in VA's TMS system (https://www.tms.va.gov/). Contractors must use the TMS Managed Self Enrollment method to complete the training in TMS. The COR must ensure that all contractors are validated in the PIH domain. Proof of training completion must be verified and tracked by the COR. A Contractor Security Control Assessment is required. A copy of the CSCA must be submitted to the ISO Office within 30 days of contract award. The following language applies from VA Handbook 6500.6: 1. GENERAL Contractors, contractor personnel, subcontractors, and subcontractor personnel shall be subject to the same Federal laws, regulations, standards, and VA Directives and Handbooks as VA and VA personnel regarding information and information system security. 2. ACCESS TO VA INFORMATION AND VA INFORMATION SYSTEMS a. A contractor/subcontractor shall request logical (technical) or physical access to VA information and VA information systems for their employees, subcontractors, and affiliates only to the extent necessary to perform the services specified in the contract, agreement, or task order. b. b. All contractors, subcontractors, and third-party servicers and associates working with VA information are subject to the same investigative requirements as those of VA appointees or employees who have access to the same types of information. The level and process of background security investigations for contractors must be in accordance with VA Directive and Handbook 0710, Personnel Suitability and Security Program. The Office for Operations, Security, and Preparedness is responsible for these policies and procedures d. Custom software development and outsourced operations must be located in the U.S. to the maximum extent practical. If such services are proposed to be performed abroad and are not disallowed by other VA policy or mandates, the contractor/subcontractor must state where all non-U.S. services are provided and detail a security plan, deemed to be acceptable by VA, specifically to address mitigation of the resulting problems of communication, control, data protection, and so forth. Location within the U.S. may be an evaluation factor. e. The contractor or subcontractor must notify the Contracting Officer immediately when an employee working on a VA system or with access to VA information is reassigned or leaves the contractor or subcontractor's employ. The Contracting Officer must also be notified immediately by the contractor or subcontractor prior to an unfriendly termination. 3. VA INFORMATION CUSTODIAL LANGUAGE a. Information made available to the contractor or subcontractor by VA for the performance or administration of this contract or information developed by the contractor/subcontractor in performance or administration of the contract shall be used only for those purposes and shall not be used in any other way without the prior written agreement of the VA. This clause expressly limits the contractor/subcontractor's rights to use data as described in Rights in Data - General, FAR 52.227-14(d) (1). b. VA information should not be co-mingled, if possible, with any other data on the contractors/subcontractor's information systems or media storage systems in order to ensure VA requirements related to data protection and media sanitization can be met. If co-mingling must be allowed to meet the requirements of the business need, the contractor must ensure that VA's information is returned to the VA or destroyed in accordance with VA's sanitization requirements. VA reserves the right to conduct on-site inspections of contractor and subcontractor IT resources to ensure data security controls, separation of data and job duties, and destruction/media sanitization procedures are in compliance with VA directive requirements. c. Prior to termination or completion of this contract, contractor/subcontractor must not destroy information received from VA, or gathered/created by the contractor in the course of performing this contract without prior written approval by the VA. Any data destruction done on behalf of VA by a contractor/subcontractor must be done in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) requirements as outlined in VA Directive 6300, Records and Information Management and its Handbook 6300.1 Records Management Procedures, applicable VA Records Control Schedules, and VA Handbook 6500.1, Electronic Media Sanitization. Self-certification by the contractor that the data destruction requirements above have been met must be sent to the VA Contracting Officer within 30 days of termination of the contract. d. The contractor/subcontractor must receive, gather, store, back up, maintain, use, disclose and dispose of VA information only in compliance with the terms of the contract and applicable Federal and VA information confidentiality and security laws, regulations and policies. If Federal or VA information confidentiality and security laws, regulations and policies become applicable to the VA information or information systems after execution of the contract, or if NIST issues or updates applicable FIPS or Special Publications (SP) after execution of this contract, the parties agree to negotiate in good faith to implement the information confidentiality and security laws, regulations and policies in this contract. e. The contractor/subcontractor shall not make copies of VA information except as authorized and necessary to perform the terms of the agreement or to preserve electronic information stored on contractor/subcontractor electronic storage media for restoration in case any electronic equipment or data used by the contractor/subcontractor needs to be restored to an operating state. If copies are made for restoration purposes, after the restoration is complete, the copies must be appropriately destroyed. f. If VA determines that the contractor has violated any of the information confidentiality, privacy, and security provisions of the contract, it shall be sufficient grounds for VA to withhold payment to the contractor or third party or terminate the contract for default or terminate for cause under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 12. g. If a VHA contract is terminated for cause, the associated BAA must also be terminated and appropriate actions taken in accordance with VHA Handbook 1600.01, Business Associate Agreements. Absent an agreement to use or disclose protected health information, there is no business associate relationship h. The contractor/subcontractor must store, transport, or transmit VA sensitive information in an encrypted form, using VA-approved encryption tools that are, at a minimum, FIPS 140-2 validated. i. The contractor/subcontractor's firewall and Web services security controls, if applicable, shall meet or exceed VA's minimum requirements. VA Configuration Guidelines are available upon request. j. Except for uses and disclosures of VA information authorized by this contract for performance of the contract, the contractor/subcontractor may use and disclose VA information only in two other situations: (i) in response to a qualifying order of a court of competent jurisdiction, or (ii) with VA's prior written approval. The contractor/subcontractor must refer all requests for, demands for production of, or inquiries about, VA information and information systems to the VA contracting officer for response. k. Notwithstanding the provision above, the contractor/subcontractor shall not release VA records protected by Title 38 U.S.C. 5705, confidentiality of medical quality assurance records and/or Title 38 U.S.C. 7332, confidentiality of certain health records pertaining to drug addiction, sickle cell anemia, alcoholism or alcohol abuse, or infection with human immunodeficiency virus. If the contractor/subcontractor is in receipt of a court order or other requests for the above mentioned information, that contractor/subcontractor shall immediately refer such court orders or other requests to the VA contracting officer for response. l. For service that involves the storage, generating, transmitting, or exchanging of VA sensitive information but does not require C&A or an MOU-ISA for system interconnection, the contractor/subcontractor must complete a Contractor Security Control Assessment (CSCA) on a yearly basis and provide it to the COTR. 5. INFORMATION SYSTEM HOSTING, OPERATION, MAINTENANCE, OR USE a. For information systems that are hosted, operated, maintained, or used on behalf of VA at non-VA facilities, contractors/subcontractors are fully responsible and accountable for ensuring compliance with all HIPAA, Privacy Act, FISMA, NIST, FIPS, and VA security and privacy directives and handbooks. This includes conducting compliant risk assessments, routine vulnerability scanning, system patching and change management procedures, and the completion of an acceptable contingency plan for each system. The contractor's security control procedures must be equivalent, to those procedures used to secure VA systems. A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) must also be provided to the COTR and approved by VA Privacy Service prior to operational approval. All external Internet connections to VA's network involving VA information must be reviewed and approved by VA prior to implementation. b. Adequate security controls for collecting, processing, transmitting, and storing of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), as determined by the VA Privacy Service, must be in place, tested, and approved by VA prior to hosting, operation, maintenance, or use of the information system, or systems by or on behalf of VA. These security controls are to be assessed and stated within the PIA and if these controls are determined not to be in place, or inadequate, a Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M) must be submitted and approved prior to the collection of PII. c. Outsourcing (contractor facility, contractor equipment or contractor staff) of systems or network operations, telecommunications services, or other managed services requires certification and accreditation (authorization) (C&A) of the contractor's systems in accordance with VA Handbook 6500.3, Certification and Accreditation and/or the VA OCS Certification Program Office. Government-owned (government facility or government equipment) contractor-operated systems, third party or business partner networks require memorandums of understanding and interconnection agreements (MOU-ISA) which detail what data types are shared, who has access, and the appropriate level of security controls for all systems connected to VA networks. d. The contractor/subcontractor's system must adhere to all FISMA, FIPS, and NIST standards related to the annual FISMA security controls assessment and review and update the PIA. Any deficiencies noted during this assessment must be provided to the VA contracting officer and the ISO for entry into VA's POA&M management process. The contractor/subcontractor must use VA's POA&M process to document planned remedial actions to address any deficiencies in information security policies, procedures, and practices, and the completion of those activities. Security deficiencies must be corrected within the timeframes approved by the government. Contractor/subcontractor procedures are subject to periodic, unannounced assessments by VA officials, including the VA Office of Inspector General. The physical security aspects associated with contractor/subcontractor activities must also be subject to such assessments. If major changes to the system occur that may affect the privacy or security of the data or the system, the C&A of the system may need to be reviewed, retested and re-authorized per VA Handbook 6500.3. This may require reviewing and updating all of the documentation (PIA, System Security Plan, and Contingency Plan). The Certification Program Office can provide guidance on whether a new C&A would be necessary. e. The contractor/subcontractor must conduct an annual self-assessment on all systems and outsourced services as required. Both hard copy and electronic copies of the assessment must be provided to the COTR. The government reserves the right to conduct such an assessment using government personnel or another contractor/subcontractor. The contractor/subcontractor must take appropriate and timely action (this can be specified in the contract) to correct or mitigate any weaknesses discovered during such testing, generally at no additional cost. f. VA prohibits the installation and use of personally-owned or contractor/subcontractor-owned equipment or software on VA's network. If non-VA owned equipment must be used to fulfill the requirements of a contract, it must be stated in the service agreement, SOW or contract. All of the security controls required for government furnished equipment (GFE) must be utilized in approved other equipment (OE) and must be funded by the owner of the equipment. All remote systems must be equipped with, and use, a VA-approved antivirus (AV) software and a personal (host-based or enclave based) firewall that is configured with a VA-approved configuration. Software must be kept current, including all critical updates and patches. Owners of approved OE are responsible for providing and maintaining the anti-viral software and the firewall on the non-VA owned OE. g. All electronic storage media used on non-VA leased or non-VA owned IT equipment that is used to store, process, or access VA information must be handled in adherence with VA Handbook 6500.1, Electronic Media Sanitization upon: (i) completion or termination of the contract or (ii) disposal or return of the IT equipment by the contractor/subcontractor or any person acting on behalf of the contractor/subcontractor, whichever is earlier. Media (hard drives, optical disks, CDs, back-up tapes, etc.) used by the contractors/subcontractors that contain VA information must be returned to the VA for sanitization or destruction or the contractor/subcontractor must self-certify that the media has been disposed of per 6500.1 requirements. This must be completed within 30 days of termination of the contract. h. Bio-Medical devices and other equipment or systems containing media (hard drives, optical disks, etc.) with VA sensitive information must not be returned to the vendor at the end of lease, for trade-in, or other purposes. The options are: (1) Vendor must accept the system without the drive; (2) VA's initial medical device purchase includes a spare drive which must be installed in place of the original drive at time of turn-in; or (3) VA must reimburse the company for media at a reasonable open market replacement cost at time of purchase. (4) Due to the highly specialized and sometimes proprietary hardware and software associated with medical equipment/systems, if it is not possible for the VA to retain the hard drive, then; (a) The equipment vendor must have an existing BAA if the device being traded in has sensitive information stored on it and hard drive(s) from the system are being returned physically intact; and (b) Any fixed hard drive on the device must be non-destructively sanitized to the greatest extent possible without negatively impacting system operation. Selective clearing down to patient data folder level is recommended using VA approved and validated overwriting technologies/methods/tools. Applicable media sanitization specifications need to be pre-approved and described in the purchase order or contract. (c) A statement needs to be signed by the Director (System Owner) that states that the drive could not be removed and that (a) and (b) controls above are in place and completed. The ISO needs to maintain the documentation. 6. SECURITY INCIDENT INVESTIGATION a. The term "security incident" means an event that has, or could have, resulted in unauthorized access to, loss or damage to VA assets, or sensitive information, or an action that breaches VA security procedures. The contractor/subcontractor shall immediately notify the COTR and simultaneously, the designated ISO and Privacy Officer for the contract of any known or suspected security/privacy incidents, or any unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information, including that contained in system(s) to which the contractor/subcontractor has access. b. To the extent known by the contractor/subcontractor, the contractor/subcontractor's notice to VA shall identify the information involved, the circumstances surrounding the incident (including to whom, how, when, and where the VA information or assets were placed at risk or compromised), and any other information that the contractor/subcontractor considers relevant. c. With respect to unsecured protected health information, the business associate is deemed to have discovered a data breach when the business associate knew or should have known of a breach of such information. Upon discovery, the business associate must notify the covered entity of the breach. Notifications need to be made in accordance with the executed business associate agreement. d. In instances of theft or break-in or other criminal activity, the contractor/subcontractor must concurrently report the incident to the appropriate law enforcement entity (or entities) of jurisdiction, including the VA OIG and Security and Law Enforcement. The contractor, its employees, and its subcontractors and their employees shall cooperate with VA and any law enforcement authority responsible for the investigation and prosecution of any possible criminal law violation(s) associated with any incident. The contractor/subcontractor shall cooperate with VA in any civil litigation to recover VA information, obtain monetary or other compensation from a third party for damages arising from any incident, or obtain injunctive relief against any third party arising from, or related to, the incident. 7. LIQUIDATED DAMAGES FOR DATA BREACH a. Consistent with the requirements of 38 U.S.C. §5725, a contract may require access to sensitive personal information. If so, the contractor is liable to VA for liquidated damages in the event of a data breach or privacy incident involving any SPI the contractor/subcontractor processes or maintains under this contract. b. The contractor/subcontractor shall provide notice to VA of a "security incident" as set forth in the Security Incident Investigation section above. Upon such notification, VA must secure from a non-Department entity or the VA Office of Inspector General an independent risk analysis of the data breach to determine the level of risk associated with the data breach for the potential misuse of any sensitive personal information involved in the data breach. The term 'data breach' means the loss, theft, or other unauthorized access, or any access other than that incidental to the scope of employment, to data containing sensitive personal information, in electronic or printed form, that results in the potential compromise of the confidentiality or integrity of the data. Contractor shall fully cooperate with the entity performing the risk analysis. Failure to cooperate may be deemed a material breach and grounds for contract termination. c. Each risk analysis shall address all relevant information concerning the data breach, including the following: (1) Nature of the event (loss, theft, unauthorized access); (2) Description of the event, including: (a) date of occurrence; (b) data elements involved, including any PII, such as full name, social security number, date of birth, home address, account number, disability code; (3) Number of individuals affected or potentially affected; (4) Names of individuals or groups affected or potentially affected; (5) Ease of logical data access to the lost, stolen or improperly accessed data in light of the degree of protection for the data, e.g., unencrypted, plain text; (6) Amount of time the data has been out of VA control; (7) The likelihood that the sensitive personal information will or has been compromised (made accessible to and usable by unauthorized persons); (8) Known misuses of data containing sensitive personal information, if any; (9) Assessment of the potential harm to the affected individuals; (10) Data breach analysis as outlined in 6500.2 Handbook, Management of Security and Privacy Incidents, as appropriate; and (11) Whether credit protection services may assist record subjects in avoiding or mitigating the results of identity theft based on the sensitive personal information that may have been compromised. Based on the determinations of the independent risk analysis, the contractor shall be responsible for paying to the VA liquidated damages in the amount of $ 37.50per affected individual to cover the cost of providing credit protection services to affected individuals consisting of the following: (1) Notification; (2) One year of credit monitoring services consisting of automatic daily monitoring of at least 3 relevant credit bureau reports; (3) Data breach analysis; (4) Fraud resolution services, including writing dispute letters, initiating fraud alerts and credit freezes, to assist affected individuals to bring matters to resolution; (5) One year of identity theft insurance with $20,000.00 coverage at $0 deductible; and (6) Necessary legal expenses the subjects may incur to repair falsified or damaged credit records, histories, or financial affairs. 8. SECURITY CONTROLS COMPLIANCE TESTING On a periodic basis, VA, including the Office of Inspector General, reserves the right to evaluate any or all of the security controls and privacy practices implemented by the contractor under the clauses contained within the contract. With 10 working-day's notice, at the request of the government, the contractor must fully cooperate and assist in a government-sponsored security controls assessment at each location wherein VA information is processed or stored, or information systems are developed, operated, maintained, or used on behalf of VA, including those initiated by the Office of Inspector General. The government may conduct a security control assessment on shorter notice (to include unannounced assessments) as determined by VA in the event of a security incident or at any other time. 9. TRAINING a. All contractor employees and subcontractor employees requiring access to VA information and VA information systems shall complete the following before being granted access to VA information and its systems: (1) Sign and acknowledge (either manually or electronically) understanding of and responsibilities for compliance with the Contractor Rules of Behavior, Appendix E relating to access to VA information and information systems; (2) Successfully complete the VA Cyber Security Awareness and Rules of Behavior training and annually complete required security training; (3) Successfully complete the appropriate VA privacy training and annually complete required privacy training; and (4) Successfully complete any additional cyber security or privacy training, as required for VA personnel with equivalent information system access [to be defined by the VA program official and provided to the contracting officer for inclusion in the solicitation document - e.g., any role-based information security training required in accordance with NIST Special Publication 800-16, Information Technology Security Training Requirements.] ** A Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is required. A copy of the signed BAA must be submitted to the Privacy Office. (Attachment 4) Attachments: See attached document: Attachment 1 Pricing Sheet. See attached document: Attachment 2 STATEMENT OF WORK. See attached document: Attachment 3 Wage Determination No. 2005-2449, Revision 16, Revision Date: 7/8/15 See attached document: Attachment 4 BAA.
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