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Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration | Published November 12, 2015 - Deadline November 19, 2015
The Contractor invoice must contain the information stated in the Prompt Payment Clause in order to be received and processed by FinCen. Supplemental invoice documentation required for review and approval of invoices may, at the written direction of the Contracting Officer, be submitted directly to either the Contracting Officer, or the Contracting Officer's Representative. Note for "time-and-material" type contracts: The Contractor must submit the following statement with each invoice for labor hours invoiced under a "time-and-materials" type contract, order, or contract line item: "The Contractor hereby certifies in accordance with paragraph (c) of FAR 52.232-7, that each labor hour has been performed by an employee (prime or subcontractor) who meets the contract's specified requirements for the labor category invoiced."
(g) Additional Invoice Preparation Instructions for Software Development and/or Hardware. The Contractor shall clearly include a separate breakdown (by CLIN) for any software development activities (labor costs, subcontractor costs, etc.) in accordance with Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards Number 10 (Preliminary design costs, Development costs and post implementation costs) and cite payment terms. The contractor shall provide make and model descriptions as well as serial numbers for purchases of hardware and software (where applicable.)
(h) Frequency of Invoice Submission. This area is for the CO to document how often the contractor is allowed to submit invoices. An example is" Invoices shall be submitted on a monthly basis in accordance with the schedule."
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H.5200.204.001 MAJOR BREACH OF SAFETY OR SECURITY (JUL 2015)
(a) Safety is the freedom from those conditions that can cause death, injury, occupational illness, damage to or loss of equipment or property, or damage to the environment. Safety is essential to TSA and compliance with safety standards and practices is a material part of this contract. A major breach of safety may constitute a breach of contract that entitles the Government to exercise any of its rights and remedies applicable to material parts of this agreement, including termination for default. A major breach of safety must be related directly to the work on the agreement. A major breach of safety is an act or omission of the Contractor that consists of an accident, incident, or exposure resulting in a fatality, serious injury, or mission failure; or in damage to equipment or property equal to or greater than $1 million; or in any "willful" or "repeat" violation cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or by a state agency operating under an OSHA approved plan.
(b) Security is the condition of safeguarding against espionage, sabotage, crime (including computer crime), or attack. A major breach of security may constitute a breach of contract that entitles the Government to exercise any of its rights and remedies applicable to material parts of this agreement, including termination for default. A major breach of security may occur on or off Government installations, but must be related directly to the work on the agreement. A major breach of security is an act or omission by the Contractor that results in compromise of classified information or sensitive security information or sensitive but unclassified information, including contractor proprietary information, illegal technology transfer, workplace violence resulting in criminal conviction, sabotage, compromise or denial of information technology services, equipment or property damage from vandalism greater than $250,000, or theft greater than $250,000.
NOTE: Breach of Security for the purposes of this definition should not be confused with breach of security in screening operations.
(c) In the event of a major breach of safety or security, the Contractor shall report the breach to the Contracting Officer. If directed by the Contracting Officer, the Contractor shall conduct its own investigation and report the results to the Government. The Contractor shall cooperate with the Government investigation, if conducted.
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H.5200.204.004 REQUIREMENTS AND DUTIES FOR HANDLING SENSITIVE SECURITY INFORMATION (SSI) (JUL 2015)
Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 114(r), Sensitive Security Information and Nondisclosure of Security Activities, Sensitive Security Information (SSI) is a category of sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information that must be protected because it is information that, if publicly released, would be detrimental to the security of transportation. Under 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1520.5(a), the SSI Regulation also provides additional reasons for protecting information as SSI beyond the condition that the release of the information would be detrimental to the security of transportation. TSA, however, primarily uses the criterion of "detrimental to the security of transportation" when determining whether information is SSI.
Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1520 defines the scope, categorization, handling requirements and disposition of information deemed SSI is the 49 C.F.R. Part 1520 (http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/). Persons authorized to access specific SSI (i.e., covered persons) include those contracted to DHS or TSA with a need-to-know basis for specific information in the course of fulfilling their TSA contractual obligations. TSA may deliver SSI materials to the Contractor. Also, materials created by the Contractor may require SSI designation and protection, and the Contractor has the responsibility to identify such materials to TSA as possible SSI. For guidance while working on TSA and DHS matters, see the TSA SSI Application Guide, 2011_04_01 for identifying the type of information covered by the regulation.
For purposes of this clause, the term "Contractor" shall include an individual or other legal entity who performs work for or on behalf of TSA or DHS under a contract, interagency agreement, or other transaction agreement. Such contracts include, but are not limited to, contracts between any non-Federal entity and/or TSA or DHS and subcontracts, joint venture agreements, and teaming agreements between any non-Federal entity and another non-Federal entity to perform work related to the primary contract with the TSA or DHS.
While SSI is not classified national security information subject to the handling requirements governing classified information, it is subject to certain legal disclosure limitations. To ensure regulatory compliance, the Contractor shall be subject to the following requirements and include this entire clause as flow-down in subcontracts, etc.:
(a) Handling and Safeguarding. The TSA Contractor shall safeguard and handle any SSI in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in 49 C.F.R. Part 1520, as well as the DHS and TSA policies and procedures for handling and safeguarding SSI. These safeguarding procedures shall include SSI recognition, identification and marking of materials that possibly contain SSI, including Contractor-created materials, as well as following restrictions on disclosure, storage, handling, sharing, dissemination and destruction of SSI. The Contractor, without exception, shall place this requirement in all subcontracts, joint venture agreements, and teaming agreements related to the performance of this contract.
(b) Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). The Contracting Officer will provide the non-disclosure form (DHS Form 11000-6), as necessary, to the Contractor when circumstances warrant. NDAs are required to be signed by all Contractor personnel when access to SSI is necessary for performance of the contract. By signing the NDA, the recipient certifies in writing that they will take the necessary steps to prevent the unauthorized disclosure and use of information.
(c) Request for Access to SSI materials. Pursuant to 49 C.F.R. Part 1520.9(a)(3), the Contractor must contact SSI@tsa.dhs.gov for guidance on handling requests to access to SSI (before using SSI materials) for any other purpose besides activities falling within the scope of the contract by other persons, including requests from experts, consultants, and legal counsel ("requesters") hired by the Contractor. The Contractor shall include the Contracting Officer (CO) and Contracting Officer Representative (COR) as a carbon copy "cc" recipient of its contact to SSI@tsa.dhs.gov . The TSA SSI Office must first make a determination as to whether the requesters are a "covered person" with a "need to know" under 49 C.F.R. Parts 1520.7 and 1520.11.
(d) Training and Certification. All Contractor personnel who are covered persons with a need-to- know basis must complete the TSA-mandated SSI Awareness Training course prior to accessing SSI, and on an annual basis for the duration of the contract or for the duration of the requester's need for access to SSI, whichever is later. Contractor personnel must also review and adhere to the SSI Quick Reference Guide for DHS Employees and Contractors. The Contractor shall certify to the Contracting Officer annually that all covered persons have completed the mandated SSI training, that all SSI policies and procedures have been followed, and that those individuals with access understand their responsibilities to protect the information.
(e) Breach. In accordance with 49 C.F.R. Part 1520.9(c), the Contractor agrees that in the event of any actual or suspected breach of SSI (i.e., loss of control, compromise, unauthorized disclosure, access for an unauthorized purpose, or other unauthorized access, whether physical or electronic), the Contractor shall immediately, and in no event later than one hour of discovery, report the breach to the Contracting Officer and the COR. The Contractor is responsible for positively verifying that notification is received and acknowledged by at least one of the foregoing Government officials.
In the event that an SSI breach occurs as a result of the violation of a term of this contract by the Contractor or its employees, or the Contractor's covered persons, the Contractor shall, as directed by the Contracting Officer and at no cost to the Government, without delay correct or mitigate the violation.
For unauthorized disclosure of SSI, the Contractor and Contractor's employees and Contractor's covered persons may also be subject to civil penalties and other consequences as set forth in 49 CFR Part 1520.17.
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H.5200.209.004 SUITABILITY DETERMINATION FOR CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEES (JUL 2015)
All contractor employees seeking to provide services to TSA under a TSA contract are subject to a suitability determination to assess whether their initial employment or continued employment on a TSA contract protects or promotes the efficiency of the agency. TSA, by and through the Office of Security, Personnel Security Division (PerSec), will allow a contractor employee to commence work on a TSA contract only if a review of the contractor employee's preliminary background check is favorable. Contractor employees with unfavorable preliminary background checks will not be allowed to work on a TSA contract.
A suitability determination involves the following three phases:
Phase 1: Enter On Duty Suitability Determination: a review of a contractor employee's consumer credit report, criminal history records, and submitted security forms to determine, to the extent possible, if the contractor employee has bad debt and/or criminal offenses and/or falsification issues that would prohibit employment as a TSA contractor. This determination will include verification of citizenship for contractor employees born outside of the United States. A favorable Enter On Duty Suitability Determination is not a final suitability determination; rather, it is a preliminary review of external data sources that allows the contractor employee to commence work prior to the required background investigation being completed.
When a contractor employee is deemed suitable to commence work on a TSA contract, TSA PerSec will notify the appropriate Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) of the favorable determination. Similar notifications will be sent when a contractor employee has not passed the preliminary background check and has been deemed unsuitable.
Phase 2: Background Investigation: Once the contractor employee commences work on a TSA contract, TSA PerSec will process all submitted security forms to determine whether the contractor has previously been the subject of a federal background investigation sufficient in scope to meet TSA minimum investigative requirements. Contractor employees who have a federal investigation sufficient in scope will immediately be processed for final suitability adjudication. Those contractor employees who do not have a previous federal background investigation sufficient in scope will be scheduled for the appropriate level background investigation through the submission of their security forms to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Phase 3: Final Suitability Adjudication: TSA PerSec will complete the final suitability determination after receipt, review, and adjudication of the completed OPM background investigation. The final suitability determination is an assessment made by TSA PerSec to determine whether there is reasonable expectation that the continued employment of the TSA contractor will or will not protect or promote the efficiency of the agency. An unfavorable final suitability determination will result in a notification to the COR that the contractor employee has been deemed unsuitable for continued contract employment and that he/she shall be removed from the TSA contract.
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H.5200.212.001 COMMERCIAL APPLICABILITY (JUL 2015)
This contract 1is/0is not for commercial items, as defined by FAR 2.1.
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H.5200.224.001 DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION (JUL 2015)
Information furnished by the Contractor under this contract may be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Therefore, all items that are confidential to business, or contain trade secrets, proprietary, or personally-identifiable information must be clearly marked.
Any information made available to the Contractor by the Government must be used only for the purpose of carrying out the requirements of this contract and must not be divulged or made known in any manner to any person except as may be necessary in the performance of the contract.
In performance of this contract, the Contractor assumes responsibility for protection of the confidentiality of Government records and information and must ensure that all work performed by its Subcontractor(s) shall be under the supervision of the Contractor or the Contractor's employees.
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H.5200.224.002 CONTROLLED UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION DATA PRIVACY AND PROTECTION (JUL 2015)
The Contractor shall be responsible for the security of: i) all data that is generated by the contractor on behalf of the Government ii) Government data transmitted by the contractor, and iii) Government data otherwise stored or processed by the contractor, regardless of who owns or controls the underlying systems while that data is under the contractor's control. All Government data, including but not limited to Personal Identifiable Information (PII), Sensitive Security Information (SSI), and Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU), and/or Critical Infrastructure Information (CII), shall be protected according to Department of Homeland Security information security policies and mandates.
At the expiration of the contract, the contractor shall return all Government information and IT resources provided to the contractor during the contract.
The contractor must satisfy requirements to work with and safeguard Sensitive Security Information (SSI), and Personally Identifiable Information (PII). All support personnel must understand and rigorously follow all applicable DHS Component Agency's requirements, policies, and procedures for safeguarding SSI and PII. Contractor personnel will be required to complete online training for SSI, Informational Security and Privacy training, if required by the DHS Component Agency
The Contractor, and those operating on its behalf, shall adhere to the requirements of the non-disclosure agreement unless authorized in writing by the Contracting Officer.
The Government will identify IT systems transmitting unclassified/SSI information that will require protection based on a risk assessment as applicable. If encryption is required, the following methods are acceptable for encrypting sensitive information:
a. Products Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithms that have been validated under FIPS 140-2.
b. National Security Agency (NSA) Type 2 or Type 1 encryption.
c. Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) (see paragraph 22.214.171.124 of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) IT Security Program Handbook (DHS Management Directive (MD) 4300A) for Sensitive Systems).
The contractor shall maintain data control according to the applicable DHS Component Agency's security level of the data. Data separation will include the use of discretionary access control methods, VPN encryption methods, data aggregation controls, data tagging, media marking, backup actions, and data disaster planning and recovery. Contractors handling PII must comply with TSA MD 3700.4 if applicable.
Users of Government IT assets shall adhere to all system security requirements to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and non-repudiation of information under their control. All users accessing Government IT assets are expected to actively apply the practices specified in the TSA Information Technology Security Policy (ITSP) Handbook, Chapter 3, Section 6, Privacy and Acceptable Use, or similar DHS Component Agency's guidance or policy.
The contractor shall comply with the all data disposition requirements stated in the applicable DHS Component Agency's Information Security Policy. For all TSA orders the contractor shall comply with Information Security Policy Handbook Chapter 3, Section 17 Computer Data Storage Disposition, as well as TSA Management Directive 3700.4.
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H.5200.224.003 SECURITY OF SYSTEMS HANDLING PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION AND PRIVACY INCIDENT REPONSE (JUL 2015)
"Breach" (may be used interchangeably with "Privacy Incident') as used in this clause means the loss of control, compromise, unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized acquisition, unauthorized access, or any similar situation where persons other than authorized users, and for other than authorized purpose, have access or potential access to Personally Identifiable Information, in usable form whether physical or electronic.
"Personally Identifiable Information (PII)" as used in this clause means any information that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any other information that is linked or linkable to that individual regardless of whether the individual is a citizen of the United States, legal permanent resident, or a visitor to the United States.
Examples of PII include: name, date of birth, mailing address, telephone number, Social Security Number (SSN), email address, zip code, account numbers, certificate/license numbers, vehicle identifiers including license plates, uniform resource locators (URLs), Internet protocol addresses, biometric identifiers (e.g., fingerprints), photographic facial images, or any other unique identifying number or characteristic, and any information where it is reasonably foreseeable that the information will be linked with other information to identify the individual.
"Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (Sensitive PII)" as used in this clause is a subset of Personally Identifiable Information, which if lost, compromised or disclosed without authorization, could result in substantial harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, or unfairness to an individual. , Complete social security numbers (SSN), alien registration numbers (A-number) and biometric identifiers (such as fingerprint, voiceprint, or iris scan) are considered Sensitive PII even if they are not coupled with additional PII. Additional examples include any groupings of information that contains an individual's name or other unique identifier plus one or more of the following elements:
(1) Driver's license number, passport number, or truncated SSN (such as last 4 digits)
(2) Date of birth (month, day, and year)
(3) Citizenship or immigration status
(4) Financial information such as account numbers or Electronic Funds Transfer Information
(5) Medical Information
(6) System authentication information such as mother's maiden name, account passwords or personal identification numbers (PIN)
Other Personally Identifiable information may be "sensitive" depending on its context, such as a list of employees with less than satisfactory performance ratings or an unlisted home address or phone number. In contrast, a business card or public telephone directory of agency employees contains Personally Identifiable Information but it is not sensitive.
Sensitive PII have higher impact ratings for purposes of privacy incident handling.
(b) Systems Access. Work to be performed under this contract requires the handling of Sensitive PII. The contractor shall provide the Government access to, and information regarding its systems, when requested by the Government, as part of its responsibility to ensure compliance with security requirements, and shall otherwise cooperate with the Government in assuring compliance with such requirements. Government access shall include independent validation testing of controls, system penetration testing by the Government, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) data reviews, and access by agency Inspectors General for its reviews.
(c) Systems Security. In performing its duties related to management, operation, and/or access of systems containing Sensitive PII under this contract, the contractor, its employees and subcontractors shall comply with applicable security requirements described in DHS Sensitive System Publication 4300A or any replacement publication and rules of conduct as described in TSA MD 3700.4¬
In addition, use of contractor-owned laptops or other media storage devices to process or store PII is prohibited under this contract until the contractor provides, and the contracting officer in coordination with CISO approves, written certification by the contractor that the following requirements are met:
(1) Laptops employ encryption using a NIST Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 or successor approved product;
(2) The contractor has developed and implemented a process to ensure that security and other applications software are kept current;
(3) Mobile computing devices utilize anti-viral software and a host-based firewall mechanism;
(4) When no longer needed, all removable media and laptop hard drives shall be processed (i.e., sanitized, degaussed, or destroyed) in accordance with DHS security requirements.
(5) The contractor shall maintain an accurate inventory of devices used in the performance of this contract;
(6) Contractor employee annual training and rules of conduct/behavior shall be developed, conducted/issued, and acknowledged by employees in writing. Training and rules of conduct shall address at minimum:
(i) Authorized and official use;
(ii) Prohibition against use of personally-owned equipment to
process, access, or store Sensitive PII;
(iii) Prohibition against access by unauthorized users and
unauthorized use by authorized users; and
(iv) Protection of Sensitive PII;
(7) All Sensitive PII obtained under this contract shall be removed from contractor-owned information technology assets upon termination or expiration of contractor work. Removal must be accomplished in accordance with DHS Sensitive System Publication 4300A, which the contracting officer will provide upon request. Certification of data removal will be performed by the contractor's Project Manager and written notification confirming certification will be delivered to the contracting officer within 15 days of termination/expiration of contractor work.
(d) Data Security. Contractor shall limit access to the data covered by this clause to those employees and subcontractors who require the information in order to perform their official duties under this contract. The contractor, contractor employees, and subcontractors must physically secure Sensitive PII when not in use and/or under the control of an authorized individual, and when in transit to prevent unauthorized access or loss. When Sensitive PII is no longer needed or required to be retained under applicable Government records retention policies, it must be destroyed through means that will make the Sensitive PII irretrievable.
The contractor shall only use Sensitive PII obtained under this contract for purposes of the contract, and shall not collect or use such information for any other purpose without the prior written approval of the contracting officer. At expiration or termination of this contract, the contractor shall turn over all Sensitive PII obtained under the contract that is in its possession to the Government.
(f) Personally Identifiable Information Notification Requirement. The contractor has in place procedures and the capability to promptly notify any individual whose Sensitive PII was, or is reasonably believed to have been, breached, as determined appropriate. The method and content of any notification by the contractor shall be coordinated with, and subject to the prior approval of the Government, based upon a risk-based analysis conducted by the Government in accordance with DHS Privacy incident Handling Guidance. Notification shall not proceed unless the Government has determined that: (1) notification is appropriate; and (2) would not impede a law enforcement investigation or jeopardize national security.
Subject to Government analysis of the breach and the terms of its instructions to the contractor regarding any resulting breach notification, a method of notification may include letters to affected individuals sent by first class mail, electronic means, or general public notice, as approved by the Government. At minimum, a notification should include: (1) a brief description of how the breach occurred; (2) a description of the types of personal information involved in the breach; (3) a statement as to whether the information was encrypted or protected by other means; (4) steps an individual may take to protect themselves; (5) what the agency is doing, if anything, to investigate the breach, to mitigate losses, and to protect against any further breaches; and (6) point of contact information identifying who affected individuals may contact for further information.
In the event that a PII breach occurs as a result of the violation of a term of this contract by the contractor or its employees, the contractor shall, as directed by the contracting officer and at no cost to the Government, take timely action to correct or mitigate the violation, which may include providing notification and/or other identity protection services to affected individuals for a period not to exceed 12 months from discovery of the breach. Should the Government elect to provide and/or procure notification or identity protection services in response to a breach, the contractor will be responsible for reimbursing the Government for those expenses.
Pass-Through of Security Requirements to Subcontractors. The contractor agrees to incorporate the substance of this clause, its terms and requirements, in all subcontracts under this contract, and to require written subcontractor acknowledgement of same. Violation by a subcontractor of any provision set forth in this clause will be attributed to the contractor.
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H 5200.237.004 Contractor Responsibility, Conduct and Performance under TSA Service Contracts (JUL 2015)
A. BASIC REQUIRED STANDARDS OF CONDUCT RELATED TO BUSINESS UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
1. General. The Government has the basic inherent expectations of timely, focused, effective, and competent performance by the Contractor under a contract. The Contractor has the basic inherent expectation of fair treatment under the contract, where the Contractor's employees, when in Government facilities or in circumstances where the Government has primary control or responsibility, have the expectation of performance in a safe and non-hostile work environment.
2. Adherence to Standards. The Contractor shall adhere to the same professional and ethical standards of conduct required of Government personnel. Contractor employees performing work under this contract shall not:
a) Solicit new business (on-site at government spaces, or while on work during periods paid by Government) while performing work under the contract;
b) Conduct business other than that which is covered by this contract during periods paid by the Government;
c) Conduct business not directly related to this contract while on Government premises;
d) Use Government computer systems or networks, Government property or materials, and/or Government facilities for company or personal business;
e) Recruit while on Government premises or otherwise act to disrupt official Government business while on Government premises.
f) Discuss with unauthorized persons any information obtained during the performance of work under this contract.
3. Reporting Matters.
a) Illegal and Unethical Conduct. The Contractor, and its employees shall immediately report to the Contracting Officer and/or Contracting Officer's Representative, any illegal or unethical conduct observed, noticed, or discovered while on Government premises or during periods paid by the Government under this contract, without regard as to the source of such conduct (except that any matter involving only contractor employees, apart from any Government requirements or the specific requirements of this contract, is deemed to be strictly the concern of the Contractor). The Contractor shall immediately report to the Government all actual or suspected violations of Government information, personnel, or physical security requirements. The Contractor shall fully comply with all of the reporting requirements that are expressed for specified circumstances and issues identified in discrete Federal Acquisition Regulation or Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation clauses in force under this contract.
b) Emergency Situations While on Government Premises. Contractor employees shall immediately report any emergency situations they may witness (any circumstance where actual or potential loss of life, serious injury, or critical damage to property, or other serious incidents, such as fires, or workplace violence, terrorist activities, or other criminal behavior is occurring ) per standing TSA procedures while they are performing under contract in government facilities.
c) Government Employee Misconduct. In the event of misconduct by a government employee which is observed or witnessed by a contractor employee, (or in the event of any unauthorized conduct to which a Government employee may subject a contractor employee) the contractor employee shall immediately report such to their on-site contractor supervisor or other company-designated management official, the Contracting Officer and/or Contracting Officer's Representative.
d) Workplace safety. In the event of any situation involving workplace safety, the contractor employee shall immediately report such to their on-site contractor supervisor or other company -designated management official, the Contracting Officer and/or Contracting Officer's Representative.
4. The Contracting Officer may require dismissal from work under this contract and/or removal of access to government facilities, property, information and/or information systems of those employees which the Contracting Officer deems contrary to the public interest or inconsistent with the best interest of national security.
5. Non-Disclosure Agreements are required to be signed by all Contractor personnel when their role requires them to come into contact with Sensitive But Unclassified, Government procurement sensitive information, and/or other sensitive information, or proprietary business information from other Contractors (e.g., cost data, plans, and strategies). The recipient certifies in writing that they will take the necessary steps to prevent the unauthorized disclosure and use of information. The Contracting Officer will provide the prescribed non-disclosure forms as necessary to the Contractor when circumstances warrant.
B. BASIC REQUIREMENTS AFFECTING CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE
1. Contractor Responsibility for Performance Management. The Contractor shall provide all management, administrative, clerical, and supervisory functions required for the effective and efficient performance of this contract.
2. Limitation on Government Liability. The Government shall not be liable for any injury to the Contractor's personnel or damage to the Contractor's property unless such injury or damage is due to negligence on the part of the Government and is recoverable under the Federal Torts Claims Act, or pursuant to another Federal statutory authority.
3. Responsibility for Effective Contract Transitions. A smooth and orderly transition between the Contractor and a predecessor or successor Contractor is necessary to ensure minimum disruption to vital Government business. The Contractor shall cooperate fully in the transition.
4. The Government observes the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
Washington's Birthday (President's Day)
a) In addition to the days designated as holidays, the Government observes also the following days:
• Any other day designated by Federal Statute, and
• Any other day designated by Executive Order, and
• Any other day designated by President's Proclamation, such as extreme weather conditions.
• Inauguration Day (Washington, DC metropolitan area)
b) When the Government grants excused absence to its employees in a specific location, assigned Contractor personnel at that same location may also be dismissed. The Contractor agrees to continue to provide sufficient personnel to perform critical tasks already in operation or scheduled, and shall be guided by the instructions issued by the Contracting Officer or the Contracting Officer's Representative. Observance of such holidays by Government personnel shall not be a reason for the Contractor to request an extension of the period of performance, or entitlement of compensation except as set forth within the contract.
c) In the event the Contractor's personnel work during the holiday or other excused absences, they may be compensated by the Contractor, however, no form of holiday or other premium compensation will be considered either as a direct or indirect cost, other than their normal compensation for the time worked. For cost reimbursable and time and material (T&M) contracts, the Government will only consider as direct and/or indirect costs those efforts actually performed during the holiday or excused absences in the event contractor personnel are not dismissed. This provision does not preclude reimbursement for authorized overtime work if applicable to this contract.
Otherwise, the management responsibility for contractor functions approved by the Contracting Officer for offsite work, in the event of inaccessibility of federal workplaces are the sole responsibility of the contractor. The contractor may propose telework or other solutions when critical work is required, however, the Contractor is solely responsible for any cost differential in performance, all liabilities that may be due to performance at an alternate location and all resources necessary to complete such performance.
d) In the event of an actual emergency, the Contracting Officer may direct the contractor to change work hours or locations or institute telework, utilize personal protective equipment or other mandated items.
e) In the event of a Government shutdown caused by a lapse in appropriations, which can occur at the beginning of a fiscal year if no funds have been appropriated for that year, or upon expiration of a continuing resolution if a new continuing resolution or appropriations law is not passed, the Contractor shall continue performance under the contract unless otherwise instructed in writing by a Contracting Officer. Unless the Contractor is provided a formal notification to the contrary, usually via a Stop Work Order pursuant to FAR 52.242-15, the Contractor must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of the contract. If a contract will not be affected by a shutdown, generally no separate notification or communication of that fact will be provided.
C. CONTRACTOR'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR ASSIGNED SPACE, EQUIPMENT, AND SUPPLIES. If, due to the fault or neglect of the Contractor, his agents, or employees, damages are caused to any Government property, equipment, stock or supplies, during the performance of this contract, the Contractor shall be responsible for such loss or damage and the Government, at its option, may either require the Contractor to replace all property or to reimburse the Government for the full value of the lost or damaged property. The Contractor is responsible for maintaining all assigned space(s) in a clean and orderly fashion during the course of this contract. All telephones are for conducting official Government business only.
D. CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS. The Contracting Officer's Representative will identify any specified government training which the contractor's employees will be required to complete as a precursor to or coincident with their authorized access to or use of government space or facilities, equipment, information, or information systems as a necessary component of performance required under the contract. Contractor employees are responsible for providing required evidence of timely training completion when the Government assigns such training. The contractor shall provide fully trained and experienced personnel. Training of contractor personnel shall be performed by the contractor at its expense, except as directed by the Government through written authorization by the Contracting Officer to meet special requirements peculiar to the contract. Training includes attendance at seminars, symposia or user group conferences. Training will not be authorized for the purpose of keeping contractor personnel abreast of advances in the state-of-the-art or for training contractor employees on equipment, computer languages and computer operating systems that are available on the commercial market or required by a contract. This includes training to obtain or increase proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and electronic mail.
E. COOPERATION WITH AUDITORS AND INVESTIGATORS. The Contractor shall cooperate fully with all auditors and investigators on all matters arising under or directly related to this contract and/or any other matter that may occur in relation to the contractor's presence within Government facilities or due to access to Government information, information systems, property or equipment.
F. EMPLOYEE REMOVAL. The Government may identify to the Contractor any contractor employee for removal from contract performance upon notification of failure to comply with the requirements herein.
G. EMPLOYEE TERMINATION. The contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer and the Contracting Officer's Representative within 48 hours when an employee performing work under this contract who has been granted access to government information, information systems, property, or government facilities access terminates employment, no longer is assigned to the contract, or no longer requires such access. The contractor shall be responsible for returning, or ensuring that employees return, all DHS/TSA -issued contractor/employee identification, all other TSA or DHS property, and any security access cards to Government offices issued by a landlord of commercial space.
H. PERSONNEL CHANGES. The Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) in writing of any changes needed in building, information systems, or other information access requirements for its employees in order to meet contract requirements not later than one day after any personnel changes occur. This includes name changes, resignations, terminations, and transfers to other Contractors. The Contractor shall provide the following information to the COR: full name, social security number, effective date, and reason for change.
I. SUBSTITUTION OF KEY PERSONNEL . The Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer (CO) and the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COR) prior to making any changes in Key Personnel. No changes in Key Personnel will be made unless the Contractor can demonstrate that the qualifications of prospective replacement personnel are equal to or better than the qualifications of the Key Personnel being replaced or otherwise meet the standards applicable in the contract. All proposed substitutes shall have qualifications equal to or higher than the qualifications of the person to be replaced. The CO shall be notified in writing of any proposed substitution at least fifteen (15) days, or forty-five (45) days if either a background investigation for building or information system access and/or a security clearance (due to classified contract requirements that relate specifically to personnel) must be obtained to meet the contract's requirements, in advance of the proposed substitution. Such notification from the contractor shall include:
1. an explanation of the circumstances necessitating the substitution;
2. a complete resume of the proposed substitute; and
3. any other information requested by the CO to enable him/her to judge whether or not the Contractor is maintaining the same high quality of personnel that provided the partial basis for award.
The CO and COR will evaluate substitution requests and promptly notify the Contractor of his/her approval or disapproval in writing. All disapprovals will require resubmission of another substitution within 15 calendar days by the Contractor.
I. FAILURE TO COMPLY. Any failure by the Contractor to comply with these requirements may result in a contract termination and/or any other remedy available to the Government, up to and including criminal prosecution where provided for by law.
J. INTERRELATIONSHIP OF ASSOCIATE CONTRACTORS. The TSA may enter into contractual agreements with other Contractors (i.e., "Associate Contractors") in order to fulfill requirements separate from the work to be performed under this contract, yet having a relationship to performance under this contract. It is expected that contractors working under TSA contracts will have to work together under certain conditions in order to achieve a common solution for TSA. The Contractor may be required to coordinate with other such Contractor(s) through the cognizant Contracting Officer (CO) and/or designated representative in providing suitable, non-conflicting technical and/or management interface and in avoidance of duplication of effort. Information on deliverables provided under separate contracts may, at the discretion of the TSA and/or other Government agencies, be provided to such other Contractor(s) for the purpose of such work.
Where the Contractor and an associate Contractor fail to agree upon action to be taken in connection with their respective responsibilities, each Contractor shall promptly bring the matters to the attention of the cognizant CO and furnish the Contractor's recommendations for a solution. The Contractor shall not be relieved of its obligations to make timely deliveries or be entitled to any other adjustment because of failure of the Contractor and its associate to promptly refer matters to the CO or because of failure to implement CO directions.
Where the Contractor and Associate Contractors are required to collaborate to deliver a service; the Government will designate, in writing and prior to the definition of the task, to both Contractors, a "lead Contractor" for the project. In these cases the Associate Contractors shall also be contractually required to coordinate and collaborate with the Contractor. TSA will facilitate the mutual execution of Non-Disclosure Agreements.
K. PERSONAL SERVICES
"Personal services" are those in which contractor personnel would appear to be, in effect, Government employees via the direct supervision and oversight by Government employees. No personal services shall be performed under this contract. No Contractor employee will be directly supervised by a Government employee. All individual Contractor employee assignments, and daily work direction, shall be given by the applicable employee supervisor of the Contractor. If the Contractor believes any Government action or communication has been given that would create a personal services relationship between the Government and any Contractor employee, the Contractor shall promptly notify the Contracting Officer of this communication or action.
The Contractor shall not perform any inherently Governmental actions as defined by FAR 7.500. No Contractor employee shall hold him or herself out to be a Government employee, agent, or representative. No Contractor employee shall state orally or in writing at any time that he or she is acting on behalf of the Government. In all communications in connection with this contract, Contractor employees shall identify themselves as Contractor employees and specify the name of the company for which they work. In all communications with other Government Contractors in connection with this contract, the Contractor employee shall state that they have no authority to in any way change any contract and that if the other Contractor believes this communication to be a direction to change their contract, they should notify the Contracting Officer for that contract and not carry out the direction until a clarification has been issued by the Contracting Officer.
The Contractor shall ensure that all of its employees working on this contract are informed of the substance of this clause. Nothing in this special contract requirement shall limit the Government's rights in any way under any other term of the contract, including those related to the Government's right to inspect and accept the services to be performed under this contract. The substance of this special contract requirement shall be included in all subcontracts at any tier.
Compliance with this Special Contract Requirement is included in the contract price and shall not be a basis for equitable adjustment.
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H.5200.239.001 ELECTRONIC AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO ACCOMMODATE USERS WITH DISABILITIES (SECTION 508 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT) (JUL 2015)
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits federal agencies from procuring, developing, maintaining, or using electronic and information technology (EIT) that is inaccessible to people with disabilities. The applicable standards in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, shall apply to this contract and any items, or services covered by or provided in connection with this requirement. The Contractor shall provide items and services that comply with Section 508 requirements and the Electronic and Information Accessibility Standards at 36 CFR Part 1194.
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L. 5200.233.001 AVAILABILITY OF INTERNAL APPEAL PROCESS PER FAR 33.103 (JUL 2015)
In the event of receipt of the Contracting Officer's final decision of an agency-level protest in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 33.103, the offeror is hereby advised that an appeal process is available from within the agency. The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Acquisition in the Transportation Security Administration is the independent appeal authority. All appeals must be submitted in writing and signed by a company official who is authorized to commit the company and contain the same elements required in FAR 33.103(d) as well as an explanation of the Contracting Officer's decision (and copy of such decision). Appeals must be sent either in writing or via email to Transportation Security Administration, ATTN: APPEAL OF AGENCY PROTEST, Office of Acquisition, 601 S. 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6025 , or via email to TSAProcurementPolicy@tsa.dhs.gov. The subject line for the email should clearly indicate "APPEAL OF AGENCY PROTEST".
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The Quoter shall submit any questions via e-mail to the Contract Specialist, Mr. Mark Landon, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1:00 pm EST on 11/16/2015.
4. CONTENTS OF QUOTES:
The Quoter shall submit a quote in accordance with the Request for Quote. The quote must be submitted via email to the Contract Specialist, Mr. Mark Landon at email@example.com and Tamara Kelley at Tamara.Kelley@tsa.dhs.gov not later than 11/19/2015 at 2:00 pm EST.
a. The Quoter must submit quote in three (3) separate files, as follows:
(1) Volume I, Technical Capability
(2) Volume II, Past Performance
(3) Volume III, Price
b. Each volume must be submitted as a separate electronic file. Use 8 ½ by 11 -inch paper printed on one side only with one-inch margins on all sides and single-spaced. Number the pages of each volume consecutively. Use 12 point Times New Roman font with normal (uncondensed) spacing. Quoter may use pages up to size 11 by 17 inches only for diagrams, charts, or graphic material, with the type size(s) of such material left to the offerors discretion.
c. A quote which does not address all of the RFQ requirements described in the following sections will be considered non-responsive to that requirement and may be a basis for eliminating the quote from further consideration.
4.2 DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR EACH VOLUME
4.2.1 Volume I, Technical Capability (2 page limit)
a. The Quoter shall describe their reverse auctioning tool and how it meets the specifications in Section 1. The Quoter shall furnish descriptive literature as part of the quote. The quote shall be clear, concise, and shall include sufficient detail for effective evaluation and for substantiating the validity of stated claims.