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BNA Transportation/Environment Alerts Subscription

Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) | Published August 5, 2016  -  Deadline August 25, 2016
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Pursuant to 13.106-1(b), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) intends to negotiate a sole source purchase order with Bloomberg BNA for BNA Transportation /Environment Alerts Licenses.  BNA Transportation/Environment Alerts is an exclusive license customized for FHWA Environment Discipline users.  The intent of this notice is not to request competitive proposals, and any information received from interested parties will only be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether a competitive procurement should be conducted. However, interested parties may submit a description of their firm's capabilities for satisfying this requirement, which demonstrates they possess the ability to successfully perform this effort. The responses must be received by August 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST. All questions concerning this matter should be addressed directly to Ms. Courtney Palmer at Courtney.palmer@dot.gov.

American Hospital Association Membership Renewal

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published December 2, 2014  -  Deadline December 9, 2014
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THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT, NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. A SOLICIATATION DOCUMENT WILL NOT BE ISSUED AND PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE REQUESTED. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Clinical Center (CC), Office of Purchasing and Contracts (OPC) intends to negotiate on a sole source basis with American Hospital Association (AHA), 155 N Wacker Dr, Suite 400 Chicago, IL 60606-1719, under the authority of 41 United States Code (U.S.C.) 253(c)(1) as set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.302-1: Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Clinical Center (CC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a requirement to maintain its membership with the AHA in order to remain informed on legislative, regulatory and judiciary changes that effect the health environment. The CC, NIH also has a need to be able to attend meetings regarding the development of policy as it pertains to the health environment and regulations that surround the health environment. This notice is not a request for competitive proposals. However, interested parties may identify their interest and capability in writing to Stacey Polk, spolk@cc.nih.gov within 7 calendar days of issuance of this notice. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract action based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will be considered solely for the purposes of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement.

Long Range Optics Eye Tracking System

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published August 27, 2015  -  Deadline September 7, 2015
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) intends to award a purchase order for a Long Range Optics Eye Tracking System for the fMRI environment, that can be mounted outside and used in the 3T Siemens Prisma MRI scanner. This solicitation is Set-Aside for Small Business. It is anticipated that the RFQ NIH-NICHD-15-067 will be available ten (10) days after the publication date of this synopsis. Receipt of quotations will be due five (5) days after the release of the RFQ. All interested parties to this solicitation may request a copy of the RFQ package via email Haunp@mail.nih.gov. All requests must contain offerors name, address, telephone number and fax number.

Computational Chemistry Infrastructure Setup and Support

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published August 13, 2015  -  Deadline August 24, 2015
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INTRODUCTION This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotations are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. This acquisition is being conducted in accordance with the procedures of FAR Part 13 - Simplified Acquisition Procedures in combination with FAR 12.6 Streamlined Procedures for Evaluation and Solicitation for Commercial Items. The solicitation number is HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-15-757 and the solicitation is issued as a request for quotation (RFQ). NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (NAICS) CODE The intended procurement is classified under NAICS code 541519 with a Size Standard of $27.5 Million. SET-ASIDE STATUS This acquisition is 100% set-aside for small businesses. ACQUISITION AUTHORITY This acquisition is for a commercial item or service and is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures. This acquisition is NOT expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-83, dated July 2, 2015. The resultant purchase order will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through this date. DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENT Purpose The Computational Chemistry staff of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Intramural Research Program (IRP) requires (specialized and highly skilled installation, configuration and IT support of newly procured computational equipment. For this project, the major objectives will be as follows: 1. Install the computational environment hardware by racking, cabling, installing, and configuring all purchased hardware, including any integration with NIH systems as required 2. Configure the system for FISMA server certification and security compliance operations in accordance with NIH policies 3. Provide detailed start-up support for the environment, including software and operational support for two (2) weeks following the initial installation of the systems 4. Provide limited long-term support of the computational environment for a period of one year. Project Requirements In order to begin this computational research at NIDA, the IRP Computational Chemist will require a dedicated computational infrastructure including specialized hardware and configurations that will interface with the laboratory's software stack at efficient speeds to effectively model the molecular interactions between small molecules and membrane-bound proteins. The hardware will require highly skilled expertise to construct, configure, and support in this scientific environment. The NIDA IRP requires a firm to provide specific expertise in the construction, configuration, and support of high performance computational equipment in computational chemistry environments. Specifically, • Designate adequate number of consultants for the efficient progress of the project; • Travel to Baltimore, MD to work onsite at NIDA to o build and configure the GPU-dense infrastructure purchases made by NIDA IRP, and to integrate them with existing NIH networks, authentication systems, security policies, and certification procedures o Tune the backup systems, implement the monitoring system, and carry out onsite training on maintenance; o Configure the cluster to run the GPU versions of molecular simulation programs Desmond and NAMD. • Provide full documentation of the newly installed systems and the respective configurations and development of how-tos; • Provide ongoing low-level systems support of the computational infrastructure o Provide support at no more than 3 hours/week for the maintenance of the established infrastructure; o Track progress, effort, and milestones in a secured extranet project management site accessible by the NIDA IRP staff. Anticipated Period of Performance The period of performance for this requirement is 12 months after receipt of award. Contract Type The Government intends to issue a firm fixed price purchase order for this requirement. APPLICABLE CLAUSES AND PROVISIONS All Offerors MUST be actively registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov. The provision at FAR clause 52.213-4, Terms and Conditions - Simplified Acquisitions, applies to this acquisition. The applicable Information Security clauses are attached. The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) are not applicable to this requirement. EVALUATION CRITERIA The Government will award a purchase order resulting from this solicitation on the basis of lowest price technically acceptable. Technical acceptability will be evaluated based upon the following: 1. Factor 1: Technical Approach The Offeror shall demonstrate an in depth knowledge and experience about the tasks as described in the project requirements. 2. Factor 2: Staffing Plan The Offeror shall propose a staffing plan based upon the tasks outlined in the project requirements. Offeror's must provide a narrative detailing the rationale for labor categories and quantity of staff proposed. RESPONSE FORMAT Responses to this solicitation must include clear and convincing evidence of the offeror's capability of fulfilling the requirement as it relates to the technical evaluation criteria. The price quotation must include the requirements listed above as well as associated pricing. Contractors must provide their Company Name, Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), Business Size, Physical Address, and Point of Contact Information in their responses. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov." CLOSING STATEMENT All responses must be received by the closing date of this announcement and must reference solicitation number HHS-NIH-NIDA-SSSA-CSS-15-757. Responses shall be submitted electronically via email to Megan Ault, Contract Specialist, at megan.ault@nih.gov.

Point of Sale (POS) System at NIH

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published August 24, 2016  -  Deadline August 30, 2016
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THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT, NOT A SOLICITATION FOR COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS. A SOLICITATION DOCUMENT WILL NOT BE ISSUED AND PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE REQUESTED. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) intends to negotiate on a sole source basis with Agilysys NV, LLC, 1000 Windward Concourse, Suite 250, Alpharetta, GA 30005 to procure and install a new Point of Sale (POS) system for its retail food service operations on its Bethesda Campus. No solicitation exists for this requirement. The proposed contract action is for services for which the Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under the authority of FAR 6.302. The product is a commercial item as defined in FAR Part 2.101. The period of performance shall be for one twelve (12) months base period, with options to renew for four (4) successive twelve month periods. It is believed that Agilysys NV, LLC is the sole source for this requirement under the authority of U.S.C. 253(c)(1) as set forth in the Federal Acquisitions Regulation (FAR) 6.302-1 "Only one responsible source and no other supplies and services will satisfy agency requirements" because of the following: Agilysys NV, LLC is the only known source that meets all the criteria; which includes meeting all the security, training and support requirements as outlined in the statement of work. Below is the Draft Statement of Work. This is NOT A SOLICITATION FOR COMPETIVE PROPOSALS. Interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to the requirement or submit proposals which demonstrates their ability to supply the services described below. The capability statement and any other information furnished must be in writing, and must contain material in sufficient detail to allow the Government to determine if the party can meet all of the requirements of the Statement of Work. Capability Statements and related materials must be received by the Contract Specialist, no later than August 30, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time. Written responses received after this date and time will not be accepted. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract based on the responses received is solely within the discretion of the government. The information received will be considered solely for the purpose of whether to conduct a competitive procurement. Address responses via email only to the attention of: O. Joy Ajao, The National Institutes of Health, OLAO, Office of Acquisitions, email address: ajaooj@mail.nih.gov DRAFT STATEMENT OF WORK PROJECT TITLE: Point of Sale (POS) System at NIH The National Institutes of Health is planning on acquiring a point of sale system for its retail food service operations on its Bethesda Campus. The point of sale system must meet the following criteria:• PCI DSS compliant• By January 1, 2017 be PCI QIR compliant• Fedramp & FISMA compliant• May be hosted in house in virtual server environment• Open access platform software• Nonproprietary hardware platform• Ability to integrate multiple peripherals including scales, printers, credit card swipes, bar code scanners, proximity readers, and change cartridges• Integrated order and self-checkout kiosk system• Back of the house analytics package to provide analysis by profit center and roll up to campus wide, of sales and transaction system to determine productivity, profit contribution, cash control, audit records, time management, item detail reports, and trend analysis with a minimum 13 month history on line.• Analytics must be able to provide inventory tracking and ordering integration• Minimum ability to handle 24 terminals in 7 profit centers with the ability to expand to cover 60+ stations and 11 profit centers• Ability to securely compartmentalize operators/ profit centers if multiple vendors are using the system• Hardware support and resolution with no more than 24 hours turnaround• Software support available 24/7 M-F• System must run on Microsoft 2008 and 2010 within 14 months• Onsite installation and training of all users, super users and in house IT professionals• Onsite support for testing and "go live" trouble shooting for 7 profit centers located on a 320 acre campus Other Important Considerations: Security Requirements• System meets the Security Assessment and Authorization (SA&A), in compliance with FISMA requirements.• System is capable on inheriting the controls of the existing Application Hosting Environment (AHE), i.e. system can be run in a virtual environment VMWARE and runs Microsoft SQL.• System complies with Payment Card Industry (PCI) Standards.• System complies with NIH login requirements, i.e. able to integrate with Siteminder.• System is compatible with Windows USGCB configuration setting: http://usgcb.nist.gov/usgcb_faq.html.• System utilizes a secure environment to process credit cards and debit card transactions.• System DOES NOT store credit card data. Training and Support Requirements • System comes with a help menu and a reference guide that explains functionality.• System provides a help menu or reference guide that explains how costs should be allocated.• "System's user documentation describes the following: o Application setup requirementso How to get startedo How to recover from "error messages"• Vendor is able to provide the end-users with an accurate Data Dictionary and Entity Relationship (ER) Diagram upon request. The diagram and data dictionary must be updated with each new maintenance release.• Vendor will provide on-site end-user training that is tailored to NIH user groups and their tasks.• Vendor will provide on-site administrator training that is tailored to NIH user groups and their tasks.• Vendor will provide training on any changes or upgrades that are done to System

Analyzing social media data/machine learning approach

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published February 8, 2016  -  Deadline February 22, 2016
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This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR 12.6 as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation and a separate written solicitation will not be issued. This solicitation number is NICHD-16-021 and is issued as a Request for Quotation (RFQ). The solicitation/contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-86. The North American Industry Classification (NAICS) Code is 518210 and the business size standard is $32.5m. However, this solicitation is not set aside for small business. This acquisition is being conducted using Simplified Acquisition Procedures in accordance with FAR Part 13. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) intend to procure on a sole source basis with SecondHelix of Alexandria, VA to tailored keyword searches on social media and content analysis on the social media data using a machine learning approach. The begin date of service will be on or around March 1, 2016 for a performance period of five months from begin date and vendor location is the place of performance. See Attached S.O.W.Specifically, SecondHelix will use keyword searched such as smoking and tobacco for relevant tweets during January 1, 2009 through October 15, 2015. SecondHelix will download all the relevant tweets related to the research topic. SecondHelix will randomly sample some percent of the tweets (depending on the total number of tweets), review them and develop a coding scheme to classify these tweets in different themes and subthemes. SecondHelix will then write a computer-based algorithm so that a computer can do the classification. SecondHelix will randomly sample a percent of tweets to see if the algorithm is correct and sensitive. If algorithm is not correct and sensitive then SecondHelix will revise the algorithm, however if correct a computer will do all the subsequent coding. SecondHelix is the only known source available that fit the needs of the lab. SecondHelix offers tailored keywords searches on social media and content analysis on the social media data using a machine learning approach, which enable the lab to analyze millions of social media data points. In addition, SecondHelix unique expertise in managing and analyzing Twitter data and their ability to integrate geographical data into the Twitter data is vital to the lab research requirements. Also, SecondHelix offers the service to integrate social media data with geographical information, which is essential to the lab research. SecondHelix specific experience and knowledge in this area are critical to the lab research initiative. The lab wants to understand the social discussions about tobacco and its disparities because these discussions shape public opinions and perceptions. In the past (prior to social media) it was impossible to capture these discussions in large scales, now with social media the lab can acquire this information. It is essential to examine social media because behavioral theories post that social environment is influential to individuals behaviors. The lab wants to understand how the public discuss tobacco and its disparities. The insight to be gain can help us better understand the social environment and guide the lab in examining whether the public discussions need to be changed to create a more supportive environment for disadvantaged smokers to quit smoking, which is the research goal of the lab.The proposed contract action is for supplies or services for which the Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under authority of the 41 U.S.C. 253(c) (1), FAR 6.302. Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The offeror must include a completed copy of the provision of FAR Clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items with its offer. The provisions of FAR Clause 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items; FAR Clause 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items; FAR Clause 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items; and FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items - Deviation for Simplified Acquisitions applies to this acquisition. The offeror must include their Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. The clauses are available in full text at http://www.acquisition.gov/far/. Interested vendors capable of furnishing the government with the services specified in this synopsis should submit a copy of their quotation to the below address or via email to robinsti@mail.nih.gov. Offers must also be accompanied by descriptive literature, delivery timeframe, warranties and/or other information that demonstrates that the offer meets all of the foregoing requirements. Quotations will be due fifteen calendar days from the publication date of this synopsis or by February 22, 2016 by 10 am, EST. via email or postal mail. The quotation must reference "Solicitation number" NICHD-16-021. Quotations sent by postal mail or other mailing services must be submitted to the following address: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 5C01, Bethesda, MD 20852. Attention: Tina Robinson, by the date and time mentioned above. Any questions must be sent via email to robinsti@mail.nih.gov and must include solicitation# NICHD-16-021 in the subject line of email. Faxed copies/responses will not be accepted. Note: In order to receive an award, contractor must be registered for all awards and have valid/current certification in the SAM database @www.sam.gov.  

NIH/RML Library Renovation Project

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published September 10, 2015
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The Rocky Mountain Laboratory (RML) requires a remodel of the existing Library in Building A. Building A is housed in the historical "Quad" which consists of Buildings A, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7. The Quad is a red brick Neoclassic academic style complex of research occupied buildings. The third floor area to be refurbished is approximately 3,940 sf. requires a general modernization from the original 1996 construction. The mission of this Design/Build contract is to accomplish general upgrades, adding in a few key spaces and features, and general rearrangement of work space. Design Objectives include: 1. To use the latest technology to foster collaboration and innovation 2. To design a comfortable, quiet and collaborative working environment for all RML staff 3. To design a number of architectural impact features that draw the RML staff into the new library 4. To create a library that can grow into future needs 5. To bring in as much natural light as possible into the library. This will be accomplished while minimizing the duration and impact of the construction activities to the NIAID program. The mechanical/electrical design philosophy is to rework the existing mechanical system, provide general power, lighting and system adjustments to support the rearrangement. The architectural "impact" features to draw the library patrons into the newly remodeled area include masonry & glass exterior cantilever window area which will include miscellaneous and structural steel. Interior remodel area will include hollow metal doors, metal stud gypsum walls, joint sealants, painting, glass walls, miscellaneous specialties, sound panels, casework, fire sprinkler system adjustments, plumbing/HVAC, BAS upgrades and electrical lighting.

ACEA Biosciences xCELLigence Real Time Cell Analyzer-DP Bundle

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published August 24, 2015  -  Deadline August 31, 2015
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(1) Action Code: Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (2) Date: August 24th, 2015 (3) Year: 2015 (4) Contracting Office Zip Code: 20892 (5) Classification Code: 6640 (6) Contracting Office Address: 6701 Rockledge Drive Rockledge II Bethesda, MD 20892 (7) Subject/Title: ACEA Biosciences xCELLigence Real Time Cell Analyzer-DP Bundle (8) Proposed Solicitation Number: NHLBI-CSB-DE-2015-216-KEW (9) Closing Response Date: August 31st, 2015 (10) Contact Point: Kyle Wisor, Contract Specialist (11) Contract Award and Solicitation Number: TBD (12) Contract Award Dollar Amount: UKN (13) Contract Line Item Number(s): Line Item 1: xCELLigence RTCA-DP Bundle; Line Item 2: Shipping (14) Contractor Award Date: September 9th, 2015 (15) Contractor Name: TBD (16) Description: The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), Oral Pharyngeal Cancer Branch (OPCB) is researching therapies for tumor treatments. A tumor vaccine is the one of the most promising therapies for tumor treatment among multiple methods of immunotherapy. The vaccine would activate the tumor-specific immunity without affecting the normal tissues. However, the tumor immunity induced by the tumor vaccine may undergo a process called tumor editing in the tumor microenvironment, where the tumor cells may escape the effects of the vaccine, resulting in low immunogenicity, especially in solid tumors. The regulatory T cell (Treg, a type of white blood cell) is one of the important mechanisms by which tumor editing occurs, and these cells can suppress the immune system by directly contacting tumor-specific cytotoxic T cells or through producing proteins called cytokines. Therefore, inhibiting the functions of Treg cells during tumor vaccine treatment may be the solution to increasing the efficiency of tumor-specific immunity. The NIDCR OPCB requires an ACEA xCELLigence RTCA-DP Bundle to help the labs tumor assays and other adherent cell experiments. (i) "This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6 as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued." (ii) The solicitation number is NHLBI-CSB-DE-2015-216-KEW and the solicitation is issued as a request for quote (RFQ). (iii) The solicitation document, the incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-83 effective 03 AUG 2015. (iv) This is a small business set aside. The associated NAICS code is 334118, Computer Terminal and Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing, and the small business size standard is 1000 Employees. The acquisition is being conducted in accordance with the procedures of FAR Part 12 and FAR Part 13. (v) The Contractor Requirements are listed below: (vi) The Contractor Shall: 1. The contractor shall provide the ACEA Biosciences xCELLigence RTCA (Real-time Cell Analyzer)-DP Bundle, product number 00380601050, Quantity 1. I. Specifications • RTCA DP Plate Station and Analyzer o Electrical input: +6V DC, 5 W max o Electronic switch resistance: 2-5 ohm o Electrical interface: handling three E-Plate® 16 devices or 3 IM-Plate devices o Communications: RS232 serial communications at a band rate of 57600 bits/second o Environment: 15° C to 40° C, relative humidity: 98% max non-condensing o Output test signal: 22mV rms ± (2% +5 mVrms) @ 10, 25 and 50 kHz o Impedance measure accuracy: ± (2% + 1.5 ohm) o Impedance measurement repeatability: 0.5% o Impedance dynamic range: 5 ohm to 2 kohm o Environment: 5° C to 40° C, Relative humidity: 80% max. up to 31° C decreasing linearly to 50% max at 40° C • RTCA DP Software o User friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) o Flexible experimental protocol setup o Real-time data acquisition o Real-time numeric and graphic data display o Multiple output formats • RTCA DP WorkStation o Laptop computer capable of running RTCA DP Software (vii) Date of Delivery: Ship upon receipt of the order Place of Delivery: National Institute of Health, NIDCR 30 Convent Drive Building 30, Room 310 Bethesda, MD 20892 (viii) The provision at FAR clause 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. (ix) The provision at FAR clause 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items, is applicable. The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers: Contract award shall be made to the responsible Offeror whose offer, in conforming to this RFQ, provides the overall best value to the Government, technical evaluation factors, and cost considered. The Government's objective is to obtain the highest technical quality considered necessary to achieve the project objectives, with a realistic and reasonable cost. Technical evaluation factors are more important than cost. 1: Technical Criteria (90 points) I. The contractor will be evaluated on the product provided meeting the below specifications: • RTCA DP Plate Station and Analyzer o Electrical input: +6V DC, 5 W max o Electronic switch resistance: 2-5 ohm o Electrical interface: handling three E-Plate® 16 devices or 3 IM-Plate devices o Communications: RS232 serial communications at a band rate of 57600 bits/second o Environment: 15° C to 40° C, relative humidity: 98% max non-condensing o Output test signal: 22mV rms ± (2% +5 mVrms) @ 10, 25 and 50 kHz o Impedance measure accuracy: ± (2% + 1.5 ohm) o Impedance measurement repeatability: 0.5% o Impedance dynamic range: 5 ohm to 2 kohm o Environment: 5° C to 40° C, Relative humidity: 80% max. up to 31° C decreasing linearly to 50% max at 40° C • RTCA DP Software o User friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) o Flexible experimental protocol setup o Real-time data acquisition o Real-time numeric and graphic data display o Multiple output formats • RTCA DP WorkStation o Laptop computer capable of running RTCA DP Software 2: Price Criteria (10 points) • Price reasonableness: Best Value (x) FAR clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items, is applicable. An offeror shall complete only paragraphs (b) of this provision if the offeror has completed the annual representations and certificates electronically via http://www.acquisition.gov. If an offeror has not completed the annual representations and certifications electronically at the System for Award Management (SAM) website, the offeror shall complete only paragraphs (c) through (p) of this provision. (xi) FAR clause at 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. (xii) FAR clause at 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. Including the following clauses and Prohibitions: i. 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging while Driving (AUG 2011) ii. 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases iii. 52.244-6, Subcontracts for Commercial Items iv. 52.2232-39, Unenforceability of Unauthorized Obligations v. 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside vi. 52.222-3, Convict Labor vii. 52.222-19, Child Labor--Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies viii. 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity ix. 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans x. 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities xi. 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans xii. 52.222-50 Combating Trafficking in Persons xiii. 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System for Award Management xiv. 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (xiii) Additional Contract Requirements: None (xiv) The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) and assigned rating are not applicable. (xv) All responses must be received by August 31st, 2015 at 9:00 AM and must reference number NHLBI-CSB-DE-2015-216-KEW. Responses may be submitted electronically to Kyle.Wisor@nih.gov or by U.S. mail to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Office of Acquisitions, COAC Services Branch, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Suite 6150B, Bethesda, MD 20892-7902, Attention: Kyle Wisor. Phone: 301-402-3670; Fax responses will not be accepted

Sj�gren�s Syndrome Mouse Study

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published July 5, 2016  -  Deadline July 15, 2016
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INTRODUCTION THIS IS A PRE-SOLICITATION NON-COMPETITIVE (NOTICE OF INTENT) SYNOPSIS TO AWARD A PURCHASE ORDER WITHOUT PROVIDING FOR FULL OR OPEN COMPETITION. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Office of Acquisitions (OA), intends to negotiate and award a purchase order on a noncompetitive sole source basis to the University of Florida, 207 Grinter Hall, Gainesville, FL, 32611-0001, to breed, house, and test the salivary gland activity in NOD derived C57BL/6.NOD-Aec1/Aec2 mice BACKGROUND The Molecular Physiology and Therapeutics Branch (MPTB) pursues a comprehensive bench-to-bedside program to understand the molecular basis of salivary gland function and dysfunction and to develop strategies for the diagnosis, prevention, and management of salivary gland diseases. Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) is a systemic autoimmune disorder characterized by exocrine gland dysfunction primarily involving the salivary and lacrimal gland. The histologic hallmark of Sjögren's Syndrome is a periductal inflammatory infiltrate. The conventional explanation of salivary gland (SG) dysfunction assumes a causal relationship between this chronic inflammatory process and the decreased saliva production. However, most patients have preserved salivary gland tissue and in overall the correlation between the focus score on SG biopsy (a measure of inflammation) and saliva production is limited. Recent studies have suggested that some immunomodulatory proteins may have beneficial effects in animal models of the disease and warrant further testing. PURPOSE The purpose of this acquisition is to procure the services of a Contractor to breed, house, and test the salivary gland activity in NOD derived C57BL/6.NOD-Aec1/Aec2 mice, a unique population of mice that are prone to the development of a Sjögren's Syndrome-like disease. The work to be performed is directly related to the mission of the MPTB, and is necessary in order to expand upon current studies in patients suffering from Sjögren's Syndrome. This particular strain of mice has been designed to develop disease with a high rate of penetrance. The MPTB was unable to achieve this result in several attempts in-house, and is thus requesting the support of an outside Contractor. PROCUREMENT The contractor shall perform the following tasks: • Breed mice to yield 118 mice for the study• House mice for 266 days• Collect and measure saliva flow activity every 4 weeks for approximately 38 weeks.• Collect and measure lacrimal gland activity every 4 weeks for approximately 38 weeks.• After the last saliva collection, the mice will be euthanized, and blood and tissues will be collected. Blood, tissue, and saliva samples will be sent back to the MPTB for analysis. JUSTIFICATION The sole source determination is based on the fact that through our extensive market research, the University of Florida was the only vendor we were able to identify as having the capability to meet the need of the Government. The University has performed extensive work over the past several years to establish the correct environment for these particular mice to develop disease with a high rate of penetrance. In addition to an unacceptable time delay, the financial commitment required to establish a similar research environment elsewhere would be cost-prohibitive to the Government. REGULATORY AUTHORITY This acquisition is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Subpart 13.106-1(b), soliciting from a single source (for purchases not exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold) and only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Industry Classification (NAICS) Code is 541690, Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services, and the Small Business Size Standard is $15.0M. The acquisition is being conducted under FAR Part 13, Simplified Acquisition Procedures, therefore the requirements of FAR Part 6, Competitive Requirements, are not applicable (FAR Part 6.001). The resultant award will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through the Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 05-88 (June 15th, 2016). This synopsis is not a request for competitive proposals. However, interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to this notice. Responses to this notice shall contain sufficient information to establish the interested parties' bona-fide capabilities for fulfilling the requirement and include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, the delivery period after contract award, the prompt payment discount terms, the F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. The information received will normally be considered solely for the purposes of determining whether to proceed on a non-competitive basis or to conduct a competitive procurement. All responses must be received by July 15, 2016 at 9:00AM EST and must reference synopsis number NHLBI-CSB-(HL)-2016-201-KMA. Responses shall be submitted to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Office of Acquisitions, COAC Services Branch, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6127, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7902, Attention: Kevin Alvarez. Responses may be submitted electronically to kevin.alvarez@nih.gov. Faxes will not be accepted. Responses will only be accepted if dated and signed by an authorized company representative. "All responsible sources may submit a bid, proposal, or quotation which shall be considered by the agency."

Upgrade EMC ApplicationXtender System

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published February 23, 2016
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National Institutes of Health/Office of Extramural Research/Office of Research Information Systems/electronic Research AdministrationStatement of WorkFebruary 23, 2016Upgrade EMC ApplicationXtender SystemScope:The National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, Office of Extramural Research, Office of Research Information Systems/electronic Research Administration has a requirement for the purchase of services to upgrade EMC ApplicationXtender system to new version. This is a combined synopsis/solicitation (RFQ) for commercial items in accordance with the format under Simplified Acquisition Procedures at Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 12.603, supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. This solicitation document incorporates provisions and clauses that are in effect in the March 2005 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Revision, including all FAR Circulars issued as of the date of this synopsis. It is the intent of The National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director/Office of Research Information Systems to purchase upgrade for the EMC ApplicationXtender system to the new version. Contractor Requirements:Provide as follows: Manufacturer Description Vendor will backup environmentVendor will migrate the existing Oracle database to a new server provided by OER/ORIS/eRA/Operation BranchVendor will migrate the image to the new serverVendor will provide environment documentation and a current state analysis document at project closureVendor will upgrade the EMC ApplicationXtender to version 8 (software upgrades will be provided under existing separate maintenance contract)Vendor will install and configure the applications on the new servers (AX, WX, Web services, Retention Manager, Xplore)Vendor will test the migrated system and confirm successful migrationVendor will provide training documentation on the client upgrade proceduresVendor will project project management, analysis, deployment and post-deployment supportAll work will be done through remote methods Period of Performance: This requirement will be a base year of 12 months.Award will be made to the vendor based on lowest price technically accepted (LPTA). Contract Type:This requirement is fixed price.508 ComplianceSoftware must comply with the Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ‘794 d).Software must comply with the Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ‘794 d). Please provide statement on quote that software is 508 compliant. Please provide a copy of the software license with the quote. The Section 508 standards applicable to this contract/order are identified below:a. A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content).b. Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.c. Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.d. Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.e. A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.f. When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology.g. When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with 1194.21(a) through (l).h. When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.i. A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links. Authority: 29 U.S.C. 794d. The contractor must provide a written Section 508 conformance certification due at the end of each order/contract exceeding $100,000 when the order/contract duration is one year or less. If it is determined by the Government that EIT products and services provided by the Contractor do not conform to the described accessibility in the Product Assessment Template, remediation of the products and/or services to the level of conformance specified in the vendor's Product Assessment Template will be the responsibility of the Contractor at its own expense.In the event of a modification(s) to the contract/order, which adds new EIT products and services or revised the type of, or specifications for, products and services the Contractor is to provide, including EIT deliverables such as electronic documents and reports, the Contracting Officer may require that the contractor submit a completed HHS Section 508 Product Assessment Template to assist the Government in determining that the EIT products and services support Section 508 accessibility requirements. Instructions for documenting accessibility via the HHS Section 508 Product Assessment Template may be found at http://508.hhs.gov.Only electronic copies of quotes will be accepted and should be emailed to briscoee@mail.nih.gov. The e-mail shall contain the following subject line: NIH-LM-2016751 - Upgrade EMC ApplicationXtender System. Please submit all information to Em'Ria J. Briscoe at briscoee@mail.nih.gov by March 2, 2016. NO TELEPHONE REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

MONITORING/MAINT. AQUATIC FAC. EQUIPMENT/SYS.

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published December 4, 2015  -  Deadline December 14, 2015
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This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR 12.6 as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation and a separate written solicitation will not be issued. This solicitation number is NICHD-16-008 and is issued as a Request for Quotation (RFQ). The solicitation/contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-84. The North American Industry Classification (NAICS) Code is 811219 and the business size standard is $19m. However, this solicitation is not set aside for small business. This acquisition is being conducted using Simplified Acquisition Procedures in accordance with FAR Part 13. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) intend to procure on a sole source basis with Siemens Industry, Inc. - 6435 Virginia Manor Road - Beltsville, MD a one year preventative maintenance agreement for remote monitoring services of equipment/components and software services (in a scientific environment) for the animal facilities (Bldgs. 6B, 32T and 10 across the NIH campus) and all aquatic facilities across the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD. Equipment and software to be maintained and monitored: Equipment: Quantity: Serial/MDL Modems 3 EACH 3061 Monitor 1 EACH 4112 PC Workstations 2 EACH 4119 Dot Matrix Printer 1 EACH 4115 Apogee Ethernet Modules 3 EACH Digital Point Unit 1 EACH 3028 Modular Building Controller 1 EACH 3382 Pump Control Relays 13 EACH 3137 Sump Level Sensors 5 EACH 3121 Immersed Temperature Sensors 9 EACH 3036 AOP Transducers 2 EACH 3043 Control Valves 2 EACH 3124 Solenoid Valves 4 EACH 3123 Mechanical Equipment Controllers 6 EACH 3528 Mechanical Equipment Controllers Point Blocks 5 EACH 3529 Apogee Software 1 EACH 3516 InfoCenter Software 1 EACH Uninterruptable Power Supplies 5 EACH 9901 Local User Interfaces Panels 1 EACH 9902 Services to Include (not limited to) The software services to include: (1) Annual software updates (2) Annual documentation updates (3) Graphics creation (4) Graphics backup (5) Field Panel Database/System File Backup (6) Control Loop Evaluation and Tuning (7) Software Consultation The System Performance Services to include: (1) On-line troubleshooting (2) Operator support (3) System Preventive Maintenance (4) Corrective Maintenance and Component Replacement (5) Account Management Emergency Service Options to include: (1) Response Window - Provide emergency services between scheduled preventative maintenance calls. (2) On-Line Response (3) On-Site Response Documentation and Quality Assurance to include: (1) Documentation of Service Provided (2) Quality Assurance Program Remote Monitoring The CSC will provide a toll-free number to monitor the Siemens systems at the NICHD, to include times and days for critical alarms. Holidays and weekend will be monitored 24 hours a day. Siemens is the sole manufacturer and servicer for the Seimens APOGEE and INFOCENTER software. Siemens Industry manufactured and installed all equipment and software for the monitoring and functions for all aspects of the aquatic systems. This includes but not limited to water quality, pump function, dosing modes and temperature. All these factors maintain the health and environment of the species housed in the aquatic facilities. Therefore it is critical that the services, etc being proposed must be able to adequately work/function with the existing equipment's and software, etc. The proposed contract action is for supplies or services for which the Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under authority of the 41 U.S.C. 253(c) (1), FAR 6.302. Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.The offeror must include a completed copy of the provision of FAR Clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items with its offer. The provisions of FAR Clause 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items; FAR Clause 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items; FAR Clause 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items; and FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items - Deviation for Simplified Acquisitions applies to this acquisition. The offeror must include their Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. The clauses are available in full text at http://www.acquisition.gov/far/. Interested vendors capable of furnishing the government with the specified services in this synopsis should submit a copy of their quotation to the below address or via email to robinsti@mail.nih.gov. Offers must also be accompanied by descriptive literature, delivery timeframe, warranties and/or other information that demonstrates that the offer meets all of the foregoing requirements. Quotations will be due eleven calendar days from the publication date of this synopsis or by December 14, 2015 by 10 am, EST. via email or postal mail. The quotation must reference "Solicitation number" NICHD-16-008. Quotations sent by postal mail or other mailing services must be submitted to the following address: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 5C01, Bethesda, MD 20852. Attention: Tina Robinson, by the date and time mentioned above. Any questions must be sent via email to robinsti@mail.nih.gov and must include solicitation# NICHD-16-008 in the subject line of email. Faxed copies/responses will not be accepted. Note: In order to receive an award, contractor must be registered and have valid certification in the SAM database @www.sam.gov.

NIDCD HS Corporate Work Study Program 2015-2016

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published July 23, 2015  -  Deadline August 3, 2015
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This is a combined Synopsis/Solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format of FAR Subpart 12.6 as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The solicitation number is NIHDC2015001 and is being issued as a Request for Proposals (RFP). The incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-82 effective June 8, 2015. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this procurement is 611110. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The current workforce is composed of large numbers of baby boomers who are projected to retire at an increasing rate in the next 8 to 15 years. The upcoming retirement wave is anticipated to create a shortage of skilled workers in many occupational areas. To mitigate the effects of this anticipated occurrence organizations in the public and private sectors have begun establishing relationships with high schools to cultivate an entry level supply of labor. Research suggests that one of the careers most vulnerable to these labor market shifts are those of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations. NIDCD is interested in partnering with a high school to increase interest in STEM occupations and the NIH/NIDCD, particularly among populations underrepresented in the biomedical research field, and begin to work towards bridging the anticipated shortage of skilled workers in STEM occupations. OBJECTIVE: The National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD) wishes to participate in a partnership with a high school in Montgomery County, which allows students an opportunity to explore and actively engage in the NIH/NIDCD professional environment. SCOPE: This contract will establish and develop a pipeline of qualified candidates for NIH/NIDCD hiring needs in the next 8 to 15 years. This contract intends to focus solely on initiating a relationship with a high school with a demonstrated track record of successful work study programs with outside organizations. The work study program will introduce participating students to the professional environment of the NIH/NIDCD and provide them with administrative and technical work experience. Also it will provide NIH/NIDCD with entry level services for our intramural program and research management and support. ADMINISTRATIVE: The following provisions and clauses apply to this acquisition: FAR 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors-Commercial Items (APR 2014); FAR 52.212-2, Evaluation-Commercial Items (OCT 2014); FAR 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items (MAR 2015); FAR 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items (MAY 2015); and FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items (May 2015). The Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) will be representing the Government for the purpose of this contract. The COR is responsible for: (1) monitoring the Contractor's technical progress, including the surveillance and assessment of performance and recommending to the Contracting Officer changes in requirements; (2) interpreting the statement of work and any other technical performance requirements; (3) performing technical evaluation as required; (4) performing technical inspections and acceptances required by this contract; and (5) assisting in the resolution of technical problems encountered during performance. The Government may unilaterally change its COR designation. The Contracting Officer is the only person with authority to act as agent of the Government under this contract. Only the Contracting Officer has authority to: (1) direct or negotiate any changes in the statement of work; (2) modify or extend the period of performance; (3) change the delivery schedule; (4) authorize reimbursement to the Contractor for any costs incurred during the performance of this contract; or (5) otherwise change any terms and conditions of this contract. Contract Title: NIDCD HS Corporate Work Study Program. Contract Type: A firm fixed price contract is anticipated. Place of Performance: Bethesda, MD. Government Furnished Property: None. Security: HSPD-12 access badge and low-level background check. PROPOSAL DUE DATE/ PACKAGING AND DELIVERY OF PROPOSALS: Inquiries may be emailed no later than 4:00 P.M. EST on July 28, 2015 to kutal@od.nih.gov. NIH will post all inquiries and the Government's responses to Federal Business Opportunities at www.fbo.gov. The RFP closing date is August 3, 2015. Technical and Business proposals shall be submitted as separate files, each in Adobe .pdf format, via email to kutal@od.nih.gov. Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:00 P.M. EST on August 3, 2015.

Utilization of an Analytic Approach Involving an Evolutionary Algorith

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published April 17, 2015  -  Deadline April 28, 2015
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INTRODUCTION This is a pre-solicitation non-competitive (notice of intent) synopsis to award a contract without providing for full or open competition (including brand-name). THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT, NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. A SOLICITATION WILL NOT BE ISSUED AND PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE REQUESTED. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Consolidated Station Support and Simplified Acquisitions (CSS/SA) Branch intends to negotiate and award a purchase order to University of Vermont & State Agricultrural College (UVM) for utilization of an analytic approach involving an evolutionary algorithm developed by UVM without providing for full and open competition (including brand-name). NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (NAICS) CODE The intended procurement is classified under NAICS code 541712 with a Size Standard of 500 Employees. REGULATORY AUTHORITY The resultant contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through the Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 05-76 dated July 25, 2014. This acquisition is for a commercial item or service and is conducted under the procedures as prescribed in FAR subpart 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures. This acquisition is NOT expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. STATUTORY AUTHORITY This acquisition is conducted under the authority of the authority of FAR Subpart 13.106-1. DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENT Purpose and Objectives The purpose of this contract is to utilize the University of Vermont's (UVM) analytic approach capable of capturing intra- and inter-domain nonlinear interactions Intramural Research Program (IRP) of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Neuroimaging Research Branch (NRB) in order to label interactions among neural, genetic, and phenotypic characteristics that are associated with drug use, nicotine consumption in particular. The UVM Complex Systems group has reported an analytic approach involving an evolutionary algorithm called genetic programming (GP) capable of capturing these intra- and inter-domain nonlinear interactions. Preparation and application of this methodology to NRB data, under the guidance of Dr. Stein, is required. This would be of high value for the NIDA Intramural Research Program as our datasets are typically high-dimensional and multi-domain and likely contain numerous nonlinearities (e.g., inter-regional brain interactions; gene x environment interactions). Period of Performance The period of performance shall be for one (1) year after receipt of order. Project Description The Contractor shall apply this unique analytic method to address the following: (1) The Contractor shall determine if these biomarkers for smoking are within the resting state functional connectome (i.e., patterns of resting state neural interaction) associated with nicotine use. The Contractor shall determine if any of these interactions confer insight from a clinical or physiological perspective. (2) The Contractor shall determine if cross-domain interactions exist (e.g., gene-brain) that are associated with nicotine use. (3) The Contractor shall determine if any associations from (1) or (2) allow for spectrum or categorical classification, rather than just binary classification of smokers. Prepared analysis techniques shall be standardized and the Contractor shall provide training for NRB staff in the use of these algorithms. At the conclusion of the contract period NIDA researchers shall be capable of conducting analyses employing this methodology independently. CONTRACTING WITHOUT PROVIDING FOR FULL OR OPEN COMPETITION (INCLUDING BRAND-NAME) DETERMINATION The determination by the Government to award a contract without providing for full and open competition is based upon the market research conducted. Specifically, only the University of Vermont & State Agricultrural College (UVM) is capable of meeting the needs of this requirement due to the unique methods previously developed by UVM. The Complex Systems group under Dr. Garavan's supervision at UVM provides the unique expertise required for the implementation of the proposed computational methodology. No other group has employed genetic programming (GP) in the analysis of fMRI. Their methodology is capable of capturing these intra- and inter-domain nonlinear interactions needed for the analysis required by the NRB. The UVM group has applied GP to define hierarchical network structure in the resting state, adolescent brain. Results of that study, which were presented at the 2014 OHBM conference in Hamburg, Germany (Allgaier et al., 2014) suggested likely differences (some nonlinear) in resting state functional connectome between teenagers who consume alcohol and those who don't within the IMAGEN dataset. The data captured using this methodology will be of high value for the NIDA Intramural Research Program as the datasets are typically high-dimensional and multi-domain and likely contain numerous nonlinearities (e.g., inter-regional brain interactions; gene x environment interactions). The intended source is: University of Vermont & State Agricultrural College (UVM) 85 S. Prospect Street Burlington, VT 05405 CLOSING STATEMENT THIS SYNOPSIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS. However, interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to this notice. Responses to this notice shall contain sufficient information to establish the interested parties' bona-fide capabilities for fulfilling the requirement and include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, the delivery period after contract award, the prompt payment discount terms, the F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov." A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. The information received will normally be considered solely for the purposes of determining whether to proceed on a non-competitive basis or to conduct a competitive procurement. All responses must be received by the closing date and time of this announcement and must reference the solicitation number. Responses may be submitted electronically to Megan Ault, Contract Specialist, at megan.ault@nih.gov. US Mail and Fax responses will not be accepted.

System Preventative Maint/Performance/Monitoring

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published November 17, 2014  -  Deadline November 26, 2014
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This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR 12.6 as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation and a separate written solicitation will not be issued. This solicitation number is NICHD-15-006 and is issued as a Request for Quotation (RFQ). The solicitation/contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-75. The North American Industry Classification (NAICS) Code is 811219 and the business size standard is $19m. However, this solicitation is not set aside for small business. This acquisition is being conducted using Simplified Acquisition Procedures in accordance with FAR Part 13. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) intend to procure on a sole source basis with Siemens Industry, Inc. - 6435 Virginia Manor Road - Beltsville, MD a one year preventative maintenance agreement for remote monitoring services of equipment/components and software services (in a scientific environment) for the animal facilities (Bldg 6B, NIH campus) and all aquatic facilities across the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD. Equipment and software to be maintained and monitored: Equipment: Quantity: Modems 5 EACH Monitor 1 EACH PC Workstations 2 EACH Dot Matrix Printer 1 EACH Apogee Ethernet Modules 5 EACH Digital Point Unit 1 EACH Modular Building Controller 1 EACH Pump Control Relays 16 EACH Sump Level Sensors 5 EACH Immersed Temperature Sensors 13 EACH AOP Transducers 2 EACH Control Valves 2 EACH Solenoid Valves 4 EACH Mechanical Equipment Controllers 10 EACH Mechanical Equipment Controllers Point Blocks 5 EACH Apogee Software 1 EACH InfoCenter Software 1 EACH Uninterruptable Power Supplies 8 EACH Alarm Panels 3 EACH Services to Include (not limited to) The software services to include: (1) Annual software updates (2) Annual documentation updates (3) Graphics creation (4) Graphics backup (5) Field Panel Database/System File Backup (6) Software Consultation The System Performance Services to include: (1) On-line troubleshooting (2) Operator support (3) System Preventive Maintenance (4) Corrective Maintenance and Component Replacement (5) Account Management Emergency Service Options to include: (1) Provide emergency services (2) On-Line Response (3) On-Site Response Documentation and Quality Assurance to include: (1) Documentation of Service Provided (2) Quality Assurance Program Account Management Siemens is the sole manufacturer and servicer for the Seimens APOGEE and INFOCENTER software. Siemens Industry manufactured and installed all equipment and software for the monitoring and functions for all aspects of the aquatic systems. This includes but not limited to water quality, pump function, dosing modes and temperature. All these factors maintain the health and environment of the species housed in the aquatic facilities. Therefore it is critical that the services, etc being proposed must be able to adequately work/function with the existing equipment's and software, etc. The proposed contract action is for supplies or services for which the Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under authority of the 41 U.S.C. 253(c) (1), FAR 6.302. Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The offeror must include a completed copy of the provision of FAR Clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items with its offer. The provisions of FAR Clause 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items; FAR Clause 52.212-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items; FAR Clause 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items; and FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items - Deviation for Simplified Acquisitions applies to this acquisition. The offeror must include their Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. The clauses are available in full text at http://www.acquisition.gov/far/. Interested vendors capable of furnishing the government with the specified services in this synopsis should submit a copy of their quotation to the below address or via email to robinsti@mail.nih.gov. Offers must also be accompanied by descriptive literature, delivery timeframe, warranties and/or other information that demonstrates that the offer meets all of the foregoing requirements. Quotations will be ten (10) calendar days from the publication date of this synopsis or by November 26, 2014 by 10 am, EST. via email or postal mail. The quotation must reference "Solicitation number" NICHD-15-006. Quotations sent by postal mail or other mailing services must be submitted to the following address: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 5C01, Bethesda, MD 20852. Attention: Tina Robinson, by the date and time mentioned above. Any questions must be sent via email to robinsti@mail.nih.gov and must include solicitation# NICHD-15-006 in the subject line of email. Faxed copies/responses will not be accepted. Note: In order to receive an award, contractor must be registered and have valid certification in the SAM database @www.sam.gov.

Architectural and Engineering Liaison

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published June 11, 2015  -  Deadline July 10, 2015
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COMBINED SYNOPSIS / SOLICITATION This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6 as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The solicitation number is HHS-NIH-NIDA-(SSSA)-15-377 and the solicitation is issued as a request for proposal (RFP). This acquisition is for a commercial item or service and is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures; FAR Subpart 13.5-Test Program for Certain Commercial Items; and FAR Part 12-Acquisition of Commercial Items, and is expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. The solicitation documents and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-82 effective May 7, 2015. This acquisition is set aside 100% for small businesses. The associated NAICS code 541611 and the small business size standard $15.0. STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES The objective is to acquire a liaison to provide architectural and engineering administrative and managerial support services to facilitate renovation projects for NINDS. Title: Architectural and Engineering Liaison The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation's leading medical research agency and the primary Federal agency whose mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability. The National Institutes of Health is comprised of 27 Institutes and Centers. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), is one of those member institutes. The NINDS' mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. NINDS DIR seeks an independent contractor to provide day-to-day, on-site liaison services of an architectural and engineering nature to satisfy the overall operational objectives of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It is anticipated that the number of spaces requiring Architectural and Engineering support and therefore requiring attention from the liaison will increase during the duration of this agreement. The individual shall work as a liaison between NINDS leadership, operations staff, Principal Investigators (PIs), construction personnel, the scientific community and other relevant stakeholders to serve as an intermediary between the aforementioned parties as they analyze project requirements, discuss plans, formulate alternate solutions and implement the finalized plan to provide services and deliverables through to successful project completion. Scope of Work The contractor shall: 1. Serve as a liaison between leadership, construction and scientific communities for multiple projects simultaneously. 2. Serve as a point of contact between the Scientific Director, EO offices, NINDS investigators, and NIH facility management. 3. Prepare and present planning and status reports for project officer approval. 4. Collaborate with leadership, construction, scientists, and financial personnel to ensure funding and timeline goals are met. 5. Possess the knowledge to work in biomedical investigative and active Continuity of Operations (COOP) environments. 6. Possess experience assisting in successfully relocating individuals and groups of 1 - 500 people and their technical environments, labs, utilities, furniture, etc. 7. Possess an understanding of planning swing spaces. 8. Shall have experience presenting plans and obtaining buy-in from leadership, construction, finance and scientific communities. 9. Possess an Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) Certificate 10. Shall have strong organizational, interpersonal and time / management skills. Key Personnel Requirements Certifications required of the candidate: 1. Certified Professional Engineer (PE) 2. Certified Construction Manager (CCM) 3. LEED Accredited Professional (AP+BD+C) Key personnel proposed for the current position must possess: 1. Either a Bachelor's degree in an Engineering specialty related to construction; Or a Bachelor's degree and 4 years' experience with HVAC, electrical, utilities, etc; 2. AND 8+ years' Federal Government construction/renovation experience; 3. AND 5+ years' experience in laboratory projects; Qualifications should be easily identifiable in a resume or a clearly delineated section of the proposal. Period of Performance Base Year: September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016 Option Year 1: September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017 Option Year 2: September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018 Option Year 3: September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019 Option Year 4: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020 Please refer to the attached Statement of Work for further detail, specifications, and evaluation criteria. FAR clause 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. Offerors must include a completed copy of the provision at FAR clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items, with its offer. FAR clause 52.212.-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items, is applicable to this requirement. Offers will be evaluated on: Item # Technical Requirements Score Points 1 Demonstrate ability to consult with leadership, construction and scientific communities regarding multi-function collaboration to accomplish Investigative Spaces from concept to fruition. Demonstrate ability to understand and be able to accurately communicate technical, construction, budget/ finance, new tenure track hire and NINDS leadership data and points of view, present and advance tradeoffs in manner that facilitates concurrence from all parties. 10 2 Demonstrate ability to simultaneously serve as a liaison for 15-20 projects at the same time meeting the objectives of each. 10 3 Demonstrate ability to act as point of contact among Scientific Director (SD) and EO offices, NINDS investigators, and NIH facility management. 10 4 Demonstrate ability to collect data, generate detailed status and planning reports for project officer approval, and present reports to top to mid-management leadership, to construction teams, and to investigative and experimenting scientists. 5 5 Demonstrate ability to collaborate and coordinate among leadership, construction, scientific and budget/finance communities to ensure efficient use of funding and to adhere to schedule for new and renovation projects. 5 6 Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of shaping a biomedical investigative environment containing HVAC, nitrogen(N2), carbogen (CO2O2), carbon dioxide (CO2) [lab vacuum, lab gases, lab air], bio-hazard storage, freezer farms, fume hoods, bio-safety cabinets, air tables, centrifuges and vivariums so that concerns from different parties regarding biomedical investigative environments can be addressed , detailed, and properly relayed to the appropriate parties. 10 7 Demonstrate experience operating in an active Continuity of Operations (COOP) environment containing live research specimen since liaison services in such an environment may be necessary and knowledge of the environment will be necessary to serve as an effective intermediary in such situations. Please see http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/ser/depc/Pages/coop.aspx for more detailed information. 10 8 Provide evidence of the ability to ensure that renovation projects proceed on schedule and on budget, to inform SD and EO or equivalent offices of possible deviations from schedule and budget, and to collaborate with staff to find solutions that may arise thereby keeping projects on schedule and within budget. 8 9 Demonstrates familiarity with and ability to work with NINDS' Continuity of Operations (COOP)/Emergency personnel and team responders in the event of building emergencies by giving specific experience of employing protocols working with emergency personnel and team responders. 8 10 Evidence of strong communication skills: oral, written, and in presenting material to a group. 10 11a. Display an ability to collaborate with the appropriate parties in the oversight and implementation of a chlorination system for animal vivarium which houses an average of 12,000 mouse/rat cages. Currently, the water system is contaminated, research is affected and behavioral studies are also affected; the ability to serve as an intermediary in order to help resolve these and/or similar challenges should be detailed. 5 11b. Display an ability to collaborate with the appropriate parties in the oversight of the study and renovation of an animal quarantine area including the assessment of HVAC and installation of ducted biosafety cabinets. 3 11c. Display an ability to serve as a liaison with the parties involved with the renovation of specifically designed animal holding areas that must be continued for virus-infected rodents. 6 Technical Score: 100 KEY PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS Key personnel proposed for the current position must possess: 1 Either a Bachelor's degree in an Engineering specialty related to construction; Or a Bachelor's degree and 4 years' experience with HVAC, electrical, utilities, etc; Pass/Fail 2 AND 8+ years' Federal Government construction/renovation experience; Pass/Fail 3 AND 5+ years' experience in laboratory projects; Pass/Fail Certifications required of the candidate: 1 Certified Professional Engineer (PE) Pass/Fail 2 Certified Construction Manager (CCM) Pass/Fail 3 LEED Accredited Professional (AP+BD+C) Pass/Fail The evaluation will be based on the evaluation of the proposal in relation to the scope of work and the evaluation criteria. Paramount consideration shall be given to the evaluation of technical factors. Although technical factors are of paramount consideration in the award, cost or price is also important to the overall task order award decision. All evaluation factors other than cost or price, when combined, are significantly more important than cost or price. However, cost or price may become a critical factor in source selection in the event two or more offers are determined to be essentially equal following the evaluation of all factors other than cost or price. Cost-price will be evaluated for reasonableness in relation to the requirements of the contract. In addition, a final best-buy analysis will be performed taking into consideration the results of the technical evaluation, cost-price analysis, and the offeror's ability to complete the work within the Government's required schedule. An award will be made to the offeror whose proposal conforms to the requirements of the scope of work and is most advantageous to the Government with technical merit, cost-price, and other factors considered. The Government reserves the right to reject any or all offers or any part thereof and to waive any minor informality or irregularity in offers received. FAR clause at 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. FAR clause at 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) are not applicable to this requirement. Responses to this solicitation must include sufficient information to establish the interested parties' bona-fide capabilities of providing the product. The price quote shall include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, delivery days after contract award, delivery terms, prompt payment discount terms, F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), product or catalog number(s); product description; and any other information or factors that may be considered in the award decision. In addition the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size must be included in the response. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov. All responses must be received by July 10, 2015, 8:00 am EST and must reference number HHS-NIH-NIDA-(SSSA)-15-177. Responses must be submitted electronically to andriani.buck@nih.gov and by U.S. mail to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Station Support / Simplified Acquisition Branch (SS/SA), 31 Center Drive, Building 31, Room 1B59, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2080, Attention: Andriani Buck. Fax responses will not be accepted. The hard copy documents must comply with FAR 52.204-4 -- Printed or Copied Double-Sided on Postconsumer Fiber Content Paper. Printed or Copied Double-Sided on Postconsumer Fiber Content Paper (May 2011) (a) Definitions. As used in this clause- Postconsumer fiber means- (1) Paper, paperboard, and fibrous materials from retail stores, office buildings, homes, and so forth, after they have passed through their end-usage as a consumer item, including: used corrugated boxes; old newspapers; old magazines; mixed waste paper; tabulating cards; and used cordage; or (2) All paper, paperboard, and fibrous materials that enter and are collected from municipal solid waste; but not (3) Fiber derived from printers' over-runs, converters' scrap, and over-issue publications. (b) The Contractor is required to submit paper documents, such as offers, letters, or reports that are printed or copied double-sided on paper containing at least 30 percent postconsumer fiber, whenever practicable, when not using electronic commerce methods to submit information or data to the Government. (End of Clause) The technical proposal excluding all cover pages, table of contents, resumes and cost proposals must be limited to twenty five (25) pages in length. The font for both the technical and cost proposal must be either 11 or 12 point Arial or Times New Roman. Contact Andriani Buck at andriani.buck@nih.gov for information regarding the solicitation. Questions should be limited to five (5) per vendor and be submitted by June 22nd, 2015. Responses to questions for clarification will be posted as a modification to this solicitation.

Surgical Microscopes

Other Defense Agencies, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences | Published June 28, 2016  -  Deadline July 7, 2016
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The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is the Nation's federal health sciences university and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war. We provide the Nation with health professionals dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service and with scientists who serve the common good. We serve the uniformed services and the Nation as an outstanding academic health sciences center with a worldwide perspective for education, research, service, and consultation; we are unique in relating these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine, and military medical readiness. USU is located in Bethesda, MD on the grounds of the Naval Support Activity Bethesda. USU intends to negotiate on a sole source basis with PROAIM Americas, LLC located in Grover, MO for the purchase of two (2) Zeiss Technoscopes OPMI PICO Surgical Microscopes. These microscopes will be procured in accordance with the procedures of FAR Part 12 - Commercial Items and FAR Part 13 - Simplified Acquisition Procedures. Sole source determination is made in accordance with: FAR Part 13.106-1 Soliciting Competition (b) Soliciting from a single source (1) For purchases not exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold, contracting officers may solicit from one source if the contracting officer determines that the circumstances of the contract action deem only one source reasonably available. The mission of USU is to provide the highest quality education programs in the health sciences to those selected individuals who demonstrate dedication to a health profession career in the Uniformed Services. As such, it is essential USU provide the necessary training and equipment required for our students to become successful doctors and nurses and to be able to provide the best care possible for our soldiers and to support our research efforts. These highly specialized surgical microscopes are used in ENT/Ophthalmology procedures for microsurgery and other highly specialized fields of surgery. The surgeons at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) use these microscopes in their procedures. As the USU residents complete rotations at WRNMMC, it is essential that the training they receive is consistent with the surgical procedures of WRNMMC. Additionally, USU has a classroom that is stocked with this this exact model of microscopes, to which these two will be added. It would not make good sense to have two non-matching microscopes in a classroom environment. PROAIM Americas, LLC is the only known source that can provide these Zeiss microscopes. Carl Zeiss Medictec, Inc. only authorizes PROAIM America's, LLC to distribute their ophthalmic instrumentation to Department of Defense healthcare agencies. This is not a request for quotes and a solicitation package will not be issued. Sources interested in responding to this requirement must be able to provide compelling evidence that they can provide the above-mentioned requirement as specified. Responses must be received via email at pierre.smith@usuhs.edu by 10:00 pm Eastern Local Time on Thursday, 7 July 2016.

Purchase of a Varian Harp System

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published April 2, 2015  -  Deadline April 16, 2015
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Description of Requirement The National Cancer Institute (NCI), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), Radiation Oncology Branch (ROB), plans to procure on a sole source basis a HARP Software and Server; from Varian Medical Systems, 2250 Newmarket Parkway, Ste 120, Marietta, GA 30067, USA. This process will be processed in accordance with simplified acquisitions procedures as stated in FAR Part 13 13.106-1(b)(1) and is exempt for the requirements of FAR Part 6. The North American Industry Classification System code is 334517, and the business size standard is 500 employees. Only one award will be made as a result of this solicitation. This will be awarded as a firm fixed price type contract. It has been determined there are no opportunities to acquire green products or services for this procurement. The contractor shall deliver the item within 60 days after award. The Radiation Oncology Branch exists as part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Cancer Research (CCR). The ROB designs and conducts pre-clinical and clinical research on the biologic and therapeutic effect of radiation therapy. The research clinical trials that the ROB develops and conducts involve novel technology and/or imaging based approaches to radiation therapy treatment. Within ROB Computer Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance (MR) image fusion is a routine part of a patient treatment planning. The ROB also provides treatment via radiosurgery, intensity-modulated 3-D conformal radiotherapy (IMRT), real-time dose measurement, brachytherapy, and MR-guided procedures. Currently, the ROB only has one single server in which the ARIA database and image repository are stored. Should that server fail either due to hardware malfunction, loss of network connectivity or software issue, it would not be possible to treat patients, until the problems are resolved. A major server failure could cost several days of treatments to patients. Therefore, a second server is necessary as insurance against this type of server failure. .Next, ROB owns: ARIA Patient Management System; Eclipse treatment Planning Systems; a HARRP server and associated software developed by Varian Medical Systems as an integral extension of the ARIA Patient Management environment. Since, Varian Medical Systems is the sole vendor capable of developing this integrated package, a sole source is intended for the purchase and installation of this particular server and software. In addition, VMS is the premier manufacturer of radiation therapy equipment and support equipment in the United States. The HARRP package is a proprietary hardware/software system developed by VMS and is protected by both copyright and patent. This is not a solicitation for competitive quotations. However, if any interested party especially a small business, believes they can meet the above requirement, they may submit a statement of capabilities and a quote. All information furnished must be in writing and must contain sufficient detail to allow the NCI to determine if it can meet the above unique specifications described herein. An original and one copy of the capability statement must be received in the NCI Office of Acquisitions on or before 11:00 AM EST on, April 16, 2015. Electronic capability statements will be accepted (i.e. email or fax); an original and one copy must be sent to the NCI Office of Acquisitions at the address stated above. All questions must be in writing and can be faxed (240) 276-5401 or emailed to Gwennifer Epps, Contracting Officer at ge50d@nih.gov. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. In order to receive an award, contractors must have valid registration and certification in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and the Online Representations and Certifications Applications (ORCA), through sam.gov. No collect calls will be accepted. Please reference solicitation number N02RC52558-83 on all correspondence.

Adult Wireless Simulator

Other Defense Agencies, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences | Published May 18, 2016  -  Deadline June 1, 2016
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Please see attachments for full details.The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is the Nation's federal health sciences university and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war. We provide the Nation with health professionals dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service and with scientists who serve the common good. We serve the uniformed services and the Nation as an outstanding academic health sciences center with a worldwide perspective for education, research, service, and consultation; we are unique in relating these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine, and military medical readiness. USU is located in Bethesda, MD on the grounds of the Naval Support Activity Bethesda.Additional information regarding USU can be found on our website: www.usuhs.mil.USU has a requirement for an adult wireless patient simulator with the option for four, one-year option periods for preventative maintenance and service after the initial year's warranty and service expires.This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. This is a request for quotes (RFQ) for commercial items in accordance with the procedures of FAR Part 12 - Acquisition of Commercial Items and FAR Part 13 - Simplified Acquisition Procedures. This RFQ incorporates all provisions aADFAnd clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 05-88 (May 16, 2016) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) (May 10, 2016).This requirement is set-aside for small business concerns under NAICS code 339112 (Surgical and Medical Instrument Manufacturing) with a size standard of 1,000 employees. In order to be eligible for award, offerors must be registered in www.SAM.gov, with completed representations and certifications by the close date of the solicitation.This requirement is subject to the non-manufacturer rule. Offerors responding to this requirement must provide quotes for an adult simulator manufactured by a small business concern. Any offeror submitting a quote for an adult simulator by a company other than themselves must provide the name of the manufacturer. The manufacturer's socio-economic status will be verified in SAM.gov.Required Specifications:Offerors responding to this RFQ, must submit a quote for a (insert description of supply/equipment) meeting the following required specifications.SPECIFICATIONS • High-fidelity wireless patient simulator with the following characteristics: Heart sounds, Sternal IO, Defibrillation, Breath sounds, Needle decompression, Seizures and convulsions, Lung sounds, Compressions, Bleed and sweat, Pulses, Intubation, Display cyanosis, Voice, Chest tubes, Reactive eyes, Intravenous (IV) & intraosseous infusion (IO) access, Durable mannequin to withstand field environment • Must be operable from a laptop or tablet• Must include durable tablet or laptop for field environment• Must include additional vital signs monitor• Must include software to track interventions performed on the simulator and ability to program scenarios• Must be able to integrate with BLine recording• Four, one-year options for preventative maintenance and serviceThe selected contractor will also be required to provide installation. No government furnished equipment or supplies will be provided to the selected contractor for installation or training. Installation and training shall be coordinated with the technical end-user, who will be identified in the purchase order, and be conducted during normal business hours (Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM local time - 4:00 PM local time, excluding Federal Holidays).EvaluationThe government intends to award a single firm-fixed priced (FFP) purchase order to the offeror representing the best value to the government based on the evaluation factors listed below. Evaluation factors are listed in order of importance, with most important listed first. The government will conduct a trade-off between price and non-price factors. The Government is not required to award to the lowest priced offeror or the highest technically rated offeror.The government reserves the right to award without discussions.Evaluation Factors (Listed in order of importance):• Technical - Offerors must provide product literature, which demonstrates the capabilities of the quoted item(s). At a minimum the product literature must demonstrate how the quoted item meets the required specifications and the desired specifications quoted. Information on warranty, installation and delivery lead-time must be included in the quote submission and will be evaluated. The government reserves the right to utilize technical (i.e, trade magazines) and customer reviews/references, if needed, as part of the technical evaluation for the quoted equipment/supply.In addition to providing product literature, offerors must also submit the completed table provided in Attachment 1 with their quote submission. Offerors who fail to provide the completed chart above, may be considered non-responsive.• Price - Offerors must include all applicable costs (Example: Components, Shipping) in their quote. The total quoted price, inclusive of option periods, will be the evaluated price.Offerors must also submit the following with their quote, if not completed in SAM registration: • Completed copy of provision 252.209-7991• Completed copy of provision 52.209-2• Completed copy of provision 252.225-7000• Estimated delivery lead-time See attached list for applicable provisions and clauses for this requirement. Quoted items must be new. Quotes for refurbished equipment will not be considered. Offerors must also indicate in quote where item is manufactured. Items will be shipped to Bethesda, MD. Deadlines: Questions/clarifications regarding this solicitation must be submitted via email to sherri.ori@usuhs.edu by May 24, 2016. Any question received after May 24th will not be answered. Questions will not be answered over the phone or submitted by any other means. All questions will be answered in an amendment to the solicitation posted on or around May 19th. Quote packages are due by 10:00PM Eastern Local Time on June 1, 2016. Quotes must be submitted via email to sherri.ori@usuhs.edu. Quotes will not be accepted by any other means. Late quotes will not be considered. Offerors will receive an email confirmation that they quote was received and whether it was on time or late within two (2) business days. Quote packages should include a cover sheet that provides the following information: • Company Name• Point of Contact, to include email and phone number• DUNS Number• Statement that includes acknowledgement of latest amendment number (if applicable). Failure to acknowledge the most recent amendment number, may render an offeror's quote non-responsive.• Preferred method of payment (Visa or EFT)  

Development of Prototype tool for Alignment of Familial Relations Using an Open World Model

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published June 17, 2015  -  Deadline June 24, 2015
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INTRODUCTION: THIS IS A PRE-SOLICITATION NON-COMPETITIVE (NOTICE OF INTENT) SYNOPSIS TO AWARD A PURCHASE ORDER WITHOUT PROVIDING FOR FULL OR OPEN COMPETITION (INCLUDING BRAND-NAME). THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT, NOT A REQUEST FOR A PROPOSAL. A SOLICITATION DOCUMENT WILL NOT BE ISSUED AND PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE REQUESTED. The National Institute of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Office of Acquisition (OA) on behalf of the National Human Genome Research Institute, (NHGRI), intends to negotiate and award a purchase order on a noncompetitive sole source basis to University of California, Santa Cruz, Jack Baskin School of Engineering, Engineering 2 Building, Santa Cruz, California 95064 to provide both data analysis and develop a prototype tool for alignment of familial relations. This is a Follow-On. Background: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) mission has expanded to encompass a broad range of studies aimed at understanding the structure and function of the human genome and its role in health and disease. The Social Network Methods Section (SNMS) of the Social and Behavioral Research Branch of NHGRI is dedicated to examining the role of social relationships on health outcomes through the development and testing of social network-based health interventions, particularly in the context of families with inherited diseases. Behavioral science within medicine, and too often in public health, has focused primarily on the individual without due consideration of the social context within which risk communications and health behaviors occur. Current public health mass media and other communication approaches continue to treat individuals as though they behave in isolation, without regard to the social and cultural barriers, motivations or pressures that they encounter in their environment. Many well-intentioned interventions that treat individual health behaviors as separate from the social context have been largely ineffective, and many of those that have become more ecological in their effort to address the social environment have been concentrated in institutional settings such as schools and worksites rather than in families. Purpose/Objectives: The NHGRI Social Network Methods Section (SNMS), in collaboration with the University of California Santa Cruz (Dr. Lise Getoor), has developed data from the project "Development of the Family Map: Examination of communal coping across disease context", (Protocol Number: 12-HG-N149). The next phase in the project is analysis and prototype development. This will allow for further in-depth analysis of the rich data from the current study, as well as provide us with an innovative approach to future data collection and management for improved analytic capability. This research is vital to the science that is taking place in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch and is in line with the mission of the National Institutes of Health. Procurement: This requirement is a continuation of services performed by University of California, Santa Cruz (Dr. Lise Getoor, Principal Investigator) to analyze complex network data from the project "Development of the Family Map: Examination of communal coping across disease context", (#12-HG-N149.) and develop a prototype tool for alignment of familial relations in the "open world model." Dr. Getoor is an expert in the field of machine learning and reasoning with uncertainty, applied to graphs and structured data. Her knowledge of data integration and social network analysis will facilitate the analysis of complex network data. In addition, University of California, Santa Cruz (Dr. Lise Getoor ) has provided an in depth project plan, with deliverables and a timeline that will meet the project needs. University of California, Santa Cruz and Dr. Getoor team have the knowledge, understanding and experience to analyze the complex relational data that the Social Network Methods Section (SNMS) produces. The prototype for alignment of such data will facilitate future data collection and analysis, as well, saving time and expense related to additional research protocols. For the previously mentioned reasons, we are requesting to contract with Dr. Lise Getoor of University of California Santa Cruz as a sole source provider. Contractor: The Contractor shall provide both data analysis and develop a prototype tool for alignment of familial relations using data from the project "Development of the Family Map: Examination of communal coping across disease context", (Protocol Number: 12-HG-N149). Contractor Deliverables: 1. An analysis of the data properties: overall characteristics of the survey data set, highlighting aspects relevant to network-based alignment of the data. 2. An alignment of the data set, and evaluation of the alignment. 3. A prototype tool for aligning data of this type. 4. Research related to this form of ‘open world' alignment. Period of Performance: September 15, 2015 through September 15, 2016 Place of Performance: The work will be performed at the University of California Santa Cruz campus, as well as the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD, as necessary. Regulatory Authority: This acquisition is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Subpart 13.106-1(b) Soliciting from a single source, only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Additional Information: Industry Classification (NAICS) Code is 541990, All Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and the Small Business Size Standard is $15.0M. The acquisition is being conducted under FAR Part 13, simplified acquisition procedures, therefore the requirements of FAR Part 6 B Competitive Requirements are not applicable (FAR Part 6.001). The resultant Contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through the Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 05-82 (June 8, 2015). This requirement is under the SAT of $150,000.00. This synopsis is not a request for competitive proposals. However, interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to this notice. Responses to this notice shall contain sufficient information to establish the interested parties' bona-fide capabilities for fulfilling the requirement and include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, the delivery period after contract award, the prompt payment discount terms, the F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov." A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. The information received will normally be considered solely for the purposes of determining whether to proceed on a non-competitive basis or to conduct a competitive procurement. All responses must be received by June 24, 2015 and must reference synopsis number HHS-NIH-NHLBI-CSB-(HG)-2015-145-DLM, may be submitted to the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Office of Acquisition, COAC Services Branch, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Suite 6149, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7902, Attention: Dorothy Maxwell. Response may be submitted electronically to maxwelld@mail.nih.gov. Faxes will not be accepted. Responses will only be accepted if dated and signed by an authorized company representative. "All responsible sources may submit a bid, proposal, or quotation which shall be considered by the agency."

Renewal of Casper JAMF support agreement

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health | Published May 15, 2015  -  Deadline May 28, 2015
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COMBINED SYNOPSIS / SOLICITATION This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6 as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The solicitation number is HHS-NIH-NIDA-(SSSA)-15-358 and the solicitation is issued as a request for quote (RFQ). This acquisition is for a commercial item or service and is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures; FAR Subpart 13.5-Test Program for Certain Commercial Items; and FAR Part 12-Acquisition of Commercial Items, and is not expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. The solicitation documents and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-82 effective May 7, 2015. This acquisition is unrestricted. The associated NAICS code is 541511 and the small business size standard $27.5. STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES The purpose of this upgrade is to procure additional licenses and renewal of existing licenses and support agreement for the Casper JAMF software. Title: Renewal of Casper JAMF support agreement The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation's leading medical research agency and the primary Federal agency whose mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability, conducting, supporting and making medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducting research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of neurological disorders and stroke. The NINDS mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. The NINDS Scientific Computing Support Section (SCSS) owns a significant number of Apple Mac OS computers and Apple iOS mobile devices. Managing these devices in a federal government infrastructure, but also a research environment requires a very capable tool to apply security updates, patches, provide fast new computer builds, but also set and maintain software and settings to provide maximum efficiency in the NINDS DIR Research Environment. Scope of Work The contractor shall provide one year of telephone support for the licenses, as well as software and upgrades (major and minor) during the performance period. There is no onsite service as part of this project. This includes all hardware and software that is necessary for the operation of Ultimate 3000 nano HPLC, WPS-3000TPL autosampler, ESI ion source, nano-ESI ion source, Orbitrap Elite mass spectrometer, and ETD module. The material not covered in the service agreement includes consumables such as solvents and columns. Specifically the contractor shall: 1. Supply software updates to fix bugs and add new features in the Casper JAMF suite, including ZERO DAY updates, that is, compatibility with new Apple MAC OS and ios upgrades the day of their release, allowing NINDS DIR to continue to have full software management functionality when users update their Macs and IOS devices. 2. Contractor Responsibilities: The Contractor shall provide all necessary documentation, installation instructions and requirements for each new version released. Mandatory Criteria • Software must be able to manage both Apple OS X computers and Apple iOS devices • Software must have zero day support for new versions of Apple OS and and iOS devices • Server software must be able to run on linux or windows computers (so server can be virtualized on a VMWare cluster) • Must be able to do network discover of OS patches installed • Software must support a modular image deployment for rapid new machine builds with exceptions • Software must support integration into Microsoft Active Directory • Software must allow resumable downloads • Software must support multiple distribution points, on separate servers for security (ie, distribution point for internet based computers in a DMZ, and internal distribution point for internal network updates. • Software must have self install capability remotely, preferably with SSH protocols • Software must have a secure self portal, where certain scripts, patches and upgrades can be delegated to the user of the mac to install as they see fit, without them having admin rights on their mac; the security of this must integrated with existing AD accounts and groups • Software must allow for standard Mac installation package formats, including DMG and PKG, • Software must provide for remote end user support. Period of Performance Base Year - June 1, 2015 through May 30, 2016 Option Year One - June 1, 2016 through May 30, 2017 Option Year Two - June 1, 2017 through May 30, 2018 Option Year Three - June 1, 2018 through May 30, 2019 Option Year Four - June 1, 2019 through May 30, 2020 Please refer to the attached Statement of Work for further detail, specifications, and evaluation criteria. FAR clause 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. FAR clause 52.212.-2, Evaluation - Commercial Items, is applicable to this requirement. Offers will be evaluated on (1) the capability of the service quoted and whether it meets the essential requirements as specified in the scope of work; and (2) price. Offerors must include a completed copy of the provision at FAR clause 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items, with its offer. FAR clause at 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. FAR clause at 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) are not applicable to this requirement. Responses to this solicitation must include sufficient information to establish the interested parties' bona-fide capabilities of providing the product. The price quote shall include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, delivery days after contract award, delivery terms, prompt payment discount terms, F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), product or catalog number(s); product description; and any other information or factors that may be considered in the award decision. In addition the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size must be included in the response. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov. All responses must be received by May 28, 2015, 8:00 am EST and must reference number HHS-NIH-NIDA-(SSSA)-15-358. Responses may be submitted electronically to andriani.buck@nih.gov or by U.S. mail to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Station Support / Simplified Acquisition Branch (SS/SA), 31 Center Drive, Building 31, Room 1B59, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2080, Attention: Andriani Buck. Fax responses will not be accepted. Contact Andriani Buck at andriani.buck@nih.gov for information regarding the solicitation.