Information Support Server Environment (ISSE) Guard II
Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command | Published August 21, 2008
The Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome Research Site (AFRL Rome) has a requirement to conduct Information Support Server Environment (ISSE) Guard software enhancement, implementation, system integration, installation, operation and maintenance, research and development, and support for the Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Agency's Combat ISR Office, the U.S. Intelligence Community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, and existing ISSE user sites. This effort supports Air Force efforts in providing commands with required Cross-Domain ISR information and capability, when and where it is needed.
This Inter-domain information sharing program will enhance the current ISSE Guard at the Unified and Major Commands and their subordinate units and maintain the current ISSE Guard sites. Software development, integration, deployment and maintenance will be provided for the ISSE Guard. It will be necessary to provide analysis, design, development, integration management, system and network administration/operation, technical documentation and testing to support the maintenance and evaluation of existing systems and of new development systems. In the course of performance, the contractor personnel will interface with various agencies and commands throughout the DoD through electronic means and visits to various DoD and U.S. Intelligence Community sites worldwide. The contractor personnel will also provide technical expertise to AFRL/RIE for analysis, design, development, integration, testing and evaluation. Anticipated deliverables include software and technical documentation.
This work will require a source that maintains a SECRET facility clearance and staff with approximately forty-five (45) TOP SECRET / SCI security clearances. An indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity cost-plus-fixed-fee (completion) type contract is contemplated with an ordering period of 60 months. The NAICS code for this effort is 541511, and the size standard for small business is average annual receipts of $23 million.
Evaluation of the capability packages received in response to the previous Sources Sought announcement resulted in a determination that a small business set-aside was not warranted. Although a foreign disclosure review has not yet been accomplished, it is anticipated that foreign participation will be excluded at the prime contractor level.
A technical read library, available on Compact Disc (CD), relating to the subject area of this acquisition will be available for review by potential offerors. This technology is listed on the Military Critical Technology List (MCTL). As a result, International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) applies which requires the contractor to have a certified DD 2354, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement. The library contains sensitive technical data; therefore, prior to access being granted, respondents must submit a copy of an approved DD Form 2345, "Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement," which certifies the respondent is on the Certified Contractor Access List (CCAL), along with a letter from the Data Custodian designated on that form, authorizing access by whomever will be reviewing the library, to the ISSE Guard Program Manager at ATTN: Mr. John Woodruff, Air Force Research Laboratory/RIEB, 525 Brooks Road, Rome, New York 13441-4505, Email at John.Woodruff@rl.af.mil, or fax to his attention at 315-330-3913. For further information on CCAL, contact the Defense Logistics Information Service at 1-877-352-2255 or on the web at http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/.
In accordance with AFFARS 5301.91, an Ombudsman has been appointed to hear and facilitate the resolution of concerns from offerors, potential offerors, and others for this acquisition. Before consulting with an Ombudsman, interested parties must first address their concerns, issues, disagreements, and/or recommendations to the Contracting Officer, Bonnie L. Goetz, (315) 330-2008, Bonnie.Goetz@rl.af.mil, for resolution. AFFARS Clause 5352.201-9101 Ombudsman (AUG 2005) will be incorporated into the resultant contract. When requested, the Ombudsman will maintain strict confidentiality as to the source of the concern. The existence of the Ombudsman does not affect the authority of the program manager, contracting officer, or source selection official. Further, the Ombudsman does not participate in the evaluation of proposals, the source selection process, or the adjudication of protests or formal contract disputes. The Ombudsman may refer the party to another official who can resolve the concern. Consulting an Ombudsman does not alter or postpone the timelines for any other processes (e.g., agency level bid protests, GAO bid protests, requests for debriefings, employee-employer actions, contests of OMB Circular A-76 competition performance decisions). If resolution cannot be made by the Contracting Officer, concerned parties may contact the following AFRL Ombudsman: Susan Hunter, Building 15, RM225, 1864 4th Street, Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7130 FAX: 937-255-5036 COM: 937-255-7754. Concerns, issues, disagreements, and recommendations that cannot be resolved at the AFRL level, may be brought by the concerned party for further consideration to the Air Force Ombudsman, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) (Contracting), SAF/AQC, 1060 Air Force Pentagon, Washington DC 20330-1060, phone number (703) 588-7004, facsimile number (703) 588-1067. The Ombudsman has no authority to render a decision that binds the agency. Do not contact the Ombudsman to request copies of the solicitation, verify offer due date, or clarify technical requirements. Such inquiries shall be directed to the Contracting Officer.
The draft Request for Proposal is expected to be posted for review and comment by potential offerors by the fourth (4th) quarter of the Government fiscal year 2008. The formal solicitation is expected to be released in the first (1st) quarter of the Government fiscal year 2009. When it is issued, THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION WILL BE ISSUED ON THE FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES (FEDBIZOPPS) WEB SITE AT http://www.fedbizopps.gov/. The FedBizOpps offers a registration service that will send an e-mail notification when a change is made to this announcement. To register, click on the "Add To Watchlist" button at the top of this announcement in FedBizOpps. This service is provided for convenience only and does not serve as a guarantee of notification. In addition to this registration, any prospective offerors interested in submitting a proposal for this solicitation must register by e-mail directly with the Contract Specialist, at Joseph.Austin@rl.af.mil, in order to be placed on the List of Registered Parties. Include your company name, address, telephone number and point of contact, fax number, e-mail address and Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code. The Contract Specialist will post this list on the FedBizOpps along with the solicitation to facilitate subcontracting and teaming opportunities only. Offerors registering their name either on the FedBizOpps or with the Contract Specialist should not conclude that they will receive a paper copy of the solicitation in the mail. Paper copies will not be available. The solicitation and any amendments thereto will only be available by downloading the documents from the FedBizOpps. All prospective offerors are responsible for monitoring this site for the release of amendments (if any) or other information pertaining to this solicitation. Any questions concerning clarifications of the Statement of Scope or the terms and conditions should be communicated directly to the Contract Specialist, Joseph Austin at 315-330-4310 or the Contracting Officer, Bonnie L. Goetz at 315-330-2008. Technical questions should be directed to the Laboratory Program Manager, John Woodruff at 315-330-7156, e-mail John.Woodruff@rl.af.mil. Contractual questions should be directed to the Contract Specialist at 315-330-4310, e-mail Joseph.Austin@rl.af.mil. See Numbered Note 26. All responsible sources may submit a proposal in response to the RFP which shall be considered.