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W--Production of Advertising Materials and Lease of Recruiting Advertising Space on Public Transportation in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Department of the Army, National Guard Bureau | Published July 21, 2015
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This contract action was accomplished using other than competitive procedures because there is only one responsible source due to a unique capability provided, and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements (FAR 6.302-1). See posted J&A for further information. This award is for the production of ad materials and lease of fixed and mobile advertising space for a 6 month period of performance. The fixed advertising space consists of bus benches with Recruiting and Marketing advertising themes for a six month period and mobile advertising space consisting of bus wrap advertising with Recruiting and Marketing advertising themes for a six month period of performance. The purpose of this marketing is to reach a target audience in the Tulsa metropolitan area for recruitment messages and themes for the Oklahoma National Guard.

R--Brochure Distribution Support Services

Department of the Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command | Published August 24, 2015
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The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk, VA intends to solicit on a sole source basis brochure support services for maintaining the supply of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum brochures along I95, I85, I66, and I64 corridors in the Commonwealth of Virginia rest areas and welcome centers from Highway Information Media LLC, Ashland, VA, the authorized distributor for CRH Catering Co. Inc., Richmond, VA as requested by the Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C. for the period of performance 1 September 2015 through 31 August 2016. The acquisition will also include option provisions to incorporate four twelve-month option periods thereafter that will conclude on 31 August 2020. The brochure support services will be acquired in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 6.3 – Other Than Full and Open Competition, FAR Part 12 - Acquisition of Commercial Items, and FAR 13 Simplified Acquisition Procedures. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is 541870 – Advertising Material Distribution Services, the Size Standard is $15.0M. A complete Request for Quote package will be available for downloading at the NECO Website: http://www.neco.navy.mil or http://www.fedbizopps.gov on or about 24 August 2015. Potential contractors are hereby notified that the solicitation and subsequent amendments to the solicitation will ONLY be available for download at the above sites; this office will no longer issue hard copy solicitations. By submitting an offer, the Offeror is self-certifying that neither the requestor nor the principal corporate officials and owners are currently suspended, debarred, or otherwise ineligible to receive contracts from any federal agency. Failure to do so may represent grounds for refusing to accept the offer. By submission of an offer, the contractor acknowledges the requirement that a prospective awardee must be registered in the Systems for Award Management (SAM) database prior to award, during performance, and through final payment of any contract resulting from this solicitation, except for awards to foreign vendors for work to be performed outside the United States. Lack of registration in the SAM database will make a contractor ineligible for award. Contractors may obtain information on registration and annual confirmation requirements by calling 999-227-8220, or via the Internet at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/. Please direct all questions regarding this requirement via e-mail to the POC identified in this synopsis. The NECO website has a “Submit Bid” button next to the solicitation number. DO NOT use the “Submit Bid” button on NECO to submit your proposal for the upcoming solicitation.

99--Industry Knowledge Base Survey for Sustainment and Evolution of En Route Automation

Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) | Published April 22, 2011  -  Deadline June 8, 2011
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This announcement is a Request for Information (RFI)/Market Survey for the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) System. This announcement is not a Screening Information Request (SIR) or Request for Proposal (RFP) of any kind. The FAA is not seeking or accepting unsolicited proposals. This announcement is not to be construed as a commitment by the government for procurement(s). At this time, there is no decision for any future ERAM procurement(s). The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to investigate the capabilities and knowledge of industry in supporting the future needs of the En Route automation environment throughout the NextGen timeframe. Please refer to market survey attachment for details. The FAA is not liable for and will not pay for any information received or costs, including administrative costs, incurred associated with the formulation, preparation, write-up, submittal and delivery of a response to the market survey and any follow-up questions. Therefore, any cost associated with the market survey submission is solely at the interested companies' expense. The En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) System is replacing the 40-year-old En Route HOST Computer System and backup system used at the 20 FAA Air Route traffic control centers across the country. Air traffic controllers use ERAM to guide airplanes flying in US Airspace. ERAM interfaces to air traffic control towers, terminal radar approach control facilities, the Air Traffic Control System Command Center, flight service stations, and other agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. ERAM and its associated hardware and software are the backbone of En Route operations. The enhanced infrastructure is designed to support the evolution to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Participants are required to submit the information at no cost to the Government by June 7th, 2011. The response is limited to 15 pages (double sided). Participants may use existing technical and/or advertising material of products to demonstrate their knowledge and ability to enhance, maintain, and sustain ERAM in addition to the 15 page response, as support documents or attachments. These support documents are subject to a 20 page (double sided) limitation. Font sizes must be no smaller than 10 points. Proprietary information must be marked on each page that is so. Paper copy of any large folded diagrams can be mailed with the electronic medium envelope. Please provide your electronic (Medium - Compact Disk) submittal and any large folded diagrams, by mail. All submissions must be received by the close of business (COB), June 7th, 2011. All submissions must be sent to the Lead Contracting Officer (CO) John Dobriansky on standard 8.5 x 11 printable formats. Questions may be directed to John Dobriansky, Lead Contracting Officer at (202) 385 - 8433, Sevag Kasparian, Contract Specialist at (202) 385 - 8289, and Tanvir Haque, Technical Specialist at (202) 385 - 6174. Please refer to market survey attachment for further submission requirments and details.

Tour brochure Distribution - WCF

Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) | Published February 21, 2014  -  Deadline March 10, 2014
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Description: This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items/service 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; quotations are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued other than what is contained in this posting. This requirement is for the distribution and display of BEP tour brochures for the Fort Worth Texas Visitor Center facility. The solicitation is issued as request for quotation (RFQ) BEP-RFQ-14-0412 and incorporates the provisions and clauses that are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-72. The requirements is to distribute and display BEP tour brochures for the Fort Worth BEP visitor center in high-traffic, tourist-oriented locations including hotels, motels, car rental offices, visitor center locations, airports, chambers of commerce, restaurants, etc. in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, located within an estimated 70-mile radius of the BEP Tour and Visitor Center. See attachments for complete description of the requirements, line items, applicable clauses, and evaluation criteria. The Service Contract Act pertains to this requirement. Businesses shall review DOL wage determinations and provide the applicable wage determination number. This wage determination will be included as an attachment in the award. Also, the contractor shall define the labor categories that will be used on this award by identifying the Wage Determination number, the occupation code and title of the labor categories to be used on the calls. The Department of Labor (DOL) website to review wage determinations is http://www.wdol.gov/sca.aspx . The applicable wage determination for the Washington D.C. area is WD 2005-2103 Rev 13 or WD 2005-2104 Rev 15. The applicable wage determination for the Fort Worth, TX area is WD 2005-2513 Rev 13 or WD 2005-2514 Rev 15. The contractor shall use the correct wage determination based on the application of fringe benefits. For explanation of the difference between the even and odd numbered wage determinations, the following FAQ is provided from the DOL website. "#15. Why are there two standard area SCA WDs (an odd-numbered one and an even-numbered one) for each locality? Why does the WDOL process question - "were these services previously performed under an SCA wage determination that ends in an even-number"? Department of Labor issues two wages determinations that are identical except for the fringe benefit requirements. One of them (the even-numbered one) requires the contract to have a fringe benefit plan requiring compliance on an "average cost" basis. This even-numbered WD allows the contractor to comply with the wage determine based on the average cost of their fringe benefit plan when calculated on the entire service employee workforce based upon total hours worked (including overtime hours, but excluding paid time off such as holiday and vacation) by all employees. The other one (the odd-numbered one) requires the contractor to satisfy the fringe benefit requirements on a "per employee" basis and compliance must be calculated using all hours paid (including paid time off, but excluding overtime hours). The contractor must meet the minimum fringe benefit requirement for each individual employee and is not allowed to average there fringe benefit cost over the entire workforce. A more detailed history and explanation of these two fringe benefit methodologies can be found at the www.wdol.gov library by reviewing Department of Labor's All Agency Memoranda #188 and #197. If under the previous contract period, the "average cost" WD was used, DOL rules require its continued use under 29 CFR 4.52." Place of Contract Performance: Performance will be conducted at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Western Currency Facilities 9000 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth Texas76131 Set-aside Status: None NAICS Code: 541870 Advertising Material Distribution Services; PSC: R708 SUPPORT- MANAGEMENT: PUBLIC RELATIONS. Description: Distribute and display BEP tour brochures for the Fort Worth BEP visitor center in high-traffic, tourist-oriented locations including hotels, motels, car rental offices, visitor center locations, airports, chambers of commerce, restaurants, etc. in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, located within an estimated 70-mile radius of the BEP Tour and Visitor Center. See attachments for complete description of the requirements, line items, applicable clauses, and evaluation criteria. Qualification to be considered for award: The offeror must be active and current in System Award Management. Procedures for Submittal: Written quotes must be submitted by e-mail or delivered on the closing date March 10, 2014 no later than 4:30 Eastern Standard Time (EST). Anticipated award date: March 31, 2014

66--SURVEYS

Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command, ECC | Published August 28, 2012  -  Deadline August 28, 2012
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PERFORMANCE WORK STATEMENT PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY 1. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES: The contractor shall provide all resources necessary to include but not limited to management, personnel, supervision, transportation, fuel, equipment, supplies, and any other tool necessary to provide the required survey reports in accordance with ISO 20252:2012 or equivalent local commercial standard. 1.1. Location of interviews and minimum number of interviewees. a) Region 1 - Caqueta and Meta departments Uribe - 32 interviews San Juan de Arama - 20 interviews Vista Hermosa - 56 interviews Puerto Rico- 42 interviews Puerta Lleras - 24 interviews San Vincente del Caguan - 83 interviews Donacello - 30 interviews Montanita - 29 interviews San Jose de Fragua - 19 interviews b) Region 2 - Sur Tolima Chaparral - 37 interviews Ataco - 18 interviews Planadas - 22 interviews Rio Blanco - 18 interviews Ortega - 26 interviews Cajamarca- 17 interviews b) Region 3 - Valle/Cauca/Narino Guapi - 20 interviews Piendamo - 35 interviews Timbio - 30 interviews Santander de Quichao - 78 interviews Samniego - 43 interviews Barbacoas - 24 interviews Carlosama - 22 interviews b) Region 5 - Catatumbo Rangovalla - 18 interviews Tibu - 76 interviews Sardinata - 50 interviews Convencion - 34 interviews b) Region 6 - Limites Comarca Tolima Prado - 7 interviews Campo Alegre - 29 interviews c) Serrania de la Macarena La Macarena - 69 interviews La Julia - 4 interviews 1.2. After the interviews are conducted an the questionnaires are complete, the Contractor will verify inconsistencies and code open questions based on the consolidation of similar responses. Closed questions will be pre-coded. Then, using SPSS predictive analytic software, the Contractor will complete the following tasks: a) Design and construct digitizing matrix b) Capture information c) Incorporate labels per question and for each alternative response d) Adjust values of non-response e) Calculate distribution frequency f) Construction design and processing of pivot tables according information objectives g) Select statistical inference according to data as it applies Correlations between variables (items) Evidence of differences in groups Multivariate Test h) Reliability Analysis i) Factor Analysis j) Discriminant Analysis k) Cluster Analysis 1.3. Inherent to the planning and execution of the survey the Contractor will: a) Assign a project manager b) Complete the field work c) Encode, validate, and verify inconsistencies d) Process the data e) Conduct information analysis and quantitative delivery of final report 2. SCOPE OF SURVEY: The Primary Objective of the survey is to explore the knowledge and perception of the activities against kidnapping and extortion. 2.1. A supporting objective is to determine the public opinion on democratic security: a) Know the security level reported by Colombians for themselves and their families b) Measure the perceived security to take to the streets and trips inter c) Establish the impact of different types of crime in the Colombians d) Explore the incidents of insecurity that National institutions have suffered e) Measure the confidence in the institutions of public or private marked leadership in the country (armed forces, judiciary, Government, church, media, NGOs, parties, and inter-agency coordination. f) Assess the impact and confidence in the government programs offered to the population g) Determine the level of confidence in the local government and military units (institutional image) 2.2. A supporting objective is to explore the public perception of the military: a) Explore effects of "false" positives on their image b) Determine the perception of social work and respect for human rights c) Determine the level of perceived corruption 2.3. A supporting objective is to explore public opinion about Illegal armed groups: a) Assess the degree of acceptance and favorability of the illegal armed groups b) Explore the presence of illegal armed groups in different regions c) Explore the public perception of the violence and terror used by illegal armed groups to achieve their objectives 2.4. A supporting objective is to explore the situation in border areas: a) Measure the public perception of living conditions in the border areas b) Measure the influence of media and non-State institutions of neighboring countries c) Explore public perception of international relations of Colombia with neighboring countries 3. PERIOD AND PLACE OF PERFORMANCE (POP): This public survey shall be initiated in the above mentioned locations no later than 30 September 2012 and its complete execution, data analysis, and delivery of reports shall be completed no later than 17 November 2012. 4. SPECIFICATIONS OF DELIVERABLE ANALYSIS PRODUCTS: A final quantitative report covering all analytical results of the study shall be prepared in an MS PowerPoint presentation which the Contractor will deliver on compact discs and via electronic mail. The Contractor shall also deliver the tabulated raw data in an MS Excel spreadsheet on compact discs and via electronic mail. All deliverable reporting is due to the MIST no later than 17 November 2012. 5. SUBCONTRACTING: Subcontracting is NOT authorized under this agreement. 6. CONTRACTOR MANPOWER REPORTING: The Contractor is required to report all Contractor manpower required for the performance of this contract. The Contractor is required to completely fill in all the required fields in the reporting system using the following web address: https://cmra.army.mil/. The requiring activity will assist the Contractor with the reporting requirement as necessary. The Contractor may enter reports at any time during the reporting period, which is defined as the period of performance not to exceed 12 months ending 30 September of each Government fiscal year. Reporting shall be completed no later than 31 December every year or part of a year for which the contract is in place. Failure to comply with this reporting requirement may result in contract termination. 7. POINT OF CONTACT: Any requests for changes or delays to the services described must be submitted to: MIST - US Embassy Danny Gomes mistcobogota@gmail.com or danny.gomes2@us.army.mil (320) 831-7481 8. SECURITY: The nature and scope of this survey are sensitive. Its planning, execution, and reportable data are not to be shared with other existing or potential clients of the Contractor for the purposes of advertisement or demonstration. Patronage of the MIST or the US Embassy relating to this survey is not to be used in the Contractor's advertising material for other customers. 9. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: MIST reserves the right to modify, reproduce, and redistribute all above described deliverable reporting upon receipt. 10. BACKGROUND CHECK: Award of this Print Production Agreement is subject to background checks conducted by the U.S. Embassy's security personnel as part of force protection. Failure to pass a background check is enough justification for not awarding or terminating an existing Print Production Agreement.

Research Services

Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration | Published March 13, 2017  -  Deadline March 20, 2017
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1Document Type:Combined Synopsis/SolicitationSolicitation Number:FDA_17-223-SOL-1180210Posted Date:March 13, 2017Response Date:March 20, 2017NAICS Code:541380 - Testing Laboratories; with a Small Business Size Standard of $15 MillionContracting Office AddressFDA/OO/OFBA/OAGS/DAPNational Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)3900 NCTR RoadJefferson, AR 72079DescriptionThis is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 12.6 "Streamlined Procedures for Evaluation and Solicitation for Commercial Items", as supplemented with additional information included on this notice and in conjunction with FAR Part 13.106, utilizing Simplified Acquisition Procedures. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; offers are being requested, and a written solicitation document will not be issued. The solicitation number is FDA_15-223-SOL-1180210. This solicitation is issued as a "Sole Source" FAR 13.106-1 (b) "Soliciting from a Single Source" Request for Quote (RFQ). This solicitation and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-94, 2005-95 dated January 19, 2017.The associated North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code for this procurement is 541380 - Testing Laboratories; with a Small Business Size Standard of $15 Million. This combined/synopsis solicitation is Full and Open Competition.2Statement of WorkResearch Services for: An examination of the role of advertising and promotionallabeling in adult immunization disparitiesPart I: General IntroductionProper understanding and comprehension of health messaging is fundamental in preventing unnecessary, and otherwise avoidable, mortality and morbidity. Although culturally competent messaging is increasingly recognized as having vital importance in the health care sector, one factor that is neglected is the role of gender-specific messaging and health literacy. The goal of this proposed research is to examine gender-related health literacy and the potential lack of appropriate gender-specific messaging, particularly as a potential contributor to health disparities in older female populations. It is hoped that, as a result of this research, a best practices guide and a regulatory tool will be developed to assist regulators and policy makers in evaluating advertising and promotional labeling from a gender-sensitive and age-sensitive health literacy perspective. This addresses the Office of Women's Health Research Priority Area 6: Develop, evaluate, and use tools and methods to foster the creation and easy availability of clear and useful information about FDA-regulated products used by women to help women and their health care professionals make informed health-related decisions.A. BackgroundDirect-to-consumer (DTC) promotion for health products and services has increased tremendously during the past decade. Recent changes in the DTC environment, particularly internet and social media, have impacted clinical encounters, risk perception, and communication. One objective for this study is to determine the rate of patient medication inquiries to healthcare providers and their influence on clinical encounters in primary care for women aged 65 and older. This includes identifying and documenting reports for the products that have disparate rates of use among elderly women; identifying gaps in the literature for health literacy pertaining to gender and age; and examining current advertising and promotional labeling for messaging that adequately targets elderly women. It is hoped that this would inform and support the implementation of best practices for gender- and age-based health literacy and increase targeted promotional messaging, ultimately increasing comprehension and awareness among elderly women.B. ScopeThe ultimate goal of this research is to compile and evaluate the body of literature regarding disparities in the utilization of health services and products by women 65 years of age and older and to examine the extent to which promotion impacts these disparities. Working with elderly women as stakeholders we intend to establish themes that can be used across health promotion campaigns to improve health and healthcare uptake. We will achieve this goal through various means as follows:3• Compile and evaluate scientific literature documenting any gender-specific disparities seen in the utilization, awareness, or comprehension of health services and/or products.• Identify themes and characteristics of successful health messaging to older women.• Delineate potential gaps in the literature, with respect to health services or products for the older female demographic group, and develop recommendations to help ameliorate these gaps.• Examine the extent to which current advertising and promotional labeling is targeted towards elderly women and other underserved populations.• Partner with federal and academic institutions to create public health outreach campaigns designed to increase awareness of vital health services in this demographic. A deliverable of this phase of the project will be a best practices guide and a regulatory tool to be used in determining whether promotional messaging conforms to gender-sensitive formats in elderly populations.Part II: Work RequirementsA. Technical Requirements for Perspective Vendor:• Vendor shall be required to have access to librarians at a Health Sciences Library thatare expert searchers who can support faculty investigators and students in conductingcomprehensive literature searches. They shall use the correct search strategies toensure that all relevant studies are identified in relevant databases, deliver search results into a citation management tool and set up search alerts to identify recently published literature.• Vendor shall collaborate with health professional and faith-based organizations todraw from a diverse group of participants who will be used to conduct two focusgroups and provide insight on the perceptions and understanding around thepromotional and advertising material.• Vendor shall develop culturally competent and outreach strategies and educational materials at the appropriate health literacy level in order to bolster awareness and decrease herpes zoster vaccination disparities among older adults.B. US Government shall conduct the following during this study:Shall perform electronic and hand searches on advertising and promotional materials published between January 2010 and December 2016, looking at promotional messaging for gender-sensitive health services and products. Evaluate the materials for cultural competence and health literacy4levels. This review will be done in conjunction with focus group testing (below) in order to gather information on perceptions, barriers, and comprehension of the promotional materials that have been rated for their cultural competence, gender-sensitivity and health literacy..C. Deliverables• A full data report of the literature findings will be provided to (FDA/CBER). This report shall be completed within six-weeks of completing the literature review and analysis.• A comprehensive report of the focus group testing and findings will be provided to(FDA/CBER). This report shall be completed within six-weeks of completing the focusgroup testing.• The completed best practices guide and a regulatory tool (along with validation plan) to be used in determining whether promotional messaging conforms to gender-sensitive formats in elderly populations must be delivered within 4 weeks of completion.D. Place of Performance:• Literature review and analysis will be conducted at the perspective university's Health Science Library that has resources for research on female and culturally-underrepresented populations.5E. Deliverables and Period of Performance:Anticipated Date of Award: 04/24/2017The period of performance for the option periods in any resultant award will be estimated based on the date of award. If/when Option Year 1 of each CLIN is exercised; the periods of performance for all options will be firmed via bilateral modification.Base: 04/24/2017 - 04/23/2018Option Year 1: 04/24/2018 thru 04/23/20196FY 17FY 18Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4Develop protocol and study instrumentation in advance of final determination of support.Submit protocol for review and comment, contract management and any additional permissions.Conduct integrated literature reviews, focus groups, expert/in depth interviews. Submit literature analysis and initial findings for publication in identified journal. Form best practices and develop regulatory review tool.Data Management and Analysis - ongoingFinal analysisSynthesis of data, final reporting, policy formulation, community education, health professional education, planning for next steps or extension, develop plan for validation of best practices, publication(s)7FOB Destination:Contract TypeCommercial Item - Firm fixed price. Simplified procurement procedures will be utilized.An official authorized to bind the Offeror must sign the terms and conditions of the offer. Offerors that fail to furnish required representations and certifications, or reject the terms and conditions of the solicitation, may be excluded from consideration.CLIN DESCRIPTION SERVICE UNIT PRICE TOTAL PRICE0001 Research Services 1 $_____________ $___________as described in theMinimum Performance Requirements sectionCLIN DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT PRICE TOTAL0003 OY1 Research Services 12 $ _________ $ __________*Option Year 1: - Service Maintenance agreement for Research ServicesServices as described in the Minimum Performance Requirements section aboveTotal Price (including options): $_______________________GSA Contract Number (If applicable): _______________________8Clauses and Provisions:The full text of FAR and HHSAR provisions and clauses may be accessed electronically at http://acquisition.gov/far/index.html or https://www.hhs.gov/grants/contracts/contract-policies-regulations/hhsar/index.html.CLAUSESFAR 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items (Jan 2017)The following FAR 52.212-4 addenda apply:The supplies and/or services delivered hereunder shall be inspected and accepted at destination by the technical representative (TR) specified at award. If the supplies or services are acceptable, the TR shall promptly forward a report of inspection and acceptance to the paying office. If the supplies or services are not acceptable, theTR shall document the nonconforming items/services and immediately notify the contracting officer.The following additional provisions and/or clauses apply and incorporated by reference and apply to this acquisition. Clauses and provisions can be obtained at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/The following FAR and HHSAR clauses, incorporated by reference, apply to this acquisition.FAR 52.204-4 Printed or Copied Double-Sided on Postconsumer Fiber Content Paper (May 2011)FAR 52.217-9 Option to Extend the Term of the Contract (Mar 2000)(a) "...within one (1) calendar day of contract expiration;.....at least 30 calendar...."(c)"...shall not exceed 1 year."FAR 52.232-40 Providing Accelerated Payment to Small Business Subcontractors (Dec 2013)HHSAR 352.203-70 Anti-Lobbying (Dec 18, 2015)HHSAR 352.222-70 Contractor Cooperation in Equal Employment OpportunityInvestigations (Dec 18, 2015)PaymentsPayments will not be made more frequently than monthly in arrears. Advance payments will not be made.9THREE WAY MATCHInvoice SubmissionA. THE CONTRACTOR SHALL SUBMIT ONE (1) ORIGINAL COPY OF EACH INVOICE TO THE ADDRESS SPECIFIED BELOW:Attn: Division of Payment ServicesU.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATIONOC/OO/OFBA/OFM/Division of Payment Services3900 NCTR Rd., HFT-324Bldg. 50, 6th Floor, Suite 616Jefferson, AR 72079nctrinvoices@fda.hhs.govPhone: 870.543.7042 or 7446nctrinvoices@fda.hhs.gov*** Acceptable methods of delivery include: E-mail (preferred) and Standard Mail. Provide a copy marked courtesy to the COR. The COR is (insert name and email address.)B. Invoices submitted under this contract must comply with the requirements set forth in FAR Clauses 52.232-25 (Prompt Payment) and 52.232-33 (Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer / System for Award Management) and/or other applicable FAR clauses specified herein. To constitute a proper invoice, the invoice must be submitted on company letterhead and include each of the following:(I) Name and address of the contractor;(ii) Invoice date and invoice number;(iii) Purchase order/award number;(iv) Description, quantity, unit of measure, unit price, and extended price supplies delivered or services performed, including:(a) period of performance for which costs are claimed;(b) itemized travel costs, including origin and destination;(c) any other supporting information necessary to clarify questionable expenditures;10(d) The contractor shall include the Contract Line Item/Funding line item number for each description, quantity, unit of measure, unit price, and extended price supplies delivered or services performed(v) Shipping number and date of shipment, including the bill of lading number and weight of shipment if shipped on government bill of lading;(vi) Terms of any discount for prompt payment offered;(vii) Name and address of official to whom payment is to be sent (must be the same as that in the purchase order/award, or in a proper notice of assignment);(viii) Name, title, and phone number of person to notify in event of defective invoice;(ix) Taxpayer identification number (TIN);(x) Electronic funds transfer (EFT) banking information, including routing transit number of the financial institution receiving payment(xi) Name and telephone number of the FDA Contracting Officer (CO) and the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) or other program center/office point of contact, as referenced on the order/contract;(xii) Any other information or documentation required by the purchase order/award.C. An electronic invoice shall be in adobe acrobat (PDF) format. All items listed in (i) through (xii) of this clause must be included in the electronic invoice. Electronic invoices must be on company letterhead and must contain no ink changes and be legible for printing.D. Questions regarding invoice payments should be directed to the FDA Payment Office at:Attn: Division of Payment ServicesU.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATIONOC/OO/OFBA/OFM/Division of Payment Services3900 NCTR Rd., HFT-324Bldg. 50, 6th Floor, Suite 616Jefferson, AR 72079nctrinvoices@fda.hhs.govPhone: 870.543.7042 or 744611nctrinvoices@fda.hhs.govINVOICES SUBMITTED UNDER THIS CONTRACT MUST COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN FAR CLAUSES 52.232-25 (PROMPT PAYMENT) AND 52.232-33 (PAYMENT BY ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER. SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM) DATABASE) AND/OR OTHER APPLICABLE FAR CLAUSES SPECIFIED HEREIN.QUESTIONS RELATING TO INVOICES SHALL BE DIRECTED TO MS. TRACI JONES or GAYLEN WILSON AT THE FDA PAYMENT OFFICE AT (870) 543-7446 OR nctrinvoices@fda.hhs.govQUESTIONS CONCERNING TERMS OF THIS ORDER (Other than invoice-related) SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO: Yolanda Peer (870) 543-7479 or yolanda.peer@fda.hhs.govThe 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 any costs incurred during the performanceof this contract; or(5) Otherwise change any terms and conditions of this contract.The Contract Officer for this order is:XXXXX, Contracting Officer3900 NCTR RoadHFT-320Jefferson, AR 72079Phone: (870) 543-XXXXEmail: xxxxxx@fda.govThe TR is responsible for:(1) Monitoring the Contractor's technical progress, including the surveillance and assessment(2) 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 TR for this order is:12To be identified at time of award.52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items (Jan 2017)(a) The Contractor shall comply with the following Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clauses, which are incorporated in this contract by reference, to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items:(1) 52.203-19, Prohibition on Requiring Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements or Statements (JAN 2017) (section 743 of Division E, Title VII, of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235) and its successor provisions in subsequent appropriations acts (and as extended in continuing resolutions)).(2) 52.209-10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations (Nov 2015).(3) 52.233-3, Protest After Award (AUG 1996) (31 U.S.C. 3553).(4) 52.233-4, Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim (OCT 2004)(Public Laws 108-77 and 108-78 (19 U.S.C. 3805 note)).(b) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (b) that the Contracting Officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items:[Contracting Officer check as appropriate.]__ (1) 52.203-6, Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales to the Government (Sept 2006), with Alternate I (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 4704 and 10 U.S.C. 2402).__ (2) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Oct 2015) (41 U.S.C. 3509)).__ (3) 52.203-15, Whistleblower Protections under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (June 2010) (Section 1553 of Pub. L. 111-5). (Applies to contracts funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.)X (4) 52.204-10, Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards (Oct 2016) (Pub. L. 109-282) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).__ (5) [Reserved].__ (6) 52.204-14, Service Contract Reporting Requirements (Oct 2016) (Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Div. C).13__ (7) 52.204-15, Service Contract Reporting Requirements for Indefinite-Delivery Contracts (Oct 2016) (Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Div. C).X (8) 52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment. (Oct 2015) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).__ (9) 52.209-9, Updates of Publicly Available Information Regarding Responsibility Matters (Jul 2013) (41 U.S.C. 2313).__ (10) [Reserved].__ (11)(i) 52.219-3, Notice of HUBZone Set-Aside or Sole-Source Award (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657a).__ (ii) Alternate I (Nov 2011) of 52.219-3.X (12)(i) 52.219-4, Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns (OCT 2014) (if the offeror elects to waive the preference, it shall so indicate in its offer) (15 U.S.C. 657a).__ (ii) Alternate I (JAN 2011) of 52.219-4.__ (13) [Reserved]__ (14)(i) 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644).__ (ii) Alternate I (Nov 2011).__ (iii) Alternate II (Nov 2011).__ (15)(i) 52.219-7, Notice of Partial Small Business Set-Aside (June 2003) (15 U.S.C. 644).__ (ii) Alternate I (Oct 1995) of 52.219-7.__ (iii) Alternate II (Mar 2004) of 52.219-7.__ (16) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Nov 2016) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)).__ (17)(i) 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Jan 2017) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)).__ (ii) Alternate I (Nov 2016) of 52.219-9.__ (iii) Alternate II (Nov 2016) of 52.219-9.__ (iv) Alternate III (Nov 2016) of 52.219-9.14__ (v) Alternate IV (Nov 2016) of 52.219-9.__ (18) 52.219-13, Notice of Set-Aside of Orders (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644(r)).__ (19) 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting (Jan 2017) (15 U.S.C. 637(a)(14)).__ (20) 52.219-16, Liquidated Damages-Subcon-tracting Plan (Jan 1999) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)(F)(i)).__ (21) 52.219-27, Notice of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657 f).X (22) 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)).__ (23) 52.219-29, Notice of Set-Aside for, or Sole Source Award to, Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (Dec 2015) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)).__ (24) 52.219-30, Notice of Set-Aside for, or Sole Source Award to, Women-Owned Small Business Concerns Eligible Under the Women-Owned Small Business Program (Dec 2015) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)).X (25) 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003) (E.O. 11755).X (26) 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Oct 2016) (E.O. 13126).X (27) 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Apr 2015).X (28) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Sept 2016) (E.O. 11246).__ (29) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Oct 2015)(38 U.S.C. 4212).X (30) 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities (Jul 2014) (29 U.S.C. 793).__ (31) 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (FEB 2016) (38 U.S.C. 4212).X (32) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496).X (33)(i) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Mar 2015) (22 U.S.C. chapter 78 and E.O. 13627).__ (ii) Alternate I (Mar 2015) of 52.222-50 (22 U.S.C. chapter 78 and E.O. 13627).15__ (34) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (OCT 2015). (Executive Order 12989). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items or certain other types of commercial items as prescribed in 22.1803.)__ (35) 52.222-59, Compliance with Labor Laws (Executive Order 13673) (OCT 2016). (Applies at $50 million for solicitations and resultant contracts issued from October 25, 2016 through April 24, 2017; applies at $500,000 for solicitations and resultant contracts issued after April 24, 2017).Note to paragraph (b)(35): By a court order issued on October 24, 2016, 52.222-59 is enjoined indefinitely as of the date of the order. The enjoined paragraph will become effective immediately if the court terminates the injunction. At that time, GSA, DoD and NASA will publish a document in the Federal Register advising the public of the termination of the injunction.__ (36) 52.222-60, Paycheck Transparency (Executive Order 13673) (OCT 2016).__ (37)(i) 52.223-9, Estimate of Percentage of Recovered Material Content for EPA-Designated Items (May 2008) (42 U.S.C. 6962(c)(3)(A)(ii)). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items.)__ (ii) Alternate I (May 2008) of 52.223-9 (42 U.S.C. 6962(i)(2)(C)). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items.)__ (38) 52.223-11, Ozone-Depleting Substances and High Global Warming Potential Hydrofluorocarbons (JUN 2016) (E.O. 13693).__ (39) 52.223-12, Maintenance, Service, Repair, or Disposal of Refrigeration Equipment and Air Conditioners (JUN 2016) (E.O. 13693).__ (40)(i) 52.223-13, Acquisition of EPEAT®-Registered Imaging Equipment (JUN 2014) (E.O.s 13423 and 13514).__ (ii) Alternate I (Oct 2015) of 52.223-13.__ (41)(i) 52.223-14, Acquisition of EPEAT®-Registered Televisions (JUN 2014) (E.O.s 13423 and 13514).__ (ii) Alternate I (Jun 2014) of 52.223-14.__ (42) 52.223-15, Energy Efficiency in Energy-Consuming Products (DEC 2007) (42 U.S.C. 8259b).__ (43)(i) 52.223-16, Acquisition of EPEAT®-Registered Personal Computer Products (OCT 2015) (E.O.s 13423 and 13514).__ (ii) Alternate I (Jun 2014) of 52.223-16.16X (44) 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving (AUG 2011) (E.O. 13513).__ (45) 52.223-20, Aerosols (JUN 2016) (E.O. 13693).__ (46) 52.223-21, Foams (JUN 2016) (E.O. 13693).__ (47)(i) 52.224-3, Privacy Training (JAN 2017) (5 U.S.C. 552a).__ (ii) Alternate I (JAN 2017) of 52.224-3.__ (48) 52.225-1, Buy American-Supplies (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 83).X (49)(i) 52.225-3, Buy American-Free Trade Agreements-Israeli Trade Act (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 83, 19 U.S.C. 3301 note, 19 U.S.C. 2112 note, 19 U.S.C. 3805 note, 19 U.S.C. 4001 note, Pub. L. 103-182, 108-77, 108-78, 108-286, 108-302, 109-53, 109-169, 109-283, 110-138, 112-41, 112-42, and 112-43.__ (ii) Alternate I (May 2014) of 52.225-3.X (iii) Alternate II (May 2014) of 52.225-3.__ (iv) Alternate III (May 2014) of 52.225-3.__ (50) 52.225-5, Trade Agreements (OCT 2016) (19 U.S.C. 2501, et seq., 19 U.S.C. 3301 note).X (51) 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases (June 2008) (E.O.'s, proclamations, and statutes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury).__ (52) 52.225-26, Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States (Oct 2016) (Section 862, as amended, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008; 10 U.S.C. 2302 Note).__ (53) 52.226-4, Notice of Disaster or Emergency Area Set-Aside (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150).__ (54) 52.226-5, Restrictions on Subcontracting Outside Disaster or Emergency Area (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150).__ (55) 52.232-29, Terms for Financing of Purchases of Commercial Items (Feb 2002) (41 U.S.C. 4505, 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)).__ (56) 52.232-30, Installment Payments for Commercial Items (Jan 2017) (41 U.S.C. 4505, 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)).17X (57) 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332).__ (58) 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Other than System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332).__ (59) 52.232-36, Payment by Third Party (May 2014) (31 U.S.C. 3332).__ (60) 52.239-1, Privacy or Security Safeguards (Aug 1996) (5 U.S.C. 552a).__ (61) 52.242-5, Payments to Small Business Subcontractors (JAN 2017)(15 U.S.C. 637(d)(12)).__ (62)(i) 52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flag Commercial Vessels (Feb 2006) (46 U.S.C. Appx. 1241(b) and 10 U.S.C. 2631).__ (ii) Alternate I (Apr 2003) of 52.247-64.(c) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (c), applicable to commercial services, that the Contracting Officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items:[Contracting Officer check as appropriate.]__ (1) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (May 2014)(E.O. 13495).__ (2) 52.222-41, Service Contract Labor Standards (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67).__ (3) 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67).__ (4) 52.222-43, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Labor Standards-Price Adjustment (Multiple Year and Option Contracts) (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67).__ (5) 52.222-44, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Labor Standards-Price Adjustment (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67).__ (6) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67).__ (7) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Certain Services-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67).__ (8) 52.222-55, Minimum Wages Under Executive Order 13658 (Dec 2015).18__ (9) 52.222-62, Paid Sick Leave Under Executive Order 13706 (JAN 2017) (E.O. 13706).__ (10) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations (May 2014) (42 U.S.C. 1792).__ (11) 52.237-11, Accepting and Dispensing of $1 Coin (Sept 2008) (31 U.S.C. 5112(p)(1)).(d) Comptroller General Examination of Record. The Contractor shall comply with the provisions of this paragraph (d) if this contract was awarded using other than sealed bid, is in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold, and does not contain the clause at 52.215-2, Audit and Records-Negotiation.(1) The Comptroller General of the United States, or an authorized representative of the Comptroller General, shall have access to and right to examine any of the Contractor's directly pertinent records involving transactions related to this contract.(2) The Contractor shall make available at its offices at all reasonable times the records, materials, and other evidence for examination, audit, or reproduction, until 3 years after final payment under this contract or for any shorter period specified in FAR subpart 4.7, Contractor Records Retention, of the other clauses of this contract. If this contract is completely or partially terminated, the records relating to the work terminated shall be made available for 3 years after any resulting final termination settlement. Records relating to appeals under the disputes clause or to litigation or the settlement of claims arising under or relating to this contract shall be made available until such appeals, litigation, or claims are finally resolved.(3) As used in this clause, records include books, documents, accounting procedures and practices, and other data, regardless of type and regardless of form. This does not require the Contractor to create or maintain any record that the Contractor does not maintain in the ordinary course of business or pursuant to a provision of law.(e)(1) Notwithstanding the requirements of the clauses in paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d) of this clause, the Contractor is not required to flow down any FAR clause, other than those in this paragraph (e)(1) in a subcontract for commercial items. Unless otherwise indicated below, the extent of the flow down shall be as required by the clause-(i) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Oct 2015) (41 U.S.C. 3509).(ii) 52.203-19, Prohibition on Requiring Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements or Statements (Jan 2017) (section 743 of Division E, Title VII, of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235) and its successor provisions in subsequent appropriations acts (and as extended in continuing resolutions)).(iii) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Nov 2016) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)), in all subcontracts that offer further subcontracting opportunities. If the subcontract (except subcontracts to small business concerns) exceeds $700,000 ($1.5 million for construction of any public facility),19the subcontractor must include52.219-8 in lower tier subcontracts that offer subcontracting opportunities.(iv) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (May 2014) (E.O. 13495). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (l) of FAR clause 52.222-17.(v) 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Apr 2015)(vi) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Sept 2016) (E.O. 11246).(vii) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Oct 2015) (38 U.S.C. 4212).(viii) 52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities (Jul 2014) (29 U.S.C. 793).(ix) 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (Feb 2016) (38 U.S.C. 4212)(x) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (f) of FAR clause 52.222-40.(xi) 52.222-41, Service Contract Labor Standards (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67).(xii)52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Mar 2015) (22 U.S.C. chapter 78 and E.O 13627). Alternate I (Mar 2015) of 52.222-50 (22 U.S.C. chapter 78 and E.O 13627).(xiii) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67).(xiv) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Certain Services-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67).(xv) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (OCT 2015) (E.O. 12989).(xvi) 52.222-55, Minimum Wages Under Executive Order 13658 (Dec 2015).(xvii) 52.222-59, Compliance with Labor Laws (Executive Order 13673) (OCT 2016) (Applies at $50 million for solicitations and resultant contracts issued from October 25, 2016 through April 24, 2017; applies at $500,000 for solicitations and resultant contracts issued after April 24, 2017).Note to paragraph (e)(1)(xvii): By a court order issued on October 24, 2016, 52.222-59 is enjoined indefinitely as of the date of the order. The enjoined paragraph will become effective immediately if the court terminates the injunction. At that time, GSA, DoD and NASA will publish a document in the Federal Register advising the public of the termination of the injunction.20(xviii) 52.222-60, Paycheck Transparency (Executive Order 13673) (OCT 2016)).(xix) 52.222-62, Paid Sick Leave Under Executive Order 13706 (JAN 2017) (E.O. 13706).(xx)(A) 52.224-3, Privacy Training (JAN 2017) (5 U.S.C. 552a).(B) Alternate I (JAN 2017) of 52.224-3.(xxi) 52.225-26, Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States (Oct 2016) (Section 862, as amended, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008; 10 U.S.C. 2302 Note).(xxii) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations (May 2014) (42 U.S.C. 1792). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (e) of FAR clause 52.226-6.(xxiii) 52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flag Commercial Vessels (Feb 2006) (46 U.S.C. Appx. 1241(b) and 10 U.S.C. 2631). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (d) of FAR clause 52.247-64.(2) While not required, the Contractor may include in its subcontracts for commercial items a minimal number of additional clauses necessary to satisfy its contractual obligations.PROVISIONSThe following solicitation provisions apply to this acquisition:52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors-Commercial Items applies. (Jan 2017)The following FAR 52.212-1 addenda apply:Prices shall be firm through September 30, 2017.FAR 52.204-7 System for Award Management (Oct 2016)In order for the quote to be determined technically capable, the vendor shall demonstrate that its proposed technical solution meets or exceeds the stated requirements. Price proposal must be detailed and represent the offeror's response to the schedule of items above.Technical capability will be determined and evaluated by review of information submitted by the offeror, which must provide sufficient technical information necessary for the Government to conclusively determine that the offered services meet the technical requirements identified above. Offerors shall specifically address the specifications stated above as well as technical specifications,21descriptive material, literature, brochures and other information which demonstrates the capabilities of the offeror.Past Performance will be determined and evaluated by the identification of federal, state, local Government, or private contracts for which the offeror has, in the past three (3) years, for which the offeror has sold the same system for use in same or similar applications. Provide name, telephone number, email address, contract number, past performance point of contact and dollar amount of sale.The Government is not responsible for locating or securing any information, which is not identified in the proposal, however the Government reserves the right to obtain information for use in the evaluation from any and all sources including sources outside of the Government. Offeror's shall include the firm's DUNS number with quote.The provision at FAR 52.212-2 Evaluation-Commercial Items applies. (Oct 2014)FAR 52.212-2 Evaluation - Commercial ItemsThe Government will award the purchase order to the responsible offeror whose offer conforming to the solicitation will be the most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers:(i) Technical capability(ii) Past Performance(iii) PriceTechnical and Past Performance, when combined, are significantly more important when compared to price in determining the best value to the Government; however, price remains a significant factor. The Government reserves the right to request additional information or conduct discussions at any time.Options: The Government will evaluate offers for award purposes by adding the total price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. The Government may determine that an offer is unacceptable if the option prices are significantly unbalanced. Evaluation of options shall not obligate the Government to exercise the option(s).A written notice of award or acceptance of an offer, mailed or otherwise furnished to the successful offeror within the time for acceptance specified in the offer, shall result in a binding contract without further action by either party. Before the offer's specified expiration time, the Government may accept an offer (or part of an offer), whether or not there are negotiations after its receipt, unless a written notice of withdrawal is received before award.2252.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items (Jan 2017)The Offeror shall complete only paragraph (b) of this provision if the Offeror has completed the annual representations and certification electronically via the System for Award Management (SAM) website located at https://www.sam.gov/portal. If the Offeror has not completed the annual representations and certifications electronically, the Offeror shall complete only paragraphs (c) through (u) of this provision.FAR Provision 52.204-16 Commercial and Government Entity Code Reporting. (JUL 2016)The offer must reference solicitation FDA_17-223-SOL-1180210. Offers are due in person, by postal mail or email to the point of contact listed below on or before March 20, 2017 by 1:00 PM, (Central Time) at the Food and Drug Administration, OO/OFBA/OAGS/DAP, Attn: Yolanda Peer, 3900 NCTR Road, HFT-320, Building 50 - Room 420, Jefferson, AR 72079-9502 or yolanda.peer@fda.hhs.gov. For information regarding this solicitation, please contact Yolanda Peer at yolanda.peer@fda.hhs.gov.

Women's Veteran Employment Research

Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management | Published July 24, 2013  -  Deadline August 8, 2013
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RFQ: DOL131RQ21760 This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for a commercial service prepared in accordance with the format in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 12.6 and (FAR) Part 13 as supplemented with additional information included with this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation that will be issued. Firm-fixed price offers are requested under this Request for Quote (RFQ). This document incorporates provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-67. This requirement is unrestricted in competition. The Classification Code is B - Specials Studies and analysis, not R&D, and the NAICS code is 541611 (Administrative Management and General Management Consulting). REQUIREMENT: The United States Department of Labor, Women's Bureau is seeking a contractor to provide Women Veteran Employment Research. 1.0 BACKGROUND The Department of Labor (DOL) Women's Bureau was created by law in 1920 to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment. Women in the workforce are vital to the nation's economic security. The Women's Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments. The Women's Bureau aims to empower all working women to achieve economic security. The Women's Bureau conducts outreach to raise awareness among, and to identify and build potential collaborations with, individuals and organizations that can be helpful in the successful implementation of policies and practices that can positively impact working women. The Women's Bureau is made up of a national office and ten (10) regional offices across the country, which enable it to foster and maintain local and community partnerships, and conduct meaningful outreach and education initiatives. This Statement of Work details the requirement for the location at the Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20210-0001. Period of performance: Six (6) months from date of award 2.0 Objectives: Due to their increasing numbers in the U.S. military, women veterans are the fastest growing segment within the veteran population. In 2012 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that women veterans have an unemployment rate of 8.3% versus 6.9% for men veterans. Many public and private sector tools, services and programs for veterans are largely designed with a predominant "male point of view" and do not necessarily meet the distinct needs of women veterans. Literature on women veterans has been primarily concentrated in the medical and mental health fields. Only recently have scholars and researchers turned their attention to other areas of needs for women veterans in the labor force. DOL leads the government's effort on ensuring veterans find good jobs. Women veterans' ability to find employment is lagging in comparison to the male veterans. As DOL prepares for the 1.5 million transitioning service members over the next several years, it must prepare for the needs of that population. What works for the male veteran population may be slightly different than what works for women veterans. The Women's Bureau seeks to address the gaps in research and policy(ies) that might provide meaningful assistance to understanding the needs and issues of women veterans, as well as supporting employer effects in hiring and/or retaining women veterans. The Women's Bureau's efforts will inform the Federal governments ongoing work in supporting employment and training opportunities for women veterans who are transitioning into the workforce. 3.0 Scope: The contractor shall conduct research and support the Women's Bureau in the expansion of its content knowledge on the challenges facing women veterans in the labor force by providing necessary background information and resources, including but not limited to: the identification of relevant literature, research reviews and studies; the identification of published academics, experts and researchers in this area; the identification of key federal and public sector stakeholders that serve or impact women veterans (e.g. employers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities and community colleges, and workforce development professionals). 3.1 Using information from broad-based literature, research reviews and studies, the contractor shall (1) conduct a literature review to examine women veteran social and cultural areas of concentration emerging to include - the reintegration of women veterans into civilian culture, marriage and family concerns including childcare, post-military separation support, and career transition; 3.2 The contractor shall identify policy options that may improve hiring and retention for women veterans, as well as research and data gaps that could inform these policy options; 3.3 The contractor shall prepare a white paper that addresses the critical employment issues of women veterans; 3.4 The contractor shall prepare a report that summarizes the key issues and trends, proposed solution to identified challenges facing women veterans and their employers, ideas, and recommendations. 3.5 The contractor shall research and provide information on the following: 3.5.1 Overview of labor market characteristics of women veterans, including education levels, work experience, diversity and occupational distribution 3.5.2 The unique and different challenges that women veterans face as compared to male veterans and nonveteran women 3.5.3 The biggest challenges for employers/workplaces in hiring and retaining women veteran workers 3.5.4 The types of projects that could focus on providing training and employment services to specific segments of the women veteran population that face significant barriers to employment, such as women veterans with service-connect disabilities, 18-24 year olds, and single mothers. 3.5.5 Promising strategies, practices, or programs for helping women veterans to remain employed 3.5.6 Actions in the area of public policy, further research, and/or areas for enhanced technical assistance and training that would help improve employment opportunities for women veterans. 3.5.7 Education, training, and experience necessary to change the attitudes and working conditions that will better support women veteran workers All travel associated with the services shall be included in the final price. 4.0 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE The period of performance shall be for six (6) - months from date of award. 5.0 QUALITY CONTROL The contractor shall develop and maintain an effective Quality Control Plan (QCP) to ensure services are performed in accordance with this SOW. The contractor shall develop and implement procedures to identify, prevent, and ensure non-recurrence of defective services. The contractor's QCP is the means to assure that the work complies with the requirements of the contract. The QCP is to be delivered with the contractor's proposal. 6.0 QUALITY ASSURANCE The government shall evaluate the contractor's performance under this contract in accordance with the Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan. This plan is primarily focused on what the Government must do to ensure that the contractor has performed in accordance with the performance standards. It defines how the performance standards will be applied, the frequency of surveillance, and the minimum acceptable defect rate(s). The contracting officer representative (COR) will be responsible for technical administration of the contract and is to assure proper government surveillance of the contractor's performance. 7.0 RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS The contractor is not required to perform services on the following holidays: New Year's Day Labor Day Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Columbus Day President's Day Veteran's Day Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day Independence Day Christmas Day 8.0 PLACE OF PERFORMANCE The work to be performed under this contract will be performed at either the contractor's place of business or at: U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC, 20210 9.0 HOURS OF OPERATION The contractor is responsible for conducting business, between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST), Monday thru Friday except Federal holidays or when the government facility is closed due to local or national emergencies, administrative closings, or similar government directed facility closings. For other than firm fixed price contracts, the contractor will not be reimbursed when the government facility is closed for the above reasons. The contractor must at all times maintain an adequate workforce for the uninterrupted performance of all tasks defined within this SOW when the government facility is not closed for the above reasons. When hiring personnel, the contractor shall keep in mind that the stability and continuity of the workforce are essential. 10.0 TYPE OF CONTRACT The government anticipates award of a firm-fixed price contract. 11.0 PRIVACY Portions of information disclosed during the performance of this task are protected by the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974; therefore, all personnel assigned to this Contract are required to take proper precautions to protect the information from disclosure. 12.0 OWNERSHIP All products and deliverables developed under this SOW are the joint property of the author, U.S. Government, and Department of Labor. 13.0 COMMITMENT TO PROTECT SENSITIVE INFORMATION The contractor shall not release, publish, or disclose sensitive information to unauthorized personnel, and shall protect such information in accordance with provisions of the following laws and any other pertinent laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of sensitive information: 18 U.S.C. 641 (Criminal Code: Public Money, Property or Records). 14.0 CONFIDENTIALITY OF DATA AND INFORMATION (a) The contractor and any of its subcontractors in performance of this contract, may have need for access to and use of various types of data and information in the possession of the Government which the Government obtained under conditions which restrict the Government's right to use and disclose the data and information, or which may be of a nature that its dissemination or use other than in the performance of this contract, would be adverse to the interests of the Government or other parties. Therefore, the contractor and its subcontractors agree to abide by any restrictive use conditions on such data and not to: (1) knowingly disclose such data and information to others without written authorization from the Contacting Officer, unless the Government has made the data and information available to the public; and (2) use for any purpose other than the performance of this contract any data which bears a restrictive marking or legend. (b) In the event the work required to be performed under this contract requires access to proprietary data of other companies, the contractor must obtain agreement from such other companies for such use unless such data is provided or made available to the contractor by the Government. Two copies of such company-to-company agreements must be furnished promptly to the Contracting Officer for information only. These agreements must prescribe the scope of authorized use of disclosure, and other terms and conditions to be agreed upon between the parties thereto. It is agreed by the contractor that any such data, whether obtained by the contractor pursuant to the aforesaid agreement or from the Government, must be protected from unauthorized use or disclosure to any individual, corporation, or organization so long as it remains proprietary. (c) The contractor agrees to conduct formal training to make employees aware of the requirement to maintain confidentiality of data and information, as required above, to the end that they will be disciplined in the necessity to refrain from divulging either the proprietary data of other companies or data that is obtained from the Government to anyone except as authorized. The contractor must obtain from each employee, engaged in any effort connected with this contract, an agreement, in writing, which must in substance provide that such employee will not, during his/her employment by the contractor, or thereafter, disclose to others or use for his/her own benefit or the future benefit of any individual any trade secrets, confidential information, or proprietary/restricted data (to include Government "For Official Use Only") received in connection with the work under this contract. (d) The contractor agrees to hold the Government harmless and indemnify the Government as to any cost/loss resulting from the unauthorized use or disclosure of third party data or software by the contractor, its employees, subcontractors, or agents. (e) The contractor agrees to include the substance of this provision in all subcontracts awarded under this contract. The Contracting Officer will consider case-by-case exceptions from this requirement for individual subcontracts in the event that: (1) the contractor considers the application of the prohibition of this provisions to be inappropriate and unnecessary in the case of a particular subcontract; (2) the subcontractor provides a written statement affirming absolute unwillingness to perform absent some relief from the substance of this prohibition; (3) use of an alternate subcontract source would unreasonably detract from the quality of effort; and (4) the contractor provides the Contracting Officer timely written advance notice of these and any other extenuating circumstances. (f) Except as the Contracting Officer specifically authorizes in writing, upon completion of all work under the contract, the contractor must return all such data and information obtained from the Government, including all copies, modifications, adaptations, or combinations thereof, to the Contracting Officer. Data obtained from another company must be disposed of in accordance with the contractor's agreement with that company. If such data or information cannot reasonably be returned to the Contracting Officer (or to a company), the contractor must certify in writing to the Contracting Officer that all copies, modifications, adaptations, or combinations of the data or information have been deleted from the contractor's (and any subcontractor's) records and destroyed. (g) The restrictions stated herein do not limit the contractor's (or subcontractor's) right to use and disclose any data and information obtained from another source without restriction. 15.0 RELEASE OF INFORMATION Work performed under this contract may involve access to information, including specifications, price estimates and other sensitive data. Consequently, the contractor (including individual employees thereof) must not release or communicate, except as required by law or regulations, such information, including any news release, public announcement, or advertising material concerned with this contract, unless authorized by the Contracting Officer. 16.0 CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVE (COR) The COR will be identified by separate letter. The COR monitors all technical aspects of the contract and assists in contract administration. The COR is authorized to perform the following functions: assure that the contractor performs the technical requirements of the contract; perform inspections necessary in connection with contract performance; maintain written and oral communications with the contractor concerning technical aspects of the contract; issue written interpretations of technical requirements, including Government drawings, designs, specifications; monitor contractor's performance and notifies both the Contracting Officer and contractor of any deficiencies; coordinate availability of government furnished property, and provide site entry of contractor personnel. A letter of designation issued to the COR, a copy of which is sent to the contractor, states the responsibilities and limitations of the COR, especially with regard to changes in cost or price, estimates or changes in delivery dates. The COR is not authorized to change any of the terms and conditions of the resulting contract. PART 2 DELIVERABLES 17.0 The contractor will deliver the following deliverables at the time specified to the COR designated in the contract. All draft documents will be delivered to the COR by e-mail in Microsoft Word format. For draft documents, hard copies must be delivered to the COR upon request. Final versions of all products must be delivered to the COR electronically via e-mail in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats and 20 CD's or DVD's by the date specified. Please note that all written deliverables other than the monthly progress reports submitted to the Department must carry the following disclaimer: ( would check on format details so that it can be easily converted to website, ie for videos mp3 files????) This deliverable was prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Women's Bureau. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to DOL, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 18.0 PRODUCTS, TASKS, SERVICES AND STANDARDS FOR SUCCESS Products (deliverables) Description Standards for Success 1.Written progress reports Must include: • Summary of work completed each month • Summary of work planned for next month • Listing of problems encountered • Proposed solutions for problems encountered • Listing of outstanding items needed from Women's Bureau • Extent to which the project is on schedule • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission by the last day of the month. 2. Work plan and schedule Must include: • Timeline linking tasks and deliverables to specific dates • Strategies for accomplishing goals • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 10 days after contract award. 3. Literature Review • Must include a comprehensive literature review to include research studies, white papers, policy briefs, congressional testimony, etc. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 60 days after contract award. 4. Policy Options • Must include policy options that may improve working conditions and opportunities for women veterans as well as research and data gaps that could inform these policy options. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 60 days after contract award. 5a. Draft White Paper 5b. Final White Paper • Must include a draft white paper that addresses the critical employment issues of women veterans. • Must prepare a final white paper, after Draft White Paper. Final White Paper draft language is approved by the Women's Bureau staff, which addresses the critical employment issues of women veterans. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 90 days after contract award. • Submission within 120 days after contract award. 6a. Draft Report 6b. Final Report • Must include key issues and trends, proposed solution to identified challenges facing women veterans and their employers, ideas, and recommendations. • Must prepare a Final Report, after Draft Final Report. Final Report draft language is approved by the Women's Bureau staff that addresses the critical employment issues of women veterans. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 150 days after contract award. • Submission within 180 days after contract award. Services Standards for Success 1. Kick-Off Meeting Must include: • clear, comprehensive agenda • feasible plan of action with decision points • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Completion within 10 days after contract award. 2. Final Briefing Must include: • clear, concise presentation • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Completion within 180 days after contract award. 3. Ad-Hoc Briefings Must include: • availability of key staff with minimal notice • staff is fully engaged and knowledgeable about the status of the project and direct about any potential obstacles, risks, or issues associated with the study PART 3 APPLICABLE PUBLICATIONS 19.0 CONFIDENTIALITY The Contractor cannot make use of any information obtained through this agreement for any activity outside the scope of this project. All records developed during the course of this agreement shall be protected from examination by unauthorized agencies or persons. Such records include all forms, computer files, program listings, manuals, documentation, correspondence files, contract records, and reports. The Contractor shall retain all copies in a secure manner with release to the Department of Labor. No materials or any summary of these materials shall be released to any individual or organization without prior written permission from the COR. No work involving information furnished under this agreement will be subcontracted without the specific approval of the COR. In performance of the terms of this agreement, the Contractor agrees to comply with and assumes responsibility for compliance by employees with the following requirements: 1. All work will be performed under the supervision of the Contractor or the Contractor's responsible employees. 2. Any information provided to the Contractor, in any format, will be used only for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this contract. This information will be treated as confidential and will not be made known in any manner to any person except as may be necessary in the performance of the Agreement. 3. All information provided to the Contractor will be accounted for upon receipt and properly stored before, during, and after processing. In addition, all related output shall be given the same level of protection as required for the source material. 4. All persons employed under this agreement and any Contractor managers and supervisors with access to the records and data obtained and used under this agreement shall sign the attached confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement (Attachment A). The original signed confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement shall be given to the COR prior to the beginning of work on the contract. (See Attachment A for Contractor Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement). 5. The Contractor shall certify in writing that the data processed during the performance of this agreement will be completely purged from all data storage components of the computer facility in accordance with instructions from the COR. Until purging of all data storage components, the Contractor shall certify that any data remaining in any storage component will be safeguarded to prevent unauthorized disclosure. All records developed during the course of this agreement - forms, computer files, program listings, manuals, documentation, correspondence files, contract records, and reports - and all records and data provided to the Contractor by agencies for use under this agreement remain the property of these agencies and will be handed over to these agencies at the conclusion of the work under this agreement. 20.0 RIGHTS IN DATA AND COPYRIGHT Throughout the period of this Agreement, the Government maintains sole rights to the results and findings produced by this project. The Contractor will not place any unauthorized restrictive or limiting markings or labels on any of the deliverables. 21.0 508 COMPLIANCE In order to meet section 508 accessibility requirements, the Contractor must meet the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Public Affairs Web Information and Communication Technology Section 508 & Accessibility Policy & Standards. Section 508 Deliverable Requirements Technical standards from 36 CFR part 1194 Subpart B have been determined to apply to this acquisition. Solicitation respondents must describe how their proposed Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) deliverables meet at least those technical provisions identified as applicable in the attached Government Product/Service Accessibility Template (GPAT). Functional performance criteria from 36 CFR part 1194 Subpart C have been determined to apply to this acquisition. Solicitation respondents must describe how their proposed Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) deliverables meet at least those functional performance criteria identified as applicable in the attached Government Product/Service Accessibility Template (GPAT). Information, documentation, and support requirements from 36 CFR part 1194 Subpart D have been determined to apply to this acquisition. Solicitation respondents must describe how the information, documentation, and support proposed for Web Application deliverables meet at least those information, documentation, and support requirements identified as applicable in the attached Government Product/Service Accessibility Template (GPAT). Section 508 Evaluation Factors Responses to this solicitation will only be considered for award after it has been determined that the proposal adequately addresses the requirements for Section 508. Only proposals which contain adequate information to document their responsiveness to the Section 508 requirements (e.g. a completed GPAT, VPAT or equivalent and supporting documentation) will be eligible for any additional merit consideration. Section 508 Acceptance Criteria Web Applications delivered as a result of this solicitation will be accepted based in part on satisfaction of identified Section 508 requirements for accessibility. Web applications delivered must include a completed GPAT, a sample of which is included as a part of this solicitation. Web Application outputs/deliverables should meet applicable accessibility requirements and should not adversely affect accessibility features of existing EIT technologies. The following provisions and clauses apply to this procurement: FAR 52.204-7 - CCR, FAR 52.204-09 - Personal Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel, FAR 52.212-1 - Instructions to Offerors, 52.212-2 - Evaluation of Commercial Items, 52.212-3 - Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items, FAR 52.212-4 - Terms and Condition - Commercial, FAR 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Order - Commercial Items, FAR 52.219-1 (Alt I) - Convict Labor , FAR 52.222-19 - Child Labor, FAR 52.222-21 - Prohibit Segregated Facilities, FAR 52.222-22 - Previous Contracts and Compliance Reports, FAR 52.222-25 - Affirmative Action, FAR 52.222-26 - Equal Opportunity, 52.222-37 - Employment Reports on Special Disabled Veterans, FAR 52.225-13 - Restrictions on Foreign Purchase, FAR 52.232-1 - Payments, 52.232-33 - Payment by EFT - CCR, FAR 52.233-1 - Disputes, FAR 52.233-3 - Protest after Award, FAR 52.233-4 - Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim, , FAR 52.243-1 - Changes - Fixed Price, FAR 52.247-34 - FOB Destination, FAR 52.249-1 - Termination for Convenience (Fixed Price), FAR 52.252-1 - Provisions Incorporated by Reference, FAR 52.252-2 - Clauses Incorporated by Reference, FAR 52.252-5 - Authorized Deviations in Provisions, FAR 52.252-6 - Authorized Deviations in Clauses FAR 52.212-01 - Instructions to Offerors Quotes shall be submitted in writing on company letterhead and must include the RFQ number (DOL131RQ21760), the company name, point of contact, address, phone number, fax number, DUNS number, any prompt payment discount terms, and all information required under the evaluation criteria. Any questions regarding the RFQ must be submitted no later than 12:00 pm EST on Wednesday July 31, 2013 to ZORICH.CRYSTAL.N@DOL.GOV, please do not call for information. Responses to the questions will be posted as an attachment to the solicitation on www.fbo.gov with no information as to the origin of the question. All quotes shall be received no later than Thursday August 8, 2013 by 3:00PM EST by e-mail to the attention of Ms. Cyrstal Zorich, ZORICH.CRYSTAL.N@DOL.GOV. All responsible vendors may submit a quote that, if timely received shall be considered for award. Quotes shall not exceed 5 MB in size. PROPOSALS WILL BE EVALUATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH FAR 13.106-2 Selection of a vendor for contract award will be based on an evaluation of proposals against the following factors: TECHNICAL EVALUATION: The contractor shall demonstrate a clear understanding of the requirement. PRICE: Please provide LUMP SUM or one TOTAL PRICE as part of the quote for all work being accomplished. Offerors shall not submit itemized pricing as part of their bid. The full text of these provisions and clauses may be accessed electronically at http://www.acquisition.gov/far or upon request to the Contracting Officer. Offerors must be registered, and must maintain an active registration in the Central Contractor Registration database found at http://www.ccr.gov and Online Representations and Certifications (ORCA) must be completed at http://orca.bpn.gov or a completed copy of the FAR 52.212-03 clause must be submitted with the proposal. PAST PERFORMANCE: Government databases to include FAPIIS, PIPPRS, and CPARS will be searched. RELATIVE IMPORTANCE: Technical is more important than price. BASIS FOR AWARD: Contract award will be made to the responsive vendor whose quote represents the BEST VALUE to the Government. This is an "all or none" requirement and will be awarded on one contract. Multiple contracts will not be issued. Vendors who do not quote the entire package requested will be considered non-responsive and their proposal will not be evaluated. IAW FAR 52.212-3, Offeror Reps and Certs - An Offeror shall complete only paragraph (b) of this provision if the offeror has completed the annual representations and certifications electronically at http://orca.bpn.gov. If an Offeror has not completed the annual representations and certifications electronically at the ORCA website, the Offeror shall complete only paragraphs (c) through (m) of this provision and must submit these paragraphs with their proposal. All quotes shall be received no later than Thursday August 8, 2013 by 3:00PM EST by E-mail to the attention of Ms. Crystal Zorich, ZORICH.CRYSTAL.N@DOL.GOV. Quotes shall not exceed 5MB is size.

Women Veteran Tool Kit

Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management | Published July 3, 2013  -  Deadline July 16, 2013
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RFQ: DOL131RQ21761 This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for a commercial service prepared in accordance with the format in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 12.6 and (FAR) Part 13 as supplemented with additional information included with this notice. This announcement only constitutes the solicitation and a written solicitation will not be issued. Firm-fixed price offers are requested under this Request for Quote (RFQ). This document incorporates provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-67. This requirement is unrestricted in competition. The Classification Code is B - Specials Studies and analysis, not R&D, and the NAICS code is 541611 (Administrative Management and General Management Consulting). REQUIREMENT: The United States Department of Labor, Women's Bureau is seeking a contractor to provide Women Veteran Tool Kit. 1.0 BACKGROUND The Department of Labor (DOL) Women's Bureau was created by law in 1920 to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment. Women in the workforce are vital to the nation's economic security. The Women's Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments. The Women's Bureau aims to empower all working women to achieve economic security. The Women's Bureau conducts outreach to raise awareness among, and to identify and build potential collaborations with, individuals and organizations that can be helpful in the successful implementation of policies and practices that can positively impact working women. The Women's Bureau is made up of a national office and ten (10) regional offices across the country, which enable it to foster and maintain local and community partnerships, and conduct meaningful outreach and education initiatives. 2.0 OBJECTIVES Women veterans are the fastest growing segment within the veteran population. In 2012 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that women veterans have an unemployment rate of 8.3% versus 6.9% for men veterans. Many public and private sector tools, services and programs for veterans are largely designed with a predominant "male point of view" and do not necessarily meet the distinct needs of women veterans. DOL leads the government's effort on ensuring veterans find good jobs. Women veterans' ability to find employment is lagging in comparison to the male veterans. As DOL prepares for the 1.5 million transitioning service members over the next several years, it must prepare for the needs of that population. What works for the male veteran population may be slightly different than what works for women veterans. The objective of the Women Veterans Employment Guide is to increase knowledge and understanding about women veterans' experiences to help workforce development agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, service providers, and educational institutions better understand, relate to, and support women veterans employment needs. The Guide will be used with organizations that offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and similar employment-related services to women veterans. 3.0 SCOPE OF WORK The contractor shall develop a practical, user-friendly Guide of information and materials to assist workforce development agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, service providers, and educational institutions in helping women veterans with employment needs. The aim is to help organizations support women veterans by recognizing who they are, and understanding their unique experiences, strengthens, and needs. The Guide shall be designed to be used individually or as part of a package. 3.1 The contractor shall provide a Women Veteran Guide that shall include at a minimum: 3.1.1 Women Veterans Profile Fact Sheet This profile of women veterans will describe the economic and employment characteristics of women veterans compared to male veterans, women non-veterans, and the civilian population as a whole. The profile of demographics and employment status of women veterans will help the community better understand their needs and the challenges they may face in the workforce. 3.1.2 Women Veterans Brochure This brochure will inform workforce development professionals on how to help women veterans more effectively become employed. 3.1.3 "I'm a Veteran" Video Poster Series This includes a series of 30 - 60 second videos celebrating the workplace contributions of women veterans. The videos shall include women veterans from all branches of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Reserves, and National Guard); women of different age groups, racial backgrounds, and military ranks. The video poster series will be used for YouTube and other electronic formats. 3.1.4 Resource Directory The directory will provide a central location of useful federal and state resources and tools specific to women veterans. 3.1.5 "Trauma Guide" Brochure Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers, also known as the "Trauma Guide," was created by the Women's Bureau to address the psychological and mental health needs of women veterans. The contractor will use the Trauma Guide to develop a 2 page "Are You Trauma-Informed?" checklist and tips for becoming trauma-informed. 3.1.6 Marketing Plan This will include suggestions on marketing the Guide to organizations. 4.0 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE The period of performance shall be for eight months from the date of award. 5.0 QUALITY CONTROL The contractor shall develop and maintain an effective Quality Control Plan (QCP) to ensure services are performed in accordance with this SOW. The contractor shall develop and implement procedures to identify, prevent, and ensure non-recurrence of defective services. The contractor's QCP is the means to assure that the work complies with the requirements of the contract. The QCP is to be delivered with the contractor's proposal. The contractor must receive acceptance of the QCP from the contracting officer. After acceptance of the QCP the contractor shall receive the contracting officer's acceptance in writing of any proposed changes to the QCP. 6.0 QUALITY ASSURANCE The government shall evaluate the contractor's performance under this contract in accordance with the Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan. This plan is primarily focused on what the Government must do to ensure that the contractor has performed in accordance with the performance standards. It defines how the performance standards will be applied, the frequency of surveillance, and the minimum acceptable defect rate(s). 7.0 RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS The contractor is not required to perform services on the following holidays: New Year's Day Labor Day Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Columbus Day President's Day Veteran's Day Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day Independence Day Christmas Day 8.0 PLACE OF PERFORMANCE The work to be performed under this contract will be performed at either the contractor's place of business or at: U.S. Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building 200 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC, 20210 9.0 HOURS OF OPERATION The contractor is responsible for conducting business, between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday except Federal holidays or when the Government facility is closed due to local or national emergencies, administrative closings, or similar Government directed facility closings. For other than firm fixed price contracts, the contractor will not be reimbursed when the government facility is closed for the above reasons. The contractor must at all times maintain an adequate workforce for the uninterrupted performance of all tasks defined within this SOW when the Government facility is not closed for the above reasons. When hiring personnel, the contractor shall keep in mind that the stability and continuity of the workforce are essential. 10.0 TYPE OF CONTRACT The government anticipates award of a firm fixed price contract. 11.0 PRIVACY Portions of information disclosed during the performance of this task are protected by the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974; therefore, all personnel assigned to this Contract are required to take proper precautions to protect the information from disclosure. 12.0 OWNERSHIP All products and deliverables developed under this SOW are the joint property of the author, U.S. Government, and Department of Labor. 13.0 COMMITMENT TO PROTECT SENSITIVE INFORMATION The contractor shall not release, publish, or disclose sensitive information to unauthorized personnel, and shall protect such information in accordance with provisions of the following laws and any other pertinent laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of sensitive information: 18 U.S.C. 641 (Criminal Code: Public Money, Property or Records). 14.0 CONFIDENTIALITY OF DATA AND INFORMATION (a) The contractor and any of its subcontractors in performance of this contract, may have need for access to and use of various types of data and information in the possession of the Government which the Government obtained under conditions which restrict the Government's right to use and disclose the data and information, or which may be of a nature that its dissemination or use other than in the performance of this contract, would be adverse to the interests of the Government or other parties. Therefore, the contractor and its subcontractors agree to abide by any restrictive use conditions on such data and not to: (1) knowingly disclose such data and information to others without written authorization from the Contacting Officer, unless the Government has made the data and information available to the public; and (2) use for any purpose other than the performance of this contract any data which bears a restrictive marking or legend. (b) In the event the work required to be performed under this contract requires access to proprietary data of other companies, the contractor must obtain agreement from such other companies for such use unless such data is provided or made available to the contractor by the Government. Two copies of such company-to-company agreements must be furnished promptly to the Contracting Officer for information only. These agreements must prescribe the scope of authorized use of disclosure, and other terms and conditions to be agreed upon between the parties thereto. It is agreed by the contractor that any such data, whether obtained by the contractor pursuant to the aforesaid agreement or from the Government, must be protected from unauthorized use or disclosure to any individual, corporation, or organization so long as it remains proprietary. (c) The contractor agrees to conduct formal training to make employees aware of the requirement to maintain confidentiality of data and information, as required above, to the end that they will be disciplined in the necessity to refrain from divulging either the proprietary data of other companies or data that is obtained from the Government to anyone except as authorized. The contractor must obtain from each employee, engaged in any effort connected with this contract, an agreement, in writing, which must in substance provide that such employee will not, during his/her employment by the contractor, or thereafter, disclose to others or use for his/her own benefit or the future benefit of any individual any trade secrets, confidential information, or proprietary/restricted data (to include Government "For Official Use Only") received in connection with the work under this contract. (d) The contractor agrees to hold the Government harmless and indemnify the Government as to any cost/loss resulting from the unauthorized use or disclosure of third party data or software by the contractor, its employees, subcontractors, or agents. (e) The contractor agrees to include the substance of this provision in all subcontracts awarded under this contract. The Contracting Officer will consider case-by-case exceptions from this requirement for individual subcontracts in the event that: (1) the contractor considers the application of the prohibition of this provisions to be inappropriate and unnecessary in the case of a particular subcontract; (2) the subcontractor provides a written statement affirming absolute unwillingness to perform absent some relief from the substance of this prohibition; (3) use of an alternate subcontract source would unreasonably detract from the quality of effort; and (4) the contractor provides the Contracting Officer timely written advance notice of these and any other extenuating circumstances. (f) Except as the Contracting Officer specifically authorizes in writing, upon completion of all work under the contract, the contractor must return all such data and information obtained from the Government, including all copies, modifications, adaptations, or combinations thereof, to the Contracting Officer. Data obtained from another company must be disposed of in accordance with the contractor's agreement with that company. If such data or information cannot reasonably be returned to the Contracting Officer (or to a company), the contractor must certify in writing to the Contracting Officer that all copies, modifications, adaptations, or combinations of the data or information have been deleted from the contractor's (and any subcontractor's) records and destroyed. (g) The restrictions stated herein do not limit the contractor's (or subcontractor's) right to use and disclose any data and information obtained from another source without restriction. 15.0 RELEASE OF INFORMATION Work performed under this contract may involve access to information, including specifications, price estimates and other sensitive data. Consequently, the contractor (including individual employees thereof) must not release or communicate, except as required by law or regulations, such information, including any news release, public announcement, or advertising material concerned with this contract, unless authorized by the Contracting Officer. PART 2 DELIVERABLES The contractor will deliver the following deliverables at the time specified to the COR designated in the contract. All draft documents will be delivered to the COR by e-mail in Microsoft Word format. For draft documents, hard copies must be delivered to the COR upon request. Final versions of all products must be delivered to the COR electronically via e-mail in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats and 20 CD's or DVD's by the date specified. Please note that all written deliverables other than the monthly progress reports submitted to the Department must carry the following disclaimer: This deliverable was prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Women's Bureau. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to DOL, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 16.0 PRODUCTS, TASKS, SERVICES AND STANDARDS FOR SUCCESS The contractor shall provide all qualified personnel, equipment, tools, materials, supervision, and other items and services necessary to develop a practical, user-friendly Guide of information and materials to assist workforce development agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, service providers, and educational institutions in helping women veterans with employment needs as defined in this statement of work. The contractor must provide the deliverables and perform the services listed below to the standards that are included below: Products (deliverables) Description Standards for Success 1.Written progress reports Must include: • Summary of work completed each month • Summary of work planned for next month • Listing of problems encountered • Proposed solutions for problems encountered • Listing of outstanding items needed from Women's Bureau • Extent to which the project is on schedule • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission by the last day of the month. 2. Work plan and schedule Must include: • Timeline linking tasks and deliverables to specific dates • Strategies for accomplishing goals • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 10 days after contract award. 3. Draft Women Veterans Profile Fact Sheet Must include: • Statistics on economic and employment characteristics of women veterans compared to male veterans, women non-veterans, and the civilian population as a whole. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 30 days after contract award. 4. Draft Women Veterans Brochure Must include: • Tools on helping women veterans with employment needs. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 60 days after contract award. 5. Draft "I'm a Veteran" video series Must include: • 30 - 90 second videos. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 120 days after contract award. 6. Women Veterans Resource Directory Must include: • List of links and description of federal resources for women veterans. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 150 days after contract award. 7. "Trauma Guide" checklist Must include: • "Are you Trauma-Informed?" checklist • Suggestions on how to become trauma-informed. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 180 days after contract award. 8. Product Review Team Must include: • Conduct interviews with federal and non-federal organizations that work with women veterans to receive feedback on the Guide. • Critiques from federal and non-federal organizations veteran organization. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 210 days after contract award. 9. Final Women Veterans Employment Guide Must include: • Profile of Women Veterans Fact Sheet • Women Veterans Brochure • "I'm a Veteran" video series • Resource Directory • Trauma Guide checklist • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 240 days after contract award. 10. Marketing Plan Must include: • Suggesting for marketing the Guide to workforce development groups, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, service providers, and educational institutions. • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Submission within 240 days after contract award. Services Standards for Success 1. Kick-Off Meeting Must include: • clear, comprehensive agenda • feasible plan of action with decision points • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Completion within 10 days after contract award. 2. Final Briefing Must include: • clear, concise presentation • Inclusion of all description items and other necessary material. • Completion within 210 days after contract award. 3. Ad-Hoc Briefings Must include: • availability of key staff with minimal notice • staff is fully engaged and knowledgeable about the status of the project and direct about any potential obstacles, risks, or issues associated with the study PART 3 APPLICABLE PUBLICATIONS 17.0 CONFIDENTIALITY The Contractor cannot make use of any information obtained through this agreement for any activity outside the scope of this project. All records developed during the course of this agreement shall be protected from examination by unauthorized agencies or persons. Such records include all forms, computer files, program listings, manuals, documentation, correspondence files, contract records, and reports. The Contractor shall retain all copies in a secure manner with release to the Department of Labor. No materials or any summary of these materials shall be released to any individual or organization without prior written permission from the COR. No work involving information furnished under this agreement will be subcontracted without the specific approval of the COR. In performance of the terms of this agreement, the Contractor agrees to comply with and assumes responsibility for compliance by employees with the following requirements: 1. All work will be performed under the supervision of the Contractor or the Contractor's responsible employees. 2. Any information provided to the Contractor, in any format, will be used only for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this contract. This information will be treated as confidential and will not be made known in any manner to any person except as may be necessary in the performance of the Agreement. 3. All information provided to the Contractor will be accounted for upon receipt and properly stored before, during, and after processing. In addition, all related output shall be given the same level of protection as required for the source material. 4. All persons employed under this agreement and any Contractor managers and supervisors with access to the records and data obtained and used under this agreement shall sign the attached confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement (Attachment A). The original signed confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement shall be given to the COR prior to the beginning of work on the contract. (See Attachment A for Contractor Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement). 5. The Contractor shall certify in writing that the data processed during the performance of this agreement will be completely purged from all data storage components of the computer facility in accordance with instructions from the COR. Until purging of all data storage components, the Contractor shall certify that any data remaining in any storage component will be safeguarded to prevent unauthorized disclosure. All records developed during the course of this agreement - forms, computer files, program listings, manuals, documentation, correspondence files, contract records, and reports - and all records and data provided to the Contractor by agencies for use under this agreement remain the property of these agencies and will be handed over to these agencies at the conclusion of the work under this agreement. 18.0 RIGHTS IN DATA AND COPYRIGHT Throughout the period of this Agreement, the Government maintains sole rights to the results and findings produced by this project. The Contractor will not place any unauthorized restrictive or limiting markings or labels on any of the deliverables. 19.0 508 COMPLIANCE In order to meet section 508 accessibility requirements, the Contractor must meet the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Public Affairs Web Information and Communication Technology Section 508 & Accessibility Policy & Standards. Section 508 Deliverable Requirements Technical standards from 36 CFR part 1194 Subpart B have been determined to apply to this acquisition. Solicitation respondents must describe how their proposed Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) deliverables meet at least those technical provisions identified as applicable in the attached Government Product/Service Accessibility Template (GPAT). Functional performance criteria from 36 CFR part 1194 Subpart C have been determined to apply to this acquisition. Solicitation respondents must describe how their proposed Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) deliverables meet at least those functional performance criteria identified as applicable in the attached Government Product/Service Accessibility Template (GPAT). Information, documentation, and support requirements from 36 CFR part 1194 Subpart D have been determined to apply to this acquisition. Solicitation respondents must describe how the information, documentation, and support proposed for Web Application deliverables meet at least those information, documentation, and support requirements identified as applicable in the attached Government Product/Service Accessibility Template (GPAT). Section 508 Evaluation Factors Responses to this solicitation will only be considered for award after it has been determined that the proposal adequately addresses the requirements for Section 508. Only proposals which contain adequate information to document their responsiveness to the Section 508 requirements (e.g. a completed GPAT, VPAT or equivalent and supporting documentation) will be eligible for any additional merit consideration. Section 508 Acceptance Criteria Web Applications delivered as a result of this solicitation will be accepted based in part on satisfaction of identified Section 508 requirements for accessibility. Web applications delivered must include a completed GPAT, a sample of which is included as a part of this solicitation. Web Application outputs/deliverables should meet applicable accessibility requirements and should not adversely affect accessibility features of existing EIT technologies. The following provisions and clauses apply to this procurement: FAR 52.204-7 - CCR, FAR 52.204-09 - Personal Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel, FAR 52.212-1 - Instructions to Offerors, 52.212-2 - Evaluation of Commercial Items, 52.212-3 - Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items, FAR 52.212-4 - Terms and Condition - Commercial, FAR 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Order - Commercial Items, FAR 52.219-1 (Alt I) - Convict Labor , FAR 52.222-19 - Child Labor, FAR 52.222-21 - Prohibit Segregated Facilities, FAR 52.222-22 - Previous Contracts and Compliance Reports, FAR 52.222-25 - Affirmative Action, FAR 52.222-26 - Equal Opportunity, 52.222-37 - Employment Reports on Special Disabled Veterans, FAR 52.225-13 - Restrictions on Foreign Purchase, FAR 52.232-1 - Payments, 52.232-33 - Payment by EFT - CCR, FAR 52.233-1 - Disputes, FAR 52.233-3 - Protest after Award, FAR 52.233-4 - Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim, , FAR 52.243-1 - Changes - Fixed Price, FAR 52.247-34 - FOB Destination, FAR 52.249-1 - Termination for Convenience (Fixed Price), FAR 52.252-1 - Provisions Incorporated by Reference, FAR 52.252-2 - Clauses Incorporated by Reference, FAR 52.252-5 - Authorized Deviations in Provisions, FAR 52.252-6 - Authorized Deviations in Clauses FAR 52.212-01 - Instructions to Offerors Quotes shall be submitted in writing on company letterhead and must include the RFQ number (DOL131RQ21761), the company name, point of contact, address, phone number, fax number, DUNS number, any prompt payment discount terms, and all information required under the evaluation criteria. Any questions regarding the RFQ must be submitted no later than 10:00am on Thursday July 11, 2013 to ZORICH.CRYSTAL.N@DOL.GOV. All quotes shall be received no later than Tuesday July 16, 2013 by 1:00PM EST by E-mail to the attention of Ms. Crystal Zorich, ZORICH.CRYSTAL.N@DOL.GOV. All responsible vendors may submit a quote that, if timely received shall be considered for award. Quotes shall not exceed 5MB in size. PROPOSALS WILL BE EVALUATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH FAR 13.106-2 Selection of a vendor for contract award will be based on an evaluation of proposals against the following factors: TECHNICAL EVALUATION: The contractor shall demonstrate a clear understanding of the requirement. PRICE: Please provide LUMP SUM or one TOTAL PRICE as part of the proposal for all work being accomplished. All travel cost estimates shall be provided in a separate contract line item. Offerors shall not submit itemized pricing as part of their bid. The full text of these provisions and clauses may be accessed electronically at http://www.acquisition.gov/far or upon request to the Contracting Officer. Offerors must be registered, and must maintain an active registration in the Central Contractor Registration database found at http://www.ccr.gov and Online Representations and Certifications (ORCA) must be completed at http://orca.bpn.gov or a completed copy of the FAR 52.212-03 clause must be submitted with the proposal. PAST PERFORMANCE: Government databases to include FAPIIS, PIPPRS, and CPARS will be searched. RELATIVE IMPORTANCE: Technical is more important than price. BASIS FOR AWARD: Contract award will be made to the responsive vendor whose quote is the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA). This is an "all or none" requirement and will be awarded on one contract. Multiple contracts will not be issued. Vendors who do not quote the entire package requested will be considered non-responsive and their proposal will not be evaluated. IAW FAR 52.212-3, Offeror Reps and Certs - An Offeror shall complete only paragraph (b) of this provision if the offeror has completed the annual representations and certifications electronically at http://orca.bpn.gov. If an Offeror has not completed the annual representations and certifications electronically at the ORCA website, the Offeror shall complete only paragraphs (c) through (m) of this provision and must submit these paragraphs with their proposal. All quotes shall be received no later than Thursday, July 16, 2013 by 1:00PM EST by E-mail to the attention of Ms. Crystal Zorich, ZORICH.CRYSTAL.N@DOL.GOV. Quotes shall not exceed 5MB is size.

Women's Bureau Information System Upgrade

Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management | Published September 14, 2012  -  Deadline September 20, 2012
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RFQ: DOL121RQ21572 This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for a commercial service prepared in accordance with the format in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 12.6 and (FAR) Part 13 as supplemented with additional information included with this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation and a written solicitation will not be issued. Firm fixed-price offers are requested under this Request for Quotation (RFQ). This document incorporates provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-61. This requirement is being solicited as a full and open competition. The Product Service Code is D314, and the NAICS code is 541512. The small business size standard is 5,200,000. REQUIREMENT: The United States Depart of Labor Office of Employment and Women's Bureau Information System Upgrade. Upgrade of the Women's Bureau Information System (WBIS) 1.0 BACKGROUND The Department of Labor's Women's Bureau was created by law in 1920 to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment. Women in the workforce are vital to the nation's economic security. The Women's Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments. The Women's Bureau aims to empower all working women to achieve economic security. 1.1 Women's Bureau Information System (WBIS) In 2002, the Women's Bureau developed the Women's Bureau Information System, to improve its data collection, management and reporting capabilities. WBIS allows WB national and regional offices to enter, store, manage and access non-sensitive data about projects and/or events, participants and stakeholders. For example, contact information in WBIS is accessible by a combination of locations, organization type, issue, or subject area. (Information collected includes public information about businesses, organizations or public entities, and contact information voluntarily submitted by individuals by way of program participation, event registration, or may be unsolicited.) 1.2 WBIS in its current form allows WB to:  Search data by a variety of fields  Export data search results to Microsoft Excel  Create, edit, save and print reports  Add and update program and issue codes  Track outreach activities and stakeholder meetings  Track dissemination of WB publications  Track and manage customer interaction history  Export data for mailings and correspondence WBIS was also designed to store and access information and reports regarding the agency's strategic plan performance results, but this function is not currently usable. 2.0 SCOPE OF WORK The WB is seeking professional services to upgrade WBIS. This will consist of analyzing, designing, evaluating, and testing of the system to ensure that it is usable. 2.1 The scope of the project will include: a) Developing requirements definitions and documentation; b) Assuring data integrity and validation and cleaning; c) Advanced data analysis and system assessments; d) Coordination with DOL/WB contractors and personnel to create a seamless interface with WBIS and other software solutions currently in use by the agency (e.g., egovdelivery.com, Microsoft Outlook, etc.); e) DOL Office of the Chief Information Officer required security system documentation; f) Update of existing user guide and system documentation; g) Programming updates to achieve agency objectives; h) Ongoing support and consultation to ensure that the design, layout, and organization of the site are intuitive and user-friendly. The contractor will coordinate with WB/DOL personnel for integration of WBIS data with other products and software. 2.2 The objectives of this effort are to allow WB staff to: a) More effectively capture, store and access data related to its programs and outreach activities; b) Maintain up-to-date and quality data, including eliminating dupes and global search and replace functions; c) Improve executive level reporting; d) Create ad-hoc reports as needed; e) Use WBIS to interface with agency's email communications software; and f) Use WBIS to interface with performance management software which the agency plans to implement in FY 2013 to track the agency's efforts, outcomes and results. 3.0 TASKS The contractor responsibilities include the following tasks: 3.1 Task 1: Develop a Work Plan The contractor shall prepare a work plan that includes: a detailed study design plan or work breakdown structures (WBS) along with a timeline linking tasks and deliverables to specific dates; a list of the steps and the technical approach to project tasks; discussion of contents of each deliverable; and a management plan for the performance of the work. The work plan will include a clear articulation of the objectives of the study. The Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and other designated WB staff shall review the detailed work plan and provide comments to the contractor, and the final work plan will be approved by the COR. 3.2 Task 2: Kick-off Meeting The contractor shall initiate a meeting with the COR and other designated WB staff to discuss the project goals, objectives, tasks and timelines in order to ensure efficient coordination of all activities, management of labor and material resources. 3.2.1 WB will coordinate a meeting of the contractor with additional WB contractors in preparation for documentation of needs assessments related to using WBIS data to interface with additional agency software. 3.3 Task 3: Assessment of WBIS The contractor shall document its findings and recommendations for improved design in a usability testing report. The contractor shall initiate and participate in a working group to assess WB requirements for an upgrade of the current WBIS system capabilities. The contractor shall document its findings and recommendations in a written report. 3.4 Task 4: System Security Accreditation The contractor shall prepare all necessary System Security Accreditation documentation required by DOL the Office of the Chief Information Officer. 3.5 Task 5: WBIS 3.0 Prototype Demonstration The contractor shall demo the WBIS 3.0 pilot to the COR and designated WB staff. The contractor shall incorporate feedback, as needed. 3.6 Task 6: WBIS 3.0 Upgrade The contractor shall upgrade WBIS from 2.0 to 3.0 based on WB requirements. The contractor shall incorporate and respond to feedback. The contractor shall conduct usability testing of the redesigned WBIS 3.0 system to assess measurable improvements. 3.7 Task 7: User Guide The contractor shall develop a comprehensive user guide that provides technical specifications and key application information to use and manage the upgraded software. The document shall also include hardware configuration, software installation, and all other components vital to the functionality of the system. 3.8 Task 8: Progress Reports The contractor shall prepare and submit monthly written progress reports to the COR by the last calendar of the month. The progress report shall contain, at a minimum, the following items: a) A summary of progress made during the month for each task. b) A summary of planned activities to be conducted during the next month on each task. c) A description of major difficulties that have been encountered which may delay task completion and statements of the steps to be taken to solve the problem. d) A summary of outstanding items needed from WB e) A summary of the extent to which the project is on schedule 3.9 Task 9: Ongoing Support The contractor shall provide ongoing support and consultation to ensure that the design, layout, and organization of the system are intuitive and user-friendly. 4.0 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE The period of performance shall be twelve (12) months from the effective date of the contract. 5.0 QUALITY CONTROL The contractor shall develop and maintain an effective quality control program to ensure services are performed in accordance with this SOW. The contractor shall develop and implement procedures to identify, prevent, and ensure non-recurrence of defective services. The contractor's quality control program is the means to assure that the work complies with the requirement of the contract. The Quality Control (QC) Plan is to be delivered with the contractors' proposal. After acceptance of the quality control plan the contractor shall receive the Contracting Officer's acceptance in writing of any proposed changes to the QC plan. 6.0 RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS The contractor is not required to perform services on the following holidays: New Year's Day Labor Day Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Columbus Day Presidents' Day Veterans Day Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day Independence Day Christmas Day 7.0 HOURS OF OPERATION The contractor is responsible for conducting business, between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday except Federal holidays or when the Government facility is closed due to local or national emergencies, administrative closings, or similar Government directed facility closings. For other than firm fixed price contracts, the contractor will not be reimbursed when the Government facility is closed for the above reasons. The contractor must at all times maintain an adequate workforce for the uninterrupted performance of all tasks defined within this SOW when the Government facility is not closed for the above reasons. When hiring personnel, the contractor shall keep in mind that the stability and continuity of the workforce are essential. 8.0 PLACE OF PERFORMANCE The work to be performed under this contract will be performed at the contractor's place of business or at: U.S. Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20210 9.0 TYPE OF CONTRACT The Government anticipates award of a firm fixed-price contract. 9.1 Contractor employees shall be paid at the labor rate(s) designated within the contract's budget. In no event shall an individual be assigned or billed at a labor rate higher than that for which he/she has been contractually approved. The labor rates shall not be adjusted without the written approval of the Contracting Officer. 10.0 PRIVACY Portions of information disclosed during the performance of this contract are protected by the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974; therefore, all personnel assigned to this contract are required to take proper precautions to protect the information from disclosure. 11.0 OWNERSHIP All products and deliverables developed under this contract are the sole joint property of the Women's Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor. 12.0 COMMITMENT TO PROTECT SENSITIVE INFORMATION The contractor shall not release, publish, or disclose sensitive information to unauthorized personnel, and shall protect such information in accordance with the provisions of the following laws and any other pertinent laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of sensitive information: 18 U.S.C. 641 (Criminal Code: Public Money, Property or Records) 13.0 CONFIDENTIALITY OF DATA AND INFORMATION (a) The contractor and any of its subcontractors in performance of this contract, may have need for access to and use of various types of data and information in the possession of the Government which the Government obtained under conditions which restrict the Government's right to use and disclose the data and information, or which may be of a nature that its dissemination or use other than in the performance of this contract, would be adverse to the interests of the Government or other parties. Therefore, the contractor and its subcontractors agree to abide by any restrictive use conditions on such data and not to: (1) knowingly disclose such data and information to others without written authorization from the Contacting Officer, unless the Government has made the data and information available to the public; and (2) use for any purpose other than the performance of this contract any data which bears a restrictive marking or legend. (b) In the event the work required to be performed under this contract requires access to proprietary data of other companies, the contractor must obtain agreement from such other companies for such use unless such data is provided or made available to the contractor by the Government. Two copies of such company-to-company agreements must be furnished promptly to the Contracting Officer for information only. These agreements must prescribe the scope of authorized use of disclosure, and other terms and conditions to be agreed upon between the parties thereto. It is agreed by the contractor that any such data, whether obtained by the contractor pursuant to the aforesaid agreement or from the Government, must be protected from unauthorized use or disclosure to any individual, corporation, or organization so long as it remains proprietary. (c) The contractor agrees to conduct formal training to make employees aware of the requirement to maintain confidentiality of data and information, as required above, to the end that they will be disciplined in the necessity to refrain from divulging either the proprietary data of other companies or data that is obtained from the Government to anyone except as authorized. The contractor must obtain from each employee, engaged in any effort connected with this contract, an agreement, in writing, which must in substance provide that such employee will not, during his/her employment by the contractor, or thereafter, disclose to others or use for his/her own benefit or the future benefit of any individual any trade secrets, confidential information, or proprietary/restricted data (to include Government "For Official Use Only") received in connection with the work under this contract. (d) The contractor agrees to hold the Government harmless and indemnify the Government as to any cost/loss resulting from the unauthorized use or disclosure of third party data or software by the contractor, its employees, subcontractors, or agents. (e) The contractor agrees to include the substance of this provision in all subcontracts awarded under this contract. The Contracting Officer will consider case-by-case exceptions from this requirement for individual subcontracts in the event that: (1) the contractor considers the application of the prohibition of this provisions to be inappropriate and unnecessary in the case of a particular subcontract; (2) the subcontractor provides a written statement affirming absolute unwillingness to perform absent some relief from the substance of this prohibition; (3) use of an alternate subcontract source would unreasonably detract from the quality of effort; and (4) the contractor provides the Contracting Officer timely written advance notice of these and any other extenuating circumstances. (f) Except as the Contracting Officer specifically authorizes in writing, upon completion of all work under the contract, the contractor must return all such data and information obtained from the Government, including all copies, modifications, adaptations, or combinations thereof, to the Contracting Officer. Data obtained from another company must be disposed of in accordance with the contractor's agreement with that company. If such data or information cannot reasonably be returned to the Contracting Officer (or to a company), the contractor must certify in writing to the Contracting Officer that all copies, modifications, adaptations, or combinations of the data or information have been deleted from the contractor's (and any subcontractor's) records and destroyed. (g) The restrictions stated herein do not limit the contractor's (or subcontractor's) right to use and disclose any data and information obtained from another source without restriction. 14.0 RELEASE OF INFORMATION Work performed under this contract may involve access to information, including specifications, price estimates, and other sensitive data. Consequently, the contractor (including individual employees thereof) must not release or communicate, except as required by law or regulations, such information, including any news release, public announcement, or advertising material concerned with this contract, unless authorized by the Contracting Officer. 15.0 KEY PERSONNEL The contractor shall designate persons as key personnel and essential for the successful completion of all work assigned under this contract. The Women's Bureau anticipates that the successful completion of this project will require the services of people who will provide, individually or in combination, the following expertise and specialties: 1. Requirements/Data Analyst 15.1 Change in Personnel Prior to directing any of the key personnel to other projects, the contractor shall provide advance notification of at least 14 calendar days to the COR and submit justification (including proposed substitutions) in sufficient detail to permit evaluation of the impact on the project. No change shall be made by the contractor without the written consent of the COR, ratified by the Contracting Officer. 16.0 DELIVERABLES The contractor shall deliver the following documents at the time specified to the COR designated in the contract. All draft documents shall be delivered to the COR and the WB by e-mail in Microsoft Word format. For draft documents, hard copies shall be delivered to the COR upon request. Final versions of all products, modules and reports shall be delivered to the COR and the WB electronically via e-mail in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats and two (2) CDs or DVDs by the date specified. Please note that all written deliverables other than the monthly progress reports submitted to the DOL must carry the following disclaimer: This deliverable was prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Women's Bureau. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to DOL, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 16.1 Products, Tasks, and Services The contractor must provide all qualified personnel, equipment, tools, materials, supervision, and other items and services necessary to upgrade the WBIS system. The contractor must provide the deliverables and perform the services listed below to the standards that are included below: Deliverables Due Date Work plan: Must be provided within 10 calendar days after contract award Kick-off Meeting: Start within 10 calendar days after contract award Baseline Usability Test: Must be provided within 20 calendar days after contract award Usability Testing Report: Must be provided within 35 calendar days after contract award Working Group: Must be provided within 40 calendar days after contract award Working Group Report: Must be provided within 60 calendar days after contract award WBIS 3.0 Prototype Demonstration: Must be provided within 70 calendar days after contract award. WBIS 3.0 Upgrade: Must be provided within 125 calendar days after contract award WBIS 3.0 Upgrade Testing: Must be provided within 150 calendar days after contract award User Guide: Must be provided within 180 calendar days after contract award Progress Reports: Must be provided by the last calendar day of each month System Security Accreditation: Must be provided within 180 calendar days after contract award Ongoing Support: Must be provided within 180 calendar days after contract award and the end of the contract *Final deliverable schedule (with actual dates) to be determined once work plan and timeline are established during Kick-off Meeting. 17.0 CONFIDENTIALITY The contractor cannot make use of any information obtained through this contract or any activity outside the scope of this project. All records developed during the course of this contract shall be protected from examination by unauthorized agencies or persons. Such records include all forms, computer files, program listings, manuals, documentation, correspondence files, contract records, and reports. The contractor shall retain all copies in a secure manner with release to the Department of Labor. No materials or any summary of these materials shall be released to any individual or organization without prior written permission from the COR. No work involving information furnished under this contract will be subcontracted without the specific approval of the COR. In performance of the terms of this contract, the contractor agrees to comply with and assumes responsibility for compliance by employees with the following requirements: 1. All work will be performed under the supervision of the contractor or the contractor's responsible employees. 2. Any information provided to the contractor, in any format, will be used only for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this contract. This information will be treated as confidential and will not be made known in any manner to any person except as may be necessary in the performance of the contract. 3. All information provided to the contractor will be accounted for upon receipt and properly stored before, during, and after processing. In addition, all related output shall be given the same level of protection as required for the source material. 4. All persons employed under this contract and any contractor managers and supervisors with access to the records and data obtained and used under this contract shall sign the attached confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement (Attachment A). The original signed confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement shall be given to the COR prior to the beginning of work on the contract. (See Attachment A for Contractor Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement). 5. The contractor shall certify in writing that the data processed during the performance of this contract will be completely purged from all data storage components of the computer facility in accordance with instructions from the COR. Until purging of all data storage components, the contractor shall certify that any data remaining in any storage component will be safeguarded to prevent unauthorized disclosure. All records developed during the course of this contract - forms, computer files, program listings, manuals, documentation, correspondence files, contract records, and reports - and all records and data provided to the contractor by agencies for use under this contract remain the property of these agencies and will be handed over to these agencies at the conclusion of the work under this contract. 18.0 RIGHTS IN DATA AND COPYRIGHT Throughout the period of this contract, the Government maintains sole rights to the results and findings produced by this project. The contractor will not place any unauthorized restrictive or limiting markings or labels on any of the deliverables. The following provisions and clauses apply to this procurement: FAR 52.204-7 - CCR, FAR 52.204-09 - Personal identity Verification of Contractor Personnel, FAR 52.212-1 - Instructions to Offerors, 52.212-3 - Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items, FAR 52.212-4 - Terms and Condition - Commercial, FAR 52.212-5 Dev - Statutes/Exec Orders, FAR 52.219-1 (Alt I) - Small Business Program Representation, FAR 52.219-6 - Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside, FAR 52.219-28 - Post-Award Small Business Program Representation, FAR 52.222-3 - Convict Labor , FAR 52.222-19 - Child Labor, FAR 52.222-21 - Prohibit Segregated Facilities, FAR 52.222-22 - Previous Contracts and Compliance Reports, FAR 52.222-25 - Affirmative Action, FAR 52.222-26 - Equal Opportunity, 52.222-37 - Employment Reports on Special Disabled Veterans, FAR 52.225-13 - Restrictions on Foreign Purchase, FAR 52.232-1 - Payments, 52.232-33 - Payment by EFT - CCR, FAR 52.233-1 - Disputes, FAR 52.233-3 - Protest after Award, FAR 52.233-4 - Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim, , FAR 52.243-1 - Changes - Fixed Price, FAR 52.247-34 - FOB Destination, FAR 52.249-1 - Termination for Convenience (Fixed Price), FAR 52.252-1 - Provisions Incorporated by Reference, FAR 52.252-2 - Clauses Incorporated by Reference, FAR 52.252-5 - Authorized Deviations in Provisions, FAR 52.252-6 - Authorized Deviations in Clauses FAR 52.212-01 - Instructions to Offerors Quotes shall be submitted in writing on company letterhead and must include the RFQ number, the company name, point of contact, address, phone number, fax number, DUNS number, any prompt payment discount terms, and all information required under the evaluation criteria. All proposals shall be received no later than September 20, 2012 by 1:00PM EST by E-mail to the attention of Mr. Keith L. Rhodia, RHODIA.KEITH.L@DOL.GOV. All responsible offerors may submit a quotation that, if timely received, shall be considered for award. PROPOSALS WILL BE EVALUATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH FAR 13.106-2 Selection of an Offeror for contract award will be based on an evaluation of proposals against the following factors: TECHNICAL EVALUATION: The contractor shall demonstrate a clear understanding of the project as identified in the SOW. This written narrative shall not exceed 5 pages. PRICE: Please provide LUMP SUM or one TOTAL PRICE as part of the proposal for all work being accomplished. Offerors shall not submit itemized pricing as part of their bid. The full text of these provisions and clauses may be accessed electronically at http://www.acquisition.gov/far or upon request to the Contracting Officer. Offerors must be registered, and must maintain an active registration in the Central Contractor Registration database found at http://www.ccr.gov and Online Representations and Certifications (ORCA) must be completed at http://orca.bpn.gov or a completed copy of the FAR 52.212-03 clause must be submitted with the quote. PAST PERFORMANCE: Government databases to include FAPIIS, PIPPRS, and CPARS will be searched. PARTICIPATION IN WOSB PROGRMAM IS PREFERRED. RELATIVE IMPORTANCE: Technical is more important than price. BASIS FOR AWARD: Contract award will be made to the responsive Offeror whose offer will result in the best value to the government. This is an "all or none" requirement and will be awarded on one contract. Multiple contracts will not be issued. Contractors who do not quote the entire package requested will be considered non-responsive and their quote will not be evaluated. IAW FAR 52.204-7 prospective vendors must be registered in the CCR database prior to contract award. Lack of CCR registration shall be a determining factor for contract award. Prospective vendors should visit the CCR website at http://www.ccr.gov/Start.aspx to register. IAW FAR 52.212-3, Offeror Reps and Certs - An Offeror shall complete only paragraph (b) of this provision if the offeror has completed the annual representations and certifications electronically at http://orca.bpn.gov. If an Offeror has not completed the annual representations and certifications electronically at the ORCA website, the Offeror shall complete only paragraphs (c) through (m) of this provision and must submit these paragraphs with their proposal. All proposals shall be received no later than September 20, 2012 by 1:00PM EST by E-mail to the attention of Mr. Keith L. Rhodia, RHODIA.KEITH.L@DOL.GOV.

THE WINDSOCK

Department of the Navy, United States Marine Corps | Published December 23, 2014  -  Deadline January 16, 2015
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Period of Performance: 16 February 2018 through 15 February 2019 ITEM NO SUPPLIES/SERVICES QUANTITY UNIT UNIT PRICE AMOUNT 4001 11,500 Each OPTION THE WINDSOCK FFP PUBLICATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE CIVILIAN ENTERPRISE NEWSPAPER - WINDSOCK in accordance with the Statement of Work (Section C). The Windsock is published 50 times per year. "NOT TO EXCEED" a circulation of 11,500. Period of Performance: 16 February 2019 through 15 February 2020 SECTION B - NOTES B.1 GENERAL INTENTION. The purpose of this requirement is to establish a contract for publication and distribution of a Civilian Enterprise (CE) newspaper "Windsock" as requested by the Public Affairs Office, Marine Corps Air Station, and Cherry Point, NC. The CE newspaper is subject to the requirements of DoD Instruction 5120.4, dated 16 June 1997, Department of Defense Newspapers, Magazines and Civilian Enterprise Publications and other listed in Attachments. The purpose of the civilian enterprise newspaper is to provide a free flow of news and information to DoD personnel and their families. B.2 TYPE OF CONTRACT. This is a "no cost" type of contract. Neither appropriated nor non-appropriated funds will be used to pay for any costs incurred by the contractor in publishing the newspaper. Consideration to the contractor comes from the right to sell and circulate advertising. The CE publisher shall only use the space agreed upon for advertising (Section C3.1.1.). Although this contract is not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) or the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), FAR or DFARS clauses useful in protecting the interest of the Government and implementing those provisions required by law are included. B.3 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE. The base period of this contract will be one year. The contract includes four (4) twelve-month option periods, to be exercised at the discretion of the Government. The total period of the contract, including options, shall not exceed five (5) years. The contractor is "NOT AUTHORIZED" to execute and or exercise the option periods identified within the contract without written approval/authorization for the Contracting Office identified in section 9 of the SF 1449. The periods will be as follows: Base Period: 15 February 2015 - 14 February 2016 - Option One: 15 February 2016 - 14 February 2017 - Option Two: 15 February 2017 - 14 February 2018 - Option Three: 15 February 2018 - 14 February 2019 - Option Four: 15 February 2019 - 14 February 2020 SECTION C - STATEMENT OF WORK SECTION C1 INTRODUCTION C1.1 SCOPE. The Cherry Point Windsock, hereafter the Windsock, is the authorized, unofficial publication of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina (MCAS Cherry Point). As such, its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, the Department of Defense (DoD). The Windsock is a civilian enterprise (CE) newspaper, published by a CE contractor (hereafter referred to as the "Publisher") under contract with MCAS Cherry Point. As such, the Windsock contains advertising sold by the Publisher, and may contain supplements or inserts. The Publisher sells advertising to cover costs and secure earnings. Other advertising provisions are contained in this Statement of Work (SOW). The Publisher also provides personnel to aid and support the Windsock staff to support newspaper operations as stipulated in this SOW. The Windsock is published 50 times per year with a circulation of 11,500. It is a key medium in the Commander's internal information program and is used to communicate mission-essential information to members of the command, including Marines, Sailors, civilian employees, and family members. A typical issue of the Windsock contains most, if not all, of the following elements: command, Marine Corps and Department of Defense news/features, Commander's comments; letters to the editor; editorials; commentaries; features; sports; entertainment items; Marine Corps Community Services news and announcements; installation and local community news briefs and announcements; photography; line art and classified advertisements. The Publisher may provide material for use in the newspaper if approved by the Commander, or Public Affairs Officer (PAO) as the Commander's representative. All editorial content used in preparing the Windsock, whether used in an issue of the newspaper or not, is the property of the Marine Corps. The PAO provides oversight and final approval authority for all editorial and advertising content of the paper. C1.1.1 The Contractor shall prepare, produce, publish and distribute at weekly intervals, a CE newspaper, to be known as The Windsock and its website, barring national catastrophe or failure to adhere to editorial and pictorial deadlines by the Government. This publication shall comply with all applicable provisions of the: • Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 5120.4 (16JUN97), • DoD Direction 5122.10 (21NOV2000), • Department of Navy (DoN) rules and regulations, Marine Corps Publication and Printing regulations (MCO 5720.74); • and SecNavInst 5720.44C. Upon request, copies of the above references will be made available to the Contractor by PAO. C1.2 Concept. To have a responsible firm publish the Windsock newspaper using copy collected and laid out entirely by the Publisher. Publisher will gather copy from standard sources, including but not limited to: Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS), Marines.mil, articles provided by PAO, local news sources (for off-base events), base organizations such as Marine Corps Community Services, Joint Safety Office, Chaplain's Office, Chow Hall, Single Marine Program, and others designated by the PAO. Priority for story publication will be determined by the PAO, but generally will be laid out by the Publisher in the following order: local (on-base) news including news briefs, local (on-base) features, local (on-base and regional) announcements, Corps-wide news and features, especially those that might be of interest to local Marines. Publisher will design and lay out all pages in accordance with the Editors' SOP, which will be provided by the PAO. PAO will have oversight and final decision on all copy and design layouts. C1.2.1 To enhance the quality of life for military and civilian personnel serving and living at Cherry Point by providing news and information that is informative, educational and entertaining. C1.2.2 To provide a forum for individuals to express opinions concerning relevant matters, thought-provoking ideas, tasteful and colorful humor; and to provide a place for the submission of advertisements free of charge as described elsewhere in this contract. C1.2.3 To enhance and preserve the customs and traditions of the United States Marine Corps. SECTION C2 DEFINITIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS C2.1 STANDARD DEFINITIONS. Definitions of specific terms and phrases used in this Contract. C2.1.1 ADMINISTRATION. All post award functions to ensure adherence to terms and conditions of the contract. C2.1.2 CIVILIAN ENTERPRISE NEWSPAPER. Newspaper published by commercial publishers under contract with the DoD Components or their subordinate commands. The Commander or Public Affairs Office provides oversight and final approval authority for the news and editorial content of the paper. C2.1.3 CONTRACTING OFFICER. A person with the authority to enter into, administer, and/or terminate contracts and make related determinations and findings. The term includes certain authorized representatives of the contracting officer acting within the limits of their authority as delegated by the Contracting Officer. C2.1.4 CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVE (COR)/ALTERNATE COR (ACOR). See Section H, Note H3. C2.1.5 CONTRACTOR. The term "Contractor" as used herein refers to both the prime Contractor and any subcontractors. The Contractor shall be responsible for assuring that his subcontractors comply with the provisions of this contract. (Note: For the purpose of this contract, "Contractor" is the same as "Publisher.") C2.1.6 GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED PROPERTY. This term as used in this contract means any supplies or facilities furnished by the Government, for use in connection with the performance of this contract. C2.1.7 INDUSTRY STANDARD. This term as used in this contract means an established norm or requirement in the related industry. Examples include types of equipment and procedures used by the majority of modern newspaper publishing companies for printing and Web design. C2.1.8 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT). Any equipment or inter-connected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the automatic acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data or information by the executive agency. The term IT includes computers, ancillary equipment, software, firmware, and similar procedures, services (including support services) and related resources. IT replaces the terms "Federal Information Processing" and Automated Data Processing Equipment (ADPE) as per the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. C2.1.9 INSERTS. A flier, circular, or freestanding advertisement placed within the folds of the newspaper. No disclaimer or other labeling is required. C2.1.10 OPTION. A unilateral right in a contract by which, for a specified time, the Government may elect to acquire additional supplies or services called for by the contract, or may elect to extend the term of the contract. C2.1.11 PAGE DUMMIES. Pages, usually legal size, which are used by the Contractor and the Public Affairs Office to give a rough description of what a completed page will look like. Page dummies are initiated by the Contractor to plan a forthcoming edition by indicating to his staff which portions of the paper will contain advertising and which portions will contain space for editorial copy. C2.1.12 PAGE PROOFS. Metered broadsheet pages which follow the prescription of their specific page dummies after all advertising and editorial content have been electronically "pasted up" on them. These are reviewed for geometric uniformity, editorial accuracy, and to ensure SOP and other PAO guidelines have been adhered to by the Contractor immediately prior to printing. C2.1.13 PASTE-UPS. Refers to the physical placement of advertisements, photographs or editorial copy on a metered broadsheet page. C2.1.14 SHALL. This word is used in connection with the Contractor and specifies that the provision is binding. C2.1.15 SUPPLEMENTS. Features, advertising sections, or Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) sections printed with or inserted into publications for distribution. Supplements shall be labeled "Supplement to THE WINDSOCK". Editorial content in supplements is subject to approval by the Public Affair's Officer. C2.1.16 WILL. This word is used in connection with the Government and specifies that the provision is binding. C2.2 STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS. Complete spelling of commonly used abbreviations in this Performance Work Statement (PWS). C2.2.1 ACOR. Alternate Contracting Officer's Representative C2.2.2 AD/ADS. Advertisement/Advertisements C2.2.3 CE. Civilian Enterprise C2.2.4 COR. Contracting Officer's Representative C2.2.5 CO. Contracting Officer C2.2.6 DoD. Department of Defense C2.2.7 DoN. Department of the Navy C2.2.8 ISMD. Information Systems Management Division C2.2.9 IT. Information Technology C2.2.10 MCAS. Marine Corps Air Station C2.2.11 MCB. Marine Corps Base C2.2.12 MCCS. Marine Corps Community Service C2.2.13 MCO. Marine Corps Order C2.2.14 PAO. Public Affairs Office C2.2.15 PWS. Performance Work Statement C2.2.16 QA. Quality Assurance C2.2.17 QC. Quality Control C2.2.18 CPNC. Cherry Point, North Carolina C2.2.19 FIP. Federal Information Processing SECTION C3 CONTRACTOR FURNISHED ITEMS AND SERVICES C3.1 The Publisher agrees: Except for those items or services specifically stated to be Government furnished in Section C4, the Contractor shall provide all items and services needed to perform this contract. C3.1.1 The Windsock shall be broadsheet size newspaper, consistent in page-length as necessitated by the editorial content provided by the PAO in maintaining the ratio of advertising to editorial content as outlined in paragraph C3.8.5. The newspaper will have no less than 16 pages, unless specifically agreed upon by both the PAO and the Publisher. The newspaper will contain two sections, A (News and Features) and B (Life and Times). Front pages for all sections shall be color. C3.1.2 The Publisher will make every attempt to use timely articles in the editorial sections of the Windsock. To that end, unless otherwise approved by PAO, no articles or related editorial material printed in the Windsock will be more than 14 days old (based on when it was posted online by its author for release). C3.2 Deadlines: The Publisher shall have all Corps News pages and Page B3 ready for review by the Windsock editor no later than 0800 Monday. The Publisher shall have all remaining pages ready for review by the PAO by 1500 on Tuesday. The PAO shall provide proofing comments to Publisher by 0800 Wednesday. A final proof for the PAO shall be completed by 1000 on Wednesday, if deemed necessary by the PAO. The PAO will complete its review of the final proof by 1200 on Wednesday. This schedule may be moved to the left (earlier) during holiday schedules upon agreement between both parties. C3.3 Nameplate: The nameplate (flag) of each issue shall include the volume number and date. C3.3.1 No advertising shall be included on the front page of any section. Additionally, the PAO shall at its discretion have two additional pages in each section with no advertising. The recommended pages without advertising are A1-A3 and B1-B3. C3.3.2 The Publisher shall provide full color on all pages if PAO deems necessary. However, editorial photos on any page that has a color ad shall also be in color. PAO retains the right to use black and white on any page as needed or appropriate. C3.3.3 All photos and other editorial content used in the production of the Windsock, whether used in the Windsock or not, remain the property of the Government. C3.3.4 Four special edition tabloid inserts shall be printed for inclusion in the newspaper each year. The size and content of such special inserts will be identified to the Publisher 15 days before each run. It is understood that all terms and conditions of this contract shall apply to each special edition with the exception of advertising. There shall be no advertising in special inserts. C3.3.5 On a yearly basis, the Contractor shall provide a hard bound volume of all the previous year's issues of the Windsock. The volume shall be provided by 1 March each year. C3.3.6 The Publisher shall where economically feasible use recycled paper for the publication of the CE newspaper. C3.3.7 The Publisher shall use standard newsprint, recyclable paper subject to requirements of applicable laws and regulations. C3.4 WEB SITE. C3.4.1 The Contractor shall be responsible for creating, maintaining, marketing and posting a Web site for the Windsock that adheres to current industry standards. The site will use the same format as other standard news organization Web sites - examples include The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Raleigh News & Observer. The site shall be updated with information from each week's copy of the Windsock by 7:30 a.m. on the day of publication. Additional stories or information provided by the PAO from time to time shall also be posted to the site within 24 hours. C3.4.2 The Website may also include advertisements that were published in the Windsock. Additional advertising will be allowed and all advertising rules as set forth in Section C3.8 will apply. C3.5 Facilities: The Publisher shall provide an office for the publication of the WINDSOCK. The Contractor Liaison/Quality Assurance Manager and Graphic Artist/Layout Design Artist (C3.12.3 and C3.12.4) shall work from this location, with the following exception. The Graphic Artist/Layout Design Artist will work at the JPAO office at Cherry Point each Tuesday during normal working hours, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. This schedule may be adjusted by the PAO to accommodate holiday production schedules. The newspaper archive will be located at the Publisher provided facility. Personal meetings between the Publisher and PAO personnel will be conducted at the PAO office or any site chosen by the PAO. C3.6 EQUIPMENT. C3.6.1 The Contractor shall provide the below listed equipment or approved equivalent for the performance of this contract. The equipment provided by the Contractor shall be new. All equipment shall be in first class, industry standard operating condition (complete operating order and in compliance with the manufacturer's operating specifications). Additionally, the Publisher shall furnish all necessary supplies, repair parts, materials, tools, and support equipment required to perform all services. C3.6.2 The Contractor shall provide up-to-date versions of the following equipment suite on the PAO premises: A. Computer Workstation. The Publisher shall provide one (1) networked computing workstation consistent with the industry standard for use in editing stories, editing photos and other needs necessitated by the PAO. The workstation shall have a color monitor 20 inches in size or larger. The workstation should be equipped, at minimum, with the current versions of Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite. Additionally, the Publisher shall update software as available to remain within the industry standard. B. Server/Shared Drive. Publisher will provide one (1) networked server/shared drive capable of transferring files between the PAO and the publisher. Publisher will provide Server/Shared Drive network access for Government laptop computers for internal Windsock production and archiving. C. Digital Cable Modem. Publisher will install and maintain one (1) digital cable modem in the PAO to provide a cable internet connection, as well as the required internet subscription service described in paragraph C3.6.2.E. D. Wireless Router. Publisher will install and maintain a wireless router to provide sufficient Wi-Fi Internet connection capability to all networked devices, including multiple Government laptop computers, the computer workstation described in paragraph C3.6.2.A., and the printer described in paragraph C3.6.2.F. E. Internet Connection. The Publisher shall install a broadband Internet connection to maintain connectivity between the Publisher and the Joint Public Affairs Office. F. Printer. Publisher provides one printer capable of printing commonly used paper sizes up to 11x17 inch for printing of newspaper flats for review. Publisher will provide replacement printer toner and paper. G. Stylebook. Publisher will provide account access for JPAO to the Associated Press Style book at http://www.apstylebook.com for use by JPAO staff. C3.6.3 The Publisher shall provide a subscription to a clip art service accessible from PAO premises. C3.6.4 The Publisher shall provide quarterly training regarding the use of equipment to accommodate new journalists at the PAO. C3.6.5 The Publisher's computer equipment will be analyzed bi-annually and/or at each contract renewal date by PAO to determine adequacy, compatibility and to determine if any upgrades are necessary. The Contractor shall familiarize and train Public Affairs personnel in electronic transmission of data. Throughout the life of the contract, technological upgrades will be required to remain competitive with current industry standards in compliance with Marine Corps Standards. The equipment shall be upgraded as needed to maintain current acceptable standards throughout the Marine Corps. C3.6.6 EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE. The Contractor shall be responsible for and bear the expense of maintaining and repairing all equipment furnished by the Contractor. The Contractor shall ensure required maintenance and repairs are accomplished within a period not to exceed 24 hours from the time a notice for maintenance has been initiated. If equipment cannot be repaired, one-for-one replacement of inoperable equipment shall be provided. In the event of catastrophic equipment failure, the Publisher shall provide alternative solutions to publish the newspaper. C3.6.7 EQUIPMENT INVENTORY. At the start of the basic contract period, the Contractor and a Government representative shall conduct a joint inventory of all Contractor furnished equipment. A Contractor and Government representative shall jointly determine the working order and condition of all Contractor furnished equipment; and, shall certify their agreement as to the working order and stated condition of all equipment provided by the Contractor. At completion of the contract, the Contractor and a Government representative shall conduct a joint inventory of equipment. The Contractor shall repair all equipment in need of repairs/maintenance before the joint inventory is made. The Government is not responsible for normal wear and tear of equipment. If the Contractor and Government representative fail to agree on the working order of Contractor furnished equipment, this failure to agree shall be treated as a dispute. C3.6.8 The Contractor shall engrave all computer equipment in such a way as to facilitate recovery in the event of loss or theft and for inventory purposes. C3.6.9 REMOVAL OF EQUIPMENT. Upon termination of the contract, the Contractor shall, within 24 hours remove all Contractor-owned supplies and/or property from the premises. C3.7 SERVICE MATERIALS C3.7.1 The Contractor shall provide additional supplies at PAO site, including dictionaries, thesauruses and latest edition of the Associated Press Style Guide. Publisher shall also provide in a timely manner all supplies required for continued operation of Publisher-provided equipment, including paper, cartridges, toner, and other support items. C3.7.2 The Contractor shall provide personnel, transportation, supplies, material, equipment and services for the production and delivery of the Windsock in sufficient quantities to allow consistency of design each time the newspaper is published. All of these items shall be available on contract start date and throughout the contract period. C.3.8 ADVERTISING. C3.8.1 The Contractor shall assume full responsibility for advertising content. The Publisher shall be responsible for the accuracy of any advertisement appearing in the Windsock, and shall accept for publication in the Windsock only those advertisements that conform to generally accepted standards of propriety and good taste. The PAO reserves the right to review all proposed advertisements deemed objectionable or inimical to the interests of the air station, prior to the layout of advertising space. Any advertisement received by the Publisher shall be submitted to the PAO for review and approval or disapproval if there is a question as to whether it complies with the restrictions listed in Sections C3.8.12 and C3.8.13. C3.8.2 The Contractor shall implement the following advertisement review process, when directed, if it is determined by the Commanding Officer or the PAO as the designated representative, that the Publisher-only review is not sufficient to ensure compliance with regulations and provisions of this contract governing advertising. The Contractor shall provide laid out copies of all advertisements by 10 a.m. the Tuesday before publication to ensure compliance with advertising provisions in this section and applicable in any case. If any advertisements are identified that are contrary to these provisions, the PAO shall request that the contractor delete any such advertisements. If the Publisher prints the issue containing the objectionable advertisement(s), the Commander may prohibit distribution of the Windsock in accordance with DoD Directive 1325.6. C3.8.3 SERVICES EXCLUDED/PROHIBITED PRACTICES. C3.8.3.1 The Contractor and his subcontractors, affiliates, employees, sales representatives and agents, in the conduct of business concerning the Windsock newspaper, shall not: C3.8.3.2 Represent in any manner, expressly or by implication, that advertisements published as a result of this contract are approved or endorsed by an element of the United States Government. Any advertisement, including cents-off coupons, by the Contractor, which refers to a military resale activity, shall contain a statement that the advertisement was not paid for or sponsored, in whole or part, by the particular activity. C3.8.3.3 Publish advertisements for alcohol or tobacco. C3.8.3.4 Publish advertisements which incorporate a Marine Corps emblem. However, this prohibition shall not preclude the use of other Marine Corps related graphics. C3.8.3.5 Publish advertisements for lewd and lascivious materials or activities (e.g. X-rated movies or movie houses); this includes veiled references to such activities. C3.8.3.6 Publish advertisements for off-limit establishments. A list of off-limit establishments may be obtained from the PAO. C3.8.3.7 Allow the use of advertisement for gambling, lotteries, raffles, bingo or other games of chance conducted by a commercial organization whose primary business is conducting lotteries. (Notices of such activities shall not be included in announcements or other editorial matter not of a news nature.) Bingo games and lotteries conducted by a commercial organization whose primary business is conducting lotteries may not be advertised in the CE publication. Non-lottery activities (e.g., dining at a restaurant or attending a musical performance) of a commercial organization whose primary business is conducting lotteries may be advertised in the civilian enterprise newspapers. Exceptions are allowed for authorized State lotteries, lotteries conducted by a not-for-profit organization or a governmental organization or conducted as a promotional activity by a commercial organization and clearly occasional and ancillary to the primary business of that organization. An exception also pertains to any gaming conducted by an Indian tribe under 25 U.S.C. 2720. C3.8.3.8 List Marine Corps "Official Business" telephone numbers in any advertisements. C3.8.3.9 Publish advertisements employing discrimination against any person because of race, religion, national origin, age, color, or sex. C3.8.3.10 Publish political advertisements. The newspaper(s) shall not contain campaign news, partisan discussions, cartoons, editorials, or commentaries dealing with political campaigns, candidates, or issues. The newspaper(s) shall not carry paid political advertisements for a candidate, party, or which advocate a particular position on a political issue. This includes those advertisements advocating a position on any proposed DoD policy or policy under review. C3.8.3.11 Enter into any exclusive advertising agreement with any firm, broker, or individual for the purpose of selling advertising associated with this contract. C3.8.3.12 Use names, initials, rank or rate, or unit of military personnel appearing in testimonial advertising. C3.8.3.13 Carry any advertisement that violates or rejects DoD equal employment opportunity policy. C3.8.3.14 Use any manipulative, deceptive or fraudulent device, scheme or artifice, including misleading advertising and sales literature. C3.8.3.15 Enter into unauthorized or restricted areas. C3.8.3.16 Represent or permit him to be represented to the public as an agent or employee of the Government. C3.8.3.17 Sell or remove any property, which is owned by the Government and is used in the operation of this contract. C3.8.3.18 Knowingly and/or willfully violate the Truth-in Lending Act or any other unethical practices. C3.8.3.19 Subscribe, even at no cost, to a commercial or feature wire or other service whose primary purpose is the advertisement or promotion of commercial products, commodities, or services. C3.8.3.20 Publish any material that implies that the DoD Components or their subordinate levels endorse or favor a specific commercial product, commodity, or service. C3.8.3.21 Publish advertisements from establishments that engage in predatory loan practices including but not limited to those businesses offering payday loans, refund anticipation loans, car title loans, and loans with an effective annual interest rate exceeding 36 percent. Prior to agreeing to publish a proposed advertisement, the Publisher shall make reasonable inquiry to determine if the advertisement violates MCIEAST predatory lending policy. If any question whatever exists as to the advertisement's viability under MCIEAST policy, the Publisher shall consult with PAO/SJA MCAS Cherry Point prior to publication. In circumstances where the Publisher is already contractually bound to a business that has been deemed by Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and/or Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to engage in predatory lending, the Publisher agrees to cease advertising for such business at the earliest time allowable under the contract (see MCIEAST Commanding General's Policy Letter 007-07). C3.8.4 The Contractor shall include in the Windsock's masthead the following disclaimer, in no smaller than 6-point: "The Windsock" is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Content of the Windsock is not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, or the Joint Public Affairs Office, Cherry Point, N.C. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, the U.S. Marine Corps, or the Publisher, of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use, or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The Windsock is published by (Publisher's name), a private firm in no way connected with the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Marine Corps, under exclusive written contract with Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Joint Public Affairs Office. The Windsock is a registered trademark. To address any distribution problems, please contact the (Publisher) at (Publisher phone number)" In addition to the required advertising information listed above, the masthead must include the following: "The editorial content of this publication is approved by the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Public Affairs Office." Additionally, the names of the Commanding Officer, Joint Public Affairs Officer, and Editorial Staff; the Joint Public Affairs Office address and phone number; and the frequency of publication, method of reproduction and total number of circulation, shall be included in the masthead. The names of the Contractor and employees may be listed separately. Each story published from an outside source will include the following disclaimer at the end, "This story was provided by an outside source. Comments or questions about this story should be directed to (writer's email address)." C3.8.5 The Contractor shall notify advertisers of the requirements stated in the masthead in C3.8.3 above. C3.8.6 Ad Layouts: The advertising-to-editorial ratio shall not be larger than 60% advertising to 40% editorial copy per single issue. Inserts/supplements will not count against the advertising to editorial ratio, but shall be clearly marked as advertising material and shall be bound by the conditions set forth by this contract. Inserts/supplements are subject to review as noted in Section C3.8.1 and C3.8.2. The Commanding Officer or his representative may limit the number of advertising inserts should they determine that such inserts are excessive. C3.8.7 The Contractor shall facilitate contemporary modular design of editorial material. Advertising on all pages in all sections will be blocked across the top of the ad block if a horizontal format, or along a vertical line, the length of the page if a vertical format. Ads shall be sold only in 2, 3, 4, and 6-column widths. Ads shall not be horizontally combined to form widths other than 2, 3, 4, and 6 columns. Ads within ad space shall fill the entire ad space. An alley of one (1) pica between ads shall be the standard. All published ads shall be in rectangular form; Purchased ad space must be filled by either enlarging ads or by bordering ads around the perimeter of purchased space. The weight of perimeter borders shall be consistent to within one (1) point of other borders on the page. The PAO or a designated representative may specify advertising layout that prevents awkward ad structures impeding effective text layout and to enhance communication effectiveness of the Windsock. C3.8.8 The Publisher shall coordinate deadlines for advertising with affected MCAS Cherry Point agencies, including Marine Corps Community Services. C3.8.9 Commercial advertising and advertising supplements may be included but shall be clearly labeled as advertising and readily distinguishable from editorial content. All advertising shall be solicited by the Publisher with the exception of the "Free Classified Advertisements" outlined in Section C3.8.17. The Publisher and his representatives shall conduct all business operations concerning the newspaper on an ethical and business like basis, dealing honestly and fairly with all advertisers or others inquiring about the Windsock. C3.8.10 The Contractor shall not subcontract or enter into any exclusive advertising agreement with any firm, broker, or individual for selling advertising associated with this contract. C3.8.11 The contractor shall not solicit or accept advertising in the name of U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps organizations/units/activities, the U.S. Navy, or other component of the Department of Defense. C3.8.12 The Contractor shall not represent in any manner, expressly or by implication, that items or services purchased or sold under this contract are approved or endorsed by any element of the U.S. Government. Any advertisement, including cents off coupons, by the Publisher, which refers to a military resale activity, shall contain a statement that the advertisement was neither paid for nor sponsored, in whole or in part, by any government organization. C3.8.13 The Contractor shall not solicit, accept or publish advertising, including inserts and supplements, that: Discriminate in violation of the policy described in C3.8.4; endorse political candidates or parties; advocate a particular position on a political issue; advocate a position on any proposed DoD policy or policy under review; advocate lobbying elected officials on a specific issue; in the Government's opinion are objectionable or obscene in nature; reflect adversely upon the Government of the United States or any of its components; advertise for establishments declared "off limits" by the command (list provided by the command); imply Department of Defense or Marine Corps endorsement of any product, commodity or service; are contrary to law or to DoD or Marine Corps regulations; in the Government's opinion pose a detriment to the mission and performance, morale, welfare and discipline of the command, DoD personnel, or their family members; contain the DoD, Marine Corps or other service emblem without written permission; glamorize the use of alcohol and/or tobacco; do not carry a clear statement of the total cash price of products/services and credit terms offered; advertise for bingo games or lotteries conducted by a commercial organization whose primary business is conducting lotteries (postal regulations highlight exceptions); and other restrictions as deemed appropriate by the Marine Corps/command. C3.8.13 The Contractor shall refuse to print advertising from an advertiser if there is confirmation that an advertiser has violated or rejected the equal opportunity policy in C3.8.4 above, until the violation is corrected. C3.8.14 Advertising by any section shall not be run sideways nor upside down to attract attention unless approved by PAO. C3.8.15 The Windsock editor shall have the option of adding the word "ADVERTISEMENT" to any ad he or she determines to be similar in appearance to editorial content. If purchase space does not allow room for the word "ADVERTISEMENT," the editor shall have the option of adding editorial space to the ad to fit the word "ADVERTISEMENT." C3.8.16 The Publisher may, at its discretion, publish an advertising insert weekly in the Windsock. The insert shall be clearly marked as advertising material and shall be bound by the conditions set forth in this contract. Permission for this insert may be withdrawn at any time and for any reason by the PAO. Subject matter for the insert is subject to the approval of the PAO. C3.8.17 FREE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING. The Contractor shall provide free classified advertising consistent with the following policy: (1) Active duty or retired military personnel from all branches of the Armed Forces and their bona fide dependents may have advertisement published free in the Windsock if the ad does not exceed twenty (20) words, if the ad is not a commercial venture or business and cannot be easily misinterpreted as paid advertising; (2) DoD Civil Service employees shall receive a twenty five (25) percent discount from the fee schedule on all classified advertising subject to the above policy limitations. (3) The Publisher shall accept free classified ads until noon each Monday for publication in that week's newspaper, or later if the Publisher chooses; (4) The Publisher shall provide an e-mail account where the Windsock staff can send all electronic ads sent to the MCAS Cherry Point website; (5) The Publisher shall replenish the supply of blank ad forms as needed. C3.9 MISCELLANEOUS RESTRICTIONS: C3.9.1 The Publisher shall not state or imply, either in copies of the Windsock or on his stationery, forms, billboards, and signs or in any other manner, that the Windsock is an official Armed Services Publication. The name, insignia, seal, emblem, or any other identifying symbol or device of any military component or department shall not be used in any manner to imply or invite the inference that the publication is an official Department of Defense publication. C3.9.2 Neither military nor civilian employees of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, or any of their agencies may, with or without compensation, accept employment or gratuities or become connected in any way with a CE Publisher in preparation of the Windsock. C3.9.3 The Windsock shall not be distributed either as a supplement or insert to any privately produced civilian newspaper or periodical. Privately produced newspapers or publications may not be distributed as inserts to the Windsock. C3.9.4 Lotteries: Except as authorized by 1307 US Code 18 with regard to state lotteries and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Windsock if entered in the U. S. Mail System, is prohibited from publishing advertisements or editorial material about "games of chance." Paid advertisements for the lotteries administered by the states of Virginia or Maryland or the District of Columbia may be included in the Windsock in accordance with 1307 United States Code 18. C3.9.5 No opinion poll, survey, or straw vote on political campaigns, endorsements, candidates or political issues will be conducted for publication in the Windsock. The Windsock will not contain political campaign news, editorials, cartoons, or other items that are partisan in nature and not within the mission of the Marine Corps Air Station and its command information objectives as determined by the Government. C3.9.6 No commercial enterprise comic or feature supplements shall be inserted and distributed with this newspaper without the approval of the Air Station PAO or a designated representative. C3.9.7 The Marine Corps and other service emblems may be used by the editorial staff for editorial content only. C3.9.8 The Publisher shall not print any ad that uses any manipulative, deceptive, or fraudulent device, scheme or artifice, including misleading advertising and sales literature. C3.9.9 The Publisher shall not print any ad that implies that the DoD components or their subordinate levels endorse or favor a specific commercial product, commodity, or service. C3.9.10 The Publisher shall not use names, initials, rank or rate or unit of military personnel in testimonial advertising. C3.10 ADDITIONAL TASKS. C3.10.1 The Publisher shall maintain, for at least two (2) years, a morgue file of at least 25 copies of each Windsock. The Public Affairs Office will use these as emergency reserve copies for such things as journalism contests. The Publisher shall provide the PAO, at the PAO's discretion, all morgue copies at contract expiration. C3.10.2 The Publisher shall include in the Windsock, such inserts as provided by the Public Affairs Officer. C3.10.3 The Publisher shall provide all network connectivity of hardware and Internet connections and verify all units and the entire system is in a production status by the second day of the new contract period. C3.10.4 The Publisher shall immediately telephone the Public-Affairs Officer when hazardous weather conditions would prevent delivery of the newspaper as specified in the contract. C3.10.5 The Publisher shall coordinate with the PAO to determine an alternate production schedule and/or size of the Windsock if inclement weather dictates a change. The PAO retains authority to make the final decision on the size and timing of publication and distribution in such instances. In rare instances and in coordination with the Publisher, the PAO retains the right to cancel publication of the paper due to inclement weather or when other significant circumstances dictate. C3.10.6 DoD newspapers shall support the Federal Voting Assistance Program by carrying factual information about registration and voting laws, especially those on absentee voting requirements of the various States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories and possessions. DoD newspapers shall use voting materials provided by the Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program, the OSD; and the Military Departments. Such information is designed to encourage DOD personnel to register as voters and to exercise their right to vote as outlined in DoD Directive 1000.4. C3.10.7 MARKETING. The Contractor shall be responsible for an aggressive and effective marketing plan for the Windsock. This will be done in coordination with a PAO marketing distribution representative for the marketing of the Windsock both on base and in the local community. The Contractor shall be involved with a minimum of 12 marketing venues per year where the Windsock's name is used. These venues will be coordinated with a Contractor representative and approved by the PAO marketing distribution representative. Examples of venues include sponsorships of events, billboards in town, live-feeds with local radio stations, etc. In addition to the marketing plan, the Contractor will be responsible for industry standard placards for Windsock boxes and business cards for immediate Windsock staff. C3.10.8 ANNUAL SURVEY. The Publisher shall conduct a scientific annual survey in the Windsock and online to evaluate the content, readership demographics and readability once each year. This information will be evaluated at the same time the contract and equipment evaluation commences. C3.11 DELIVERY AND DISTRIBUTION. C3.11.1 The Contractor shall print and distribute 50 issues of the Windsock per year. The Public Affairs Office will select two (2) weeks during the year when the Windsock will not be published. Adjustments to the production schedule including publication date will be made for long weekends. On Thanksgiving holiday and when the publication date falls on a holiday, the newspaper will be published on the preceding workday. A list of recognized holidays is furnished in Section C3.15.2. C3.11.2 The Contractor shall be responsible for complete distribution of all The Windsock publications to civilian subscribers and required military distribution as designated by the PAO. The Contractor shall be responsible for accepting and processing subscriptions to the Windsock. C3.11.3 The Publisher shall provide newsstands (approximately 60), in the number requested and design approved by the PAO, on or before contract start date. The stands shall be labeled Windsock for the display of the newspaper, The Publisher agrees to replace and/or repair any damaged, destroyed, or lost newsstands at no expense to the Government. C3.11.4 The delivery and distribution of the Windsock shall be accomplished in such a manner that newsstands will be provided and kept in a neat appearance. Old issues shall be picked up by the Publisher and returned to the Publisher's site for recycling. C3.11.5 The Publisher shall deliver by 6 p.m. each Thursday a total minimum of 11,500 copies of the Windsock to the following locations: C3.11.5.1 Racks, boxes and other locations listed in Attachment 1. Delivery to all racks indoors, regardless of location, shall be made when the establishments are open so that newsstands inside such establishments can be serviced. Old papers shall be removed by the delivery truck for recycling, not discarded in MCAS Cherry Point trash receptacles. No papers shall be delivered to buildings and stacked at the door. The delivery person shall uncut the bundle ties from bundled newspapers and place the papers neatly in the racks. C3.11.5.2 To each set of family quarters on and off Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, as well as any other locations as specified by the PAO. For single-family homes, these copies shall be secured by rubber band or water-proof bags and placed in a neat manner on the porch of each residence. In case of inclement weather, the newspaper shall be covered with protective wrap. Copies shall not be thrown on the sidewalks or in yards. For multi-family apartment buildings, the Windsock shall be placed indoors in the foyer to the building. The Contractor is responsible for the removal of additional copies of the Windsock which are not distributed when requested by the PAO. C3.11.5.3 The Contractor shall mail, at no cost to the government, up to two hundred (200) copies of the Windsock to various addresses provided by the PAO. The Public Affairs Officer will periodically add or delete addresses from the list by written notice to the Publisher. The Publisher shall make the requested change within one week of notification. The Publisher shall incur the mail and distribution cost consistent with timeliness and applicable postal regulations. The Publisher shall not use Department of Defense postage and fees-paid indicia labels for distribution of copies of the Windsock. C3.11.6 Quarterly, at 3-month intervals after award of this contract, the Publisher shall provide the JPAO with a report of the distribution numbers of papers at each rack location. The Publisher will adjust distribution numbers as necessary based on the amounts of newspapers left over in newspaper racks. C3.11.7 The Publisher shall create and utilize a list of returned mailed subscriptions to update the mailing list. C3.12 EMPLOYEES. C3.12.1 The Government reserves the right to restrict the employment of any Contractor employee or prospective Contractor employee who violates federal regulations or is identified as a potential threat to the security, safety, health or operational mission of the base and its population. Contractor's employees shall not loiter on or around the base during off-duty hours. The removal of such persons shall not relieve the Contractor from providing all the services described herein. C3.12.2 The Contractor shall furnish a sufficient number of qualified supervisory, administrative, journeyman and other personnel to accomplish all required contract services. During the performance of this contract, while serving as Windsock representatives in public, Contractor's employees shall wear neat, clean, conservative clothing - attire that is conducive to the PAO environment and its dealings with the general public. Employees shall be identified by having company and employee name on or attached to their clothing. To meet this requirement, the Contractor shall furnish tags or badges for the employees at Contractor's expense. C3.12.3 Contractor Liaison/Quality Assurance Manager. The Contractor shall provide a Contractor Liaison/Quality Assurance Manager to oversee the performance of the work and the quality of the product and services provided. This individual shall have full authority to act for the Publisher on all matters relating to daily operation of this contract. This individual shall be available during normal duty hours within two (2) hours to meet at the installation with the Government personnel designated by the Contracting Officer to discuss problem areas. After normal duty hours, the liaison shall be available by telephone within one (1) hour to address problem areas with the editorial staff. The liaison must be able to fluently read, write, speak, and understand English. C3.12.4 Graphic Artist/Layout Design Artist. The Contractor shall furnish one Graphic Artist/Layout Design Artist to perform all lay out functions for the Windsock. The graphic artist shall liaison with the Publisher for the specified pages for the publishing cycle, coordinate layout/advertising pages and ratios and provide final product to Contractor via digital industry standard. The graphic artist/layout design artist shall be trained in the latest versions of Adobe, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. The graphic artist/layout design artist shall be located in the contractor's facility except on Tuesdays as noted in Section C3.5. This person shall be experienced and fully competent in advanced design and layout techniques and editorial planning for a modern newspaper. C3.12.5 MINIMUM PERSONNEL QUALIFICATIONS. a. Contractor Liaison/Quality Assurance Manager. This contractor employee shall have full understanding of this contract and possess the ability to act as the Publisher's key person on all issues related to printing the Windsock. This person shall have a minimum of two years' experience as a contract manager publishing a similar publication of this size and possess an understanding of the military protocol and hierarchy. b. Graphic Artist/Layout Design Artist. The graphic artist shall have at least a 2-year degree in the field of layout/design or a minimum of two years' experience in a related field. C3.12.6 The Contractor shall train all personnel in Government policies, procedures, and regulations applicable to performing the required services and shall keep all personnel current and familiar with the aforementioned policies (C3.14.2, C3.11 and C3.16).
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