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Request for Proposal (RFP) No. AHRQ-09-10006
The purpose of this amendment is to:
an Interested Vendor List
- Is there
an incumbent(s) for this contract?
CMM/CMMI certification mandatory for offerors?
No. The offerors are asked to provide what certification
level, if any, they have obtained
- The RFP
states: "For this particular acquisition, the 2009 AHRQ
recommended goal (as a percentage of total contract value for the base
period) is 19 percent for Small Businesses, which shall include at least 5.5 percent
(as a percentage of total planned subcontract dollars for the base period)
for Small Disadvantaged Businesses, at least 5 percent (as a percentage of total
planned subcontract dollars total planned subcontract dollars for the base
period) for Women-Owned Small Businesses, and at least 3 percent (as a percentage
of total planned subcontract dollars for the base period) for HUBZone [Historically Underutilized Business Zone]
Small Businesses and at least 3 percent (as a percentage of total planned
subcontract dollars for the base period) for Service Disabled
Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. These goals represent AHRQ's expectations
of the minimum level for subcontracting with small business at the prime
- Pages 1
and 113 of the RFP address the recommended goals for small business and
small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs). The percentage of small
business participation is given in terms of the total contract value for
the base period (19 percent of the total contract value for the base year), while
the percentages for SDBs are given in terms of the percentage of total
planned subcontract dollars for the base year. On page 113, the
overall percentage goal is given as 20 percent of the total contract value. Is it
intended that the small business participation should be in terms of the
total planned subcontract dollars for the base year instead of the total
contract value for the base year? That is, should it read "the 2009
AHRQ recommended goal (as a percentage of the total planned subcontract
dollars for the base period) is 19 percent for Small Businesses"?
No. It is 19 percent of the total contract value for the base
- Page 1
indicates that a cost reimbursement performance-based contract is
contemplated. Elsewhere in the RFP (page 97), it indicates that it
will be a cost reimbursement type contract. No additional
information is provided concerning "performance-based" fee award criteria
and the evaluation procedures. Please clarify the type of contract
that is intended. If fee award is intended, please provide evaluation
procedures, evaluation criteria, and rating scale.
This is an error. This contract will NOT be a
- What is
the current format of the MEPS [Medical Expenditure Panel Survey] data files?
ASCII files with SAS format statements.
- Will the
HCUP [Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project] files remain on both the AHRQ and contractor site, or will they be
Yes, the HCUP files will remain on
both the AHRQ and contractor site.
- Is the
online statistical computing system (MEPSnet/HC [Household Component]) a proprietary solution or
It was developed by the incumbent contractor, but the new
vendor will be provided the code and documentation.
- Page 15—"Additionally, the contractor shall provide
mainframe support for AHRQ research activities upon request."—What mainframe computers does AHRQ use?
AHRQ has access to National Institutes
of Health (NIH) mainframe
proposal states in section B.4 that IT [information technology] Hardware and Software are
non-allowable—we anticipate that the execution of the contract will
require hardware and software—are these items allowable if incorporated
in the proposal?
B.4 states that IT Hardware and Software are unallowable as
a direct cost unless authorized in writing by the Contracting Officer.
An offeror may propose IT Hardware or Software; however, the successful offeror
must still request advance permission to incur costs for IT Hardware and
Software under the contract.
- The RFP
notes that AHRQ has plans to Web-enable all data sets using Oracle—has
this project commenced? Is the use of Oracle a requirement? Is
this within the scope of this project?
The MEPS Web site was developed using JAVA server pages
with Oracle as the back end relational database management system.
- A.1.B—Analytic File Construction: Would this be hourly work
to specific orders or would we be encouraged to provide insight and
leadership? Does the contract envision transitioning this to a set
of re-usable, interchangeable components over time?
Hourly work to specific orders. Most
analytic files are for one-time projects.
- Where is
the data stored presently? What formats are used?
At the contractor's facility; ASCII files with SAS format
- Is data
normalization part of this proposal?
Not for MEPS.
- To the
extent that novel data manipulation applications are developed, would
Bayh-Dole apply to those applications which do not need to be public use
and are not specific to AHRQ?
Yes, the Bayh-Dole Act applies to applications developed
under the contract which do not need to be public use and are not specific to
AHRQ. The Federal Government, however, retains "March-in" rights to
license the applications to a third party, without the consent of the patent
holder or original licensee, where it determines the applications are not being
made available to the public on a reasonable basis.
SAS, what are the languages used to provide programming support?
SUDAAN, STATA, STAT Transfer, and LIMDEP.
- What is
the size of the MEPS and HCUP databases?
Each year, MEPS produces 50 hierarchical database segments of
raw data, which consist of about 4,000 variables.
tools are currently used for software version control, defect tracking,
requirements management, test management, and software build?
None. Most of the programming support are done through
statistical packages (e.g., SAS, STATA, SUDAAN). We have not developed any new
software under this contract in quite some time.
- Who is
the current contractor? Is the current contractor allowed to submit a
Social & Scientific Systems. Yes, as this RFP is being
competed as full and open.
- What is
the value of the current contract?
Approximately $27 million over 5 years.
- Can you
provide details about what constitutes the AHRQ Data Center?
Link to description on the Web: http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/onsite_datacenter.jsp
researchers access to non-public use MEPS data (except directly identifiable
- Mode of data
- On a secure
LAN at AHRQ, Rockville.
- Task order
agreement with data contractor.
- Secure room
connected to secure LAN
- SAS, STATA,
GAUSS, Stat Transfer, SUDAAN, Limdep, EQS software available, and others upon
- Limited staff
support by people who know:
- The data.
- The software
ADP contractor will provide 1 full-time-equivalent (FTE) for on-site support of the
- Is it
single site data processing facility?
- What are
the applicable connected systems for this RFP? How are they
There are no connected systems.
- Can you provide
specifics about data center components and SLAs [service level agreements] related to Section A.1.9,
The AHRQ data center operates in a secure, standalone LAN
- What HHS [Department of Health and Human Services] Agency
hosts the AHRQ Data Center?
- What is the
Uptime Institute tier classification? Does the AHRQ Data Center require Tier Certification? What level (I-IV)?
The MEPS raw data has been
classified as NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] level 3.
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McLean, VA 22102
POC: Cyrus Choy, Managing Director
Benchmark Research & Safety
Moscow, ID 83843
POC: Curt Braun, President
Summerfield, FL 34491
POC: Helen Phillips, President
Plano Research Corporation
Plano, TX 75024
Amol Chopra, Business Director
Quick Beam Convergence Technologies Inc.
Gaithersburg MD 20879
POC : Marsha Barbour, President
Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc.
Arlington, VA 22209
POC: Linda Hazelhurst, Director, Business Development
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Current as of February 2009