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SECTION L—INSTRUCTIONS, CONDITIONS AND NOTICES TO OFFERORS
L.1 SOLICITATION PROVISIONS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (FEB 1998) (FAR 52.252-1)
This solicitation incorporates the following solicitation
provisions by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given
in full text. The full text of a clause may be assessed electronically at this
- Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) (48 CFR Chapter 1) Solicitation Provisions
- 52.215-16 Facilities Capital Cost of Money (OCT 1997)
- 52.215-20 Requirements for Cost or Pricing Data or Information Other Than Cost or Pricing Data (OCT 1997)
L.2 DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING (DUNS)(OCT 2003) (FAR 52.204-6)
- The offeror shall enter, in the block with its name and address on the cover page of its
offer, the annotation "DUNS" or "DUNS+4" followed by the DUNS number or
"DUNS+4" that identifies the offeror's name and address exactly as stated in
the offer. The DUNS number is a nine-digit number assigned by Dun and
Bradstreet Information Services. The DUNS+4 is the DUNS number plus a
4-character suffix that may be assigned at the discretion of the offeror to
establish additional CCR records for identifying alternative Electronic Funds
Transfer (EFT) accounts (go to Subpart 32.11) for the same parent concern.
- If the offeror does not have a DUNS number, it should contact Dun and Bradstreet directly to obtain one.
- An offeror may obtain a DUNSnumber—
- If located within the United States, by calling Dun and Bradstreet at 1-866-705-5711 or via the Internet at http://www.dnb.com; or
- If located outside the United States, by contacting the local Dun and Bradstreet office.
- The offeror should be prepared to provide the following information:
- Company legal business name.
- Tradestyle, doing business, or other name by which your entity is commonly
- Company physical street address, city, state and Zip Code.
- Company mailing address, city, state and Zip Code (if separate from physical).
- Company telephone number.
- Date the company was started.
- Number of employees at your location.
- Chief executive officer/ key manager.
- Line of business (industry).
- Company Headquarters name and address (reporting relationship within your entity).
(End of provision)
L.3 INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS—COMPETITIVE ACQUISITION (MAY 2001)
ALTERNATE I (JAN 2004)(FAR 52.215-1)
- Definitions. As used in this provision—
"Discussions" are negotiations that occur after
establishment of the competitive range that may, at the Contracting Officer's
discretion, result in the offeror being allowed to revise its proposal.
"In writing," "writing," or "written" means any worded or
numbered expression that can be read, reproduced, and later communicated, and
includes electronically transmitted and stored information.
"Proposal modification" is a change made to a proposal
before the solicitation's closing date and time, or made in response to an
amendment, or made to correct a mistake at any time before award.
"Proposal revision" is a change to a proposal made after the
solicitation closing date, at the request of or as allowed by a Contracting
Officer as the result of negotiations.
"Time," if stated as a number of days, is calculated using
calendar days, unless otherwise specified, and will include Saturdays, Sundays,
and legal holidays. However, if the last day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or
legal holiday, then the period shall include the next working day.
- Amendments to
solicitations. If this solicitation is amended, all terms and conditions that
are not amended remain unchanged. Offerors shall acknowledge receipt of any
amendment to this solicitation by the date and time specified in the
modification, revision, and withdrawal of proposals.
other methods (e.g., electronic commerce or facsimile) are permitted in the
solicitation, proposals and modifications to proposals shall be submitted in
paper media in sealed envelopes or packages (i) addressed to the office
specified in the solicitation, and (ii) showing the time and date specified for
receipt, the solicitation number, and the name and address of the offeror.
Offerors using commercial carriers should ensure that the proposal is marked on
the outermost wrapper with the information in paragraphs (c)(1)(i) and
(c)(1)(ii) of this provision.
first page of the proposal must show—
- The name,
address, and telephone and facsimile numbers of the offeror (and electronic
address if available).
statement specifying the extent of agreement with all terms, conditions, and
provisions included in the solicitation and agreement to furnish any or all
items upon which prices are offered at the price set opposite each item.
titles, and telephone and facsimile numbers (and electronic addresses if
available) of persons authorized to negotiate on the offeror's behalf with the
Government in connection with this solicitation.
title, and signature of person authorized to sign the proposal. Proposals
signed by an agent shall be accompanied by evidence of that agent's authority,
unless that evidence has been previously furnished to the issuing office.
modification, revision, and withdrawal of proposals.
are responsible for submitting proposals, and any modification or revisions, so
as to reach the Government office designated in the solicitation by the time
specified in the solicitation. If no time is specified in the solicitation,
the time for receipt is 4:30 p.m., local time, for the designated Government
office on the date that proposal or revision is due.
Any proposal, modification, or revision received at the Government office
designated in the solicitation after the exact time specified for receipt of
offers is "late" and will not be considered unless it is received before award
is made, the Contracting Officer determines that accepting the late offer would
not unduly delay the acquisition; and—
it was transmitted through an electronic commerce method authorized by the
solicitation, it was received at the initial point of entry to the Government
infrastructure not later than 5:00 p.m. one working day prior to the date
specified for receipt of proposals; or
is acceptable evidence to establish that it was received at the Government
installation designated for receipt of offers and was under the Government's
control prior to the time set for receipt of offers; or
is the only proposal received.
However, a late modification of an otherwise successful proposal that makes its
terms more favorable to the Government, will be considered at any time it is
received and may be accepted.
evidence to establish the time of receipt at the Government installation
includes the time/date stamp of that installation on the proposal wrapper,
other documentary evidence of receipt maintained by the installation, or oral
testimony or statements of Government personnel.
an emergency or unanticipated event interrupts normal Government processes so
that proposals cannot be received at the office designated for receipt of
proposals by the exact time specified in the solicitation, and urgent
Government requirements preclude amendment of the solicitation, the time
specified for receipt of proposals will be deemed to be extended to the same
time of day specified in the solicitation on the first work day on which normal
Government processes resume.
may be withdrawn by written notice received at any time before award. Oral
proposals in response to oral solicitations may be withdrawn orally. If the
solicitation authorizes facsimile proposals, proposals may be withdrawn via
facsimile received at any time before award, subject to the conditions
specified in the provision at 52.215-5, "Facsimile Proposals." Proposals may
be withdrawn in person by an offeror or an authorized representative, if the
representative's identity is made known and the representative signs a receipt
for the proposal before award.
otherwise specified in the solicitation, the offeror may propose to provide any
item or combination of items.
shall submit proposals submitted in response to this solicitation in English,
unless otherwise permitted by the solicitation, and in U.S. dollars, unless the
provision at FAR 52.225-17, Evaluation of Foreign Currency Offers, is included
in the solicitation.
may submit modifications to their proposals at any time before the solicitation
closing date and time, and may submit modifications in response to an
amendment, or to correct a mistake at any time before award.
may submit revised proposals only if requested or allowed by the Contracting
- Proposals may be withdrawn at any time before award. Withdrawals are effective upon
receipt of notice by the Contracting Officer.
- Offer expiration date.
Proposals in response to this solicitation will be valid for the number of days
specified on the solicitation cover sheet (unless a different period is
proposed by the offeror).
- Restriction on disclosure and use of data. Offerors that include in their proposals data
that they do not want disclosed to the public for any purpose, or used by the
Government except for evaluation purposes, shall—
- Mark the title page with the following legend:
"This proposal includes data that shall not be disclosed
outside the Government and shall not be duplicated, used, or disclosed—in whole
or in part—for any purpose other than to evaluate this proposal." If, however, a
contract is awarded to this offeror as a result of—or in connection with—the
submission of this data, the Government shall have the right to duplicate, use,
or disclose the data to the extent provided in the resulting contract. This
restriction does not limit the Government's right to use information contained
in this data if it is obtained from another source without restriction. The
data subject to this restriction are contained in sheets [insert numbers or
other identification of sheets]; and
- Mark each sheet of data it wishes to restrict with the following legend:
"Use or disclosure of data contained on this sheet is subject
to the restriction on the title page of this proposal."
- Contract award.
- The Government intends to award a contract or contracts resulting from this
solicitation to the responsible offeror(s) whose proposal(s) represents the
best value after evaluation in accordance with the factors and subfactors in
- The Government may reject any or all proposals if such action is in the Government's interest.
- The Government may waive informalities and minor irregularities in proposals received.
- The Government intends to evaluate proposals and award a contract after conducting
discussions with offerors whose proposals have been determined to be within the
competitive range. If the Contracting Officer determines that the number of
proposals that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number
at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the Contracting Officer may
limit the number of proposals in the competitive range to the greatest number
that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated
proposals. Therefore, the offeror's initial proposal should contain the
offeror's best terms from a price and technical standpoint.
Government reserves the right to make an award on any item for a quantity less
than the quantity offered, at the unit cost or prices offered, unless the
offeror specifies otherwise in the proposal.
Government reserves the right to make multiple awards if, after considering the
additional administrative costs, it is in the Government's best interest to do
with offerors after receipt of a proposal do not constitute a rejection or
counteroffer by the Government.
Government may determine that a proposal is unacceptable if the prices proposed
are materially unbalanced between line items or subline items. Unbalanced
pricing exists when, despite an acceptable total evaluated price, the price of
one or more contract line items is significantly overstated or understated as
indicated by the application of cost or price analysis techniques. A proposal
may be rejected if the Contracting Officer determines that the lack of balance poses
an unacceptable risk to the Government.
a cost realism analysis is performed, cost realism may be considered by the
source selection authority in evaluating performance or schedule risk.
written award or acceptance of proposal mailed or otherwise furnished to the
successful offeror within the time specified in the proposal shall result in a
binding contract without further action by either party.
a post-award debriefing is given to requesting offerors, the Government shall
disclose the following information, if applicable:
agency's evaluation of the significant weak or deficient factors in the
debriefed offeror's offer.
overall evaluated cost or price and technical rating of the successful and the
debriefed offeror and past performance information on the debriefed offeror.
overall ranking of all offerors, when any ranking was developed by the agency
during source selection.
A summary of the
rationale for award.
of commercial items, the make and model of the item to be delivered by the
responses to relevant questions posed by the debriefed offerors as to whether
source-selection procedures set forth in the solicitation, applicable
regulations, and other applicable authorities were followed by the agency.
(End of provision)
L.4 TYPE OF CONTRACT (APRIL 1984) (FAR 52.216-1)
The Government contemplates award of a cost reimbursement performance-based type contract resulting from this solicitation.
It is anticipated that one (1) contract award will be made from this solicitation and that the award is estimated to be made effective April 15, 2009.
L.5 SINGLE OR MULTIPLE AWARDS (OCT 1995)(FAR 52.216-27)
The Government may elect to award a single
contract or to award multiple contracts for the same or similar supplies or
services to two or more sources under this solicitation.
L.6 SERVICE OF PROTEST (AUG 1996)(FAR 52.233-2)
- Protests, as
defined in Section 33.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, that are filed
directly with an agency, and copies of any protests that are filed with the
General Accounting Office (GAO) shall be served on the Contracting Officer
(addressed as follows) by obtaining written and dated acknowledgment of receipt
Director, Division of Contracts Management
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, Maryland 20850
- The copy of any protest shall be received in the office designated above within one day of
filing a protest with the GAO.
L.7 POINT OF CONTACT FOR TECHNICAL INQUIRIES
The technical contact for additional information and answering inquiries is the Project Officer.
All questions regarding this solicitation shall be in
writing and received by the Contract Specialist no later than 12:00 noon EST January 7, 2009. All questions should be
E-mailed to Linda Simpson at Jessica.Alderton@ahrq.hhs.gov. The subject line should be marked "Proposal Questions RFP No. AHRQ-09-10008."
L.8 PROPOSAL INTENT/APPROVAL FOR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BIDDERS LIST (Attachment 2)
It is requested that if an offeror intends to submit a proposal to this solicitation that the attached Proposal Intent Form be completed and returned to the address indicated by the date indicated. The submission of the intent form is not binding on an offeror to submit a proposal, nor does the failure to submit the form prohibit an offeror from submitting a proposal. The purpose is to provide us with an estimated number of proposals to assist us in our planning and logistics for proposal reviews.
We have added a request to include your contact information to a bidders list. The bidders list will be provided to interested offerors for subcontracting opportunities, as part of an amendment to the solicitation. In order for AHRQ to include your contact information on the bidders list, you must return the Proposal Intent Form and check the box that grants permission to add your name no later than the date listed above.
L.9 GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
The following instructions will establish the acceptable
minimum requirements for the format and contents of proposals.
- Contract Type and General Provisions: It is contemplated that a cost-reimbursement performance based contract will be awarded. In addition to the special
provisions of this request for proposal (RFP), any resultant contract shall
include the general clauses applicable to the selected offeror's organization
and type of contract awarded. Any additional clauses required by Public Law,
Executive Order, or procurement regulations, in effect at the time of execution
of the proposed contract, will be included.
- Authorized Official and Submission of Proposal:
The proposal shall be signed by an official authorized to bind your (the
offeror's) organization. Your proposal shall be submitted in the number of
copies, to the address, and marked as indicated in the cover letter of this
solicitation. Proposals will be typewritten, reproduced on letter sized paper
and will be legible in all required copies.
- Separation of Technical, Past Performance
Information, and Business Proposal: The proposal shall be in 4 separate parts.
To expedite the proposal evaluation, all documents required for responding to
the RFP should be placed in the following order:
- TECHNICAL PROPOSAL: Refer to Technical Proposal Instructions for recommended format (L.10). Please mark as original or copy.
- PAST PERFORMANCE INFORMATION: Refer to Past Performance Information Instructions for format (L.11)
- BUSINESS PROPOSAL: Refer to
Business Proposal Instructions for recommended format (L.13).
- SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS PARTICIPATION PLAN: Refer to Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Plan
Instructions for recommended format (L.12).
Each of the parts shall be separate and complete in itself
so that evaluation of one may be accomplished independently of, and
concurrently with, evaluation of the other.
of Proposals: The Government will evaluate technical proposals in
accordance with the criteria set forth in Section M, Evaluation/Award
of Proposals: The Government reserves the right to reject any or all
proposals received. It is understood that your proposal will become part of
the official contract file.
Elaborate Proposals: Unnecessarily elaborate brochures or other
presentations beyond those sufficient to present a complete and effective
proposal are not desired and may be construed as an indication of the offeror's
lack of cost consciousness. Elaborate art work, expensive visual and other
presentation aids are neither necessary nor wanted.
Act: The Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law (P.L.) 93-579) requires that a
Federal agency advise each individual whom it asks to supply information: 1)
the authority which authorized the solicitation; 2) whether disclosure is
voluntary or mandatory; (3) the principal purpose or purposes for which the
information is intended to be used; (4) the uses outside the agency which may
be made of the information; and 4) the effects on the individual, if any, of
not providing all or any part of the requested information.
- The Government is
requesting the information called for in this RFP pursuant to the authority
provided by Section 301(g) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, and
P.L. 92-218, as amended.
of the information requested are entirely voluntary.
collection of this information is for the purpose of conducting an accurate,
fair, and adequate review prior to a discussion as to whether to award a
to provide any or all of the requested information may result in a less than
information provided by you may be routinely disclosed for the following
- to the cognizant audit agency and the General Accounting Officer for auditing.
- to the Department of Justice as required for litigation.
- to respond to Congressional inquiries.
- to qualified experts, not within the definition of Department employees for opinions as a part of the review process.
In addition, the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579, Section 7) requires that the following
information be provided when individuals are requested to disclose their social
Provision of the social security number is voluntary.
Social security numbers are requested for the purpose of accurate and efficient
identification, referral, review and management of AHRQ contracting programs.
Authority for requesting this information is provided by Section 305 and Title IV
of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.
- The RFP does not commit the Government to pay any cost for the preparation and submission of
a proposal. It is also brought to your attention that the Contracting Officer
is the only individual who can legally commit the Government to the expenditure
of public funds in connection with this or any acquisition action.
The Government reserves the right to award a contract
without discussions if the Contracting Officer determines that the initial
prices are fair and reasonable and that discussions are not necessary.
L.10 TECHNICAL PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS
The technical proposal shall contain an original and nine (9)
copies. The technical proposal described below shall be limited to 100 pages
not including biographic sketches, with no less than a 11 point font,
double-spaced (lists of deliverables, person loading charts, and similar
materials need not be double-spaced, so long as they are legible) and numbered
pages. Brief biographic sketches or CVs (less than ten pages in length)
providing the relevant qualifications necessary for this effort are only required for key personnel. The
technical proposal shall not contain reference to cost; however resources
information, such as data concerning labor hours and categories, labor mix,
materials, subcontracts, etc., shall be contained in the technical proposal so
that your understanding of the Statement of Work (SOW) may be evaluated. It
must disclose your technical approach in as much detail as possible, including,
but not limited to, the requirements of these instructions. Lengthy proposals
and voluminous appendices are neither needed nor desired as they are difficult
to read and evaluate and may indicate the offeror's inability to concisely
state their proposal.
- Recommended Technical Proposal Format
The offeror's proposal should
present sufficient information to reflect a thorough understanding of the work
requirements and a detailed plan for achieving the objectives of the scope of
work. Technical proposals shall not merely paraphrase the requirements of the
Agency's scope of work or parts thereof, or use of phrases such as "will
comply" or "standard techniques will be employed." The technical proposal must
include a detailed description of the techniques and procedures to be used in
achieving the proposed end results in compliance with the requirements of the
Agency's scope of work.
- Cover Page: The name of the proposing organization, author(s) of the technical proposal,
the RFP number and the title of the RFP should appear on
the cover. The cover page must also include the DUNS and TIN
as well as a point of contact and contact information. One (1) manually
signed original copy of the proposal and the number of copies
specified in the RFP cover letter are required.
- Table of Contents: Provide sufficient detail so that all important elements of the proposal
can be located readily.
- Introduction: This should be a one or
two page summary outlining the proposed work, your
interest in submitting a proposal, and the importance of this
effort in relation to your overall operation.
- Technical Discussion: The offeror shall prepare a technical discussion
which addresses evaluation criteria A, B, C, D, below (including their subcriteria). The
offeror shall further state that no deviations or exceptions to the
Statement of Work (SOW) are taken. he evaluation criteria (described
in more detail in Section M) are as follows:
Technical proposals submitted in response to this RFP shall address each of the items described below, and shall be organized in the same manner and within the page limitations specified. Proposals shall be prepared in double-spaced format, with numbered pages.
A. Technical Approach
- The Offeror shall submit a narrative which clearly
addresses how he or she plans to develop, design, and implement the Statement
of Work within the time constraints of the project.
- The Offeror shall address the technical approach proposed for each of the 5
tasks required by the Statement of Work. The 5 tasks are: 1) undertake administrative and planning
activities; 2) maintain and update private
Web site for CVEs; 3) convene Webinar series, approximately 2-3 per month; 4)
convene 2 in-person meetings per year for roughly 175 persons each; and 5)
convene workgroup on standard public report elements.
- The Offeror shall develop and present an agenda for: 1) a hypothetical Webinar
on "resource use measures and applications for CVEs"; 2) a hypothetical
conference session designed to provide CVEs with CVE networking opportunities;
and 3) a hypothetical conference session to provide technical assistance on
"aligning a specific quality improvement strategy across-organizations, e.g.,
hospitals, within a community."
- The Offeror also shall discuss the technical approach for the 4 unpriced
options identified in the Statement of Work.
- The Offeror shall discuss geographic proximity of its
office (or satellite office) vis a vis the Agency's office.
B. Organizational Qualifications and Experience
It is essential that the Offeror demonstrate the technical ability and subject
matter expertise to design and conduct the various activities identified in the
Statement of Work. Offeror shall describe organizational structure and capabilities that will ensure
project needs are met. Specifically, Offeror shall:
- Demonstrate organization's past experience with Federal contract(s).
- Demonstrate organization's experience in managing
distance learning programs, ie, Webinar and Web site-based learning, large
technical conferences of a similar size and nature, and topic-specific,
C. Management and Staffing Plan
The Offeror shall demonstrate the ability to manage work and personnel resources in a
timely manner to meet this project's needs. Specifically, Offeror shall:
- Address labor skill mix determination, delineation of staff and subcontractor
responsibilities, lines of authority.
- Present a personnel selection justification.
- Demonstrate that no less than 50% of Project Director's time is dedicated to this
- Provide a signed agreement, eg, a letter of commitment, between the Offeror and any
personnel other than current direct employees that includes dates of
employment and specific tasks to be performed.
- Describe system for quality control of work performed including documents to be
produced, and proposed system for management control and contract
- Describe how Offeror would minimize or avoid the following management problems (and
other problems) that may arise:
- Contract staffed by too many people, resulting in silos of information with burden
on Agency to become defacto day-to-day manager of team and resulting in
confusion among CVEs who are being contacted by too many different
- Inappropriate assignment of high-level tasks to junior staff (ie, with little/no
expertise in relevant subject matter) making the task of translating
nuanced comments from CVEs difficult; and,
- Contract team being used to a particular routine such that a change by Agency (eg,
different format for Webinar, etc.) proves difficult to implement.
D. Key Personnel—Project Director
Offeror shall demonstrate, describe or provide the Project Director's:
1. Specific expertise in these two fundamental focus
areas: 1) Data Aggregation and Quality and Efficiency Measurement; and 2)
Public Reporting on Quality and Efficiency.
2. Familiarity with any of the remaining six focus
areas: 1) Collaborative Leadership and Sustainability; 2) Public at-large
Engagement; 3) Provider Incentives for Quality; 4) Consumer Incentives for
Quality; 5) Cross-organizational Capacity for Improving Quality; and 6) Health
3. Experience with and ability to:
1) Manage a distance learning program with Web site and
2) Plan and implement meetings for 150-200 persons
3) Successfully, simultaneously juggle multiple, complex
tasks, without losing site of the big picture or of planning details
4) Maintain flexibility, i.e., to quickly regroup in order
to address emerging collaborative issue or respond to Agency or collaboratives'
5) Identify and access seasoned professionals with extensive
knowledge of evidence base and best practices across the 8 focus areas
6) Review and critique technical documents (including slide
presentations) to ensure they conform to evidence base
7) Summarize essence of technical material such that it is
readily understandable by lay audience
8) Understand research such rigorous findings can be
discerned from less rigorous findings
9) Use a range of communication venues and management
techniques to lead a successful and dynamic Learning Network
10) Evaluate program success on an ongoing basis, and continuously improve.
4. Evidence of qualifications and formal education, which
should include at a minimum relevant graduate-level training, e.g., in field of
medicine and/or public health, and 10 years' experience managing projects of
similar size and nature.
L.11 PAST PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Offerors shall submit the following information
(original and 3 copies) as part of their proposal for both the offeror and
proposed major subcontractors:
- A list of the last five (5) contracts and subcontracts completed (most relevant or most related) during the past three years and all contracts and subcontracts currently in process. Reference
contracts and subcontracts completed during the past three years and include recently completed and ongoing work directly related to the requirements of this acquisition. Contracts listed may include
those entered into by the Federal Government, agencies of State and local
governments and commercial customers. Offerors that are newly formed entities
without prior contracts should list contracts and subcontracts as required for
all key personnel. Include the following information for each contract and
- Name of contracting activity
- Contract number
- Contract type
- Total contract value
- Contract work
- Contracting Officer and telephone number
- Program Manager and telephone number
- Administrative Contracting Officer, if different from item f, and telephone number
- List of major subcontracts
- The offeror should provide information on problems encountered on the contracts and subcontracts identified in (1) above and corrective actions taken to resolve those problems. Offerors should not provide general information on their performance on the identified contracts. General performance information will be obtained from the references.
- The offeror may describe any quality awards or certifications that may indicate the
offeror possesses a high-quality process for developing and producing the
product or service required. Identify what segment of the company (one
division or the entire company) that received the award or certification.
Describe when the award or certification was bestowed. If the award or
certification is over three years old, present evidence that the qualifications
- Each offeror will be evaluated on his/her performance under existing and prior contracts
for similar products or services. Performance information will be used for both
responsibility determinations and as an evaluation factor against which
offeror's relative rankings will be compared to assure best value to the
Government. The Government will focus on information that demonstrates quality
of performance relative to the size and complexity of the procurement under
consideration. References other than those identified by the offeror may be contacted
by the Government with the information received used in the evaluation of the
offeror's past performance.
- The offeror must provide related past performance of the proposed Project
Director. Reference contracts and subcontracts completed during the past
three years and include recently completed and ongoing work directly related
to the requirements of this acquisition.
The attached Past Performance Questionnaire and Performance
Form shall be completed by those organizations listed in (1) above. The evaluation
forms shall be completed and forwarded directly to:
Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Evaluation forms must be received by the date and time listed in order to be included in the review
process. It is the responsibility of the offeror to ensure that these
documents are forwarded to the Contracting Officer.
L.12 SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS PARTICIPATION PLAN:
In accordance with FAR Part 15.304(c)4, the
extent of participation of Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) concerns in
performance of the contract shall be evaluated in unrestricted acquisitions
expected to exceed a total estimated cost of $550,000 ($1,000,000 for
construction) subject to certain limitations (see FAR 19.201 and 19.1202).
A. All offerors, regardless of size, shall submit the following information in original and 2 copies.
A plan on the extent of participation of Small Disadvantaged Business concerns in
performance of the contract. Participation in performance of the contract
includes the work expected to be performed by SDB concern(s). This can include
SDB (as prime contractor), joint ventures, teaming arrangements, and
subcontracts. Include the following information in SDB participation plans:
- The extent of an offeror's commitment to use SDB concerns. Commitment should be as
specific as possible, i.e., are subcontract arrangements already in place,
letters of commitment, etc. Enforceable commitments will be weighted more
heavily than non-enforceable ones.
- Specifically identify the SDB concerns with point of contact and phone number.
- The complexity and variety of the work SDB concerns are to perform.
- Realism for the use of SDB in the proposal.
- Past performance of the Offeror in complying with subcontracting plans for SDB concerns.
- Targets expressed as dollars and percentage of total contract value for each
participating SDB; which will be incorporated into and become part of any
- The extent of participation of SDB concerns in terms of the total acquisition.
B. SDB participation information will be used for both responsibility determinations
and as an evaluation factor against which offeror's relative rankings will be
compared to assure the best value to the Government. The Government will focus
on information that demonstrates realistic commitments to use SDB concerns
relative to the size and complexity of the acquisition under consideration.
The Government is not required to contact all references provided by the
offeror. Also, references other than those identified by the offeror may be
contacted by the Government to obtain additional information that will be used
in the evaluation of the offeror's commitment to SDB participation.
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