Department of Health and Human Services ! EMERGENCY Stockpile Supply Deliveries!

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This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items and services prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The solicitation (2013-N-15755) is being issued as a Request for Proposal (RFP). This solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC), Number 2005-69. The associated North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code is 481212. Size standard is 1,500 employees. THIS IS A FULL AND OPEN COMPETITION. Offerors must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at http://www.sam.gov, in order to be considered for award.

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This combined synopsis solicitation notice is a request for competitive proposals. This requirement is for Air Cargo Transportation Services in the Pacific (see below) in preparation for emergency response (surge tempo) to the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) as described in the Performance Work Statement (PWS) below and may result in award of one or more Fixed Price, Performance Based, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts, multiple awards are planned, see below for details. The term of the resulting IDIQ contract shall be five (5) years from the effective date of the IDIQ contract. A Government review of its requirements and the corresponding discounts for this IDIQ contract will be performed annually. A Government review of performance will be performed annually through CPARS. CPARS is the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System that reports to the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS) which provides timely and relevant information on Contractor performance for use in source selection.
All questions/inquiries must be submitted to the contracting officer via electronic mail (e-mail) not later than 2:00 PM EST on September 19, 2013. Inquiries submitted via telephone will be re-directed to an e-mail submission. Submit offers and/or any questions to the attention of Lawrence McCoy via and Christine Godfrey email to: GWG8@cdc.gov and CNP9@cdc.gov respectively. Questions will be answered by September 24, 2013. Offers are due on October 10, 2013 2:00 PM EST.
Offerors who fail to complete and submit the requirements of this combined synopsis/solicitation may be considered non-responsive. All proposals received prior to the RFP close date will be considered by the CDC. Late proposals will not be accepted.
Delivery location of service is at multiple locations within the Pacific, to include the State of Hawaii, the U.S. territories in the Pacific (American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands) and select international destinations within the Pacific Rim Islands. It does not include the state of Alaska or any of the other U.S. State. Contract financing is NOT provided for this acquisition.
The Offeror will provide pricing for locations in the Pacific to include the United States (U.S) State of Hawaii, the U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands) and to the select international destinations within the Pacific Rim Islands listed in this solicitation. The rates for shipments in the offeror’s rate chart shall be shown as originating from the U.S. territory of Guam with the offeror’s price in U.S. dollars per pound (Lbs.) to include the rate for single and multiple package shipments. The offeror shall provide a rate chart which shall apply to all services listed within this solicitation to include:
1. Delivery times (shall be shown by destination and postal code),
2. Any fraction of a pound more than the weight shown in the offerors rate chart shall be rounded up to the chart next listed whole weight,
3. Palletized Shipments rates will be for Door-to-Door shipments (Door-to-door refers to shipments picked up and delivered to addresses designated by the shipper).
4. Training Drills (Announced or Unannounced “no notice” and Frequency level training exercises per Test Drill Schedule in Solicitation)

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES (PLEASE COMPLETE)

 

Applicable Contract Line Items:

 

ABOLISH THE ACT OF 1871

 

0001 Air Cargo Transportation Services
Transportation services as further described in the Performance Work Statement (PWS) and the successful offeror’s proposals to meet requirements.
Please base pricing on the following time line for notification to deploy these units:
Qty: One (1) *12-Hour Push Packages (PPG)
Qty: One (1) **Federal Medical Station (FMS)
• Notification to offeror no later than 1700Z the day prior to the intended response***.
• Deployment time of SNS would be estimated at mid-morning the following day.
• (Please Separately Price) Rapid movement of SNS assets (listed above) from Guam to American Samoa, and to the Northern Mariana Islands.
*Each SNS 12-hour Push Package consists of: 130 cargo containers, heaviest container 1500lbs, Total Push Package Weight – 50 Tons
**Each FMS requires one (1) MD10 or compatible aircraft: (Number of Triwalls in an FMS: 185, Triwall dimensions: 40x48x45 large triwall; 40x48x30 small triwall. Total weight of an FMS: 46,688lbs) * Quantities are estimates only and are not guarantees of actual required quantities
*** Z = “Zulu” time is known also as “GMT” (Greenwich Mean Time) or the term Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which has been adopted and replaces the term GMT.
Period of performance: 10/21/2013 through 10/20/2018
This is an unfunded fixed price line item. Funding to be provided on subsequent orders issued under an IDIQ contract if awarded.

 

0002 Training Drills
Transportation services as further described in the Performance Work Statement (PWS) and the successful offeror’s proposals to meet requirements.

 

Please base pricing on the following time line for notification to deploy these units:
• Notification to offeror no later than 1700Z the day prior to the intended Drill.
• Deployment time of SNS would be estimated at mid-morning the following day.
• Level C drill consisting of notification, staging an aircraft in preparation for a flight mission to an airfield in the Pacific Rim Islands.
(Please Separately Price by Drill level) Training Drills (Announced or Unannounced “no notice” and Frequency level training exercises per Test Drill Schedule in Solicitation)
Period of performance: 10/21/2013 through 10/20/2018

 

This is an unfunded fixed price line item. Funding to be provided on subsequent orders issued under an IDIQ contract if awarded.

 

FAR Clauses 52.212-1 through 52.212-5 apply to this procurement. For the exact text and wording of clauses and provisions please see http://www.acquisition.gov/far/. The Government contemplates an award of a Firm Fixed Priced IDIQ contract as a result of this solicitation. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provisions applying to this acquisition are as follows:

 

FAR SOURCE TITLE AND DATE
52.204-7
52.212-1
52.212-2
52.212-3
52.212-4 System For Award Management (Jul 2013)
Instructions to Offerors – Commercial Items (Jul 2013)
Evaluation-Commercial Items (Jan 1999)
Offeror Representations and Certifications – Commercial Items (Aug 2013)
Contract Terms and Conditions – Commercial Items (Jul 2013)

 

52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items (Aug 2013)
(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) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Feb 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)).
___Alternate I (Aug 2007) of 52.222-50 (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)).
(2) 52.233-3, Protest After Award (Aug 1996) (31 U.S.C. 3553).
(3) 52.233-4, Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim (Oct 2004) (Pub. L. 108-77, 108-78).
(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.]
_X_ (1) 52.203-6, Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales to the Government (Sept 2006), with Alternate I (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 253g and 10 U.S.C. 2402).
_X_ (2) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Apr 2010) (Pub. L. 110-252, Title VI, Chapter 1 (41 U.S.C. 251 note)).
__ (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 (Aug 2012) (Pub. L. 109-282) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).
__ (5) 52.204-11, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-Reporting Requirements (Jul 2010) (Pub. L. 111-5).
_X_ (6) 52.209-6, Protecting the Government’s Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment. (Dec 2010) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).
__ (7) 52.209-9, Updates of Publicly Available Information Regarding Responsibility Matters (Feb 2012) (41 U.S.C. 2313).
_X_ (8) 52.209-10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations (May 2012) (section 738 of Division C of Pub. L. 112-74, section 740 of Division C of Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Division D of Pub. L. 111-8, and section 745 of Division D of Pub. L. 110-161).
__ (9) 52.219-3, Notice of HUBZone Set-Aside or Sole-Source Award (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657a).
__ (10) 52.219-4, Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns (Jan 2011) (if the offeror elects to waive the preference, it shall so indicate in its offer) (15 U.S.C. 657a).
__ (11) [Reserved]
__ (12)(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).
__ (13)(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.
__ (14) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Jan 2011) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)).
__ (15)(i) 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Jan 2011) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)).
__ (ii) Alternate I (Oct 2001) of 52.219-9.
__ (iii) Alternate II (Oct 2001) of 52.219-9.
__ (iv) Alternate III (Jul 2010) of 52.219-9.
__ (16) 52.219-13, Notice of Set-Aside of Orders (Nov 2011)(15 U.S.C. 644(r)).
__ (17) 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 637(a)(14)).
__ (18) 52.219-16, Liquidated Damages-Subcon-tracting Plan (Jan 1999) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)(F)(i)).
__ (19)(i) 52.219-23, Notice of Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns (Oct 2008) (10 U.S.C. 2323) (if the offeror elects to waive the adjustment, it shall so indicate in its offer).
__ (ii) Alternate I (June 2003) of 52.219-23.
__ (20) 52.219-25, Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program-Disadvantaged Status and Reporting (Dec 2010) (Pub. L. 103-355, section 7102, and 10 U.S.C. 2323).
__ (21) 52.219-26, Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program- Incentive Subcontracting (Oct 2000) (Pub. L. 103-355, section 7102, and 10 U.S.C. 2323).
__ (22) 52.219-27, Notice of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657 f).
_X_ (23) 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation (Apr 2012) (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)).
__ (24) 52.219-29, Notice of Set-Aside for Economiordery Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Concerns (Apr 2012) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)).
__ (25) 52.219-30, Notice of Set-Aside for Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Concerns Eligible Under the WOSB Program (Apr 2012) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)).
_X_ (26) 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003) (E.O. 11755).
__ (27) 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Mar 2012) (E.O. 13126).
_X_ (28) 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Feb 1999).
_X_ (29) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246).
_X_ (30) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Sep 2010)(38 U.S.C. 4212).
_X_ (31) 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (Oct 2010) (29 U.S.C. 793).
_X_ (32) 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (Sep 2010) (38 U.S.C. 4212).
_X_ (33) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496).
_X_ (34) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (Jul 2012). (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)(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.)
__ (36) 52.223-15, Energy Efficiency in Energy-Consuming Products (Dec 2007) (42 U.S.C. 8259b).
__ (37)(i) 52.223-16, IEEE 1680 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products (Dec 2007) (E.O. 13423).
__ (ii) Alternate I (Dec 2007) of 52.223-16.
_X_ (38) 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving (Aug 2011) (E.O. 13513).
__ (39) 52.225-1, Buy American Act-Supplies (Feb 2009) (41 U.S.C. 10a-10d).
__ (40)(i) 52.225-3, Buy American Act-Free Trade Agreements-Israeli Trade Act (Nov 2012) (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 (Mar 2012) of 52.225-3.
__ (iii) Alternate II (Mar 2012) of 52.225-3.
__ (iv) Alternate III (Nov 2012) of 52.225-3.
__ (41) 52.225-5, Trade Agreements (Nov 2012) (19 U.S.C. 2501, et seq., 19 U.S.C. 3301 note).
_X_ (42) 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).
__ (43) 52.226-4, Notice of Disaster or Emergency Area Set-Aside (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150).
__ (44) 52.226-5, Restrictions on Subcontracting Outside Disaster or Emergency Area (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150).
__ (45) 52.232-29, Terms for Financing of Purchases of Commercial Items (Feb 2002) (41 U.S.C. 255(f), 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)).
__ (46) 52.232-30, Installment Payments for Commercial Items (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 255(f), 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)).
_X_ (47) 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Central Contractor Registration (Oct 2003) (31 U.S.C. 3332).
__ (48) 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Other than Central Contractor Registration (May 1999) (31 U.S.C. 3332).
__ (49) 52.232-36, Payment by Third Party (Feb 2010) (31 U.S.C. 3332).
__ (50) 52.239-1, Privacy or Security Safeguards (Aug 1996) (5 U.S.C. 552a).
__ (51)(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) 52.222-41, Service Contract Act of 1965 (Nov 2007) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (2) 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires (May 1989) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (3) 52.222-43, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act-Price Adjustment (Multiple Year and Option Contracts) (Sep 2009) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (4) 52.222-44, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act-Price Adjustment (Sep 2009) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (5) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Act to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment-Requirements (Nov 2007) (41 351, et seq.).
__ (6) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Act to Contracts for Certain Services-Requirements (Feb 2009) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (7) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (Jan 2013) (E.O.13495).
__ (8) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations (Mar 2009) (Pub. L. 110-247).
__ (9) 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 (Apr 2010) (Pub. L. 110-252, Title VI, Chapter 1 (41 U.S.C. 251 note)).
(ii) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Dec 2010) (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 $650,000 ($1.5 million for construction of any public facility), the subcontractor must include 52.219-8 in lower tier subcontracts that offer subcontracting opportunities.
(iii) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (Jan 2013) (E.O. 13495). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (l) of FAR clause 52.222-17.
(iv) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246).
(v) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Sep 2010) (38 U.S.C. 4212).
(vi) 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (Oct 2010) (29 U.S.C. 793).
(vii) 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.
(viii) 52.222-41, Service Contract Act of 1965 (Nov 2007) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
(ix) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Feb 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)).
___Alternate I (Aug 2007) of 52.222-50 (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)).
(x) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Act to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment-Requirements (Nov 2007) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
(xi) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Act to Contracts for Certain Services-Requirements (Feb 2009) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
(xii) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (Jul 2012).
(xiii) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations (Mar 2009) (Pub. L. 110-247). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (e) of FAR clause 52.226-6.
(xiv) 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.
(End of clause)

 

Ordering Procedures:
All orders will be awarded on a Firm-Fixed Price basis using rates proposed in the Section marked “TRANSPORTATION SERVICES” above, less any discounts made available to the government. Based on the number and quality of the proposals received, the government anticipates multiple awards, awarding up to four (4) IDIQ contracts, but at the Government’s discretion, the exact number of awards may vary.
The term of this IDIQ contract shall be five years from the effective date of award. It is estimated that over the five (5) year period the total dollar volume of this IDIQ contract will not exceed a maximum amount $5 million (usd) in aggregate and no single order should exceed $1.5 million, unless agreed to by both parties. The Government shall place an order totaling a minimum of $3,000.00 within the period of the IDIQ contract. The maximum ceiling amount of this IDIQ contract may be increased to accommodate additional needs of the CDC that are within the scope of the IDIQ contract. Additionally, the CDC reserves the right to adjust the maximum values among performance periods and domains if such action is determined to be in compliance with federal law by the agency ordering official.
The Price to the Government for the services provided shall be determined for each order based on the pricing contained within the subsequent IDIQ contract, less any additional discounts that may be proposed on individual orders. A Government review of its requirements and the corresponding discounts for this IDIQ contract will be performed annually.
(a) Individual task orders shall define the task along with delivery or performance time frames and shall establish a firm-fixed price for the task. Individual task orders shall be issued against this IDIQ on a Fixed Price basis.
(b) The award amount of task orders will be based on the identified specific requirements for work to be performed as defined by the Request for Task Order Proposal (RFTP) and presented to the Contractor(s) for technical and cost proposals in response to the requirement. The Contractor(s) receiving this task order shall furnish all services to include necessary equipment, materials and supplies, transportation, security clearance and background investigation verifications, and other items or services necessary to perform the work described in the task, except as specified as Government furnished.
(c) As a minimum, each order will contain the following information: (1) Task Order number; (2) date of order; (3) Performance Work Statements (PWS); (4) list of required deliverables; (5) delivery schedule; (6) place of delivery; (6) evaluation criteria; and (7) signature of an authorizing ordering official. Task orders shall not to exceed the individual Task Order amount on which the award is based, unless a modification is issued by a duly warranted Government Contracting Officer. The Contractor is not authorized to perform beyond the total funding available on any individual task order.
(d) Any order issued during the effective period of this IDIQ and not completed within that period shall be completed by the Contractor within the time specified in the task order. The contract shall govern the Contractor’s and Government’s rights and obligations with respect to the task order to the same extent as if the order were completed during the contract’s effective period; provided, that the Contractor shall not be required to make any deliveries that exceeds twelve (12) months following the end of the period of performance of the contract.
(e) The government, at its discretion, may place orders at or below the micro-purchase threshold with any IDIQ awardee that can meet the agency needs. For orders exceeding the micro-purchase threshold, but not exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold, the government, at its discretion may place orders with the IDIQ awardee that is the most advantageous to the Government that can meet the agency needs. The Government will provide each multiple-award IDIQ awardee a fair opportunity to be considered for each order, unless the Contracting Officer documents the circumstances when restricting consideration to less than all multiple-award IDIQ awardee offering the required services, taking into account (1) Past performance on earlier orders under the contract, including quality, timeliness, speed of delivery, and specific performance requirements (2) Potential impact on other orders placed with the contractor (3) Minimum order requirements.
(f) Orders exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold shall be placed on a competitive basis using price and non price factors, and taking into account (1) Past performance on earlier orders under the contract, including quality, timeliness, speed of delivery, and specific performance requirements (2) Potential impact on other orders placed with the contractor (3) Minimum order requirements; the Government is allowed to accept other than the lowest priced proposal. All awardees shall be afforded an opportunity to respond to the RFP by submitting a proposal; and fairly be considered in the selection procedures unless the requirement is waived on the basis of a justification that is prepared and approved in accordance with the “Fair Opportunity Exceptions:
(1) Exceptions to the fair opportunity process.
(i) The contracting officer shall give every awardee a fair opportunity to be considered for a delivery-order or task-order exceeding $3,000 unless one of the following statutory exceptions applies:
(A) The agency need for the supplies or services is so urgent that providing a fair opportunity would result in unacceptable delays.
(B) Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized.
(C) The order must be issued on a sole-source basis in the interest of economy and efficiency because it is a logical follow-on to an order already issued under the contract, provided that all awardees were given a fair opportunity to be considered for the original order.
(D) It is necessary to place an order to satisfy a minimum guarantee.
(E) For orders exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold, a statute expressly authorizes or requires that the purchase be made from a specified source.
(F) In accordance with section 1331 of Public Law 111-240 (15 U.S.C. 644(r)), contracting officers may, at their discretion, set aside orders for any of the small business concerns identified in FAR 19.000(a)(3). When setting aside orders for small business concerns, the specific small business program eligibility requirements identified in FAR part 19 apply.
(End of clause)
(f) Based on the number and quality of the proposals received, the government anticipates the award of a suite of 3 IDIQs, but the exact number of IDIQs and size categories may vary at the government’s discretion. Pricing to the Government for the services provided will be determined for each task order based on the offeror’s most current commericial prices. These prices may include discounts offered by the Contractor to its most favored customers.
(g) A Government review of its requirements and the corresponding discounts for this IDIQ will be performed annually. By signing this contract, the offeror guarantees to provide uninterrupted services from which to satisfy the Government’s requirement for the performance period of the awarded contract.

 

52.216-19 Order Limitations. (Oct 1995)
(a) Minimum order. When the Government requires supplies or services covered by this contract in an amount of less than $3,000.00, the Government is not obligated to purchase, nor is the Contractor obligated to furnish, those supplies or services under the contract.
(b) Maximum order. The Contractor is not obligated to honor-
(1) Any order for a single item in excess of __$300,000.00___________;
(2) Any order for a combination of items in excess of __$1,500,000.00____________ ; or
(3) A series of orders from the same ordering office within __10___________ days that together order for quantities exceeding the limitation in paragraph (b)(1) or (2) of this section.
(c) If this is a requirements contract (i.e., includes the Requirements clause at subsection 52.216-21 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)), the Government is not required to order a part of any one requirement from the Contractor if that requirement exceeds the maximum-order limitations in paragraph (b) of this section.
(d) Notwithstanding paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, the Contractor shall honor any order exceeding the maximum order limitations in paragraph (b), unless that order (or orders) is returned to the ordering office within 5 days after issuance, with written notice stating the Contractor’s intent not to ship the item (or items) ordered for and the reasons. Upon receiving this notice, the Government may acquire the services from another source.
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52.216-22 Indefinite Quantity (Oct 1995)
(a) This is an indefinite-quantity solicitation for the services specified and effective for the period as specified.
(b) Contract performance shall be made only as authorized by task orders issued in accordance with the Ordering clause. The Contractor shall furnish to the Government, when and if ordered, the services specified up to and including the quantity designated in the Schedule as the “maximum.” The Government shall order at least the quantity of services designated in the Schedule as the “minimum.”
(c) Except for any limitations on quantities in the Order Limitations clause or in the contract, there is no limit on the number of orders that may be issued. The Government may issue orders requiring delivery to multiple destinations or performance at multiple locations.
(d) Any order issued during the effective period of this contract and not completed within that period shall be completed by the Contractor within the time specified in the resultant task orders. The contract shall govern the Contractor’s and Government’s rights and obligations with respect to that order to the same extent as if the order were completed during the contract’s effective period; provided, that the Contractor shall not be required to make any deliveries under this contract after 12 months after the end of the contract.
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52.216-27 Single or Multiple Awards (Oct 1995)
The Government may elect to award a single indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract or to award multiple indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts for the same or similar services to two or more sources under this solicitation.
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52.217-8 Option to Extend Services (Nov 1999)
The Government may require continued performance of any services within the limits and at the rates specified in the contract. These rates may be adjusted only as a result of revisions to prevailing labor rates provided by the Secretary of Labor. The option provision may be exercised more than once, but the total extension of performance hereunder shall not exceed 6 months. The Contracting Officer may exercise the option by written notice to the Contractor within 15 days.
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The HHS Acquisition Regulations (HHSAR) provisions applying to this solicitation are as follows:
352.202-1 Definitions (January 2006)
(a) In accordance with 52.202-1(a)(1), substitute the following as paragraph (a):
‘‘(a) The term ‘‘Secretary” or ‘‘Head of the Agency” (also ordered ‘‘Agency Head”) means the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, or any Assistant Secretary, Administrator or Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services; and the term ‘‘his/her duly authorized representative” means any person, persons, or board authorized to act for the Secretary.”
(b) In accordance with 52.202-1(a)(1), add the following paragraph (h):
‘‘(h) The term ‘‘Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative” means the person who monitors the technical aspects of contract performance. The Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative is not authorized to issue any instructions or directions which cause any increase or decrease in the Statement of Work/Performance Work Statement/Specifications which would result in the increase or decrease in the price of this contract, or changes in the delivery schedule or period of performance of this contract. If applicable, the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative is not authorized to receive or act upon any notification or revised cost estimate provided by the Contractor in accordance with the Limitation of Cost or Limitation of Funds clauses of this contract.”

 

352.203-70 Anti-lobbying (January 2006)
Pursuant to the current HHS annual appropriations act, except for normal and recognized executive-legislative relationships, the Contractor shall not use any HHS contract funds for (i) publicity or propaganda purposes; (ii) the preparation, distribution, or use of any kit, pamphlet, booklet, publication, radio, television or video presentation designed to support or defeat legislation pending before the Congress or any State legislature, except in presentation to the Congress or any State legislature itself; or (iii) payment of salary or expenses of the Contractor, or any agent acting for the Contractor, related to any activity designed to influence legislation or appropriations pending before the Congress or any State legislature.
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352.222-70 Contractor Cooperation in Equal Employment Opportunity Investigations (January 2010)
(a) In addition to complying with the clause in FAR 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity, the Contractor shall, in good faith, cooperate with the Department of Health and Human Services (Agency) in investigations of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints processed pursuant to 29 C.F.R. Part 1614. For purposes of this clause, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Complaint” means a formal or informal complaint that has been lodged with Agency management, Agency EEO officials, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or a court of competent jurisdiction.
(2) “Contractor employee” means all current Contractor employees who work or worked under this contract. The term also includes current employees of subcontractors who work or worked under this contract. In the case of Contractor and subcontractor employees, who worked under this contract, but who are no longer employed by the Contractor or subcontractor, or who have been assigned to another entity within the Contractor’s or subcontractor’s organization, the Contractor shall provide the Agency with that employee’s last known mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number, if that employee has been identified as a witness in an EEO complaint or investigation.
(3) “Good faith cooperation” cited in paragraph (a) includes, but is not limited to, making Contractor employees available for: (i) formal and informal interviews by EEO counselors or other Agency officials processing EEO complaints; (ii) formal or informal interviews by EEO investigators charged with investigating complaints of unlawful discrimination filed by federal employees; (iii) reviewing and signing appropriate affidavits or declarations summarizing statements provided by such Contractor employees during the course of EEO investigations; (iv) producing documents requested by EEO counselors, EEO investigators, Agency employees, or the EEOC in connection with a pending EEO complaint; and (v) preparing for and providing testimony in hearings before the EEOC and U.S. District Court.
(b) The Contractor shall include the provisions of this clause in all subcontract solicitations and subcontracts awarded at any tier under this contract.
(c) Failure on the part of the Contractor or its subcontractors to comply with the terms of this clause may be grounds for the Contracting Officer to terminate this contract for default.
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The CDC Acquisition Clauses and Provisions applying to this solicitation are as follows:

 

CDC37.0001 Non-Personal Services (April 2013)
(a) Personal services shall not be performed under this contract. Although the Government may provide sporadic or occasional instructions within the scope of the contract, the Contractor is responsible for control and supervision of its employees. If the Contractor (including its employees) believes any Government action or communication has been given that would create a personal services relationship between the Government and any Contractor employee, the Contractor shall promptly notify the Contracting Officer of this communication or action.
(b) The contractor shall comply with, and ensure their employees and subcontractors comply with, CDC Policy titled “Identification of Contractors’ Employees and Safeguarding Government Information.” No Contractor employee shall hold him or herself out to be a Government employee, agent, or representative. No Contractor employee shall state orally or in writing at any time that he or she is acting on behalf of the Government. In all communications with third parties in connection with this contract, Contractor employees shall identify themselves as Contractor employees and specify the name of the company for which they work. . The contractor is limited to performing the services identified in the contract statement of work and shall not interpret any communication with anyone as a permissible change in contract scope or as authorization to perform work not described in the contract. All contract changes will be incorporated by a modification signed by the Contracting Officer.
(c) The Contractor shall ensure that all of its employees and subcontractor employees working on this contract are informed of the substance of this clause. The Contractor agrees that this is a non-personal services contract; and that for all the purposes of the contract, the Contractor is not, nor shall it hold itself out to be an agent or partner of, or joint venture with, the Government. The Contractor shall notify its employees that they shall neither supervise nor accept supervision from Government employees. The substance of this clause shall be included in all subcontracts at any tier.
(d) Nothing in this clause shall limit the Government’s rights in any way under any other provision of the contract, including those related to the Government’s right to inspect and accept or reject the services performed under this contract.
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CDC42.0001 Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) Requirements:
In accordance with FAR 42.15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will review and evaluate contract performance. FAR 42.1502 and 42.1503 requires agencies to prepare evaluations of contractor performance and submit them to the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). The CDC utilizes the Department of Defense (DOD) web-based Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) to prepare and report these contractor performance evaluations. All information contained in these assessments may be used by the Government, within the limitations of FAR 42.15, for future source selections in accordance with FAR 15.304 where past performance is an evaluation factor.
The CPARS system requires a contractor representative to be assigned so that the contractor has appropriate input into the performance evaluation process. The CPARS contractor representative will be given access to CPARS and will be given the opportunity to concur or not-concur with performance evaluations before the evaluations are complete. The CPARS contractor representative will also have the opportunity to add comments to performance evaluations.
The assessment is not subject to the Disputes clause of the contract, nor is it subject to appeal beyond the review and comment procedures described in the guides on the CPARS website. Refer to: http://www.cpars.gov for details and additional information related to CPARS, CPARS user access, how contract performance assessments are conducted, and how Contractors participate. Access and training for all persons responsible for the preparation and review of performance assessments is also available at the CPARS website.
The contractor must provide the CDC contracting office with the name, e-mail address, and phone number of their designated CPARS representative who will be responsible for logging into CPARS and reviewing and commenting on performance evaluations. The contractor must maintain a current representative to serve as the contractor representative in CPARS. It is the contractor’s responsibility to notify the CDC contracting office, in writing (letter or email), when their CPARS representative information needs to be changed or updated. Failure to maintain current CPARS contractor representative information will result in the loss of an opportunity to review and comment on performance evaluations.
Provide the current CPARS representative information below.

 

_______________________________________
PRINT OR TYPE NAME

 

_______________________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER
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CDC 42.0002 Evaluation of Contractor Performance Utilizing CPARS (April 2013)
In accordance with FAR 42.15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will review and evaluate contract performance. FAR 42.1502 and 42.1503 requires agencies to prepare evaluations of contractor performance and submit them to the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). The CDC utilizes the Department of Defense (DOD) web-based Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) to prepare and report these contractor performance evaluations. All information contained in these assessments may be used by the Government, within the limitations of FAR 42.15, for future source selections in accordance with FAR 15.304 where past performance is an evaluation factor.
The CPARS system requires a contractor representative to be assigned so that the contractor has appropriate input into the performance evaluation process. The CPARS contractor representative will be given access to CPARS and will be given the opportunity to concur or not-concur with performance evaluations before the evaluations are complete. The CPARS contractor representative will also have the opportunity to add comments to performance evaluations.
The assessment is not subject to the Disputes clause of the contract, nor is it subject to appeal beyond the review and comment procedures described in the guides on the CPARS website. Refer to: http://www.cpars.gov for details and additional information related to CPARS, CPARS user access, how contract performance assessments are conducted, and how Contractors participate. Access and training for all persons responsible for the preparation and review of performance assessments is also available at the CPARS website.
The contractor must provide the CDC contracting office with the name, e-mail address, and phone number of their designated CPARS representative who will be responsible for logging into CPARS and reviewing and commenting on performance evaluations. The contractor must maintain a current representative to serve as the contractor representative in CPARS. It is the contractor’s responsibility to notify the CDC contracting office, in writing (letter or email), when their CPARS representative information needs to be changed or updated. Failure to maintain current CPARS contractor representative information will result in the loss of an opportunity to review and comment on performance evaluations.
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Inquiries
All questions/inquiries must be submitted to the contracting officer via electronic mail (e-mail) not later than 2:00 PM EST on September 19, 2013. Inquiries submitted via telephone will be re-directed to an e-mail submission. Submit offers and/or any questions to the attention of Lawrence McCoy via and Christine Godfrey email to: GWG8@cdc.gov and CNP9@cdc.gov respectively. Questions will be answered by September 24, 2013. Offers are due on October 10, 2013 2:00 PM EST.
You must submit two (2) hard copies (by mail) of your proposal to the Contracting Officer located in Block 5b, Subject: (Company Name) Proposal to RFP# 2013-Q-15699. In addition, you must email one (1) copy of the exact same proposal files to Lawrence McCoy GWG8@cdc.gov and Christine Godfrey CNP9@cdc.gov by the Closing Date in Block 10 on Page 1 of the RFP. The electronic files must be compatible with MS Office 2003 and Adobe 8.0.
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FAR 52.233-2 Service of Protest (Sep 2006)
(a) 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 Government Accountability Office (GAO), shall be served on the Contracting Officer (addressed as follows) by obtaining written and dated acknowledgment of receipt from:
Procurement and Grants Office (PGO)
ATTN: Christine N. Godfrey
Acquisition and Assistance Branch 2
University Office Park, Colgate Building
2920 Brandywine Road, Atlanta, GA 30341

 

(b) The copy of any protest shall be received in the office designated above within one day of filing a protest with the GAO.
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Offerors must submit representations and certifications in accordance with the provision at FAR 52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Item. (Accessible at the FAR Site, http://www.acquisition.gov/far/)
The Government intends to evaluate offers and reserves the right to award an IDIQ contract without discussions. Therefore, the initial offer should contain the offeror’s best terms from a technical and price standpoint. Submit the following documents in response to this RFP in two separate documents (Volume 1-Technical Proposal and Volume 2-Business Proposal) accordance to the attached proposal instructions:
a. Proposal Cover Page (Appendix A)
b. Technical Capability Proposal (Instructions at Appendix B)
c. Business (Price) Proposal (Instructions Appendix C)

 

Length of Technical Proposal
The technical proposal should succinctly address the requirements alone and shall not exceed 30 pages in length (single spaced in a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman). Appendixes including Performance Work Statement, staffs CV’s, cover pages, tables of contents, and lists of figures and diagrams do not count against the maximum length of 30 pages.
Prospective offerors shall include a proposed performance work statement (PWS) in response to the Performance Work Statement (PWS) in a technical proposal that describes how the services will be provided to meet the government’s transportation services requirements.

 

Proposals must include: proposing company’s name, address and phone; point of contact’s name, phone, and email; proposal date; proposal number; total price; identify any discounts; how long the proposal is valid (minimum of 60 days). Proposal price shall be FOB DESTINATION. Proposals must identify payment terms (Net 30 or better). Offerors must submit one (1) original and (2) copies in paper media along with one (1) electronic version (CD-ROM in MS Word or Adobe PDF Format) of your proposal to:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Procurement and Grants Office (PGO)
2920 Brandywine Rd., K-69
Atlanta, GA 30341-5539
Attn: Lawrence R. McCoy
GWG8@CDC.GOV
Solicitation No. 2013-N-15650

 

(1) The solicitation, proposals and modifications to proposals shall be submitted 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.
(2) The first page of the proposal must show –
(i) The solicitation number;
(ii) The name, address, and telephone and electronic address;
(iii) A 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;
(iv) Names, 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; and
(v) Name, 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.
(d) Offerors are requested to submit proposals, to the maximum extent possible, on high grade white paper which can be recycled.
(e) Facsimile proposals are not authorized for this solicitation.
(g) The Government will evaluate proposals in accordance with the evaluation criteria set forth in the Evaluation Factors for Award.
The Government intends to award firm fixed price (FFP) IDIQ contract(s) for non-personal services resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror(s) whose proposal is the best value to the Government. The Government intends to award without discussions and the Government reserves the right not to make an award at all. By submitting a proposal, the offeror acknowledges the requirement that potential awardees must be registered in the sam.gov prior to award. All non-price factors when combined (i.e., technical capability and past performance) are significantly more important than price.
The government technical evaluation team shall evaluate the technical proposals at the subfactor level listed in the criteria below on an acceptable/unacceptable basis, assigning ratings of Acceptable or Unacceptable as defined below. An overall factor-level rating will not be assigned. Proposals with “Unacceptable” technical rating(s) at the subfactor level will not be considered for award.
The proposal shall be evaluated against the following relative weight of importance:

 

Criteria
A. Understanding of the Project 30
B. Management and Staffing Plan 20
C. Relevant Experience Evaluation 20
D. Corporate Capabilities 30
100

A. Understanding of the Project

 

The Government will evaluate the quality of the offeror’s understanding of the needs and purpose of the project, as demonstrated through knowledge and understanding of CDC, and the mission of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), to include the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS). The proposal shall demonstrate that the offeror’s plan to accomplish the effort is clear, feasible and practical, including recognition of potential difficulties in performance and appropriateness and soundness of proposed solutions.

 

B. Management and Staffing Plan

 

The purpose of the management plan is to describe the offeror’s approach in detail to the performance management of its employees in improving organizational effectiveness in the accomplishment of agency mission and goals. The offeror shall present a general plan for organizing and managing tasks included in the proposal. The plan shall indicate roles and responsibilities of named staff and their assignments to complete the scope of work. If any support is needed to complete the scope of work by subcontractors, this should be described. The offeror shall present a clear and concise plan for staffing, organizing and managing tasks included in the proposal. The plan shall indicate roles and responsibilities of named staff and their assignments to complete the scope of work. Offerors are to describe their past, relevant experience in providing support to a Government agency. This criterion will be evaluated according to the soundness, practicality, and feasibility of the offeror’s staffing plans, management plans, and experience for this criteria.

 

C. Relevant Experience Evaluation

 

The offeror will provide a clear and concise summary of the organizations relevant capacity, capabilities, and experience in providing material disposal services for pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals.

 

This criterion will be evaluated according to the organization’s evidence of timely, relevant and substantive successful experience in the following focus areas: (1) Knowledge of pharmaceutical re-distribution, and (2) Past success in maximizing the percentage of return item value back to the government.

 

The offeror s proposal should include information on previous work (e.g., contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, etc.) involving substantively similar work. The information should include: (1) location and nature of the work (contract/cooperative agreement number, etc.); (2) project start and end dates (end date is not required if project is ongoing); (3) monetary value of the contract or cooperative agreement; (4) names, titles, and phone numbers of customers to be consulted as references; (5) where previous work for CDC or other federal agencies Centers/Institutes/Offices is cited, the offeror should identify the sponsor (including the names of the Project and Contracting Officers, and their contact information).

 

At a minimum, the summary shall discuss organizational systems (i.e., quality control, costs, costs control, timeliness) relevant to the tasks required for this project within the past three years. The Offeror should also provide evidence of corporate commitment to quality control.

 

D. Corporate Capabilities

 

The contractor shall provide a clear and concise summary of your organization’s capacity, capabilities, and experience to successfully execute the requirements of the RFP as outlined in the PWS. If any support is needed to complete the scope of work by subcontractors, this should be described. This criterion will be evaluated according to the demonstrated corporate capability as presented in the offeror’s proposal for providing the services required for this criterion.

 

Past Performance
Offerors are to describe their past, relevant experience in providing support to a Government. At a minimum, the summary shall discuss organizational systems (i.e., quality control, costs, costs control, timeliness) relevant to the tasks required for this project within the past three years. The Offeror should also provide evidence of corporate commitment to quality control.
The offeror’s proposal should include information on previous work (e.g., contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, etc.) involving substantively similar work. The information should include: (1) location and nature of the work (contract/cooperative agreement number, etc.); (2) project start and end dates (end date is not required if project is ongoing); (3) monetary value of the contract or cooperative agreement; (4) names, titles, and phone numbers of customers to be consulted as references; (5) where previous work for CDC or other federal agencies Centers/Institutes/Offices is cited, the offeror should identify the sponsor (including the names of the Project and Contracting Officers, and their contact information).

 

Business Proposal Evaluation

 

The Offeror’s written business proposal will be evaluated to ensure compliance with business proposal submission requirements and to determine that the price is fair and reasonable. The Government reserves the right to reject any proposal that includes any assumption or condition that adversely impacts the Government s requirements, or does not provide sufficient documentation to properly support the basis of its proposed pricing.

 

Evaluation of Pricing. The government will consider making awards to offerors whose proposals are evaluated as technically acceptable or technically outstanding, and proposed unit prices are the lowest, plus proposed prices that are the most advantageous to the government.

 

Other Administrative Data
1) Your proposal must stipulate that it is predicated upon all the terms and conditions of this RFP. In addition, it must contain a statement to the effect that it is firm for a period of at least 90 days from the date of receipt by the Government;
2) List name and telephone number of person to contact regarding your proposed accounting system;
3) Your proposal must list any current commitments with the Government relating to the work or services and indicate whether these commitments will or will not interfere with the completion of work and services as contemplated under this proposal;
4) Your proposal must identify any former HHS employee to be utilized on this project by providing the individual’s name when employed by HHS, where employed, and the capacity in which employed;
5) Your proposal must indicate whether you have the necessary financial capacity, working capital, and other resources to perform the contract without assistance from any outside source. (If not, indicate the amount required and the anticipated source.).
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Non-Disclosure Agreements
NOTE: Due to the nature and security of the customer and program Pursuant to Presidential Decision Directives 39 and 62 and Sections 311 and 319 of the Public Health Service Act, the Contractor is required to have all employees sign a non-disclosure agreement and agree to not disclose any details related to storage locations, locations flown, trips completed, or any information related to Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS). Should the Contractor be contacted about this procurement, the Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer immediately.

 

Incurring Costs
This solicitation does not commit the Government to pay any cost for the preparation and submission of a proposal. In addition, the Contracting Officer is the only individual who can legally commit the Government to the expenditure of public funds in connection with the proposed acquisition.
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DEFINITIONS:
For the purposes of this requirement the term “United States” is defined as the 50 United States (U.S.) and five (5) U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands). This requirement is for rapid air cargo (freight) transportation service for the movement of DSNS assets in the Pacific, specifically to the (U.S.) State of Hawaii, the U.S. territories located in the Pacific (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands), as well as select international destinations within the Pacific Rim Islands. This requirement also necessitates ancillary Training Drills designed to address potential impacts on emergency preparedness and surge capability to rapidly expand beyond normal services levels to meet the increased demand in the event of large-scale disasters or public health emergencies. Rapid is defined as within 12 Hours to Hawaii, and to the U.S. territories in the Pacific (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands), as soon as possible, but within 72 hours from the time of notification to transport DSNS assets to Pacific Rim Islands. Offerors shall specify if their definition if defined differently, such as (1) Domestic: The continental United States (contiguous 48 (lower 48) states) or if (2) locations outside of the contiguous 48 (lower 48) states are classified as international destinations to include: Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.Virgin Islands.
Pacific Rim Islands

Australia
Brunei
Cambodia
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Ecuador
El Salvador
Fiji
Guatemala
Honduras
Indonesia
Japan
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Mexico
Micronesia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nicaragua
North Korea
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Russia
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Korea
Taiwan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Vietnam

 

Emergencies
An emergency is defined as unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that warrants immediate action. These events could consist of a variety of incidents, such as an urgent need for assistance or relief, a declared state of emergency after a natural disaster, terrorist attacks or biological/chemical/nuclear attacks.
Drill Activation
Defined as a response drill used to test and measure Contractor’s capabilities to respond in an event. Drill Activations shall consist of Level A, B, and C. Drill Activations will be conducted as “no notice” exercises. In order to test the efficiency of the service the SNS will conduct an annual no notice exercise that will require the Contractor to transport a 12 hour Push Package to a designated location in accordance with the TASK.

 

12-Hour Push Packages (PPG) and Managed Inventory
The SNS Program is committed to have 12-hour Push Packages delivered anywhere in the U.S. or its territories within 12 hours of a federal decision to deploy. The 12-hour Push Packages have been configured to be immediately loaded onto either trucks or commercial cargo aircraft for the most rapid transportation. Once federal and state authorities agree that SNS assets are needed, transportation arrangements will be made to deliver the 12-Hour Push Packages to any state in the continental United States (lower 48) within 12 hours of the decision to deploy in accordance with the requirements as for “Rapid Movement of Supplies”. All states have plans in place to receive SNS supplies and distribute them as quickly as possible to local jurisdictions, which then dispense them to their communities.
Each Push Package (PPG) contains a broad spectrum of medical assets. If the incident requires additional or different supplies, they can be delivered within 24 to 36 hours from SNS’s managed inventory. Each SNS 12-hour Push Package consists of:
•130 cargo containers
•Heaviest container 1500lbs
•Total Push Package Weight – 50 Tons
Push Packages are warehoused in a dozen, classified, non-descript facilities under 24-hour, armed protection. Geographically situated to allow rapid delivery anywhere in the Continental U.S., material will deploy by unmarked trucks and/or airplanes within 12 hours of the receipt of the request by CDC. The 12-Hour Push Package contains controlled substances such as morphine. Transfer and storage of these substances are subject to the DEA-Title 21 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. These substances must be stored in a locked location until transferred. The U.S. Marshal Service provides armed security from these federal sites to local destinations.

 

CHEMPACKS
CHEMPACKs are containers of nerve-agent antidotes placed in secure locations at state and local levels to facilitate rapid response to an incident. More than 92% of the U.S. population is within a one-hour buffer of these supplies. Containers are located in more than 1300 sites in all states and the District of Columbia.
CHEMPACK container dimensions are 60.5″ long x 32.5″ wide x 60.5″ high. Containers weigh 500 to 700 pounds). Storage of CHEMPACK containers in a climate-controlled environment that maintains room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius). Humidity must be maintained below 60% to prevent visible mold growth.

 

Federal Medical Stations (FMS)
These modular and rapidly deployable medical stations provide a platform for the care of displaced persons who have non-acute health related needs that cannot be met in a shelter for the general population during an incident. The stations are stocked with beds and supplies to care for up to 250 patients for up to three days. Each FMS requires the following:
FMS Transportation Requirements
(3) 53ft tractor / trailers (non temperature)
(1) 20ft or 24ft truck reefer /temperature unit
FMS Equipment
Number of Triwalls in an FMS: 185
Triwall dimensions: 40x48x45 large triwall; 40x48x30 small triwall
Total weight of an FMS: 46,688lbs

 

Rapid Movement
Rapid Movement of Supplies involves a specific delivery commitment with pickup and delivery available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, deployed from nearest SNS site within 12 Hours to Hawaii, and to the U.S. territories in the Pacific (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands), as soon as possible but within 72 hours from the time of notification to transport SNS assets to Pacific Rim Islands. The expected delivery time and day, shall be provided at time of booking.
Surge Capability
Surge Capacity is the ability to rapidly mobilize to meet an increased demand, to rapidly expand beyond normal services levels to meet the increased demand in the event of large-scale disasters or public health emergencies.
Surge Capacity
Contractor shall be able to provide support within 8-hours of notification from the Government to deploy SNS assets to multiple locations simultaneously. The contractor must meet all the requirements stated in this performance work statement for rapid support services. Surge support may include other support for events such as State Response Exercises, State of the Union, Super Bowl. Presidential Inauguration, DNC/RNC National conventions, and Olympics taking place in the U.S.
Training Drills
Training Drills are emergency preparedness exercises designed to address potential impacts on emergency preparedness which may make emergency planning difficult on such issues as pre-positioning and deployment of resources. The government will conduct training with any of the offerors to ensure that the movement of DSNS assets in the event of large-scale disasters or public health emergencies. Training Drills are defined in levels:
Level Definitions with schedule:
A. Level A – Phone notification:
Level A consists of phone notification between DSNS and Contractor’s dispatch in order to validate contact numbers.
Frequency – unlimited, minimum of one per quarter
End of Exercise (Endex) occurs once successful phone notification has been accomplished and documented in both parties written records.
B. Level B – Stage:
Level B consists of phone notification between DSNS and Contractor’s dispatch, notification of pilots and preparation of aircraft.
Frequency – maximum of 4 per year, minimum of 2 per year
Endex occurs just prior to aircraft deployment at Contractor’s staging airfield.
C. Level C – Launch:
Level C consists of notification, staging and launching an aircraft for a flight mission to an airfield anywhere in the USA or select international destinations.
Frequency – minimum of 1 per year
Endex occurs when the aircraft completes mission (either with or without DSNS assets or other DSNS designated equipment).
Air Cargo Transportation Performance Work Statement (PWS)
Description
The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) must be prepared to support any conceivable local, national or worldwide emergency event involving urgent need for DSNS asset assistance or relief. As a result, the DSNS requires contractors with the capability to provide rapid air freight (cargo) movement to transport DSNS assets to multiple locations within the Pacific, to include the State of Hawaii, the U.S. territories in the Pacific (American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands) and select international destinations within the Pacific Rim Islands. Air Cargo Transportation Support will include express same day, next day, two day, and three day delivery of extremely urgent palletized loads, custom critical delivery through freight transportations services, refrigerated delivery, heavyweight shipments, and other specialized services,. Pursuant to Presidential Decision Directives 39 and 62 and Sections 311 and 319 of the Public Health Service Act, SNS storage locations are sensitive and shall not be disclosed.

 

 

 

Background

 

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is the Nation’s repository for DSNS assets such as: medical supplies, drugs, vaccines and other related equipment, hereafter stated as “supplies”. The SNS exists to re-supply state and local emergency medical responders in disaster events, especially biological or chemical terrorism. The SNS is stored at multiple locations to ensure rapid delivery to areas in need. During an event in which it has been determined that emergency supplies are needed, the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) will initiate the emergency procedures, initiate rapid movement of supplies and alert the Contracting Office (or its representative) to notify the contractor of such, as described in this section.

 

Scope
As directed by individual task orders, the Contractor shall pick up and deliver all necessary DSNS assets provided by the Government from an SNS warehouse, repackage facility, or pharmaceutical vendor, as appropriate for state and local emergency medical response and routine resupply as a result of disaster events, especially biological or chemical terrorism. The Contractor shall furnish the necessary personnel, materials, services, and otherwise do all activities necessary for or incidental to the performance of the work, except as specified as Government furnished to the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) in the following areas:
• AIR CARGO SERVICES
• TRAINING DRILL ACTIVATION
• SURGE CAPACITY

 

Support Requirements
(a) Air Cargo Transportation will provide the DSNS with support to any conceivable local, national or worldwide emergency event through the use of custom critical delivery freight transportations services, refrigerated delivery, heavyweight shipments, and other specialized services.
(b) When an event of such magnitude of urgency that the deployment of DSNS assets is immediately required; air assets will be engaged. This contract allows for the use of exclusive consideration for priority access to Air Cargo Services. These services include priority consideration for access to dedicated aircraft, pilots, flight crew or crews, ground support, loading personnel, and any other auxiliary personnel supplies deemed necessary to move components of the Strategic National Stockpile 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to the State of Hawaii, the U.S. territories in the Pacific (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands) and select international destinations within the Pacific Rim Islands. It does not include the state of Alaska or any of the other U.S. State.
(c) In the event of a national emergency involving bioterrorism or a natural pandemic, the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) must have the capability to supplement and re-supply local health authorities that may be overwhelmed by the crisis, with response time as little as 12 hours.The SNS is stored at multiple locations to ensure rapid delivery to areas in need. In the event in which it has been determined these emergency supplies are needed, the DSNS will notify the contractor and initiate rapid movement of supplies. In support of this effort, the SNS has prepared Push Packages that contain medical / pharmaceutical supplies. In addition to these push packages, other medical supplies may be required to be loaded and delivered. The SNS has positioned these Push Packages and other medical supplies at various locations around the United States, including and its five (5) territories. In the event of an emergency occurrence in which the SNS determines supplies are needed, the SNS will contact the Contractor and disclose the pre-positioned SNS sites to which it requires pick-up and movement of DSNS assets.
(d) The contractor, as an independent organization, and not as an agent of the U.S. Government, shall furnish dedicated aircraft, as well as all necessary personnel, facilities, equipment, materials, and supplies. The volumetric weight limitations of the aircraft shall be sufficient to transport a single 50 ton / 130 container, Push Package or palletized freight.
(e) The contractor shall ensure all shipments are ready for transportation; deployed from nearest SNS site within 12 Hours to the State of Hawaii, the U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands) and as soon as possible from the time of notification, but within 72 hours or less to the select international destinations within the Pacific Rim Islands listed in this solicitation. The DSNS will provide all containerized, palletized or loose freight for contractor transportation.
(f) The contractor shall provide all flight crews and provide aircraft maintenance limited to the opening and closing of belly and Cargo doors, hookup and disconnect of aircraft ground support equipment (GSE), headset communication with the flight crew during engine start, pushback, and tow, aircraft fueling and equipment and labor to perform normal routine maintenance. The contractor shall notify the COR promptly when flight changes or cancellations are pending.
(g) Any load / unload charges contained in the total price includes only normal manpower and equipment for such services but excludes special expense items such as Cargo skidding, shoring, protective covering, Cargo build up and breakdown and special handling equipment such as cranes, heavy duty forklifts (10,000 pounds and over), horizontal jibs, flatbed trucks, etc. Any such expense items shall be furnished by the offeror.
(h) The contractor shall be responsible for loading the aircraft. All equipment including, but not limited to, Unit Load Devices and Cargo nets and straps, shall be provided by the contractor, and shall at all times remain contractor’s property. All equipment, including but not limited to, containers, pallets, Cargo nets and straps provided by contractor to the SNS shall be returned to contractor at the destination airport. In the event that time constraints prevent the SNS from returning all equipment outlined above at the destination airport, the SNS agrees to return said equipment at a mutually agreed upon gateway within 72 hours of arrival at the destination airport.
(i) The contractor shall not accept any shipment that might, in the contractor’s opinion, endanger the safety of a flight or which might cause damage to other Cargo or equipment. The contractor has the right, but not the obligation, to inspect all shipments.
(j) The contractor will allow, without additional charge, a maximum of two (2) hours layover at point of origin and destination and two (2) hours at scheduled traffic stops for loading and unloading, customs clearance and similar matters, without additional charge. Layover costs incurred solely at the fault or discretion of the contractor shall be to the account of the contractor.
(k) It is recommended that the contractor be an approved Department of Defense (DOD) Domestic Air Tender Transportation Service Provider with the Air Mobility Command (AMC). This will ensure the contractor has cleared all federal regulatory requirements to transport federal Cargo.
(l) The contractor must provide for the movement of containerized, palletized or loose freight, subject to the volumetric weight limitations of the aircraft. The aircraft type(s), the number of each type of aircraft, and routing(s) shall be at the sole discretion of the contractor.
(m) The contractor shall establish a pre-negotiated rate in U.S.Dollar ($) per block hour for each aircraft used for SNS requirements. [Block hours are the industry standard measure of aircraft utilization and are defined as the time from the moment the aircraft door closes at departure of a revenue flight until the moment the aircraft door opens at the arrival gate following its landing]. All factors that affect pricing will be considered by the Contractor when establishing the rate i.e. the size of the aircraft. The pre negotiated rate will be the expected rate for payment that shall not be exceeded.
(n) The contractor shall be ready to receive and transport a SNS Push Package to final delivery designation within 12 hours or less of SNS notification.
(o) The contractor shall be responsible for all required loading that may be required onto the aircraft
(p) The contractor shall notify the SNS within one (1) hour of any accident or incident involving the aircraft or Cargo that results in loss or damage to the aircraft, Cargo, or property resulting in the injury or death of any person.
(q) The contractor will provide the SNS with a single point of contact and alternate point of contact to correspond with as required. The contractor shall provide services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with the capability to meet the requirement. A 24-hour emergency operations number must be provided and will be periodically tested by the SNS.
(r) The contractor shall have the capacity to deliver containerized freight within the DSNS12 hour mandate.
(s) In order to test the efficiency of the service the SNS will conduct an annual no notice exercise that will require the contractor to transport equipment to designated location in accordance with the terms of this contract.

 

Hazardous Materials
There are no hazardous materials associated with shipments under this TASK. The SNS will certify to Contractor that the shipment to be embarked on its carrier does not contain hazardous materials subject to regulation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), or the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49.

 

Pricing/Fuel Economic Price Adjustment
In order to protect the contractor and the government from significant market fluctuations in the price of fuel, an adjustment will be made based on actual costs incurred. Adjustments will be made as indicated below. The calculated fuel costs shall be at the market prices. Economic price adjustment (EPA) is limited to changes in the contractor’s cost for fuel only.
(a) Aviation fuel price calculations can be determined using the NavAir or IATA index and price data which shows the global average price paid at the refinery for aviation jet fuel on Friday of each week (http://www.iata.org/publications/economics/fuel-monitor/Pages/index.aspx). During contract periods, including renewals, flight hourly rates will be adjusted to reflect increases and decreases in the prices of aviation fuel as permitted by this TASK.
(b) Solely for the purpose of this economic price adjustment clause, the price of aviation gasoline is established at $7.47 per gallon for the first contract period. This unit price is the average price in Atlanta, Georgia for 100LLAvgas using the statistical report at http://www.airnav.com on July 31, 2013.
(c) A variation in the amount using the index in paragraph (2) above may be the basis for adjusting the contract price in Section B. The adjustment to the fuel portion of the flight rate will be determined by variation amount multiplied by the fuel consumption rate. An adjustment to the fixed flight rate will be made on or about January 16 of each contract period and a subsequent adjustment will be made on or about July 16 of each contract period; provided the variation in the index price is 10 cents (tiny_mce_marker.10) a gallon or more from the index price used in the preceding adjustment. At any time during the contract performance when the index price makes dramatic changes in excess of fifteen cents (tiny_mce_marker.15) per gallon since the preceding adjustment, additional adjustments beyond the semi-annual adjustment dates may be made when requested by the Contractor or the Government; however, each party may request no more than two additional adjustments in any calendar year. Any adjustment to the hourly rate will be rounded to the nearest 1/10 of a dollar.

 

Specialized Services and/or Equipment
The DSNS will specifically request any specialized services and/or equipment prior to the tender of the shipment to the contractor /carrier. The carrier shall not be responsible to provide special and/or extra equipment or perform accessorial services if not specifically requested to do so prior to the tender of the shipment.

 

Carriers, Containers, Pallets, Skids
When shipments from the DSNS are tendered to carrier and transported in or on shipping carriers, containers, pallets, platforms, racks, reels or skids, they constitute an integral part of the shipment, and are to be returned to and receipted for by the DSNS.

 

Computation of Mileage
Mileage shall be computed from point of origin to point of destination by the shortest timed route and the distance from or to the next more distant point which specifies the route to be traveled by the transport vehicle. The mileage to be used shall be the mileage via the route specified in the Asset Movement Report (AMR).
When shipments require re-routing due to any local, state and/or federal requirements (i.e. tunnels, bridges, hazardous routes, etc.), charges shall be assessed at the total applicable mileage incurred, including any en-route corrections necessary for legal compliance and/or safe carrier operation for transportation of hazardous shipments, over-dimensional shipments, or any other shipments requiring specialized considerations. In computing mileage, fraction of a mile shall be considered as one mile.

 

Computation of Time
Where rates are based on hours, time shall be computed from the time the vehicle arrives at the designation specified in the Asset Movement Report (AMR) until it is released by the COR.

 

Loss or Damage
Loss or damage as defined in 49 U.S.C.14706 (Carmack), regardless of whether transport is interstate or intrastate, and limited to the lesser of the cost to replace, actual value, released value or declared value in accordance with the offeror’s published cargo liability limits per shipment.

 

Unusual Events
The contractor shall have no liability for damage, loss, delay or any other failure to perform services under or to which it is unusual or unreasonable to operate vehicles, including but not limited to:
• Conditions of roads, streets, driveways, alleys or Inadequate loading or unloading facilities.
• Force Majeure events such as Riots, acts of God, the public enemy, acts of terrorism, the authority of law (including customs inspections), the existence of violence or such possible disturbances as tending to create reasonable apprehension of danger to persons or property, industry disruptions, fires, strikes or labor disputes (including those of third parties). The contractor shall specify clearly those service requirements that are not considered normal transportation or unreasonable to operate vehicles transportation-related events.

 

Period of Performance
This contract will be funded by Task Orders beginning on October 21, 2013 and extending through October 20, 2018.

 

Anticipated Mission Types
Anticipated Transportation Mission Types and Quantity are as follows:

 

Rapid Movement
(a) The DSNS performs time sensitive (expedited) shipments extremely urgent (expedited) palletized deliveries used to respond to potential public health threats, including hurricanes, food borne disease outbreaks. A full range of services, including surface, air, secure, hand-carry, (white glove) or air freight charter may be required. The pickup and deliveries air expedited shipments are scheduled and based on time constraints (see Anticipated Mission Types) from the nearest SNS site.
(b) Rapid responses to actual public health threats, including food borne disease outbreaks, hurricanes and other disaster events, especially biological or chemical terrorism occur upon receiving a Federal deployment order through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Operations Center (EOC). To accomplish this task, DSNS assets to be furnished under this contract are ordered by issuance of previously awarded task orders. Task orders under this contract may be placed by the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) at any time within the specified task order period of performance; after a task order is awarded by a warranted Contracting Officer. The task order shall not to exceed the contract award amount.
(a) During an event that has been determined as an emergency for which SNS assets have been requested, the designated DSNS staff (COR) will notify the Contracting Officer of the situation (exercise or emergency). The Contracting Officer will confer with the COR to ensure compliance with contractual matters such as task order funding, contractor selection, etc. DSNS staff will then quickly decide the the most expedient method to deliver SNS assets from various identified storage sites to the affected area. Upon decision, the CO will place a verbal task order to the contractor(s) to initiate rapid movement of SNS assets. Notification to the designated carrier(s) will be made upon receipt of an official federal deployment order through CDC. Once the carrier has been notified, ground transportation will begin at the designated pickup facility within two (2) hours. Once ground (surface) pickup is made DSNS warehouse facilities and transported to the nearest airport for air transport, surface service will resume upon arrival at the destination, the shipment will continue by ground to be delivered immediately to the designated SNS location. If the there is a need involving or indicating a transfer of freight from one carrier type to another during travel or shipment (interline carrier), then the contractor must identify the interline carrier relationships to the DSNS.
(c) The government requires that the carrier(s) provide sufficient personnel to receive calls from designated DSNS representatives to dispatch transportation in support of real-world contingency operations on the carrier/contractor’s behalf at any time within 24 hours per day/365 days per year. The government must be provided a 24-hour emergency operations contact number for incidents or responses that require little to no advance notice.

 

Surge Capability
(a) The DSNS must have the capability to move assets 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to anywhere in the USA or select international destinations to respond effectively to mitigate events and provide the ability to manage patients requiring unusual or very specialized medical evaluation and care. The DSNS has contracted for numerous medical and pharmaceutical supplies to be delivered in the event of such emergencies, which could consist of a variety of incidents. The SNS has pre-positioned pharmaceutical caches throughout the continental United States in order to service the nation.
(b) The time requirements that apply for the Surge Movement of DSNS assets are classified as urgent (statim (stat)), and are required immediately (as soon as possible (ASAP)). The Contractor shall be able to provide support within 8-hours of notification from the Government to deploy SNS assets. The time perimeters for “Rapid Movement” (12hrs within the USA and 72 hrs. for select international destinations ) serve as the maximum time acceptable to a surge response to multiple locations simultaneously. The government may require that the carrier(s) in the event of a national emergency or crisis is able to deploy SNS assets to multiple locations simultaneously to an airfield anywhere in the USA or select international destinations. Once ground pickup is made from manufacturers or from DSNS warehouse facilities and transported to the nearest airport for air transport, ground service will resume upon arrival at the destination, the shipment will continue by ground to be delivered immediately to the designated DSNS location.
(c) Task orders will be issued for surge mission flight hours. Funding will be obligated on the task orders. The contracting officer reserves the right to unilaterally add funds for additional flight hours either for the primary and/or surge aircraft at any time during performance.
(d) The government must be provided a 24-hour emergency operations contact number for incidents or responses that require little to no advance notice. The contractor must provide sufficient personnel to receive calls from designated DSNS representatives to dispatch vehicles in support of real-world contingency operations 24 hours per day/365 days per year.

 

Training Drills
(a) The government must be provided a 24-hour emergency operations contact number for incidents or responses that require little to no advance notice. The contractor must provide sufficient personnel to receive calls from designated DSNS representatives to dispatch vehicles in support of real-world contingency operations 24 hours per day/365 days per year.
(b) The SNS Program is committed to have 12-hour Push Packages delivered anywhere in the U.S. or its territories within 12 hours of a federal decision to deploy. Based on the exercise scenario, training drills may be for any of the Mission Types for the movement of DSNS assets.
(c) The offeror shall perform drills on request of the PGO/DSNS. The PGO/DSNS reserves the right to conduct unannounced drill exercises per Test Drill Schedule below to determine and test response operations, processes, and functions. The offeror shall demonstrate capabilities during the response exercises. Within 7 calendar days after each PGO/DSNS directed exercise, the DSNS, through the PGO contracting office, will provide the Contractor a written report identifying any deficiencies or recommendations. Upon the Contractor’s receipt of the PGO/DSNS written report, the offeror shall within 7 calendar days provide the PGO contracting office documentation regarding detailed corrective actions to be taken along with a projected timeline for completion.