36C10B20Q0596 – Sources Sought – D305–Palantir Gotham SaaS (Software as a Service) (VA-20-00091051)

Sep 2, 2020 | Sources Sought

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Request for Information
Brand Name or Equal Palantir Business Intelligence Tool

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI), ONLY, issued in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 15.201(e), for the purpose of conducting market research. Accordingly, this RFI constitutes neither a Request for Proposal (RFP) nor a promise to issue a RFP in the future, and it does not commit the Government to contract for any supply or service described herein. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not, at this time, seeking proposals and therefore, will not accept, review or evaluate unsolicited proposals received in response hereto. Please be advised that the U.S. Government will not reimburse Respondents for any costs incurred in the preparation and/or submission of responses to this RFI; all costs associated with responding to this RFI will solely be at the Respondent s expense. Companies are encouraged to respond if they have the capability and/or capacity to provide the items identified below. Not responding to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future RFP, if issued. Any information submitted by respondents to this RFI is strictly voluntary; however, any information received shall become the property of the Government and will not be returned to the Respondent. Interested parties are responsible for adequately and clearly marking proprietary, restricted, or competition sensitive information contained in their response.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a requirement to continue Palantir Gotham cloud-based Software as a Service or select an equivalent cloud-based Software as a Service license that is compatible to utilize data already compiled for a VA Data Integration and Analytics Platform.

The VA, Office of Enterprise Integration, has a need to continue services of the brand name Palantir Software as a Service (SaaS) subscription for use by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI) to track and analyze COVID-19 epidemic areas and make timely decisions with insight into VHA patient journey and care, supply chain capacity, hospital inventory, social service and benefits utilization, population health, community care, and lab diagnostics. This subscription will also provide a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software solution for an extension of enterprise data integration, data analytics, and business intelligence across all VA services and products to inform VA s response and improve the Veterans Journeys and outcomes.

The Palantir SaaS data integration and analytic platform is the only known solution that shall enable VA to securely integrate near real-time updating data of any format, including patient-level health record information, hospital capacity data, supply chain data for critical medical supplies and medical equipment, diagnostic testing data, Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 tracking data, Veterans population data, VA health care enrollee data, and business, financial and budget data associated with the development, production, and delivery of products and services. Additionally, the single integrated platform will be able to capture, curate, integrate, store, search, share, transfer, perform deconfliction, analyze, and visualize large amounts of disparate structured and unstructured data from a wide variety of internal and external sources. Finally, the single integrated platform will support architectural interoperability with other modern data and analytics capabilities meaning ease of import and export of data, meta-data and administrative data, and code transformations within the VA data and analytics ecosystem.

With the data integrated, the SaaS platform enable users to make comparisons of analytic capabilities and system sustainment costs as well as exchange insights and decisions securely within VA and externally with state, local, Federal, and private stakeholders via a suite of collaborative tools.
If another proposed solution can complete these tasks as described within this Request, please provide a capability statement describing the solution and how it meets VA needs. A solution that can integrate with the Palantir Solution obtained to incorporate the data already analyzed
The proposed SaaS data integration and analytic platform shall enable VA to securely integrate near real-time updating data of any type, including:

Patient-level health record information
Hospital capacity data
Supply chain data for critical medical supplies and medical equipment
Diagnostic testing data
Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 tracking data
Veterans population data
VA health care enrollee data

Also, to optimize the deployment of Government resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and to better serve Veterans with significantly greater efficiency using data-driven decisions, the proposed SaaS solution must meet all the following Government requirements:

A data agnostic platform to capture, curate, integrate, store, search, share, transfer, perform deconfliction, analyze, and visualize large amounts of disparate structured and unstructured data.
A COTS software solution deployable on day one that can be configured within days for immediate use by VA analysts.
Software functionality that is flexible, adaptable and provides high rates of speed to capability. This allows VA to build data visualizations, workflows and micro-services quickly, using an iterative concept to design to deployment cycle.
The ability to maintain data origin and reproducibility of all integrated data sources. Every resource (e.g., dataset, analysis, report) must retain its origin and metadata that can be traced back to the exact version of all upstream code and data dependencies.
A dynamic data model, object-based search/discoverability, and analysis workflows, allowing easy definition of objects, properties and links that propagate from a source table, and provide natural ways to move between tabular and object-oriented interfaces and data analysis.
Intuitive and highly configurable user interfaces that can be effectively utilized by data scientists, analysts, executives, customer service representatives, logistics specialists, and contract specialists, among others.
Collaboration capabilities enabling teams comprising of technical and less technical roles to work seamlessly and concurrently on the same data and merge analytical paths in one place.
The ability to scale flexibly with increasing users, data, and pipeline complexity.
The ability to audit access of all data and analytical resources.
Proven granular security controls with the ability for data owners to easily control all downstream uses of the originating data, and the ability to conform to VA security policies.
Has proven interoperability with VA’s current Information Technology strategic model highlighting future investments in APIs and plugin points that allow the system to keep up with the changing needs of VA and support both third-party software and other analytic applications. VA also requires the ability to independently develop new configurations, plugins, integrations, and extensions to meet new and unforeseen needs and interface with external systems.

Additionally, if your company sells products on a Federal Supply schedule, please indicate which schedule, your contract number and business size designation.

Submissions are due NO LATER THAN September 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. and may be made by emailing a response to: William.Freer@va.gov. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION. Do not submit a proposal or quote.

Contracting Office Address:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Acquisition Operations
Technology Acquisition Center
23 Christopher Way
Eatontown, New Jersey 07724

Primary Point of Contact:
William Freer
Contract Specialist
Email: William.Freer@va.gov

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