36C10X20Q0203 – Sources Sought – 6640–BioStorage Bot with Biosafety Cabinet

Aug 13, 2020 | Sources Sought

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
BioStorage Bot with Biosafety Cabinet (VA-20-00086825)
Request for Information (RFI)

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ONLY (as defined in FAR 15.201(e)), this is not a solicitation. Solicitations are not available at this time. Requests for a solicitation will not receive a response. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received, provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted, or respond to any questions or comments that may be submitted in response to this RFI. This notice does not constitute a commitment by the United States Government and does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. Responders are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI.

The purpose of this RFI is to seek information regarding the attached Draft Performance Work Statement (SOW) and to determine the acquisition strategy and vehicles. Further, the Government is interested in determining whether Small Businesses are interested and capable of performing the work. Please identify of your firm s socio-economic status. If you are a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) or Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), provide a statement indicating whether you are currently verified in the Contractor Information Pages (VIP).

The Government requests that contractors respond to the specific questions provided in this RFI. Responses should demonstrate capability, not just confirm capabilities.

The agency does not intend to award a contract but rather gather information, capabilities and market information pertinent for acquisition planning. The responses to this RFI will be captured as market research and may contribute to the development of an acquisition strategy. Information provided may be used to assess tradeoffs and alternatives available for the potential requirement and may lead to the development of a solicitation. All submissions become Government property and will not be returned. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate


CONFIDENTIALITY: No classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s).

Response Format/Page Limitations:

The overall total page limit for responses to this RFI is 10 pages. Response submissions should be submitted in Microsoft Word format with Times New Roman font, 12 pt. size. Interested parties should limit marketing material in order to allow sufficient space for adequately, directly, and substantively responding with the information of most interest to the Government.

In all correspondence relevant to this RFI, include RFI Response 36C10X20Q0203 | BioStorage Bot with Biosafety Cabinet

Any firm responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed. Respondents are requested to limit responses to the information, and in the format provided below.


Brief description of your company. At a minimum, please include the following:

Name of company
Email address
Phone number
Company s business size and DUNS number
Number of employees
Average Annual Revenue from contracts (3 years)
Current Contracts:
Number of contracts performing similar services
Average value of the contracts
Value of the largest contract
Average level of effort in the contracts (in hours)
Total level of effort in the largest contract (in hours)


Rationale: Responses will be reviewed to determine the contractor s capability to successfully conduct a project of a similar size, scope, approach, focus, complexity. The contractor shall provide information that demonstrates the value the contractor contributed by performing services with similar outcomes as described in the attached PWS.

Describe any recent (within the past 5 years) and relevant (similar scope) experience as a contractor (specify prime or sub), where you have supported similar support services. Indicate contract values, number of employees, labor categories, and labor hours expended in completing the contract tasks. Provide customer name POC info and contract number.

Describe your capability of performing the tasks outlined in the SOW

Summary of credentials/professional experience relative to similar requirements. Contracts/orders listed may include those entered into with the Federal Government, agencies of state and local governments and commercial concerns (private sector).

Recommendations to improve or clarify the Draft SOW what information can/should be added to the SOW to facilitate the development of a quality Statement of Work (SOW)? What information should be clarified within the Draft SOW?

Are you (contractor) currently a GSA Federal Supply Schedule holder for services within scope of this requirement? If so, what is the contract number?

Is there any other VA accessible contract ordering vehicle other than GSA FSS that you are a contract holder of and believe this work is within scope of If so, what is the contract number and program?

What Government stated operating constraints or technical requirements limit you (the contractor) from developing a unique and innovative technical solution (SOW)?

Could services be performed on-site or off-site and what mix of labor would be most cost effective?

What labor categories would you estimate to be required to execute these tasks What labor categories are recommended as Key Personnel. Are you able to provide an estimated level of effort to execute these tasks?

Any information that may benefit the Government to refine the Draft SOW.

Recommendations on the appropriate NAICS code for this requirement.

Submission Instructions: Responses to this RFI shall be submitted to David Rupert, Contracting Officer via email (David.Rupert@va.gov) no later than August 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST. The subject line of the email shall read RFI Response 36C10X20Q0203 | BioStorage Bot with Biosafety Cabinet

See attached document: SOW Biostorage Draft

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