On behalf of the Lexington VA Medical Center, Network Contracting Office (NCO) 9 is issuing this sources sought (SS) as a means of conducting market research to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support this requirement for a firm-fixed-priced contract for 98 brand name or equal to Zebra Bluetooth Wireless DS8100HC Scanners (See number 12 below for salient characteristics that the proposed product must be equal to). The result of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement. The applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to this procurement is 334118, Computer Terminal and Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing.

THERE IS NO SOLICITATION AT THIS TIME. This request for capability information does not constitute a request for bids, proposals, or quotes; submission of any information in response to this market survey is purely voluntary; and the government assumes no financial responsibility for any costs incurred.

If your organization has the potential capacity to perform/provide these services / supplies, please provide the following information:

Organization name, address, point of contact, email address, web site address, Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code, Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number, and telephone number.

Business size under NAICS 334118 with a size standard of 1,000 employees: (i.e. small, small disadvantaged, woman-owned, Hub Zone, serviced-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), veteran owned small business (VOSB), or large business).

Tailored capability statements addressing the particulars of this effort, with appropriate documentation supporting claims of organizational, and staff capability.

Please provide the following information as an attachment to your response:

Identify any other companies owned (wholly or in-part) by the owners of this business who provide goods or services under the same or a related NAICS codes.

Identify any other companies owned (wholly or in-part) by the owners of this business who provide goods or services that are registered under the same or a related NAICS code with the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE); Provide the certification type (SDVOSB/VOSB), Federal Identification Number, and state of incorporation for each.

Do you plan on responding to a solicitation for this requirement with a Joint Venture utilizing multiple owned companies as majority or non-majority owner?

Yes ___No ___ If yes, please identify which companies are considering a Joint Venture and the ownership of each company.

How many employees work for your company?

Is your company primarily engaged in the retail or wholesale trade and normally sells the item being supplied?

Does your company take ownership or possession of the item(s) with your personnel, equipment or facilities in a manner consistent with industry practice?

If your company is an authorized distributor of the product(s), please provide a letter from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) stating that.

Is the product(s) predominantly made of iron/steel?

If the product(s) is predominantly made of iron/steel, is 95% or greater of the product made wholly or predominantly of iron or steel from the United States of America?

What country is the product manufactured?

Response to this SS shall not exceed 10 pages and should include all the foremost mentioned information. In addition, all submissions should be provided electronically in a Microsoft Word or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

The government will evaluate market information to ascertain potential market capacity to:

Provide services / supplies consistent in scope and scale with those described in this notice and otherwise anticipated. Secure and apply the full range of corporate financial, human capital, and technical resources required to successfully perform similar requirements.

Implement a successful plan that includes: compliance with program schedules; cost containment; meeting and tracking performance.

Provide services / supplies under a firm-fixed-price contract.

NOTE: Respondent claiming SDVOSB and VOSB status shall be registered and Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) verified in VetBiz Registry www.vetbiz.gov.

Based on the responses to this SS/market research, this requirement may be set-aside for SDVOSBs, VOSBs, small businesses, procured through full and open competition, or sole sourced.

Submission Instructions: Interested parties who consider themselves qualified to perform the services are invited to submit a response to this SS by 1200 CT, September 13, 2021. All responses under this SS must be emailed to Stephen.Clabough@va.gov. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted or acknowledged, and no feedback or evaluations will be provided to companies regarding their submissions.

SAM: Interested parties shall be register in the System for Award Management (SAM) as prescribed in FAR Clause 52.232-33. SAM information can be obtained by accessing the internet at www.sam.gov or by calling 1-866-606-8220.

Disclaimer and Important Notes. This notice does not obligate the government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response to this SS. The government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed to allow the government to determine the organization s qualifications to perform the work. Respondents are advised that the government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. After a review of the responses received, a pre-solicitation synopsis and solicitation may be published in Federal Business Opportunities (FBO). However, responses to this notice shall not be considered adequate responses to a solicitation.

Confidentiality. No proprietary, 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).

Salient Characteristics:

2D barcode scanner.
Include at least the scanner and charging base.
Charging base must have USB connection.
Integral battery.
Battery duration of 10+ hours.
Battery charge time of four to six hours.
Wireless, Bluetooth.
FIPS 140 compliant.
Scanners must be capable of scanning 2d barcodes.
Scanners must be compatible and function with Censitrac Asset Tracking software.
Lightweight, <12 grams.
Capable of withstanding multiple drops from five to six feet.