36C77620Q0159 – Combined Synopsis/Solicitation – R699–VA All Employee Survey (AES)

Aug 15, 2020 | SDVOSB Set-Asides

COMBINED SYNOPSIS/SOLICITATION FOR COMMERCIAL ITEMS

General Information

Document Type:
Project Title:
Combined Solicitation/Synopsis
All Employee Survey (AES)
Solicitation Number:
36C77620Q0159
Posted Date:
August 14th, 2020
Original Response Date:
August 28th, 2020
Current Response Date:
August 28th, 2020
Product or Service Code:
R699
Set Aside (SDVOSB/VOSB):
SDVOSB
NAICS Code:
518210

Contracting Office Address

Program Contracting Activity Central
6150 Oaktree Blvd, Suite 300
Independence OH 44131
DESCRIPTION
This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 12.6, Streamlined Procedures for Evaluation and Solicitation for Commercial Items, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested, and a written solicitation document will not be issued. This combined synopsis/solicitation is a SDVOSB set-aside.

This solicitation is a request for quotes (RFQ). The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2020-06 effective May 06, 2020.

The associated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this procurement is 518210, with a small business size standard of $35 million.

The Veteran s Health Administration s (VHA) is issuing this combined synopsis for the provision of services to support the administration of the VA All Employee Survey (AES) to include:

Administration of survey instrument via three (3) modalities (web, phone, and paper).
Data collection for all three (3) modalities. Data shall be able to be captured at various levels.
Development of a quick counts links that can capture response rates (in real time) down to the workgroup level.

All interested companies shall provide quotations for the following:
BASE YEAR
September 30, 2020 thru September 29, 2021 (estimated)
Task/Deliverable
Description
Qty
Unit
Unit Price

Total Price
6.1.1.a
Work group Code

1
EA

6.1.1.b
Occupation Code

1
EA

6.1.1.c
Demographics including required branching

1
EA

6.1.1.d
Organization structure
1
EA

6.1.1.e
Instructions and Definitions with hyperlinks to defined terms.
1
EA

6.1.1.f
Free Text Question
1
EA

6.1.2.1
Consultation and advice on the effective use of survey systems and services offered.
40
EA

6.1.2.2
Help Desk
1
EA

6.1.2.3a
Web based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3b
Phone based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3c
Paper Survey
1
EA

6.1.2.4
Provide all survey modalities for acceptance testing: 3 administration modes (web, phone, paper)
1
EA

6.1.2.5
VA requests that services include real time response rate updates for web-based submissions, that IVR be updated daily, and that paper surveys be processed at least once weekly
2
EA

6.1.2.5.a
Automatic e-mail system
1
EA

6.1.2.6
Final AES data file
1
EA

6.1.2.7

Live AES data file
52
EA

6.1.2.8
Toll free help desk
1
EA

6.1.3
All Employee Survey
1

EA

6.1.4.1a
Survey URL and IVR phone #
2
EA

6.1.4.1b

Project Support
1
EA

6.1.4.1c

Privacy statement
1
EA

6.1.4.1d

Distribution of paper surveys
1
EA

6.1.4.2
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.4.3
Time Stamps

6.1.5.1a
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1b
IVR setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1c
Paper survey setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1d
Response rate update web sites
2
EA

6.1.5.1e
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
1
EA

6.1.5.1f
Paper surveys printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.2a
Web Data Collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2b
IVR data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2c
Paper data collection and scanning
1
EA

6.1.5.2d
Merge responses into 1 data file
1
EA

6.1.5.2e
Secure response rate links
1
EA

6.1.5.2f
Automatic response rate e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.2g
Data validation
Flag blank and duplicate responses
1
EA

6.1.5.3a
Secured web and IVR setup
2
EA

6.1.5.3b
Paper survey setup
1
EA

6.1.5.3c
Response rate websites
2
EA

6.1.5.3d
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
3
EA

6.1.5.3e
Paper survey printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.4a
Module set up
20
EA

6.1.5.4b
Web set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4c
IVR set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4d
Paper set up and data collection costs
1
EA

6.1.5.4e
Merge data into 1 file
1
EA

6.1.5.4f
Response rate websites
1
EA

6.1.5.4g
Automatic e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.4h
Data validation
1
EA

6.2.1
Monthly Report
12
EA

OPTION YEAR 1

OPTION YEAR 1 OF 4
September 30, 2021 thru September 29, 2022 (estimated)
Task/Deliverable
Description
Qty
Unit
UNIT PRICE

TOTAL PRICE
6.1.1.a
Work group Code

1
EA

6.1.1.b
Occupation Code

1
EA

6.1.1.c
Demographics including required branching

1
EA

6.1.1.d
Organization structure
1
EA

6.1.1.e
Instructions and Definitions with hyperlinks to defined terms.
1
EA

6.1.1.f
Free Text Question
1
EA

6.1.2.1
Consultation and advice on the effective use of survey systems and services offered.
40
EA

6.1.2.2
Help Desk
1
EA

6.1.2.3a
Web based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3b
Phone based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3c
Paper Survey
1
EA

6.1.2.4
Provide all survey modalities for acceptance testing
1
EA

6.1.2.5
VA requests that services include real time response rate updates for web-based submissions, that IVR be updated daily, and that paper surveys be processed at least once weekly.
2
EA

6.1.2.5.a
Automatic e-mail system
1
EA

6.1.2.6
Final AES data file
1
EA

6.1.2.7

Live AES data file
52
EA

6.1.2.8
Toll free help desk
1
EA

6.1.3
All Employee Survey
1

EA

6.1.4.1a
Survey URL and IVR phone #
2
EA

6.1.4.1b

Project Support
1
EA

6.1.4.1c

Privacy statement
1
EA

6.1.4.1d

Distribution of paper surveys
1
EA

6.1.4.2
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.4.3
Time Stamps

6.1.5.1a
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1b
IVR setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1c
Paper survey setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1d
Response rate update web sites
2
EA

6.1.5.1e
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
1
EA

6.1.5.1f
Paper surveys printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.2a
Web Data Collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2b
IVR data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2c
Paper data collection and scanning
1
EA

6.1.5.2d
Merge responses into 1 data file
1
EA

6.1.5.2e
Secure response rate links
1
EA

6.1.5.2f
Automatic response rate e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.2g
Data validation
Flag blank and duplicate responses
1
EA

6.1.5.3a
Secured web and IVR setup
2
EA

6.1.5.3b
Paper survey setup
1
EA

6.1.5.3c
Response rate websites
2
EA

6.1.5.3d
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
3
EA

6.1.5.3e
Paper survey printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.4a
Module set up
20
EA

6.1.5.4b
Web set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4c
IVR set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4d
Paper set up and data collection costs
1
EA

6.1.5.4e
Merge data into 1 file
1
EA

6.1.5.4f
Response rate websites
1
EA

6.1.5.4g
Automatic e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.4h
Data validation
1
EA

6.2.1
Monthly Report

12
EA

OPTION YEAR 2

OPTION YEAR 2 OF 4
September 30, 2022 thru September 29, 2023 (estimated)
Task/Deliverable
Description
Qty
Unit
UNIT PRICE

TOTAL PRICE
6.1.1.a
Work group Code

1
EA

6.1.1.b
Occupation Code

1
EA

6.1.1.c
Demographics including required branching

1
EA

6.1.1.d
Organization structure
1
EA

6.1.1.e
Instructions and Definitions with hyperlinks to defined terms.
1
EA

6.1.1.f
Free Text Question
1
EA

6.1.2.1
Consultation and advice on the effective use of survey systems and services offered.
40
EA

6.1.2.2
Help Desk
1
EA

6.1.2.3a
Web based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3b
Phone based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3c
Paper Survey
1
EA

6.1.2.4
Provide all survey modalities for acceptance testing
1
EA

6.1.2.5
VA requests that services include real time response rate updates for web-based submissions, that IVR be updated daily, and that paper surveys be processed at least once weekly.
2
EA

6.1.2.5.a
Automatic e-mail system
1
EA

6.1.2.6
Final AES data file
1
EA

6.1.2.7

Live AES data file
52
EA

6.1.2.8
Toll free help desk
1
EA

6.1.3
All Employee Survey
1

EA

6.1.4.1a
Survey URL and IVR phone #
2
EA

6.1.4.1b

Project Support
1
EA

6.1.4.1c

Privacy statement
1
EA

6.1.4.1d

Distribution of paper surveys
1
EA

6.1.4.2
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.4.3
Time Stamps

6.1.5.1a
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1b
IVR setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1c
Paper survey setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1d
Response rate update web sites
2
EA

6.1.5.1e
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
1
EA

6.1.5.1f
Paper surveys printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.2a
Web Data Collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2b
IVR data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2c
Paper data collection and scanning
1
EA

6.1.5.2d
Merge responses into 1 data file
1
EA

6.1.5.2e
Secure response rate links
1
EA

6.1.5.2f
Automatic response rate e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.2g
Data validation
Flag blank and duplicate responses
1
EA

6.1.5.3a
Secured web and IVR setup
2
EA

6.1.5.3b
Paper survey setup
1
EA

6.1.5.3c
Response rate websites
2
EA

6.1.5.3d
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
3
EA

6.1.5.3e
Paper survey printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.4a
Module set up
20
EA

6.1.5.4b
Web set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4c
IVR set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4d
Paper set up and data collection costs
1
EA

6.1.5.4e
Merge data into 1 file
1
EA

6.1.5.4f
Response rate websites
1
EA

6.1.5.4g
Automatic e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.4h
Data validation
1
EA

6.2.1
Monthly Report

12
EA

OPTION YEAR 3

OPTION YEAR 3 OF 4
September 30, 2023 thru September 29, 2024
Task/Deliverable
Description
Qty
Unit
UNIT PRICE

TOTAL PRICE
6.1.1.a
Work group Code

1
EA

6.1.1.b
Occupation Code

1
EA

6.1.1.c
Demographics including required branching

1
EA

6.1.1.d
Organization structure
1
EA

6.1.1.e
Instructions and Definitions with hyperlinks to defined terms.
1
EA

6.1.1.f
Free Text Question
1
EA

6.1.2.1
Consultation and advice on the effective use of survey systems and services offered.
40
EA

6.1.2.2
Help Desk
1
EA

6.1.2.3a
Web based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3b
Phone based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3c
Paper Survey
1
EA

6.1.2.4
Provide all survey modalities for acceptance testing
1
EA

6.1.2.5
VA requests that services include real time response rate updates for web-based submissions, that IVR be updated daily, and that paper surveys be processed at least once weekly.
2
EA

6.1.2.5.a
Automatic e-mail system
1
EA

6.1.2.6
Final AES data file
1
EA

6.1.2.7

Live AES data file
52
EA

6.1.2.8
Toll free help desk
1
EA

6.1.3
All Employee Survey
1

EA

6.1.4.1a
Survey URL and IVR phone #
2
EA

6.1.4.1b

Project Support
1
EA

6.1.4.1c

Privacy statement
1
EA

6.1.4.1d

Distribution of paper surveys
1
EA

6.1.4.2
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.4.3
Time Stamps

6.1.5.1a
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1b
IVR setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1c
Paper survey setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1d
Response rate update web sites
2
EA

6.1.5.1e
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
1
EA

6.1.5.1f
Paper surveys printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.2a
Web Data Collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2b
IVR data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2c
Paper data collection and scanning
1
EA

6.1.5.2d
Merge responses into 1 data file
1
EA

6.1.5.2e
Secure response rate links
1
EA

6.1.5.2f
Automatic response rate e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.2g
Data validation
Flag blank and duplicate responses
1
EA

6.1.5.3a
Secured web and IVR setup
2
EA

6.1.5.3b
Paper survey setup
1
EA

6.1.5.3c
Response rate websites
2
EA

6.1.5.3d
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
3
EA

6.1.5.3e
Paper survey printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.4a
Module set up
20
EA

6.1.5.4b
Web set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4c
IVR set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4d
Paper set up and data collection costs
1
EA

6.1.5.4e
Merge data into 1 file
1
EA

6.1.5.4f
Response rate websites
1
EA

6.1.5.4g
Automatic e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.4h
Data validation
1
EA

6.2.1
Monthly Report

12
EA

OPTION YEAR 4

OPTION YEAR 4 OF 4
September 30, 2023 thru September 29, 2024 (estimated)
Task/Deliverable
Description
Qty
Unit
Unit Price

Total Price
6.1.1.a
Work group Code

1
EA

6.1.1.b
Occupation Code

1
EA

6.1.1.c
Demographics including required branching

1
EA

6.1.1.d
Organization structure
1
EA

6.1.1.e
Instructions and Definitions with hyperlinks to defined terms.
1
EA

6.1.1.f
Free Text Question
1
EA

6.1.2.1
Consultation and advice on the effective use of survey systems and services offered.
40
EA

6.1.2.2
Help Desk
1
EA

6.1.2.3a
Web based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3b
Phone based survey
1
EA

6.1.2.3c
Paper Survey
1
EA

6.1.2.4
Provide all survey modalities for acceptance testing
1
EA

6.1.2.5
VA requests that services include real time response rate updates for web-based submissions, that IVR be updated daily, and that paper surveys be processed at least once weekly.
2
EA

6.1.2.5.a
Automatic e-mail system
1
EA

6.1.2.6
Final AES data file
1
EA

6.1.2.7

Live AES data file
52
EA

6.1.2.8
Toll free help desk
1
EA

6.1.3
All Employee Survey
1
EA

6.1.4.1a
Survey URL and IVR phone #
2
EA

6.1.4.1b

Project Support
1
EA

6.1.4.1c

Privacy statement
1
EA

6.1.4.1d

Distribution of paper surveys
1
EA

6.1.4.2
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.4.3
Time Stamps

6.1.5.1a
Secured web setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1b
IVR setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1c
Paper survey setup for survey instrument
1
EA

6.1.5.1d
Response rate update web sites
2
EA

6.1.5.1e
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
1
EA

6.1.5.1f
Paper surveys printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.2a
Web Data Collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2b
IVR data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.2c
Paper data collection and scanning
1
EA

6.1.5.2d
Merge responses into 1 data file
1
EA

6.1.5.2e
Secure response rate links
1
EA

6.1.5.2f
Automatic response rate e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.2g
Data validation
Flag blank and duplicate responses
1
EA

6.1.5.3a
Secured web and IVR setup
2
EA

6.1.5.3b
Paper survey setup
1
EA

6.1.5.3c
Response rate websites
2
EA

6.1.5.3d
VA review and test run of all processes and data reports
3
EA

6.1.5.3e
Paper survey printing
4,000
EA

6.1.5.4a
Module set up
20
EA

6.1.5.4b
Web set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4c
IVR set up and data collection
1
EA

6.1.5.4d
Paper set up and data collection costs
1
EA

6.1.5.4e
Merge data into 1 file
1
EA

6.1.5.4f
Response rate websites
1
EA

6.1.5.4g
Automatic e-mails
1
EA

6.1.5.4h
Data validation
1
EA

6.2.1
Monthly Report

12
EA

In addition, FAR 52.217-8, Option to Extend Services applies to this solicitation. As such, evaluation of options under FAR 52.217-8 will also include using the prices offered for the last option period to determine the price for an additional 6-month option period in the event an extension is issued under FAR 52.217-8.

Evaluation of options will not obligate the Government to exercise the option(s).

SERVICES
Please see attached Performance Work Statement (PWS).

The period of performance (PoP) shall be one (1) year, with four (4) twelve (12) month option periods.
PERFORMANCE DETAILS
The Contractor shall perform the tasks and complete the associated deliverables under this contract by the scheduled due dates within the overall period of performance. If the Contractor cannot deliver those deliverables specified by this task order by the required due date, then the Contractor shall provide a written explanation to the Contracting Officer (CO). This written transmittal shall include the reasons for the delay; when the Contractor knew or should have known a delay would incur; due diligence taken to mitigate the problems, the impact on the overall project; and a firm commitment of when the work is to be completed. The Contracting Officer (CO) will then review the facts and issue a response in accordance with applicable regulations.

COMPARATIVE EVALUATION/BASIS FOR AWARD
The Government will evaluate quotations using the comparative evaluation process outlined in FAR 13.106-2 (b) (3), where quotations will be compared to one another to determine which provides the best benefit to the Government. The Government reserves the right to consider a quotation other than the lowest price that provides additional benefit(s). Quotations may exceed minimum requirements of the solicitation. The Government reserves the right to select a quotation that provides benefit to the Government that exceeds the minimum requirements of the solicitation but is not required to do so. Each response must meet the minimum requirements of the solicitation. The Government is not requesting or accepting alternate quotations. The evaluation will consider the following:
Technical or Quality: The quotation will be evaluated to the extent to which it can meet and/or exceed the Government s requirements as outlined in the solicitation and based on the information requested in the instructions to quoters section of the solicitation.
Past Performance: The past performance evaluation will assess the relative risks associated with a quoter s likelihood of success in fulfilling the solicitation s requirements as indicated by the quoter s record of past performance. The past performance evaluation may be based on the contracting officer s knowledge of and previous experience with the supply or service being acquired; Customer surveys, and past performance questionnaire replies; Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) at http://www.cpars.gov/; or any other reasonable basis.
Price: The Government will evaluate the price by adding the total of all line item prices, including all options The Total Evaluated Price will be that sum.
Options. The Government will evaluate quotations for award purposes by adding the total price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. This includes options under FAR 52.217-8, Option to Extend Services, which applies to this solicitation. Evaluation of options under FAR 52.217-8 will be accomplished by adding six months of the quoter’s price for the last potential period of performance under this contract to the quoter’s total price.  For example, if the contract includes option periods that are exercisable under FAR 52.217-9, the quoter’s total price for the purpose of evaluation will include the base period, all option periods, and an additional six months of the last option period. Quoters must price only the base and option periods specified in the contract line item numbers (CLINs), and shall not submit a price for the potential six-month extension of services under FAR 52.217-8. The Government reserves the right to exercise the option under FAR 52.217-8 before the end of any of the contractor’s performance periods and will be exercised at the price and/or rates in effect at the time the clause is exercised. Evaluation of options shall not obligate the Government to exercise the option(s).

Contractors may submit more than one quote; however, contractors are strongly encouraged to submit their best technical solutions and prices in response to this request for quote.

Once the Government determines there is/are a contractor(s) that can provide a service that meet(s) the requirements of this request for quote, the Government requirements of this request for quote, the Government reserves the right to communicate with only those contractors quoting the best-suited services to address any remaining issues. The Government will evaluate quotes for award purposes by adding the total price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement.

The Government reserves the right to select a response that provides benefit to the Government that exceeds the minimum. The Government is not required to select a response that exceeds the minimum. Responses may exceed requirements. Each response must at a minimum meet the solicitation requirement statement.

To receive an award the offeror must be registered/active with no exclusions in System for Award Management (SAM) database which can be accessed at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM at submission of quote. SAM will be checked to verify the quoter s status before evaluations are conducted.

This solicitation is a SDVOSB set-aside.

QUOTE SUBMISSION
QUOTING CONTRACTORS PREPARATION COSTS: The Contracting Officer is the only individual legally authorized to commit the Government to the expenditure of public funds in connection with this procurement. The RFQ does not commit the Government to pay any costs for the preparation and submission of an offer in response to this RFQ.

Communications regarding this RFQ: The due date for communications and questions concerning the RFQ is August 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM EST. Any communications or questions shall be submitted electronically to Sharif Shabaz Ra-El via email at sharif.ra-el@va.gov.

As soon as an Offeror is aware of any problems or ambiguities in interpreting the specifications, terms or conditions, instructions or evaluation criteria of this solicitation, the Contracting Specialist shall be immediately notified. When submitting questions and comments, please refer to the specific text of the RFQ in the following format:

Subject: RFQ No. 36C77620Q0159

Pertinent questions will be answered in the form of an amendment and provided to all Offerors. It is the responsibility of the Offeror to locate the amendment.

DUE DATE AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR RFQ: Contractors must complete and return all information prior to the time specified to be considered for award. Quotes, including amendments, received at the issuing office after the closing date and time specified on the cover page of this solicitation will be considered late submissions and handled accordingly. An Offeror s quote shall be submitted electronically via email to Sharif Shabaz Ra-El via email at sharif.ra-el@va.gov and Clement Udeani via email clement.udeani@va.gov and Nicholas Sparks via email at nicholas.sparks@va.gov by the date and time indicated in the solicitation in the file set forth below. The use of hyperlinks in quotes is prohibited.

QUOTE FILE. Offeror s responses shall be submitted in accordance with the following instructions:
Format. The submission shall be clearly indexed and logically assembled. Each section shall be clearly identified and shall begin at the top of a page. All pages shall be appropriately numbered and identified by the complete company name, date and solicitation number in the header and/or footer. Quote page limitations are applicable to this procurement. The maximum page count for the Offeror s quote shall be 20 pages*. All files will be submitted as either a Microsoft Excel (.XLS) file or an Acrobat (PDF) file or compatible as indicated in the table. Page size shall be no greater than 8 1/2″ x 11″ with printing on one side, only. The top, bottom, left and right margins shall be a minimum of one inch (1 ) each. Font size shall be no smaller than 12-point. Arial or Times New Roman fonts are required. Characters shall be set at no less than normal spacing and 100% scale. Tables and illustrations may use a reduced font size not less than 8-point and may be landscape. Line spacing shall be set at no less than single space. Each paragraph shall be separated by at least one blank line. Page numbers, company logos, and headers and footers may be within the page margins ONLY and are not bound by the 12-point font requirement. Footnotes to text shall not be used. All proprietary information shall be clearly and properly marked. If the Offeror submits annexes, documentation, attachments or the like, not specifically required by this solicitation, such will count against the Offeror s page limitations unless otherwise indicated. Pages in violation of these instructions, either by exceeding the margin, font or spacing restrictions or by exceeding the total page limit will not be evaluated. Pages not evaluated due to violation of the margin, font or spacing restrictions will not count against the page limitations. The page count will be determined by counting the pages in the order they come up in the print layout view.

File Packaging. All of the quote files may be compressed (zipped) into one file entitled quote.zip using WinZip version 6.2 or later version or the quote files may be submitted individually.

Content Requirements. All information shall be confined to the appropriate file. The Offeror shall confine submissions to essential matters, sufficient to define the quote and provide an adequate basis for evaluation. Offerors are responsible for including sufficient details, in a concise manner, to permit a complete and accurate evaluation of each quote.

*Use when using page limitations: A Cover Page, Table of Contents and/or a glossary of abbreviations or acronyms will not be included in the page count of the technical Volume. However, be advised that any and all information contained within any Table of Contents and/or glossary of abbreviations or acronyms submitted with an Offeror s quote will not be evaluated by the Government.
The quote shall be broken down in the following sections:
(i) TECHNICAL VOLUME.  Offerors shall, at a minimum, demonstrate a clear understanding of all features involved in meeting and supporting the requirements outlined in the Performance Work Statement (PWS) in a format that follows the PWS tasks and/or deliverables. The Offeror shall provide a summary of corporate experience and knowledge to include experience in administering group surveys.

(ii) PRICE VOLUME. The Offeror shall submit a firm-fixed price quote for each task outlined in the PWS and complete the price schedule in the appropriate table above. The task price shall be for the whole task regardless of the actual time to complete the task as it varies depending on the status of the contract. The total price must match the amount provided in the Total Evaluated Price table.
(iii) PAST PERFORMANCE VOLUME. The Past Performance will assess the aspects of cost, schedule, and performance experience as it relates to the tasks and/or deliverables of the PWS. Past Performance provided shall be for work performed within the last three (3) years by the Offeror as either a prime or subcontractor. Provide the following information on a maximum of three similar projects completed within the last three years for which the responder was a prime or subcontractor (see attachment C).
1. The name, address, and dollar value of each project
2. The Prime Contract Type, Firm Fixed-Price, or Time and Material
3. The name, telephone and address of the owner of each project
4. A brief description of each project and why it is relevant to this requirement., including difficulties and successes
5. Your company s role and services provided for each project
This is a SDVOSB set-aside combined synopsis/solicitation as defined herein.  The government intends to award a contract as a result of this combined synopsis/solicitation that will include the terms and conditions set forth herein. To facilitate the award process, all quotes must include a statement regarding the terms and conditions herein as follows:
“The terms and conditions in the solicitation are acceptable to be included in the award document without modification, deletion, or addition.”
OR
“The terms and conditions in the solicitation are acceptable to be included in the award document with the exception, deletion, or addition of the following:”
Quotes shall list exception(s) and rationale for the exception(s).

Note: any proposed deviations from the standard terms and conditions herein may render a quote unacceptable as the Government intends to award without discussions.

Submission shall be received not later than August 28th, 2020 at 9:00 AM EST to Sharif Shabaz Ra-El via email at sharif.ra-el@va.gov and Clement Udeani via email clement.udeani@va.gov and Nicholas Sparks via email at nicholas.sparks@va.gov. Late submissions shall be treated in accordance with the solicitation provision at FAR 52.212-1(f).

PROVISIONS AND CLAUSES
The full text of FAR provisions or clauses may be accessed electronically at http://acquisition.gov/comp/far/index.html.

The following solicitation provisions apply to this acquisition:
FAR 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors Commercial Items (OCT 2018)
FAR 52.212-3, Offerors Representations and Certifications Commercial Items (OCT 2018)
FAR 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside (MAR 2020)

Offerors must complete annual representations and certifications electronically via the System for Award Management (SAM) website located at https://www.sam.gov/portal in accordance with FAR 52.212-3, Offerors Representations and Certifications Commercial Items. If paragraph (j) of the provision is applicable, a written submission is required.

The following contract clauses apply to this acquisition:
FAR 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions Commercial Items (OCT 2018)
The following clauses are included as addenda to FAR 52.212-4:
FAR 52.232-40 Providing Accelerated Payments to Small Businesses to Subcontractors (DEC 2013)
VAAR 852.203-70 Commercial Advertising (JAN 2008)
VAAR 852.232-72 Electronic Submission of Payment Requests (NOV 2012)
VAAR 852.237-70 Contractor Responsibilities

FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders (Jan 2019)
The following subparagraphs of FAR 52.212-5 are applicable:
FAR 52.204-10 Reporting Executive Compensation & First-Tier Subcontract Awards (OCT 2016)
FAR 52.209-6 Protecting the Government s Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment (OCT 2015)
FAR 52.217-7 Option for Increased Quantity Separately Priced Line Item (MAR 1989)
FAR 52.217-8 Option to Extend Services (NOV 1999)
FAR 52.217-9 Option to Extend the Term of the Contract (MAR 2000)
FAR 52.219-28 Post Award Small Business Program Representation (JUL 2013)
FAR 52.222-26 Equal Opportunity (SEP 2016)
FAR 52.222-36 Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities (JUL 2014)
FAR 52.222-50 Combating Trafficking in Persons (MAR 2015)
FAR 52.223-18 Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving (AUG 2011)
FAR 52.225-13 Restriction on Certain Foreign Purchases (JUN 2008)
FAR 52.232-33 Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer Systems for Award Management (JUL 2013)
FAR 52.222-41 Service Contract Labor Standards (MAY 2014)
FAR 52.222-42 Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires (MAY 2014)
FAR 52.222-55 Minimum Wages Under Executive Order 13658 (DEC 2015)
FAR 52.222-62 Paid Sick Leave Under Executive Order 13706 (JAN 2017)

POINTS OF CONTACT

Submit offers or any questions to the attention of Sharif Shabaz Ra-El via email at sharif.ra-el@va.gov and Clement Udeani via email clement.udeani@va.gov and Nicholas Sparks via email at nicholas.sparks@va.gov. Offerors who fail to complete and submit the requirements above may be considered non-responsive and as a result, ineligible for award.

ATTACHMENTS:

Please see all attached documents.

ATTACHMENT A PWS
ATTACHMENT B QASP
ATTACHMENT C PAST PERFORMANCE

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