1.    Introduction/ Purpose

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is issuing this Sources Sought to identify qualified and capable industry sources (from both large and small businesses) for a commercially available canine explosive training aid container for presentation of explosive training aids to the canines during training.   

This Sources Sought is being conducted for market research purposes only.  Responding to this Sources Sought does not guarantee an award of a contractual agreement, nor does the Government guarantee that a solicitation will be issued as a result of this Sources Sought.

2.    Technical Requirements

The procured products shall meet the following requirements:

•    The vendor shall provide the safe containment of hazardous materials with a filter or membrane which is permeable to the odor of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or hazardous material substances yet impermeable to the actual organic compound or hazardous material substances.

•    The filter or membrane system must be easily attached to a glass jar utilizing the glass jars threading.  Once attached it must allow the odor/scent to permeate without allowing the hazardous material substances—which can be in solid, oily, or liquid form—to penetrate.  The entire systems must be easily cleaned and secure enough to prevent materials to spill, leak, or be released from the container.

•    The container must be made of glass.  The container must have the capability that allows for odor release, while at the same time protecting the aid from the environments and as much as is possible, contamination.  The complete container system with the lid must not exceed 2.5” in diameter and 3” in height.
 
•    The container must be easily cleaned through commercially available-methods to facilitate the removal of unwanted scents during training or imprinting. 

•    Container must be able to hold a variety of forms such as liquids, powders, and solids, without leakage and/or spillage of material.

•    TSA container shall not pose any known safety issues.     

•    The container should have a minimum shelf-life and service life with a range estimate of 12-18 months.

3. Response Information

3.1. Cover Letter (1 Page)

The cover letter must clearly identify the following information:

1)    Company's Name
2)    Company's Address
3)    DUNS Number
4)    CAGE Number
5)    Point of Contact(s) (Name, title, email, and phone number)
6)    Identify your business size – large, small, small disadvantaged, 8(a)-certified small disadvantaged, HUBZone small, woman-owned small, veteran-owned small, service-disabled veteran-owned small – based upon NAICS Code 327213 – Glass Container Manufacturing, which possesses a Small Business Size Standard Threshold of 1,250 employees.
7)    If applicable, identify related contract vehicles/schedules (i.e. MAS, GWAC, DWAC, etc.) that you’re under, which we could use to solicit the requirement.

3.2. Contractor’s Capabilities Statement (2 Pages)

In order for TSA to improve its understanding of market capabilities and identify qualified vendors that are capable of providing a solution that meets all requirements; the Contractor's response must, through a narrative description, identify their firm's capabilities and product offering to meet the requirements identified under Section 2, and what experience you have providing similar and/or same products to other State and Federal Agencies. 

When identifying current or past experience, please identify the following:

1)    Name of Agency
2)    Point of Contact (name, title, phone, and email)
3)    Contract/Task Order Number
4)    Contract Type
5)    Period of Performance
6)    Total Contract Dollar Value
7)    Scope of the Contract/Task Order
8)    Brief Description of the Work completed within the Scope of the Contract/Task Order

4. Submission of Information

Please send responses with a subject heading of "Training Aid Delivery Device –  Sources Sought (COMPANY NAME)". Send your capability statements with product offering to Kurt Allen at Kurt.Allen@tsa.dhs.gov and Erin Schulze at Erin.Schulze@tsa.dhs.gov by 3:00 PM Eastern Time on 3 December 2021. Responses not received by the closing date and time may not be considered or reviewed by TSA.

Telephone responses will not be accepted. Future information about this acquisition, including issuance of a solicitation and/or applicable amendments, will be issued via www.sam.gov. Interested parties are responsible for ensuring they have the most up-to-date information regarding this acquisition.

This Sources Sought Notice is issued solely for informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation. A Government requirement for this service is being developed, and a contract may or may not result. This notice does not constitute a commitment by the Government. All information submitted in response to this announcement is voluntary, and the Government will not pay for information requested nor will it compensate any respondent for any cost incurred in developing information provided to the Government.