The United States Air Force (the Government) intends to issue a Firm-Fixed-Price Purchase order to a single source, Optica Publishing Group, under the authority of FAR 13.106-1(b)(1)(i) (only one source reasonably available) on or about 19 November 2021. The period of performance (PoP) shall be from 01 January 2022 – 31 December 2022. Four one-year options are anticipated that would extend the PoP through 31 December 2026. 


NAICS: 519130

Size Standard: 1,000 employees

Subscription name: Optica Publishing electronic publications

Supplier name: Optica Publishing Group

Product description: Optica Publishing is a cutting-edge repository of optics and optical engineering literature databases, including 15 flagship, partnered, and co-published peer-reviewed journals. With more than 200,000 articles including papers from over 360 conferences, the Optica Publishing platform is the largest peer-reviewed collection of optics and photonics.

Product characteristics an equal item must meet to be considered:

– Covers a broad range of optics and photonics disciplines.

– Search interface that includes numerous primary categories and ability to perform keyword and other specialized topical queries for effective searches.

– The ability to download HTML or PDF versions of documents.

– Enable users to create user accounts to establish alerts and save searches.

– Subscription is able to provide access to multiple users via IP address (multi-user, multi-campus subscription).

– eJournals, eBooks, and papers and chapters dating back several decades.

– Multiple language translations of content.

This notice of intent is not a request for competitive quotations. However, all responsible sources may submit a capability statement, proposal, or quotation, which shall be considered by the Government. The Government will consider responses received within 10 days of issuance of this notice. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct a full and open competitive procurement or a small business set aside competitive procurement. The Government will not pay for any information received in response to this announcement.

If the Government decides to compete this requirement, a synopsis shall be issued utilizing the combined synopsis/solicitation procedure identified in FAR 12.603. If this effort becomes a Small Business Set-Aside, FAR 52.219-14, Limitation on Subcontracting, will apply. Therefore, small businesses that want to be considered for a small business set-aside should demonstrate how they intend to comply.

A determination not to compete this requirement based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. 


Contractors should be aware of the following information:

  1. Contractors must include the following information:
    1. Points of contact, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers.
    2. Identification as a large U.S. business, a small U.S. business, or a foreign business. Please note that size indicated should be based on the NAICS code for this effort listed above.
    3. Identification of any other socioeconomic status including: Women-Owned Small Business, Economically Disadvantaged Small Business, 8(a), Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Veteran Owned Small Business or HUBZone.
    4. Company CAGE Code or DUNS Number. 
  1. In your response, you must address how your product meets the product characteristics specified above.
  2. Submitted information shall be UNCLASSIFIED.
  3. Responses are limited to 10 pages in a Microsoft Word compatible format.

Responses should be emailed to Robin Marks at and Joshua Akers at no later than 3 December 2021, 12:00 PM EST.  Any questions should be directed to Robin Marks through email.