Sources Sought Notice NIST-MML-22-SS02

Title: Develop approach to import and improve existing international standards using the open-source technical framework at SpaceDataStandards.org.

This is a Sources Sought Notice ONLY.  Requests for copies of a solicitation will not receive a response. 

This Notice is for planning purposes only and is not a Request for Proposal or Request for Quotation or an obligation on the part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for conducting a follow-on acquisition.  NIST does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this Notice, or otherwise pay for the information requested.  No entitlement or payment of direct or indirect costs or charges by NIST will arise as a result of submission of responses to this Notice and NIST use of such information.  NIST recognizes that proprietary components, interfaces and equipment, and clearly mark restricted or proprietary components, interfaces and equipment, and clearly mark restricted or proprietary data and present it as an addendum to the non-restricted/non-proprietary information.  In the absence of such identification, NIST will assume to have unlimited rights to all technical data in the information paper.

NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS EXIST AT THIS TIME.

Requirement:

NIST is seeking information from vendors capable of developing an approach to import and improve existing international standards using the open-source technical framework at SpaceDataStandards.org. Provide information regarding the following criteria

1)     Conducting surveys of operational data standards used on open source architecture platforms to include creating issues on Github.com and taking comments through a public, asynchronous coordination process. 

2)     Working with technical communities to create formalized schemas for data messages for integration with an Open Architecture Data Repository (OADR). 

3)     Creating and deploying software to allow schema integration for use with the Flatbuffer data serialization format. 

4)   Executing projects with a short timeframe.  Completion no later than 9/30/2022.

NIST is seeking responses from all responsible sources, including large, foreign, and small businesses.  Small businesses are defined under the associated NAICS code for this effort, 541511, average annual receipts of 30 million or less.  Please include your company’s size classification in any response to this notice. 

Interested parties shall describe the capabilities of their organization as it relates to the requirement described above.  NIST anticipates issuing a solicitation in the first or second quarter of FY2022 and awarding a contract no later than the second quarter of FY2022.

NIST is seeking responses from all responsible sources, including large and small businesses. The small business size standard associated with the NAICS code for this effort, 541511 is 30M average annual receipts. Please include your company’s size classification and socio-economic status in any response to this notice. 

After results of this market research are obtained and analyzed, NIST may conduct a competitive procurement and subsequently award a contract.  Companies that can provide such services are requested to email a written response describing their abilities to donald.graham@nist.gov no later than the response date for this sources sought notice.

The following information is requested to be provided as part of the response to this sources sought notice:

  1. Name, Address, DUNS number, CAGE code, and point of contact information of your company.
  2. Any information on the company’s small business certifications, if applicable.
  3. Description of your company’s capabilities as they relate to the services described in this notice.
  4. A description of your company’s previous experience providing the services described in this notice.
  5. Indication of whether the services described in this notice are currently offered via your company’s GSA Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts, Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), or other existing Government-wide contract vehicles; and, if so, the contract number(s) for those vehicles.
  6. Any published pricing.
  7. Any other relevant information that is not listed above which the Government should consider in finalizing its market research.

Responses are limited to a total of twelve (12) pages. The responses must be in MS Word format.  Pages shall be 8½-inch x 11-inch, using Times New Roman 11 Point Font.  Each page shall have adequate margins on each side (at least one inch) of the page. Header/footer information (which does not include any information to be analyzed) may be included in the 1" margin space.