Notice Type: Combine Solicitation
Subject: Local Exchange Services for FE
Classification Code: D - Information technology services, including telecommunications services
Solicitation Number: FA8773-13-R-0058
Place of Performance (address): FE
Place of Performance (zipcode): 82005
Place of Performance Country: US
Air Force Space Command
Description: (i) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. (ii) Solicitation Number is FA8773-14-R-0002. The solicitation is issued as a Request for Proposal (RFP) in accordance with (IAW) FAR Parts 12 and 13, utilizing the test procedures in FAR subpart 13.5.
(iii) The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-72.
(iv) This acquisition will utilize full and open competition; there are no set asides for small businesses. For this acquisition, a concern will be considered small under NAICS 517110 with size standard of less than 1500 employees.
(v) The contract line item numbers and items, quantities and units of measure pertaining to this requirement are identified on the Schedule B. The scope of the work to be acquired is set forth in the Statement of Work (SOW). The SOW and Schedule B are available for download via www.FBO.gov.
(vi) 38 CONS/LGCB has a requirement for acquiring local telephone exchange services for FE
(vii) This Communication Service Authorization (CSA) will have a five (5) year period of performance from date of award.
(viii) Provision 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial, applies to this acquisition along with the following addenda to the provision: 52.212-1 Addendum: (b) Submission of Offers. 1. General Instructions: i. The Offeror's proposal must include all data and information requested herein and must be submitted in accordance with these instructions. Non-conformance with these instructions may result in an unfavorable proposal evaluation.
ii. Interested parties capable of providing the specified services must submit a written offer via email to
iii. Do not send as an executable or .exe file. Email size shall not exceed five megabytes. Any corrupted file or media containing a virus could result in the offer not being considered for award. iv. Software Compatibility. Use a word processing and spreadsheet program compatible with Microsoft (R) Word 2007 (R) and Microsoft (R) Excel 2007 (R). PDF is Adobe (R) Portable Document Format.
v. Solicitation Questions and Site Visit. Any questions relating to the solicitation shall be submitted to the Contract Specialist or Contracting Officer noted in paragraph i above (not to the
vi. Submit offer as follows: DOCUMENT CONTENTS FILE FORMAT Volume One Technical Proposal PDF or .doc Volume Two Past Performance PDF or .doc Volume Three Pricing and Contracting PDF or .doc and .xls
2. Specific Instructions for Volumes One, Two, and Three: i. Volume One -- Technical Proposal (Do not exceed ten pages). An altered Government SOW submitted as Volume One Technical Proposal is not appropriate and will be considered technically unacceptable. Address the Technical Proposal subfactors as follows: Subfactor 1 - Provider Capability. Provide evidence of being a telecommunications company having the capability to provide Basic Rate Interfaces (BRI), Commercial Subscriber Lines (CSL), and number portability. Provide documented evidence of all interconnection agreements and/or leasing arrangements relevant to this effort.
Subfactor 2 -Local Communication Services. Present a sound approach for providing local communication services detailed by a SITE-SPECIFIC diagram and descriptive legend that clearly illustrates the Offeror's ability to meet all SOW and Appendix 10 requirements. Reference generic example diagram in Appendix 10.
Subfactor 3 - Enhanced 911 Services. Provide a discussion of how the Offeror will interface and comply with State 911 requirements, including Automatic Number Identification (ANI) and Automatic Line Identification (ALI) database updates. The Offeror shall demonstrate how a stable and reliable route will be secured to the 911 bureaus serving the site.
ii. Volume Two -- Past Performance Information (PPI) (Do not exceed ten (10) pages). Submit information from recent contracts performed within the last three (3) years, which are considered relevant in demonstrating ability to perform local exchange services involving similar scope, magnitude of effort, and complexities as the services described in this solicitation. Include the following administrative data for each referenced contract submitted: Offeror's company name; contracting agency; contract number; brief description of contract; contract type (i.e., fixed price, time and material, etc.); period of performance, identification of any significant achievements or past problems and resolution; and name, address, telephone number, and email address of program manager and Contracting Officer.
iii. Volume Three (Do not exceed ten (10) pages).
A. Contracting Information. (1) Provide the signature block of the individual authorized to make a offer which includes individual's name, title, e-mail address and phone number. (2) Provide cage code, data universal numbering system (DUNS) number, and tax identification number as registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). (3) Organizational Representatives. Provide a listing, in hierarchal succession of the Offeror's points of contact delegated specifically for this requirement. Listing shall include names and titles, phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses for each representative. List shall reflect both contracting and technical representatives for help desk issues and troubleshooting. (4) Evidence of Certification. Certification shall be in accordance with Clause 52.212-4 addendum (v)(3). Documentation must be submitted indicating that the Offeror is a local exchange carrier certified by the affiliated state's
B. Pricing Information. (1) Schedule B Submission a. Submit completed copy of the Government-provided Schedule B containing the Offeror's proposed amounts. Enter pricing only on the Government Schedule B. Offeror shall NOT alter the Schedule B in any way with the exception of entering pricing. If the Schedule B is found to be altered in any way other than entering pricing, the action will be considered unacceptable and consequently, a reason to reject an Offeror's proposal. Schedule B unit prices shall be limited to two decimal places. b. Identify a CLIN/SLIN (Contract Line Item/Sub Line Item) as "Not Separately Priced" by entering "NSP" in the unit price. Identify a CLIN/SLIN as "No Charge" by entering "NC" in the unit price. c. Include all applicable discounts in your pricing. (2)
(c) Period of Acceptance of Offers. The Offeror agrees to hold the prices in its offer firm for 120 days from the date specified for receipt of offers.
(e) Multiple offers. If more than one solution to the services is available, Offeror may submit multiple offers for consideration, subject to same page limitations. Multiple offers may not be considered if they alter the Government's requirement. Should the Offeror claim exceptions to any requirement in the solicitation, these exceptions shall be listed and rationale provided. Failure to include exceptions will be deemed as acceptance of all terms and conditions of the solicitation and resulting contract.
(h) Multiple awards. This award shall be made on an all or none basis. (End of Addendum to Provision 52.212-1)
(ix) The provision at FAR 52.212-2, Evaluation of Offers-Commercial, applies to this solicitation along with the following addenda to the provision: 52.212-2 Addendum: Evaluation Criteria. This is a competitive best value source selection in which competing Offerors' past performance history will be evaluated on a basis approximately equal to cost or price considerations. An award shall be made to this Offeror, subject to a positive determination of responsibility. By submission of an offer, the Offeror accedes to all solicitation requirements, including terms and conditions, representations and certifications, and technical requirements, in addition to those identified as evaluation factors. All Offerors shall be evaluated for technical acceptability. Failure to meet a requirement may result in an offer being determined technically unacceptable. Moreover, the government reserves the right to award an order for services from an incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) or other LEC with a universal service obligation for the services required in this solicitation if it is in the best interest of the Government, price and other factors considered, as discussed herein, even if the company has not submitted an offer. Award will be made to the responsible Offeror proposing the combination most advantageous to the Government based upon an integrated assessment of the evaluation factors described below. The evaluation process shall proceed as follows: (a) FACTOR 1 -- TECHNICAL. The Government technical evaluation team will evaluate the technical proposals on a pass/fail basis, assigning ratings of acceptable or unacceptable. Only those offers determined to be technically acceptable, either initially or as a result of discussions, will be considered for an award. The offers shall be evaluated against the following technical subfactors: Subfactor 1 - Provider Capability. This subfactor is met when the Offeror provides evidence of being a telecommunications company having the capability to provide Basic Rate Interfaces (BRI), Commercial Subscriber Lines (CSL), and number portability. Provide documented evidence of all interconnection agreements and/or leasing arrangements relevant to this effort.
Subfactor 2 - Local Communications Services. This subfactor is met when the Offeror presents a sound approach for providing local communication services detailed by a SITE-SPECIFIC diagram and descriptive legend that clearly illustrates the Offeror's ability to meet all SOW and Appendix 10 requirements. Reference generic example diagram in Appendix 10.
Subfactor 3 - Enhanced 911 Service. This subfactor is met when the Offeror presents a detailed plan for interfacing and complying with State 911 requirements that meets the following criteria: [a] A sound methodology of how the Offeror will comply with State 911 interface requirements for commercial subscriber lines and trunks. [b] A sound methodology of Offeror's process for updating Automatic Line Identification 911 database. [c] A description of alternating routes of 911
(b) FACTOR 2 -- PRICE. All CLINs/SLINs within the Schedule B will be evaluated for award multiplying the estimated quantity times the unit price in the Schedule B and subtracting any applicable considered discount(s) to derive the total evaluated price. The price evaluation will document the reasonableness and affordability of the proposed total evaluated price. The Government reserves the right to compare offered prices with tariff prices of an incumbent LEC or with any other LEC with a universal service obligation for the services required in this solicitation.
(c) FACTOR 3 -- PAST PERFORMANCE. In evaluating PPI, the government will employ several approaches including: reviewing contract references provided by the offeror; seeking PPI through the use of questionnaires; as well as using data independently obtained from other Government and commercial sources. Only recent (within the last three years) and relevant PPI (similar or greater in scope, magnitude of effort, and complexity than effort described in this solicitation) will be evaluated. When reviewing PPI, judgment will be used in assessing the probability of success, problems on previous efforts, and the alternatives available to meet the requirements. The assessment process will result in an overall performance confidence assessment rating of the Offeror's ability to satisfactorily perform the services described in this solicitation. The performance confidence assessment will result in an overall performance confidence rating identified with corresponding definition as follows: (A) Substantial Confidence - Based on the Offeror's performance record, the Government has a high expectation that the Offeror will successfully perform the required effort. (B) Satisfactory Confidence -Based on the Offeror's performance record, the Government has an expectation that the Offeror will successfully perform the required effort. (C) Limited Confidence -Based on the Offeror's performance record, the Government has a low expectation that the Offeror will successfully perform the required effort. (D) No Confidence -Based on the Offeror's performance record, the Government has no expectation that the Offeror will be able to successfully perform the required effort. (E) Unknown Confidence -No performance record is identifiable, or the Offeror's performance record is so limited that no confidence assessment rating can be reasonably assigned. In the case of an Offeror without a record of relevant past performance or for whom information on past performance is not available, the Offeror may not be evaluated favorably or unfavorably on past performance (reference FAR 15.3 (a)(2)(iv)).
The Government reserves the right to award a contract to other than the lowest priced offer if the lowest priced Offeror is judged to have a performance confidence assessment of "Satisfactory Confidence" or lower. If the lowest priced, technically acceptable offer is deemed to have a "Substantial Confidence" performance assessment, the Contracting Officer may determine it to represent the best value to the Government. If so, award shall be made to that offeror without discussions or further consideration of any other offer. (End of Addendum to Provision 52.212-2)
(x) Offerors are highly encouraged to complete all Representations and Certifications electronically at the following website: https://sam.gov/. If not completed on-line, Offerors must include a completed copy of the provisions at FAR 52.212-3, which can be obtained at http://farsite.hill.af.mil, FAR Part 52 or online at https://sam.gov/. In addition, complete the following addenda to FAR 52.212-3:
52.212-3 Addendum CERTIFICATION TO ACCEPT THE GOVERNMENT PURCHASE CARD (GPC) Certification. If the Government's intent for payment is via the GPC IAW clauses 52.232-36 and 52.212-4, Addendum, paragraph (i) (3), the Offeror must certify that it: ( ) (i) will accept the GPC for payments under this contract. ( ) (ii) will not accept the GPC for payments under this contract. (xi) The clause at 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions -- Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition to include the following addenda: 52.212-4 Addendum (i)(3) Payment. IAW FAR Clause 52.232-36(f), Contractor shall submit invoices for certification to the address identified in G-2 of this CSA. After certification, the office identified in G-2 shall provide the Contractor with GPC information for billing. Payment will be made to the Contractor through a charge to the GPC, at the time and for the amount due in accordance with the certified invoice. (u) Reporting of Funds. This contractual vehicle is used to authorize local communications services and does not obligate funds. The funded amount(s) indicate the yearly authorization totals for reporting purposes only. (v) Tariff Information. (1) The Contractor shall provide to the Contracting Officer- (i) Upon request, a copy of the Contractor's current existing tariffs (including changes); (ii) Before filing any application to a Federal, State, or any other regulatory agency for new or changes to applicable rates, charges, services, or regulations relating to any CSA or any of the facilities or services to be furnished solely or primarily to the Government; and (iii) Upon request, a copy of all information, material, and data developed or prepared in support of or in connection with an application under paragraph ii above. (2) The Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer of any application that anyone other than the Contractor files with a governmental regulatory body, which affects or will affect the rate or conditions of services under this contract. These requirements also apply to applications pending on the effective date of this contract. (3)
(xii) Clause 52.212-5 (DEV), Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition. In addition, the following FAR/DFARS/AFFARS clauses/provisions, either by reference or full text, apply (clauses may be obtained via the internet at http://farsite.hill.af.mil):
5352.242-9000, Contractor Access to Air Force Installations (
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