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Combine Solicitation - 70-- Nexsan E60X Memory Extension (240TB)

February 11, 2014

Notice Type: Combine Solicitation

Posted Date: 10-FEB-14

Office Address: Department of the Interior; U. S. Geological Survey; USGS - All Offices; 3020 State University Drive East, Sacramento, CA 95819

Subject: 70-- Nexsan E60X Memory Extension (240TB)

Classification Code: 70 - General purpose information technology equipment

Solicitation Number: G14PS00169

Contact: Name: Client Services, Title: Client Services, Phone: 1.877.933.3243, Fax: 703.422.7822, Email:;

Setaside: Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small BusinessEconomically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business

Place of Performance (address): Special Shipping Instructions.

Place of Performance (zipcode): -

Place of Performance Country: -

Description: Department of the Interior

U. S. Geological Survey

USGS - All Offices

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice.The solicitation number is G14PS00169 and is issued as an invitation for bids (IFB), unless otherwise indicated herein.The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular FAC 2005-72. The associated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this procurement is 334112 with a small business size standard of 1,000.00 employees.This requirement is an [ Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business ] set-aside and only qualified offerors may submit bids.The solicitation pricing on will start on the date this solicitation is posted and will end on 2014-02-18 15:00:00.0 Eastern Time or as otherwise displayed at Destination shall be in the Special Shipping Instructions. The US Geological Survey requires the following items, Brand Name or Equal, to the following: LI 001: Nexsan E60X with 240TB storage; see attached specification. Unit will be paired existing Nexsan E60 so compatibility with E60 unit is required, e.g.: Nexsan E60X (4) SAS x 4 connections Configured with (60) 4TB drives/240TB raw 7200 RPM Hitachi Enterprise SATA Drives 60 Bay in 4U 3 Year Advance Exchange Warranty, 1, EA; " token=%3D%3DwBKxmaVGYR9u3eY%2FqkL6cGQAAAAAHeAAgAgTFCGg%2FFzzqQbJAAyVXBA0Or"Solicitation and Buy Attachments ***Question Submission: Interested offerors must submit any questions concerning the solicitation at the earliest time possible to enable the Buyer to respond. Questions must be submitted by using the 'Submit a Question' feature at Questions not received within a reasonable time prior to close of the solicitation may not be considered.*** For this solicitation, US Geological Survey intends to conduct an online competitive reverse auction to be facilitated by the third-party reverse auction provider, FedBid, Inc. FedBid has developed an online, anonymous, browser based application to conduct the reverse auction. An Offeror may submit a series of pricing bids, which descend in price during the specified period of time for the aforementioned reverse auction. US Geological Survey is taking this action in an effort to improve both vendor access and awareness of requests and the agency's ability to gather multiple, competed, real-time bids.All responsible Offerors that respond to this solicitation MUST submit the pricing portion of their bid using the online exchange located at There is no cost to register, review procurement data or make a bid on that are not currently registered to use should proceed to to complete their free registration. Offerors that require special considerations or assistance may contact the FedBid Helpdesk at 877-9FEDBID (877-933-3243) or via email at Offerors may not artificially manipulate the price of a transaction on by any means. It is unacceptable to place bad faith bids, to use decoys in the process or to collude with the intent or effect of hampering the competitive process.Should offerors require additional clarification, notify the point of contact or FedBid at 877-9FEDBID (877-933-3243) or of FedBid: Buyers and Sellers agree to conduct this transaction through FedBid in compliance with the FedBid Terms of Use. Failure to comply with the below terms and conditions may result in offer being determined as non-responsive. New Equipment ONLY; NO remanufactured or "gray market" items. All items must be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. Bid MUST be good for 30 calendar days after close of Buy. Shipping must be free on board (FOB) destination CONUS (Continental U.S.), which means that the seller must deliver the goods on its conveyance at the destination specified by the buyer, and the seller is responsible for the cost of shipping and risk of loss prior to actual delivery at the specified destination.Shipping location: USGS Astrogeology Science Center Flagstaff, AZ 86001 Offeror must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database before an award can be made to them. If the offeror is not registered in the SAM, it may do so through the SAM website at The selected Offeror must comply with the following commercial item terms and conditions, which are incorporated herein by reference: FAR 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition; FAR 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items - the selected offeror must submit a completed copy of the listed representations and certifications; FAR 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items; FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items, paragraph (a) and the following clauses in paragraph (b): 52.222-21, 52.222-26, 52.222-35, 52.222-36, 52.222-37, 52.225-13, 52.232-34. The full text of the referenced FAR clauses may be accessed electronically at Warranty provisions are as specified on the spec page (attached). Price to include the warranty (not separately priced), and Bidders must affirmatively acknowledge that the price includes the specified warranty. Purchase order will contain the following clauses:

A. Unilateral Deobligation. The contractor shall submit all invoices under this award no later than ninety (90) calendar days after the period of performance has expired, unless a request for extension has been submitted to, and granted by, the Contracting Officer. After 120 calendar days have passed after the expiration of the period of performance, the Contracting Officer reserves the right to issue a unilateral modification deobligating any unexpended funds, and to initiate closeout procedures.

(End of Clause)

B. Electronic Invoicing and Payment Requirements Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) ( April 2013)

Payment requests must be submitted electronically through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Invoice Processing Platform System (IPP).

"Payment request" means any request for contract financing payment or invoice payment by the Contractor. To constitute a proper invoice, the payment request must comply with the requirements identified in the applicable Prompt Payment clause included in the contract, or the clause 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions- Commercial Items included in commercial item contracts. The IPP website address is:

Under this contract, the following documents are required to be submitted as an attachment to the IPP invoice: "Copy of invoice attached (pdf) to the IPP submittal, which conforms to the requirements of FAR 52.212-4(g) "Invoice" requirements".

The Contractor must use the IPP website to register, access and use IPP for submitting requests for payment. The Contractor Government Business Point of contact (as listed in SAM) will receive enrollment instructions via email from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (FRBB) prior to contract award date, but no more than 3-5 business days to the contract award date. Contractor assistance with enrollment can be obtained by contacting the IPP Production Helpdesk via email or phone (866) 973-3131.

If the Contractor is unable to comply with the requirement to use IPP for submitting invoices for payment, the Contractor must submit a waiver request in writing to the Contracting Officer with its proposal or quotation. (End of Local Clause)


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