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February 11, 2014

Notice Type: Presolicitation Notice

Posted Date: 10-FEB-14

Office Address: National Aeronautics and Space Administration; George C. Marshall Space Flight Center; Procurement Office; NASA/Marshall SpaceFlight Center, AL 35812


Classification Code: A - Research & Development

Contact: Iris Walter, Contracts Administrator, Phone 256-961-7054, Fax 256-961-7148, Email - Jennifer B. McCaghren, Contracting Officer, Phone 256-544-5189, Fax 256-544-4400, Email [Iris Walter]

Description: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

George C. Marshall Space Flight Center

Procurement Office

NASA/MSFC has a requirement for services involving development of climate analysis for the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) impact evaluation reports. This is a follow-on procurement to provide the Regional Visualization and Monitoring System (SERVIR) program with PMI impact evaluations to determine whether climate conditions are favorable for malaria transmission throughout the evaluation period nationally and/or sub-nationally, and to determine if there is an association between climatic variable change before and after the scale up of interventions. This work will advance SERVIR climate services in East Africa. NASA/MSFC intends to purchase the items from Columbia University'sInternational Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). Competition is impractical for the following reasons: 1. This procurement is an enhancement to activities already being conducted by IRI supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). NASA, implementing SERVIR in partnership with USAID, has been requested by USAID to leverage existing investments made by USAID. Award to any other entity would result in duplication of costs to USAID and therefore the US Government overall and would not be recovered through competition and would fail to leverage the synergy of the ongoing efforts. 2. Funds available and dedicated to SERVIR from USAID under a Participating Agency Program Agreement included a stipulation that a portion of the funds be dedicated specifically to stakeholder engagement to understand and build demand for climate information products. Furthermore, USAID specifically identified IRI as an institution with whom SERVIR should partner, given IRIs engagement in the regions and IRIs proven approaches for designing and delivering climate services to address critical regional needs in East Africa. 3. IRI is the only contractor who can meet the current requirements of SERVIR in the near term time frame. To expedite the process of designing new products, the services being sought are uniquely designed to build upon the relationships and experience that IRI possesses in East Africa. IRI has a history of engagement with stakeholders in these to areas in East Africa, and IRI has specialized knowledge necessary to satisfy the requirements from the agreement with USAID. Working with an organization other than IRI would involve a significant loss in previously gained experience and effort, and would consume considerably more time. 4. SERVIR has had a contract with IRI in the past and completed a successful collaboration with IRI involving the integration of information products into SERVIRs geospatial platform and in performing similar PMI impact evaluations in other countries in East Africa. IRI is performing related work for SERVIR for different countries, under a SERVIR Applied Sciences Team effort (funded by NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences solicitation). SERVIR can leverage IRIs experience to quickly implement expansion of these impact evaluations to additional countries, and satisfy additional technical requirements from USAID. 5. SERVIR is a high-visibility project at NASA/MSFC, NASA/HQ, and USAID. It is of benefit to NASA to deepen its affiliation with IRI, since IRI is a globally recognized institution with goals highly complementary to SERVIRs mission of enhancing developing country government stakeholders capability to understand, anticipate, and manage the impacts of climate change. Therefore, it is beneficial for NASA to establish a formal relationship with IRI. The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on Monday, February 24, 2014. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government. Oral communications are acceptable in response to this notice. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at [ ub_library/Omb.html ] .


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