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Combine Solicitation - Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System Services

June 25, 2014



Notice Type: Combine Solicitation

Posted Date: 24-JUN-14

Office Address: Department of Health and Human Services; Food and Drug Administration; Office of Acquisitions and Grants Services; 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 2129 Rockville MD 20857-0001

Subject: Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System Services

Classification Code: 70 - General purpose information technology equipment

Solicitation Number: FDA-14-1130551

Contact: Syntoria L Spencer, Contract Specialist, Phone 240.402.7555, Fax 301.827.1044, Email syntoria.spencer@fda.hhs.gov - Linda Giles, Contracting Officer, Phone 240.402.7522, Fax 301.827.1044, Email linda.alexander-giles@fda.hhs.gov

Setaside: N/AN/A

Place of Performance (address): 9200 Cooperate BoulevardRockville, MD

Place of Performance (zipcode): 20850

Place of Performance Country: US

Description: Department of Health and Human Services

Food and Drug Administration

Office of Acquisitions and Grants Services

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in 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. This synopsis is to notify contractors that the government intends to issue a Purchase Order in accordance with FAR Part 13 for the following, under simplified acquisition procedures. The Request for Proposal (RFP) number is FDA-14-1130551. Provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 05-45 are incorporated into this request. It is the contractor's responsibility to be familiar with the applicable clauses and provisions. The provisions and clauses may be accessed in full text at www.acquisition.gov/far. The NAICS code is 511210, Periodical Publishers. There is no set-aside for this acquisition. All qualified vendors are encouraged to respond. The purpose of this procurement is to establish a contract for a CQ-Roll Call (BRAND NAME OR EQUAL) Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System web services. Performance for this requirement consists of one 12-month base period and four option years.

CLIN 0001 - Base Period: Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System web services (Brand Name or Equal), Period of Performance: 12 months

CLIN 0002 Option Period One: Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System web services (Brand Name or Equal), Period of Performance: 12 months.

CLIN 0003 Option Period Two: Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System web services (Brand Name or Equal), Period of Performance: 12 months

CLIN 0004 Option Period Three: Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System web services (Brand Name or Equal), Period of Performance: 12 months

CLIN 0005 Option Period Four: Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System web services Brand Name or Equal), Period of Performance: 12 months

1. Background The FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) was established by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (the Act), which was signed into law on June 22, 2009. The Center has responsibility for the implementation of the Act. The Office of Policy (OP) serves as the primary organization responsible for capturing and analyzing data in order to provide analysis and policy options while working with public health and industry partners to reduce the health impact of tobacco use.

There are five strategic goals of the OP: * Facilitate Center-wide efforts to identify, prioritize, and develop new policies and initiatives to reduce tobacco use and its harms * Evaluate the effectiveness of CTP policies and initiatives in reducing tobacco use and its harms and guide the development of improvements and more effective alternatives * Establish and maintain meaningful and appropriate relationships with the government and non­ government agencies and organizations, the tobacco industry, and others to strengthen support for CTP and improve the development and implementation of CTP policies and initiatives * Serve as a resource to CTP for information about the tobacco industry, tobacco use and its harms, and costs, and tobacco control and its benefits, and for related legal, economic and policy analysis

One of the most challenging goals of OP is to: "Establish and maintain meaningful and appropriate relationships with the government and non-government agencies and organizations, the tobacco industry, and others to strengthen support for CTP and improve the development and implementation of CTP policies and initiatives". In order to meet this goal to meet the dynamic needs of CTP, OP requires efficient access to track federal and state legislative and regulatory developments as it relates to tobacco. This type of activity requires careful attention to detail, reliable sources of information (high accuracy and frequency), and a format that is easily manipulated for use by various audiences. Since 2012, OP has used the subscription services of Congressional Quarterly (StateTrack and Premiere Subscription Services) as a way to collect data on legislative and regulatory developments in federal and state tobacco control. Additionally, use of this service has allowed OP to support the regulatory science behind CTP's regulatory authorities. OP would like to maintain access to timely and efficient information in order to continue to successfully meet its strategic goal.

2. Objective OP requires web based subscription system access to track federal and state legislative and regulatory developments as it relates to tobacco. This web based subscription system access shall be able to provide bill tracking, breaking congressional news, and access to legislative and regulatory summaries, reports, and archives.

3. Technical Requirements The contractor shall provide FDA users with a resource and or product as delineated below:

Access Requirements: a. Real-time, up to the minute legislative and regulatory updates. b. Allow for users to search all 50 states and federal government legislation, executive orders, and regulations. c. Allow for access to reports and legislative and/or regulatory analysis on special topics. d. Customized and instant congressional news and news relevant to the Department of Health and Human Services. e. Ability to access and provide archived information instantly without the use of second and third party platforms. f. Customized alerts and query results for specific queries. g. Ability to provide customized reports on legislative and regulatory activities without sacrificing data integrity. h. Platform for sharing information amongst end user team members, others within the end users organization, end user partners, stakeholders, and the general public. i. Media updates and alerts about legislative and regulatory activities of all 50 states and the federal government. j. Ability to provide both public and private access with specialized permissions. k. Linking of information to seminal resources. l. Web-based subscription system that does not require integration into the FDA IT architecture. m. Option to allow users to create specialized legislative tracking documents, tables, and reports that may be made available to the public.

Technical Support Requirements: Technical support to troubleshoot connectivity issues, user accounts and access. Support is required during normal business hours (8:30a- 5:00pmEastern Time, Monday- Friday, excluding Government holidays).

Training Requirements: Provision of remote and in-person training, as needed, on the subscription and the services provided under the access requirements

4. Period of Performance Twelve (12) months from the date of award with four (4) option years.

5. Evaluation Factors for Award The Government will award a task order from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer represents the best value to the Government. FDA is conducting this source selection using a trade-off/best value methodology. Technical merit is significantly more important than price in determining the successful offeror. However, among equally rated technical proposals, price will be the determining factor. The Government reserves the right to award a task order without discussions if the Contracting Officer determines that the initial offer(s) is/are providing the best value and discussions are not necessary.

The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers: 1. Technical Approach (features Meeting/Exceeding Salient Requirements (Brand Name or Equal) 2. Price (all CLINs shall be priced)

6. Proposal Instructions To Offerors Offerors are required to submit their proposals in two separate volumes as follows: Volume I - Technical Proposal Volume II - Pricing Proposal

The completion and submission of the above items will constitute an offer (proposal) and will indicate the offeror's unconditional assent to the terms and conditions of this RFP and any attachments hereto. Alternate proposals are not authorized. Objections to any terms and conditions of the RFP will constitute deficiency, which may render the offer unacceptable.

Volume I - Technical: This portion of the proposal to include all data and information required for technical evaluation of brand name or equal product, and exclude any reference to the pricing aspects of each offer. If an equal product is proposed, offeror shall demonstrate how that product is equal to the brand name product. Offerors shall demonstrate in sufficient detail that the proposed solution will successfully meet the requirements of the salient characteristics. For purposes of clarification, offerors are encouraged to provide trial access to their products to demonstrate how the requirements of the salient characteristics will be met.

Volume II - Pricing: This volume shall include the complete pricing. Offerors shall propose pricing for one twelve (12)-month base period and four (4) option years. Offerors shall price each CLIN and clearly state an overall cost to the Government (inclusive of options).

7. Clauses and Administrative Data

Far Clauses 52.211-6 Brand Name or Equal (AUG 1999) 52.212-1 -- Instructions to Offerors -- Commercial Items (Apr 2014) 52.212-4 -- Contract Terms and Conditions -- Commercial Items (May 2014) 52.212-5 -- Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders -- Commercial Items (May 2014) (a) The Contractor shall comply with the following Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clauses, which are incorporated in this contract by reference, to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items: (1) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Feb 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)). ___Alternate I (Aug 2007) of 52.222-50 (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)). (2) 52.233-3, Protest After Award (AUG 1996) (31 U.S.C. 3553). (3) 52.233-4, Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim (OCT 2004)"(Public Laws 108- 77 and 108-78 (19 U.S.C. 3805 note)). (b) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (b) that the Contracting Officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items: _X_ (1) 52.203-6, Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales to the Government (Sept 2006), with Alternate I (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 4704 and 10 U.S.C. 2402). __ (2) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Apr 2010) (41 U.S.C. 3509)). __ (3) 52.203-15, Whistleblower Protections under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (June 2010) (Section 1553 of Pub. L. 111-5). (Applies to contracts funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.) __ (4) 52.204-10, Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards (Jul 2013) (Pub. L. 109-282) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note). __ (5) [Reserved]. _ _ (6) 52.204-14, Service Contract Reporting Requirements (Jan 2014) (Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Div. C). __ (7) 52.204-15, Service Contract Reporting Requirements for Indefinite-Delivery Contracts (Jan 2014) (Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Div. C). _X_ (8) 52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment. (Aug 2013) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note). __ (9) 52.209-9, Updates of Publicly Available Information Regarding Responsibility Matters (Jul 2013) (41 U.S.C. 2313). _X_ (10) 52.209-10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations (May 2012) (section 738 of Division C of Pub. L. 112-74, section 740 of Division C of Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Division D of Pub. L. 111-8, and section 745 of Division D of Pub. L. 110-161). __ (11) 52.219-3, Notice of HUBZone Set-Aside or Sole-Source Award (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657a). _X_ (12) 52.219-4, Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns (JAN 2011) (if the offeror elects to waive the preference, it shall so indicate in its offer) (15 U.S.C. 657a). __ (13) [Reserved] __ (14)(i) 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644). __ (ii) Alternate I (Nov 2011). __ (iii) Alternate II (Nov 2011). __ (15)(i) 52.219-7, Notice of Partial Small Business Set-Aside (June 2003) (15 U.S.C. 644). __ (ii) Alternate I (Oct 1995) of 52.219-7. __ (iii) Alternate II (Mar 2004) of 52.219-7. __ (16) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (May 2014) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)). __ (17)(i) 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)). __ (ii) Alternate I (Oct 2001) of 52.219-9. __ (iii) Alternate II (Oct 2001) of 52.219-9. __ (iv) Alternate III (Jul 2010) of 52.219-9. __ (18) 52.219-13, Notice of Set-Aside of Orders (Nov 2011)(15 U.S.C. 644(r)). __ (19) 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 637(a)(14)). __ (20) 52.219-16, Liquidated Damages-Subcon-tracting Plan (Jan 1999) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)(F)(i)). __ (21)(i) 52.219-23, Notice of Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns (OCT 2008) (10 U.S.C. 2323) (if the offeror elects to waive the adjustment, it shall so indicate in its offer). __ (ii) Alternate I (June 2003) of 52.219-23. __ (22) 52.219-25, Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program-Disadvantaged Status and Reporting (Jul 2013) (Pub. L. 103-355, section 7102, and 10 U.S.C. 2323). __ (23) 52.219-26, Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program- Incentive Subcontracting (Oct 2000) (Pub. L. 103-355, section 7102, and 10 U.S.C. 2323). __ (24) 52.219-27, Notice of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657 f). __ (25) 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)). __ (26) 52.219-29, Notice of Set-Aside for Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Concerns (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)). __ (27) 52.219-30, Notice of Set-Aside for Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Concerns Eligible Under the WOSB Program (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)). _X (28) 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003) (E.O. 11755). _X (29) 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Jan 2014) (E.O. 13126). X (30) 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Feb 1999). X (31) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246). X (32) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Sep 2010)(38 U.S.C. 4212). X (33) 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (Oct 2010) (29 U.S.C. 793). X (34) 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (SEP 2010) (38 U.S.C. 4212). __ (35) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496). X (36) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (AUG 2013). (Executive Order 12989). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items or certain other types of commercial items as prescribed in 22.1803.) __ (37)(i) 52.223-9, Estimate of Percentage of Recovered Material Content for EPA- Designated Items (May 2008) (42 U.S.C. 6962(c)(3)(A)(ii)). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items.) __ (ii) Alternate I (May 2008) of 52.223-9 (42 U.S.C. 6962(i)(2)(C)). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items.) __ (38) 52.223-15, Energy Efficiency in Energy-Consuming Products (DEC 2007) (42 U.S.C. 8259b). __ (39)(i) 52.223-16, IEEE 1680 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products (DEC 2007) (E.O. 13423). __ (ii) Alternate I (DEC 2007) of 52.223-16. _X (40) 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving (AUG 2011) (E.O. 13513). __ (41) 52.225-1, Buy American-Supplies (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 83). X (42)(i) 52.225-3, Buy American-Free Trade Agreements-Israeli Trade Act (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 83, 19 U.S.C. 3301 note, 19 U.S.C. 2112 note, 19 U.S.C. 3805 note, 19 U.S.C. 4001 note, Pub. L. 103-182, 108-77, 108-78, 108-286, 108-302, 109-53, 109-169, 109-283, 110-138, 112-41, 112-42, and 112-43. __ (ii) Alternate I (May 2014) of 52.225-3. __ (iii) Alternate II (May 2014) of 52.225-3. __ (iv) Alternate III (May 2014) of 52.225-3. __ (43) 52.225-5, Trade Agreements (NOV 2013) (19 U.S.C. 2501, et seq., 19 U.S.C. 3301 note). X (44) 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases (June 2008) (E.O.'s, proclamations, and statutes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury). __ (45) 52.225-26, Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States (Jul 2013) (Section 862, as amended, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008; 10 U.S.C. 2302 Note). __ (46) 52.226-4, Notice of Disaster or Emergency Area Set-Aside (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150). __ (47) 52.226-5, Restrictions on Subcontracting Outside Disaster or Emergency Area (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150). __ (48) 52.232-29, Terms for Financing of Purchases of Commercial Items (Feb 2002) (41 U.S.C. 4505, 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)). __ (49) 52.232-30, Installment Payments for Commercial Items (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 4505, 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)). X (50) 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332). __ (51) 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Other than System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332). __ (52) 52.232-36, Payment by Third Party (May 2014) (31 U.S.C. 3332). X (53) 52.239-1, Privacy or Security Safeguards (Aug 1996) (5 U.S.C. 552a). __ (54)(i) 52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flag Commercial Vessels (Feb 2006) (46 U.S.C. Appx. 1241(b) and 10 U.S.C. 2631). __ (ii) Alternate I (Apr 2003) of 52.247-64. (c) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (c), applicable to commercial services, that the Contracting Officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items: __ (1) 52.222-41, Service Contract Labor Standards (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). __ (2) 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67). __ (3) 52.222-43, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Labor Standards-Price Adjustment (Multiple Year and Option Contracts) (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67). __ (4) 52.222-44, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Labor Standards-Price Adjustment (May 2014) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. chapter 67). X (5) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). __ (6) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Certain Services-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). __ (7) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (May 2014) (E.O.13495). __ (8) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations (May 2014) (42 U.S.C. 1792). __ (9) 52.237-11, Accepting and Dispensing of $1 Coin (Sept 2008) (31 U.S.C. 5112(p)(1)). (d) Comptroller General Examination of Record. The Contractor shall comply with the provisions of this paragraph (d) if this contract was awarded using other than sealed bid, is in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold, and does not contain the clause at 52.215-2, Audit and Records-Negotiation. (1) The Comptroller General of the United States, or an authorized representative of the Comptroller General, shall have access to and right to examine any of the Contractor's directly pertinent records involving transactions related to this contract. (2) The Contractor shall make available at its offices at all reasonable times the records, materials, and other evidence for examination, audit, or reproduction, until 3 years after final payment under this contract or for any shorter period specified in FAR Subpart 4.7, Contractor Records Retention, of the other clauses of this contract. If this contract is completely or partially terminated, the records relating to the work terminated shall be made available for 3 years after any resulting final termination settlement. Records relating to appeals under the disputes clause or to litigation or the settlement of claims arising under or relating to this contract shall be made available until such appeals, litigation, or claims are finally resolved. (3) As used in this clause, records include books, documents, accounting procedures and practices, and other data, regardless of type and regardless of form. This does not require the Contractor to create or maintain any record that the Contractor does not maintain in the ordinary course of business or pursuant to a provision of law. (e)(1) Notwithstanding the requirements of the clauses in paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d) of this clause, the Contractor is not required to flow down any FAR clause, other than those in this paragraph (e)(1) in a subcontract for commercial items. Unless otherwise indicated below, the extent of the flow down shall be as required by the clause- (i) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Apr 2010) (41 U.S.C. 3509). (ii) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (May 2014) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)), in all subcontracts that offer further subcontracting opportunities. If the subcontract (except subcontracts to small business concerns) exceeds $650,000 ($1.5 million for construction of any public facility), the subcontractor must include 52.219-8 in lower tier subcontracts that offer subcontracting opportunities. (iii) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (May 2014) (E.O. 13495). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (l) of FAR clause 52.222-17. (iv) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246). (v) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Sep 2010) (38 U.S.C. 4212). (vi) 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (Oct 2010) (29 U.S.C. 793). (vii) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (f) of FAR clause 52.222-40. (viii) 52.222-41, Service Contract Labor Standards (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). (ix) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Feb 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)). ___Alternate I (Aug 2007) of 52.222-50 (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)). (x) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). (xi) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Certain Services-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). (xii) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (AUG 2013). (xiii) 52.225-26, Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States (Jul 2013) (Section 862, as amended, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008; 10 U.S.C. 2302 Note). (xiv) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations (May 2014) (42 U.S.C. 1792). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (e) of FAR clause 52.226-6. (xv) 52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flag Commercial Vessels (Feb 2006) (46 U.S.C. Appx. 1241(b) and 10 U.S.C. 2631). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (d) of FAR clause 52.247-64. (2) While not required, the contractor may include in its subcontracts for commercial items a minimal number of additional clauses necessary to satisfy its contractual obligations. (End of clause) Alternate I (Feb 2000). As prescribed in 12.301(b)(4)(i), delete paragraph (d) from the basic clause, redesignate paragraph (e) as paragraph (d), and revise the reference to "paragraphs (a), (b), (c), or (d) of this clause" in the redesignated paragraph (d) to read "paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this clause." Alternate II (May 2014). As prescribed in 12.301(b)(4)(ii), substitute the following paragraphs (d)(1) and (e)(1) for paragraphs (d)(1) and (e)(1) of the basic clause as follows: (d)(1) The Comptroller General of the United States, an appropriate Inspector General appointed under section 3 or 8G of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), or an authorized representative of either of the foregoing officials shall have access to and right to- (i) Examine any of the Contractor's or any subcontractors' records that pertain to, and involve transactions relating to, this contract; and (ii) Interview any officer or employee regarding such transactions. (e)(1) Notwithstanding the requirements of the clauses in paragraphs (a), (b), and (c), of this clause, the Contractor is not required to flow down any FAR clause in a subcontract for commercial items, other than- (i) Paragraph (d) of this clause. This paragraph flows down to all subcontracts, except the authority of the Inspector General under paragraph (d)(1)(ii) does not flow down; and (ii) Those clauses listed in this paragraph (e)(1). Unless otherwise indicated below, the extent of the flow down shall be as required by the clause- (A) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Apr 2010) (41 U.S.C. 3509). (B) 52.203-15, Whistleblower Protections Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (June 2010) (Section 1553 of Pub. L. 111-5). (C) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (May 2014) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)), in all subcontracts that offer further subcontracting opportunities. If the subcontract (except subcontracts to small business concerns) exceeds $650,000 ($1.5 million for construction of any public facility), the subcontractor must include 52.219-8 in lower tier subcontracts that offer subcontracting opportunities. (D) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246). (E) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Sep 2010) (38 U.S.C. 4212). (F) 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (Oct 2010) (29 U.S.C. 793). (G) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (f) of FAR clause 52.222-40. (H) 52.222-41, Service Contract Labor Standards (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). (I) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Feb 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)). (J) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). (K) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Labor Standards to Contracts for Certain Services-Requirements (May 2014) (41 U.S.C. chapter 67). (L) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (Aug 2013). (M) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations. (May 2014) (42 U.S.C. 1792). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (e) of FAR clause 52.226-6. (N) 52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flag Commercial Vessels (Feb 2006) (46 U.S.C. Appx. 1241(b) and 10 U.S.C. 2631). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (d) of FAR clause 52.247-64.

52.213-2 Invoices (APR 1984)

52.217-9 Option to Extend the Term of the Contract (Mar 2000) (a) The Government may extend the term of this contract by written notice to the Contractor within 1 day; provided that the Government gives the Contractor a preliminary written notice of its intent to extend at least 1 day before the contract expires. The preliminary notice does not commit the Government to an extension. (b) If the Government exercises this option, the extended contract shall be considered to include this option clause. (c) The total duration of this contract, including the exercise of any options under this clause, shall not exceed 60 months.

(End of Clause)

Adminstrative Data System for Award Management (SAM): In accordance with FAR 52.212-4, Offerors shall be registered in the SAM database to be considered for award.

Submission of Questions and Proposals QUESTIONS: Offerors shall submit questions to the Contract Specialist, Syntoria L. Spencer via email at syntoria.spencer@fda.hhs.gov. Please reference the specific area and location in the RFP or SOW when asking the question. All questions must be submitted no later than 2:00PM, Eastern Time (ET), Friday, June 27, 2014. FDA will provide responses to questions, if submitted, no later 2:00 PM ET, Thursday, July 3, 2014.

RFP DUE DATE: Responses to this RFP shall be submitted to Syntoria L. Spencer, via email at syntoria.spencer@fda.hhs.gov as a MS Word and Adobe PDF attachment no later than 2:00PM ET, Thursday, July 10, 2014.

The contractor is requested to hold price quotations for a minimum of 45 days.

Link/URL: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/FDA/DCASC/FDA-14-1130551/listing.html


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