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Combine Solicitation - Amazon Web Services (AWS)

July 31, 2014

Notice Type: Combine Solicitation

Posted Date: 30-JUL-14

Office Address: Department of Commerce; National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Acquisition Management Division; 100 Bureau Drive, Building 301Room B130 Gaithersburg MD 20899-1410

Subject: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Classification Code: D - Information technology services, including telecommunications services

Solicitation Number: SB1341-14-RP-0060

Contact: Abdul-Kudus Abdul-Kudus, Contract Specialist, Phone 3019758497, Email - Todd D Hill, Contracting Officer, Phone 301-975-8802, Fax 301-975-8884, Email

Setaside: Total Small BusinessTotal Small Business

Description: Department of Commerce

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Acquisition Management Division


1352.215-72 INQUIRIES (APR 2010) Offerors must submit all questions concerning this solicitation in writing to Questions should be received no later than August 7, 2014. Any responses to questions will be made in writing, without identification of the questioner, and will be included in an amendment to the solicitation. Even if provided in other form, only the question responses included in the amendment to the solicitation will govern performance of the contract. (End of Provision)

The associated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this procurement is 518210 with a small business size standard of $25 million.

This acquisition is 100% set-aside for small business.

This is a name brand requirement. Only proposals from authorized AWS resellers will be accepted.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the only known source that operates a virtual Marketplace that helps customers find, buy, and immediately start using the software and services that run in the EC2 cloud. NIST scientific use cases dictate the need for a marketplace designed to share virtual machines with collaborators from industry and academia. This market place for Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) only exists in AWS.

Furthermore, NIST has invested in significant documentation, development, and network engineering such that selecting another manufacturer would necessitate reconstruction of the IaaS public cloud environment with a cost to the government that would exceed the value of the requested contract. Transition to a new manufacturer would also require a new accreditation process reviews resulting in significant additional expenses. The cloud computing service offered by Amazon is both the most technically advantageous and the most cost-efficient in that it enables NIST to avoid adoption and accreditation expenses, while providing FedRAMP compliant services with flexible Marketplace and Hybrid cloud compatibility.

Amazon Web Services is uniquely positioned with a geographically dispersed backbone and data centers, a dedicated focus on Cloud Storage, Virtual Machines, and secure environment to provide scalable cost-efficient solutions for NIST to complete our IaaS pilot project to discover how cloud services can help our scientists reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and increase innovation. The AWS solution is only available from limited authorized government partners as designated by AWS.

The Government do not intend on making multiple awards.

All offerors shall provide a quotation for the following line items:

Line Item 0001: Base Year

Contractor shall provide Amazon Web Services in accordance with the attached Statement of Work.

Line Item 0002 Option Year I

Contractor shall provide Amazon Web Services in accordance with the attached Statement of Work.

Line Item 0003 Option Year II

Contractor shall provide Amazon Web Services in accordance with the attached Statement of Work.

Line Item 0004 Option Year III

Contractor shall provide Amazon Web Services in accordance with the attached Statement of Work.


See Attachment A - Statement of Work


The contractor shall furnish the necessary personnel, material, and equipment to provide Amazon Web Services as defined in the Statement of Work.


The purpose of this procurement is to acquire AWS commercial cloud services that will provide an on-demand, self-service Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering to NIST OISM's customers. The goal is to establish consolidated and integrated public service delivery capability for Development/Testing that will streamline the implementation and support of virtual machines, and applications to the Public Cloud. NIST requires a Public Cloud offering compatible with private cloud platforms we are currently testing. Interoperability between cloud platforms is an important objective of the IaaS pilot and evaluating Hybrid Clouds.

Minimum Requirements

See Attachment A- Statement of Work


Contractor shall provide standard commercial warranty.


Delivery should be FOB DESTINATION and be completed in accordance with the offeror's commercial schedule.


The following provisions and clauses apply to this acquisition and are hereby incorporated by reference. All FAR clauses may be viewed at


52.204-7 System for Award Management; 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors-Commercial Items; 52.212-2 Evaluation-Commercial Items; 52.212-3 Offerors Representations and Certifications- Commercial Items; 52.217-5 Evaluation of Options;

52.252-2 Clauses Incorporated by Reference This contract incorporates one or more clauses by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available. Also, the full text of a clause may be accessed electronically at this/these address(es):

Offerors shall complete annual representations and certifications on-line at in accordance with FAR 52.212-3 Offerors Representations and Certifications- Commercial Items. If paragraph (j) of the provision is applicable, a written submission is required.

Clauses The following clauses apply to this acquisition:

52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items (Jun 2014)-- including subparagraphs: 52.203-6, Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales to the Government 52.204-10 Reporting Executive Compensation and First Tier Subcontract Awards 52.209-6 Protecting the Government's Interest when subcontracting with Contractor's Debarred, Suspended or proposed for Debarment 52.209-10 Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting 52.222-3, Convict Labor; 52.222-19 Child Labor - Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies; 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities; 52-222-26, Equal Opportunity; 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities; 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans 52.222-40 Notification of Employee RightsUnder the National Labor Relations Act 52.223-18 Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving 52.225-1, Buy American Act - Supplies 52.225-13 Restriction on Certain Foreign Purchases; 52.232-30, Installment Payments for Commercial Items 52.232-33 Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Central Contractor Registration.

52.247-34 F.O.B. Destination

The following CAR clauses: (

1352.201-70 Contracting Officer's Authority 1352.201-72 Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) 1352.209-73 Compliance With The Laws 1352.209-74 Organizational Conflict of Interest 1352.239-71 Electronic and Information Technology 1352.246-70 Place of Acceptance

NIST LOCAL-04 Billing Instructions (a) NIST prefers electronic Invoice/Voucher submissions and they should be emailed to AMDINV@NIST.GOV and INVOICE@NIST.GOV (b) Each Invoice or Voucher submitted shall include the following: (1) Contract Number. (2) Contractor Name and Address. (3) Date of Invoice. (4) Invoice Number. (5) Amount of Invoice and Cumulative Amount Invoiced to-date. (6) Contract Line Item Number (CLIN). (7) Description, Quantity, Unit of Measure, Unit Price, and Extended Price of Supplies/Services Delivered. (8) Prompt Payment Discount Terms, if Offered. (9) Any other information or documentation required by the contract. (c) In the event electronic submissions are not used, The Contractor shall submit an original invoice or voucher in accordance with the payment provisions of this contract to:

NIST: Accounts Payable Office 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 1621 Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1621 (End of clause)


Central Contractor Registration

In accordance with FAR 52.204-7, the awardee must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration ( prior to award. Refusal to register shall forfeit award.

Due Date for Quotations

Offerors shall submit their quotations so that NIST receives them not later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, August 15, 2014. FAX and hard-copy quotations shall not be accepted. E-mail quotations shall be accepted at Offerors' quotations shall not be deemed received by the Government until the quotation is entered into the e-mail address inbox set forth above.

Addendum to FAR 52.212-1, Quotation Preparation Instructions

1) Volume I - Price Quotation: The pricing quotation shall be separate from any other portion of the quotation. The offeror shall propose a firm-fixed-price, preferably FOB Destination, for each CLIN. Price quotations shall remain valid for a period of 90 days from the date quotations are due. 2) Volume II-Technical Quotation: The technical quotation shall address the following: Technical Capability: The offeror shall submit a technical solution for this requirement that demonstrates a sound and feasible approach to complete the tasks detailed in the Statement of Work, as well as a sufficient understanding of the tasks and deliverables required by the statement of Work, and the purpose of the requirement.

Offerors shall submit DOCUMENTATION showing that they are authorized resellers of the requested items or manufacturer of proposed brand.

Experience: The offeror shall demonstrate the extent to which it has recently performed similar work.

Past Performance: The offeror shall provide past performance information regarding relevant contracts over the past five (3) years with Federal, state, or local governments, or commercial customers. If the offeror intends to subcontract with another firm(s) for part of this requirement, that firm's past performance information shall also be provided. If the offeror has no relevant past performance, it may include a statement to that effect in its quotation. The government reserves the right to consider data obtained from sources other than those described by the offeror in its quotation. It is recommended that approximately 3-5 contracts be referenced.

The description of each contract/order described in this section shall not exceed one half page in length. For each contract/order, the offeror shall provide the following information: 1. Contract number; 2. Description and relevance to solicitation requirements including dollar value; 3. Period of Performance - indicate by month and year the state and completion (or "ongoing") dates for the contract; 4. Reference contact - If a non-Government contract, identify the name and address of the client with current telephone number and email address of a point of contact of the client responsible for the contract; 5. Contracting Office - If a Government contract (Federal or state), identify the Procuring Contracting Officer (PCO), administrative Contracting Officer (ACO), and Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), and their names, current telephone numbers and email addresses. 6. Problems Encountered - include information regarding information regarding any problems encountered on the contracts described above and corrective actions taken to resolve those problems. Acceptance of Terms and Conditions: This is an open-market solicitation for services as defined herein. The Government intends to award a Purchase Order as a result of this solicitation that will include the clauses set forth herein. The quotation should include one of the following statements:

"The terms and conditions in the solicitation are acceptable to be included in the award document without modification, deletion, or addition."


"The terms and conditions in the solicitation are acceptable to be included in the award document with the exception, deletion, or addition of the following:

Offeror shall list exception(s) and rationale for the exception(s)

Note: This procurement is not being conducted under the GSA Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) program or another Government-Wide Area Contract (GWAC). If an offeror submits a quotation based upon an FSS or GWAC contract, the Government will accept the quoted price. However, the terms and conditions stated herein will be included in any resultant Purchase Order, not the terms and conditions of the offeror's FSS or GWAC contract, and the statement required above shall be included in the quotation.


Evaluation Factors

Award shall be made to the offeror whose quotation offers the best value to the Government price and other factors considered. The Government will evaluate quotations based on the following evaluation criteria: 1) Technical Capability, 2) Experience, 3) Past Performance, and Price.

Basis for Award This requirement will be awarded to the offeror who provides a technically acceptable quotation at the lowest price. The contracting officer intends on awarding without discussions. A quotation will only be considered technically acceptable if it clearly demonstrates compliance with this solicitation. The apparent successful awardee shall also have satisfactory past performance and demonstrated experience as an authorized AWS re-seller.

Past Performance: The Government will evaluate the Offeror's past performance information and, if appropriate, its proposed subcontractors' past performance to determine its relevance to the current requirement and the extent to which it demonstrates that the offeror has successfully completed relevant contracts in the past three years. In assessing the offeror's past performance information, NIST will evaluate, as appropriate, successful performance of contract requirements, quality and timeliness of delivery of goods and services, cost management, communications between contracting parties, proactive management and customer satisfaction.. Evaluation of this factor will be based on information contained in the technical portion of the quotation and information provided by references. The Government will evaluate past performance information by contacting appropriate references, including NIST references, if applicable. The Government may also consider other available information in evaluating the Offeror's past performance. The Government will assign a neutral rating if the offeror has no relevant past performance information.

NOTE -- If an offeror does not have a history of relevant contract experience, or if past performance information is not available, the offeror will receive a neutral past performance rating; however, an offeror without a history of relevant experience may receive a lowered rating for the Experience Factor.

Price: The Government will evaluate price for reasonableness.

1352.233-70 AGENCY PROTESTS (APR 2010) (a) An agency protest may be filed with either: (1) the contracting officer, or (2) at a level above the contracting officer, with the appropriate agency Protest Decision Authority. See 64 Fed. Reg. 16,651 (April 6, 1999) (b) Agency protests filed with the Contracting Officer shall be sent to the following address: NIST/ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT DIVISION ATTN: TODD HILL, CONTRACTING OFFICER 100 Bureau Drive, MS 1640 Gaithersburg, MD 20899

(c) Agency protests filed with the agency Protest Decision Authority shall be sent to the following address: NIST/ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT DIVISION ATTN: HEAD OF THE CONTRACTING OFFICE (HCO) 100 Bureau Drive, MS 1640 Gaithersburg, MD 20899

(d) A complete copy of all agency protests, including all attachments, shall be served upon the Contract Law Division of the Office of the General Counsel within one day of filing a protest with either the Contracting Officer or the Protest Decision Authority. (e) Service upon the Contract Law Division shall be made as follows: U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel Chief, Contract Law Division Room 5893 Herbert C. Hoover Building14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20230. FAX: (202) 482-5858


(a) A protest may be filed with either the Government Accountability Office (GAO) or the Court of Federal Claims unless an agency protest has been filed. (b) A complete copy of all GAO or Court of Federal Claims protests, including all attachments, shall be served upon (i) the Contracting Officer, and (ii) the Contract Law Division of the Office of the General Counsel, within one day of filing a protest with either GAO or the Court of Federal Claims. (c) Service upon the Contract Law Division shall be made as follows:

U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel Chief, Contract Law Division Room 5893 Herbert C. Hoover Building14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20230. FAX: (202) 482-5858

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