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Special Notice - R-- Black Knight Financial Services Subscription for the Veterans Benefits Administration, Loan Guaranty Services.

August 20, 2014

Notice Type: Special Notice

Posted Date: 19-AUG-14

Office Address: Department of Veterans Affairs;Veterans Benefits Administration;Office of Acquisition;1800 G. Street N.W.;Washington DC 20006

Subject: R-- Black Knight Financial Services Subscription for the Veterans Benefits Administration, Loan Guaranty Services.

Classification Code: R - Professional, administrative, and management support services

Contact: Elaine JudsonContract Specialist 404-929-5511

Description: Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Center for Acquisition Innovation (Washington)

VA CAI Washington

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Loan Guaranty Service (LGY) intends to solicit, negotiate and award a contract on a Sole Source basis to Black Knight Financial Services (BKFS), Lender Processing Services, 601 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL. The Contracting Officer has determined that Black Knight Financial Services is the only source that can reasonably meet the VBA's requirement pursuant to FAR 6.302-1, Other Than Full and Open Competition - Only One Source. The VBA shall require BFKS to provide subscription services. BFKS data provides loan-level data from loan servicers and compiles it into the quarterly OCC Mortgage Metrics Report. LGY will be able to use the data to analyze VA-guaranteed home loan performance with a greater level of specificity than is currently possible, and assess how the VA portfolio is performing relative to the rest of the industry. In turn, this will allow LGY to develop proactive, data-driven policies and procedures to assist Veteran homebuyers and continually improve the performance of VA loans. BFKS is the only known subscription service that can provide the data that would satisfy the Government's needs.

The VA intends to award a contract for a base year plus four one-year option periods. NAICS code 518210 is assigned to this project. This notice is not a competitive request for proposals. A competitive solicitation will not be issued. However, the Government will give consideration to interested parties that identify their interest and capability submitted to the Contracting Officer by 4:00 PM EDST on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

All responses shall be emailed to Elaine Judson at A determination by the Government not to compete this requirement based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government.

4. Identification of Statutory Authority.

The statutory exception permitting other than full and open competition for this acquisition is

10 U.S.C. 2304(c) (5), Authorized or Required by Statute as implemented by FAR 6.302-5. The applicable statute is Public Law 109-461, Veterans First Contracting Program.

5. Demonstration of Contractor's Unique Qualifications.

NCS has met the terms of our existing contract (VA-316-PO-00018) since September 30, 2010. Currently, NCS is providing the VA the necessary data to meet The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements where VA was instructed to develop an outcome measure that would identify a rate or percentage of veterans that use their educational assistance benefit to readjust to civilian life; specifically complete a degree. Using this outcome measure in the Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART) will assist in improving Federal government program performance. A PART review helps identify a programs strengths and weaknesses to inform funding and management decisions aimed at making the program more effective.

NSC is a non-profit organization founded by the higher education community, and streamlines the student record verification process for colleges and universities, high schools and high school districts, students and alumni, lending institutions, employers, the U.S. Department of Education and other organizations. The Clearinghouse maintains a comprehensive electronic registry of student records that provides a single, automated point-of-contact for organizations and individuals requiring timely, accurate verification of student enrollment, diploma, degree, and loan data. VA is unaware of any other organization, company (nor veteran owned businesses) or agency that maintains a data resource as thorough as NCS. More than 3,400 colleges, enrolling 96% of US college students, and hundreds of high school districts nationwide participate in the Clearinghouse. The federal government and others access NSC registry over 100 million times annually to conduct electronic student record verifications.


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