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Research Report on China-Iran Relations

Solicitation Number: USCC-024
Agency: U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission
Location: U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS


March 15, 2012


PERIOD OF PROPOSAL SUBMISSION ENDS:


5:30 PM, April 6, 2012


The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (hereafter “the Commission”) invites submission of proposals to provide a one-time unclassified report on relations between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Iran, with particular emphases on: Chinese supports to the development of Iran’s nuclear program; Chinese supports to the development of Iran’s missile programs; and Chinese investments in Iran’s energy sector.


ABOUT THE COMMISSION.  The Commission was established by Congress in 2000 to monitor and report to Congress on the economic and national security dimensions of the United States’ trade and economic ties with the PRC. Further details about the Commission are available on its website at: www.uscc.gov .


The Commission solicits this research pursuant to its Congressional mandate (contained in 22 U.S.C. 7002), which states that “The Commission… shall investigate and report exclusively on…


“PROLIFERATION PRACTICES.—The role of the People’s Republic of China in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other weapons (including dual use technologies), including actions the United States might take to encourage the People’s Republic of China to cease such practices.



“ENERGY.—The effect of the large and growing economy of the People’s Republic of China on world energy supplies and the role the United States can play (including through joint research and development efforts and technological assistance) in influencing the energy policy of the People’s Republic of China.”


ABOUT PROPOSALS.  The Commission solicits proposals from contractors capable of providing a one-time unclassified report on relations between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Iran, with particular emphases on: Chinese supports to the development of Iran’s nuclear program; Chinese supports to the development of Iran’s missile programs; and Chinese investments in Iran’s energy sector.


Key issues and questions to be addressed by the report are:



  1. Provide an overview and assessment of China’s relations with Iran from the Iranian Revolution (1979) to the present, with a particular focus on arms sales and weapons proliferation issues.

  2. Provide an overview and assessment of Chinese investments in Iran’s energy sectors (nuclear, petroleum, natural gas, etc.). What are the major Chinese companies investing in these sectors, and what specific projects are they supporting? In answering these questions, a particular focus should be placed on investments and joint ventures that are in violation of international and/or U.S. sanctions regimes; or that contravene the intended effects of such sanctions (i.e., PRC state-owned companies stepping in to assume market opportunities in Iran’s energy sectors that were vacated by foreign companies in response to international sanctions, etc.).  In particular, the Contractor should analyze apparent compliance with multilateral sanctions regarding the Central Bank of Iran (to include the carrying out of activities in paragraphs #3 and #4, below).

  3. As applicable and to the extent that data is available, provide an overview and assessment regarding the provision from the PRC to Iran of equipment, materials, or knowledge that has benefitted or may have benefitted the development of Iran’s nuclear program.[*] Include as well a discussion of the identity and background of Chinese companies involved in the sale of nuclear-related materials and/or technology to Iran, and whether or not such sales were, or appear to have been, made in violation of either U.S. or international sanctions.

  4. As applicable and to the extent that data is available, provide an overview and assessment regarding the provision from the PRC to Iran of equipment, materials, or knowledge that has benefitted or may have benefitted the development of Iran’s missile programs.[†] Include as well a discussion of the identity and background of Chinese companies involved in the sale of missile-related materials and/or technology to Iran, and whether or not such sales were, or appear to have been, made in violation of either U.S. or  international sanctions.

  5. As applicable and to the extent that data is available, provide an overview and assessment of any logistical supports (i.e., transit permission through PRC territory, use of PRC transportation infrastructure, etc.) given by Chinese actors for third-party (e.g., North Korean) transfers of nuclear and/or missile-related materials to Iran.

  6. As applicable, provide an overview and assessment of any diplomatic supports that the PRC may have granted to Iran regarding its nuclear, missile, and/or other weapons acquisition programs (i.e., efforts to impede or water-down international sanctions regimes, the use of actual or threatened vetoes to block actions in the U.N. Security Council, etc.).

  7. Provide an overview and assessment of any direct or indirect proliferation of nuclear, missile, and/or other weapons technology that may have occurred between the PRC and Iran (i.e., proliferation of nuclear technology from the PRC to Pakistan, and then from Pakistan to Iran via the A.Q. Khan network, etc.). In light of any such identifiable activity, assess the effectiveness of U.S. and international sanctions regimes, and/or counter-proliferation regimes, as they pertain to Iran.

  8. As applicable and to the extent that data is available, provide an assessment as to the extent that proliferation practices by Chinese actors to Iranian actors may or may not be linked to broader PRC national-level policy goals.


Additional Requirements of the Commission:



  1. Prior to the award of any contract, the contractor must be registered in the federal Central Contractor Registry (CCR).

  2. Once a contractor has been selected for this project by the Commission and a contract signed, public notice of this will be made on the Commission’s website.

  3. The Commission’s goal is to have a report prepared for review in a timely fashion.  In ordinary circumstances, once a contractor has been selected by the Commission and a contract signed, a draft of the report must be submitted to the Commission for review no later than 120 days from the date of contract confirmation. The Commission will then endeavor to provide comments and requests for adjustments within 30 days; subsequently, the final report must be submitted within 30 days of formal receipt of the Commission’s comments. The Commission recognizes that, under certain circumstances, a contractor may wish to have more time to prepare the first draft of the report under the contract.  The contractor, in their initial submission, should stipulate the time frame for submissions of the initial review draft.  It is to be understood, however, that time is of the essence in completing research contracts for the Commission.

  4. As work on the report progresses, the Commission’s Research Coordinator shall act as a representative of the Commission in monitoring the progress, quality, and responsiveness of the report to the major issues of concern identified in the RFP. The Research Coordinator shall, on request to the contractor, be entitled to informal briefings on the status of the research work and to readings of the draft in progress.

  5. The contract shall be subject to termination if the Commission deems that the work is of unsatisfactory quality.

  6. At the Commission’s discretion, the report procured via this Request for Proposal may be posted on the Commission’s website.

  7. Each organization or individual responding to this request must warrant that it/he/she will perform this work solely for the Commission, and that the resulting report will not be shared with other parties without the prior written consent of the Commission.

  8. The Commission expects contractors to identify all personnel working on the contract, and that there will not be any delegation of responsibilities to other parties without prior written approval of the Commission.

  9. After completion of the report, the Commission staff, in consultation with the Contractor, will prepare a short summary of the research for posting on the Commission’s web site and other media. The Commission staff shall consult with the contractor in preparing said document.

  10. At the discretion of the Commission, the contractor will be expected to participate in activities relating to the dissemination of a final report. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, briefing the content of the research to Commissioners and Commission staff, appearance as witnesses before hearings held by the Commission, and briefing the contents of the research to staff members of committees of the U.S. Congress. Briefing requests will be reasonable and will be subject to mutual agreement.


Primary Selection Criteria:



  1. The Commission will determine which organization or individual responding to this request will be awarded the contract based on a comprehensive “best value” analysis of the proposals received, to include costs, technical value, and ability to complete the work satisfactorily and on time.

  2. The primary weighting criterion in selection shall be the assessed qualifications and ability of an organization or individual to address the fundamental research points enunciated above (“key issues and questions to be addressed by the report”).

  3. The cost and amount of time necessary to complete the report will also be considered as criteria in the selection process.


Proposal submissions should include:


1.     A statement of the applicant’s relevant qualifications to satisfy the terms of this request for proposals (RFP), to include curricula vitae for personnel intended for work on the project.


2.    Identification of the principal researchers who will be responsible for the preparation of the report.   It is understood that the designation of the researchers is a critical element of the proposal, and any changes regarding which individuals will be involved in the report’s preparation must be approved by the Commission in advance and in writing.


3.     A description of the research methodology the applicant proposes to employ.  In describing methodology, the submission should provide detailed descriptions of the sources and methods that will be used to research the report’s topic and the extent to which Chinese language sources, if any, and other primary materials will be used.


4.   An estimate of the time the applicant will need to complete the required work.


5.     The price the applicant will charge to the Commission to complete the work set forth in this RFP.   


Firms and individuals wishing to submit a proposal in response to this Request for Proposals must ensure that the response arrives at the following location by 5:30 PM on April 6, 2012, or it will not be accepted or considered. 


Electronic submissions are acceptable.


Proposals, as well as inquiries or any other correspondence related to this matter, should be directed to: 


 


John Dotson


Research Coordinator


U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission


Hall of the States, Suite 602


444 North Capitol Street, N.W.


Washington, D.C. 20001


phone:  202-624-1482


e-mail: jdotson@uscc.gov                    







[*] For the purposes of this RFP, the term “nuclear program” is intended to apply both to a civilian nuclear energy program, as well as to alleged efforts by Iran to develop a nuclear weapons capability.




[†] For the purposes of this RFP, the term “missile programs” is intended to apply both to missile variants that could potentially carry a nuclear warhead, as well as to missile variants intended solely for conventional (i.e., high explosive) warheads.



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Research Report on China-Iran Relations -- RFP

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Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
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Research Report on China-Iran Relations -- RFP
Posted Date:
March 15, 2012
Description: Research Report on China-Iran Relations -- RFP
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Hall of the States, Suite 602
444 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
United States
:
John D. Dotson
Phone: 2026241482