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United States National Data Center (US NDC) Operations Support & Studies (OSS) (US NDC Follow-On)

Solicitation Number: FA7022-13-R-USNDC-OSS
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: 25th Air Force
Location: 25th AF/PK OL-P
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1.0 Description

The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) TT Directorate and AFISRA/A7KR are conducting Market Research for non-personal services to provide United States National Data Center (US NDC) Operations Support & Studies (OSS) services (US NDC Operations Sustainment and Scientific and Engineering Studies follow-on).  This sources sought is one element of our Market Research, and it will be used to determine the acquisition approach. 


1.2  This Sources Sought Notice does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Quote (RFQ) or an Invitation for Bid (IFB). The Government may use the information obtained from responses to this notice in determining its acquisition approach, but the issuance of this notice does not restrict the Government acquisition approach. The Government contemplates award of a five (5) to seven (7) year contract.


1.3  The capabilities package should describe relevant contract experience offered to Government and commercial customers. Include a reference to the contract number, magnitude, place of performance, and points of contact for each example provided (name of the point of contact, address, e-mail, telephone number, fax number, and the company's web page, if applicable). Submitted information shall be UNCLASSIFIED.

1.4  The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code is 541511. The small business size standard is $25.5M.

2.0 Background

The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is seeking interested sources for providing Operations Support and Studies for the US National Data Center (US NDC) program.

The US NDC is the geophysical data acquisition, data processing, reporting and archiving component of the United States Atomic Energy Detection System (USAEDS) operated by the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC). AFTAC's mission is to monitor compliance with nuclear test ban treaties to standards set by US verification and policy leaders. This mission requires the US NDC to detect, locate and identify foreign nuclear tests and provide rapid reporting and technical assessment to the appropriate national security agencies and policy makers. The US NDC processes, integrates and disseminates data and information up to and including the Department of Defense (DOD) TOP SECRET level. The US NDC also serves as the data distribution center for all US government and authorized users for International Monitoring System (IMS) data received from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). The focus of this effort is to fine-tune the current system by optimization of software algorithms through Scientific and Engineering studies, upgrade existing hardware, sustain the present operational systems, and integrate software deliveries from separate R&D contracts.


The US NDC is an advanced geophysical data acquisition and processing system, which provides the capability to receive, process, archive and report events of interest to meet nuclear treaty monitoring requirements. It acquires waveform data from a global network of seismic, hydroacoustic and infrasonic stations. Data is stored, distributed to researchers both internal and external to AFTAC, and reliably forwarded to a classified processing system. The US NDC receives data from the AFTAC United States Atomic Energy Detection System (USAEDS) network, the International Data Center (IDC) originating from International Monitoring System (IMS) sensors, from the United States Geological Survey, and from other countries. Data is automatically processed and users interactively display, review, refine, correct, and report currently available results.


The US NDC consists of the following components: (a) A 24x7 operations center located in the AFTAC Operations Center (AOC), Patrick AFB, Fl (PAFB); (b) A 24x7 alternate (ALT) hot-backup system located at Lackland AFB, TX (LAFB); (c) A Training System located at the 312th Training Squadron Goodfellow AFB, TX (GAFB); (d) A Remote Operations Center (ROC) located at PAFB (used to support unplanned and/or short term AOC outages, fire drills, etc.); (e) The US NDC Sustainment System (SUS, aka the test-bed) and (f) the US NDC Development System (DEVL), both located at AFTAC/PAFB.


Current System Parameters include the following: 

1) Hardware: Oracle/SUN SPARC-based servers and workstations, LINUX-based servers and workstations, Storage area network drives, l T03 tape archives

2) COTS Software: Solaris 8 & 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 & 6.3, Oracle 11g, IBM Rational tool set (RTC), ClearCase, Net Vault, Trusted Gateway System

3) GOTS Code: C, C++, FORTRAN, PERL, Scheme, SOL, Lisp, ASM, CSH, Java, Makefile, SH/CSH, TCl, YACC


The operational US NDC hardware (OPS, Alt, Training System, and Remote Operations Center) along with most of the development/sustainment hardware is and will continue to be maintained through a separate AFTAC maintenance support contract.


Examples of ongoing US NDC sustainment items include, but are not limited to the following:


1) One of the primary objectives of this effort is to sustain a software and hardware architecture to include complete configuration management, which will provide the platform for future system growth and enhancements. The functionality shall maintain and enhance existing data acquisition, detection, association, location, magnitude/yield estimation, event identification, event reporting, data distribution, and data archiving capabilities to meet current and future treaty monitoring needs as specified in the US NDC System Requirements Document (SRD).


2) Integration of 3rd party efforts: The Department of Energy (DoE) and Air Force labs, as well as various government contractors are involved in numerous areas of US NDC development. Some examples are: portions of the knowledge base, event classification methodology, and Geographical Information System (GIS). It will be the contractor's responsibility to team with these AFTAC partners and integrate their products.


3) The US NDC contractor is responsible for integration of hardware, COTS/GOTS software and calibration information, and contractor-developed software into the US NDC system.  In order to separate the US NDC mission from the risk of contract gaps, AFTAC has established a US NDC technical team.  For most tasks, the contractor works as an integrated part of the US NDC technical team. 


4) The US NDC contractor is responsible for providing 24x7 on call support to insure 99% operational availability rate.


5) The US NDC contractor participates as a key member of the US NDC Change Management Board (CMB) to insure the US NDC will continue to meet the operational availability requirements. The CMB oversees the US NDC Change Request (CR) process and prioritizes O&M work which includes but is not limited to software bug fixes and minor enhancements, adding new stations to data acquisition and both station and network processing.


6) Studies


a) Conduct engineering/scientific studies to help optimize/tune detection, association, location, magnitude/yield estimation and event classification to meet current and future treaty monitoring needs.


b) Conduct engineering and IT infrastructure studies (e.g., hardware, software, databases) to help improve overall system performance and help reduce maintenance costs and man power needs.


All applicable upgrades to the US NDC shall also be made to the training system at GAFB TX and to the Alt US NDC LAFB TX.



      Successful performance on US NDC OSS contract requires:


      a.   The ability to recruit and retain a diversified mix of professionals in the defined areas of interest (i.e. electrical engineering, geophysics, system/software engineering, project management, configuration management, system administration, database administration).

      b.   Experience with complex, multi-location, and unique seismic, infrasonic, and hydroacoustic data acquisition and data analysis software.

      c.   System experience with Oracle/SUN, Solaris, Linux, UNIX workstations and servers and associated operating systems.

      d.   Working knowledge of a multi-location seismic, infrasonic, and hydroacoustic data acquisition and data analysis (or similar) processing system to include hardware and software requirements, research and operational elements.

      e.   Data management experience in handling and managing seismic, infrasonic, and hydroacoustic data.

      f.    Ability to create, manipulate, and manage both high level and detailed project schedules for engineering/scientific study projects.

      g.   Ability to perform systems engineering functions to include, but not limited to, reliability modeling and analysis, engineering analyses, and maintenance analyses and functions.       


2.1  Estimated Period of Performance: 1 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2021.  A 30-day transition period of 1 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 is anticipated with full contract performance commencing on 1 Nov 2014.


2.2  Security Requirements: Personnel clearance to support classified work must be at a level commensurate with the requirements - Contractor personnel will require DOD security clearances at the TOP SECRET/SCI level for all personnel.  Handling of material up to TOP SECRET/SCI is required.  TOP SECRET Facility Clearance is required.  US Citizenship is required for all personnel supporting on the contract. All personnel supporting classified work in Bldgs. 989 and 10989, Patrick AFB, Florida must possess a Secret Clearance on day one of contract performance; all key personnel must have a TOP SECRET clearance with SCI eligibility on day one of the contract; and all remaining contract personnel must have a TOP SECRET clearance with SCI eligibility within 90 days of contract award (90-day transition period). Contractor must have appropriate facility access and must have a local facility cleared for the storage of SECRET material; Visitor Group Security Agreement is required. 

3.0 Requested Information


3.1  Your capability statement shall provide administrative information, and shall include the following as a minimum:


3.2  Name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail of designated point of contact.


3.3  The facility security clearance of the offeror.


3.4  Firms responding must state whether they are a Small Business (SB), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), HUBZone Small Business(HSB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Business (EDWOSB), Historically Black College or University or Minority Institution (HBCU/MI), an 8(a) firm, an Indian Tribe or Alaskan Native Corporation, or a large business based on the size standard in paragraph 1.4 above.



4.1  Please submit your capabilities packages to Mr. Carl Schneider and Ms. Pat Bosinger via e-mail: and  Any questions may be directed to Mr. Carl Schneider or Ms. Pat Bosinger.  Responses must be submitted no later than 3:00 P.M. ET on 13 September 2013. No facsimile responses will be accepted. The Government will not award a contract solely on the basis of this Sources Sought, nor will it reimburse the contractor for any costs associated with preparing or submitting a response to this notice. All responses shall be submitted in ACROBAT readable format via email.


4.2 Responses shall be limited to 12 pages excluding resumes. Proprietary information, if any, should be minimized and MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED.  To aid the Government, please segregate proprietary information.  Please be advised that all submissions become Government property and will not be returned.  No classified information shall be submitted.


4.3  It is the submitter's sole responsibility for e-file receipt and readability.

Industry Discussions


AFTAC representatives may or may not choose to meet with potential offerors. Such discussions would only be intended to get further clarification of potential capability to meet the requirements, especially to clarify any identified risks or apparent capability gaps in an offeror's otherwise acceptable submission.  Industry discussion requests will be considered no later than 11:00 A.M. ET on 3 September 2013, however, the decision to conduct industry discussions and the format in which they will be held will be at the sole discretion of the government.

Ombudsman Clause, Nov 2012


(a) An ombudsman has been appointed to hear and facilitate the resolution of concerns from offerors, potential offerors, and others for this acquisition. When requested, the ombudsman will maintain strict confidentiality as to the source of the concern. The existence of the ombudsman does not affect the authority of the program manager, contracting officer, or source selection official. Further, the ombudsman does not participate in the evaluation of proposals, the source selection process, or the adjudication of protests or formal contract disputes. The ombudsman may refer the interested party to another official who can resolve the concern.


(d) The ombudsman has no authority to render a decision that binds the agency.


(e) Do not contact the ombudsman to request copies of the solicitation, verify offer due date, or clarify technical requirements. Such inquiries shall be directed to the Contracting Officer.


(End of clause)



8.0 Questions

Questions regarding this announcement shall be submitted in writing by e-mail to the Contracting Officer's,
email address.  Verbal questions will NOT be accepted.  Questions will be answered by posting answers on the FedBizOpps website; accordingly, questions shall NOT contain proprietary or classified information. The Government does not guarantee that questions received after 13 September 2013 will be answered. 

9.0 Summary


THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT to identify potential prime contractors that can provide United States National Data Center (US NDC) Operations Support & Studies (OSS) services. The information provided in this announcement is subject to change and is not binding on the Government.  AFTAC has not made a commitment to procure any of the items discussed, and release of this Sources Sought should not be construed as such a commitment or as authorization to incur cost for which reimbursement would be required or sought.  All submissions become Government property and will not be returned.

1030 S Hwy A1A (Bldg 989)
Patrick Air Force Base, Florida 32925-3002
United States
1080 S. Highway A1A, Bldg 989

Patrick AFB, Florida 32925-3002
United States
Carl J. Schneider,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 3214947855
Patricia K. Bosinger,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 3214940998