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R -- REQUEST FOR INFORMATION - MARKET RESEARCH FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF DIGITAL TO ANALOG CONVERTER BOX COUPON PROGRAM

Solicitation Number: Reference-Number-noaa73106
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Location: Acquisition and Grants Office
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Added: July 31, 2006
General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice

Solicitation Number:

Posted Date: July 31, 2006

Original Response Date: September 15, 2006

Current Response Date: September 15, 2006

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Current Archive Date:

Classification Code: R

NAICS Code: 541611 (Size Std 6.5M)



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Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),

Staff Office/External Customer Acquisition Division, 1305 East West Highway, Silver

Spring, MD 20910



Description



REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ?MARKET RESEARCH TO IDENTIFY ORGANIZATIONS WITH THE CAPABILITY TO ASSIST THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION (NTIA) WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONGRESSIONALLY MANDATED DIGITAL TO ANALOG CONVERTER BOX COUPON PROGRAM



THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION NOTICE. NTIA is seeking capability information from organizations with the experience, qualifications, solution approaches, and best practices necessary to implement and administer the Digital to Analog Converter Box Coupon Program (the Coupon Program) required by Title III of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. By this RFI, NOAA/NTIA is seeking information regarding the extent to which the vendor community can provide services and solutions to implement and administer the Coupon Program. Vendors are asked to comment on NTIA’s proposed project objectives and time frames, corporate capability and approach, proposed products, services and solutions, experience and rough order of magnitude (ROM) cost estimates. This synopsis is for information and planning purposes only and does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP). Responses to the RFI cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract nor will the Government pay for the information solicited or recognize any costs associated with the submission of the RFI. The purpose of the RFI is to provide an opportunity for industry to comment on this procurement, identify potential problem areas, and obtain alternative recommendations in order to enhance the success of any future procurement for these services. The Government believes industry feedback is important and is receptive to all ideas from industry which would result in limiting unnecessarily constraining requirements, realizing cost savings, or highlighting potential contractual problem areas associated with the initiative. Responses should be received by September 15, 2006. The requirement is to provide a variety of support activities to NTIA in the implementation of the Coupon Program. Specific information regarding the Coupon Program is attached in the Draft Statement of Requirements. This RFI will assist the Government in determining the feasibility of setting aside this acquisition for small or small, disadvantaged business. Comments are solicited regarding the following items: 1) Is the consolidated or separated acquisition approach the most effective, efficient and reasonably priced? 2) Are NTIA’s business requirements for the Coupon Program, the approach for implementing and administering the Coupon Program, and the target dates and deadlines for the Coupon Program feasible? Provide information based on your experience and knowledge of the activities, services and solutions in similar projects. Also, identify possible risks associated with implementing each component of the Coupon Program and suggest mitigation techniques, especially the mitigation of waste, fraud and abuse. 3) Describe your corporate capability to serve as an end-to-end provider for the Coupon Program or provide your established approach for accomplishing one or more program components as well as your approach to fielding a cohesive team with combined experience needed to deliver the components of the Coupon Program. 4) Identify proposed commercial, off-the-shelf products and solutions that may exist to fulfill all or part of the Coupon Program. 5) Provide information about your approach and experience for implementing projects comparable in nature, size, scope and complexity to the Coupon Program. 6) ROM cost information is to be provided to assist NTIA with preparing a realistic project schedule and budget to support the Coupon Program and eventual acquisitions. Responders should document and list any assumptions upon which the cost estimates are made and any qualifying information, other criteria or comments. On August 11, 2006, at 10 A.M., NOAA/NTIA will hold an “Industry Day?at the NOAA Auditorium, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, to give interested organizations an opportunity to receive an overview briefing on the Coupon Program and to ask questions about the project. Organization points of contact should send an email to Teyonna.T.Queen@noaa.gov by 5.P.M., August 8, 2006, with the full name, company, title, email address and telephone number of individuals representing their organization who wish to attend the Industry Day. Attendees should arrive at least ?hour before the start time to allow time for signing in. Agency security regulations require identification of visitors prior to arrival. Questions about this RFI should be e-mailed to Catherine.Holland@noaa.gov as text in the email message (not as an attachment). Questions must be clearly stated with references to the appropriate RFI text, where appropriate, and with examples, where helpful, to amplify the question. Companies are encouraged to submit preliminary questions by 5.P.M., August 8, 2006, so they can be addressed at the Industry Day meeting. Responses to all questions received will be provided to all interested parties. The identification of the source of questions will be removed from the response.



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Amendment 1

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Mod/Amendment
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July 31, 2006
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Amendment 2

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Mod/Amendment
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August 24, 2006
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Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Acquisition and Grants Office, SSMC4 - Room 7601/OFA61 1305 East West Highway, 7th Floor, Silver Spring, MD, 20910
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Washington D.C. area
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Catherine Holland, Contract Specialist , Phone 301-713-0838 x139, Fax 301-713-0809, Email catherine.e.holland@noaa.gov - Catherine Holland, Contract Specialist , Phone 301-713-0838 x139, Fax 301-713-0809, Email catherine.e.holland@noaa.gov