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Financial Assessment Services for Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) Loan Applications

Solicitation Number: DTFR53-13-D-00122
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Location: Office of Acquisition and Grants Services
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Presolicitation / Cancelled
Added: Sep 05, 2013 3:58 pm

********************THIS IS A PRESOLICITATION NOTICE ONLY********************
                                             Projected Rlease of RFP:  09/20/2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), intends to issue a solicitation for financial assessment services to assist in determining the creditworthiness of Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan applicants.

On or about 09/20/2013, the FRA intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit proposals for a multiple award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts with a base year and four (4) option years beginning 01/12/2014 through 01/11/2019.  Successful offerors under these contracts will be included in a pool of financial analyst contractors available to perform work as needed on individual applications for loan funds under FRA's RRIF program.  Specifically, prospective contractors shall be able to provide the necessary and appropriate financial professionals to complete tasks described in the SOW.  The offerors shall cite the applicable labor categories and anticipated rates to be billed over the life of the contract (base year plus the four option years). 

The FRA administers the RRIF Program and makes direct federal loans (and loan guarantees) to fund the development of rail infrastructure.

The most common types of entities eligible for RRIF funds are existing privately-owned freight railroads, state and local governments, government-sponsored authorities and joint ventures that include at least one railroad.

RRIF may fund up to 100% of a proposed capital project.  RRIF funds may be used for:

·         Acquisition, improvement or rehabilitation of intermodal or rail equipment or facilities, including track, components of track, bridges, yards, buildings and maintenance/repair shops

·         Development or establishment of new intermodal or railroad facilities and/or

·         Refinancing of existing debt incurred for the purposes listed above

 The specific services to be provided by the contractor may include, but are not necessarily limited to, one or more of the following: 

·            Evaluate the economic soundness of the project and creditworthiness of the applicant for credit assistance.

Analyze historic financial performance of the borrower to determine strengths, weaknesses and trends.

 ·            Generate projected financial statements based on industry trends, the applicant's past performance, planned capital improvements, the amortization schedule of the proposed RRIF loan, and independently-obtained information about the applicant's current and prospective customers.


·            Review and evaluate feasibility studies for project, including traffic and revenue studies.


·            Evaluate the proposed market that the project is intended to help the RRIF applicant serve. 


·            Review the proposed ownership and financial structure of the project proposed for RRIF funding.


·            Assist FRA in assessing the going-concern value of a railroad company applicant based on projections of the applicant's future financial performance.


·            Identify and evaluate sources of revenue available to the applicant from taxes, user fees, government appropriations or other public sources for applicants that are government entities or authorities.


·            Appraise the gross and net liquidation value of collateral offered by RRIF loan applicants.

 ·            Make a statement or recommendation as to the applicant's insurance policies being adequate to cover potential loss to the company. 


·            Submit a final report to FRA on the financial evaluation of the applicant, including recommendations (and suggested modification, if applicable) on the proposed structure of the transaction, potential alternative structures for the financial plan and terms/conditions of the credit instrument.


·            If required under a particular task order, present final results of the financial evaluation to DOT staff in Washington, DC. 

Added: Sep 05, 2013 4:04 pm
This PRSOLICITATION Notice is hereby cancelled ad will be re-issued immediately with the correct Solicitation Number.
Added: Sep 05, 2013 4:25 pm
This Presolicitation Notice is hereby cancelled and will be reissued immediately under the correct solicitation number.
Mail Stop 50, West Bldg, 3rd Floor
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20590
At discretion of the Offeror provided that Offeror can meet Statement Of Work (SOW) requirements for performance and delivery.

United States
Isaac Rosier,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 2024936149
Keith Boyea,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 2024931341