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F--Support for Policy Development, Analysis and Information Development, Communicat

Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-13-00005
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Acquisition Management (OAM)
Location: RTP Procurement Operations Division (RTPPOD)
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Sources Sought
Added: Nov 15, 2012 5:19 pm
THIS ANNOUNCMENT IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY AND IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: The purpose of this sources sought notice is to conduct a market research for qualified small businesses to submit capability statements that clearly demonstrate their capability, experience and qualifications relative to the draft statement of work. This is NOT a solicitation announcement. In accordance with FAR 52.219-14 ?Limitation on Subcontracting?, address the firm?s capability to meet the 50% contract performance requirement. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA), Indoor Environments Division (IED) has a requirement to provide support for Policy Development, Analysis and Information Development, Communications Strategy Design, Education and Outreach Products, and Dissemination of Guidance on Indoor Environmental Quality Issues. The U.S. EPA?s IED Division in ORIA is responsible for a broad r ange of voluntary activities designed to support the development and implementation of national policies on indoor air quality. The primary objective of the Indoor Environments Program is to protect the public health by promoting healthier indoor environments. A. The contractor shall provide support for the development of new, science-based indoor air quality policies and program strategies, and evaluation of existing program implementation strategies. The contractor shall provide analytic services, including cost-benefit and/or other economic analyses, market penetration assessments, etc., to evaluate the effectiveness of current Agency policies on indoor environmental quality and provide recommendations for improvements; B. The contractor shall provide support to analyze, disseminate, support, and/or develop information and materials on indoor air quality related issues; C. The contractor shall provide support for developing effective methods to communicate with the ge neral public and with specified target audiences, domestically and internationally, such as: school decision makers, parents, school-based personnel; health care providers, asthma patients and their care givers; parents and public health advocates concerned about children?s exposure to secondhand smoke; homeowners, home buyers and sellers, renters, code officials, and the real estate and building industries regarding the health impacts of radon exposure and other indoor air pollutants; building owners and facility and energy managers concerning proper design, construction, operation, and maintenance of buildings for healthy indoor air quality and reduced vulnerability to intentional releases of biological or chemical contaminants; health care industry regarding incorporation of environmental controls into standards of care; and other audiences with whom the Program may choose to communicate messages concerning risks and risk reduction in the indoor environment; D. Public demand for knowledge about indoor environmental problems, including their health risks and the means by which human exposure can be reduced, has been fueled by a growing body of scientific information confirming the adverse impacts of poor indoor air quality on health, comfort, and productivity. The program recognizes the need for a variety of audiences to understand these risks and to be informed about available methods for risk reduction. As a voluntary program, two of the main objectives of the program are to: (1) develop and disseminate information, including technical and non-technical guidance; and (2) conduct education and outreach activities that will inform a broad range of potential users, including the general public; building design, construction, and facility and energy management professionals; private sector diagnostic and mitigation firms; industry associations; environmental researchers and experts; indoor environments educators; EPA program partners; pub lic health and advocacy organizations; health practitioners; environmental health officials at Federal, state, and local levels; and related groups; E. The Program works with Agencies and organizations at the Federal, state and local level, with other nations, and with a range of domestic and international stakeholder and target audience groups, to promote more effective approaches to identifying and solving indoor environmental problems as well as applying community leadership and social marketing techniques to accelerate environmental risk reduction results. To provide effective communication, the Program may initiate meetings, training, conferences, events, or workshops, or work collaboratively with others to do so; and F. Among the key responsibilities of the Indoor Environments Divisions are the development and dissemination of publications and other outreach materials and the live presentation of both substantive and organizational information to a variety of audien ces. The resultant contract shall provide the necessary labor, material, facilities, and expertise required for the performance of tasks specified in the Statement of Work (SOW) (See Draft Statement of Work). Specific details of the requirement will be outlined in the Statement of Work. The EPA anticipates the award of a cost plus fixed fee, level of effort term (work assignment contract) with a 60 month performance period consisting of a 12 month base period and four 12 month option periods. The estimated level-of effort is approximately 25,000 base hours plus approximately 50,000 optional hours for the base period and each of the four option periods. It is anticipated that the request for proposals (RFP) will be issued on or about January 23, 2013 and proposals will be due 45 days after the RFP issue date. The applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code is 541620 with a size standard of $14.0 million or less. This requirement is a follow on to E PA Contract EP-D-08-096 with The Cadmus Group. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. LT, December 03, 2012. The purpose of this synopsis is to determine if there are at least two small businesses capable of performing the required services such that the requirement can be set aside for small businesses. Interested small businesses are encouraged to submit a statement of their capabilities relative to the attached draft statement of work. Submit capabilities to Antonio L. Leathers at: Include reference number SOL-NC-13-00005 on all documents. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FOR PROPOSALS. Hard copies or diskettes will not be available. Telephone and fax requests will not be honored.
RTPPODUS Environmental Protection Agency109 T.W. Alexander DriveMail Code: E105-02Research Triangle ParkNC27709USA
Antonio L. Leathers