This is a Request for Information (RFI) issued to obtain knowledge and information for acquisition and project planning purposes. The government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this RFI or to otherwise pay for the information solicited. The information provided is entirely voluntary and will not impact the ability to compete on future requirements. This RFI is for planning purposes only and shall not be considered a request for proposal (RFP), or as an obligation on the part of the Government to acquire any products or services. All interested institutions or Non-Profit Organizations are encouraged to respond as they may all have unique qualifications and insights to this RFI.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), with 13 locations across the United States, has interest in outsourcing the management of the Student Services Contracting Authority (SSCA) Program to an institution or Non-Profit Organization. A teaming arrangement of these types of organizations could be considered. An indefinite quantity type contract is anticipated. The ordering period will be five years. The Contractor shall provide support through student service providers performing services to the Agency under a personal service relationship through Agency issued task orders. This requirement is limited to participation by institutions or Non-Profit Organizations only in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution for 2003 (P.L..108-8). The contractor shall provide student contractors for administrative and research positions as outlined in the draft Performance Work Statement. A draft performance work statement can be obtained from the RTP Procurement Operations Division website, http://www.epa.gov/oam/rtp_cmd/ . The anticipated workforce for this requirement is no less than 10 and no more than 250 students throughout the United States in any given 12 month period, a maximum of 1,250 students over the entire 60 months. The required support shall take place at ORD Headquarters, Laboratories (Washington, DC), Centers, Organizations, remote and field locations. The contract will explicitly state that the contractor agrees to a personal services relationship between its employee(s) and the ORD personnel. In addition, the contract shall also state "the contractor understands and agrees that its employees under the ORD contract will be considered federal employees for compensation of travel, work injuries and tort claims as set forth in the statutory authority and all applicable clauses will be included in the contract. The contractor shall handle the personnel administration, recruitment, and termination of the selected individuals based on the EPA's selected administrative, technical and research requirements.
An industry day is planned for Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm at the EPA RTP, NC Campus. Attendance in person is not required in order to participate in the industry day or submit a response to the RFI. Interested parties should submit their desire to participate to Robin Harris via email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than close of business Monday, July 15, 2013 in order to receive a call in number for the conference. If you wish to participate in person, please indicate the number of people coming from your organization, along with their names.
Any interested parties are encouraged to submit their qualifications to EPA by the date stated below. The information that should be included in the response shall contain: 1) the name of your organization; 2) whether the organization is an institution or Non-Profit Organization; 3) a description of the organization's ability to manage the anticipated workforce of up to 1,250 students over the 60 month period of the contract; and 4) the ability to support laboratories across the United States or indicate areas of the United States you are able to support. Comments to the draft Performance Work Statement are strongly encouraged and desired to assist EPA in fine tuning this requirement. Also, it is encouraged that respondents provide any comments or concerns they have with the personal services relationship component of this program and the requirement that the student service providers be direct employees of the contractor. Responses to this RFI are voluntary and their source shall be treated as confidential. Responses are solely for the EPA's use in developing its acquisition and project plans and strategies, therefore, responses will not be evaluated and respondents will not be notified of the results or use of the input received. No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with this or future requests. Please submit your response to email@example.com by 12:00 pm (noon) eastern time on July 24, 2013.