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Threat Finance Analysis and Sanctions Support Services

Solicitation Number: TFI11-001
Agency: Department of the Treasury
Office: zinactive - Departmental Offices/Procurement Services Division (DO/PSD)
Location: Procurement Services Division (PSD)
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Sources Sought
Added: Nov 18, 2010 4:52 pm

This is a sources sought notice for Threat Finance Analysis and Sanctions Support Services in Support of the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI).

This announcement is for market research and preliminary planning purposes. No proposals are being requested or accepted in response to this notice. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FOR PROPOSALS AND NO CONTRACT WILL BE AWARDED AS A RESULT OF THIS NOTICE. No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this notice or any follow up information requests.

The U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) marshals the department's intelligence and enforcement functions with the twin aims of safeguarding the financial system against illicit use and combating rogue nations, terrorist facilitators, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferators, money launderers, drug kingpins, and other national security threats. Subordinate offices carry out these responsibilities:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States.

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA) has the mission to support the formulation of policy and execution of Treasury authorities by providing expert analysis and intelligence production on financial and other support networks for terrorist groups, proliferators, and other key national security threats and timely, accurate, and focused intelligence support on the full range of economic, political, and security issues.

The Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC), which works across all elements of the national security community - including the law enforcement, regulatory, policy, diplomatic and intelligence communities - and with the private sector and foreign governments to identify and address the threats presented by all forms of illicit finance to the international financial system.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has an ongoing requirement for support to efforts in analysis, investigation, enforcement and policy development and customer outreach to assist TFI with accomplishing its operational goals.

The eight major areas where TFI is currently seeking expertise are:

1. Sanctions Investigation Support, which requires the research, documentation and analysis of complex financial and other activities, relationships, and holdings of terrorist organizations, narcotics trafficking organizations, proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, malign regimes, non-state actors, and their agents; and assisting in identifying vulnerabilities of these groups to sanctions and other actions. This work may include reviewing and analyzing a wide range of financial and business data and developing and writing extensive strategic analysis which will support the designation of specific persons as Specially Designated Nationals and applying U.S. and multi-lateral sanctions to them and the production of administrative records documenting the factual and legal basis for such action.

2. Sanctions Enforcement Support, which involves the research, analysis, and documentation of possible violations of U.S. economic and trade sanctions programs administered by OFAC to support USG Enforcement actions. Research often involves national or international commercial trade or banking operations. This work may include reviewing and analyzing information, the drafting of memoranda evaluating enforcement responses, making recommendations for the Government's consideration, and coordinating information across other government agencies and offices.

3. Transaction Licensing Support, which facilitates the process of reviewing requests for authorization to conduct transactions which are generally prohibited by existing sanctions programs and licensing those which are consistent with U.S. foreign policy. Services may include analyzing requests and making recommendations regarding exceptions to OFAC-administered sanctions programs, especially those related to Iran (including proliferation and terrorism), transnational illicit finance, or narcotics trafficking and drafting for Government review licenses, denials, or interpretive guidance in response to exception requests.

4. Sanctions Compliance and Evaluation Support, which assists the investigation of violations of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Acountability and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA) and other apparent violations of OFAC administered sanctions programs. The contractor may also assist in recommending new enforcement/evaluation methods or initiatives affecting the financial sector, predicting sanctions-related vulnerabilities within the industry, and reacting to sophisticated sanctions evasion techniques.

5. Financial Community Outreach Support, which enables the production of media in a variety of formats for use by Treasury to explain office programs and initiatives. Media will be targeted at government officials and private sector parties within the US and in other countries. Media will require translation to local languages and be sensitive to target audience culture and mores. This may also require support to prepare, organize and conduct electronic outreach events, such as webinars, and the organization, coordination and support of symposia for the public and private sectors for presentations by US Treasury personnel and invited attendees.

6. Sanctions Policy Support, which includes providing advisory support regarding the development of economic sanctions policy. Support may include creating written analysis of current and future sanctions efforts and their impact, including areas for change. It may also require the creation of draft briefing and discussion materials on current sanctions programs which will inform efforts by the sponsor to support senior government personnel and to inform external audiences.

7. Freedom of Information Act Request Processing, which supports OFAC in its FOIA (5 USC 552) and PA (5 USC 552a) requests processing, document review, agency coordination, draft correspondence preparation and document/information release recommendations. Support may include the review of FOIA/PA requests to obtain associated responsive document located within OFAC divisions, review relevant records, reconcile divergent office/agency responses and prepare documents for release, subject to government authority review.

8. Policy Support on Iran Financial Sanctions, which supports the development of financial sanctions policy regarding Iran with policy responsibility for all aspects of Treasury's anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CFT) programs, sanctions efforts, and special projects such as anti-kleptocracy, counter-proliferation financing and counter-insurgency financing initiatives. The contractor will work closely with offices within Treasury, and with relevant U.S. agencies. Support may include assisting in identifying illicit finance trends being deployed by Iran to facilitate proliferation and/or evade sanctions, and proposing policy options to counter this activity. Work may also require analyzing or drafting policy and position papers, and drafting briefing materials to assist in supporting senior Treasury officials, and in supporting international initiatives. Contractor may also review and analyze relevant legislation and policy initiatives, and assist in developing relevant strategies for implementing such laws and policies.

The purpose of this sources sought notice is to gain knowledge of the interest, capabilities, and qualifications of prospective offerors in support of the service areas described above. Treasury is particularly interested in understanding the capabilities and qualifications of interested small business concerns. Treasury's choice of solicitation vehicle and acquisition strategy will depend in part upon the responses to this notice of all firms including small businesses.

Interested vendors are requested to provide a written response to this notice which is limited to a maximum of 9 pages with a minimum font size of 10 point, one page covering all information necessary to address items 1 - 4 below, and one page per each of the eight categories (items 5 and 6 below). For example: If responding to five categories, vendor's response is then limited to six pages total. The response should reference the following items:

1) The vendor's name, address, point of contact, phone number, and e-mail address;
2) The vendor's small business size status, including whether the vendor is a veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran owned small business, HUBZone small business or woman owned small business concern;
3) A statement indicating if vendor is currently a GSA Schedule holder, and, if so, identification of GSA contract number and corresponding schedule identification number.
4) A statement as to whether the firm is interested in working as a prime contractor or a subcontractor*;
5) A statement indicating which of the eight categories the firm is interested in proposing; and,
6) A description of the vendor's capabilities and timeframe of latest experience under each category the firm expresses interest.

* Please Note: Treasury will maintain a list of any firm that represents that it has an interest in being a subcontractor or part of a teaming arrangement for purposes of the contemplated procurement. Treasury intends to provide such a list to any prospective offeror upon request. As a result, any firm that responds to this sources sought notice should indicate whether it consents to its inclusion on such a publicly-available list. The list may be posted at the government point-of-entry (

The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is 541611.

Treasury anticipates that the forthcoming solicitation will require offerors to provide information on the capabilities of their firms, key personnel, resources, past performance, and labor rates offered for each category on which they would like to propose. TFI anticipates needing ongoing support with current and future programs. Treasury anticipates the resultant contract award will be issued for a period of one base year plus four renewable option years. Treasury intends to continue to post additional information in regards to requirements on the Federal Business Opportunities website ( as it becomes known.

Interested prospective offerors must respond to this sources sought notice no later than 2:00 P.M. ET on December 22, 2010. Responses and information in response to this notice must be sent via e-mail to Telephone inquiries shall be considered non-responsive. Treasury reserves the right to review submissions after the deadline for the purposes of further scope definition.

Added: May 19, 2011 5:56 pm

The purpose of this modification is to inform all interested parties that a pre-solicitation notice for this acquisition was posted on the General Service Administration's Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) web site, under Solicitation No. A-11-064. The title of the solicitation was also changed to: Sanctions Support and Threat Financial Analysis.

All information regarding this procurement, including any solicitation document (e.g. Requests For Proposals and amendments), will only be made available electronically on the FedBizOpps web site, Interested parties should periodically check this internet site for information regarding this acquisition.

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