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NextGen Weather Processor Request for Information February 2013

Solicitation Number: DTFAWA-13-R-00008
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Location: Headquarters
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Added: Feb 12, 2013 3:22 pm
This announcement is part of a series of Requests for Information (RFIs) for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen Weather Processor (NWP) Program.


The FAA has released four prior announcements in the form of a Market Survey and three RFIs. All four announcements are listed below:

1. NWP Market Survey #10766

Posted 05/25/2011: The purpose of the market survey was to notify potential vendors of an upcoming solicitation, gain an understanding of the current marketplace, and to enhance the FAA's insight into industry capabilities and best practices regarding NWP. Interested vendors were encouraged to provide statements of interest and capability. Attachments included: NWP Scope, goals, and plans; and small business declaration form.

2. NWP RFI #11141

Posted 09/14/2011: The purpose of the RFI was to 1) Identify potential technical approaches that could meet the FAA's requirements for NWP, 2) Obtain vendors' comments and recommendations regarding the draft Initial Program Requirements (iPR), and 3) Obtain additional industry insight regarding NWP. Interested vendors were encouraged to submit responses addressing the three items above. Attachments included: NWP Graphic, Draft NWP iPR, and NWP Program on a Page.

3. NWP RFI # 11692

Posted 4/9/2012: The purpose of the RFI was to seek industry comment regarding all aspects of the FAA’s plans for the NWP system and the information described in the announcement and its corresponding attachments. Also included were specific questions for industry from the Program. Attachments included: NWP Government Furnished Information (GFI) Matrix, the NWP Draft System Specification Document (SSD), the FAA Response to Vendor Questions from RFI #11141, the NWP Software and Data Flow Information, and the NWP Draft Deployment Schedule.

4. NWP RFI # 12384

Posted 9/26/2012: The purpose of this RFI was to respond to requests by Industry for the NWP Program to release certain draft documentation about GFI software. The specific documentation released to Industry included: Draft NWP Technology Description; Draft GFI Evaluation Report; Draft NWP Quarterly Code Counts; and ITWS Functionality Summary.

Purpose of this RFI

This RFI seeks industry comment regarding the information described below and its corresponding attachments. Also included are questions for industry from the program.

This NWP RFI has four parts, as follows:

I. Draft NWP Requirements Documentation

II. Draft GFI Software Information

III. Planned Program Milestones

IV. Questions to Industry

The program has attempted to provide the most current documentation. However, all documentation is subject to revision.

Part I: Draft NWP Requirements Documentation

The following attachments are included for vendor review and comment:

• Attachment 1: Draft NWP Section C

• Attachment 2: Draft NWP Contract Data Requirements Lists (CDRLs) & Data Item Descriptions (DIDs)

• Attachment 3: Draft NWP SSD

• Attachment 4: NWP Display Requirements Summary

Part II: Draft GFI Software Information

Industry has requested release of certain information pertaining to documentation about NWP GFI software. The NWP Program is making available the following documentation as part of this RFI for vendor review and comment:

• Attachment 5: GFI Package Description

• Attachment 6: Technical Description Document (TDD)

• Attachment 7: Product Description Document (PDD)

• Attachment 8: GFI Evaluation Report

• Attachment 9: Sample Module Code

• Attachment 10: Download Instructions

Part III: Planned Program Milestones

All dates provided below are tentative and subject to change pending Program approval.

• RFI #5 – February 12, 2013

• Vendor Meetings – March 2013*

• SIR Release – 4th Quarter FY 2013

• Contract Award – 3rd Quarter FY 2014

• Test Readiness Review – 1st Quarter FY 2018

• Key Site Initial Operational Capability (IOC) – 3rd Quarter FY 2019

*Depending on the number of vendor responses received from this RFI; all, some, or none of the vendors may be invited to meet with the FAA for information gathering.

Part IV: Questions to Industry

1. Cloud Computing: With the adoption of cloud computing as an integral component of the Office of Management and Budget’s “25 Point Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management (December 9, 2010)”, the FAA has been exploring cloud computing technology and identifying a potential implementation approach. The FAA’s plan is outlined in a recently developed strategy document “FAA Cloud Computing Strategy, version 1.0, May 2012”. The NWP Program is interested in possibly utilizing cloud technology as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Based on the NWP documentation provided above, what would be the benefits and risks to the program if the program were to utilize a cloud-based solution?

2. Display: Based on the information provided above (Attachment #4 NWP Display Requirements Summary), what are the risks to NWP if the program were to only use a web-based display?

3. Duration to Initial IOC: Based on the information provided above (Attachment #3 Draft NWP SSD), how long will it take (i.e., rough schedule estimate) to deliver all the NWP requirements from contract award to IOC? Please identify any items that would mitigate the risk to reaching IOC.


This announcement is a request for comments only. The FAA does not guarantee that procurement will occur, nor is this release a commitment by the FAA to enter into a contract with any vendor. This announcement is not a Request for Offer. The FAA is not seeking or accepting unsolicited proposals. After review of the responses, the CO may seek additional information, one-on-one meetings, or both. A response does not guarantee that you will be included in one-on-one meetings, should they occur.

The FAA will not pay for any information received, costs incurred, or activities pertaining to preparation of a response. All costs associated with submissions are solely at the expense of the responders. Responses containing proprietary information, although not prohibited, are discouraged. If a response contains proprietary information, the responder must prominently so indicate on the response and clearly mark all such information.

Responses and all questions must be directed in writing to the CO, William A. Willenbring, AAQ-330, via email at Responses are due February 27, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time. Responses are limited to 20 pages, 12-point font on letter size paper with one-inch margins.

Response format may be in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PDF. The maximum size of any e-mail response must not exceed 10 megabytes.

The front cover of any submission must include responder’s point of contact information, including name, telephone number, email, and mailing address.

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Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Posted Date:
February 12, 2013
Description: NWP CDRLs 02_07_2013 (zip)
Description: Att01 NWP Section C 02-11-2013v2 RFI 5 (docx)
Description: Att03 NWP SSD 006 (pdf)
Description: Att10 20130211_NWP_Announcement_RFI _5_Download_Instructions (doc)
Description: Att04 NWP Display Summary 01-23-2013 (docx)
William Willenbring,, Phone: 202-267-7914

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