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Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
Broad Agency Announcement Title: Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance/Special Operations Forces - USAFWC BAA 14-01
Broad Agency Announcement Type: Broad Agency Announcement
Broad Agency Announcement Number: USAFWC BAA 14-01
Proposal Due Date and Time: Specified in each RFP (RFP).
Any anticipated funding listed reflects estimated program funding only. This estimate is not a promise of funding. Funding is uncertain and is subject to change. Changes in availability may occur as a result of the exercise of Government discretion.
The over-arching strategy of this 5-year open-ended BAA is to quickly and efficiently execute research and development to deliver practical solutions to urgent problems. These efforts are anticipated to entail rapidly (usually less than 18 months) integrating existing technology into field testable, functional prototypes of solutions to military problems in nine (9) major Focus Areas:
Focus Area 1: Geolocation and Tagging, Tracking, Locating
This strategy will provide AF TENCAP an acquisition tool with the flexibility to solicit proposals and make awards to perform rapid prototyping of technical solutions to meet present and compelling Air Force needs as ever-changing urgent operational issues are identified.
The BAA will remain "open" for five (5) years.
It is anticipated that solicitations issued under this BAA will be unrestricted. Small businesses are encouraged to propose on all of the solicitations. The North America Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, unless otherwise stated in the BAA amendments, shall be 541712 (i.e., Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences except Biotechnology), and the size standard is 500 employees. Proposals submitted shall be in accordance with this BAA and its appropriate amendment(s).
On-line Representations and Certifications: Potential offerors are notified that effective 01 Jan 2005 to be eligible for an award; they must submit annual Electronic Representations and Certifications, otherwise known as On-line Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) via the System for Award Management at: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/#1. These FAR and DFARS level representations and certifications are required in addition to the representations and certifications specific to this acquisition.
Type of Contract/Instrument: It is anticipated that a mix of contract types will be used throughout the life of this BAA, including Fixed Price, Fixed Price Incentive Fee, and cost type contracts in the form of Cost, Cost Sharing, Cost Plus Fixed Fee (Completion) and Cost Plus Incentive/Award Fee.
Estimated Program Cost: The estimated value of the subsequent requirements that are to be advertised under this BAA, over the next 5 years, is $15M.
Anticipated Number of Awards: The total number of awards under this solicitation is unknown at this time.
Address technical and Contractual questions to the AF TENCAP Contracting Officer:
Mr. William T. Smith, AFLCMC/WINK, 2640 Loop Road West, Bldg. 556, Room 010, Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7106, Phone: (937) 255-2479 Unclassified: email@example.com, Classified: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The technical and contracting POCs for all requirements advertised under this open-ended BAA will be specified with each individual RFP.
Note: The contracting POC(s) for all requirements advertised under this open-ended BAA will be specified with each individual call for proposals.
I. Full Text Announcement
1. Program Description:
a. This is a BAA from the AF TENCAP program office with Focus Areas representing the interests of the AF TENCAP program. This acquisition is unrestricted and the Government reserves the right to amend this BAA at any time. It is issued under the provisions of Federal Acquisition Regulation paragraph 6.102(d)(2) that provides for the competitive selection of research proposals. Proposals submitted in response to this BAA that are selected for award are considered to be the results of full and open competition and in full compliance with the provisions of PL 98-369, the Competition In Contracting Act of 1984. Funding will be provided by AF TENCAP and non-Air Force sources. Respondees must monitor FedBizOpps (http://www.fbo.gov) to be aware of any future changes to this BAA. Each submission will be evaluated independently.
b. The AF TENCAP Program Office may contract for activities covered in the Focus Areas detailed within this BAA. The intent of these efforts is to investigate and develop concepts and technologies that will provide the best possible space capabilities for AF warfighters, when and where needed, in the most cost- effective manner. White paper submissions can cover either development of new capabilities or leverage off of existing capabilities.
c. Specific interests and objectives covered by this BAA are detailed in the "Focus Areas" section. Concepts should focus toward unique approaches and techniques, which leverage existing air, space, cyber, national and global ISR and Non-Traditional ISR (NTISR) systems capabilities and lead to or enable revolutionary and evolutionary improvements in capability, performance, and cost savings.
d. All unclassified communications pursuant to this BAA shall be forwarded to
e. Potential Offerors are hereby notified to be eligible for an award they must remain current in the System for Award Management, have current Representations and Certifications, be proficient in the applicable NAICS codes and be eligible for contract award.
f. Any contract award resulting from this announcement will contain the clause at DFARS 252.232-7003, Electronic Submission of Payment Requests, which requires electronic submission of all payment requests. All contracts will establish a requirement to use WAWF-RA for invoicing and receipt/acceptance, and provide coding instructions applicable to this contract. Contractors are encouraged to take advantage of available training (both web-based and through your cognizant DCMA and/or DCAA office), and to register in the WAWF-RA system. Information regarding WAWF-RA, including the web-based training and registration, can be found at https://wawf.eb.mil/
g. All perspective contractors must be current in the System for Award Maintenance (SAM)
(2) Maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or proposal under consideration by an agency
(3) Provide its Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code and DUNS number in each application or proposal it submits to the agency. On-line registration instructions can be accessed from the internet at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/#1
2. Deliverable Items:
b. Data Items: Data shall be delivered in accordance with the schedule specified in the CDRLs as specified in each call.
c. Software: Software deliveries may be required. If applicable, software shall be delivered at completion of technical effort or as specified in each call.
d. Hardware: Hardware deliveries may be required. If applicable, hardware shall be delivered within thirty (30) days after completion of technical effort or as specified in each call.
4. Other Requirements
a. Classified facility and storage clearance: If classified material is involved, it will be stated in the call for proposals for each solicitation topic and a draft DD254 will be issued with the call. If a DD254 is applicable, offerors must verify their Cognizant Security Office information is current with the Defense Security Service (DSS) at www.dss.mil with their white paper.
b. TEMPEST: If a RFP under this BAA require generation of classified material, such generation is authorized only on equipment approved for classified processing by Air Force TEMPEST authorities.
c. Export Control: Information involved in this research effort may be subject to Export Control (International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) 22 CFR 120-131 or Export Administration Regulations (EAR) 15 CFR 710-774). If the effort is subject to export control then a Certified DD Form 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement, will be required to be submitted with the proposal.
d. Type of Research: Since the performance of research resulting from future RFPs is not expected to be fundamental, DFARS 252.204-7008 Export Controlled Items applies.
e. Data Rights. It is anticipated all technical data, software and deliverables delivered under any resulting contract will be delivered with unlimited rights; however, different rights may be negotiated as appropriate.
5. Other Information
a. Government Furnished Property/Government Furnished Information (GFP/GFI) availability: GFP/GFI may be involved. If applicable, it will be identified in the call for proposals for each solicitation topic or may be proposed by the offeror associated with their proposed effort.
b. Base Support: Base support may be involved. If applicable, it will be identified in the call for proposals for each solicitation topic or may be proposed by the offeror associated with their proposed effort.
c. Network Access: Network access to DoD computer networks and systems may be involved. If applicable, access requirements will be identified in the call for proposals for each solicitation topic.
d. Hazardous Material: Specific programs may involve the use of hazardous materials. If applicable, offerors will be required to identify hazardous materials in their proposal.
e. Associate Contractor Provision: Specific programs may be subject to inclusion of an associate contractor provision. If applicable, it will be stated in the call for proposals for each solicitation topic.
f. Organizational Conflict of Interest: Specific programs may be subject to organizational conflict of interest provisions. If applicable, it will be so stated in the call for proposals for each solicitation topic.
II. BAA Award Information
1. Anticipated Award Date:
2. Anticipated funding for the program:
a. Estimated Value: The estimated value of the subsequent requirements that are to be advertised under this BAA over the next 5 years is $15M.
Note: The estimated value is not a promise of assured funding in that amount. Funding is uncertain and is subject to change. Changes in availability may occur as a result of Government discretion.
b. The specific funding profile for individual programs will be stated in the call for proposals for each solicitation topic.
3. Type of Contract/Instrument:
4. Number of awards anticipated:
5. Multiple awards:
1. Eligible Offerors:
2. Cost Sharing or Matching:
3. Federally Funded Research and Development Centers:
a. Notice to Foreign-Owned Firms: Such firms are asked to immediately notify the Contracting POC cited in each call for proposals issued under this BAA before deciding to respond to a call for proposals. Foreign contractors should be aware that restrictions apply which could preclude their participation in a program. If no restrictions apply, it will be stated in the call.
b. Offerors may be required to access militarily critical data in support of a program. If applicable, it will be stated in the call for proposals for each solicitation topic. Only contractors who are registered and certified with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and have a legitimate business purpose may participate in this solicitation. Contact the Defense Logistics Agency, 74 Washington Avenue N., Battle Creek, Michigan 40917-3084 (1-800-352-3572) for further information on the certification process. You must submit a copy of your approved DD Form 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement, with your proposal.
c. There are no limits to the number of proposals an offeror may submit.
d. You may be ineligible for award if all requirements of this solicitation are not met on the proposal due date as identified in each call for proposals.
IV. FOCUS AREAS
1. Focus Area 1: Geolocation and Tagging, Tracking, Locating
• Emerging precision geolocation techniques. These techniques may combine air and space assets by fusing the data sources to improve overall accuracy.
2. Focus Area 2: Sensor, Data Fusion and Dissemination
• How do the proposed systems or algorithms improve our ability to identify known IR emitters/emissions?
3. Focus Area 3: Unconventional/Asymmetric Warfare/Support to Special Operations
• Cyber effects to enable irregular warfare.
4. Focus Area 4: Situational Awareness
5. Focus Area 5: Space Situational Awareness
6. Focus Area 6: Cyber and Spectrum Warfare Operations
7. Focus Area 7: Air Superiority
8. Focus Area 8: Command, Control and Spectrum Utilization
9. Focus Area 9: Real-Time/Near Real Time Large Data Analytics and Virtualization
U.S. Government agencies are slowly moving away from the use of relational and proprietary databases, which require matching proprietary hardware, software and licensing. The use of virtual technologies and implementation of "cloud" techniques greatly reduce these overhead costs while enabling diverse data elements to be stored in the same electromagnetic space without any predefined associations or relationships. Areas of interest within this focus area include:
• Large data analytics for the analysis, correlation and/or association of data from all other AF TENCAP focus areas to operate in the cloud environment. In particular those working with NoSQL-type databases.
V. WHITE PAPER REVIEW INFORMATION
1. Two-step solicitation process:
Intergovernmental Review: If applicable, to be specified in each call for proposals.
Funding Restrictions: If applicable, to be specified in each call for proposals.
Other Submission Requirements: Specified in each call for proposals, but generally through e-mail.
If by electronic submission: URL or e-mail address, whether a password is required and a point of contact that will be available to resolve technical difficulties will be specified in subsequent RFPs.
2. General Instructions:
b. Each white paper submitted under this BAA must contain a title of the proposed project and a brief description (up to 250 characters) at the non-proprietary level. Also, provide your DoD Technology Readiness Level, if available. An optional expanded description (up to 8000 characters) may be provided by the offeror with the statement that all information is non-proprietary. This information may be made available to Government personnel outside the AF TENCAP to determine if this concept may be appropriate for their mission.
d. This acquisition involves data that are subject to export control laws and regulations
e. White papers submitted under this BAA may be security classified from Unclassified up to the National Program level. There are no provisions for submitting outside these classification levels.
g. Include any known potential transition partners
1. Title for White Paper (Must be Unclassified, also include a one sentence description of the effort)
2. White papers are intended to provide a brief overview of the concept being presented. This is intended to save Respondees time and effort in developing proposals that are outside of the scope or interests of the AF TENCAP. White papers will be initially evaluated based upon very limited criteria. The specific focus is on warfighter impact, technical value, and risk. White papers may not exceed 3 pages, excluding title page along with attachment 1 (Policy Statement for White Papers from Respondees/Offerors Seeking Research Contracts) and shall provide:
1. Evaluation Team.
2. Assessment Areas.
a. Evaluation Criteria: The selection of one or more sources for award will be based on an evaluation of each offeror's white paper (both technical and cost/price aspects) to determine the overall merit of the white paper in response to the announcement, as well as on Agency need and funding availability.
b. Warfighter Impact Assessment. This assessment will address the Warfighter Impact of the concept. The AF TENCAP is most interested in concepts that significantly impact the ability of the warfighter to accomplish their mission and provide dramatic improvement through new mission capabilities that directly address critical problems. Include an architecture of vision with explanation and identify strategic or operational relevancy or a tactical warfighter specifically interested in the capability.
c. Technical Value Assessment. This assessment will address or establish the technical worthiness of the proposed effort. Items to be considered include technical approach toward achieving the stated objective(s), and the existence of sufficient technical payoff to warrant risk. Efforts should focus on truly new and unique approaches and techniques to existing systems that lead to, or enable revolutionary and evolutionary improvements in capability, performance, and/or cost.
d. Risk Assessment. This assessment will evaluate the proposed approach/white paper's likelihood of success to include cost, schedule, performance and transition. ROM-level cost and schedule estimates should be included. Include a goal to finish transition effort by the end of 18 months (less than 12 months for final demo with six month transition.)
3. Review and Selection Process:
a. Categories: The technical and cost white papers will be evaluated at the same time and categorized as follows:
(1) Category I: Submission is well conceived, scientifically and technically sound, pertinent to the program goals and objectives, and offered by a responsible contractor with the competent scientific and technical staff and supporting resources needed to ensure satisfactory program results. White papers in Category I are determined to be technically acceptable, but will be recommended for award based on availability of funds. They are normally displaced only by other Category I white papers.
b. In general, no other evaluation criteria will be used. If other evaluation criteria apply, it will be specified in each call for proposals. The technical and cost white papers will be evaluated at the same time. The Air Force reserves the right to select for award of a contract any, all, part or none of the white paper received. Award of a contract to universities or nonprofit institutions will be subject to the mutual agreement of the parties.
VIII. Award Administration Information
1. Award Notices:
2. Administrative Requirements: Any legal restrictions or national policy will be identified in the RFP as will terms on intellectual property, data rights, data sharing, and security requirements..
3. Reporting: Reporting requirements will be defined in each RFP and annotated in attached contract deliverables, (CDRLs).
IX. Agency Contact(s)
1. Address all technical questions to the contracting POC listed on each call:
2. Address contracting questions to the contracting POC listed on each call:
Note: The contracting POC(s) for all requirements advertised under this open-ended BAA will be specified with each individual call for proposal.
X. Proposal and Submission Information
2. Content and Form of Proposal Submission:
a. General Instructions: Offerors should apply the restrictive notice prescribed in the provision of FAR 52.215-1(e) Instructions to Offerors-Competitive Acquisition. Offerors should consider proposal instructions contained in the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Guide for Industry, which can be accessed on line at http://www.wpafb.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-120614-075.pdf. This guide is specifically designed to assist the offeror in understanding the BAA proposal process. Technical/management and cost volumes should be submitted in separate volumes, and must be valid for 180 days from submission. Proposals must reference the announcement number assigned to each RFP issued hereunder. Offerors must submit one-original electronic proposal via e-mail to the Contracting POC in a format identified in each call for proposals. Offerors are required to submit the technical/management volume in MS-Word and the cost/business volume in MS-Word, with a cost proposal spreadsheet in MS-Excel with no locked references or formulas. Offerors are advised that only contracting officers are legally authorized to contractually bind or otherwise commit the government and direction from other than the contracting officer is unauthorized. The cost of preparing proposals in response to any call for proposals under this BAA is not considered an allowable direct charge to any resulting or any other contract; however, it may be an allowable expense to the normal bid and proposal indirect cost as specified in FAR 31.205-18.
b. Technical/Management Proposal:
(1) Proposal Structure: The technical/management volume shall be presented as a single document.
(2) Page Limitations: The following describes the page limitations on the proposal submittal:
(a) Prepared and submitted in MS Office Word format, the number of pages for each volume (technical/management/cost) for any type contract or Assistance Instrument, will be specified in each call for proposals.
(b) Font shall be standard 10-point business font Arial.
(c) Character spacing must be "normal," not condensed in any manner.
(d) Pages shall be double-spaced, single-sided, 8.5 by 11 inches, with at least one-inch margins on sides, top and bottom. Lines between text lines must also be 10-point.
(e) All text, including text in tables and charts, must adhere to all font size and line spacing requirements listed herein. Font and line spacing requirements do not have to be followed for illustrations, flowcharts, drawings, and diagrams. These exceptions shall not be used to circumvent formatting requirements and page count limitations by including lengthy narratives in such items.
(f) Pages shall be numbered starting with the cover page being Page 1, and the last page being Page (to be determined in each call for proposals). The page limitation covers all information including indices, photographs, foldouts (counted as 1 page for each 8.5 by 11 portion) tables, charts, appendices, attachments, resumes, etc.
(g) The proposal page limit does not include the offeror's proposed Statement of Work (SOW); however, the same formatting rules apply to the SOW. The page limit of the SOW will be specified in each call for proposals.
(h) Due to continuing attempts by numerous offerors to obtain an unfair advantage by failing to conform to the formatting rules above, the Government will check the proposal and SOW for conformance to the stated requirements. Any pages in excess of the stated page limitation after the format check will not be considered. In addition if the proposal or SOW does not conform to the above requirements, a notification will be sent to the offeror's company management to advise of the nonconformance.
(3) The proposal shall include a discussion of the nature and scope of the problem being addressed (as outlined in the call for proposal, but elaborated based on the offeror's breakdown of the problem), and the proposed solution, technical approach and schedule. In addition, all offerors will describe their past proven experience in rapid prototyping of technical solutions, provide descriptions of available equipment, data and facilities, and submit short resumes of key personnel who will be participating and your opinion and reasoning of the complexity of the effort. This volume shall include a SOW detailing the technical tasks proposed to be accomplished under the proposed effort and suitable for contract incorporation. Do not include any proprietary information in the SOW. Refer to the BAA Guide for Industry referenced above to assist in SOW preparation.
(4) Any questions concerning the technical proposal or SOW preparation shall be referred to the Contracting Officer.
c. Cost/Business Proposal:
(1) Separate the proposal into a business section and cost section. The business section should contain all business aspects to the proposed contract, such as type of contract, any exceptions to terms and conditions of the model contract, any information not technically related, etc. Provide rationale for exceptions. Cost proposals have no limitations; however, offerors are requested to keep cost proposals to 20 pages as a goal. The proposal shall be furnished with supporting schedules and shall contain a person hour breakdown per task. Refer to the BAA Guide for Industry for detailed proposal instructions.
(2) Subcontracting plans, for efforts anticipated to exceed $650,000, shall be submitted along with the technical and cost proposals. Reference FAR 19.704, DFARS 219.704, and AFFARS 5319.704(a)(1) for subcontracting plan requirements. Small business concerns are exempt from this requirement.
d. Proposal Content Summary: You may be ineligible for award if all requirements of this solicitation are not met on the proposal due date. Reference Section XI Paragraph 8 for a checklist of the requirements.
NOTE: Intent to Propose: Offerors that anticipate submitting a proposal are requested to submit an e-mail to the contract POC specified in each call for proposals. The intent to submit a proposal should include the name of the contractor and the contractor's POC.
XI. Other Information
1. Acquisition of Commercial Items:
2. Support Contractors:
3. Wide Area Work Flow:
4. Item Identification and Valuation.
5. Excessive Pass-Through Charges.
Ms. Jill Willingham, AFLCMC/AQP
7. Post-Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation:
8. Proposal Content Checklist:
2275 D Street
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433-7218
William T. Smith,
AF TENCAP Contracting Officer
Phone: 937 255-2479
David C Blocher,
June 24, 2014
Original Set Aside:
A -- Research & Development
541 -- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services/541712 -- Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)