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R--Veterans Benefits Administration Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services Indianapolis Regional Office

Solicitation Number: VA32610RP0001
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: New York VARO
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs New York Regional Office
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VA32610RP0001
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Sources Sought
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Added: Dec 23, 2009 1:40 pm
THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE ONLY; PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND WITH A PROPOSAL.

This sources sought notice is issued in an effort to conduct additional market research for information and planning purposes only. The Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefit Administration, Indianapolis Regional Office is soliciting information to determine the availability of all small businesses (including service disabled veteran owned, veteran owned, women owned, HUBZone, and disadvantaged and others) capable of performing the requirement indicated below. In your response please indicate the socioeconomic status of your small business. The NAICS code is 624310 (Vocational Rehabilitation Services) with a size standard of $7 million dollars. This means that businesses furnishing the counseling services described below, with average annual revenue over the last 3 years under $7 million dollars are generally considered small businesses. The requirement is for the following vocational rehabilitation services:



(1) Complete Initial Assessments/Evaluations;

(2) Case Management/Rehabilitation Services;

(3) Employment Services;

(4) Educational and Vocational Counseling; and

(5) Discrete Services



(1) Complete Initial Assessments

Initial Assessment has four major service groups: (1) Initial Assessment (includes psychometric testing, scoring and interpretation) ; (2) Vocational and Disability Assessment; (3) Transferable Skills Analysis , (4) Vocational Exploration and (5) Discrete Services. The Contractor shall conduct at least one face-to-face interviews with the Veteran on an individual basis. A group session cannot substitute for this individualized session.



(2) Case Management:

The contractor will provide case management services as required to achieve the objectives of the written rehabilitation plan provided by the VA, to include supportive services, such as addressing medical, financial, academic, and community needs, and preparing Veterans to become job ready. Case Management requires frequent and ongoing services that are provided during Veteran participation on rehabilitation plans to continually address and provide supportive services and track progress in the following areas: academic, job readiness, medical, financial, independent living, and community issues.



(3) Employment Services:

Employment Services are for those Veterans deemed capable of re-entering the workforce. Services provided are to assist Veterans to obtain and maintain suitable employment consistent with the Veteran's rehabilitation plan. This includes job readiness assistance, rsum development, interview skills and job placement services, and post-placement follow-up.



(4) Educational and Vocational Counseling (Chapter 36 and Chapter 35):

The Contractor will assist Servicemembers and Veterans to establish employment objectives and outline career counseling/education required to achieve their educational/vocational goals. The following training, rehabilitation, and employment needs shall be addressed by the Contractor for Servicemembers and Veterans receiving Chapter 36 services and to Dependents receiving Chapter 35 services.



(5) Discrete Services

This Service Group includes independent living (IL) assessments, job coaching, life skills coaching, and job site analysis. For the independent living assessments, a locally licensed occupational therapist (OT) or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor will be required. Licensed Rehabilitation Engineers, Occupational Therapists, or Assistive Technology Specialists are required to provide specialized Rehabilitation Engineering assessments.



This announcement is not a request for competitive proposals. All responsible sources shall respond by submitting a written narrative Statement of Capability including detailed technical information and/or other technical informational literature demonstrating the ability to perform the above requirements via email to the point of contacts below. Face-to-Face contact is required; therefore, contractors must have an established professional office within a 50-mile radius of Indianapolis and a 100-mile radius of jurisdictions served, unless specifically negotiated in remote areas.



No telephone requests will be honored. Contractors must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), accessed via the Internet at http://www.ccr.gov. All information provided will become property of the Department of Veterans Affairs and will not be returned.

Responses are requested by January 11, 2010 no-later-than 3 P.M., Eastern Time and should include a point of contact, phone number, fax number and email address. Interested parties capable of performing this requirement should send responses by email to Hope.Freeman@va.gov.



Contracting Office Address:

Point of Contact: Hope Freeman, Contract Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office 245 W. Houston Street Room 301, New York, NY 10014.
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Hope Freeman;Department of Veterans Affairs;New York Regional Office;245 West Houston Street;New York NY 10014
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Indianapolis Regional Office;Department of Veterans Affairs (VBA);575 North Pennsylvania Street;Indianapolis, IN
46204
USA
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Hope FreemanContract Specialist
(212) 807-3033

Contract Specialist