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This opportunity is a Recovery and Reinvestment Act action
Solicitation Number: AVT0009001
Agency: General Services Administration
Office: Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
Location: ITS Office of Acquisition Operations (QTA)
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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, save and create millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. ARRA is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression. With much at stake, ARRA provides for unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability. As specified by ARRA Section 1526, “Board Website,” is the main vehicle for providing each citizen with the ability to monitor the progress of our recovery.

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) intends to issue a solicitation for the redesign, implementation and hosting of version 1.0 is currently hosted on a Linux server and Drupal is used for the content management system (CMS) and a MySQL database. RATB is open to recommendations for technology improvements for version 2.0 and beyond, including the hosting platform, database technology, CMS, programming languages, etc. that facilitate satisfaction of the requirements described in this SOO. However, the Offeror selected for this procurement will have to provide a design flexible enough to launch the new website using existing technology as well as any technological improvements suggested. RATB strives to improve the workflow and process automation technologies that rely heavily on manual reviews of data submissions.

RATB is seeking an innovative, award winning, web-design and implementation firm with expertise on user-focused, data-driven web designs to perform complete redesign, implementation, and operation of the version 2.0 website. Design services will include visual design, user interface design, information architecture, design engineering, project management, and all expertise required to deliver a website with interactive data-visualization, and web-application level functionality.

To this end, high-level guiding principles include the following:

Time is of the essence, as RATB is working under extremely tight deadlines for a project of this size. Ability to move with speed and efficiency is critical.

RATB seeks to leverage existing infrastructure (hardware, software, and contracts) and relationships where practicable, and to minimize the requirement for new infrastructure to support processing and data storage for

While emphasis is on meeting the reporting requirements specified by ARRA, RATB and its contractors understand that guidance from OMB on reporting and transparency will continue to evolve. Specifically, the latest OMB guidance includes the following:

2.10 – “OMB plans to expand the reporting model in the future to also obtain [information from subsequent recipients beyond local governments and other organizations] once the system capabilities and processes have been established”

2.15 – “The Director…has the authority to require Federal agencies to collect information from all Federal recipients on all tiers to sub awards”

2.4 – “Reporting frequency and detail may change overtime…Agencies should begin exploring accounting and process changes required to update Obligations and Gross Outlays more frequently…”

RATB and its contractors understand that the solution shall, for automation and efficiency, allow for:

1) Evaluation of data quality to provide optimization of large, highly complex, rapidly changing data sets

2) Automated data replication

3) Standardization, normalization and cleansing capabilities necessary to support robust reporting solutions overt time.

4) Build for Speed and Responsiveness: This rapid response solution must be able to provide not only citizen-centric access but also the ability to respond to press requests, legislative branch inquires, and questions from different agencies.

5) Consider Information as a Service: Focus on developing an architecture that not only provides trusted, accurate information per the OMB guidelines, but also makes the information available as a service to a wide range of people, processes and applications.

6) Build to support Business Optimization: Adopt a flexible, services-based architecture that delivers high-quality trusted information to set the stage for true business process optimization, and link to adjacent high-value business processes, such as fraud detection capabilities.

Estimated solicitation issue date is on or about 15 June 2009. Proposals are anticipated to be due on or about June 26, 2009. If the Government elects to conduct a Pre-Proposal Conference, details regarding the Conference will be provided in the solicitation. The solicitation will be a competitive acquisition based on a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract type with optional periods of performance. There will be no public bid opening. Responses to questions emailed to the below Point of Contacts regarding this acquisition will be posted to, as practicable.

This opportunity is available only to contractors who are listed on the GSA Alliant Governmentwide Acquisition Contract. This procurement shall be conducted using competitive procedures. Please note that to be eligible for award of this project prospective contractors must be registered in Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and have completed and maintained current their Online Representations and Certifications (ORCA) (both can be linked to at prior to closing date of offer.

This is not a request for competitive proposals, nor is a solicitation available. This notice is provided for “informational purposes only” under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Contracting Office Address:

U.S. General Services Administration, Enterprise GWAC Center-Southwest (QTBAB)

GSA, Federal Acquisition Service

819 Taylor Street, Rm 7A37

Ft. Worth, TX 76102

Place of Performance:


Point of Contact(s): and

10304 Eaton Place
Fairfax , Virginia 22030
United States
1717 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20006
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
United States
Valerie V. Bindel,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 8175744297