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Development of Updated Program to Train and Certify Physicians as Competent to Use the International Labour Office International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses in Digital Format

Solicitation Number: 2013-N-15006
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: Acquisition and Assistance Field Branch (Pittsburgh)
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Added: Feb 28, 2013 3:47 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a requirement to update a B Reader training and certification program. NIOSH maintains the "B Reader" program to train, test, and certify physicians as competent in the use of the International Labour Office (ILO) system for classifying the presence and severity of findings on chest images associated with pneumoconiosis. In the past, this system used only older film-based chest radiography. However, the system was recently updated to enable use of modern digital chest imaging. The purpose of this contract is to update the B Reader training and certification program. The contractor will work with NIOSH to identify and prioritize important specific competencies needed by B Readers, develop a training program that includes educational content in digital format to achieve necessary competencies, develop companion testing materials for initial certification and recertification ("B Reader examinations"), also in digital format, that reliably document the achievement of necessary knowledge and ability to accurately classify chest images using the ILO system, and provide a system for monitoring the performance of the examination and improving it, as necessary. Thus, the contractor will provide a complete, coordinated update to the B Reader training and certification program, and will provide technical support to NIOSH staff for the successful initial implementation thereof. Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 2013-N-15006 will be issued on an unrestricted basis to full and open competition. The solicitation will be issued on or about March 15, 2013. Proposals will be due on or about April 15, 2013. Organizations interested in receiving a copy of the solicitation may submit a written request to DHHS/PHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PGO Acquisition Branch 4, Post Office Box 18070, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0070. Written requests submitted to Facsimile Number 412-386-6429 will be accepted. No telephone requests will be accepted. Please cite the solicitation number in a request. Offerors may obtain a copy of the RFP via the internet at All responsible responsive sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.
Added: Mar 25, 2013 3:14 pm
Solicitation Issue Date and Due Date Revisions as Follows. The solicitation will be issued on March 25, 2013. Proposals willbe due on April 24, 2013.
Added: Apr 12, 2013 10:02 am

Amendment No. 00001 to Solicitation No. 2013-N-15006 in PDF document posted in FedBizOpps to extend the due date by fifteen (15) days from April 24, 2013, to May 09, 2013. No additional solicitation due date extensions are anticipated.

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Solicitation 1

Posted Date:
March 25, 2013
RFP_13-15006.pdf (960.73 Kb)
Description: RFP 2013-N-15006
Description: RFP 2013-N-15006 Cover Letter

Amendment 1

Posted Date:
April 12, 2013
Description: Solicitation Due Date Extension Amendment 00001 to RFP 2013-N-15006
Post Office Box 18070
Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236-0070
John J Carolan,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 412-386-6430
Fax: 412-386-6429
Larry Guess,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 412-386-6826
Fax: 412-386-6429