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Advisory and Assistance Services

Solicitation Number: RFQ-CO201351042
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA Contracts Office
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Dec 04, 2012 1:42 pm

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.303, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued.

 The solicitation number for this requirement is RFQ-CO201351042 and is hereby issued as a Request for Quote (RFQ) using FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items and FAR Part 13, Simplified Acquisition Procedures.  The Government contemplates a one year fixed-price contract with the Period of Performance commencing in January 2013 and culminating one-year thereafter.  The historical cost for a similar procurement in size and scope is $51,994.00.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is accepting quotes from offerors who provide Advisory and Assistance services in accordance with the attached Statement of Work (SOW).  The North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS) is 541611 with a Small Business Size Standard of $14.0M. This requirement is being solicited as 100% Small Business Set-Aside.

The following Federal Acquisition Regulations provisions and clauses apply to this acquisition: FAR 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items; FAR 52.212-3, Offeror Representation and Certifications - Commercial Items; FAR 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions -Commercial Items; FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items.

In order to be considered for an award, an offeror must have completed the electronic Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) at in accordance with FAR 4.1201. By submission of an offer, the offeror acknowledges the requirement that a prospective awardee shall be registered in the CCR at prior to award, during performance, and through final payment of any contract, basic agreement, basic ordering agreement, or blanket purchasing agreement resulting from this solicitation. [Note: Lack of registration in the Central Contractor Registration will make an offeror ineligible for award].

All questions must be received by 12:00 p.m., Arlington, VA time on December 11, 2012 and submitted to  Telephone calls will not be ACCEPTED.

All quotations must be received by 4:00 p.m., Arlington, VA time on December 18, 2012 and should be submitted electronically to  Late offers will not be accepted.


 INSTRUCTION TO OFFERS:  The Provision at FAR 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors-Commercial, applies to this acquisition with the following addition: Presentation of technical merit: The offeror will submit a document that describes her/his prior work experience, relevant foreign language skills and computer skills.  This information should be in the form of a personal narrative statement that describes the offeror’s qualifications for this work and that clearly explains how her/his education and/or work experience is relevant to the scope of work.  This statement will be used by USTDA to evaluate writing and analytical ability as well as interest in the scope of work. Be sure to discuss any education and/or experience with international trade or economic development issues related to middle-income and/or developing countries. Also, discuss your availability/timeframe to begin performance of the contract.  Presentation of technical merit should not exceed (3) pages.  In addition, the offeror shall provide a résumé, an unofficial copy of transcripts and a completed Contractor Biographical Data Sheet, (available at Offerors for this contract must submit the contact information for three individuals who can provide references.  At least two of the references should be able to comment on the offeror’s past work experience.  All quotations must include all of the information requested above to be considered.

EVALUATION FACTORS:  Pursuant to FAR 52.212-2, Evaluation Commercial Items, the Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered.  The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers:

(1  1)  TECHNICAL:   The following sub-factors are listed in descending order of importance.


Sub-factor 1:  Relevant Education and Experience - Offerors shall possess at minimum a bachelors degree, but preferably a masters degree, in relevant fields of study, such as economics, business or international relations, and one year of work experience.

Sub-factor 2:  Communication Skills – Competency as a skilled writer to write a series of reports.

Sub-factor 3:  Computer Skills – Possess the ability to conduct industry research on potentially new projects.

 Sub-factor 4:  Relevant Foreign Language Skills – Proficiency in the Spanish language required and additional Portuguese proficiency is a plus.



(33)  PRICE


All evaluation factors, other than cost or price, when combined, are significantly more important than cost or price. 


Note: Options do not apply to this contract. 

Technical and Past Performance shall be evaluated using the adjectival ratings in Attachment IV to the solicitation.

The Government will evaluate price to determine the following:

•  Completeness: All information required by the solicitation has been submitted and is accurate.

•  Reasonableness: The Government will conduct a price analysis to determine whether the proposed prices are fair and reasonable. This determination may be accomplished by one or more of the techniques set forth in FAR 15.404-1(a)(b)(2).

No adjectival ratings will be used to evaluate price.

BASIS FOR CONTRACT AWARD:  The Government will use Best Value Source Selection Procedures to evaluate offers and determine the best value.  The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the offeror who is deemed responsible in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation, as supplemented, whose proposal conforms to the solicitation requirements (to include all stated terms, conditions, representations, certifications, and all other information required by this solicitation) and is determined, based on the evaluation factors, to represent the best value to the Government.  The Government seeks to award to the offeror who gives USTDA the greatest confidence that it will best meet or exceed the requirements affordably.  This may result in an award to a higher rated, higher priced offeror, where the decision is consistent with the evaluation factors and the Contracting Officer reasonably determines that the technical approach and/or superior past performance of the higher priced offeror outweighs the cost difference.  The Contracting Officer will make an integrated assessment based on the evaluation factors described above.

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Posted Date:
December 4, 2012
Description: Section B - Services and Cost
Description: Statement of Work
Description: Clauses and Addendum
SF1449-12.pdf (573.98 Kb)
Description: SF-1449
Description: Technical Evaluation and Adjectival Rating
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209
United States
Angela M. Williams,
Contract Specialist/Contractor Support
Phone: 703-875-6658
Fax: 703-875-4009
Garth A. Hibbert,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 7038754357
Fax: 7038754009