March 3, 2000

NOTICE TO ALL OFFERORS

REFERENCE: AMENDMENT NO. 1

RFP-DCS-00-11

Additional information has been requested by prospective offerors and it has been determined by the Contracting Officer that this information be made available to all bidders. The closing date and time for the receipt of proposals remains March 20, 2000, by 2:00 p.m. local time.

Keith A. Bond

KEITH A. BOND

Contracting Officer

Attachment(s)

AMENDMENT OF SOLICITATION/MODIFICATION OF CONTRACT

1. CONTRACT ID CODE
 

PAGE OF PAGES

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2. AMENDMENT/MODIFICATION. NO.
 1
3. EFFECTIVE DATE
 March 3, 2000
4. REQUISITION/PURCHASE REQ. NO.   CAM
 PAR 99-547
5. PROJECT NO. (If applicable)
 
6. ISSUED BYCODE
 
 U.S. Department of Labor, ETA/OGCM
 Division of Contracting Services
 200 Constitution Avenue, NW
 Room C-4310
 Washington  DC  20210
7. ADMINISTERED BY (If other than Item 6)CODE
 
 
 
 
 
     
8. NAME AND ADDRESS OF CONTRACTOR  (No., street, county, State and ZIP Code)   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
       

CODE   FACILITY CODE  

(X)

 X
 
9A. AMENDMENT OF SOLICITATION NO.
 RFP-DCS-00-11

9B. DATED (SEE ITEM 11)
 02-15-2000

10A. MODIFICATION OF CONTRACT/ORDER NO.
 
     

10B. DATED (SEE ITEM 12)
 

11. THIS ITEM ONLY APPLIES TO AMENDMENTS OF SOLICITATION

 
The above numbered solicitation is amended as set forth in Item 14.  The hour and date specified for receipt of Offers
 
is extended,
 X
is not extended.  Offers must acknowledge receipt of this amendment prior
 to the hour and date specified in the solicitation or as amended, by one of the following methods: (a) By completing Items 8 and 15, and returning   0 copies of the amendment;(b) By acknowledging receipt of this amendment of each copy of the offer submitted; or (c) By separate letter or telegram which includes a reference to the solicitation and amendment numbers. FAILURE OF YOUR ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO BE RECEIVED AT THE PLACE DESIGNATED FOR THE RECEIPT OF OFFERS PRIOR TO THE HOUR AND DATE SPECIFIED MAY RESULT IN REJECTION OF YOUR OFFER. If by virtue of this amendment you desire to change an offer already submitted, such change may be made by telegram or letter, provided each telegram or letter makes reference to the solicitation and this amendment, and is received prior to the opening hour and date specified.                              
12. ACCOUNTING AND APPROPRIATION DATA (If required)

   

   

13. THIS ITEM APPLIES ONLY TO MODIFICATIONS OF CONTRACTS/ORDERS,

IT MODIFIES THE CONTRACT/ORDER NO. AS DESCRIBED IN ITEM 14.

(X)

 

A. THIS CHANGE ORDER IS ISSUED PURSUANT TO:  (Specify authority)  THE CHANGES SET FORTH IN ITEM 14 ARE MADE IN THE CONTRACT ORDER NO. IN ITEM 10A.
   

 

B. THE ABOVE NUMBERED CONTRACT/ORDER IS MODIFIED TO REFLECT THE ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES  (such as changes in payng office, appropriation date, etc.)
SET FORTH IN ITEM 14, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF FAR 43.103 (b).

 

C. THIS SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT IS ENTERED INTO PURSUANT TO AUTHORITY OF:

 

 

 

D. OTHER (Specify type of modification and authority)

 

 

E. IMPORTANT:  Contractor
 
is not,
 
is required to sign this document and return      copies to the issuing office.
14. DESCRIPTION OF AMENDMENT/MODIFICATION (Organized by UCF section headings, including solicitation/contract subject matter where feasible.)
 See Attachment
 
 
 
 
 TO ALL OFFERORS
 
 
 
 
Except as provided herein, all terms and conditions of the document referenced in Item 9A or 10A, as heretofore changed, remains unchanged and in full force and effect.
15A. NAME AND TITLE OF SIGNER   (Type or print)
 
 
16A. NAME AND TITLE OF CONTRACTING OFFICER    (Type or print)
   
 
15B. CONTACTOR/OFFEROR

 

(Signature of person authorized to sign)

15C. DATE SIGNED
16B. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

BY  

(Signature of Contracting Officer)

16C. DATE 
      SIGNED
 
 STANDARD FORM 30   (REV. 10-83)

14. RESPONSES TO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

  1. With regard to Requests for Clarifications, it states that all answers to the RFC will be posted on the DOLETA Internet site. Is there a more specific address where these will be posted?
  2. 1a. The site address is http://www.doleta.gov/sga/rfp.cfm.

  3. Is there a page limit on any of the proposal volumes? And, if so, will attachments (charts, figures, and other types of information) be counted in the page number total?
  4. 2a. There is not a page limit on any of the proposal volumes. Please see Section L.9 for proposal submission.

  5. Is the contractor required to be physically present during the entire joint inventory? If so, this could result in Regional Office/Center visit schedule revisions. We understand that this inventory process could take days or weeks, depending on the size of the Center and its Property account.
  6. 3a. The Center operator and the new contractor are required to conduct a joint inventory together and resolve any discrepancies noted. This phase is called a reconciliation process to review the findings prior to the new contractor accepting accountability for the inventory. Any property lost, damaged, or stolen must be reported immediately to the Job Corps Regional Official and submitted in writing stating the circumstances surrounding the missing property. Such supporting documentation (police and FBI notification) must be forwarded along with the Center request for Relief-of-Accountability. Normally, the Job Corps support contractor is only involved during the last week of the inventory or the reconciliation process.

  7. Are the "ten trips" referenced in the second paragraph of Section C.5 (Task Order NO. 3 - Project Management Support) designated for travel to the Regional Offices (10)? There is a reference to ten trips in the sixth paragraph of this section (for "technical assistance/training"). Are these ten trips in addition to the previously mentioned ten trips?
  8. 4a. The Ten (l0) trips stated in Section C5, Task 3 - Project Management Support, are to monitor the performance of the property specialist assigned to the various regions and to assess the work load and address any potential problems with the designated Job Corps Regional Director and designee overseeing the property management function.

  9. Under Section F.3 (Level of Effort), there is a reference to a figure of from 8 to 8.5 "professional person years," although Section C.5 indicates a requirement for nine (9) "staff years." For the purposes of this solicitation, we need to know what the difference is between "professional" and "staff" years (i.e., how many hours are there in a professional person year?).
  10. 5a. In Section F.3 - Level of Effort, 8 and 8.5 relates to the Government's estimated cost for this contract. A professional person year is between $90,000 and $100,000. A professional person year is inclusive of direct costs, other direct costs, indirect costs, and fixed fee. In Section C, staff years relate to the number of staff needed to complete the tasks.

  11. The second sentence in the first paragraph on page one of the RFP package states "Potential offerors/bidders are asked to complete and submit a proposal/bid intent form." Where is the intent form?
  12. 6a. Offerors are not required to complete and submit a proposal/bid intent form. Offerors should follow the instructions listed in Section L.9 of the solicitation.

  13. May we propose a fixed price/time & materials/labor-hour type of contract instead of a cost-type contract? (Asset management services are commercial services, and the FAR now (Post-FASA and post-FARA) stipulates that a cost-type contract can not be used for commercial services; and also forbids the government from requiring cost and pricing data where adequate competition exists.)
  14. 7a. The Government intends to award a Cost-Reimbursement plus Fixed Fee type contract for this solicitation. Cost and pricing data are requested for information only. The services requested are not commercial.

  15. Page 16 states that approximately 7 staff years will be required for tasks 1 and 2. Page 17 states that 2 staff years will be required for task 3. Page 17 states that 9 staff years will be required for all work under the contract. No level of effort is given for task 4. Page 25 states that the anticipated level of effort is between 8 and 8.5 professional person years. Please clarify the overall level of effort and the levels of effort by tasks.
  16. 8a. The level of effort for each task is as follows:

    Tasks 1 & 2 - Seven Staff Years (persons)

    Task 3 - Two Staff Years (persons)

    Task 4 - Contract staff will assist National and Regional Office of Jobs Corps staff with the rewrite

  17. Where may we obtain copies of the current Policy Review Handbook, and ETA Handbook No. 359?
  18. 9a. Both handbooks can be obtained through the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) designated to this contract at the following address:

    U.S. Department of Labor

    Office of Job Corps

    200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

    Room N-4659

    Attn: Ron Whitehead

    Washington, D.C. 20210

  19. Please provide a summary of the incumbent contractor's total hours under the contract year.
  20. 10a. The contract requires a weekly total of 40 hours per week, not to include any overtime unless authorized by the Contracting Officer (CO). In the invent that staff is required to work over the allotted 40 hours per week, only the CO can authorize Compensatory Time for any additional hours required.

  21. Can you provide a copy of the EPMS User's Guide to prospective offerors?
  22. 11a. The guide can be obtained from the COTR. Please see answer 9a for address.

  23. Is the Government Furnished Property or Facilities of any kind provided to the Contractor?
  24. 12a. Yes, the outstationed personnel designated under this contract are provided space in the Job Corps Regional Offices they are assigned which includes space and the necessary computer equipment.

  25. How is the Contractor provided access to the EPMS?
  26. 13a. The contractor will be provided a user code/password for the Internet linkage to the Electronic Property Management System (EPMS).

  27. Section L.8 Oral Presentation, sub-section 4, Offeror's Presentation Team, states that "the presentation shall be made by one or more of the personnel whom the offeror will employ to manage or supervise contract performance on a full time basis…. Offerors may not use company senior or general managers or consultants to make any part of the oral presentation."
  28. If the Offeror plans to have a principal of the firm act in the capacity of "principal in charge" who will actively participate on the DOL project between 500-1,000 hours per year, may such principal participate in the oral presentation as a presenter as opposed to observer? If not, why not?
  29. 14a1. Yes, as long as they are designated in the budget as a full time employee, dedicated solely to this project. Proposed staff should be dedicated solely to this project. Our historical experience and practice is that staff at all levels, and particularly key staff, must be full-time to manage the workload and efficiently interact with DOL offices.

  30. Will any of the employees from the current contractor or subcontractors be available for the transition, should they not be retained?
  31. 15a. They may be available, whether they are retained or not is a matter between the selected firm and them. The Department of Labor will make every effort to reach agreement with the parties to provide for a smooth transition with appropriate personnel.

  32. Please explain the purpose of BLOCK 1 and BLOCK 2 on page H-12 Section H.26.
  33. 16a. Blocks 1 and 2 relate to the contractor's indirect cost rates. This section is used only at contract award. In the solicitation it is strictly for information purposes.

  34. Page L-8, Section L.8, paragraph number (3) - The reference to Section L.7 should be L.6.
  35. Section L.8 - SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL, is deleted in its entirety and replaced with Attachment I.
  36. Will all questions and answers of other bidders be available for viewing?
  37. 19a. Yes, on the DOLETA Web Page (http://www.doleta.gov/sga/rfp.cfm).

  38. Section M.2 - BASIS FOR AWARD (BEST VALUE) AND Section M.3 - EVALUATION CRITERIA are deleted in their entirety and replaced with Attachment II.

ATTACHMENT I

L.9 SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

(A) - General Instructions:

Each offeror must submit an offer (proposal) and other written information and make an oral presentation in strict accordance with these instructions. When evaluating an offeror, the Government will consider how well the offeror complied with the letter and spirit of these instructions. The Government will consider any failure on the part of an offeror to comply with both the letter and spirit of these instructions to be an indication of the type of conduct it can expect during contract performance. Therefore, the Government encourages offerors to contact the Contracting Officer by telephone, facsimile transmission, e-mail, or mail in order to request an explanation of any part of these instructions.

Your proposal must be submitted in three (3) separate and distinct parts as outlined below, consisting of the number of stated copies and accompanied by the required supportive materials to insure that the proposal will be considered responsible to the Request for Proposals.

Part 1 - Original and two (2) signed copies of completed Standard Form 33, Solicitation, Offer and Award, Original and two (2) signed copies of Section K, the Representations, Certifications and other Statements of Offerors and all attachments thereto except those items required in Part 2 and 3 will be submitted as outlined in their respective parts.

Legible copies are acceptable. (All copies shall be ink-signed.)

Part 2 - In accordance with Section L.8, the offeror shall submit, as part of their offer the following:

(1) A set of overhead transparencies and five (5) paper copies in a sealed package. These transparencies shall be considered in effect, the offeror's technical proposal and shall form the basis of the offeror's Oral Presentation. PLEASE NOTE: The sealed package containing the transparencies will not be opened until the scheduled date for an offeror's presentation, in the presence of the Contract Specialist and a representative of the offeror. The Oral Presentation will be used to evaluate the offeror's capability to perform the contract (See section M.3(B);

(2) Offerors shall submit an original and three copies of the "Resumes of Key Personnel" (See Section M.3(A);

(3) Offerors shall submit three copies of relevant past performance information (See Section L.6 and M.3(C); and

(4) Offerors shall submit an original and three copies of the Contractor's Experience with Related Work (See Section M.3(D).

The Technical Proposal shall not make reference to cost or price data so that an independent technical evaluation may be made on the basis of technical merit alone. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a determination of nonresponsiveness. Proposals specifying less than one hundred twenty (120) days Government Acceptance may be considered not acceptable. Any exceptions taken by a proposer to any provisions of this Request for Proposals or any condition placed upon a proposal may result in a finding of not acceptable. Only one proposal may be submitted by each respondent.

Part 3 - A detailed Business Management Proposal as further outlined in the below instructions and consisting of:

(a) Three (3) copies of Attachment J.2 - Cost and Price Analysis, ETA 8555 (Mar. 1981)

(b) One (1) copy of Attachment J.3 - Statement of Financial Capability, ETA 8554 (Mar. 1981)

(c) "One (1) each Accounting System Certification which is a statement certifying that the offeror has an established accounting system with internal controls adequate to safeguard their assets, insure that funds are accounted for by cost categories, check the accuracy and reliability of the accounting data, promote operating efficiency and permit compliance with Government requirements and accounting procedures with respect to Cost Reimbursement types of contracts.

The statement shall be executed by a certified public accountant (CPA), licensed public accountant, a bona-fide accounting or audit organization such as Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) or an entity of equivalent status acceptable to the Government." Failure to include the above stated supportive materials with your proposal will be a basis for determination of not being acceptable.

NOTE: Part 1, 2, and 3 should be sealed in separate envelopes and included in one master package. The RFP number and related Part numbers outlined above, if applicable, must be shown in the upper left hand corner of each of the envelopes as well as the master package.

The Government warns offerors that taking exception to any term or condition of the RFP (including submitting any alternative proposal that requires a relaxation of a requirement), will make an offer unacceptable, and the offeror ineligible for award, unless the RFP expressly authorizes such an exception with regard to that specific term or condition. The Government will consider any exception to a term or condition of the RFP that is not expressly authorized by the RFP to be a deficiency, as defined in FAR Part 15.

An offeror may eliminate a deficiency in its offer only through discussions, as defined and prescribed in FAR Part 15. However, the Government intends to award a contract without discussions, as authorized by FAR Part 15. Therefore, any offeror planning to take exception to a term or condition of the RFP should consult with the Contracting Officer prior to submitting and offer, unless the RFP expressly authorizes such an exception.

Not withstanding its plan to award without discussions, the Government reserves the right to conduct discussions with offers in a competitive range, if necessary, and to permit such offerors to revise their proposals. The government also reserves the right to change any terms and conditions of their RFP by amendment at any time prior to contract award and to allow offerors to revise their offers accordingly, as authorized by FAR Part 15.

The offeror shall complete and submit all certifications included in or attached to this Request for Proposal.

The Cost Analysis (Attachment J.2) and Financial Capability Forms (Attachment J.3) support information shall be augmented as follows:

Offerors are required to submit cost proposals fully supported by cost and pricing data adequate to establish the reasonableness of the proposed costs.

1. Most current published annual balance sheet and profit or loss statement.

2. The offeror shall furnish a total cost breakdown utilizing the enclosed cost and price analysis form.

(a) Include the backup data to support the type of labor and estimated numbers of hours within each category.

(b) Include a breakdown of the amount estimated for travel including destination, duration, purpose and cost (per diem and transportation).

(c) Include backup data to support the estimated amount of material and subcontracting (if applicable) including description of materials to be procured, basis for proposed subcontract, type of subcontract and amounts proposed.

3. List the names and addresses of any subcontractor* the offeror intends to use in the performance of a resulting contract. Include the following information about the subcontract(s).

(a) How subcontractor was selected?

(b) Has the subcontractor submitted a cost proposal?

(c) Will he be able to start performance at the start of the contract period?

(d) What is the total cost of (each) subcontract?

(e) What services (skills) will the subcontract provide?

(f) What experience do they have in this technical area?

*Also provide the above information for consultants you intend to use in the performance of a resulting contract.

ATTACHMENT II

M.2 BASIS FOR AWARD (BEST VALUE)

The Government intends to evaluate proposals using a two-step methodology. The first step will involve the evaluation of the offeror's INDIVIDUAL STAFF EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS, PAST PERFORMANCE, CONTRACTOR'S EXPERIENCE WITH RELATED WORK, AND PRICE, evaluation factors A, C, D, and E listed below). Based on these evaluations, a Competitive Range (FAR Part 15) consisting of the most highly rated proposals will be established.

The second step will involve evaluation of an ORAL PRESENTATION presented by each of the offerors within the Competitive Range. Evaluation of oral presentations will consist of the offeror's CAPABILITY TO PERFORM THE CONTRACT (evaluation factor B listed below). Therefore, each offer should contain the best terms from a cost or price and technical standpoint.

A cost realism analysis will be performed for all technically acceptable offerors. Contract award will be based on the combined evaluations of the Contractor's Capability to Perform the Contract, Individual Staff Experience and Qualifications, Past Performance, Contractor's Experience With Related Work, and Price. The contract resulting from this solicitation will be awarded to the responsible offeror whose offer, conforming to the solicitation, is determined to provide the "best value" to the Government, which may not necessarily be the proposals offering the lowest cost nor receiving the highest technical score. It should be noted that cost is not a numerically weighted factor. Although non-cost factors are significantly more important than cost, cost is an important factor and should be considered when preparing responsive offers (proposals). The importance of cost as an evaluation factor will increase with the degree of equality of the proposals in relation to the remaining evaluation factors. When the offerors within the competitive range are considered essentially equal in terms of technical, past performance and other no-cost factors (if any), or when cost is so significantly high as to diminish the value of the technical superiority to the Government, cost may become the determining factor for award. In summary, cost/no-cost trade offs will be made, and the extent to which one may be sacrificed for the other if governed only by the tests of rationality and consistency with the established factors.

Prospective contractors are advised that the selection of a contractor for contract award is to be made, after a careful evaluation of the offers (proposals) received, by a panel of specialists chosen by DOL/ETA. Each panelist will evaluate the proposals for technical acceptability using a range of scores assigned to each factor. The factors are presented in the order of emphasis that they will receive (i.e., Factor A has the greatest weight, Factor B the second greatest weight, etc.). The scores will then be averaged to select a contractor for award on the basis of their proposal being the most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered.

M.3 EVALUATION CRITERIA AND BASIS FOR AWARD (BEST VALUE)

A. INDIVIDUAL STAFF EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS (35 points)

This section of the proposal shall include sufficient information for judging the quality and

competence of staff proposed to be assigned to the project to assure that they meet the required

qualifications. Successful performance of the proposed work depends heavily on the

qualifications of the individuals committed to this project, and the adequacy of the time

commitment for each individual in relation to the specific tasks that they will perform.

Accordingly, the Government, in its evaluation of the contractor's proposal, will place

considerable emphasis on the contractor's commitment of personnel qualified for the work

involved in accomplishing the assigned tasks.

This section of the proposal shall provide the current employment status of personnel proposed

for work under this RFP--i.e., whether these personnel are currently employed by the contractor

or are dependent upon planned recruitment or subcontracting. Where subcontractors or outside

assistance are proposed, organizational control shall be clearly delineated so as to demonstrate

and ensure responsiveness to the needs of the Government.

The following information shall also be furnished:

1. The proposed Project Director;

2. The proposed project organization;

3. The time commitment of all professional personnel assigned to the project (the number of

hours per month that each individual will devote to the project over its life), as well as "Letters of

Intent"for each professional personnel;

4. A resume for each professional personnel to be assigned to the project. At a minimum, each

resume shall include:

(a) The individual's current employment status and previous work experience, including position

title, dates in position, duties performed, and employing organization. Duties shall be clearly

defined in terms of the role performed, i.e., management, team leader, consultant. Also, indicate

whether each individual is currently employed by the contractor, and (if so) for how long.

(b) A statement of the work that the individual has completed or which is currently underway for

work that is relevant to the proposed work on the demonstration project.

(c) The individual's educational background;

(d) The position to which the individual would be assigned for the project and the type of work

that they would perform in that capacity.

Please be advised that offerors shall be evaluated under this factor based on the following:

(i) The experience and qualifications of the proposed Project Manager and the amount of time

committed to the project. This person shall be a qualified professional capable of supervising

activities involved in support of each task order; have knowledge of electronic property

management systems; have a minimum of (5) years of ADP experience; have demonstrable

Federal personal property management experience and at least three (3) years of property

management or equivalent logistics area experience; have working knowledge of FPMR's and

OMB circulars pertaining to property procedures and requirements; be able to assess and

recommend changes for ETA property Management policies and procedures; be qualified to

coordinate all project related personnel matters communicate both orally and in writing with all

levels of ETA personnel, develop and implement staffing plans, coordinate heavy travel

requirements, and otherwise manage the project;

(ii) The experience and qualifications of the proposed Senior Property Coordinator and the

amount of time committed to the project. This person shall be a qualified professional capable of

working independently and providing guidance to lower level personnel; have experience in

an electronic property management system or other similar systems experience; have a minimum

of four (4) years of ADP experience; have a working knowledge of FPMR's and OMB Circulars

pertaining to property procedures and requirements; be able to assess and recommend changes

for ETA property management policies and procedures; have demonstrable Federal personal

property management experience; be qualified to coordinate all contractor personnel actions

required by the contractor and Regional Offices; be technically qualified to communicate with all

levels of management within the ETA National and Regional Offices;

(iii) The experience and qualifications of all proposed Property Specialists and the amount of

time committed to the project. These persons shall have experience in managing Federal

personnel property or five years of logistical experience; be thoroughly knowledgeable of

FPMR's, OMB property guidelines, and other applicable Federal regulations relative to Federal

property; and be capable of coordinating all aspects of contractor site visits and shall be able to

train appropriate personnel in the use of Electronic Property Management System (EPMS)

(experience in using other similar type systems will be acceptable);

(iv) The time commitment of all personnel assigned to the project (the number of hours per

month that each individual will devote to the project over its life), as well as "Letters of Intent"

for each professional personnel. All professional personnel must devote 100% of their time to

the project.

(v) A resume for each professional personnel to be assigned to the project. At a minimum, each

resume shall include:

(a) The individual's current employment status and previous work experience, including position

title, dates in position, duties performed, and employing organization. Duties shall be clearly

defined in terms of the role performed, i.e., management, team leader, consultant. Also, indicate

whether each individual is currently employed by the contractor, and (if so) for how long.

(b) A statement of the work that the individual has completed or which is currently underway for

work that is relevant to the proposed work.

(c) The individual's educational background;

(d) The position to which the individual would be assigned for the project and the type of work

that they would perform in that capacity; and

(vi) Staffing charts listing names, qualifications, and experience of professional personnel

(including outside consultants), staff time/time loading charts showing the amount of time each

staff person will devote to each task and sub-task, and an indication of how staff will be allocated

to perform all necessary field work during the project.

B. CONTRACTOR'S CAPABILITY TO PERFORM THE CONTRACT (30 points)

The Government will evaluate each offeror's capability to perform the contract on the basis of its oral presentation and the responses it gives during the question and answer session that will follow the oral presentation. In making this evaluation, the government will consider an offeror's: (1) knowledge of the content of the work in terms of constituent activities, their inputs and outputs, and their interrelationships and interdependencies; (2) recognition of the appropriate sequence and realistic duration of the work activities; (3) knowledge of the appropriate types of resources required to perform the work activities; (4) familiarity with the difficulties , uncertainties, and risks associated with the work; and (5) knowledge of the personnel and subcontractor qualifications necessary to the performance of the work.

C. CONTRACTOR'S PAST PERFORMANCE (20 Points)

This criterion shall represent up to 20% of the total score of the proposal. Award may be made from the initial offers without discussions. However, if discussions are held offerors will be provided the opportunity to address unfavorable reports of past performance, if the offeror has not had a previous opportunity to review the rating. Past Performance shall include evaluating offerors with no relevant performance history, and shall provide offerors an opportunity to identify past or current contracts (Federal, State, and local government and private) for efforts similar to the Government requirement.

Offerors shall provide information on problems encountered on the identified contracts and the offeror's corrective actions. The Government shall consider this information, as well as information obtained from any other sources, when evaluating the offeror's past performance. The Contracting Officer shall determine the relevance of similar past performance information. Offers shall submit past performance information regarding predecessor companies, professional personnel who have relevant experience, or subcontractors that will perform major or critical aspects of the requirement when such information is relevant to the instant acquisition. Offerors without relevant past performance history or for whom information on past performance is not available, the offeror may not be evaluated favorably or unfavorably on past performance. In this instance the offeror would receive a neutral score.

D. CONTRACTOR'S EXPERIENCE WITH RELATED WORK (15 points)

This section of the proposal shall identify and describe the previous experience and effectiveness of the contractor in similar or related work to demonstrate the contractor's current capacity to provide the services offered; the contractor's management plan for the project; and the strength of the contractor's support for this project.

Contractors shall discuss the relationship of their firm's previous experience to the work proposed under this contract. The following information shall be included:

1. The identity of the principal clients served in performing similar or related work; the general nature and scope of that work; and the results achieved. The contractor shall include a representative synopsis listing previous projects relevant to this RFP. Each project synopsis shall include:

(a) The organization for whom the work was done;

(b) A contact person in that organization with their current phone number;

(c) The dollar value of the contract for the project;

(d) The time frame and professional effort involved in the project;

(e) The Project Manager and other professional personnel assigned to the project; and

(f) A brief summary of the work performed by the contractor on the project; significant accomplishments; and any problems encountered, corrective actions taken, and the outcome.

Please be advised that offerors shall be evaluated under this factor based on similar or related work completed during the past five (5) years on all contracts and subcontracts; the contractor's management plan for the projects; and the strength of the contractor's support for the projects.

E. PRICE

Cost Realism will be performed as part of the proposal evaluation process. The purpose of this evaluation shall be (a) to verify the offeror's understanding of the requirement; (b) to assess the degree to which the cost/price proposal reflects the approaches and/or risk assessments made in the technical proposal as well as the risk that the offeror will provide the services for the offered prices/cost; and (c) assess the degree to which the cost reflected in the cost/price proposal accurately represents the work effort included in the technical offer (proposal).