NOTICE TO ALL OFFERORS:

REFERENCE: RFP-DCS-01-14
Amendment No. 1

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 information is provided in the attached SF-30. The closing date for the above-referenced Request for Proposal is 2:00 PM, March 28, 2001 local time.

Keith A. Bond

KEITH A. BOND
Contracting Officer

Attachments





TMGP: VRMontague, 3/13/2001

Room C-4310 693-3318

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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
 3-13-2001
4. REQUISITION/PURCHASE REQ. NO.   
 00-1476/VRM
5. PROJECT NO. (If applicable)
 
6. ISSUED BYCODE
 
 U.S. Department of Labor, ETA/OGCM
 Division of Contract Services
 200 Constitution Avenue, NW
 Room S-4203
 Washington  DC  20210
7. ADMINISTERED BY (If other than Item 6)CODE
 
 U.S. Department of Labor, ETA
 
 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
 Room S-4203
 Washington  DC  20210
8. NAME AND ADDRESS OF CONTRACTOR  (No., street, county, State and ZIP Code)   
 
 
 
 To all Offerors/Bidders 
 
 
 
 
       

CODE   FACILITY CODE  

(X)

 X
 
9A. AMENDMENT OF SOLICITATION NO.
 RFP-DCS-01-14

9B. DATED (SEE ITEM 11)
 02-21-2001

10A. MODIFICATION OF CONTRACT/ORDER NO.
 
     

10B. DATED (SEE ITEM 12)
 

11. THIS ITEM ONLY APPLIES TO AMENDMENTS OF SOLICITATION

 x
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.)
 
 
 
 
 
 THE DUE DATE FOR THIS SOLICITATION REMAINS 2:00 PM, 3-28-2001.
 
 
 
 
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)
 Keith A. Bond  
 Contracting Officer
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)

 

 

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14. RESPONSES TO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

1.) Can offerors have access to the findings from the preliminary work that set the stage for this project, including those mentioned in the RFP: (1) the stakeholder information gathered by the Quality Work sub-committee of the Federal Committee on Registered Apprenticeship (FCRA), the National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors (NASTAD), and the four Apprenticeship Impact Forums; and (2) the April 2000 report by Coffey Communications, LLC entitled "Apprenticeship Impact Projects"?

1a. Yes. The FCRA Quality Work sub-committee report and the Coffey Communication Report are available for all who request it and the latter will be soon be available on the OATELS our website: www.doleta.gov/atels_bat

2) What is critical challenge #6, only five are mentioned in Section C.1 paragraph 2?

2a. Streamlining Registration and Related Processes

3) Are copies of the April 2000 Coffey Communications Report available for viewing?

3a. Copies will be made upon request and will be soon be available on the OATELS website: www.doleta.gov/atels_bat .

4) Where can specific information on the Apprentice system be found?

4a. On the OATELS website: www.doleta.gov/atels_bat and the OATELS brochure entitled: "Registered Apprenticeship: Building a Skilled Workforce in the 21st Century".

5) What documents are available for public viewing, without forwarding (a) request through the FOIA channels?

5a. On the OATELS website: www.doleta.gov/atels_bat and the OATELS brochure entitled: "Registered Apprenticeship: Building a Skilled Workforce in the 21st Century".

6) In regards to the key personnel description of the BAT/ATELS Continuous Improvement Initiative solicitation. Is it necessary and why is it necessary for the Project Manager to have a Graduate Degree? If the candidate has a Bachelor Degree and hands on experience would that person be eligible for the position of Project Manager?

6a. Yes, because the Program Office feels that a project of this magnitude requires a Project Manager with the discipline and initiative of someone who has a independently verifiable credential that a professional (graduate) degree would represent. It should Page 3 . be noted that the person, in addition to a graduate degree must also have "relevant experience in managing a project of this level of complexity". Someone with only a Bachelor's degree and related experience alone would not be considered eligible for the position of Project Manager.

7) Please clarify whether it's allowable for contingent hires to be key personnel? Clarify section L.9.2, the distinction between new hire and contingent hires?

7a. It is allowable for a contingency hire to be a key personnel. Please see Section L.9 LETTERS OF COMMITMENT - KEY PERSONNEL, for the distinction between new hire and contingent hires?

8) Please clarify which attachments mentioned in section J.1 are required and where should these be attached?

8a. Sections J.1, J.2, J.3, J.6 and J.7 are required. Sections J.1, J.2, J.3 and J.6 should be submitted in Part 3 of the proposal. J.7 should be submitted with the past performance information.

9) Will bids proposing fewer than 3 to 3.5 persons be considered?

9a. Yes, offerors can propose a price that is believed to be most efficient and effective in meeting the requirements of the solicitation. However, offerors should review carefully Section F.3 LEVEL OF EFFORT and Section M.2 BASIS FOR AWARD (BEST VALUE).

10) What information on the contractor's past performance is required for submission? Does the submission of Attachment J.7, the Past Performance Reference Information forms, fulfill the requirements outlined in Section M.3 Part C.

10a. Yes, the submission of Attachment J.7, the Past Performance Reference Information forms, fulfill the requirements outlined in Section M.3 Part C. However, offerors should review carefully Section L.6 PAST PERFORMANCE and Section M.3 (C) CONTRACTOR'S PAST PERFORMANCE.

11) How rigid if the Department on the allocation of hours? If you are guaranteed the highest level quality product within your allocated dollar budget (and we have multiple references within the federal government), will that be acceptable to you?

11a. Offerors should propose a staffing allocation that is believed to be most efficient and effective in meeting the requirement of the project. However, offerors should review carefully Section F.3 LEVEL OF EFFORT and Section M.2 BASIS FOR AWARD (BEST VALUE).

12) Section C.3 TASKS (Task Five) of the solicitation is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

12a. Task Five: Set up, manage and facilitate at least four (4) focus groups with stakeholders of the apprenticeship system, including, but not limited to, Bureau of Apprenticeship (BAT) Page 4 . Directors, State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) directors, federal Apprenticeship Training Representatives, members of the FCRA and NASTAD, and BAT/OATELS national office staff.

13) Please provide a complete list of bidders/RFP recipients.

13a) Bidder's list is Attachment A..

 

Attachment A

 

Research and Evaluation Associates, Inc.
6320 Quadrangle Drive,
Suite 180
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Attn: Deborah Jones 919-493-1661
KMP Associates U.S.
Steven B. Pierce
585 Mill St.
Lynnville, Tennessee 38472

The Leonard Resource Group, Inc.
1199 North Fairfax Street Suite 702
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-8535

Mr. Wilner De Daye Citadel Consulting, Inc
154 West Schubert Avenue
Glendale Heights, Illinois 60139
630-668-2184
Vickie Eckert President and CEO
Council for Continuous Improvement
1777 Barcelona Street
Livermore, California 94550
925-960-8740
Brenda Campbell President & CEO
USSMC, Inc.
Unlimited Services Systems Management
and Consultants, Inc.
10067 Campus Way South
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774
301-499-4762 or 301-322-2247
Jerry D. Kilpatrick, President
Jerry Kilpatrick & Associates
Strategic Improvement Specialists
415 Water Garden Court
Irmo, South Carolina 29063
803-749-9722
Marianne Linger
Technical Assistance and Training Corporation 2409 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Mendez England & Associates
Attn: Business Development Manager
5550 Friendship Blvd., Suite 230
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-652-4334
ABT
55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-1168
Attn: Sharon Christenson 617-349-2857
Federal Micro Systems, Inc.
4201 Forbes Boulevard
Lanham, MD 20706-4340
Attn: Scheraine Stone
301-731-0600
Coffey Communications, LLC
6917 Arlington Road, Suite 224
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
301-907-0900
Dee Schofield
Westat
1650 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850-3129
301-251-1500
JACK FAUCETT ASSOCIATES, INC. 4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 300
North Bethesda, MD 20814-3304
Attn: Don Hutson, Library
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Suite 550 Washington, DC 20024
Attention: Angela Washington
202-484-9220