Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Mission Support to the NPP Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
October 23, 2011
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Synopsis – Oct 21, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNG12XA01R
Posted Date: Oct 21, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: NAIS only
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Nov 05, 2011
Current Response Date: Nov 05, 2011
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA/GSFC has a requirement to continue some mission related support for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP). This mission support covers algorithm calibration/validation and science team support for algorithms and data products and NPP 1394 serial bus systems engineering support.

NASA/GSFC intends to award a sole source three year contract consisting of a base year with two one year options to Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) of Redondo Beach, California. NGAS is currently providing this support under the NPOESS contract. In January 2010, the Executive Office of the president directed a major restructuring of the NPOESS Program. This restructure eliminated the tri-agency governance of NPOESS and gave the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) primary responsibility for the afternoon orbit satellites providing civil weather forecasting and climate data in a program called the JPSS. Under this restructure, NASA assumed the responsibility of managing some of the NPOESS subcontracts and converted them to prime contracts. However, this requirement remained under the NPOESS contract which is now being transferred to a NASA/GSFC contract. This is a subset of the same work presently preformed under the original contract. This mission support covers algorithm development, integration and testing, anomaly resolution, and calibration/validation support for the NPP algorithms and data products and NPP 1394 serial bus systems engineering support.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

Statutory authority for this sole source procurement is 10U.S.C. 2304(c)(1) – Only One Responsible Source. However, any organization who believes they can provide these items without any detrimental impact to the NPP mission should fully identify their interest and capabilities within 15 days after publication of this synopsis. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 5:00 p.m. EST on November 05, 2011. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The installation Ombudsman is Nancy Abell, 301-286-5867.

Point of Contact

Name: Audie Chesley
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 240-684-0630
Fax: 240-684-0666

Name: Sandra L. Marshall
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 240-684-0532
Fax: 240-684-0550

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