Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Power and Privilege: Race and Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

By SpaceRef Editor
June 3, 2009
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Synopsis – Apr 20, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNG0985633L
Posted Date: Apr 20, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 20, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: May 05, 2009
Current Response Date: May 05, 2009
Classification Code: R — Professional, administrative, and mgmt support services
NAICS Code: 541611 – Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
Set-Aside Code: Total Small Business

Contracting Office Address

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


NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC) has a requirement for “Power & Privilege: Race Workshops. NASA/GSFC intends to purchase the services from S.L. Robbins and Associates on a sole source basis. The primary objective of the work to be performed is to examine issues of power, privilege, diversity, and inclusion and race and how they affect everyone, regardless of color, at Goddard. The workshop will enable participants to be more aware of and skillful at managing discrepancies related to race, power, privilege, diversity, and inclusion as they carry out their functional supervisory and leadership duties across the Center. It will also increase their capacity to recognize and discuss dynamics of race, power, privilege, diversity, and inclusion within their functional organizations and thus create opportunities for improving understanding, problem solving, decision-making, and teamwork.

S.L. Robbins & Associates has successfully developed and previously delivered a Race, Power, and Privilege workshop module for other Goddard organizations. The workshop’s design and facilitation effectively enabled participants, regardless of race, to examine and discuss the systemic nature of racial privilege and its impact on themselves and at Goddard. Several Goddard organizations, members of the Center’s Management Council and individuals attended the previous S.L. Robbins and Associates workshop. OHCM, EEO and the Diversity Special Assistant (supported by Godard management) have determined that all supervisors and influence leaders need to receive the same training in order for the Center to fully accomplish the goals of its future planning initiative.

The previously delivered workshop required has been modified in order to highlight Goddard specific context, but the foundations of the workshop remain in their entirety. S.L. Robbins & Associates has extensive, unique experience in working with the organizational cultures at the GSFC. They have proven skills and expertise in creating the necessary transformative experience in this culture for bringing the issue of racism from a cognitive, conceptual and analytical level to an effective, operational and solution-oriented level. S.L. Robbins & Associates is uniquely qualified to conduct a training workshop similar to the one found to be so effective in the Goddard culture previously and to apply it to the specific needs of OHCM, EEO and the Special Assistant for Diversity . For this workshop to enable OHCM to remain a leading voice in the Centers’ conversations about race, power, privilege, diversity and inclusion and to fulfill its obligations to the Center’s diversity strategy, S.L. Robbins is the only responsible source.

No other potential source that possesses the experience, skills, and knowledge necessary to successfully meet the Office of Human Capital Management (OHCM) requirements for this workshop are known to exist. The information provided in the workshop is copyrighted material.

The statutory authority permitting other than full and open competition is the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (41 U.S.C. 428a), as implemented in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 13.501(a)(1)(ii).

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. EST time on May 5, 2009. 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.

An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Patricia` C Jefferson
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 301-286-5041
Fax: 301-286-0247

Name: James M Debelius
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-5491
Fax: 301-286-0247

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