Status Report

NASA Solicitation: RFI Concerning NASA Academy of Program Project and Engineering Leadership – APPEL

By SpaceRef Editor
June 3, 2009
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Synopsis – May 19, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: APPELRFI2009
Posted Date: May 19, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: May 19, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jun 26, 2009
Current Response Date: Jun 26, 2009
Classification Code: U — Education and training services
NAICS Code: 611430 – Professional and Management Development Training

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


This is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center (LaRC) Request For Information (RFI). It is emphasized that the requested information is for preliminary planning purposes only and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that NASA will solicit for such procurement in the future. White papers in response to this notice will also verify reasonableness and feasibility of future requirements and promote competition. The Government is not responsible for any costs incurred in furnishing this information. Respondents will not be notified of the results of any government assessments. All information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government for program planning and acquisition strategy development. As stipulated in FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not considered offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. If a solicitation is released in the future, it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is requesting information on the renewal of the Academy of Program, Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) contract vehicle(s). APPEL is a research-based organization that serves the NASA’s Technical Workforce. The program provides products and services that promote career development, maximize human capital utilization, develop high-performance teams, and promote mission success. APPEL supports individual practitioners, technicians, engineers, project teams, and NASA projects and programs at every phase of development and level of complexity. The objective is to develop recognized world-class Technical Workforce practitioners in advance of agency need (see attached document). Current goals include to:

* Provide a common frame of reference for all NASA employees.
* Provide and enhance critical job skills.
* Support program and project teams.
* Promote organizational learning across the agency.
* Supplement formal educational programs.

APPEL is seeking innovative, efficient, and effective methods to meet the goals defined above using the best industry practices available from certified education providers. Responses should be no more than 20 pages in length. Each submission shall include responses to the questions listed in the following paragraphs. NASA is seeking capabilities from large businesses, as well as from small, small disadvantaged, small disadvantaged veteran-owned, and women-owned small businesses for the purposes of determining the appropriate level of competition.

In addition to the 20-page submission, responses shall also include the following (limited to 3 pages or less): name and address of firm, size of business, average annual revenue for past 3 years and number of employees, ownership, whether business is large, small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), HUBZone, small disadvantaged veteran-owned (SDVOSB), and/or woman-owned; number of years in business; affiliate information: parent company, joint venture partners, potential teaming partners, prime contractor (if potential sub) or subcontractors (if potential prime); and point of contact – position, address and phone number.

Potential offerors are encouraged to address their approaches by answering the following specific questions, citing relevant examples where appropriate: How would a vendor provide APPEL type services to their technical and business community? How would a vendor approach content-management, both for on-site courses and on-line content? How would a vendor approach integration with NASA’s non-government partners? How would a vendor address change management for such an effort? How would the vendor market APPEL to customers within NASA? How would a vendor view and manage the services lifecycle, including content retirement, design refreshment and technology infusion/obsolescence? How would a vendor approach transition from the existing infrastructure and contract into the new contract and environment?

Potential offerors are specifically requested to comment on appropriate contract type(s) and length, and any opportunities for the Government and offerors to share in savings during the contract administration phase.

The Government will use the information provided as recommended inputs that will lead the Government to develop a comprehensive procurement strategy and to develop a resulting solicitation. Any information used will be on a non-attribution basis. Restrictions that would limit the Government’s ability to use the information for these purposes are of limited value to the Government and are discouraged.

No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the potential offeror’s responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis. Vendors having the capabilities necessary to meet or exceed the stated requirements are invited to submit appropriate documentation, literature, brochures, and references. The Government reserves the right to consider a small business or 8(a) set-aside based on responses hereto.

Responses fulfilling the RFI requirements are requested by 4:30 pm. EST on 26 June 2009. Interested firms should submit white paper responses and requests for information to Jeff Hisey at Technical questions should be directed to Roger Forsgren at

Point of Contact

Name: Jeffrey Hisey
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 757-864-3347
Fax: 757-864-9974

SpaceRef staff editor.