Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Student Ambassadors Program STEM

By SpaceRef Editor
August 4, 2008
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Synopsis/Solicitation Combo – Aug 01, 2008

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNH08255061Q
Posted Date: Aug 01, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Aug 01, 2008
Original Response Date: Aug 08, 2008
Current Response Date: Aug 08, 2008
Classification Code: D — Information technology services, incl. telecom services NAICS Code: 519130 – Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA Headquarters (HQ), Office of Education, Student Ambassadors Program, plans to procure services from Omni Media Cast Technologies, LLC (OMCT) to develop, implement, and maintain a Modern-Contemporary 508 compliant Virtual Student Community Web-site for the NASA Student Ambassador Program. OMCT will develop the Science Technology Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s strategic goals through a portfolio of programs, attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines through a progression of educational opportunities for students, teachers, and faculty and building strategic partnerships and linkages between STEM formal and informal education providers that promote STEM literacy and awareness of NASA’s mission.

The virtual community allows the Office of Education to implement communication and program management strategies shared with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of the NASA Administrator that related to intensifying outreach via virtual communication to the 18 to “thirty-something” years old STEM population. These strategies seek to increase student retention through the NASA educational pipeline and into the STEM workforce. NASA requires the technical capabilities, proven experience, access to multimedia tools, and ability to support users (national & international) 24×7 at non-traditional hours between international time-zones for all the unique requirements. The unique requirements of the OMCT proprietary Interactive Virtual Student Community Portal are: Personalized registration and login for interns/fellows and project managers; Blogs, Discussion/Message Boards, and Chat capabilities; NASA events and activities listings; Feature stories/student highlight section; Internal/External Links to STEM related activities; File Exchange/Share capabilities; Real-Time polling (tabulation of communication between users and site questions); Evaluation components: Ability to determine the NASA Ambassador’s site impact; Ability to track and analyze site traffic and provide blogging summaries; Ability to gain feedback on ideas for improvement from the user perspective; Ability to provide on-going reporting on a weekly and biweekly basis; Facilitation of Online Peer mentoring sessions; and Video Conferencing, Webcasting, and Web Forums.

OMCT technical infrastructure and proprietary virtual community business management software applications comprise integrated database directory systems, article management system, media application support, secured server hosting, monitoring, storage, encrypted encoding and media delivery which meet the needs of the Agency. OMCT uses a global platform to deliver content and applications of any type from server to every Web visitor, and immediately scale capacity to match changing demands. In addition, OMCT offers on-demand Internet broadcast channels, live and on-demand Web casting, and proprietary online interactive presentation platform, as well as professional services consulting, signal acquisition/satellite re-broadcasting, graphics and animation creation, template building and customization, and hosting, encoding, and distribution services.

NASA HQs intends to issue a Sole Source Procurement to the Omni Media Cast Technologies, LLC to purchase Modern-Contemporary 508 compliant Virtual Student Community Web-Site.

This procurement is being conducted under the Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP).

The authority is FAR 6.302-1(a) (2) “only one responsible source”.

The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing, by FAX or E-Mail, to the identified point of contact not later than 11:00 a.m. (EST.) on August 8, 2008. 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. FAX or E-Mail any inquiries to the identified point of contact.

All responsible sources may submit their qualifications which shall be considered by the agency.

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: Wanda B. Moore
Title: Simplified Acquisition Specialist
Phone: 301-286-6638
Fax: 301-286-0366

Name: Felecia L. London
Title: Simplified Acquisition Specialist
Phone: 301-286-4112
Fax: 301-286-0356

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