Status Report

Revised NASA Solicitation: Organizational Plan for NASA Safety Culture and Climate RFP5-43356-H01

By SpaceRef Editor
December 30, 2003
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General Information

  • Document Type: Modification to a Previous Presolicitation Notice
  • Solicitation Number: RFP5-43356-H01
  • Posted Date: Dec 29, 2003
  • Original Response Date: Jan 06, 2004
  • Current Response Date: Jan 14, 2004
  • Original Archive Date: Dec 29, 2004
  • Current Archive Date: Dec 29, 2004

Classification Code: R — Professional, administrative, and management support services

Contracting Office Address

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

Description

THIS NOTICE CONSTITUTES AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE COMBINED SYNOPSIS/RFQ FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PLAN FOR NASA SAFETY CULTURE AND CLIMATE. Companies shall acknowledge all amendment(s) in their quote. This notice serves as the official amendment to subject synopsis/RFQ and a written amendment will not be issued. The purpose of this amendment is to revise the solicitation in its entirety to include the following changes: 1. The solicitation is revised to extend the due date for proposals from Tuesday, January 6, 2004 to Wednesday, January 14, 2004. 2. The General Proposal Instructions are revised to exclude the cover page of the proposal (i.e. Standard Form (SF) 1449) and the submitted representations and certifications from the specified page and font size limitations. Additionally, the contents of the page limitations have been clarified. 3. The Specific Proposal Instructions have been modified to create a separate Representative Task section that is tied to the 5-page limit for that discussion. 4. The points of contact are modified for this solicitation and future questions. A revised solicitation document has been posted incorporating all the changes in Amendment 1. Additionally, a document has been posted to provide answers to submitted questions from industry related to this acquistion. Documents related to this procurement are available over the Internet and are in Microsoft Office 97 format and reside on the World Wide Web (WWW) server which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/HQ Business Opportunities home page is http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/bizops.cgi?gr=CL&pin=04

Original Point of Contact

Steve Lloyd, Procurement Manager, Phone (301) 286-4309, Fax (301) 286-0357, Email Steven.R.Lloyd.1@gsfc.nasa.gov – Christopher D Whyte, Contracting Officer, Phone (301) 286-6717, Fax (301) 286-0357, Email Christopher.D.Whyte@nasa.gov
Email your questions to Steve Lloyd at Steven.R.Lloyd.1@gsfc.nasa.gov

Current Point of Contact

Steve Lloyd, Procurement Manager, Phone (301) 286-4309, Fax (301) 286-0357, Email Steven.R.Lloyd.1@gsfc.nasa.gov – Christopher D Whyte, Contracting Officer, Phone (301) 286-6717, Fax (301) 286-0357, Email Christopher.D.Whyte@nasa.gov
Email your questions to Steve Lloyd at Steven.R.Lloyd.1@gsfc.nasa.gov

Additional Information

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This notice is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial services prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; offers are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued.

This notice is being issued as a Request for Proposal (RFP)5-43356-H01 for the requirement to assist NASA in the transformation of the Agency’s organizational and safety culture as recommended by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) Report (http://www.caib.us/). NASA seeks proposals from interested parties that will describe and lay out the framework for a comprehensive plan to develop and deploy an organizational culture change initiative within NASA, with an emphasis on safety culture and climate. This plan should provide for a systematic, integrated, NASA-wide approach to understanding prior and current safety climate and culture norms, diagnosing aspects of climate and culture that do not support the Agency’s effective adoption of changes identified by the CAIB, and proposing a course or courses of action that will change behaviors and introduce new norms that will (1) eliminate barriers to a safety culture and mindset; (2) facilitate collaboration, integration and alignment of the NASA workforce in support of a strong safety and mission success culture; and (3) align with, but not duplicate, current initiatives already underway in the Agency such as OneNASA (http://www.onenasa.nasa.gov) and Return to Flight (http://www.nasa.gov/news/highlights/returntoflight.html).

The provisions and clauses in the RFP are those in effect through FAC 01-18. The NAICS Code and the small business size standard for this procurement are 541990 and $5M. The Offeror shall state in its offer its size status for this procurement. The DPAS rating for this procurement is DO-C9. All responsible sources may submit an offer, which shall be considered by the Agency. The Government intends to award one or more Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract(s) under which Firm-Fixed Price tasks will be issued. Although the contract allows for a 5-year ordering period, it is expected that the culture transformation will occur within the first 36 months.
Offers for the items(s) described above are due by 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771 and must include, solicitation number, FOB destination to this Center, proposed delivery schedule, discount/payment terms, warranty duration (if applicable), taxpayer identification number (TIN), CAGE Code, identification of any special commercial terms, and be signed by an authorized company representative.

All contractual and technical questions must be in writing (e-mail or fax) to Steve Lloyd, Contracting Officer (Steven.R.Lloyd@nasa.gov) 301-286-0356 AND Christopher Whyte (Christopher.D.Whyte@nasa.gov) not later than January 6, 2004. Telephone questions will not be accepted.

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

It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the following Internet site for the release of solicitation amendments (if any): http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/bizops.cgi?gr=C&pin=04 . Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of this combination synopsis/solicitation and amendments (if any).

STATEMENT OF WORK: Transformation of NASA’s Organizational and Safety Culture

1.0 Scope: This statement of work describes the requirement to assist NASA in the transformation of the Agency’s organizational and safety culture as recommended by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) Report. The NASA Office of Human Resources will have functional responsibility for this project and the Associate Deputy Administrator for Institutions and Asset Management will provide oversight and review of deliverables.

2.0 Background: This contract is for the transformation of NASA’s organizational and safety culture as recommended by the CAIB Report. NASA had begun to address issues of “culture” before the Columbia accident. Even as the 2002 Federal Human Capital Survey results (http://www.fhcs.opm.gov/) and (http://www.bestplacestowork.org) identified NASA as one of the best places to work in the Federal Government, a grassroots effort was underway to explore issues within the NASA culture that, if addressed, could improve the Agency’s effectiveness and performance. In July 2002, a team of NASA and contractor employees began working to assess the feasibility of a single Agency focus and defined the action plan needed to create a more highly unified NASA organization. Prior to the Columbia accident, this One NASA team set out to formulate a set of specific recommendations for organizational and cultural change in a report issued March 2003 (http://www.onenasa.nasa.gov) emphasizing teamwork and collaboration across the Agency, which would elevate NASA to a new level of effectiveness and performance.

Following the Columbia accident, the CAIB issued its report (http://www.caib.us/) in August 2003 with findings focused on three key areas: (1) systemic safety cultural and organizational issues, including decision making, risk management, and communication; (2) requirements for returning safely to flight; and (3) technical excellence. The CAIB found that NASA’s history and culture contributed as much to the Columbia accident as any technical failure.

3.0 Objective: As a result of the CAIB and related activities, NASA wants to completely transform its organizational and safety culture over a reasonable period of time. However, at a minimum, NASA must make measurable progress in changing its culture in six months; the Agency should be able to demonstrate significant transformation in its culture within a year; and broad changes will be in effect across the Agency over a period not to exceed 3 years. The six-month marker is particularly critical as the Agency prepares to Return to Flight.

STATEMENT OF WORK: REPRESENTATIVE TASK

Develop a plan for achieving measurable results within 6 months of the contract award in working towards the long-term goal of transforming NASA’s organizational and safety culture. The plan shall include basic assumptions used in developing the plan; data or information needed from NASA (including the review and analysis of previous (2000-2003) and on-going culture change and safety efforts); first three actions to be taken in order to accomplish plan; organizational background showing expertise that will demonstrate that the proposed plan can be successfully implemented and accomplished within six months; the biggest risks and/or challenges faced in transforming organizational and safety culture; and proposed methods for proving that results are achieved. The proposed implementation plan is the deliverable and will be due 30 days from the issuance of the task.

GENERAL PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS

Offerors are encouraged to use the Standard Form 1449, Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial Items form, as the cover page of the proposal. Offerors must include completed copies of the provision at 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications – Commercial Items with their offer. These may be obtained via the internet at URL: http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/eps/Templates/Commercial_Greater_Than_25K.doc. These representations and certifications will be incorporated by reference in any resultant contract. The cover page of the proposal (i.e. Standard Form (SF) 1449) and the submitted representations and certifications are excluded from the specified page and font size limitations specified below.

The offeror shall submit to the Government 10 hard copies of the proposal and a CD-ROM containing the proposal using Microsoft Office applications (Word and Excel). Requested information shall not exceed 20 pages (Past Performance, Technical Capability, Price), plus an additional 5-page limitation for the Representative Task discussion (Technical and Price). A page is defined as one side of an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper, with a maximum of 52 lines per page using uncompressed font point sizes of 12 or larger, normal leading (space between lines), and 1-inch margins on all sides.

PROPOSAL MARKING AND DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS

1. External Marking of Proposal Package(s)

All proposal packages must be closed and sealed. The required mailing address and external marking for proposals is as follows:

“Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt, MD 20771

Building 16W—Shipping and Receiving Dock

Solicitation Number RFP5-43356-H01

Attn: Steven R. Lloyd/Contracting Officer AND Leigh Anne Giraldi/Contracting Officer

Building 25, Room S-35

PROPOSAL–DELIVER UNOPENED”

Suggested additional marking if delivery is made by a commercial delivery service:

“COMMERCIAL DELIVERY PERSONNEL: THIS PROPOSAL MUST BE DELIVERED TO THE DOCK MASTER, BUILDING 16W SHIPPING AND RECEIVING DOCK, NO LATER THAN (OFFEROR—ENTER DATE AND TIME).”

2. Designated Receiving Office

The designated receiving office for proposals is the Shipping and Receiving Dock, Building 16W, Goddard Space Flight Center, which must be accessed from Soil Conservation Road, north from Greenbelt Road. Proposals must be received at the designated receiving office no later than the date and time stated on the solicitation face page. The Building 16W Shipping and Receiving dock is open from 7:30AM to 3:30PM, Monday through Friday, except Government holidays. Contractor personnel conduct the GSFC receiving function, which includes mailroom operations. Proposals will be marked with the date and time of receipt, subjected to security screening, secured, and delivered unopened to the Contracting Officer. There is public access to the Building 16W Shipping and Receiving Dock. GSFC passes, badges, escorts, etc. are not required for access to the receiving dock.

3. Methods of Proposal Delivery

There are three suggested methods of delivery to the designated proposal receiving office: U.S. Postal Service Express Mail, Commercial Delivery Service, and Delivery by company employee or other individual agent. Regardless of the method of delivery chosen, the offeror is responsible for delivery of the proposal to the designated receiving office no later than the date and time stated on the face page of the solicitation.

Offerors shall provide the information required by FAR 52.212-1 (Oct 2003), Instructions to Offerors-Commercial, which is incorporated by reference. Addenda to 52.212-1 is provided under the evaluation section.

SERVICE OF PROTEST (52.233 2) (AUG 1996)

(a) Protests, as defined in section 33.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, that are filed directly with an agency, and copies of any protests that are filed with the General Accounting Office (GAO), shall be served on the Contracting Officer (addressed as follows) by obtaining written and dated acknowledgement of receipt from:

Dock Master

Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt, MD 20771

Building 16W—Shipping and Receiving Dock

Protest: Solicitation Number RFP5-43356-H01

Attn: Steven R. Lloyd/Contracting Officer AND Leigh Anne Giraldi/Contracting Officer

Note: The Building 16W Shipping and Receiving dock is open from 7:30AM to 3:30PM, Monday through Friday, except Government holidays.

(b) The copy of any protest shall be received in the office designated above within one day of filing a protest with the GAO. (End of provision)

SPECIFIC PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS

Past Performance Section:

The offeror shall provide sufficient information to demonstrate current and relevant past performance of the same or similar services. The offeror shall provide the customer’s name, address, and telephone number of both the lead contractual and technical personnel. The offeror shall also provide the contract number, contract type, contract value, period of performance, and a brief description of contract work and comparability to the proposed effort. It is not sufficient to state that it is comparable in magnitude and scope.

Technical Capability Section:

The proposal must demonstrate that the offeror understands the requirements and has the ability to meet the requirements. General statements such as the “requirements are understood” or “standard procedures will be employed” are not adequate. Also, restatement or paraphrasing of the requirements should be avoided. The offeror shall identify potential risks of this effort and provide their approach to mitigating these risk factors.

The offeror shall discuss its general approach to culture transformation, with an emphasis on positively changing the safety culture. The offeror shall provide a detailed implementation strategy for NASA that is expected to have two critical components: (a) a general approach to culture transformation over a period not to exceed 36-month; and (b) a more detailed plan leading to measurable results in the first 6 months.

The offeror shall identify and explain proposed mechanisms that will be used to achieve cultural change, and may include assessments, surveys, training, workshops for employees and senior management, specific program/project intervention techniques, coaching, and other methods used for both short-term (6 months) and long-term (36 months) cultural change.

The offeror shall provide an evaluation plan for measuring the success of the proposed strategy and implementation plan.

Price Section:

The offeror shall provide, by contract year, a matrix listing all potential labor categories that the offeror may utilize in performance of this contract over the 5-year effective ordering period. The matrix shall include fully loaded labor rates for all identified labor categories by each contract year. These rate tables will be captured in any awarded contract to assist in the pricing of tasks that may be issued under the awarded contract.

Representative Task Section:

For the representative task statement of work, the offeror shall provide a written task plan addressing the representative task included herein. The plan shall identify the technical approach, labor categories and level of effort, Government interface requirements, the flow of activities from start to completion (including time line), and any other information required to determine the adequacy and reasonableness of the offeror’s plan.

The offeror shall also provide a detailed cost plan for the representative task, including breakdowns for salaries, travel (showing how many trips likely would be made to which specific locations and the associated costs), supplies, and any other relevant categories.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

FAR 52.212-4 (OCT 2003), Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items is applicable. Addenda to FAR 52.212-4 are as follows:

52.216-18, Ordering (OCT 1995), insert “The effective ordering period of this contract is from the effective date of the contract through three years.”

52.216-22, Indefinite Quantity, Paragraph (d) fill-in “past the period of performance specified in any task order issued during the effective ordering period of this contract.”

1852.204-74, Central Contractor Registration (MAY 2002)

1852.215-84, Ombudsman (OCT 2003)–ALTERNATE I (JUNE 2000) The installation Ombudsman is James A. Balinskas, NASA HK, Washington DC, Business Phone, (202) 358-0445, Fax (202) 358-3083 E-mail address: james.a.balinskas@nasa.gov

1852.216-80, Task Ordering Procedure (October 1996)–Alternate I (1996). Paragraph (c), insert “3 days.” Paragraph (e), insert “1 day”

1852.219-75, Small Business Subcontracting Reporting (MAY 1999)

1852.219-76, NASA 8 Percent Goal (JULY 1997)

1852.223-72, Safety and Health (Short Form) (APR 2002)

1852.223-75, Major Breach of Safety and Security (FEB 2002)

1852.225-70, Export Licenses (FEB 2000)

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE–SERVICES (GSFC 52.237 92) (OCT 1988)

The services specified by this contact shall be performed at the following location(s): contractor’s facilities, NASA HQ, all NASA field centers, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (End of clause)

MINIMUM/MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF SUPPLIES OR SERVICES (GSFC 52.216-90) (DEC 2000)

The minimum amount of supplies or services that shall be ordered during the effective period of this contract is $50,000. The maximum amount of supplies or services that may be ordered during the effective period of this contract is $10,000,000. (End of Clause).

LIMITED RELEASE OF CONTRACTOR CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION (GSFC 52.203-91) (JUN 2002)

(a) NASA may find it necessary to release information submitted by the Contractor, either in response to this solicitation or pursuant to the provisions of this contract, to individuals not employed by NASA. Business information that would ordinarily be entitled to confidential treatment may be included in the information released to these individuals. Accordingly, by submission of this proposal, or signature on this contract or other contracts, the Contractor hereby consents to a limited release of its confidential business information (CBI).

(b) Possible circumstances where the Agency may release the Contractor’s CBI include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) To other Agency contractors and subcontractors, and their employees tasked with assisting the Agency in handling and processing information and documents in the evaluation, the award or the administration of Agency contracts, such as providing both pre-award and post award audit support and specialized technical support to NASA’s technical evaluation panels;

(2) To NASA contractors and subcontractors, and their employees engaged in information systems analysis, development, operation, and maintenance, including performing data processing and management functions for the Agency.

(c) Except where otherwise provided by law, NASA will permit the limited release of CBI under subparagraphs (1) or (2) only pursuant to non-disclosure agreements signed by the assisting contractor or subcontractor, and their individual employees who may require access to the CBI to perform the assisting contract).

(d) NASA‘s responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act are not affected by this clause.

(e) The Contractor agrees to include this clause, including this paragraph (e), in all subcontracts at all levels awarded pursuant to this contract that require the furnishing of confidential business information by the subcontractor. (End of clause)

FAR 52.212-5 (OCT 2003), Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items is applicable and the following identified clauses are incorporated by reference:

52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (OCT 2000) (15 U.S.C. 637 (d)(2) and (3)); 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan (JAN 2002) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)) Alternate II (OCT 2001) of 52.219-9; 52.222-19, Child Labor–Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (SEP 2002) (E.O. 13126); 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (FEB 1999); 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (APR 2002) (E.O. 11246); 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans (DEC 2001) (38 U.S.C. 4212); 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (JUN 1998) (29 U.S.C. 793); 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans (DEC 2001) (38 U.S.C. 4212); and 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer–Other than Central Contractor Registration (MAY 1999) (31 U.S.C. 3332).

The FAR may be obtained via the Internet at URL: http://www.arnet.gov/far/. The NFS may be obtained via the Internet at URL: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/procurement/regs/nfstoc.htm

EVALUATION

Selection(s) and award(s) will be in accordance with FAR 52.212-2 with the following evaluation factors in descending order of importance: Past Performance (See FAR 15.304), Technical Capability of the services offered to meet the Government requirements, and Price. The technical and past performance factors are equal in importance and when combined are significantly more important than the price factor. Technical acceptability will be determined by a review of the information submitted by the offeror which must provide a description in sufficient detail to show that the services offered meets the Government’s requirement. Selection(s) and award(s) will be made to the offeror(s) whose offer will be most advantageous to the Government, with consideration given to the factors of proposed technical capability, past performance, and price. It is critical that offerors provide adequate detail to allow evaluation of their offer. (See FAR 52.212-1(b)).

FAR 52.212-1(g), Contract Award, is replaced with the following: The Government intends to evaluate proposals and award a contract without discussions with offerors (except clarifications as described in FAR 15.306(a)). Therefore, the offeror’s initial proposal should contain the offeror’s best terms from a price and technical standpoint. The Government reserves the right to conduct discussions if the Contracting Officer later determines them to be necessary. If the Contracting Officer determines that the number of proposals that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the Contracting Officer may limit the number of proposals in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated proposals. The Government reserves the right to make multiple awards if, after considering the additional administrative costs, it is in the Government’s best interest to do so. The Government may, after the initial evaluation, invite the most highly rated offerors for an oral presentation to further elaborate on their implementation plan and proposal. If this happens, the oral presentations will take place no earlier than January 12, 2004 and no later than January 23, 2004 at NASA Headquarters. The order in which offerors will be selected to present will be determined by a lottery draw. Specific instructions will be provided to offerors prior to these presentations. These presentations are not considered discussions in accordance with the above.

Past Performance Evaluation

The Past Performance evaluation will be conducted in accordance with FAR 15.305(a)(2) and NFS 1815.305(a)(2), “Past performance evaluation”. Offerors without a record of relevant past performance or for whom information on past performance is not available, will not be evaluated favorably or unfavorably on past performance. Refer to FAR 15.305(a)(2)(iv). Consideration will be given to the Offeror’s record in technical, schedule and cost performance. Additionally, consideration will be given to the following key areas: (1) demonstrated experience with organizational and safety culture change activities for organizations of similar scope and magnitude; and (2) demonstrated experience with NASA or other large science and technical organizations.

Technical Capability Evaluation

The evaluation will consider the overall soundness and completeness of the offeror’s technical approach; soundness and completeness of strategy and implementation plan; and viability of the plan to produce measurable results within the first 6 months including measurements/metrics on which results will be assessed and a plan for how those metrics will be obtained/gathered; effectiveness, variety, and applicability with the identified “tools” (such as surveys, workshops, coaching) to reach various sectors of the NASA workforce; and the overall adequacy of evaluation plan to measure progress. The evaluation will also assess the soundness and reasonableness of the offeror’s approach and plan of the representative task.

Price Evaluation

A price analysis will be conducted in accordance with FAR 15.305(a)(1). Price analysis is described at FAR 15.404-1(b). This analysis is performed to ensure that the Government pays a “fair and reasonable” price. The evaluation will also consider the reasonableness of the proposed representative task and schedule of labor rates.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP5-43356-H01), ORGANIZATIONAL PLAN FOR NASA SAFETY CULTURE AND CLIMATE

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

DATED: DECEMBER 29, 2003

1. Would you consider extending the due date?

Amendment 1, issued on December 29, 2003, is extending the due date for proposals to January 14, 2003.

2. Is this procurement being conducted as a full and open competition or a small business set-aside?

The procurement is being conducted as a full and open competition.

3. Is this a NASA HQ effort or a Goddard Space Flight Center requirement?

This effort encompasses all of NASA. See Question #4. The requirements organization for this procurement is the Office of Human Resources at NASA Headquarters.

4. Which NASA locations will be included in this project? Are some locations a higher priority than others? How many employees are included at each location? Are major contractors/subcontractors to be included?

As stated in the solicitation under PLACE OF PERFORMANCE–SERVICES (GSFC 52.237 92) (OCT 1988), the services specified by this contact shall be performed at the following location(s): contractor’s facilities, NASA HQ, all NASA field centers, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There are no pre-designated priority locations since the agency is seeking to transform the culture of the entire organization. However, as the culture transformation effort unfolds, data may be gathered that indicates that the scope of activities may require some location-specific tailoring. It is anticipated that the selected awardee will use professional judgment to identify and propose any such tailoring that may better achieve the desired overall outcome.

Consistent with the One NASA effort and the CAIB report findings, the transformation of NASA’s safety culture includes civil servants as well as on-site and near-site contractors, including JPL. NASA currently employs approximately 19,000 civil servants and 45,000 contractor employees. NASA recognizes that employees of contractors are not employees of NASA and that certain differentiations must be made between contractors and civil servants. However, the nature of the working relationship of on-site/near-site contractors to civil servants makes necessary their inclusion, in appropriate ways, in plans that intend to make lasting changes in the safety culture and climate. Information about NASA’s workforce can be found via the following pages: http://nasapeople.nasa.gov/

Click on NASA Workforce Profile
http://nasapeople.nasa.gov/workforce/default.htm

Click on NASA Workforce Map
http://nasapeople.nasa.gov/workforce/data/page7.htm

5. Are the cover page of the proposal (i.e. Standard Form (SF) 1449) and the representations and certifications included in the current page limitations? Also, the solicitation specifies a font size of 12 point or larger; however the representations and certifications that you have provided in a web link have a font size smaller than 12 point.

Amendment 1 clarifies this issue to exclude these items from the page limitations and the font requirements.

6. The RFP states “an additional 5-page limitation for the Representative Task discussion.” Does this apply on to the technical approach discussion, or does this apply to both the technical approach discussion and price for the Representative Task combined?

Amendment 1 clarifies this issue. The 5-page limitation for the Representative Task discussion includes both the technical approach discussion and pricing information. Also, the Specific Proposal Instructions have been modified to create a separate Representative Task section that is tied to the 5-page limit for that discussion.

7. Does this contract automatically preclude bidding on another “class” of work to support NASA?

No. The selected awardee will not be precluded from participating in future NASA requirements.

8. Will a GSA/MOBIS schedule be considered looked upon favorably as a cost mechanism?

As stated above in question 2, this procurement is being conducted as a full and open competition, not a Federal Supply Schedule acquisition. Offerors are required to comply with the pricing instructions set forth in the RFP.

9. What does a DPAS rating of DO-C9 mean?

This rating implements the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS), a Department of Commerce (DOC) regulation in support of authorized national defense programs (see 15 CFR 700). DO-C9 stands for “Other/Misc.”

10. Will clearances be required or considered an asset?

Clearances are not required and will not be evaluated.

11. Regarding the proposal, the Statement of Work states that offerors are expected to “develop a plan achieving measurable results ….” Will the same offeror(s) be involved in the implementation? Or will implementation be part of another bid?

The scope of activities that may be ordered under the resultant Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract(s) includes both the planning and implementation of the transformation of the Agency’s organizational and safety culture.

12. May we submit our offer as a Microsoft Powerpoint document?

No. The general proposal instructions specify Microsoft Word and Microsoft excel products.

13. Does an educational institution qualify for award of this contract?

Yes. As stated in answer number 2, the procurement is being conducted as a full and open competition.

14. Will the “highest” senior executives in NASA be substantially available for participating and championing this “culture turnaround” project?

Yes. All levels of the NASA workforce will be substantially involved in this project.

15. Can you direct me to the website where we might review the changes identified by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board?

As previously stated in the synopsis and solicitation, this information can be found at the following: http://www.caib.us/

16. Does NASA have a bidder’s list in place for this procurement?

No.

17. Are you requiring “hardcopy” or will you be accepting electronic copy via email with proposal attached?

This information can be found in the general proposal instructions of the solicitation.

SpaceRef staff editor.