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          A          Solicitation

          B          Supplies or Services and Prices/Costs

          C          Description/Specifications/Statement of Work

          D          Packaging and Marking

          E          Inspection and Acceptance

          F          Deliverables or Performance

          G          Contract Administration Data

          H          Special Contract Requirements

          I          Contract Clauses

          J          List of Attachments

          K          Representations, Certifications and
                     Other Statements of Offerors or Respondents

          L          Instructions, Conditions, and Notices
                     to Offerors or Respondents

          M          Evaluation Factors for Award

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NOTE: The contract schedule set forth in Sections B through M, herein, contains contractual
information pertinent to this solicitation. It is not an exact representation of the proposed
contractual document. Contractual provisions pertinent to the Offeror (i.e. those relating to the
organizational structure and specific cost authorizations unique to the offeror‟s proposal and
requiring Contracting Officer prior approval) may be discussed in the negotiation process and
will be included in the resultant contractor. However, the enclosed schedule provides all the
necessary information for the Offeror to understand the terms and conditions of the resultant


This contract directly supports the Legislative Authorization of the Office of Rural Health Policy
(ORHP) Outreach Program, Section 330A of the Public Health Service Act, Public Law 42
U.S.C. 254 c (E). The purpose of this contract is to procure a broad range of services designed to
strengthen ORHP‟s support of rural communities. Through this contract ORHP will: monitor and
evaluate the effectiveness of programs under Outreach authority of Section 330A of the Public
Health Service Act, to make recommendations for improving the program, and disseminate the
results nationally. The funding will support a range of analysis, assessment and evaluation of the
various programs funded through this authority.


In consideration of the satisfactory performance of the services and tasks detailed in Section C,
the Contractor shall be compensated in accordance with the following schedule:

                        Estimated              Fixed                        Total Estimated Cost
                        Cost                   Fee                          Plus Fixed Fee

Base Year

Option Year 1

Option Year 2

Option Year 3

Total All Years

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B.2.1 Estimated Cost and Fixed Fee

1. The total estimated cost is of this contract, exclusive of fixed-fee is $          . The fixed –
fee is $          and the total estimated cost plus fixed-fee is $             .

2. The Government shall not be obligated to reimburse the contractor for amounts incurred in
excess of the contract amount, and the contractor shall not be obligated to continued performance
under the contract or otherwise incur amounts in excess of the contract unless and until written
notification is received by the contractor from the contracting officer which sets forth a revision
of the contract amount. No notice, communication, or representation in any other form, or from
any person other than the contracting officer shall affect the amount of this contract.

3. Total funds currently available for payment and allotted to this contract are $         of
which $              represents the estimated reimbursable costs and $             represents the
fixed-fee. For further provisions on funding, see the clause 52.232-22 Limitation of Funds
(APR 1984).

4. It is estimated that the amount currently allotted will cover performance through __________.

5. The Contracting Officer may allot additional funds to the contract without concurrence of the


For the performance of this contract, the Government shall pay to the Contractor:

    1. The cost determined by the Contracting Officer to be allowable in accordance with FAR
52.216-7 of the General Provisions and the provisions of this Article; and

     2. The Fixed-Fee, which shall be payable in monthly installments in accordance with FAR
Clause 52.216-8 of the General Provisions upon determination by the Contracting Officer that
the performance was satisfactory.


The Contractor will be reimbursed for all costs as described below, incurred directly in the
performance of this contract, claimed by the Contractor, and accepted by the Contracting Officer:

    1. Salaries and wages of the Contractor's employees directly employed in performing the
    work required by this contract. Related fringe benefits if treated as a direct cost; otherwise,
    fringe benefits may be claimed as part of indirect costs below.

    2. Materials and services required in the performance of this contract, after deducting all

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   discounts for the purchase of such materials and services.

   3. Consultant fees or other payments to consultants required in the performance of this
   contract, provided, that such fees or payments shall not exceed the daily rate of $550.00 per
   day, exclusive of travel costs, without the written approval of the Contracting Officer.

   4. Travel and subsistence expenses exclusively in direct performance of this contract. The
   Contractor shall be reimbursed for transportation costs and travel allowances in accordance
   with the established policy of the Contractor, but subject to the following limitations:

        a. Such transportation cost shall not be reimbursed in an amount greater than the
        cost of first class rail or of economy air travel, unless economy air travel and economy
        air travel space are not available and the Contractor certifies to the facts in the voucher
        or other documents submitted for reimbursement. Travel allowances for per diem shall
        be reimbursed in accordance with the Contractor's established policy, but in no event
        shall such allowances exceed the prevailing Government rate except within the
        corporate limits of those cities and other specified areas where higher ceiling rates
        have been established by the General Services Administration for Civil Service
        employees in travel status.

        b. The Contractor shall be reimbursed for the cost of travel performed by its
        personnel in their privately owned automobile at the current prevailing government
        rate (set by the Federal Travel Regulations at, Travel on Government
        Business, Privately Owned Vehicle Reimbursement Rates), not to exceed the cost by
        the most direct economy air route between the points so traveled. If more than one
        person travels in such automobile, no additional charge will be made by the Contractor
        for such travel between such points.


      a. Purchase Orders and Subcontracts are governed by FAR Clause 52.244-2,
      Subcontracts (AUG 1998) of the General Provisions except as may be indicated herein.

      b. The Contractor shall not incur any of the following costs without the prior written
      approval of the Contracting Officer. Incurrence of such costs with the intent of claiming
      reimbursement as direct costs under this contract shall be at the Contractor's own risk, if
      without such prior written authorization:

             1. Purchase or rental of any item of equipment including furniture or office
             equipment regardless of cost.
             2. Any rental or purchase agreement for real or personal property, or any term
             contract for maintenance.
             3. Travel for general scientific meetings.

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              4. Rearrangement, alternation or relocation of facilities.


Pursuant to the General Provisions of this contract and FAR Clause 52.216-7, Allowable Cost
and Payment (APR 1998), the following provisional and ceiling rates are established:

                            Provisional     Ceiling
       a. Overhead:         INSERTED AT TIME OF AWARD
       b. Fringe:           INSERTED AT TIME OF AWARD
       c. G&A:              INSERTED AT TIME OF AWARD

       If a negotiated rate agreement is not finalized as part of this award then within the first 90
       days after the effective date of the contract, the Contractor shall initiate a request for an
       indirect cost rate agreement (or updated indirect cost rate agreement) from their cognizant
       agency. The determination of cognizant agency is defined in accordance with OMB
       Circular A-122, which states that the process of setting indirect cost rates is assigned to
       the Federal agency with the largest dollar value of awards with an organization. If the
       Department of Health and Human Services is the cognizant agency, the Contractor shall
       initiate a request for an indirect cost rate agreement from:

              6100 Executive Boulevard
              Rockville, MD 20852
              Attn: Ruth Bishop

       A copy of the cover letter of the request should be submitted to Contracting Office at the
       same time at the following address:

              Department of Health and Human Services
              Health Resources and Services Administration
              Parklawn Building, Room 13A-19
              5600 Fishers Lane
              Rockville, MD 20857
              Attn: Michele McDermott

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If the Contractor does not comply with these requirements within the allotted time frame, the
Contracting Officer will have the option to suspend all indirect costs billed after 90 days. The
Contractor‟s provisional rates maybe adjusted as a result of obtaining a negotiated rate
agreement, but in no case shall the indirect rates exceed the ceiling rate for this contract (unless
superseded by law in the case of Fringe Benefits).

The contractor shall use the organization‟s current negotiated provisional indirect cost rates for
billing purposes. The contractor shall adjust previously billed indirect costs, where appropriate,
in accordance with subsequent negotiated agreements and continue to bill indirect costs at newly
established provisional rates. The contractor shall submit a copy of all new rate agreements to
the Contracting Officer.

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Independently, and not as an agent of the Government, the contractor shall furnish all personnel,
material, facilities, services, and equipment as needed to perform the Statement of Work
(Attachment A) set forth in Section J attached hereto and made part of this document.


It is understood and agreed that the contractor shall, in meeting the requirements of this contract,
perform the work in accordance with the Contractors proposal to the Health Resources and
Services Administration for ―Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation,‖ dated to be
determined, provided however, that to the extent that any provisions of the articles of this
contract are in conflict or inconsistent with any provisions of said proposal, the provisions of the
articles of this contract shall be controlling and shall supersede the provisions of said proposal.

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                        SECTION D - PACKAGING AND MARKING


All reports and documentation required as Deliverables in Section F shall be marked as instructed in
Section F of the contract.

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E.1 The Project Officer, as a duly assigned representative of the Contracting Officer, shall
assume the responsibilities for monitoring the Contractor‟s performance, evaluating the quality
of services provided by the Contractor and performing final inspection and acceptance of all


(a) Definition. "Services," as used in this clause, includes services performed, workmanship, and
material furnished or used in performing services.

(b) The Contractor shall provide and maintain an inspection system acceptable to the
Government covering the services under this contract. Complete records of all inspection work
performed by the Contractor shall be maintained and made available to the Government during
contract performance and for as long afterwards as the contract requires.

(c) The Government has the right to inspect and test all services called for by the contract, to the
extent practicable at all places and times during the term of the contract. The Government shall
perform inspections and tests in a manner that will not unduly delay the work.

(d) If any of the services performed do not conform with contract requirements, the Government
may require the Contractor to perform the services again in conformity with contract
requirements, for no additional fee. When the defects in services cannot be corrected by
reperformance, the Government may--

   (1) Require the Contractor to take necessary action to ensure that future performance
   conforms to contract requirements; and

   (2) Reduce any fee payable under the contract to reflect the reduced value of the services

(e) If the Contractor fails to promptly perform the services again or take the action necessary to
ensure future performance in conformity with contract requirements, the Government may--

   (1) By contract or otherwise, perform the services and reduce any fee payable by an amount
   that is equitable under the circumstances; or

   (2) Terminate the contract for default.

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 The Period of Performance shall be for a base year of twelve (12) months, from the effective
date of the contract (EDOC) award, with three (3) one (1) year option periods.


a. All deliverables items are to be separate physical entities, and are subject to the review and
approval of the Project Officer. Unless otherwise indicated, all deliverables shall be submitted to
the Project Officer at the following address:

       Office of Rural Health Policy
       Parklawn Building, Room 9A-55
       5600 Fishers Lane
       Rockville, MD 20857
       (301) 443-0502
       (301) 443-2803 (FAX)

The Project Officer shall respond within 15 working days after receipt of a deliverable for which
the Project Officer has indicated approval is required before the Contractor can proceed to the
next step dependant upon that deliverable.

b. All deliverable reports are to carry at the top of the first page the following information:

       Contract number
       Deliverable item number
       Deliverable item delivery due date
       Date of submission

c. In addition to the number of copies to be submitted, as shown above, one copy of the final
report shall be mailed directly to:

       HHS/HRSA/Contracting Officer
       5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13A-19
       Rockville, MD 20857

d. The Contractor shall meet with, make presentations to and/or submit the following items to
the Project Officer in the format specified. Disk deliverables are to be in a format approved by
the Project Officer.

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The contractor shall submit the following items identified within the Statement of Work of this
contract in the quantities stipulated and during the periods stated in Attachment B. The attached
schedule of deliverables and projected dates are from the effective date of contract (EDOC). In
all cases, the days listed are calendar days.


This contract incorporates the following clause by reference, with the same force and effect as if
it were given in full text:
52.242-15                   Stop-Work Order. (AUG 1989) -- Alternate I           APR 1984

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Notwithstanding the Contractor‟s responsibility for total management during performance,
administration of the contract will require maximum coordination between the Government and
the Contractor. The following individuals will be the Government‟s points of contact during the
performance of this contract:

G.1.1 Contracting Officer, Francis R. Murphy 301/443-5165

All administration shall be performed by: Michele McDermott, Contract Specialist, Division of
Procurement Management (DPM), HRSA, Parklawn Building, Room 13A-19, 5600 Fishers
Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857, 301/443-1798. All communications pertaining to contractual
and/or administrative matters under the contract should be addressed to the Contract Specialist at
the aforementioned address.

G.1.2 Designation of Project Officer, (to be designated)

The person identified above is hereby designated as the Project Officer for this contract. The
responsibility of the Project Officer (or his duly authorized representative) is to ensure that the
Government's technical objectives are met. To this end, the Project Officer will provide
necessary information, direction, coordination, et cetera, within the contractual work description.
Issuance of changes which affect the articles, terms or conditions of this contract will be
accomplished through the Contracting Officer who is the only party authorized to bind the
Government to contract:

The Government may unilaterally change its designated Project Officer.


Performance of the work under this contract shall be subject to the technical monitoring of the
Project Officer. The term “Technical Monitoring” is defined to include, the following:

1.     Technical directions to the Contractor that guide the contract effort, shift work emphasis
       between work areas or assignments, require pursuit of certain lines of inquiry, fill in
       details or otherwise serve to accomplish contractual scope of work.
2.     Providing information to the Contractor for assistance in interpreting of drawings,
       specifications or technical portions of the work description.
3.     Review where required by the contract, approval of technical reports, processes, product
       deliverables, drawings, specifications, and technical information to be delivered by the
       Contractor to the Government under the contract.

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Technical direction must be within the general scope of the work. The Project Officer does not
have the authority to and may not issue any technical direction that: (i) constitutes an assignment
of additional work outside the general scope of the contract; (ii) constitutes a change as defined
in the contract clause entitled “Changes”; (iii) in any manner causes an increase in the total
contract cost or the time required for contract performance; or (iv) changes any of the expressed
terms, conditions, or specifications of the contract.

The Contractor shall proceed promptly with the performance of technical directions duly issued
by the Project Officer in the manner prescribed within his authority under this provision.

If, in the opinion of the Contractor, any instruction or direction issued by the Project Officer is
within one of the categories as defined in (i) through (iv) above, the Contractor shall not proceed,
but shall notify the Contracting Officer in writing within five (5) working days after the receipt of
any such instruction or direction and shall request the Contracting Officer to modify the contract
accordingly. Upon receiving such notification from the Contractor, the Contracting Officer shall
issue an appropriate contract modification or advise the Contractor in writing that, in his opinion,
the technical direction is within the scope of this article and does not constitute a change under
the Changes Clause of the contract. The Contractor shall thereupon proceed immediately with
the direction given. A failure of the parties to agree upon the nature of the instruction or
direction or upon the contract action to be taken with respect thereto shall be subject to the
provisions of the contract clause entitled “Disputes”.


1. Once each month following the effective date of this contract, the Contractor may submit to
the Government an invoice (or public voucher) for payment in accordance with FAR Clauses and
the General Provisions. Invoices shall be prepared in accordance with the "Billing Instructions"
attached hereto and made a part of this contract. The Government shall make provisional
payments on all invoices pending the completion of a final audit of the Contractor's cost records.

2. Submit vouchers as follows to expedite payment:

Send one invoice copy to the Government Project Officer whose name and address appear in
subsection G.1.2. Send the original and one copy of all invoices (monthly, completion and
final) directly to the Contracting Office at the address listed below:

               Attn: Michele McDermott
               5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13A-19
               Rockville, Maryland 20857

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Payment shall be made by:

               PSC/Financial Management Service
               5600 Fishers Lane, Room 16A-12
               Rockville, MD 20857


Pursuant to the Key Personnel clause (HHSAR 352.270-5) referenced in SECTION I of this
contract, the following individual(s) is (are) considered to be essential to the work being
performed under this contract:

TITLE                                NAME


The clause cite above contains a requirement for review and approval by the Contracting Officer
of written request for change of Key Personnel reasonably in advance of diverting any of these
individuals. Receipt of written request at least thirty (30) days prior to a proposed change is
considered reasonable.

The person identified above as Project Director shall direct the necessary work and services
toward fulfillment of the contractual requirements.


Interim and final evaluations of the Contractor‟s performance shall be conducted on this
contract in accordance with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Policy Letter 92-
5, issued January 11, 1993, FAR Subpart 42.15 and HHSAR 342.7002(c)(2)(iv). Upon contract
completion, a final evaluation of the Contractor‟s performance shall be completed by the
Government (see Attachment C of this contract).

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A. The Department of Health and Human Service's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public
Affairs requires clearance for any external publication, audiovisual, exhibit, or public affairs
service produced for or by HRSA through this contract as a deliverable -an external publication
is one of which 50 copies or more are to distributed outside HHS. This clearance, which takes
approximately 12 weeks, is obtained by the project officer through HRSA‟s Office of

B. It is the policy of DHHS that DHHS must be prominently and dominantly identified as the
primary publisher/producer, to include use of the DHHS logo, on all communication materials,
including those produced by contractors. This requirement may be satisfied by displaying the
DHHS logo on the back cover of a publication. The Health Resources and Services
Administration's (HRSA) logo must be displayed in a position of prominence second only to
DHHS as the identifier on all communication materials produced on behalf of HRSA, whether by
Agency staff, contractors, or other entities. Communication materials are any and all documents
and presentations intended for audiences outside the Agency, including but not limited to:

* fact sheets, newsletters, brochures, flyers
* press releases, advisories, other media materials
* exhibits, posters
* summaries, monographs, proceedings
* slides, overhead transparencies, posters
* audio and videotapes, films
* Internet publications

Internal Publications -not more than 50 copies are to be distributed outside HHS- are excepted
from this requirement. Where appropriate, the words Division of -insert appropriate Division-,
shall be included below the HRSA logo. Only the Agency Administrator may grant an exception
to the policy.

C. Title 44 of the U.S. Code requires that the printing of any publication developed under this
contract shall be done by the Government Printing Office. Printing shall be coordinated through
the Project Officer.

OMB clearance must be obtain if you intend to survey or interview more than 9 people outside of
HRSA and/or the Department, including grantees.

NOTE: Failure on the part of the contractor to comply with the printing and duplicating, and
publication clearance requirements stated above will be deemed unauthorized services and
reimbursement will be denied.

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The contractor shall be prohibited from publishing or disseminating data or information
associated with the records. All records will be maintained in a secured area and during non-
work hours be locked with no access except for authorized personnel.

Ownership of Documents, Materials and Records: All documents, materials or records provided
to the Contractor, developed or maintained by the Contractor in the performance of this contract
are deemed to be the property of the Government.


The printing of government documents must be accomplished through the Government Printing
Office or its field printing plants, unless otherwise approved by the congressional Joint
Committee on Printing (JCP). Contractors and grantees are not intended to be prime or
substantial sources of printing for government agencies. Contractors may prepare copy,
illustrative material (forms, etc.) and/or camera ready copy for the purpose of producing

Unless otherwise specified in this contract, the Contractor shall not engage in, nor subcontract
for, any printing (as that term is defined in Title I of the Government Printing and Binding
Regulations in effect on the effective date of this contract) in connection with the performance of
work under this contract; except that performance of a requirement under this contract involving
the reproduction of less than 5,000 production units of any one page, or less than 25,000
production units in the aggregate of multiple pages will not be deemed to be printing. A
production unit is defined as one sheet, size 8 by 11 inches, one side only, and one color.

Regarding the use of private funds for printing, the regulations state that when appropriated funds
are used to create information for publication, the printing of that information cannot be made
available to a private publisher for publication without prior approval of the JCP.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by Public Law 105–
220 under Title IV (Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998) and the Architectural and
Transportation Barriers Compliance Board Electronic and Information (EIT) Accessibility
Standards (36 CFR part 1194), require that all EIT acquired must ensure that:

(1) Federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is
comparable to the access and use by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities;

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(2) Members of the public with disabilities seeking information or services from an agency have
access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of
information and data by members of the public who are not individuals with disabilities. This
requirement includes the development, procurement, maintenance, and/or use of EIT
products/services; therefore, any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation must
demonstrate compliance with the established EIT Accessibility Standards. Information about
Section 508 is available at


HRSA shall not provide funds for the purchase of any equipment for this contract.


a. The Contractor shall utilize a comprehensive virus protection software package to screen all
   data, information, and software provided to the Government on CD, 3 ½" and 5 1/4"
   diskettes. The screen shall include the identification and removal of all viruses, worms, and
   other forms of data, information, and software infestation. The Contractor shall also utilize
   the virus protection software to screen all data, information, and software obtained from the
   Government for processing on the Contractor's network(s) and personal computer(s).
b. The Contractor shall immediately notify the Government Project Officer of any virus, worm,
   or other form of data information, and software infestation found on Government provided
   diskettes. The Contractor shall recommend to the Government the specific virus protection
   software the Contractor intends to use.


The Contractor shall implement a confidentiality agreement related to all data provided by the
Government. All Contractor staff that work with the Federal Government and are provided
information and access to databases shall sign such an agreement and a copy of the signed
agreement for each relevant staff member shall be submitted to the GPO prior to receipt of
relevant documents.


a.     The Contractor shall perform all the requirements identified in this contract. The
       Contractor shall supervise the reviews in accordance with Government Auditing
       Standards. The PO shall review and approve all work products and deliverables submitted
       by the Contractor in accordance with the terms and conditions identified under the
b.     HRSA reserves the right to obtain and review any working papers from the Contractor for
       the period beginning with the effective date of the contract through its termination. These
       reviews shall be conducted at HRSA‟s discretion at either the Contractor‟s site or at the

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       appropriate HRSA office. When reviewed at the HRSA‟s site, the working papers will be
       sent to the HRSA office for review and evaluation by HRSA staff. After completion of
       the review, HRSA may hold a conference with the Contractor to discuss any issues.
       HRSA may choose to visit the Contractor or SubContractor site during the audit to assess
       performance of the review.
       The Contractor shall maintain an internal quality control program adequate to ensure that
       the requirements of the contract are met. As with the working paper review, HRSA
       reserves the right to obtain and review all working papers associated with the
       Contractor‟s internal quality control program. These reviews shall be conducted at
       HRSA‟s discretion at either the selected firm‟s site or at the HRSA office. When
       reviewed at HRSA‟s site, the working papers will be sent to the HRSA office for review
       and evaluation by HRSA staff. After completion of the review, HRSA may hold a
       conference with the Contractor to discuss any issues. HRSA may choose to visit the
       Contractor and/or the subcontractor‟s site during the review to assess performance of the
c.     All reports, processes, and product deliverables are subject to approval by the Project
       Officer. If any of the services performed do not conform to contract requirements, the
       Government may require the Contractor to perform the services again in conformity with
       contract requirements, for no additional fee. When the defects in services cannot be
       corrected by performance, the Government may (1) require the Contractor to take
       necessary action to ensure that future performance conforms to contract requirements and
       (2) reduce any fee payable under the contract to reflect the reduced value of the services
d.     Interim and final evaluations of Contractor performance shall be conducted on this
       contract in accordance with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy
       Letter 92-5 issued January 11, 1993, FAR Subpart 42.15 and HHSAR 342.7002(c)(2)(iv).
       Upon contract completion, a final evaluation of the Contractor‟s performance shall be
       completed by the Government (see Section J, Attachment C)


If Contractor personnel will be required to access sensitive data, regular access to HHS-
controlled facilities and/or access to HHS information systems to perform the work specified
herein, the Government may require a background investigation at a level commensurate with the
duties of the Contractor‟s position.

The contractor must contact the HRSA Personnel Security Officer (Theresa Foster (301) 443-
3498, or by email at so that the appropriate level of background investigation
may be initiated.

Contractors should ensure that the employees whose names they submit have a reasonable chance
for approval. While delays in performance caused by successful investigations will be the

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Government's responsibility, delays associated with rejections will the Contractor's

Typically, the Government conducts investigations and checks at no cost to the Contractor.
Multiple investigations for the same position, whether- resulting from rejections or resulting from
an employee's move to another position(s) or company, may at the Contracting Officer's
discretion, justify reductions(s) in the contract price of no more than the cost of the extra


The views expressed in write conference materials or publications and by speakers and
moderators at HHS-sponsored conferences, do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the
Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial
practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


The Contractor providing the technical support to OIT agrees to comply with the applicable AIS
security requirements. The Contractor agrees to establish and follow security precautions
considered by OIT to be necessary (which are subject to change during the contract) to ensure
proper and confidential handling of data and information. This information is more specifically
addressed in the HHS Information Security Program Policy.


Information made available to the contractor by the Government for the performance or
administration of this effort shall be used only for those purposes and shall not be used in any
other way without the written agreement of the Contracting Officer.

The contractor agrees to assume responsibility for protecting the confidentiality of Government
records, which are not public information. Each contractor or employee of the contractor to
whom information may be made available or disclosed shall be notified in writing by the
contractor that such information may be disclosed only for a purpose and to the extent authorized


Performance of this effort may require the contractor to access and use data and information
proprietary to a Government agency or Government contractor which is of such a nature that its
dissemination or use, other than in performance of this effort, would be adverse to the interests of
the Government and/or others.

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Contractor and/or contractor personnel shall not divulge or release data or information developed
or obtained in performance of this effort, until made public by the Government, except to
authorize Government personnel or upon written approval of the Contracting Officer (CO). The
Contractor shall not use, disclose, or reproduce proprietary data that bears a restrictive legend,
other than as required in the performance of this effort. Nothing herein shall preclude the use of
any data independently acquired by the contractor without such limitations or prohibit an
agreement at no cost to the Government between the contractor and the data owner which
provides for greater rights to the Contractor.

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                             SECTION I - CONTRACT CLAUSES


(a)     The Government may extend the term of this contract by written notice to the Contractor
        within the period specified in Section F.1 of the Schedule; provided, that the
        Government shall give the Contractor a preliminary written notice of its intent to extend
        at least 60 days before the contract expires. The preliminary notice does not commit the
        Government to an extension.

(b)     If the Government exercises this option, the extended contract shall be considered to
        include this option provision.

(c)     The total duration of this contract, including the exercise of any options under this clause,
        shall not exceed 4 years.


(a) Confidential information, as used in this clause, means information or data of a personal
nature about an individual, or proprietary information or data submitted by or pertaining to an
institution or organization.

(b) The Contracting Officer and the Contractor may, by mutual consent, identify elsewhere in this
contract specific information and/or categories of information which the Government will furnish
to the Contractor or that the Contractor is expected to generate which is confidential. Similarly,
the Contracting Officer and the Contractor may, by mutual consent, identify such confidential
information from time to time during the performance of the contract. Failure to agree will be
settled pursuant to the „„Disputes‟‟ clause.

(c) If it is established elsewhere in this contract that information to be utilized under this contract,
or a portion thereof, is subject to the Privacy Act, the Contractor will follow the rules and
procedures of disclosure set forth in the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, and implementing
regulations and policies, with respect to systems of records determined to be subject to the
Privacy Act.

(d) Confidential information, as defined in paragraph (a) of this clause, shall not be disclosed
without the prior written consent of the individual, institution, or organization.

(e) Whenever the Contractor is uncertain with regard to the proper handling of material under the
contract, or if the material in question is subject to the Privacy Act or is confidential information
subject to the provisions of this clause, the Contractor should obtain a written determination from
the Contracting Officer prior to any release, disclosure, dissemination, or publication.

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(f) Contracting Officer determinations will reflect the result of internal coordination with
appropriate program and legal officials.

(g) The provisions of paragraph (d) of this clause shall not apply to conflicting or overlapping
provisions in other Federal, State, or local laws.
This contract incorporates one or more clauses by reference, with the same force and effect as if
they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text
available. Also, the full text of a clause may be accessed electronically at:


52.202-1           Definitions                                                        JUL 2004
52.203-3           Gratuities                                                         APR 1984
52.203-5           Covenant Against Contingent Fees                                   APR 1984
52.203-6           Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales
                   to the Government                                                  SEP 2006
52.203-7           Anti-Kickback Procedures                                           JUL 1995
52.203-8           Cancellation, Rescission, and Recovery of
                   Funds for Illegal or Improper Activity                             JAN 1997
52.203-10          Price or Fee Adjustment for Illegal
                   or Improper Activity                                               JAN 1997
52.203-12          Limitation on Payments to Influence
                   Certain Federal Transactions                                       SEP 2007
52.204-4           Printing/Copying Double-Sided on
                   Recycled Paper                                                     AUG 2000
52.204-6           Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number                      APR 2008
52.204-7           Central Contractor Registration                                    APR 2008
52.204-9           Personal Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel             SEP 2007
52.204-10          Reporting Subcontract Awards                                       SEP 2007
52.209-6           Protecting the Governments Interest When
                   Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred,
                   Suspended or Proposed for Debarment                                SEP 2006
52.215-2           Audit and Records - Negotiation                                    JUN 1999
52.215-8           Order of Precedence - Uniform Contract
                   Format                                                             OCT 1997
52.215-10          Price Reduction for Defective Cost or
                   Pricing Data                                                       OCT 1997
52.215-12          Subcontractor Cost or Pricing Data                                 OCT 1997
52.215-13          Subcontractor Cost or Pricing Data – Modifications                 OCT 1997
52.215-15          Pension Adjustments and Asset Reversions                           OCT 2004

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52.215-18        Revision or Adjustment of Plans for
                 Postretirement Benefits (PRB) Other
                 Than Pensions                                                        JUL 2005

52.215-19 Notification of Ownership Changes (OCT 1997)

      (a) The Contractor shall make the following notifications in writing:

             (1) When the Contractor becomes aware that a change in its ownership has
             occurred, or is certain to occur, that could result in changes in the valuation of its
             capitalized assets in the accounting records, the Contractor shall notify the
             Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO) within 30 days.

             (2) The Contractor shall also notify the ACO within 30 days whenever changes to
             asset valuations or any other cost changes have occurred or are certain to occur as
             a result of a change in ownership.

      (b) The Contractor shall--

             (1) Maintain current, accurate, and complete inventory records of assets and their

             (2) Provide the ACO or designated representative ready access to the records upon

             (3) Ensure that all individual and grouped assets, their capitalized values,
             accumulated depreciation or amortization, and remaining useful lives are
             identified accurately before and after each of the Contractor's ownership changes;

             (4) Retain and continue to maintain depreciation and amortization schedules
             based on the asset records maintained before each Contractor ownership change.

      (c) The Contractor shall include the substance of this clause in all subcontracts under this
      contract that meet the applicability requirement of FAR 15.408(k).

52.215-20        Requirements for Cost or Pricing Data or Information
                 Other Than Cost or Pricing Data                                  OCT 1997
52.215-21        Requirements for Cost or Pricing Data or Information
                 Other Than Cost or Pricing Data-Modifications                    OCT 1997
52.216-7         Allowable Cost and Payment                                       DEC 2002
52.216-8         Fixed Fee                                                        MAR 1997
52.217-8         Option to Extend Services                                        NOV 1999

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52.219-8           Utilization of Small Business Concerns                        MAY 2004
52.219-9           Small Business Subcontracting Plan                            APR 2008
                   --Alternate II                                                OCT 2001
52.219-16          Liquidated Damages – Subcontracting Plan                      JAN 1999
52.222-2           Payment of Overtime Premiums                                  JUL 1990
(a) The use of overtime is authorized under this contract if the overtime premium does not
exceed $0.00 or the overtime premium is paid for work -
52.222-3           Convict Labor                                                 JUN 2003
52.222-21          Prohibition of Segregated Facilities                          FEB 1999
52.222-26          Equal Opportunity                                             MAR 2007
52.222-35          Equal Opportunity for Special Disabled Veterans,
                   Veterans of the Vietnam Era and Other Eligible
                   Veterans                                                      SEP 2006
52.222-36          Affirmative Action for Workers with
                   Disabilities                                                  JUN 1998
52.222-37          Employment Reports on Disabled Veterans
                   and Veterans of the Vietnam Era                               DEC 2001
52.222-39          Notification of Employee Rights Concerning
                   Payment of Union Dues or Fees                                 DEC 2004
52.222-50          Combating Trafficking in Persons                              AUG 2007
52.223-5           Pollution Prevention and Right to
                   Know Information                                              AUG 2003
52.223-6           Drug-Free Workplace                                           MAY 2001
52.223-10          Waste Reduction Program                                       AUG 2000
52.223-14          Toxic Chemical Release Reporting                              AUG 2003
52.224-1           Privacy Act Notification                                      APR 1984
52.224-2           Privacy Act                                                   ARP 1984
52.225-13          Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases                     FEB 2006
52.226-1           Utilization of Indian Organizations
                   and Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises                         JUN 2000
52.227-1           Authorization and Consent                                     JUL 1995
52.227-2           Notice and Assistance Regarding Patent
                   and Copyright Infringement                                    AUG 1996
52.227-14          Rights in Data - General                                      JUN 1987
52.228-7           Insurance - Liability to Third Persons                        MAR 1996
52.230-2           Cost Accounting Standards                                     APR 1998
52.230-3           Disclosure and Consistency of Cost
                   Accounting Practices                                          APR 1998
52.230-6           Administration of Cost Accounting
                   Standards                                                     APR 2005
52.232-9           Limitation on Withholding of Payments                         APR 1984
52.232-17          Interest                                                      JUN 1996
52.232-18          Availability of Funds                                         APR 1984

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52.232-20          Limitation of Cost                                           APR 1984
52.232-22          Limitation of Funds                                          APR 1984
52.232-23          Assignment of Claims                                         JAN 1986
52.232-25          Prompt Payment                                               OCT 2003
52.232-33          Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-
                   Central Contractor Registration                                OCT 2003
52.232-38          Submission of Electronic Funds Transfer Information
                   With Offer                                                     MAY 1999
52.233-1           Disputes                                                       JUL 2002
52.233-3           Protest after Award                                            AUG 1996
                   -- Alternate I                                                 JUN 1985
52.233-4           Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claims                   OCT 2004
52.237-3           Continuity of Services                                         JAN 1991
52.239-1           Privacy or Security Safeguards                                 AUG 1996
52.242-1           Notice of Intent to Disallow Costs                             APR 1984
52.242-3           Penalties for Unallowable Costs                                MAY 2001
52.242-4           Certification of Final Indirect Costs                          JAN 1997
52.242-13          Bankruptcy                                                     JUL 1995
52.243-2           Changes - Cost-Reimbursement                                   AUG 1987
                   -- Alternate II                                                APR 1984

52.244-2 Subcontracts (JUNE 2007)
(d) If the Contractor has an approved purchasing system, the Contractor nevertheless shall obtain
the Contracting Officer‟s written consent before placing the following subcontracts: [ ]

(j) Paragraphs (c) and (e) of this clause do not apply to the following subcontracts, which were
evaluated during negotiations: [ ]

52.244-5           Competition in Subcontracting                                  DEC 1996
52.244-6           Subcontracts for Commercial Items                              FEB 2009
52.245-1           Government Property                                            JUN 2007
52.246-25          Limitation of Liability--Services                              FEB 1997
52.249-5           Termination for Convenience of the Government                  SEP 1996
                   (Educational and Other Nonprofit Institutions)
52.249-6           Termination (Cost-Reimbursement)                               MAY 2004
52.249-14          Excusable Delays                                               APR 1984
52.252-2           Clauses Incorporated by Reference                              FEB 1998
52.253-1           Computer Generated Forms                                       JAN 1991


352.202-1          Definitions                                                    JAN 2006
352.215-1(e)       Restriction of Disclosure and Use of Data                      APR 1984

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352.216-72       Additional Cost Principles                                JAN 2006
352.224-70       Confidentiality of Information.                           JAN 2006
352.228-7        Insurance - Liability to third persons                    DEC 1991
352.232-9        Withholding of contract payments.                         JAN 2006
352.233-70       Litigation and Claims.                                    JAN 2006
352.242-71       Final Decisions on Audit Findings.                        APR 1984
352.270-1        Accessibility of Meetings, Conferences,
                 and Seminars to Persons with Disabilities                  JAN 2001
352.270-5        Key Personnel.                                             JAN 2006
352.270-6        Publication and Publicity.                                 JAN 2006
352.270-7        Paperwork Reduction Act.                                   JAN 2006
352.270-7        Anti-Lobbying                                              JAN 2006

The HHS clauses may be obtained electronically at or
upon request, from the Contracting Officer.

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Attachment A   Statement of Work
Attachment B   Schedule of Deliverables
Attachment C   Contractor Interim/Final Performance Report
Attachment D   Billing Instructions
Attachment E   Past Performance Information Survey Questionnaire
Attachment F   Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF LLL)
Attachment G   Cost Proposal Format
Attachment H   Certificate of Current Cost or Pricing Data
Attachment I   Table 15-2 Instructions for Submitting Cost/Price Proposals When
               Cost or Pricing Data Are Required
Attachment J   Model Small Business Subcontracting Plan

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K.1 The Offeror makes the following Representations and Certifications as part of its

       RFP No.________________________________________

       (Name of organization)

       (Signature of authorized individual)      (Date)

       (Type name of authorized individual)

       TIN No. ____________________________________

       DUNS No.____________________________________

       Note: The penalty for making false statements in offers is prescribed in 18 U.S.C. 1001.

K.2. The Offeror certifies that it has registered at as required by FAR clause

K.3 The Offeror certifies that under NAICS Code 541618, it qualifies as a (check all that
       ___Small Business Concern
       ___Small Disadvantaged Business Concern
       ___Small Disadvantaged Business Concern (8a Participant)
       ___Women-Owned Small Business Concern
       ___Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern
       ___Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern
       ___HUBZone Small Business

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(a)(1) If the clause at 52.204-7, Central Contractor Registration, is included in this solicitation,
paragraph (b) of this provision applies.

(2) If the clause at 52.204-7 is not included in this solicitation, and the Offeror is currently
registered in CCR, and has completed the ORCA electronically, the Offeror may choose to use
paragraph (b) instead of completing the corresponding individual representations and
certifications in the solicitation. The Offeror shall indicate which option applies by checking one
of the following boxes:

[ ] (i) Paragraph (b) applies.
[ ] (ii) Paragraph (b) does not apply and the Offeror has completed the individual representations
and certifications in the solicitation.

(b) The Offeror has completed the annual representations and certifications electronically via the
Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) website at
After reviewing the ORCA database information, the Offeror verifies by submission of the offer
that the representations and certifications currently posted electronically have been entered or
updated within the last 12 months, are current, accurate, complete, and applicable to this
solicitation (including the business size standard applicable to the NAICS code referenced for
this solicitation), as of the date of this offer and are incorporated in this offer by reference (see
FAR 4.1201); except for the changes identified below [Offeror to insert changes, identifying
change by clause number, title, date]. These amended representation(s) and/or certification(s) are
also incorporated in this offer and are current, accurate, and complete as of the date of this offer.

 FAR Clause #           Title        Date      Change
      ____________         _________        _____     _______


Indicate your firm‟s remittance or check mailing address below. {See FAR 52.232-34 Mandatory
Information for Electronic Funds Transfer (AUG 1996 in Section G.6)}

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Indicate below the responsible official(s) who can negotiate on behalf of the Contractor, and
receive notification of an improper invoice and answer questions regarding the invoice (See FAR
52.232-25 Prompt Payment (MAY 1997).

Name (Negotiator): _________________________________

Address: __________________________________________

Telephone Number: ________________________________, and

Name (Payment): __________________________________

Address: _________________________________________

Telephone Number: ________________________________


The Offeror should use Standard Form LLL, “Disclosure of Lobbying Activities”, which can be
downloaded from the following link: (see Section J, Attachment E) grantmanage/sass/free_reports/sassnews.html in accordance
with FAR 52.203-11 entitled, Certification and Disclosure Regarding Payments to Influence
Certain Federal Transactions (SEP 2007).



              (1) The Offeror certifies, to the best of its knowledge and belief, that --

                      (i) The Offeror and/or any of its Principals --

                             (A) Are [ ] are not [ ] presently debarred, suspended, proposed for
                             debarment, or declared ineligible for the award of contracts by any
                             Federal agency;

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                               (B) Have [ ] have not [ ], within a three-year period preceding this
                               offer, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against
                               them for: commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection
                               with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public
                               (Federal, state, or local) contract or subcontract; violation of
                               Federal or state antitrust statutes relating to the submission of
                               offers; or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery,
                               falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, tax
                               evasion, or receiving stolen property; and

                               (C) Are [ ] are not [ ] presently indicted for, or otherwise
                               criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity with,
                               commission of any of the offenses enumerated in paragraph
                               (a)(1)(i)(B) of this provision.

                       (ii) The Offeror has [ ] has not [ ], within a three-year period preceding
                       this offer, had one or more contracts terminated for default by any Federal

               (2) “Principals,” for the purposes of this certification, means officers; directors;
               owners; partners; and, persons having primary management or supervisory
               responsibilities within a business entity (e.g., general manager; plant manager;
               head of a subsidiary, division, or business segment, and similar positions).

                       This Certification Concerns a Matter Within the Jurisdiction of an Agency
                       of the United States and the Making of a False, Fictitious, or Fraudulent
                       Certification May Render the Maker Subject to Prosecution Under Section
                       1001, Title 18, United States Code.

(b) The Offeror shall provide immediate written notice to the Contracting Officer if, at any time
prior to contract award, the Offeror learns that its certification was erroneous when submitted or
has become erroneous by reason of changed circumstances.

(c) A certification that any of the items in paragraph (a) of this provision exists will not
necessarily result in withholding of an award under this solicitation. However, the certification
will be considered in connection with a determination of the Offeror‟s responsibility. Failure of
the Offeror to furnish a certification or provide such additional information as requested by the
Contracting Officer may render the Offeror nonresponsible.

(d) Nothing contained in the foregoing shall be construed to require establishment of a system of
records in order to render, in good faith, the certification required by paragraph (a) of this
provision. The knowledge and information of an Offeror is not required to exceed that which is
normally possessed by a prudent person in the ordinary course of business dealings.

(e) The certification in paragraph (a) of this provision is a material representation of fact upon
which reliance was placed when making award. If it is later determined that the Offeror

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knowingly rendered an erroneous certification, in addition to other remedies available to the
Government, the Contracting Officer may terminate the contract resulting from this solicitation
for default.


(a) The offeror certifies that, to the best of its knowledge and belief:

   1) It has filed all Federal tax returns required during the three years preceding this
   2) It has not been convicted of a criminal offense under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
   3) It has not been notified of any unpaid Federal tax assessment for which the liability
      remains unsatisfied, unless the assessment is the subject of an installment agreement or
      offer in compromise that has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service and is not in
      default, or the assessment is the subject of a non-frivolous administrative or judicial

(b) The signature on the offer is considered to be a certification by the offeror under this

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L.1.1 Your attention is directed to the requirements for technical and business proposals and past
performance information to be submitted in accordance with the following instructions
establishing the acceptable minimum requirements for the format and content of proposals.

L.1.2 Technical and Business proposals must be submitted separately and clearly labeled. Each
of these parts shall be separate and complete in itself so that the evaluation of one may be
accomplished independently of the evaluation of the other. Volume I - Technical Proposal must
not contain references to cost; however, resource information such as data concerning labor hours
and categories, materials, subcontracts, etc., must be contained in the technical proposal so that
your understanding of the scope of work may be evaluated. It must disclose your technical
approach in sufficient detail to provide a clear and concise presentation that includes, but is not
limited to, the requirements of the technical proposal instructions.

L.1.3 Volume II must include a statement indicating whether or not any exceptions are taken to
the terms and conditions of the Request for Proposal (RFP). Any exceptions taken must include
identification of the specific paragraphs and rationale for each exception. Exceptions shall also
be noted in the proposal, at the location of the exception. The proposal shall be submitted in
two (2) volumes as outlined below:

Volume                Title

I              Technical Proposal

II             Business Proposal Administrative & Proposed Contractual Documents
               - Section K of this Solicitation (Representations, Certifications, and Other
               Statements of Offeror), Rate Agreements, Salary Documentation, etc.

L.1.4 The proposal must be signed by an official authorized to bind your organization. An
original and five (5) copies of Volume I including one (1) CD- Technical Proposal and an
original and five (5) copies of Volume II including one (1) CD - Business Proposal shall be
submitted by 12:00 p.m. local prevailing time, on May 4, 2009 to:

               Department of Health and Human Services
               Health Resources and Services Administration
               Division of Procurement Management (DPM)
               5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13A-19
               Rockville, Maryland 20857
               Attention: HRS246-MM

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L.1.5 Proposals shall be single spaced and shall be printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper containing text
no smaller than 12 pitch/10 point. Each page shall be numbered and each volume shall be tabbed
to correspond to the Table of Contents. The Offeror may include 11 x 17 inch foldouts only to
display graphics, flow charts, organizational charts, or drawings. In addition to paper copies, one
copy of the text of the proposal shall be supplied on a CD or an IBM compatible 3.5" disk in a
word processing format.

L.1.6 Where data/information appears in one part, it does not have to be repeated in any other
part; however, it shall be cross referenced by indicating the specific location including the
volume and page number as a minimum. The clarity, relevance, and conciseness of the proposal
is important, not the length.

L.1.7 The Government will evaluate proposals in accordance with the evaluation criteria set
forth in Section M of this RFP. It is understood that your proposal will become part of the
official contract file.

L.1.8 This RFP does not commit the Government to pay any cost for the preparation and
submission of a proposal. In addition, the Contracting Officer is the only individual who can
legally commit the Government to the expenditure of public funds in connection with this
proposed acquisition.


All questions/inquiries concerning this solicitation document must be submitted in writing
(email: by 12:00 p.m., prevailing local time on April 10, 2009, to
the attention of Michele McDermott, Contract Specialist. Any resulting addition, deletion,
or change to the RFP document will be made by issuance of a formal amendment, which
may be downloaded from Offerors are instructed specifically to contact only
the issuing contract office in connection with any aspect of this requirement prior to
contract award.

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You may, at your discretion, submit alternate proposals, or proposals which deviate from the
requirements, as stated in Section C; provided, that you also submit a proposal for performance
of the work as specified in the statement of work. Alternate proposals may be considered if
overall performance would be improved and not compromised, and if they are in the best
interests of the Government. Alternate proposals must be separate, distinct, stand-alone
proposals that can be evaluated based on the technical evaluation criteria specified in Section M.
 Supplemental proposals that are submitted as alternate technical proposals, but that must be
evaluated in conjunction with your original technical proposal, are not considered stand-alone
proposals and will not be considered for award purposes. All alternate technical proposals which
deviate from the requirements must be clearly identified.


L.4.1 The Offeror must submit proposals and data comprehensive enough to provide the basis
for a sound evaluation. The offeror’s proposal should be brief, but concise and thorough.

L.4.2 The technical proposal shall be the most important factor used in the evaluation of your
firm's capability to perform the desired services. Therefore your proposal must present sufficient
information to reflect a thorough understanding of the work requirements and a detailed plan for
achieving the objectives of the scope of work. The technical proposal shall include a description
of the techniques and procedures to be employed in achieving the proposed end results in
compliance with the requirements of the Government's work statement. The technical proposal
must provide the general background, experience, and qualification of the organization. Section
M provides evaluation factors for award and the technical evaluation.

L.4.3 The data and information shall be keyed to each paragraph of the Technical Proposal
requirements as outlined below. Under no circumstances is any cost to be shown in the
Technical Proposal; however, unpriced details of labor hours and other direct costs shall be
included. All pages shall be numbered.

L.4.4 Proposals which merely offer to conduct a program in accordance with the requirement of
the Government's scope of work will not be eligible for award. You must submit an explanation
of the proposed technical approach in conjunction with the tasks to be performed in achieving the
project objectives.

L.4.5 The technical proposal must include information on how the project is to be organized,
staffed, and managed. Information should be provided which will demonstrate your
understanding and management of important events or tasks. You must explain how the
management and coordination of consultant and/or subcontractor efforts will be accomplished.

L.4.6 The technical proposal must include a list of names and proposed duties of the

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professional personnel, consultants, and key subcontractor employees assigned to the project.
Their resumes should be included and should contain information on education, background,
recent experience, and specific scientific or technical accomplishments.

L.4.7 The technical proposal must contain a discussion of present or proposed facilities and
equipment which will be used in the performance of the contract.

L.4.8 In order to establish uniformity, proposals shall be organized in the following sections:

A.   Understanding and Statement of the Intent and Functions of the Project
B.   Technical Approach
C.   Capability and Organizational Experience
D.   Personnel
E.   Management Team

L.4.9 Offerors are hereby advised that the Government, unless otherwise specified, i.e., by law,
will acquire the right to use, duplicate, or disclose in any manner and for any purpose
whatsoever, and have or permit others to do so, all subject data required to be delivered under
any contract resulting from this solicitation. Any reservations to those stated Government rights
to data should be enunciated in your proposal and will be resolved during any subsequent


The technical proposal content shall include, but need not be limited to, the following:


a. The proposal shall demonstrate in the offeror‟s own words a clear understanding of 330A
   programs as well as the impact of the HRSA‟s investment within these programs. Offeror
   shall clearly describe prior peer reviewed and evidence-based research experience in
   effectively monitoring and evaluating rural health programs.


The proposal shall fully describe the proposed technical approach to meet each of the
requirements specified under the Description and Scope of Work, including all tasks and their
respective subtasks. It shall include the following:

a. A detailed description of the contents of each task to be performed to achieve the project‟s
   objectives in the offeror‟s own words and discussion of the methodology and evidenced-
   based evaluation to be used for individual tasks.

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b. A discussion of anticipated major problem areas, together with potential approaches to their

c. A detailed description of how the offeror‟s rural health research expertise will be applied to
   the tasks and subtasks. Offeror shall clearly illustrate previous approaches used within their
   peer reviewed and evidence-based rural health research experience to effectively monitor and
   evaluate rural health programs.

d.   Identify a preliminary list of potential workgroup members that can assist with the
     assessment and evaluation of 330A programs.


a. The offeror shall include information on similar or related contracts, subcontracts, and grants
   which the entity has completed. Include a brief discussion of present or proposed facilities
   and equipment to be used in completion of this project. This section should clearly describe
   the Offerer‟s prior peer reviewed and evidence-based research experience in effectively
   monitoring and evaluating rural health programs.

b. The offeror shall include relevant experience in conducting research evaluations and analyses
   as well as any authorship or co-authorship in peer reviewed, evidence-based professional
   publications or journal articles (please include example as an addendum).


a. Description of the staff (in terms of education and professional experience) proposed to be
   employed to perform tasks and subtasks for carrying out this project; identification of the
   Project Director, other key personnel involved in the management of the project,
   subcontractors and/or contract staff, and a description of their roles and reporting
   relationships. All staff are required to have rural health experience with a minimum of one
   staff member who has specific experience in rural health research which has been peer
   reviewed and is evidence-based. Staffing must also include an on-staff rural health research
   coordinator. The proposed staff hours for each of the above individuals should be allocated
   against each task or subtask for the project. Letters of Commitment to the project shall be
   included for all key personnel.


a. Person-loading matrix which displays person-days by appropriate total and subtotals
   for each individual who contributes to activities and the person-days for which consultants or
   subcontractors may be responsible, by task.

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b. Facilities, equipment, and other non-staff resources that are especially appropriate for
   successful completion of the contract requirements shall be identified.


The offeror's business proposal shall consist of Cost and Pricing Data, Administrative and
Management Data, and Past Performance Information as follows:

L.6.1 Cost and Pricing Data

a. The offeror(s), at a minimum, must submit a cost proposal fully supported by cost and pricing
data in sufficient detail to enable a complete cost analysis to establish the reasonableness of the
proposed costs. A complete unit and total price breakdown in support of each Line Item in
Section B, the Schedule, shall be furnished. Cost proposals shall correspond to each task/subtask
as shown in the Statement of Work.

b. The cost proposal must be submitted in the format set forth in Attachment G, Cost Proposal
Format. Offerors shall use this basic structure, tailored in accordance with their customary
accounting practices. This format shall be supported with a detailed rationale for the estimates,
and supporting data, including, at a minimum, the items in paragraph d, below.

c. The proposal must state the labor categories, estimated number of hours, unburdened wage rate
for each category, Indirect Rates, profit and any other costs applicable under the accounting
system utilized. Additionally, the cost proposal shall include material costs, subcontracting
costs, travel, subscription services, etc, as applicable. Proposals containing major subcontracts as
defined by FAR 52.244-2 Subcontracts, shall provide subcontracting cost information.

d. The offeror shall provide the following detail as part of the cost proposal in addition to any
other requirements the RFP may specify.

(1) For labor estimates, the proposal shall indicate the number of hours and the rates. The basis
for the rates used shall be described in the supporting detail. In order to verify proposed annual
and hourly rates, Offerors are required to provide copies of actual payroll records for those
individuals identified as direct labor. As an alternative, if actual payroll records are not available,
the Chief Financial Officer, Controller, or primary individual in charge of accounting/finance
shall provide a separate letter, identifying and certifying the proposed rates. The offeror's policy
concerning merit or cost-of-living increases shall be explained in detail.

(2) Organizations shall provide a copy of their current negotiated indirect rate agreement with the
Federal Government. If the organization does not have an established indirect cost rate,
supporting information for any proposed rate shall be submitted. Upon request, all offerors,
including those with negotiated rate agreements, shall be prepared to provide detailed
information utilized in the development of the indirect cost pools and associated cost elements.

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(3) Where travel is proposed, the contemplated itineraries, method of travel, and period of travel
shall be shown. The offeror shall use the Federal Travel Regulations for guidance in estimating
travel cost (see FAR 31.205-46). The offeror shall indicate whether the estimated costs account
for any cash discounts, trade discounts, rebates, or allowances, etc. The offeror shall identify any
pre-existing relationship with a travel agency used to provide the estimates. The offeror shall
arrange travel using carriers which allow contractor use of GSA rates.

(4) The basis for estimates for material, supplies, equipment, etc, should be explained. Please be
advised that HRSA does not intend to fund the purchase or lease of equipment.

e. Inasmuch as it may be necessary to authorize performance of the project by phases or a group
of phases, the extent that these are severable should be indicated together with the effect of such
severance upon the estimated costs.

f. More detailed instructions may be found in Table 15-2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations
located at, in Section 15.

L.6.2. Administrative and Management Data

a. The offeror, at a minimum, must submit the following information in sufficient detail to enable
a complete analysis of the offeror's management capabilities and responsibility.

(1) Financial capability to perform the scope of work.
(2) Capability to meet delivery or performance schedules.
(3) Record of past performance as required in Section L.
(4) Possession of necessary organizational experience, and technical skills to perform the work,
or the ability to obtain them.
(5) Possession of required facilities and equipment.
(6) Copy of the current agreement on indirect cost rates.
(7) Discussion on the extent of proposed subcontracting with small, disadvantaged, and woman-
owned business enterprises.
(8) If the proposal is over $550,000 and has subcontracting opportunities, then other than small
businesses must submit a completed subcontracting plan along with your proposal. A model
subcontracting plan is attached under Section J, Attachment J.

b. The offeror must stipulate that the proposal is predicated upon all the terms and conditions of
this RFP. In addition, the proposal must contain a statement to the effect that it is firm for a
period of at least 180 days from the date of receipt by the Government.

c. It is HHS policy that contractors provide all equipment and facilities necessary for
performance of contracts.

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d. The offeror must identify all Government-owned property in his/her possession and all
property acquired from Federal funds, to which the offeror has title, that is proposed to be used in
the performance of the prospective contract.

e. The management and control of Government-owned property must be in accordance with the
HHS Publication OS 74-115 entitled, "Control of Property in Possession of Contractors", a copy
of which will be provided upon request.

f. In order to determine the financial capability of the offeror, the following information shall be

(1) If applicable, the point of contact, name, and address of the cognizant Government audit

(2) Copy of the most recent audited financial statements.

(3) Copy of the most recent audit conducted in accordance with OMB A-133 or OMB A-21, if

(4) A description of the offeror's accounting system and established internal controls. The
offeror may be requested to provide a recent audit which indicates the acceptability of the
accounting system and internal controls.

(5) Identify any Lines-of-Credit and amounts established with lending institutions (actual letter
shall be provided). The offeror shall be prepared to answer questions concerning financial
resources and working capital.

g. Other pertinent business and administrative information may also be requested if the
information is considered necessary for proposal evaluation.

L.6.3. Past Performance Information

A. Offerors shall mail the Past Performance Questionnaire and Letter to at least five (5) recent
and relevant previous clients (See Section J, Attachment F) using the criterion below for
selection of clients. In addition, Offeror shall submit the following information as part of their
business proposal (for both offerors and proposed major subcontractors).

A list of the last five (5) contracts completed during the past three (3) years and all contracts
currently in process that are similar in nature to the solicitation work scope. Contracts listed may
include those entered into by the Federal Government, agencies of state and local governments
and commercial concerns. Offerors that are newly formed entities without prior contracts should
list contracts and subcontracts as required above for all key personnel.

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Include the following information for each contract or subcontract:

   1. Name of Contracting Organization

   2. Contract Number (for subcontracts, provide the prime contract number and the
   subcontract number)

   3. Contract Type

   4. Total Contract Value, and period of performance

   5. Description of Requirement

   6. Contracting Officer's Name and Telephone & FAX Numbers

   7. Program Manager's Name and Telephone & FAX Numbers

   8. NAICS Code

The offeror shall submit comparable information on all subcontractors that the Offeror proposes
to perform a major subcontract under this effort. For the purpose of this solicitation, a major
subcontract is defined as a subcontract that exceeds $25,000.

B. Each offeror will be evaluated on its performance under existing and prior contracts for
similar products or services. Performance information will be used for both responsibility
determinations and as an evaluation factor against which offeror's relative rankings will be
compared to assure the best value to the Government. The Government will focus on
information that demonstrates quality of performance relative to the size and complexity of the
acquisition under consideration. The Government is not required to contact all references
provided by the offeror. Also, references other than those identified by the Offeror may be
contacted by the Government to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation
of the Offeror's past performance.


52.211-1 Availability of Specifications Listed in the GSA Index of Federal Specifications,
Standards and Commercial Item Descriptions, FPMR Part 101-29. (AUG 1998)

(a) The GSA Index of Federal Specifications, Standards and Commercial Item Descriptions, FPMR
Part 101-29, and copies of specifications, standards, and commercial item descriptions cited in this
solicitation may be obtained for a fee by submitting a request to:

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               GSA Federal Supply Service
               Specifications Section
               Suite 8100
               470 East L'Enfant Plaza SW
               Washington, DC 20407
               Telephone (202) 619-8925.
               Facsimile (202)619-8978

(b) If the General Services Administration, Department of Agriculture, or Department of Veterans
Affairs issued this solicitation, a single copy of specifications, standards, and commercial item
descriptions cited in this solicitation may be obtained free of charge by submitting a request to the
addressee in paragraph (a) of this provision. Additional copies will be issued for a fee.

52.215-1        Instructions to Offerors—Competitive Acquisition                     JAN 2004
                with Alternate I                                                     OCT 1997

52.215-16       Facilities Capital Cost of Money                                     OCT 1997

52.215-20       Requirements for Cost or Pricing Data or Information Other Than Cost or
                Pricing Data                                                OCT 1997

       (a) Exceptions from cost or pricing data.

               (1) In lieu of submitting cost or pricing data, offerors may submit a written request
               for exception by submitting the information described in the following
               subparagraphs. The Contracting Officer may require additional supporting
               information, but only to the extent necessary to determine whether an exception
               should be granted, and whether the price is fair and reasonable.

                       (I) Identification of the law or regulation establishing the price offered. If
                       the price is controlled under law by periodic rulings, reviews, or similar
                       actions of a governmental body, attach a copy of the controlling document,
                       unless it was previously submitted to the contracting office.

                       (ii) Commercial item exception. For a commercial item exception, the
                       offeror shall submit, at a minimum, information on prices at which the
                       same item or similar items have previously been sold in the commercial
                       market that is adequate for evaluating the reasonableness of the price for
                       this acquisition. Such information may include--

                               (A) For catalog items, a copy of or identification of the catalog and
                               its date, or the appropriate pages for the offered items, or a
                               statement that the catalog is on file in the buying office to which

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                              the proposal is being submitted. Provide a copy or describe current
                              discount policies and price lists (published or unpublished), e.g.,
                              wholesale, original equipment manufacturer, or reseller. Also
                              explain the basis of each offered price and its relationship to the
                              established catalog price, including how the proposed price relates
                              to the price of recent sales in quantities similar to the proposed

                              (B) For market-priced items, the source and date or period of the
                              market quotation or other basis for market price, the base amount,
                              and applicable discounts. In addition, describe the nature of the

                              (C) For items included on an active Federal Supply Service
                              Multiple Award Schedule contract, proof that an exception has
                              been granted for the schedule item.

              (2) The offeror grants the Contracting Officer or an authorized representative the
              right to examine, at any time before award, books, records, documents, or other
              directly pertinent records to verify any request for an exception under this
              provision, and the reasonableness of price. For items priced using catalog or
              market prices, or law or regulation, access does not extend to cost or profit
              information or other data relevant solely to the offeror's determination of the
              prices to be offered in the catalog or marketplace.

       (b) Requirements for cost or pricing data. If the offeror is not granted an exception from
       the requirement to submit cost or pricing data, the following applies:

              (1) The offeror shall prepare and submit cost or pricing data and supporting
              attachments in accordance with Table 15-2 of FAR 15.408.

              (2) As soon as practicable after agreement on price, but before contract award (except
              for unpriced actions such as letter contracts), the offeror shall submit a Certificate of
              Current Cost or Pricing Data, as prescribed by FAR 15.406-2.

52.216-1 Type of Contract (APR 1984)

The Government contemplates award of a Cost Plus Fixed Fee type contract resulting from this

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52.222-46      Evaluation of Compensation for Professional
               Employees                                                            FEB 1993

52.232-38      Submission of Electronic Funds Transfer
               Information with Offer                                               MAY 1999

52.233-2       Service of Protest                                                   SEP 2006

(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 Government
Accountability Office (GAO), shall be served on the Contracting Officer (addressed as follows)
by obtaining written and dated acknowledgment of receipt from Contracting Officer, Division of
Procurement Management, 5600 Fisher Lane, Room 13A-19, Rockville, MD 20857.

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

52.252-1       Solicitation Provisions Incorporated by Reference                      FEB 1998

This solicitation incorporates one or more solicitation provisions by reference, with the same
force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will
make their full text available. The offeror is cautioned that the listed provisions may include
blocks that must be completed by the offeror and submitted with its quotation or offer. In lieu of
submitting the full text of those provisions, the offeror may identify the provision by paragraph
identifier and provide the appropriate information with its quotation or offer. Also, the full text of
a solicitation provision may be accessed electronically at this/these address(es):

L.8 Smoke-Free Workplace

HHS strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and
to promote the nonuse of all tobacco products. In addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-children
Act of 1994, prohibits smoking certain facilities -or in some cases, any portion of a facility- in
which regular or routine education, library, day care, health care, or early childhood development
services are provided to children.

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M.1 Award Criteria

The technical proposal will receive paramount consideration in the selection of the contractor(s)
for this acquisition, although estimated cost and past performance will also be considered. In the
event that the technical evaluation reveals that two or more offerors are approximately equal in
technical ability, then the estimated cost and past performance of an Offeror will become
paramount. In any event, the Government reserves the right to make an award to the best
advantage of the Government, cost and other factors considered.

M.2 Selection of Offerors

1. The acceptability or unacceptability of the technical portion of each contract proposal will be
based upon an evaluation by a technical review committee. Proposals designated as technically
unacceptable will be eliminated from the competition. The committee will evaluate each
proposal in strict conformity with the technical evaluation criteria of the RFP, utilizing point
scores and written critiques. The committee may suggest that the Contracting Officer request
clarifying information from an offeror.

2. The Contracting Officer/Specialist will, in concert with program staff, decide which
technically acceptable proposals are in the competitive range. It is intended that oral or written
discussions will be conducted with all offerors in the competitive range. All aspects of the
proposals are subject to discussions, including cost, technical approach and contractual terms and
conditions. However, the Government reserves the right to make an award without further
discussion of the proposals received. Therefore, it is important that your proposal be submitted
initially on the most favorable terms from both the technical and cost standpoints.

3. A final analysis will be made prior to award which will consider the strengths and weaknesses
of the technical and business proposals and will include a cost analysis.

4. The Government reserves the right to make a single award, multiple awards, or no award as a
result of this RFP. In addition, the RFP may be amended if determined to be in the best interest
of the Government.

M.3 Past Performance Factor

The Offeror's past performance will be evaluated after completion of the technical evaluation and
will be conducted independently. Only those Offeror's determined technically acceptable will be

The evaluation will be based on information obtained from references provided by the Offeror, as

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well as other relevant past performance information obtained from other sources known to the

The Government will assess the relative risks associated with each Offeror. Performance risks
are those associated with an Offeror's likelihood of success in performing the acquisition
requirements as indicated by that Offeror's record of past performance. Therefore, the previous
past performance will be assessed on its relevance to the Statement of Work in the solicitation.

The assessment of performance risk is not intended to be the product of a mechanical or
mathematical analysis of an Offeror's performance on a list of contracts but rather the product of
subjective judgment by the Government after it considers all available and relevant information.

When assessing performance risks, the Government will focus on the past performance of the
Offeror as it relates to all acquisition requirements, such as cost, schedule and performance,
including standards of good workmanship; the Offeror's adherence to contract schedules,
including the administrative aspects of performance; the Offeror's reputation for reasonable and
cooperative behavior and commitment to customer satisfaction; and generally, the Offeror's
business concern for the interest of the customer.

The lack of a performance record may result in an unknown performance risk assessment which
will neither be used to the advantage nor the disadvantage of the Offeror.

The following past performance ratings shall apply:

+2 EXCELLENT: Based on the Offeror's performance record, no doubt exists that the Offeror
will successfully perform the required effort. A significant majority of sources of information are
consistently firm in stating that the Offeror's performance was superior and that they would
unhesitatingly do business with the Offeror again.

+ 1 GOOD: Based on the Offeror's performance record, little doubt exists that the Offeror will
successfully perform the required effort. Most sources of information state that the Offeror's
performance was good, better that average, etc., that they would do business with the Offeror

0: No past performance history identifiable.

- 1 MARGINAL: Based on the Offeror's performance record, some doubt exists that the Offeror
will successfully perform the required effort. Many sources of information make unfavorable
reports about the Offeror's performance and express concern about doing business with the
Offeror again.

- 2 POOR: Based on the offeror's performance record, serious doubt exists that the Offeror will

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successfully perform the required effort. A significant majority of sources of information
consistently stated that the Offeror's performance was entirely unsatisfactory and that they would
not do business with the Offeror again.

Past performance will be used in conjunction with technical proposal evaluation points in
determining the competitive range.

M.4 Technical Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation will be based on the demonstrated capabilities of the prospective contractor in
relation to the needs of the project as set forth in the RFP. The merits of the proposal will be
evaluated carefully. The following criteria are those that will be applied in the evaluation of your
technical proposal.

The assigned weights for each factor are shown below:

Evaluation Criteria                                                           Weights

A.   Understanding and Statement of the Intent and Functions of the Project           15
B.   Technical Approach                                                               20
C.   Capability and Organizational Experience                                         35
D.   Personnel                                                                        20
E.   Management Team                                                                  10

M.5 52.217-5 Evaluation of Options (July 1990)
Except when it is determined in accordance with FAR 17.206(b) not to be in the Government‟s
best interests, the Government will evaluate offers for award purposes by adding the total price
for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. Evaluation of options will not obligate
the Government to exercise the option(s).


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