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                                                     COMETS II DRFP Questions and Answers

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Item                      TITLE/TOPIC                QUESTION
          SECTION
 1     Section B          CLIN            States fee shall not exceed 10%;      The Government is concerned with a set fixed fee and believes it is not in
                          X001/Fee        would the Government consider         the best interest of the Government or the contractors. The predetermined
                                          fixing a set fee for all bidders?     fee would not provide the proper motivation for optimum contract
                                                                                performance. The Government has determine the not to exceed 10% is
                                                                                appropriate for this acquisition.
 2     Section B & H-3    CLIN            ―States that contractor shall         Items over the micro purchase threshold ($3,000) requires the contractor
       Reimbursement      X003/ODC        supply three quotes as proof of       to provide three quotes as cost reasonable, and shall be approved by the
       of Materials and                   cost reasonableness to the            Contracting Officer. Section H-3 is changed to reference the micro
       Travel, para a                     Contracting Officer. In addition,     purchase threshold of $3,000.
                                          the contractor shall supply three
                                          quotes as proof of cost
                                          reasonableness to the
                                          Contracting Officer when
                                          required. ODCs are not subject
                                          to profit or fee.‖ Can the
                                          Government please clarify ―when
                                          required?‖
 3     Section E          E-              ―Acceptance by the Government         Please reference paragraph 4.3 Data Delivery and Storage in the
                          4/Acceptance    of all items delivered shall be at    Performance Work Statement.
                                          destination …‖ Is delivery over the
                                          Web Portal or other electronic
                                          means acceptable?
 4     Section F          F-6/ Place      Is delivery over the Web Portal or    Please reference paragraph 4.3 Data Delivery and Storage in the
                          and Method of   other electronic means                Performance Work Statement.
                          Delivery        acceptable?
 5     Section H          H-1/            Comprehensive Automotive              Please reference FAR 52.228-7 and 28.307 (c). The contracting officer
                          Insurance,      Liability Insurance with minimum      shall require automobile liabilty insurance.
                          para c          limits… Can the Government
                                          please clarify the need for this
                                          requirement?




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          SECTION
 6     Section H    H-2/ OCI,        ―The COMETS II prime                     The intent is to prevent cross-teaming. Exception to this requires written
                    para             Contractors and subcontractors           aproval from the contracting officer. Yes this applies to task orders.
                                     may not receive award, or                Paragraph H-2 (e) is rewritten.
                                     perform at any time after award,
                                     as a prime or subcontractor,
                                     under more than one contract
                                     simultaneously resulting from
                                     multiple awards from the
                                     solicitation for this contract
                                     without written approval from the
                                     Contracting Officer.‖ Can the
                                     Government please clarify its
                                     intent? Does this also apply to
                                     TOs on this contract?
 7     Section H    Materials        The Government will not                  Yes, it still applies even if the employee is gone over eight hours.
                    Reimburseme      reimburse the Contractor for local
                    nt H-3, para b   travel. Local travel is defined as
                                     travel within the area of a 50-mile
                                     radius of the primary place of
                                     performance as defined in each
                                     Task Order. Does this apply even
                                     if the employee is gone over 8
                                     hours?
 8     Section H    H-4 Task         An oral presentation may be              The sentence is deleted. It is not the intent of the Government to hold oral
                    Order            required in lieu of or in addition to    presentations as part of the initial TO submissions at the award of the
                    Procedures,      the submission of a written TOP.         contract. Orals can be held on task orders after award.
                    para f           Is it the Government’s intent to
                                     require oral presentations as part
                                     of initial TO submissions?




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 9     Section H    H-4(k)/Rates   Requires fully burdened labor           The task order budget should also indicate the subcontractor as a line item.
                                   rates…..will the rates be reflected     Yet the Subcontractor proposal shall be broken out in accourdance with
                                   in line item budget or will the rates   paragraph L-9.2.2.7.6.
                                   be called out separately?

                                   When we submit the main
                                   proposal we identify the
                                   Subcontractor cost as a "line
                                   item". But it indicates in H-4 that
                                   we breakdown the cost per Task
                                   Order Budget. Is this correct or
                                   should the Task Order budget
                                   also indicate the subcontractor as
                                   a line item?
10     Section H    H-9 Key        Key Personnel List: To Be               H-9 is changed. Para b is changed to c, and paragraph d. is added.
                    Personnel,     Determined. This List shall be
                    para b         negotiated by the parties. Can the
                                   Government please clarify what is
                                   meant by negotiated?
11     Section H    H-12           Para references‖ while supporting       The paragraph should read COMETS II
                    Intellectual   COSMIC requirements….‖
                    Property       Should this read COMETS II
                                   instead?




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          SECTION
12     Section H    OCONUS           ―Subcontracts. The Contractor         Section H-26 is renumbered to H-27.
                    Support H-26,    shall incorporate the substance of
                    para f           this clause, including                Yes, the contractor can invoice for time during travel. We will not allow for
                                     subparagraph (f) in all               overtime if travel exceeds eight hours. Travel can be burdened without
                                     subcontracts that require             fee.
                                     subcontractor personnel to
                                     accompany or be available to
                                     accompany a force engaging in
                                     contingency, humanitarian, peace
                                     or combat operations.‖ Can the
                                     Government please clarify related
                                     to travel: can we invoice for time
                                     during travel? Is OT allowed if
                                     time is over 8 hours? Can we
                                     burden travel?
13     Section K    52.219-1         NAICS Code and small business         Provision 52.219-1 is deleted. When the clause 52.204-7 and 52.204-8 is
                    Small            size standard is missing              included in the solicitation, do not include the clause 52.219-1.
                    Business
                    Program                                                The NAICS Code for this solicitation is 541712 and the Small Business
                    Representatio                                          Size Standard is 1,000 employees.
                    ns (May 2004)
                    para (a), (1),
                    (2)
14     Section L    L.5.2/           Volume I, Mission Capability          Agree. Volume I, Mission Capability copies will be changed from original +
                    Proposal         requires offeror to submit 10         9 to original + 6.
                    Content Table    copies (original + 9). The required
                                     quantity is repeated in paragraph
                                     L-5.3. This seems to be an overly
                                     large quantity. Is this the correct
                                     number?




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          SECTION
15     Section L    L-5.2/ Page     Table cites Tab 4, Past               Reference Table cites Tab 4, Past Performance Information: 3 citations for
                    Limitation      Performance Information: 3            Prime 2 for subcontract, teaming partner.
                    Table,          citations for Prime 2 for
                    Volume II,      subcontract, teaming partner.         Tab 4 should read 10 citations for the Prime.
                    Tab 4           Section L-8, L-8.2.2.4, Tab 4:
                                    Past Performance Information
                                    cites: Past Performance
                                    Information should be provided on
                                    no more than ten (10) recent
                                    (performed during past three (3)
                                    years) contracts for the prime
                                    Contractor. Can the Government
                                    please clarify how many citations
                                    are allowed for the Prime?
16     Section L    L-              Organization, Number of Copies        No more than 10 citations can be provided for the Prime contractor. Tab 4
                    5.2/Citations   and Page Limits in the DRFP has       should read 10 citations for the Prime.
                                    a table that addresses the Past
                                    Performance Volume and says
                                    that there are 3 citations required
                                    for the Prime. Section L-8.2.2.4
                                    Tab 4 Past Performance
                                    Information says that no more
                                    than 10 citations can be provided
                                    for the Prime contractor. Are
                                    these numbers a minimum and
                                    maximum number of citations for
                                    the Prime or is the Prime limited
                                    to only 3 citations?

17     Section L    L-5.2/Page      Page Limitation Tables.               Yes key personnel resumes are excluded from the page count. Change
                    limit for Key   Reference L-7.2.2.4.3.3 for           incorporated at Section L-5.2 Volume I Tab 5.
                    Personnel       exclusion from the page count.
                    Resumes         There is no such section. Are
                                    resumes excluded from the page
                                    count?



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          SECTION
18     Section L    L-5.2/ Page      Page Limitation Tables. Since         Change incorporated at Section L-5.2, Volume I Tab 5. Key personnel
                    limit for Key    there is no technical volume, 50      resume are excluded from the page limitations
                    Personnel        pages may not be enough to
                    Resumes          cover the relevant areas of the
                                     PWS and other requirements for
                                     the TOP. Can the limit be
                                     changed to 75 pages plus
                                     resumes?
19     Section L    L-5.2, L-        Page Limitation Tables. Do            Change in corporated at Section L-5.2, Volume I Tab 5. Key personnel
                    7.2.2.4.6/       Resumes count against the page        resume are excluded from the page limitations
                    Page limit for   limitations for TOPs?
                    Key
                    Personnel
                    Resumes
20     Section L    L-5.2/Tab 4.6    In the table in Para L-5.2 there is   Tab 4.6 is a typo and will be deleted.
                                     mention of 7 pages for Tab 4.6.
                                     In para L-7.2.1 there is no
                                     mention of a Tab 4.6. Para
                                     L7.2.2.4.6 refers to Tab 5 not Tab
                                     4.6 as might be expected. Please
                                     advise desire content of Tab 4.6.

21     Section L    L-5.5/ Foldout   Paragraph requires a 1.5 inch         For ease of reading, the Government requires at least 1.5-inch margins all
                    format           margin all around for foldouts.       around for foldouts.
                                     Would the Government consider
                                     a 1 inch margin, as specified for
                                     81/2 by 11 pages to ease
                                     formatting?




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          SECTION
22     Section L    L-5.6/Text    Narrative text shall be Times New        The Government provided forms are an exception and do not apply to the
                                  Roman or Arial with a size no            single font type. There is no need to convert the Government provided
                                  smaller than 11-point with normal        forms.
                                  proportional spacing. Text line
                                  shall not be less than single-
                                  spaced. Text within tables shall
                                  be Times New Roman or Arial
                                  with a size no smaller than 10-
                                  point. Text within graphics shall
                                  be Times New Roman or Arial
                                  with a size no smaller than 8-
                                  point. Use only a single font
                                  type—either Times New Roman
                                  or Arial—throughout the proposal;
                                  do not mix font types in the
                                  proposal. The forms provided
                                  (attachments) as part of the RFP
                                  are in Times New Roman.
                                  Should an offeror who is planning
                                  to use Arial font for their
                                  submission convert the
                                  Government provided forms to
                                  Arial to avoid mixed fonts in the
                                  proposal?
23     Section L    L-5.6/Font    L.5.6 – instructs the use of only        Yes throughout the proposal to include normal text, table text and graphic
                    Type          one font type throughout the             text.
                                  proposal. Does this mean that
                                  the font type must be the same
                                  for normal text, table text and
                                  graphic text? Or, can the font
                                  type be different for each (eg.
                                  Times New Roman for all normal
                                  text, but Arial for all tables and all
                                  graphics)?




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          SECTION
24     Section L    L-6/ Proposal     Can the Government please                The Government intends to issue the Final RFP NLT 30 May 08 if final
                    Delivery          confirm it still intends to issue the    reviews are complete and allow a 30-day response time.
                                      Final RFP 15 days after release
                                      of the Draft RFP and a 30-day
                                      proposal response period
                                      following release of the Final
                                      RFP?
25     Section L    L-7/ Volume       The title of Volume I is different in    The title of Volume I in L-5 should read Mission Capability and Proposal
                    Title             L-5 versus L-7 (Mission Capability       Risk.
                                      versus Mission Capability and
                                      Proposal Risk). Which is the
                                      correct title?
26     Section L    L-7.1.2/Risk      Section L-7.1.2 in the DRFP              In Volume 1. It is the offerors responsibility to identify the areas and focus
                    Management        addresses risk management.               on the mission capability subfactors and cost/price factor and address
                                      What volume(s) and sections              them in the areas they feel apply.
                                      within those volumes in the
                                      proposal should contain
                                      discussions on risk management?



27     Section L    L-7.2/ Page       Tab 4 Management states a 7
                    should be         page limit for Tab 4.6. Tab 4.6 is       Delete ―7 pages for tab 4.6‖ from Para L-5.2 Page Limitation Table,
                    paragraph L-      missing from the detailed                Volume l, Tab 4.
                    5.2 (Limitation   description in L-7.2.2.4:
                    Table,            Management. Can the
                    Volume II,        Government please clarify?
                    Tab 4
28     Section L    L-                Can cross references to Section L        Yes. Section M does list all of the evaluation factors.
                    7.2.2.3/Cross-    and the PWS be included in the
                    Reference         matrix, or only section M? Are all
                                      evaluation factors for cross
                                      reference defined in Section M?




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Item                TITLE/TOPIC                 QUESTION
          SECTION
29     Section L    L-7.2.2.4.3.2/   Does the Government intend the        Offerors are welcome to use titles and labor categories exactly as
                    Position         contractor to rephrase the            described in Exhibit B and C, with no additional information, but that is not
                    Descriptions/    position descriptions? Is it the      required. Government-provided position descriptions and associated
                    Resumes          Government’s intent for resumes       workload estimates are a representative annual purchase scenario for this
                                     to be submitted for each position     IDIQ contract intended for overall contract cost proposal preparation, only.
                                     description? Can the                  They are provided to help offerors understand the Government's overall
                                     Government please clarify where       workload estimate of skill set mixes and amounts of labor anticipated, as
                                     it would like the PM, DPM etc         well as provide a reasonable basis for developing contract-wide cost
                                     resumes placed?-                      proposals without exhaustively estimating work content of all anticipated
                                                                           but undefinitized task orders. (predecessors task orders were provided,
                                                                           separately). Government-provided position descriptions are only
                                                                           representative, and offerors are encouraged to use equivalent labor
                                                                           categories routinely used within their own companies in the bidding
                                                                           process, both for overall contract and for individual task orders. However,
                                                                           since company-specific titles, alone, do not indicate associated
                                                                           qualifications/skill sets, or show which Government-provided position are
                                                                           being substituted for, offerors are asked to correlate company titles with
                                                                           Government-provided titles on cost proposals and provide position
                                                                           descriptions. Government is not so interested in offeror "rephrasing" of job
                                                                           descriptions as it is interested in giving offerors flexibility to use their own
                                                                           standard descriptions and tell evaluators what they would use to support
                                                                           this contract. Government wants to provide offerors with as much workload
                                                                           estimate information, as possible, while avoiding prescription of exact labor
                                                                           categories, labor quantities, or labor qualifications for proposals so
                                                                           contractor has maximum flexibility to bid its own approach.

                                                                           Resumes are only required for the key personnel, not all positions.
                                                                           Resumes must be included in the Mission Capability volume.




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Item                TITLE/TOPIC                 QUESTION
          SECTION
30     Section L    L-               The first sentence reads, ―Provide    Exhibit 2 references changed to read Exhibit B. See answer to item 29.
                    7.2.2.4.3.2/Ex   the 24 position description
                    hibit 2          outlined on exhibit 2 and
                                     minimum qualifications against
                                     which the program manager, and
                                     all proposed direct technical
                                     labor/billing
                                     categories/classifications will be
                                     staffed.‖ Exhibit 2 states the
                                     typical duties and provides the
                                     education and experience
                                     standards for each labor
                                     category. Please explain what
                                     added information the
                                     government requires beyond our
                                     commitment to meet the
                                     requirement stated in Exhibit 2?

31     Section L    L-               Section L-7.2.2.4.3.2 in the DRFP     Correct. Exhibit 2 references changed to read Exhibit B.
                    7.2.2.4.3.2/Ex   references an Exhibit 2. There is
                    hibit 2          no Exhibit 2 on the Section J List
                                     of Documents, Exhibits, and other
                                     Attachments. What should it be?



32                  L-               It is unclear what the government     See answer to item 29.
                    7.2.2.4.3.2/Po   is requesting. Since the Labor
                    sition           Categories are already described
                    Descriptions     and the minimum qualifications
                                     stated in Exhibit D (Labor
                                     Category Descriptions), what is
                                     meant by "Limit the position
                                     description and minimum
                                     qualifications document to one
                                     page per labor/billing
                                     category/classification?"


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          SECTION
33     Section L    L-                It appears that this paragraph is       The number is correct.
                    7.2.2.4.6/para    mis-numbered and should be L-
                    numbering         7.2.2.5. If this is correct then the
                                      subparagraphs should be L-
                                      7.2.2.5.XX. Would the
                                      Government please clarify?
34     Section L    L-                L-7.2.2.4.6 The reference to            This should read Attachment 1a.
                    7.2.2.4.6/Atta    Attachment J-1 is unclear. Are
                    chment J          the awardable task orders
                                      Attachment J? This conflicts with
                                      Section J, "List of Documents."
35     Section L    L-                "Key Personnel resumes                  This should read Key Personnel resumes proposed to perform the Task
                    7.2.2.4.6/Secti   proposed to perform the Task            Order shall be included in the Task Order Plan (TOP).
                    on J              Order shall be included in the
                                      Section J." What is meant by
                                      Section J,Tab 5?




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          SECTION
36     Section L    L-              Tab 5 Mission Capability                   Resume requirement is minimized and does not favor incumbents.
                    7.2.2.4.6/Key   Subfactors 2, 3 &4 – Awardable
                    Personnel       Task Orders of the DRFP, it                Answer 1) Government has identified key personnel for 9001, 9002, &
                                    states that the offeror must               9003, but is also allowing contractor to propose additional key personnel
                                    include resumes of proposed                for 9003. Awardable PWS's identify key personnel, as follows:
                                    personnel and demonstrate the
                                    capabilities and expertise of              A. Awardable Task Order 9001
                                    proposed personnel. This                   4.0 KEY PERSONNEL- The Government has identified specific Key
                                    requirement appears to favor the           Personnel Positions critical to the successful accomplishment of this PWS.
                                    incumbent. Can this requirement            Key Personnel Positions are Program Managers and Subtask Leads. No
                                    be de-emphasized so that the               personnel are considered "mission essential."
                                    incumbent is not given an
                                    advantage over non-incumbent               B. Awardable Task Order 9002
                                    offerors?                                  4.0 KEY PERSONNEL- The Government has identified specific Key
                                                                               Personnel Positions critical to the successful accomplishment of this PWS.
                                    You are correct in that resumes            Key Personnel Positions are: JDNO, BMDS IAM, Configuration Control
                                    are not required for all 70 just on        Officer, NetOps Manager, and Communication Watch Officer Shift
                                    "key personnel" for the Task               Leaders. All key personnel and Subtask 3 support are also considered
                                    Order supporting the HQDA                  "mission essential."
                                    G6/CIO. Our issue really is the
                                    "key personnel". Does the                  C. Awardable Task Order 9003
                                    Government plan to identify them           4.0 KEY PERSONNEL- The Government has identified specific Key
                                    for each of the three TOs? As it           Personnel Positions critical to the successful accomplishment of this PWS.
                                    stands now only FCI knows. To              Key Personnel Positions are: Task Leader and additional personnel, as
                                    level the playing field, will the          proposed by contractor. No personnel are considered "mission essential."
                                    Government tell us what
                                    position(s) within each branch are         Answer 2) Government CME budgets have been provided as information,
                                    key? In addition, we know that             only, and are instructive as to what leadership approved in the past, but
                                    some contractor positions are              other approaches are possible, and innovation is encouraged. Offerors
                                    listed as vacant on the                    are encouraged to propose their best plans for accomplishing the
                                    organizational charts but are part         awardable task orders, without regard to current staffing. Except where
                                    of the FTE count. Does the                 specific stations must be manned (e.g. communications watch officers fill 3
                                    Government plan to fill all these          chairs 24/7/365), the Government relies on and expects offerors to decide
                                    positions? We also know that               what staffing levels are most appropriate, and offerers are free to bid their
                                    some of the positions are in               own approach.
                                    the process of being converted
                                    from contractor to Government              Answer 3) The following two paragraphs from 9002 indicate which
                                    positions, will the Government             positions are expected to convert to Government personnel half-way
                                    inform us which ones will remain           through base year.
                                    contractor positions?           12 of 35
                                                                               1.3. Contractor Manpower Equivalent (CME) Limitations: Customer has
                                                                               approval for up to 28.1 CME (53,918 hours). Note that 10 full-time
                                                                               positions will end after 6 months on 31 March 2009 (para 2.3.2 & 2.3.3).
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          SECTION
37     Section L    L-7.2.2.4.6     Reference Section L-7.2.2.4.6:        Contractor proposals shall include labor categories for all personnel and
                                    ―The offeror shall include            names for key personnel.
                                    proposed personnel, estimated
                                    level-of-effort (DPPH broken out
                                    by person and by subtask) and
                                    risk mitigation.‖

                                    Does ―by person‖ mean by name,
                                    by labor category, or by both?

38     Section L    L-              Reference Section L-7.2.2.4.6.1.8     The Presolicitation Notice dated 30 Mar 08 states the NAICS Code is
                    7.2.2.4.6.1.9   Proposal shall provide information    541712 with a size standard of 1,000 employees not 500 employees as
                                    showing how at least 50 percent       you indicated in your question.
                                    of the cost of contract
                                    performance incurred for              Note that we can’t give definite guidance, but GAO has held on at least
                                    personnel shall be expended for       one occasion that a small business prime could not aggregate the
                                    employees of the concern.‖            contributions of his other small business subcontractors to meet the 50%
                                                                          rule. Even though their collective efforts could exceed 50%, it was not
                                    Question: Is ―the concern‖            sufficient to satisfy the Small Business Act. Tybrin Corporation,
                                    defined as only the small             B298364.6, B-298364.7. SBA has revised their regulations 13 CFR 125.6.
                                    business prime, or as the small       As recommended at Industry Days, as you create your teams/combine
                                    business prime and any of its         your subs, we recommend you consult with your legal staff or whoever
                                    subcontractors that qualify as        advises you on small business matters to ensure your arrangement
                                    small businesses under NAICS          satisfied the regulations to meet the 50% rule.
                                    code 541712 (500 employees)?

39     Section L    L-8.2.2.2/      Team composition matrix. Can          The Team Composition Matrix is revised and Program Management and
                    Attachment      the Government please clarify the     Contract Management is removed. The intent is to identify the PWS
                    4(a)            L-D-I-A-N categories in regards to    paragraphs in Tab 1 and how each team member will contribute to
                                    Program Management and                performing the requirements in the PWS. Team Composition is 3 pages for
                                    Contract Management? Is the           narrative and unlimited for the matrix.
                                    Team composition matrix
                                    excluded from the page
                                    limitations?




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          SECTION
40     Section L    L-8.2.2.2/    On the Team Composition                Request the offeror identify each team member’s contribution to the
                    Attachment    Matrix, summarize how each             overall COMETS II proposal and TO 9001, 9002, 9003.
                    4(a)          team member will contribute to
                                  performing requirements of this
                                  contract that are similar to the
                                  past performance relevancy focus
                                  areas using the following
                                  categories. Multiple categories
                                  may apply to a single entry on the
                                  matrix. The offeror must classify
                                  each team member’s contribution
                                  on the matrix using the
                                  Government-defined categories
                                  below, but may define and add
                                  subcategories to each
                                  Government-defined category if it
                                  so desires.

                                     Lead (L) = Lead role

                                     Direct Support (D) = Provides
                                      significant subject matter
                                      expertise with primary
                                      responsibility for a particular
                                      work product; or participates
                                      in the conduct of analysis that
                                      could directly influence a
                                      Government decision with
                                      regard to an acquisition

                                     Indirect Support (I) =
                                      Provides subject matter expert
                                      advice to working groups or
                                      to support a limited portion of
                                      an overall analysis effort
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                                     Administrative Support (A) =
                                      Provides indirect process
                                      support, staffing support, or
                                      IT support
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Item                TITLE/TOPIC                QUESTION
          SECTION
41     Section L    L-              Where is the relevancy definitions     L-8.2.2.3 the location of the relevancy matrix are located at paragraph M-
                    8.2.2.3/Relev   are located at paragraph M-            3.5.3.3.
                    ancy Matrix     3.5.3.4. Is this correct?
                                                                           Paragraph is corrected to reference M-3.5.3.3.
42     Section L    L-               In the Draft RFP, para. L-8.2.2.3,    L-8.2.2.3 the location of the relevancy matrix are located at paragraph M-
                    8.2.2.3/Relev   it states for us to, "...assess the    3.5.3.3.
                    ancy Matrix     relevancy of each past
                                    performance information citation...
                                                                           Paragraph is corrected to reference M-3.5.3.3.
                                    using the relevancy definitions at
                                    paragraph M-3.5.3.4." There is
                                    no paragraph M-3.5.3.4. Please
                                    clarify.

43     Section L    L-8.2.2.3/      Does the Government expect to          Attachment 4(b) has been revised. The Government expects to see the
                    Attachment      see the mission areas (similar to      mission areas that are relevant.
                    4(b)            Attachment 4(a) ) listed under the
                                    mission column?
44     Section L    L-8.2.2.4/      Can the Government please              Paragraph L-8.2.2.4. On an IDIQ contract if you reference security,
                    PPIs            confirm that a PPI submission for      program management or contract mgt experience this should count as one
                                    a TO on an IDIQ contract counts        citation for each IDIQ contract. On an IDIQ contract cited to identify
                                    as a single PPI citation? Can you      relevant mission area acquisition process, or external integration
                                    also confirm that a PPI submitted      experience a single task order counts as one past performance citation. A
                                    for an overall Task Order IDIQ         task order under a contract that is a follow-on effort is considered the same
                                    contract also only counts as a         effort.
                                    single PPI submission?




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          SECTION
45     Section L    L-8.2.2.4        Also include information on up to       Offerors are required to provide past performance information on
                                     two (2) recent (performed during        subcontractors proposed to cover required mission areas and pertaining to
                                     past three (3) years) contracts         performance on that mission area. Up to 2 past performances will be
                                     performed by each teaming               accepted, per subcontractor proposed, as well as 10 for the prime.
                                     partner and significant                 ―Teaming Partner‖ refers to Joint Ventures and ―significant subcontractor‖
                                     Subcontractor(s) that the offeror       refers to all subcontractors with hours proposed.
                                     considers most relevant in
                                     demonstrating its ability to
                                     perform the proposed effort.

                                     Question: Is the offeror required
                                     to submit up to 2 past
                                     performances for each teaming
                                     partner? (e.g., If the offer’s team
                                     consists of 5 teammates will there
                                     be up to 13 past performances[3
                                     Prime & 2 per teammate]). What
                                     is the government’s
                                     intent/definition for the term,
                                     “teaming partner,” and
                                     “significant Subcontractor?”

46     Section L    L-8.2.2.4/ Tab   It states that no more than 10          Paragraph L-5.2 should state 10 citations for the Prime.
                    4                Past Performance contracts for
                                     the prime and that each contract
                                     is defined as a separate citation.
                                     However, in the table under para
                                     L-5.2, it states 3 citations for the
                                     Prime. Please clarify the
                                     maximum number of citations you
                                     would accept from the Prime?




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47     Section L    L-8.2.2.4/ Tab   Past Performance Information          Paragraph L-5.2 should state 10 citations for the Prime.
                    4                should be provided on no more
                                     than ten (10) recent (performed
                                     during past three (3) years)
                                     contracts for the prime Contractor
                                     . Also include information on up
                                     to two (2) recent (performed
                                     during past three (3) years)
                                     contracts performed by each
                                     teaming partner and significant
                                     Subcontractor(s) that the offeror
                                     considers most relevant in
                                     demonstrating its ability to
                                     perform the proposed effort.
                                      L-5.2. Organization, Number
                                     of Copies, and Page Limits
                                     Reads, “Tab 4, Past Performance
                                     Information: 3 citations for Prime
                                     2 for subcontract, teaming
                                     partner.

                                     Question: Please clarify if the
                                     Prime can submit up to 10 past
                                     performances or up to 3 past
                                     performances?
48     Section L    L-8.2.2.8/ PP    Line 3 of the paragraph seems to      Line 3 of the paragraph should read: submit their questionnaires to the
                    Questionnaire    have words missing. Did the           Government client and/or the prime contractor.
                    s                Government intend the sentence
                                     to read: ―...submit their
                                     questionnaires to the Government
                                     customer and/or the prime
                                     contractor?‖




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49     Section L    L-8.2.2.8/ Tab   Tab 8 is titled questionnaire and       No, the offeror shall send out the past performance questionnaire to each
                    8                recipients. Under this tab, is the      of the POCs with the client authorization letter and provide a list of the
                                     Government’s intent for the             questionnaire recipients to the Government.
                                     offeror to submit only a list of
                                     recipients with the required
                                     information? Would the
                                     Government please clarify?
50     Section L    L-9.1/           Should the first sentence read:         Section L-9.1 was rewritten.
                    Cost/Price       ―…cost pricing data is not
                                     required to support…‖ vice ―…is
                                     required‖
51     Section L    L-9.2.1/         Typically Cost/Price and Contract       The Government believes a glossary is helpful in the Cost/Price Volume.
                    Cost/Price       volumes do not include a
                                     glossary. Will the Government
                                     consider not having a glossary in
                                     these volumes?
52     Section L    L-9.2.2.7/Tab    A review of the administrative          DFARS 252.215-7003 has been revised as of MAY 2008. The Clause is
                    7                requirements identified that            not Reserved.
                                     paragraph L.9-2.2.7 Tab
                                     7 ―Identification of Subcontract
                                     Effort‖ entitled Excessive Pass –
                                     Through Charges required by
                                     DFARS 252.215.7003. DFARS
                                     252.215.7003 dated 1 Jan 08 is
                                     ―Reserved.‖ Please clarify.
53     Section L    L-9.2.2.7/       The Government has provided             Attachment 4(h) is an example. The Government prefers the offeror to
                    Cost/Price       Attachment 4(h) in an MS Word           submit an electronic spreadsheet format as noted in paragraph L-9.2.2.7.1.
                                     format. Is this for example only?
                                     Is it the Government’s intent to
                                     require the offeror to submit as an
                                     MS Excel spread sheet?
54     Section L    L-9.2.2.8.2.8/   Does the Government desire a            Paragraph is changed to use Exhibit B.
                    Cost/Price       specific format for TO pricing or is
                                     the offeror’s format acceptable?        Paragraph is renumbered to L-9.2.2.7.10


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55     Section L    L-9.2.2.2/       L-9.2.2.2 references L-                Agree the reference paragraph should be L-9.2.2.8.2.1.
                    Reference        14.2.2.8.2.1. There is no such
                                     paragraph. Please clarify.
56     Section L    L-9.2.2.8.1/     There appears to be no                 The paragraphs are renumbered to L-9.2.2.7.1, L-9.2.2.7.2 etc..
                    Paragraph        paragraph L-9.2.2.8. Should the
                    Numbering        subparagraphs L-9.2.2.8.1 to L-
                                     9.2.2.8.2.9 actually be L-9.2.2.7.1
                                     to L-9.2.2.7.2.9?
57     Section L    L-               Paragraph L-9.2.2.8.2.2 infers         Cost proposals should bid hours, not CMEs, FTEs, or productive man-
                    9.2.2.8.2.2/Ma   that the productive labor hours to     years.
                    n Year           be bid are 1920: however, this
                                     number of hours likely doesn’t         Government workload estimate is based on CME budgets and has been
                                     align with all Prime bidders and       provided as information, only. It is indicative of what leadership approved
                                     their teammate’s specific benefit      in the past, but other approaches are possible, and innovation is
                                     and leave policies (i.e. productive    encouraged. Offerors are encouraged to propose their best plans for
                                     man-year); does the government         accomplishing the effort without regard to current staffing levels. Except
                                     want us to bid 1920 as the             where specific stations must be manned (e.g. communications watch
                                     standard productive man-year?          officers), the Government relies on and expects offerors to decide what
                                                                            staffing levels are most appropriate, and offerers are free to bid their own
                                                                            approach.

                                                                            Contractors are free to bid whatever hours are consistent with their
                                                                            approach, however, Government customers will have to get leadership
                                                                            approvals prior to awards of task orders that exceed pre-approved CME
                                                                            levels, and CMEs are based on 1920 hours bid, regardless of contractor
                                                                            cost estimating or personnel practices.

                                                                            Paragraph is renumbered to L-9.2.2.7.4.




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58     Section L    L-9.2.2.8.2   Reference Section L-9.2.2.8.2:        Answer a: Contractor proposals shall include labor categories for all
                                  ―The required cost element            personnel and names for key personnel.
                                  breakdown for each task order
                                  shall identify the proposed labor     Answer b: Contractor proposals shall show labor hours and costs by
                                  categories, proposed hours by         subtask and combined on a summary sheet.
                                  category and subtask, and totals
                                  per task.‖                            Paragraph is renumbered to L-9.2.2.7.2.

                                  Question a: Since Section L-
                                  7.2.2.4.6 appears to ask for
                                  personnel by name (see Question
                                  1), is the contractor to identify
                                  hours and cost by name, by labor
                                  category, or by both on the task
                                  order cost proposal?

                                  Question b: Are the totals
                                  required by subtask as well as by
                                  task?

59     Section L    L-10.2.1/     L-10.2.1 lists the OCI                Agree the OCI identification and Mitigation Plan is repeated and will be
                    Contract      Identification Plan as Tab 9. The     deleted from L-10.2.1. Tab 10 Limitations on Subcontracting will become
                    Volume        detailed volume description does      Tab 9.
                                  not list Tab 9. Should this
                                  paragraph be ―Reserved‖ for after
                                  contract award as the OCI plan is
                                  part of the proposal Mission
                                  Capability volume? Or, does the
                                  Government want the same plan
                                  as also in the Contract volume?




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60     Section M    M-2.2 & M-        Para M-2.2 states ―The                 The Government intends to award at least two contracts based on initial
                    3.8/ Number       Government intends to award to         offers without discussions.
                    of contracts to   at least two small business prime
                    be awarded        contractors.‖ Para M-3.8 states
                                      ―The Government intends to
                                      award one or more contracts
                                      based on initial offers without
                                      discussions. Can the
                                      Government please clarify the
                                      discrepancy?
61     Section M    M-                M-3.3 Please describe the              The evaluation criteria for Mission Capability and performance confidence
                    3.3/Evaluation    criteria for specific evaluation       assessment for past performance was added to Section M-3.3.
                    Criteria          criteria; i.e., the color rating for
                                      Mission Capability and the
                                      performance confidence
                                      assessment for past performance.




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62     Section M    M-3.5.1.2       ―The evaluation of past                Yes, as stated in L-1 Section L-8.2.2.4, Tab 4, we deleted ―Do not submit
                    Factor 2 Past   performance information will take      resumes as past performance information citations for key personnel.‖
                    Performance     into account past performance
                    M-3.5.3.2       information regarding
                    Relevancy       predecessor companies, key
                    Assessment      personnel who have relevant
                    M-3.5.4.1       experience, or subcontractors that
                                    will perform major or critical
                    Performance
                                    aspects of the requirement when
                    Quality
                                    such information is relevant to the
                    Assessment
                                    instant acquisition.‖ Section L-
                                    8.2.2.4, Tab 4: PPI states ―Do not
                                    submit resumes as past
                                    performance information citations
                                    for key personnel.‖ Is it the
                                    Government’s intent to assess
                                    key personnel with relevant past
                                    performance? This appears to
                                    be a disconnect between section
                                    L and M. Can the Government
                                    please clarify? Also, was the
                                    word ―instant‖ above meant to be
                                    ―intent of the‖ instead?
63     Section M    M-3.5.3.1 and   Both make reference to key             Paragraph H-9 should read Key personnel will be negotiated prior to
                    M-3.4.3.2/Key   personnel citations. In Section H-     award.
                    Personnel       9 we understand Key personnel
                                    or the contract will be negotiated
                                                                           The reference paragraph should read L-7.2.2.4.5. The paragraph was
                                    after award. In para L-7.2.2.4.5
                                                                           corrected to ―included in the Task Order Plan (TOP),‖
                                    states Key Personnel Resumes
                                    for TOs will be contained in
                                    ―Section J.‖ Please clarify where
                                    in Section J key personnel
                                    citations are to be provided.




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64     Section M         M-              M-3.5.5 What are the                    The Performance Confidence Assessment Ratings are added in M-3.5.5.
                         3.5.5/Perform   Performance Confidence
                         ance            Assessment Ratings? M-3.5.5
                         Confidence      describes, "Performance
                         Assessment      Confidence Assessment Ratings.
                                         The past performance factor will
                                         receive one of the following
                                         performance confidence
                                         assessment ratings considering,
                                         in aggregate, the relevancy and
                                         quality of all recent citations. The
                                         performance confidence
                                         assessment will consider the
                                         extent to which the citations cover
                                         all of the past performance
                                         relevancy focus area elements
                                         identified in M-3.5.3.3 above."
65     Attachment 4(a)   Team            Program Management experience           No that is not the Government’s intent the matrix is revised.
                         Composition     appears to be listed across all
                         Matrix          teammates, not just the prime. Is
                                         it the Government’s intent to have
                                         all teammates as well as the
                                         prime call out program
                                         management experience?




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66     HQDA CIO G6   Section 3.2/   In support of Task Order 9001,          All 70 personnel seated in Taylor building require a Secret clearance.
       TO 9001       Security       Security Clearance paragraph            Twenty seven (27) of these contractor personnel must also have current
                     Clearance      3.2, it states the task requires 70     Top Secret clearances and be able to obtain SCI access within 30 days of
                                    TS/SCI cleared personnel, which         assignment to this contract. PWS language has been changed to reflect
                                    is equivalent to the 70 provided        this requirement, as follows:
                                    Government work spaces
                                    discussed in paragraph 1.5              "3.0 SECURITY REQUIREMENTS
                                    Location of Performance. Do all
                                    personnel performing on Task            3.1 Security Clearances. Provisions outlined in the basic DD 254 apply to
                                    order 9001 require a TS/SCI             this task order. Contractor shall provide personnel with clearances
                                    clearance? Will there be any            commensurate with the DD Form 254, Department of Defense Contract
                                    allowance for the temporary use         Security Classification Specification. All personnel assigned to work on
                                    of Secret cleared personnel to          this task order must have Secret (S) clearances (or higher). All personnel
                                    perform initially under this task       assigned to work on Subtask 5 must have Top Secret (TS) clearances and
                                    order in staff/administrative billets   be able to obtain Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information
                                    located at the Taylor Building and,     (TS/SCI) clearances within one (1) month of assignment. Government
                                    if so, under which of the sub           taskings may require additional clearances as tasks evolve over time.
                                    tasks?
                                                                            3.2 Number of SCI Accesses Required. This Task Order requires up to
                                                                            twenty seven (27) SCI billets for personnel working in Government
                                                                            facilities. Additional requests for SCI access, in excess of the number
                                                                            reflected in this Task Order, must be specifically justified in writing to the
                                                                            SCI Contract Monitor (Ms. Tracy Crowell) (719) 554-1884."




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         SECTION
67     HQDA CIO G6    Section          In support of Task Order 9001,         Contractor support ―on a temporary (non-travel status) basis for the
       AONS TO 9001   1.5/Contractor   Location of Performance                Pentagon and NRO locations" is intended to indicate reporting locations for
                      Support          paragraph 1.5, it states a             employees. It does not indicate whether employees are full-time or part-
                                       requirement to provide contractor      time, a decision up to discretion of contractor.
                                       support on a temporary (non-
                                       travel status) basis for the
                                       Pentagon and NRO locations. Is
                                       it the intent of this requirement
                                       that contractor support located at
                                       the Taylor Building may be
                                       required to provide temporary
                                       support to the Pentagon and NRO
                                       locations, or is the intent that
                                       temporary hires may be required
                                       in support of those task
                                       requirements?
68     HQDA CIO G6    Section 1.3      Reference Section 1.3 of AONS          Answer a: 73 CME is expected Government CME budget. Contractor may
       AONS TO 9001                    Task Order 9001: ―Customer             bid more or less hours depending on their approach, though Government
                                       expects approval for up to 73          will need to go back to leadership to get authorization to award additional
                                       CME (140,000 hours)                    hours. Government does not need leadership approval to accept fewer
                                       Question a: Is contractor required     hours.
                                       to bid 73 staff?
                                                                              Answer b: Full PWS support is expected on the first day of the task order.
                                       Question b: How many full-time         Contractor staffing plans should demonstrate ability to fully perform on first
                                       personnel are required to begin        day of contract, however, contractor is free to bid and hire personnel
                                       providing support on the first day     according to its proposed approach.
                                       of the task order, 1 March 2009?
                                                                              Answer c: There is no phase in schedule. Contractor is responsible for
                                       Question c: If not all 73              determining how many personnel are needed at any given time.
                                       personnel are required to begin
                                       providing support of the first day
                                       of the task order, what is the
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69     HQDA CIO G6    Section 1.3     Reference Section 3.1 of AONS          Finalized requirement was revised, as follows:
       AONS TO 9001                   Task Order 9001: ―All personnel
                                      assigned to work in Government         3.1 Security Clearances. Provisions outlined in the basic DD 254 apply
                                      facilities on this task order must     to this task order. Contractor shall provide personnel with clearances
                                      have Top Secret (TS) clearances        commensurate with the DD Form 254, Department of Defense Contract
                                      and be able to obtain Top              Security Classification Specification. All personnel assigned to work on
                                      Secret/Sensitive Compartmented         this task order must have Secret (S) clearances (or higher). All personnel
                                      Information (TS/SCI) clearances        assigned to work on Subtask 5 must have Top Secret (TS) clearances and
                                      within one (1) month of                be able to obtain Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information
                                      assignment.‖ Request that the          (TS/SCI) clearances within one (1) month of assignment. Government
                                      Government reconsider this             taskings may require additional clearances as tasks evolve over time.
                                      requirement. We suggest a more
                                      appropriate requirement of 50          3.2 Number of SCI Accesses Required. This Task Order requires up to
                                      TS/SCI clearances and 23 Secret        twenty seven (27) SCI billets for personnel working in Government
                                      clearances.                            facilities. Additional requests for SCI access, in excess of the number
                                                                             reflected in this Task Order, must be specifically justified in writing to the
                                                                             SCI Contract Monitor (Ms. Tracy Crowell) (719) 554-1884.

70     HQDA CIO G6    Section 5.2.1   Reference Section 5.2.1 of AONS
       AONS TO 9001                   Task Order 9001: ―All contractor       Finalized requirement was revised, as follows:
                                      personnel supporting subtasks 2-
                                      11 shall Government-provided           5.2.1 Annual Training. All contractor personnel supporting subtasks 2-6
                                      training, as requested.‖               shall receive Government-provided training, as required.

                                      Question: Please correct the
                                      sentence to include the missing
                                      verbage.




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71     HQDA CIO G6    Section 6.1   Reference Section 6.1 of AONS         Answer a: Workload estimates are shown in paragraph 6.1, based on
       AONS TO 9001                 Task Order 9001: ―Labor               review of historical activity and possible deliverables per employee,
                                    Workload Estimates                    regardless of whether end-item CDRL deliveries were made, historically.
                                    (historical/expected workload         Deliverables shown below include such products as ―draft reports,‖ ―quick
                                    distribution based on hours)‖         looks,‖ ―multiple deliveries of same briefing,‖ ―working documents,‖ etc.
                                    The list of subtasks does not         which are expected to provide the best possible representation of workload
                                    identify a workload distribution      on COMETS II and depending on degree of complexity/completion may
                                    either by hours or percentage.        be submitted as individual reports rather than combined reports or CDRL
                                                                          items rather than informal communications. Also, deliverables are shown
                                    Question a: Will the Government       on chart in rough proportion to personnel expected to generate them to
                                    be providing this, or is this up to   give offerors a sense as to how workload is likely to be distributed, but in
                                    the contractor to propose?            no way dictates a required staffing distribution since the amount of time
                                                                          and skills required/applied can vary widely between deliverables.
                                    Question b: The chart below the
                                    referenced section appears to
                                    identify number of deliverables
                                    per month. At a level of effort of
                                    73 personnel, each staff member
                                    would have to deliver an average
                                    of 18 deliverables each month to
                                    accomplish 1,320 deliverables
                                    per month. This equates to
                                    almost one deliverable per
                                    person per work day which
                                    seems unrealistic. Please clarify     Answer b: See answer to 7a. As explained above, numbers are provided
                                    what the numbers in this chart        as Government’s best attempt to communicate expected workload
                                    represent and validate that the       distributions and quantities, without prescribing a particular staffing plan.
                                    numbers are correct.




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72     HQDA CIO G6    Section 6.2   Travel Workload Estimates –            No.
       AONS TO 9001                 Contractor shall identify
                                    reimbursable travel requirements
                                    in support the requirements of
                                    this PWS. TM shall approve all
                                    travel. Estimated travel is listed
                                    below:

                                    Question: Is travel to be
                                    proposed by subtask?

73     HQDA CIO G6    Section 6.3   TM shall approve all ODC’s             Award of the proposal constitutes approval of any ODC items specifically
       AONS TO 9001                 between $500 and $1000. KO             identified in the cost proposal. Unacceptable costs will be disallowed
                                    shall approve all ODC purchases        during task order award process.
                                    above $1000.‖

                                    Question: Does this requirement
                                    apply to those ODC purchases
                                    which are originally proposed in
                                    the task order cost proposal, or
                                    does award of the proposal
                                    constitute approval of any ODC
                                    items specifically identified in the
                                    cost proposal?




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74     JFCC IMD J6 TO   Section 1.5,   1) Paragrah 2.2.4 - Joint Data         Yes. JDNO and JICO certified personnel are required.
       9002             2.2.4, 2.5.3   Network Officer (JDNO) and
                        and5.2.2       Integrated Tactical Warning
                                                                              COOP site locations are local (within 50 miles). Use of COOP sites is
                                       Assessment/Theater Event
                                                                              expected to be less than 2 weeks per year. All mission essential
                                       System (ITWAA/TES) Planning
                                                                              personnel must report to COOP sites, when they are used. Local COOP
                                       and Integration Services:
                                                                              sites require no payment of travel funds; if non-local COOP sites are
                                       ?Contractors shall ensure all
                                                                              needed, travel funds will be provided.
                                       contractor personnel are
                                       knowledgeable of ITWAA\TES
                                       and JDN architectures and all          CWO Training Plan or other docs with details on overall program will be
                                       personnel filling the JICO position    provided.
                                       within JFCC-IMD are certified
                                       IAW Joint Data Network (JDN)
                                       Operations, dated 1 Sep 04
                                       (CJCSM 3115.01A).?

                                       2) Paragrah 2.5.3 - Matrix
                                       Support for Allied Integration
                                       Directorate:? All personnel filling
                                       the JICO position within JFCC-
                                       IMD must be certified IAW
                                       CJCSM 3115.01A?

                                       Does the government require the
                                       contractor to provide JDNO
                                       and/or JICO certified personnel
                                       for these tasks? Or, do they only
                                       want planning & integration
                                       support to Government personnel
                                       in these functions, with monitoring
                                       of JICO certifications?

                                       3) Paragraph 1.5 references that
                                       contractor performance will occur
                                       at COOP sites, while not
                                       specifying COOP site locations.

                                       - Where are the COOP site
                                       locations?
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                                       - Which positions will travel to
                                       COOP Site (s)?
                                       - Would the cost of travel to the
                                       COOP locations be "in addition
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Item                    TITLE/TOPIC                QUESTION
          SECTION
75     JFCC IMD J6 TO   Section 2.3.5   Is the additional COOP 24/7            All Subtask 3 functions are subject to cited COOP 24/7 support
       9002             Exercise/Real   support for 30 days per year, only     requirement, however, contractor is free to decide how to staff that
                        World Support   for one LOE?                           support. The requirement, ―Contractor personnel shall also support on call
                                                                               COOP operations for 24/7 operations, for up to 30 days per year‖ is only
                                                                               required of Subtask 3 personnel, though all mission essential personnel
                                                                               may be required to work at COOP sites, when needed.
                                                                               Mission essential personnel designations have been clarified in PWS, as
                                                                               follows: ―4.0 KEY PERSONNEL– The Government has identified specific
                                                                               Key Personnel Positions critical to the successful accomplishment of this
                                                                               PWS. Key Personnel Positions are: JDNO, BMDS IAM, Configuration
                                                                               Control Officer, NetOps Manager, and Communication Watch Officer Shift
                                                                               Leaders. All key personnel and Subtask 3 support are also considered
                                                                               ―mission essential.‖
76     JFCC IMD J6 TO   Location of     States that after 6 months, up to      PWS reflects most current Government plans. Paragraph 1.3 describes
       9002             Performance     31 workspaces will be reduced to       transition plan and indicates services that will no longer be contractor-
                                        21 workspaces. Are these the 10        performed after 31 May 09, ―Note that 10 full-time positions will end after 6
                                        watch officer positions that the       months on 31 March 2009 (para 2.3.2 & 2.3.3).‖ Government plans for
                                        government intends to transition       future operations are still in flux, and it is unknown if and when additional
                                        to government only personnel?          work described on this task will be performed by Government personnel in
                                        Can the Government clarify its         the future. The Government is committed to notifying contractors just as
                                        transition plan to reduce these        soon as any changes are approved, generally many months prior to
                                        spaces? Is it the Government’s         implementation, but such notices come with risk of possibility of changing
                                        intent to convert all watch officer    plan priorities out of local customer’s control.
                                        workspaces to government
                                        personnel over time?                   To eliminate confusion between physical workspaces and numbers of
                                                                               employees seated in Government facilities, PWS paragraph 1.5 has been
                                                                               modified to read, ―1.5. Location of Performance: Services shall be
                                                                               performed on-site in up to 20 Government-provided workspaces at
                                                                               Schriever AFB (including 3 spaces shared by 15 rotational watch officers)
                                                                               and other local COOP sites (when not at Schriever) during first six months
                                                                               and 18 workspaces (including 1 space shared by 5 remaining watch
                                                                               officers) during second six months. Services shall also be performed at
                                                                               Contractor facilities in Colorado Springs, approved Contractor facilities
                                                                               outside of the Colorado Springs area, and Temporary Duty (TDY) locations
                                                                               as required by the task. “




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          SECTION
77     SMDC G6 TO   Section 4.0/    ―…and all positions proposed for      Resumes are only required for ―key personnel.‖ Key personnel
       9003         Key            seating in Bldg 3, Peterson AFB.‖      designations have been clarified, as follows: ―4.0 KEY PERSONNEL– The
                    Personnel      Can the Government please              Government has identified specific Key Personnel Positions critical to the
                                   clarify if resumes are required for    successful accomplishment of this PWS. Key Personnel Positions are:
                                   these on-site SETA positions?          Task Leader and additional personnel, as proposed by contractor. No
                                                                          personnel are considered ―mission essential.‖

78     General      Associate      Will associate contractor              ACAs are not required for COMETS II.
                    Contractor     agreements be required? If yes,
                    Agreements     can the Government specify with
                                   which contractors and on which
                                   contracts?
79     General      Exhibit B      Reference: Table B1 – Govt             Hours shown will not be changed, but we want to emphasize that table
                                   Recommended Hours: Labor               hours only provide a representative labor distribution of a likely staffing
                                   Categories - multiple                  scenario so Government can evaluate probable cost of overall IDIQ
                                                                          contract if all task orders were awarded to each offeror. Offerors are
                                   Question: Many labor categories        welcome to propose alternate approaches. See Changes in Exhibits B
                                   call for minimal hours at the Govt.    and C for additional clarifications. Offerors are free to bid ―off-site‖ rates, if
                                   site. DCAA disclosed accounting        standard practices require that, understanding that awards will be
                                   practices for most companies           competitively made and cost may end up being a deciding factor.
                                   require a full time commitment
                                   (usually > 6 months) in order to
                                   offer Govt. site rates.
                                   Recommend deleting or
                                   increasing these hours.




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          SECTION
80     General      Exhibit B,    Reference: Table B1 – Govt             A 1a: Table consists of representative staffing scenarios, not a mandated
                    Program       Recommended Hours:                     requirement, however, table column headers for ―CONUS Low‖ rates were
                    Management                           Labor           switched in final version to reflect more accurate requirement. ―Program
                                  Category #1 – Program Manager          Management‖ support may be required at Government sites, but the
                                                                         overall contract Program Manager(s) is not likely to be required at a
                                  Question 1a: Table calls for 2000      Government site.
                                  hours at Govt site. Is one (1) PM
                                  expected to be at Govt site?
                                                                         A 1b: Offerors are only required to bid program management hours in
                                                                         accordance with their approach. Table hours only provide a representative
                                  Question 1b: Table calls for 4200      distribution of a likely staffing scenario. Due to indefinite nature of
                                  hours total for PM. Does this          requirements and contract, it is impossible to predict exact needs.
                                  imply more than one PM?
81     General      Program       Under the current COMETS I             Contractor staffing and pricing decisions are left to contractor innovation
                    Management    contract, the contractors are          and accounting practices (such as designation and allocation of direct and
                                  allowed to charge 4% of revenue        indirect costs, profit, overhead rates, etc.). The Government does not
                                  directly to the contract (TO) for      require offerors to bid these costs in any particular manner or amount, but
                                  administrative labor (contracting,     will be looking for technically sound, best value bids for each customer’s
                                  cost accounting, PM, etc). Will        task order.
                                  this be allowed in COMETS II?




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Item                TITLE/TOPIC                QUESTION
          SECTION
82     General      Clerk Typist   The Clerk Typist/Clerical                Reference U.S, Department of Labor, Code of Federal Regulations. 29
                    and Clerical   (Overhead), Admin Assistant and          CFR 4.113 (a) (3) titled Contracts to Furnish Services ―Through the use of
                                   Clerk Typist/Clerical (Direct)           Service Employees‖. IAW Paragraph (a)(3) Department does not require
                                   positions are likely non-exempt          application of the Act to any contract for services which is performed
                                   personnel subject to the Service         essentially by bona fide executive, administrative, or professional
                                   Contract Act. Have these                 employees, with the use of service employees being only a minor factor in
                                   positions been mapped to a               the performance of the contract.
                                   Wage Determination? If so, could
                                   you provide the Wage
                                   Determination and SCA
                                   Occupation Code that they are
                                   mapped to? Here are the labor
                                   category descriptions and
                                   education requirements for
                                   reference.

                                   2.2 Clerk Typist / Clerical (O/H,
                                   overhead) - Provides
                                   administrative services in areas
                                   such as security, data processing,
                                   scheduling, library maintenance,
                                   document preparation, and other
                                   related administrative and clerical
                                   activities in contractor facility with
                                   no regular, direct interface with
                                   Government.

                                   2.2.1 Education and Experience
                                   - The Clerk Typist / Clerical shall
                                   possess the requisite skills to
                                   adequately perform their assigned
                                   duties. The education and
                                   experience requirements shall be
                                   corporately defined.

                                   2.3 Administrative Assistant -
                                   Provides administrative services
                                   in areas such as security, data
                                   processing, scheduling, library
                                   maintenance, document 33 of 35
                                   preparation, and other related
                                   administrative and clerical
                                   activities.
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Item                     TITLE/TOPIC                  QUESTION
          SECTION
83     PWS               Para 2.2,        Reference: Comets Labor                 Agreed. Titles and description of these two labor categories have been
                         Clerk Typist     Category Descriptions,                  changed to represent intended practical differentiation.
                         and Clerical     Paragraph 2.2 Clerk
                                          Typist/Clerical (O/H, Overhead)

                                          Question: The term ―Overhead‖
                                          is misleading. By definition, OH
                                          is never direct charged.
                                          Recommend this labor category
                                          be deleted as this function is
                                          already covered by Labor
                                          Category 2.4, Clerk Typist/Direct.
                                          Administrative support can be
                                          provided at either Contractor or
                                          Government site if this was the
                                          intent of the two separate labor
                                          categories.
84     PWS               A&AS and         The Draft PWS Introduction              The draft PWS introduces its objective by saying, "The objective of
                         SETA             states that COMETS II is to             COMETS II is to provide Advisory & Assistance Services (A&AS) and
                         Services         ―provide Advisory & Assistance          Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) and operational
                                          Services (A&AS) and Systems             support services ..." These broad terms are further clarified by broadly
                                          Engineering and Technical               defined Scope in para 2.0 and mission areas that are further broken down
                                          Assistance (SETA)‖ services;            into typical activities and deliverables within 22 specific areas.
                                          however, there is no reference in
                                          any of the sample tasks provided.
                                          Can we assume that these
                                          services are not required for the
                                          three sample tasks provided?
                                          Will A&AS and SETA type
                                          services be required for other
                                          COMETS II task orders?

85     PWS and Section   PWS and M-       Should we use all 22 mission            Focus areas are listed in M-3.5.3.3 however, as stated in the paragraph all
       M                 3.5.3.3/Missio   areas identified in para. 2.1 of the    aspects of performance that relate to the acquisition may be considered.
                         n Areas          PWS or just those in para
                                          M3.5.3.3?



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