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D -- COTS Procurement Automation Software

Notice Date
Notice Type
Sources Sought
Contracting Office
National Science Foundation, Division of Contracts, Policy, and Oversight, CPO, 4201 Wilson Boulevard Room 475, Arlington, VA, 22230
ZIP Code
Solicitation Number
Archive Date
Point of Contact
Christopher Robey, Contract Specialist, Sec II, Phone (703) 292-8855, Fax (703) 292-9140/9141, - Patricia Williams, Section Head, Section II, Phone (703) 292-4596, Fax (703) 292-9140/9141,
E-Mail Address
crobey@nsf.gov, pswillia@nsf.gov
INTRODUCTION: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the U.S. Government established to promote scientific and engineering research and programs, to strengthen research potential, and to appraise the impact of research upon industrial development and the general welfare. NSF is seeking sources of supply for Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) software and provision of accompanying support services to automate its procurement processes, ranging from small purchases to large, complex contracts of all types. Such support services as will be required include installation, integration into the NSF financial management system, training, and software maintenance. CURRENT WORKLOAD: NSF has approximately the following active procurements, by type: 60 contracts (including BOA's); 60 task orders; and 35 interagency agreements. Approximate annual contract actions, by type, include 980 simplified acquisitions, 360 contracts, 55 interagency agreements, and 5800 purchase card transactions. The scope of the acquisition effort includes contracts for administrative and professional services, logistical support services, facilities operation and maintenance, and IT hardware, software and services. This workload is expected to grow with anticipated increases in the NSF budget. CURRENT REQUIREMENT: The current requirement will be to support 25 contracting personnel at one site, and 200 additional personnel with requisition authority. NSF forsees no significant increase in the number of sites or users. The desired system shall permit automation of the complete procurement cycle, to include requisitioning, ordering, contract administration, and reporting to the FPDS and the NSF financial management system. Integration into the NSF financial management system shall provide for electronic preparation and transmittal of requisitions, and a real-time interface for funds certification, obligation/deobligation, payment and tracking of funds. As well as the automated development of acquisition plans by project office and contracting personnel, the system should provide for management-level reporting on all phases of the acquisition cycle. Remote access by off-site users is not required; however, the system should allow for current e-procurement functionality through the use of e-catalogs (GWAC's, GSA Advantage!), bid opportunity posting (NSF website, FedBizOpps), and bid receipt/processing, as well as provide for the use of e-signatures, allow the use of both the NIH Past Performance System and the DOD Central Contractor Registry, and demonstrate compliance with Section 508 requirements. The National Science Foundation currently operates a NT 2000 Unix system with a SYBASE 12.5.1 database. System administration requirements include: (1) a time-triggered password monitoring system to notify users of password expiration, to allow users to change passwords within the product without special system authority, to verify the change and to reset the time trigger once the changes have been made; and (2) the ability to establish/delete users and to modify their capabilities by the product functional administrator without special system or DBA authority. NSF regards ease of use as important to gaining user acceptance and reducing administrative workload. FUTURE REQUIREMENTS: NSF intends to comply with future requirements of the OFPP Integrated Acquisition Environment Initiative. As described on the ARNET E-Gov Initiatives Website (www.arnet.gov/egov), elements of the Integrated Acquisition Environment initiative include: Consolidated eCatalogs; the Business Partner Network; Federal Procurement Data System - Next Generation; the Intra-government Transactions Exchange; and Standard eTransactions. CONTACT INFORMATION: Responses to this sources sought announcement shall be submitted no later than December 6, 2002 to: National Science Foundation, Division of Acquisition and Cost Support, Attn: Chris Robey, Suite 475, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22230. Reference: DACS-Automation. Electronic responses are both recommended and encouraged, and should be submitted to crobey@nsf.gov. If providing the information electronically, please ensure that the information is compatible and accessible using Microsoft Office 2000 software. Hard-copy descriptive materials, brochures and samples submitted in response to this announcement will not be returned. There is no commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation, make an award or awards, or to be responsible for any monies expended by any interested parties in support of the effort mentioned above. Information provided herein is subject to change, and in no way binds the Government to solicit for or to award a contract. If a solicitation is released, it will be synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities website located at www.fedbizops.gov. It is the responsibility of the potential offeror to monitor Federal Business Opportunities for the release of any follow-on information.
Place of Performance
Address: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
Zip Code: 22230
Country: USA
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