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99 -- Animal Bedding for the NIH Small Business Sources Sought - Specs #1

Notice Date
Notice Type
Sources Sought
339999 — All Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Contracting Office
Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Office of Administration, 6011 Executive Blvd, 5th Floor, Rockville, Maryland, 20852-3804, United States
ZIP Code
Solicitation Number
Point of Contact
Zedekiah J Worsham,, Phone: 301-594-3560
E-Mail Address
Small Business Set-Aside
NIH-13-119j NIH-13-107l NIH-13-100s NIH-STD No. 4G NIH-13-106i Virgin WoodPulp Specs This is a Small Business Sources Sought notice. This is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations. The purpose of this notice is to obtain information regarding: (1) the availability and capability of qualified small business manufacturing sources; (2) whether they are small businesses; HUBZone small businesses; service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses; 8(a) small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; woman-owned small businesses; or small disadvantaged businesses; and (3) their size classification relative to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code (NAICS 339999) for the proposed acquisition. Your responses to the information requested will assist the Government in determining the appropriate acquisition method, including whether a set-aside is possible. An organization that is not considered a small business under the applicable NAICS code of 339999 (Size Standard of 500 employees) should not submit a response to this notice. This Sources Sought Synopsis is in support of market research being conducted by the NIH to identify capable small business manufacturing sources for animal bedding to be shipped monthly to the National Institutes of Health at the Gaithersburg Distribution Center (16050 Industrial Drive, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20877). A.Background: The NIH typically uses approximately 65,000 bags of five types of bedding annually. In 2005, one quarter ($700 million) of the intramural NIH budget supported research projects using animals. Most of these animals were housed on some type of bedding. Laboratory animal bedding can affect the health of animals housed on it as well as the results of NIH’s research involving animals. The NRC “Guide for the Care and Use of laboratory Animals” states, “Animal bedding is a controllable environmental factor that can influence experimental data and animal well-being. Manufacturing, monitoring, and storage methods used by vendors should be considered when purchasing bedding products.” B.Purpose and Objectives: The objective of this future procurement is to purchase laboratory animal grade bedding and to eliminate any potential risk the bedding may cause to animal health and research. It is essential that the bedding be produced from non-toxic material and is not contaminated by toxic substances. C.Project Requirements: Below are the Draft Deliverables 1.Animal Bedding Corn Cobs Type II (30lbs-40lbs per bag) NSN: 3770-00-L63-1444 NIH Standard Number 4G and NIH Specification NIH-13-119J 2.Cellulose Fiber (8.5lbs per bag) NSN: 3770-00-L63-3201 3.Pine Shavings Bedding Packaged 9 cu ft compressed to 3 cu ft/bag (minimum wt 25 lb) NSN: 3770-00-L63-3202 NIH Standard 4G and NIH Specification NIH-13-100S 4.Paperchip Bedding (soft) (30lbs-40lbs per bag) NSN: 3770-00-L63-3930 5.Paperchip Bedding (pellets) (30lbs-40lbs per bag) NSN 3770-00-L63-3935 6.Hardwood Bedding Screened (Packaged 2.5 cu ft/3per bag (minimum wt 35 lb) NSN 3770-00-519-1434 NIH Standard 4G and NIH Specification NIH-13-107l 7.Corn Cob Bedding Type II (30lbs-40lbs per bag) NSN 3770-00-519-1438 NIH Standard Number 4G and NIH Specification NIH-13-119j 8.Animal Cage Pan Liner 18” x 26” Unbleached Cellulostic Wadding Spot (100 sheets per carton) NSN 38135-00-560-8585 NIH Specification NIH-13-106g 9.Animal Cage Pan Liner 58” x 27” Unbleached Cellulostic Wadding Spot (100 sheets per carton) NSN 38135-00-560-8585 NIH Specification NIH-13-106g The period of performance is one year with two 1 year option periods. ANY INTERESTED and CAPABLE small business manufacturer should submit a capability statement of the company along with applicable product lists which demonstrates the firm's ability to supply the products described above. Responses must reference the sources sought to Sources Sought Number HHS-NIH-OD/OLAO-SBSS-09-001 and include the following: (1) Name and Address of the Organization, (2) Size and type of business (8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, etc), (3) Point of contact with name, title, phone, fax and email, (4) DUNS number, (5) Contractors capability statement addressing the required items, (6) List of organizations to whom similar types of services have been previously provided to include contract number, dollar value, name and phone number of contracting officer, (7) Applicable Product list. ALL INFORMATION SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. THE CLOSING DATE FOR RESPONSES IS DUE ON May 18, 2009 AT 3PM EST. Emailed capability statements are authorized (either in Microsoft Word or PDF), but it is up to the vendor to make certain that the email was received. All questions must be in writing and may be emailed to Zedekiah J. Worsham at worshamz@od.nih.gov. Mailed documents can be sent to the address listed in FedBizOpps. Three (3) copies of the capability statement will be required if it is mailed. Disclaimer and Important Notes. This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed to allow the Government to determine the organization’s qualifications to perform the work. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. After a review of the responses received, a pre-solicitation synopsis and solicitation may be published in Federal Business Opportunities. However, responses to this notice will not be considered adequate responses to a solicitation. Confidentiality. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s).
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