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R -- Career development services for SSA Senior Executive Service Candidate development program

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Sources Sought
541612 — Human Resources Consulting Services
Contracting Office
Social Security Administration, Office of Budget, Finance, and Management, Office of Acquisition and Grants, 1st Floor, Rear Entrance, 7111 Security Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland, 21244
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Roger W. Twigg, Phone: 4109656820
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This is a SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE. This is not a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations and in no way obligates the Government to award a contract. The purpose of this notice is to obtain information for planning purposes regarding; (1) availability and capability of potential sources to design and administer an assessment center for up to 175 Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) applicants for the Social Security Administration (SSA) located in Woodlawn, Maryland; and (2) the size classification of available and potential sources relative to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this potential procurement. The NAICS code for this planned acquisition is 541612. BACKGROUND The Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) prepares high-potential employees for critical leadership positions throughout the SSA. This 2-year program prepares participants for selection into SES positions. SSA will need the services of a contractor, with the unique expertise of industrial psychologists, to design and administer an assessment process that incorporates executive-level work scenarios and behavioral anchors to evaluate applicants' potential for leadership. The agency is interested in conducting the assessment in a virtual or a live environment. REQUIREMENTS We are seeking vendors to submit a capability statement of no more than 30 pages and no smaller than 12 point font. The government will review each capability statement based on the interested party's demonstrated qualifications, capabilities, expertise, experience, and past performance in the areas discussed below. Interested parties should describe their ability to provide all necessary labor, materials and services. Tasks anticipated in this potential procurement include, but may not be limited to, the following: •1. Administering an executive-level assessment center to include onsite contractor staff support; •2. Assisting with developing assessment exercises that will evaluate the executive potential of the applicants using valid, measurable rating criteria based on the Office of Personnel Management's Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs); •3. As appropriate, conducting criterion-related validity studies during the piloting process; •4. Establishing an assessment schedule to ensure applicants are evaluated within the specified timeframe; scheduling make-up date(s), as needed; notifying applicants of their scheduled assessment date, including background on the assessment activities; •5. Providing all necessary support to the assessors regarding policy issues and clarification of rating criteria for the evaluations being made and handling all problems encountered; •6. Providing SSA with assessment scores for each applicant in a timely fashion, in both hard and electronic copies, that relate to the senior executive competencies; •7. Providing SSA with executive summary of the development of the assessment center that includes the methodology, analysis of results, and justification for validity. In addition to tasks 1 - 7 listed above, tasks anticipated, specific to a live version, are as follows: •a. Work with SSA staff to evaluate the rating instruments that permit SSA assessors to record measurable and behavior-linked responses that demonstrate a range of performance that can be translated into a numeric score for each competency and be totaled into an overall final score; •b. Establish assessor teams and an assessor schedule, ensuring that SSA executives do not evaluate candidates known to them; notifying assessors of assessment activities; •c. Manage and administer all aspects of the evaluation activities at the designated assessment location; •d. Train SSA assessors at an SSA-designated location and providing all supporting training/assessment materials; •e. Integrate feedback across assessors and provide SSA with detailed quantitative feedback reports for each applicant; In addition to tasks 1 - 7 listed above, tasks anticipated, specific to a virtual version, are as follows: •a. Record measurable and behavior-linked responses that demonstrate a range of performance that can be translated into a numeric score for each competency and be totaled into an overall final score; •b. Train SSA staff on proctoring the assessment center activities at designated assessment locations nationwide; •c. Host the virtual exercises on a secure contractor platform that does not collect and store any personal identifiable information (PII) and is capable of accommodating multiple users, nationwide, simultaneously; •d. Integrate responses across all simulation exercises and provide SSA with detailed quantitative feedback reports for each applicant; and Respondents must cite specific examples demonstrating their capability in each of the areas noted above. SSA will not consider submissions of simple marketing materials or brochures, incomplete responses that do not conform to the elements of this request for information, or references to vendor websites. Please include the following business information in your response: DUNS number Company Name Company Address Current GSA Schedule Number (if appropriate for these requirements) Type of Company (i.e. large business, small business, small disadvantaged business, women-owned small business, HUBZone small business, service disabled veteran-owned small business) as validated via the Central Contract Registration Company Point of Contact, Phone and Email address Interested parties must respond by submitting their capability statements via email to roger.twigg@ssa.gov no later than 1:00p.m. on Friday, June 14th, 2013. All responses must be marked CAPABILITY STATEMENTS-SES CDP. SSA will not reimburse any costs associated with the vendor providing information submitted in response to this notice. Information submitted will be used by SSA for market research efforts and procurement planning purposes. We will not return any information submitted in response to this request or notify vendors of the specific results of the notice. We reserve the right to contact or not contact any party responding to this notice to obtain further information for market research purposes.
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