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Notice Date
Notice Type
Sources Sought
611430 — Professional and Management Development Training
Contracting Office
Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, Division of Acquisition Policy, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland, 20857, United States
ZIP Code
Solicitation Number
Archive Date
Point of Contact
Natasha A. Royal, Phone: 3014436687, Paul B. Premoe, Phone: 3014434470
E-Mail Address
natasha.royal@ihs.gov, paul.premoe@ihs.gov
(natasha.royal@ihs.gov, paul.premoe@ihs.gov)
Small Business Set-Aside
INTRODUCTION This is a 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 sources that are: Indian Small Business Economic Enterprises (ISBEEs) and other than small Indian Economic Enterprises (IEEs); and (3) their size classification relative to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, 611430, for the proposed acquisition. Your responses to the information requested will assist the Government in determining the appropriate acquisition set-aside. BACKGROUND The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives who are members of 566 federally recognized Tribes across the U.S. Over 80 percent of AI/AN children ages 6-9 and 13-15 years suffer from dental caries, while less than 50 percent of the U.S. population in the same age cohort have experienced cavities. In addition to this disparity in prevalence, there is a significant disparity in severity of dental disease. AI/AN children ages 2-5 years exhibit an average of four decayed teeth, while the same age group in the U.S. population averages one decayed tooth. Across all age groups, AI/ANs suffer disproportionately from dental disease. When compared to other racial or ethnic groups, AI/AN children 2-5 years old have more than double the number of decayed teeth and overall dental caries experience as the next highest ethnic group, U.S. Hispanics, and more than four times that of U.S. white children. In the 6-9 year-old age group, 8 out of 10 AI/AN children have a history of dental caries compared with only 45 percent of the general U.S. population, and almost half of AI/AN children have untreated tooth decay compared to just 17 percent of the general U.S. population in this age group. In the 13-15 year-old age group, eight out of 10 AI/AN dental clinic patients have a history of tooth decay, compared to just 44 percent in the general U.S. population, and almost five times as many 13-15 year-old AI/AN youth have untreated decay compared to the general U.S. population. In adults, the disparity in disease is equally as pronounced. 64 percent of AI/AN adults 35-49 years have untreated decay compared to just 27 percent of the general U.S. population, and across all other age groups studied (50-64 years, 65-74 years, and 75 and older), AI/AN adults have more than double the prevalence of untreated tooth decay as the general U.S. population. In addition, the rate of severe periodontal disease in AI/AN adults is almost double that of the general U.S. population. RESPONSE INFORMATION THE CAPABILITLY STATEMENT MUST CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE THE FIRM'S CAPABILITY AND EXPERIENCE In order to respond to this notice, interested firms should address the depth and breadth of professional and technical capabilities, and must be able to clearly convey their experience and/or ability to perform in the following areas, which are identified as core services. It is to be noted that capability statements are not sufficient for effective evaluation of their capacity and capability to perform the work required. Responders SHALL address each of the following for their submission to be considered a response to this notice: Capabilities: 1.Development of sampling methodology and sample size; 2.Coordination of training of Dental Officers and Dental Support Centers; 3.Providing technical assistance to dental examiners; 4.Data compilation, analysis, and reporting; 5.Creation of a national data brief; 6.Creation of a national and Area Power Point presentations; Experience: 1.Experience in participating and leading oral health surveillance in an IHS and state-based oral health survey; 2.At least five years of experience in oral health survey design, data analysis, and surveillance report generation; 3.Experience with independently developing a sampling methodology for oral health surveys; 4.Experience with conducting random sampling and coordinate training for dental examiners for oral health surveys; and 5.Experience with generating a data briefs. INSTRUCTIONS TO INDUSTRY Indian Small Business Economic Enterprises (ISBEEs) and other than small Indian Economic Enterprises (IEEs) are highly encouraged to respond to this notice. However, firms should understand that generic capability statements are not sufficient for effective evaluation of their capacity and capability to perform the work required. Responses must directly demonstrate the company's capability, experience, and ability to effectively and efficiently perform the objectives described above. The Government requests interested parties submit a written response to this notice which includes: a. Company Name. b. Company DUNS number. c. Company point of contact, mailing address, and telephone number(s), and website address d. Name, telephone number, and e-mail address of a company point of contact who has the authority and knowledge to clarify responses with government representatives. e. Date submitted. f. Applicable company GSA Schedule number or other available procurement vehicle. g. Company's System for Award Management (SAM) registration status. All respondents must register on the SAM located at http://www.sam.gov/. Disclaimer and Important Notes. This notice does not obligate the Government to award contract. Any information provided by industry to the Government as a result of this sources sought synopsis is strictly voluntary. Responses will not be returned. No entitlements to payment of direct or indirect costs or charges to the Government will arise as a result of contractor submission of responses, or the Government's use of such information 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 on a government GPE. 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). Responses must be submitted via email, no later than 12:00pm EST on February 22, 2018. No questions will be accepted. Capability statements will not be returned and will not be accepted after the due date. The maximum number of pages for this submission is eight (8) pages. Interested parties shall submit their response to this notice to the individuals listed below in order to be considered compliant. Primary POC: Natasha Royal Contract Specialist Email: Natasha.royal@ihs.gov 301-443-6687 Secondary POC: Paul Premoe Contracting Officer Email: paul.premoe@ihs.gov 301-443-4470
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