FBO Notice Date 09/20/18
BIDS Reference Number 175
Document Type: Sources Sought
Information Technology Services, Telecommunications Services

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Media Activity, DMA Acquisition and Procurement MD, 20755

D -- AccuWeather Support SOL HQ0516812873 DUE 092418 POC Scott Cox, Contract Specialist, Phone 3012226911, Email scott.d.cox14.civ@mail.mil
SOURCES SOUGHT ANNOUNCEMENT

Accuweather Services

The Defense Media Activity (DMA) is seeking sources to provide Accuweather Services.

CONTRACTING OFFICE ADDRESS:

DMA Contracting Office - East
6700 Taylor Avenue
Fort Meade, MD 20755

INTRODUCTION:

This is a SOURCES SOUGHT TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION to determine the availabilityand technical capability of small businesses (including the following subsets, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, HUBZone Firms; Certified 8(a), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Woman Owned Small Business) to provide the required products and/or services.

The Defense Media Activity is seeking interested vendors for the procurementof IT research an analysis.

DISCLAIMER:

THIS SOURCES SOUGHT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. IT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A SOLICITATION AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT. RESPONSES IN ANY FORM ARE NOT OFFERS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO AWARD A CONTRACT AS A RESULT OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. NO FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO PAY FOR PREPARATION OF RESPONSES TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ANY INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY RESPONDENTS TO THIS TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION IS STRICTLY VOLUNTARY.

CONTRACT/PROGRAM BACKGROUND:

Contract Number: HQ0028-16-C-0015
Contract Type: Firm Fixed-Price
Incumbent and their size: Accuweather Large Business
Method of previous acquisition: Open Market

Provide Brief description of the current program/effort: None in place.

List Anticipated Time Frame: 30 September 2018 - 29 September 2019 Plus 4 Option Years

List Place of Performance: Fort Meade, MD

REQUIRED CAPABILITIES:

Provide 4 years of AccuWeather StoryTeller Annual Support and AccuWeather hardware and software support comprised of the following elements:

a. All software bug fixes and AccuWeather software updates.

b. Telephone support Monday through Friday 0700-2300 EST with emergency support available 24/7.

c. Loaner system if needed while systems are being repaired

d. Immediate repair and/or replacement of the part and/or system, with next day delivery.

e. AccuWeather's indestructability insurance which covers accidental damage such as liquid spills, electrical surges, accidental breakage, drops, falls, computer viruses, and other damage.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A

SOURCES SOUGHT:
The anticipated North American Industry ClassificationSystem Code (NAICS) for this requirement is 541511, with the corresponding sizestandard of $27.5m. This Sources Sought Synopsis is requesting responses to thefollowing criteria ONLY from small businesses that can provide the required services under the NAICS Code 541511.
To assist DMA in making a determinationregarding the level of participation by small business in any subsequent procurement that may result from this Sources Sought, you are also encouraged to provide information regarding your plans to use joint venturing (JV) or partnering tomeet each of the requirements areas contained herein. This includes responses from qualified and capable Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Service Disabled-Veteran Owned Small Businesses, Women-owned Small Businesses, HUBZone Small Businesses, and 8(a) companies. You should provide information on how you would envision your company's areas of expertise and those of any proposed JV/partner would be combined to meet the specific requirements contained in this announcement.

In order to make a determination for a small business set-aside, two or morequalified and capable small businesses must submit responses that demonstrate their qualifications. Responses must demonstrate the company's ability to performin accordance with the Limitations on Subcontracting clause (FAR 52.219-14).
SUBMISSION DETAILS:

Responses should include:
1) Business name and address;
2) Name of company representative and their business title;
3) Type of Small Business;
4) Cage Code;
5) Contract vehicles that would be available to the Government for the procurement of the product and service, to include ENCORE II, General Service Administration (GSA), GSA MOBIS, NIH, NASA SEWP, Federal Supply Schedules (FSS), or any other Government Agency contract vehicle. (This information is for market research only and does not preclude your company from responding to this notice.)
6) OEM certification that vendor is a Manufacturer Authorized Channel Partner with either Premier, Silver or Gold status as of the date of the submission of their offer, and that it has the certification/specialization level required by the Manufacturer to support both the product sale and product pricing, in accordance with the applicable Manufacturer certification/specialization requirements.

Vendors who wish to respond to this should send responses via email NLT 24 Sep 2018, 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) to scott.d.cox14.civ@mail.mil. Interested businesses should submit a brief capabilities statement package (no morethan five pages) demonstrating ability to perform the services listed in this Technical Description. Documentation should be in bullet format.

Proprietary information and trade secrets, if any, must be clearly marked onall materials. All information received that is marked Proprietary will be handled accordingly. Please be advised that all submissions become Government property and will not be returned. All government and contractor personal reviewing RFI responses will have signed non-disclosure agreements and understand their responsibility for proper use and protection from unauthorized disclosure of proprietary information as described 41 USC 423. The Government shall not be held liable for any damages incurred if proprietary information is not properly identified.

CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/notices/44b4da629c7e8423c444db1bf2a8ae41