This is a Sources Sought Notice Only. The U.S. Government desires to procure the Army Force Generation Synchronization Toolset (AST) on a small business set-aside basis, provided 2 or more qualified small businesses respond to this sources sought synopsis with information sufficient to support a set-aside. Be advised that the U.S. Government will not be able to set aside this requirement if 2 or more small businesses do not respond with information to support the set-aside. We encourage all small business concerns, in all socioeconomic categories (including, 8(a) Business Development Program, Small Disadvantage Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, Women-Owned Small Business concerns), to identify their capabilities in meeting the requirement at a fair market price.

This notice is issued solely for information and planning purposes. This notice does not constitute a Request for Quote (RFQ)/Invitation for Bid (IFB)/Request for Proposal (RFP) or a promise to issue an RFQ, IFB or RFP in the future. This notice does not commit the U.S. Government to contract for any supply or service. Further, the U.S. Government is not seeking quotes, bids or proposals at this time and will not accept unsolicited proposals in response to this sources sought notice. The U.S. Government will not pay for any information or administrative costs incurred in response to this notice. Submittals will not be returned to the responder. Not responding to this notice does not preclude participation in any future RFQ or IFB or RFP, if any is issued. If a solicitation is released, it will be synopsized on the Governmentwide Point of Entry. It is the responsibility of potential offerors to monitor the Governmentwide Point of Entry for additional information pertaining to this requirement. The North American Industry Classification System NAICS code is 541511, Custom Computer Programming Services, with a size standard of $27.5M.

A continuing need is anticipated for the United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Force Generation Synchronization Toolset (AST) which is currently being fulfilled through contract number W91247-15-C-0018. Attached are the draft Performance Work Statement (PWS) and Performance Requirements Summary (PRS).

Key Tasks

Execute software sustainment functions such as applying application patches that result from changes to existing functions, changes in the network or operating environment, or upon discovery of defects.

Maintain system compatibility and ensure software operates on the Government's classified network (SIPRNET) and unclassified network (NIPRNET) within the domain's technical baseline and in accordance with security standards specified in the Risk Management Framework for system accreditation in accordance with Department of Department (DoD) Information Technology (IT), DoD Instruction (DODI) 8510.01, dated 12 March 2014.

Analyze and document data maintenance requirements to support the application. This includes identification and development of procedures for extracting and loading data from authoritative data sources and developing data maps to document and standardize data element usage. Discuss database design expertise to include creation of data models, scripts, tables, keys, and data views.

Execute application enhancement functions. Examples include developing dashboards within the application for recurring tasks and key data elements; incorporating approval mechanisms within a workflow in conjunction with alert mechanisms notifying appropriate users of awaiting actions and/or conflicting implications in the workflow for respective roles; incorporating role- based rights for creating, reading, updating, and deleting functions within the application; creating tools within the application for data generation, analysis, and manipulation tasks that can be adjusted globally and/or individually and linked to other data sources or functions within the application.

Perform quality assurance planning and testing of all products prior to release.

Document system functionality and enhancements in a digital environment/medium that covers system administration, installation and configuration, and includes associated technical documents.

In response to this sources sought, please provide:

1. Name of the firm, point of contact, phone number, email address, DUNS number, CAGE code, a statement regarding small business status (including small business type(s)/certifications(s) such as SDB, 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, WOSB, etc.) and the corresponding NAICS code.

2. Identify whether your firm is interested in competing for this requirement as a prime contractor or not. Identify subcontracting, joint ventures or teaming arrangement that will be pursued, if any.

3. Identify what percentage of work will be performed by the small business prime contractor and all similarly situated entity subcontractors. Note: A similarly situated entity subcontractor is a small business concern subcontractor that is a participant of the same SBA program that qualified the prime contractor as an eligible offeror and awardee of the contract.

4. Identify type(s)/certifications(s) such as SDB, 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, WOSB, etc.) of the proposed subcontractors because the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 amended in 2016 deems work done by similarly situated entities not to be subcontracted work for purposes of complying with the limitations on subcontracting requirement.

5. Information in sufficient detail regarding previous experience (indicate whether as a prime contractor or subcontractor) on similar requirements (include size, scope, complexity, timeframe, government or commercial), lead time for implementation, pertinent certifications, etc., that will facilitate making a capability determination.

6. Information to help determine if the requirement is commercially available, including pricing information, basis for the pricing information (e.g., market pricing, catalog pricing), delivery schedules, customary terms and conditions, warranties, etc.

7. Identify how the Army can best structure these contract requirements to facilitate competition by and among small business concerns.

8. Identify any condition or action that may be having the effect of unnecessarily restricting competition with respect to this acquisition. Please contact the MICC Advocate for Competition, Scott Kukes, at or 210-466-2269, if you believe that this action is unreasonably restricting competition. Include the subject of the acquisition, this announcement, and the MICC POC information from the FedBizOpps notice. Provide the specific aspects that unreasonably restrict competition and the rationale for such conclusion.

9. Recommendations to improve the approach/specifications/draft PWS/PRS to acquiring the identified items/services.



Deadline: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Date Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Date Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018


Thalassa Edwards

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