The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is conducting a Market Survey to identify small businesses capable of providing Mission Execution (ME) support services at NETL. An organization that is not considered a small business under the applicable North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code (see below) should NOT submit a response to this notice.
THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE for information and planning purposes only and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government. This is not a solicitation announcement and NO CONTRACT will be awarded from this notice. No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this notice or for any follow-up information requests. The information gathered from this sources sought notice will be utilized in the Government¿s determination of the small business type to be utilized in an anticipated solicitation.
The magnitude of this effort is expected to be $20 million or more per year.
The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this effort is 541330, Engineering Services with a size standard of $35.5 million average annual receipts as determined by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The NAICS code is provided for use by businesses in determining their appropriate small business size standard in response to this sources sought notice. For further information on business size definitions please refer to the Small Business Administration's web site at:
The NETL is a science, technology, and energy laboratory owned and operated by the DOE. As part of DOE¿s national laboratory system, NETL supports DOE¿s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.
NETL is DOE¿s only national laboratory dedicated to Fossil Energy (FE) Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D). NETL has three sites that conduct on-site research and development (R&D) ¿ Morgantown, West Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Albany, Oregon. Two other office sites are located in Anchorage, Alaska; and Sugarland, Texas. All five sites operate under one management structure. In addition to its on-site R&D, NETL implements and manages extramural RD&D and conducts energy analyses. NETL¿s project portfolio includes RD&D conducted through financial assistance, cooperative research and development agreements, and contractual arrangements. Approximately 1,200 research activities are conducted in partnership with industry, academia, other national laboratories, private research organizations, non-profit organizations, and other Federal and State agencies.
NETL¿s mission is to advance energy options to fuel our economy, strengthen our security, and improve our environment. NETL is primarily responsible for implementing and managing coal, natural gas, and oil RD&D programs for FE. Additionally, NETL implements and manages other DOE, governmental, and international programs and projects. Significant activities are sponsored by the DOE¿s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE).
Additional information about NETL can be attained at our website: www.netl.doe.gov.
The anticipated contract type is a Performance-Based Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract providing for issuance of Cost-Plus Award Fee (CPAF), Cost-Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF), Firm Fixed Price (FFP), and Fixed Price Incentives (FPI) task orders. The type of task order will be dependent upon the services required. Anticipated task orders for this contract would support activities at all NETL facilities with staffing primarily anticipated to be located at the NETL Morgantown and Pittsburgh campuses. It is anticipated that the Anchorage, AK and Sugarland, TX sites will require minimal staffing.
NETL anticipates issuing a solicitation for ME services that provide quality and timely technical and associated administrative support services for program and project planning, execution, monitoring, and assessment. In general, these services are comprised of identifying, compiling, reducing, and reporting energy-related information; preparing, facilitating, and reporting out on various types of meetings; maintaining, enhancing, populating, and exercising systems and databases; and conducting limited analyses and evaluations, e.g., market penetration assessments. Further, a potential contractor would be able to provide general assistance supporting other program- and project-related activities such as technology awareness and communications inclusive of technology transfer. The services are to support the efforts of the Government and will assist NETL in achieving desired outcomes in an efficient manner.
Support is expected to be needed in the following four (4) service areas and will be aligned with multiple operational activities that are used to deliver high-quality, disciplined, and relevant research and technology development at NETL.
Program and Project Implementation -- Applied research and technology development focused on key barriers to commercialization require a disciplined framework ¿ a framework that NETL employs on a daily basis. Information reflecting the progress of individual research activities in meeting their established objectives to addressing technical limitations at a program level is developed, tracked, updated and reported as part of NETL¿s management protocols. In addition, NETL develops technology transfer and outreach materials in order to effectively communicate with its various stakeholder groups.
Systems and Databases -- Maintenance, enhancement, and use of commercial software as well as customized databases and information processing systems are necessary to conduct and manage the research at NETL. It is imperative that significant technical data and extensive project management information required to efficiently deliver an energy-related research and technology development program be routinely compiled, analyzed, and reported. These types of data and information range from individual activity¿s milestones, schedules, and costs to the operational performance of a given energy conversion system.
Assessments/Reviews/Evaluations -- Review of the scientific merit of individual research activities,, and the technical and cost performance of technology advancements as well as portfolios of related RD&D activities is a continuous process at NETL. Assessments are used to develop defensible recommendations affecting continued support to a given research activity and to affirm or alter the direction of future RD&D.
Technical Information -- Staying current with energy-related advancements is routine at NETL and represents a key aspect of due diligence underpinning the investment of public funds. Technology performance, associated costs, and regulatory and environmental impacts information are considered across NETL¿s programs and employed to support multiple operational activities, e.g., program review, strategic planning, and technology transfer.
The anticipated labor mix will require a diverse pool of labor with a range of education and years of experience. Junior-, mid- and senior-level engineers, scientists, business/engineering analysts, and administrative specialists will be required.
Expression of Interest/Capability Statement
Interested small businesses shall submit the following:
(1) A cover page (no longer than one page) which briefly describes your company. The cover page should also include, at a minimum, the name of your organization, address, DUNS number, the number of years in business, the number of employees you have now and over your last three business years, and your demographics. For your demographics, indicate whether you are: a) a Small Business, b) a Small Disadvantaged Business, c) an 8(a) Small Business, d) a Veteran-Owned Small Business, e) a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Small Business, f) a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Small Business, g) a Women-Owned (WO) Small Business, and/or h) an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned (EDWO) Small Business.
(2) A capability statement (no more than eleven pages) describing your capability and expertise to perform the requirement outlined in this notice, specifically indicating:
¿ Capability and expertise in technology, regulatory, and policy information research; energy and cost data analysis; technical writing: graphics development; meeting planning and facilitation; review of technical proposals; planning and logistical support for peer reviews; roadmapping; project, portfolio, and program assessments; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) support; and energy technology areas (e.g. coal and natural gas based power generation including gasification, boiler combustion, turbine combustion, and fuel cell; coal and natural gas-based manufacture of chemicals and fuels; crude oil and natural gas resources including tight gas, shale oil and gas, methane hydrate, and carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR); electricity transmission and distribution; and vehicle technologies).
¿ Demonstrated capability of management and oversight on a requirement of this size/magnitude (technical and administrative support services of approximately $20M per year), scope (similar in nature to that described in this notification including management of a geographically dispersed effort), and complexity (delivery of support services to organizations responsible for the planning, execution and management of research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects that are characteristic of the DOE¿s FE, EERE, and OE programs).
¿ Demonstrated ability to assume the financial responsibilities associated with receiving a contract of this projected dollar amount. Specifically, the assurance that resources are available to meet payroll, subcontracting, and material obligations at this magnitude.
¿ Demonstrated capability of providing access to a flexible revolving workforce to effectively meet the requirements of the service areas identified in this notice.
¿ Past history of teaming and/or significant subcontracting, if anticipated, and implementation thereof.
Your response should be limited to a discussion of your interest, identification of business size, and demonstration of your capability/experience/resources to perform this requirement. Do NOT provide financial statements as part of your response.
For consistency, the respondent is instructed to submit their response in either MS Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format (version 2003 or earlier).
All interested parties responding to this market survey must submit their responses via the FedConnect no later than 3:00 PM Local Time (Morgantown, WV) on June 05, 2013.
The FedConnect web portal (found at https://www.fedconnect.net) is used to disseminate this sources sought notification, receive questions, and accept the expressions of interests and demonstrated capability information in response to this notification. ONLY RESPONSES RECEIVED THROUGH FEDCONNECT WILL BE ANALYZED IN RESPONSE TO THIS NOTICE.
Your are strongly encouraged to submit your Expression of Interest/Capability Statement at least 24 hours before the specified due date in order to have time to resolve any transmission problems. It is your responsibility to allow an adequate amount of time for receipt of your submission.
To get started, download a copy of the quick start guide, ¿FedConnect, Ready, Set, Go Guide¿ which will provide assistance/instructions on registering, finding an opportunity, sending and receiving messages, and submitting a response.
To register, please visit the FedConnect web portal at https://www.fedconnect.net, and click on the link: ¿Click here to register.¿ Please note that before you can register in FedConnect, you will need a DUNS (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform) and a federal System for Award Management (SAM) account (www.sam.gov). You are encouraged to register as soon as possible and should allow at least 14 days to complete these registrations.
To find this Sources Sought Notification, click on ¿Search Public Opportunities¿ and search by the RFP Number, DE-SOL-0005388 used to identify this sources sought notice. Please bookmark this page and check it frequently for updates. It is highly recommended that once you access the opportunity that you request to be alerted for amendments, messages, and any e-mail alerts associated with this requirement. To do so, you will need to click on the ¿Register to Receive Notifications¿ button under ¿What do I do now?¿ If someone from your company has already registered interest for this opportunity, the ¿Register to Receive Notifications¿ button will not display. Instead, you will have the option to join the response team by clicking the Join the Team button within the Response Team section.
All questions regarding the content of this notification must be submitted electronically via FedConnect. You must register with FedConnect to respond as an interested party to submit questions, and to view responses to questions. Questions and answers will also be posted to the electronic reading room available at the following Web address http://www.netl.doe.gov/business/solicitations/ssc2008/index.html. Questions will not be answered over the phone. The Contracting Officer must receive questions regarding the Sources Sought Notification via FedConnect no later than ten (10) business days prior to the established due date. The Government will review the questions and reserves the right to not respond to any questions received after this timeframe or not relevant to providing responses to this notification.
Please note - FedConnect is owned and operated by Compusearch Software Systems Inc., not by the Department of Energy and DOE does not provide help desk assistance for FedConnect. For assistance with FedConnect, please contact FedConnect directly:
By e-mail: support@FedConnect.net
By phone: 1-800-899-6665 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, except Federal holidays).
As indicated previously, this is NOT a solicitation therefore no cost or pricing information should be provided. This is a market survey to identify potential sources capable of performing the effort required. Responses should be limited to the offeror¿s expression of interest, identification of business size, and demonstration of capabilities/experience based on the items indicated in this notification.
NETL, 3610 Collins Ferry Road (MS-I07), P.O. Box 880, Morgantown, WV 26507-0880
Angela Bosley, Contracting Officer, 304-285-4149, DE-SOLfirstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Lopez, Contract Specialist, 304-285-4220, DE-SOLemail@example.com