National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Enhanced Dissemination and Utilization Centers (EDUCs)

Request for Proposal Under BAA-HO-02-11

Request for Proposal No.:
 
BAA-HO-02-11
 
Issue Date:
 
February 28, 2002
 
Issued By:
 
Joanna Magginas
Contracting Officer
Contracts Operations Branch
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
6701 ROCKLEDGE DR MSC 7902
BETHESDA MD 20892-7902
(301) 435-0355
 
Purchase Authority:
 
42USC201, Public Health Service Act of 1944, as amended
 
Small Business Set-Aside:
 
No; NAICS 541710
 
Just in Time:
 
Yes; See Section L
 
Proposal Intent Due Date:
 
March 15, 2002
 
Proposal Due Date:
 
April 15, 2002 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 
Proposals for furnishing the supplies and/or services in THE SCHEDULE will be received at the place specified in, and in the number of copies specified in Attachment 1 until 4:00 PM local time on April 15, 2002. Offers will be valid for 120 days unless a different period is specified by the offeror on the Attachment entitled, "Proposal Summary and Data Record, NIH 2043 (PDF format; MS Word format)."

THIS SOLICITATION REQUIRES DELIVERY OF PROPOSALS TO ONE LOCATION. THE OFFICIAL POINT OF RECEIPT FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING TIMELY DELIVERY IS THE ADDRESS PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW BRANCH AS STATED IN ATTACHMENT 1. IF YOUR PROPOSAL IS NOT RECEIVED BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER OR HER DESIGNEE AT THE PLACE AND TIME SPECIFIED FOR THE REVIEW BRANCH, THEN IT WILL BE CONSIDERED LATE AND HANDLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH HHSAR CLAUSE 352.215-70, ENTITLED, "LATE PROPOSALS AND REVISIONS" LOCATED IN SECTION L.1. OF THIS SOLICITATION.

Offerors must provide full name, address, TIN, and, if different, the address to which payment should be mailed.


COMBINED SOLICITATION FORM AND COVER LETTER

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is soliciting proposals under the subject RFP Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This RFP is prepared in accordance with the Uniform Contract Format as prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

The NHLBI recognizes that scientific and technical staff of potential offerors may want to read portions of an RFP first. The RFP has four parts as follows:

Part I—Contract Schedule
Part II—Contract Clauses
Part III—List of Documents, Exhibits, and other Attachments
Part IV—Representations and Instructions
Attention is directed to Part I, Section C and, Part III, Section J, for the Statement of Work (background information, mandatory requirements, statement of objectives, and technical/cost information specific to this RFP). Attention also is directed to Part IV, Section L, which contains instructions for preparing technical and cost proposals. In Section L.1., please note paragraphs f. and j. which provide information specifically for this RFP. Finally, staff is referred to Part IV, Section M, for the Evaluation Factors for Award. These parts need to be integrated with the rest of the RFP since all portions must be considered when preparing a proposal.

To assist us in expediting preparations for review of proposals, completion and submittal of the Proposal Intent Response Sheet is extremely important and is due by March 15, 2002. See Section J, Attachment 15. If you intend to submit a proposal in response to this RFP, it is essential that you immediately notify Joanna Magginas, Contracting Officer, at the following internet address:

magginaj@nih.gov

If you do not notify the Contracting Officer of your intent to submit a proposal, you will not receive an individual notice of any amendments to the RFP, if any are issued. However, all amendments will be posted on the NIH web site.

The due date for submittal of proposals is April 15, 2002, 4:00 p.m. (local time). The address for submittal of proposals and packaging instructions is sent forth in Part III, Section J, Attachment 1.


/s/
Joanna Magginas
Contracting Officer
Contract Operations Branch
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


PART I—THE SCHEDULE

THE CONTRACT SCHEDULE SET FORTH IN SECTIONS B THROUGH H, HEREIN, CONTAINS CONTRACTUAL INFORMATION PERTINENT TO THIS SOLLICITATION. IT IS NOT AN EXACT REPRESENTATION OF THE PROPOSED CONTRACT DOCUMENT. CONTRACTUAL PROVISIONS PERTINENT TO THE OFFEROR (I.E., THOSE RELATING TO THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE [E.G., NON-PROFIT, COMMERCIAL] AND SPECIFIC COST AUTHORIZATIONS UNIQUE TO THE OFFEROR'S PROPOSAL AND REQUIRING CONTRACTING OFFICER PRIOR APPROVAL) WILL BE DISCUSSED IN THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS AND WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RESULTANT CONTRACT. HOWEVER, THE ENCLOSED CONTRACT SCHEDULE PROVIDES ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION FOR THE OFFEROR TO UNDERSTAND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE RESULTANT CONTRACT.

SECTION B—SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES/COSTS

ARTICLE B.1.  BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SUPPLIES OR SERVICES

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is designed to establish designated National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Enhanced Dissemination and Utilization Centers (EDUCs) dedicated to the enhanced application of existing science-based information in high-risk communities to:

ARTICLE B.2.  PRICES/COSTS

The final contract will contain the price/cost provisions agreed upon by the Government and the Offeror.

ARTICLE B.3.  PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO DIRECT COSTS

This article will prohibit or restrict the use of contract funds, unless otherwise approved by the Contracting Officer for: 1) Acquisition, by purchase or lease, of any interest in real property; 2) Special rearrangement or alteration of facilities; 3) Purchase or lease of any item of general purpose office furniture or office equipment regardless of dollar value; 4) Travel Costs; 5) Consultant Costs; 6) Subcontract Costs; 7) Patient Care Costs; 8) Accountable Government Property; and 9) Research Funding.

ARTICLE B.4.  ADVANCE UNDERSTANDINGS

Specific elements of cost, which normally require prior written approval of the Contracting Officer before incurrence of the cost (e.g., foreign travel, consultant fees, subcontracts) will be included in this Article if the Contracting Officer has granted his/her approval prior to contract award.


SECTION C—DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/WORK STATEMENT

ARTICLE C.1.  STATEMENT OF WORK

a.  Independently and not as an agent of the Government, the Contractor shall be required to furnish all the necessary services, qualified personnel, material, equipment, and facilities, not otherwise provided by the Government, as needed to perform the Statement of Work, SECTION J, ATTACHMENT 2, dated 2/28/02, attached hereto and made a part of this Solicitation.

NOTE TO OFFERORS: Section J, Attachment 2 outlines the following four items:

ARTICLE C.2.  REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

a.  The preparation and submission of regularly recurring technical progress reports will be required by any contract resulting from this BAA. These reports will require descriptive information about the activities undertaken during the reporting period as well as information about planned activities for future reporting periods. For proposal purposes only, it is estimated that reports will be required as follows:

1.  Quarterly reports shall be electronically transmitted as well as two mailed copies due 10 calendar days after the end of months 3, 6, and 9 in each year of the contract. The contractor shall separate progress reports of all work accomplished during each reporting period. Reports shall be in narrative form, brief, but with sufficient detail and content. Contractors shall submit a revised logic model as the foundation of their quarterly report. The logic model shall be used to detail the current thinking and understanding of how the project is working. It shall provide an overview of the status of the project. Any changes in the Performance Plan of Action (PPA) must be delineated clearly in narrative form. The report shall include the following:
a.  A project logic model. Any changes to logic model(s) since the last submission and rationale for changes.

b.  A quantitative and qualitative description of overall progress. This includes progress made from each area of evaluation: Formative/Contextual, Process/Implementation, and Outcome. Specify the objectives and/or expectations, the activities implemented, and the outputs/outcomes that have resulted to date (use the logic model flowchart as a backdrop for this writeup).

c.  An indication of any current problems that may impede performance and proposed corrective action.

d.  A discussion of the work to be performed during the next quarterly reporting period.

e.  Hours and dollars expended for each project activity during the reporting period.

2.  Annual reports shall be electronically transmitted as well as two mailed copies due 10 calendar days after the end of the first 12 months of contract performance and after the end of the second year of the contract. The contractor shall submit an annual report that documents and summarizes the results and accomplishments of that contract year; discusses lessons learned, including barriers and opportunities; and includes recommendations and conclusions based on the experience and results obtained. Any changes to the logic model(s) since the last submission and rationale for changes.

3.  A final report shall be electronically transmitted along with two reproducible copies due 10 days before the end of the contract performance period. The contractor shall submit a final report that documents and summarizes the final results of the project with an emphasis on those elements and strategies that can be disseminated to other coalitions. The report shall include the following: project objectives, NHLBI performance goal(s), intervention strategies employed, evaluation measures and indicators, lessons learned (including barriers and solutions), and recommendations for future programs. A draft of the final report shall be submitted to the Government for review and approval 30 days before the due date of the final report. Final changes to logic model(s) must be included as well as the rationale for changes.

4.  Deliverables, as they relate to copies of survey instruments, educational curricula, letters of support, etc., shall be submitted with quarterly reports when appropriate. Otherwise, they are due as specified in final project plan.

5.  The final PPA (including program evaluation), developed in collaboration with the NHLBI, shall be submitted by the end of month 4 of the contract. NOTE: The NHLBI anticipates no increase in the final negotiated contract amount due to changes made to the PPA.

b.  Summary of Salient Results

The Contractor will be required to prepare and submit, with the final report, a summary (not to exceed 200 words) of salient results achieved during the performance of the contract. This report will be required on or before the expiration date of the contract.

c.  Other Reports

1.  INVENTION REPORTING REQUIREMENT

All reports and documentation required by FAR Clause 52.227-11 including, but not limited to, the invention disclosure report, the confirmatory license, and the government support certification, shall be directed to the Office of Extramural Inventions and Technology Resources Branch, OPERA, NIH, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040 A, MSC 7980, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7980 (Telephone: 301-435-1986). In addition, one copy of the annual utilization report, and a copy of the final invention statement, shall be submitted to the Contracting Officer at the address listed below. The final invention statement (see FAR 27.303(a)(2)(ii)) shall be submitted within 90 days after contract expiration to the following address:

Contracting Officer
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, COB
6701 Rockledge Drive (MSC 7902) Room 6138
Bethesda MD 20892-7902
To assist contractors in complying with invention reporting requirements of the clause, the NIH has developed "Interagency Edison," an electronic invention reporting system. Use of Interagency Edison is encouraged as it streamlines the reporting process and greatly reduces paperwork. Access to the system is through a secure interactive Web site to ensure that all information submitted is protected. Interagency Edison and information relating to the capabilities of the system can be obtained from the Web (http://www.iedison.gov), or by contacting the Office of Extramural Inventions and Technology Resources Branch, OPERA, NIH.

SECTION D—PACKAGING, MARKING AND SHIPPING

All deliverables required under this contract shall be packaged, marked and shipped in accordance with Government specifications. At a minimum, all deliverables shall be marked with the contract number and contractor name. The Contractor shall guarantee that all required materials shall be delivered in immediate usable and acceptable condition.


SECTION E—INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE

a.  The Contracting Officer or the duly authorized representative will perform inspection and acceptance of materials and services to be provided.

b.  For the purpose of this SECTION, the Project Officer is the authorized representative of the Contracting Officer.

c.  Inspection and acceptance will be performed at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD.

Acceptance may be presumed unless otherwise indicated in writing by the Contracting Officer or the duly authorized representative within 30 days of receipt.

d.  This contract incorporates the following clause by reference, with the same force and effect as if it were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make its full text available.

FAR Clause No. 52.246-5, INSPECTION OF SERVICES-COST REIMBURSEMENT (APRIL 1984)

SECTION F—DELIVERIES OR PERFORMANCE

ARTICLE F.1.  DELIVERIES

Satisfactory performance of the final contract shall be deemed to occur upon performance of the work described in Article C.1. and upon delivery and acceptance by the Contracting Officer, or the duly authorized representative, of the following items in accordance with the stated delivery schedule:

NOTE TO OFFERORS: It may be necessary to revise the delivery schedule based on the SOW proposed by the offeror and negotiated and accepted by the Government. The following represents a list of the general deliverables that each offeror must address.

Item
No.
Description Quantity Delivery Schedule
1 Quarterly Report 2 copies 10 calendar days after the end of months 3, 6, 9, in each successive year
2 Instruments, letters of commitment, educational curricula, CME programs, agenda, evaluation results   Included in quarterly or annual reports otherwise specified in final performance project plan
3 Final PPA including program evaluation 2 copies 4 months after contract award
4 Annual Report 2 copies 10 calendar days after the end of years 1 and 2
5 Draft Final Report 2 copies 1 month prior to end of contract
6 Final Report 2 copies 10 days prior to end of contract

ARTICLE F.2.  CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE, FAR 52.252-2 (FEBRUARY 1998)

This contract incorporates the following clause by reference, with the same force and effect as if it were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make its full text available. Also, the full text of a clause may be accessed electronically at this address: http://www.arnet.gov/far/.

FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION (48 CFR CHAPTER 1) CLAUSE:

52.242-15, Stop Work Order (AUGUST 1989) with ALTERNATE I (APRIL 1984).

SECTION G—CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION DATA

Any contract awarded from this RFP will contain the following:

ARTICLE G.1.  PROJECT OFFICER

The following Project Officer(s) will represent the Government for the purpose of this contract:

[To be specified prior to award]

The Project Officer is responsible for: (1) monitoring the Contractor's technical progress, including the surveillance and assessment of performance and recommending to the Contracting Officer changes in requirements; (2) interpreting the statement of work and any other technical performance requirements; (3) performing technical evaluation as required; (4) performing technical inspections and acceptances required by this contract; and (5) assisting in the resolution of technical problems encountered during performance.

The Contracting Officer is the only person with authority to act as agent of the Government under this contract. Only the Contracting Officer has authority to: (1) direct or negotiate any changes in the statement of work; (2) modify or extend the period of performance; (3) change the delivery schedule; (4) authorize reimbursement to the Contractor any costs incurred during the performance of this contract; or (5) otherwise change any terms and conditions of this contract.

[The Contracting Officer hereby delegates the Project Officer as the Contracting Officer's authorized representative responsible for signing software license agreements issued as a result of this contract.]

The Government may unilaterally change its Project Officer designation.

ARTICLE G.2.  KEY PERSONNEL

Pursuant to the Key Personnel clause incorporated in this contract, the following individual(s) is/are considered to be essential to the work being performed hereunder:

NAME TITLE

[To be specified prior to award]

ARTICLE G.3.  INVOICE SUBMISSION/CONTRACT FINANCING REQUEST

a.  Invoice/Financing Request Instructions for NIH Cost-Reimbursement Type Contracts NIH(RC)-1 (PDF format) are attached and made part of this contract. The instructions and the following directions for the submission of invoices/financing request must be followed to meet the requirements of a "proper" payment request pursuant to FAR 32.9.

(1)  Invoices/financing requests shall be submitted as follows:

An original and two copies to the following designated billing office:

Contracting Officer
Contract Operations Branch
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
6701 Rockledge Drive (MSC 7902) Room 6138
Bethesda MD 20892-7902
(2)  Inquiries regarding payment of invoices should be directed to the designated billing office, (301)435-0360.
ARTICLE G.4.  CONTRACT FINANCIAL REPORT

a.  Financial reports on the attached Form NIH 2706, Financial Report of Individual Project/Contract (PDF format), shall be submitted by the Contractor in accordance with the Instructions for Completing Form NIH 2706, which accompany the form, in an original and two copies, not later than the 30th working day after the close of the reporting period. The line entries for subdivisions of work and elements of cost (expenditure categories) which shall be reported within the total contract are listed in paragraph e., below. Subsequent changes and/or additions in the line entries shall be made in writing.

b.  Unless otherwise stated in that part of the Instructions for Completing Form NIH 2706, entitled "PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS," all columns A through J, shall be completed for each report submitted.

c.  The first financial report shall cover the period consisting of the first full three calendar months following the date of the contract, in addition to any fractional part of the initial month. Thereafter, reports will be on a quarterly basis.

d.  The Contracting Officer may require the Contractor to submit detailed support for costs contained in one or more interim financial reports. This clause does not supersede the record retention requirements in FAR Part 4.7.

e.  The following is a sample listing of expenditure categories:

Expenditure Category
A
 
Percentage of
Effort/Hours
 
(1)
 
Direct Labor
 

 

 
(a)
 
Principal Investigator
 

 

 
(b)
 
Co-Principal Investigator
 

 

 
(c)
 
Key Personnel
 

 

 

 
(i)
 

 

 

 
(ii)
 

 

 

 
(iii)
 

 
(2)
 
Other Professional Personnel
 

 
(3)
 
Personnel—Other
 

 
(4)
 
Fringe Benefits
 

 
(5)
 
Accountable Personal Property
 

 
(6)
 
Materials/Supplies
 

 
(7)
 
Patient Care Costs
 

 
(8)
 
Travel
 

 
(9)
 
Consultant Costs
 

 
(10)
 
Premium Pay
 

 
(11)
 
Computer Costs
 

 
(12)
 
Subcontract Costs
 

 
(13)
 
Other Direct Costs
 

 
(14)
 
Indirect Costs
 

 
(15)
 
G&A Expense
 

 
(16)
 
Total Cost
 

 
(17)
 
Fee
 

 
(18)
 
Total Cost Plus Fixed Fee
 

 
f.  The Government may unilaterally revise the NIH 2706 (PDF format) to reflect the allotment of additional funds.

ARTICLE G.5.  GOVERNMENT PROPERTY

If this RFP will result in the acquisition or use of Government Property provided by the contracting agency or if the Contracting Officer authorizes in the preaward negotiation process, the acquisition of property (other than real property), this ARTICLE will include applicable provisions and incorporate the DHHS Publication (OS) 686, entitled, Contractor's Guide for Control of Government Property, (1990) which can be found at http://knownet.hhs.gov/log/contractorsguide.htm

ARTICLE G.6.  POST AWARD EVALUATION OF CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE

a.  Contractor Performance Evaluations

Interim and final evaluations of contractor performance will be prepared on this contract in accordance with FAR 42.15. The final performance evaluation will be prepared at the time of completion of work.

Interim and final evaluations will be provided to the Contractor as soon as practicable after completion of the evaluation. The Contractor will be permitted thirty days to review the document and to submit additional information or a rebutting statement. Any disagreement between the parties regarding an evaluation will be referred to an individual one level above the Contracting Officer, whose decision will be final.

Copies of the evaluations, contractor responses, and review comments, if any, will be retained as part of the contract file, and may be used to support future award decisions.

b.  Electronic Access to Contractor Performance Evaluations

Contractors that have Internet capability may access evaluations through a secure Web site for review and comment by completing the registration form that can be obtained at the following address:

http://ocm.od.nih.gov/cdmp/cps_contractor.htm

The registration process requires the contractor to identify an individual that will serve as a primary contact and who will be authorized access to the evaluation for review and comment. In addition, the contractor will be required to identify an alternate contact who will be responsible for notifying the cognizant contracting official in the event the primary contact is unavailable to process the evaluation within the required 30-day time frame.


SECTION H—SPECIAL CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS

ARTICLE H.1.  HUMAN SUBJECTS

It is hereby understood and agreed that research involving human subjects shall not be conducted under this contract, and that no material developed, modified, or delivered by or to the Government under this contract, or any subsequent modification of such material, will be used by the Contractor or made available by the Contractor for use by anyone other than the Government, for experimental or therapeutic use involving humans without the prior written approval of the Contracting Officer.

ARTICLE H.2.  CONTINUED BAN ON FUNDING OF HUMAN EMBRYO RESEARCH

a.  Pursuant to Public Law(s) cited in paragraph b., below, NIH is prohibited from using appropriated funds to support human embryo research. Contract funds may not be used for (1) the creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes; or (2) research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero under 45 CFR 46.208(a)(2) and Section 498(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 289g(b)). The term "human embryo or embryos" includes any organism, not protected as a human subject under 45 CFR 46 as of the date of the enactment of this Act, that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes or human diploid cells.

Additionally, in accordance with a March 4, 1997 Presidential Memorandum, Federal funds may not be used for cloning of human beings.

b.  Public Law and Section No.                                   Fiscal Year                                   Period Covered

[Applicable information to be included at award]

ARTICLE H.3.—NEEDLE EXCHANGE

a.  Pursuant to Public Law(s) cited in paragraph b., below, contract funds shall not be used to carry out any program of distributing sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug.

b.  Public Law and Section No.                                   Fiscal Year                                   Period Covered

[Applicable information to be included at award]

ARTICLE H.4.  SALARY RATE LIMITATION LEGISLATION PROVISIONS

a.  Pursuant to Public Law(s) cited in paragraph b., below, no NIH Fiscal Year funds may be used to pay the direct salary of an individual through this contract at a rate in excess of applicable amount shown for the fiscal year covered. Direct salary is exclusive of fringe benefits, overhead, and general and administrative expenses (also referred to as "indirect cost" or "facilities and administrative (F&A) costs"). Direct salary has the same meaning as the term "institutional base salary." An individual's direct salary (or institutional base salary) is the annual compensation that the contractor pays for an individual's appointment whether that individual's time is spent on research, teaching, patient care or other activities. Direct salary (or institutional base salary) excludes any income that an individual may be permitted to earn outside of duties to the contractor. The per year salary rate limit also applies to individuals proposed under subcontracts. It does not apply to fees paid to consultants. If this is a multiple year contract, it may be subject to unilateral modifications by the Government if an individual's salary rate exceeds any salary rate ceiling established in future HHS appropriation acts.

b.  Public Law No.                                 Fiscal Year                                 Dollar Amount of Salary Limitation*

[Applicable information to be included at award]

* Currently this amount is $___________ and will remain at this level until such time as the Executive Level I is increased. See the following web site for Executive Level I rates of pay.

FOR FY-02 EXECUTIVE LEVEL SALARIES: http://www.opm.gov/oca/02tables/ex.pdf

ARTICLE H.5.—PUBLICATION AND PUBLICITY

The contractor shall acknowledge the support of the National Institutes of Health whenever publicizing the work under this contract in any media by including an acknowledgment substantially as follows:

"This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. .

ARTICLE H.6.  PRESS RELEASES

a.  Pursuant to Public Law(s) cited in paragraph b., below, the contractor shall clearly state, when issuing statements, press releases, requests for proposals, bid solicitations and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal money: (1) the percentage of the total costs of the program or project which will be financed with Federal money; (2) the dollar amount of Federal funds for the project or program; and (3) the percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the project or program that will be financed by nongovernmental sources.

b.  Public Law and Section No.                                   Fiscal Year                                   Period Covered

[Applicable information to be included at award]

ARTICLE H.7.  REPORTING MATTERS INVOLVING FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE

Anyone who becomes aware of the existence or apparent existence of fraud, waste and abuse in NIH funded programs is encouraged to report such matters to the HHS Inspector General's Office in writing or on the Inspector General's Hotline. The toll free number is 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477). All telephone calls will be handled confidentially. The e-mail address is Htips@os.dhhs.gov and the mailing address is:

Office of Inspector General
Department of Health and Human Services
TIPS HOTLINE
PO Box 23489
Washington, D.C. 20026

ARTICLE H.8.  ANTI-LOBBYING

a.  Pursuant to Public Law(s) cited in paragraph c., below, contract funds shall not be used, other than for normal and recognized executive-legislative relationships, for publicity or propaganda purposes, for the preparation, distribution, or use of any kit, pamphlet, booklet, publication, radio, television, or video presentation designed to support or defeat legislation pending before the Congress or any State legislature, except in presentation to the Congress or any State legislature itself.

b.  Contract funds shall not be used to pay salary or expenses of the contractor or any agent acting for the contractor, related to any activity designed to influence legislation or appropriations pending before the Congress or any State legislature.

c.  Public Law and Section No.                                   Fiscal Year                                   Period Covered

[Applicable information to be included at award]

ARTICLE H.9.  OBTAINING AND DISSEMINATING BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH RESOURCES

Unique research resources arising from NIH-funded research are to be shared with the scientific research community. NIH provides guidance, entitled, "Sharing Biomedical Research Resources: Principles and Guidelines for Recipients of NIH Research Grants and Contracts," (Federal Register Notice, December 23, 1999 [64 FR 72090]), concerning the appropriate terms for disseminating and acquiring these research resources. This guidance, found at: http://ott.od.nih.gov/NewPages/64FR72090.pdf is intended to help contractors ensure that the conditions they impose and accept on the transfer of research tools will facilitate further biomedical research, consistent with the requirements of the Bayh-Dole Act and NIH funding policy.

Note: For the purposes of this Article, the terms, "research tools," "research materials," and "research resources" are used interchangeably and have the same meaning.


PART II—CONTRACT CLAUSES

SECTION I—CONTRACT CLAUSES

THE FOLLOWING PAGES CONTAIN A LISTING(S) OF GENERAL CLAUSES WHICH WILL BE APPLICABLE TO MOST CONTRACTS RESULTING FROM THIS RFP. HOWEVER, THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE SUCCESSFUL OFFEROR(S) WILL DETERMINE THE SPECIFIC GENERAL CLAUSES LISTING TO BE CONTAINED IN THE CONTRACT(S) AWARDED FROM THIS RFP.

ARTICLE I.1.  GENERAL CLAUSES FOR A COST-REIMBURSEMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT—FAR 52.252-2, CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (FEBRUARY 1998)

This contract incorporates the following clauses by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available. Also, the full text of a clause may be accessed electronically at this address: http://www.arnet.gov/far/.

a.  FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION (FAR) (48 CFR CHAPTER 1) CLAUSES:

FAR
CLAUSE
NO.
DATE TITLE
52.202-1 Dec 2001 Definitions
52.203-3 Apr 1984 Gratuities (Over $100,000)
52.203-5 Apr 1984 Covenant Against Contingent Fees (Over $100,000)
52.203-6 Jul 1995 Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales to the Government (Over $100,000)
52.203-7 Jul 1995 Anti-Kickback Procedures (Over $100,000)
52.203-8 Jan 1997 Cancellation, Rescission, and Recovery of Funds for Illegal or Improper Activity (Over $100,000)
52.203-10 Jan 1997 Price or Fee Adjustment for Illegal or Improper Activity (Over $100,000)
52.203-12 Jun 1997 Limitation on Payments to Influence Certain Federal Transactions (Over $100,000)
52.204-4 Aug 2000 Printed or Copied Double-Sided on Recycled Paper (Over $100,000)
52.209-6 Jul 1995 Protecting the Government's Interests When Subcontracting With Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment (Over $25,000)
52.215-2 Jun 1999 Audit and Records—Negotiation (Over $100,000)
52.215-8 Oct 1997 Order of Precedence—Uniform Contract Format
52.215-10 Oct 1997 Price Reduction for Defective Cost or Pricing Data
52.215-12 Oct 1997 Subcontractor Cost or Pricing Data (Over $500,000)
52.215-14 Oct 1997 Integrity of Unit Prices (Over $100,000)
52.215-15 Dec 1998 Pension Adjustments and Asset Reversions
52.215-18 Oct 1997 Reversion or Adjustment of Plans for Post-Retirement Benefits (PRB) Other Than Pensions
52.215-19 Oct 1997 Notification of Ownership Changes
52.215-21 Oct 1997 Requirements for Cost or Pricing Data or Information Other Than Cost or Pricing Data—Modifications
52.216-7 Feb 2002 Allowable Cost and Payment
52.216-8 Mar 1997 Fixed Fee
52.219-8 Oct 2000 Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Over $100,000)
52.219-9 Jan 2002 Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Over $500,000)
52.219-16 Jan 1999 Liquidated Damages—Subcontracting Plan (Over $500,000)
52.222-2 Jul 1990 Payment for Overtime Premium (Over $100,000) (Note: The dollar amount in paragraph (a) of this clause is $0 unless otherwise specified in the contract.)
52.222-3 Aug 1996 Convict Labor
52.222-26 Feb 1999 Equal Opportunity
52.222-35 Dec 2001 Equal Opportunity for Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans
52.222-36 Jun 1998 Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities
52.222-37 Dec 2001 Employment Reports on Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans
52.223-6 May 2001 Drug-Free Workplace
52.223-14 Oct 2000 Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
52.225-1 Feb 2002 Buy American Act—Balance of Payments Program—Supplies
52.225-13 Jul 2000 Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases
52.227-1 Jul 1995 Authorization and Consent, Alternate I (Apr 1984)
52.227-2 Aug 1996 Notice and Assistance Regarding Patent and Copyright Infringement (Over $100,000)
52.227-11 Jun 1997 Patent Rights—Retention by the Contractor (Short Form) (Note: In accordance with FAR 27.303(a)(2), paragraph (f) is modified to include the requirements in FAR 27.303(a)(2)(i) through (iv). The frequency of reporting in (i) is annual.
52.227-14 Jun 1987 Rights in Data—General
52.232-9 Apr 1984 Limitation on Withholding of Payments
52.232-17 Jun 1996 Interest (Over $100,000)
52.232-20 Apr 1984 Limitation of Cost
52.232-23 Jan 1986 Assignment of Claims
52.232-25 Feb 2002 Prompt Payment
52.232-34 May 1999 Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer—Other Than Central Contractor Registration
52.233-1 Dec 1998 Disputes
52.233-3 Aug 1996 Protest After Award, Alternate I (Jun 1985)
52.242-1 Apr 1984 Notice of Intent to Disallow Costs
52.242-3 May 2001 Penalties for Unallowable Costs (Over $500,000)
52.242-4 Jan 1997 Certification of Final Indirect Costs
52.242-13 Jul 1995 Bankruptcy (Over $100,000)
52.243-2 Aug 1987 Changes—Cost Reimbursement, Alternate V (Apr 1984)
52.244-2 Aug 1998 Subcontracts, Alternate II (Aug 1998) *If written consent to subcontract is required, the identified subcontracts are listed in ARTICLE B, Advance Understandings.
52.244-5 Dec 1996 Competition in Subcontracting (Over $100,000)
52.245-5 Jun 1986 Government Property (Cost-Reimbursement, Time and Material, or Labor-Hour Contract)
52.246-23 Feb 1997 Limitation of Liability (Over $100,000)
52.249-6 Sep 1996 Termination (Cost-Reimbursement)
52.249-14 Apr 1984 Excusable Delays
52.253-1 Jan 1991 Computer Generated Forms

b.  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ACQUISITION REGULATION (HHSAR) (48 CFR CHAPTER 3) CLAUSES:

HHSAR
CLAUSE
NO.
DATE TITLE
352.202-1 Jan 2001 Definitions—with Alternate paragraph (h) (Jan 2001)
352.216-72 Oct 1990 Additional Cost Principles
352.228-7 Dec 1991 Insurance—Liability to Third Persons
352.232-9 Apr 1984 Withholding of Contract Payments
352.233-70 Apr 1984 Litigation and Claims
352.242-71 Apr 1984 Final Decisions on Audit Findings
352.270-5 Apr 1984 Key Personnel
352.270-6 Jul 1991 Publications and Publicity
352.270-7 Jan 2001 Paperwork Reduction Act
[End of GENERAL CLAUSES FOR A COST-REIMBURSEMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT—Rev. 2/2002].

ARTICLE I.2.  AUTHORIZED SUBSTITUTIONS OF CLAUSES

Any authorized substitutions and/or modifications other than the General Clauses which will be based on the type of contract/Contractor will be determined during negotiations.

It is expected that the following clause(s) will be made part of the resultant contract:

ALTERNATE II (APRIL 1998) of FAR Clause 52.215-2, AUDIT AND RECORDS—NEGOTIATION (JUNE 1999) is added.

FAR Clause 52.215-15, PENSION ADJUSTMENTS AND ASSET REVERSIONS (DECEMBER 1998), FAR Clause 52.215-18, REVERSION OR ADJUSTMENT OF PLANS FOR POST RETIREMENT BENEFITS (PRB) OTHER THAN PENSIONS (OCTOBER 1997) and 52.215-19, NOTIFICATION OF OWNERSHIP CHANGES (OCTOBER 1997), are deleted in their entirety.

FAR Clause 52.216-7, ALLOWABLE COST AND PAYMENT (FEBRUARY 2002), is modified in paragraph (a) to delete the words "subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)" and substitute the words "45 CFR part 74, appendix E".

ALTERNATE I of FAR Clause 52.216-11, COST CONTRACT—NO FEE (APRIL 1984), is added.

FAR Clause 52.219-9, SMALL BUSINESS SUBCONTRACTING PLAN (JANUARY 2002), and FAR Clause 52.219-16, LIQUIDATED DAMAGES—SUBCONTRACTING PLAN (JANUARY 1999) are deleted in their entirety.

FAR Clause 52.232-17, INTEREST (JUNE 1996) is deleted.

FAR Clause 52.232-20, LIMITATION OF COST, is deleted in its entirety and FAR Clause 52.232-22, LIMITATION OF FUNDS (APRIL 1984) is substituted therefor. Note: When this contract is fully funded, FAR Clause 52.232-22, LIMITATION OF FUNDS will no longer apply and FAR Clause 52.232-20, LIMITATION OF COST will become applicable.

ARTICLE I.3.  ADDITIONAL CONTRACT CLAUSES

Additional clauses other than those listed below which are based on the type of contract/Contractor shall be determined during negotiations. Any contract awarded from this solicitation will contain the following:

This contract incorporates the following clauses by reference, (unless otherwise noted), with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available.

a.  FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION (FAR) (48 CFR CHAPTER 1) CLAUSES

(1)  FAR 52.216-15, Predetermined Indirect Cost Rates (APRIL 1998).

(2)  FAR 52.217-2, Cancellation Under Multiyear Contracts (JULY 1996).

(3) FAR 52.219-4, Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns (JANUARY 1999).

"(c) Waiver of evaluation preference.....

[   ]  Offeror elects to waive the evaluation preference."

(4)  FAR 52.219-23, Notice of Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns (MAY 2001).

"(b)  Evaluation adjustment. (1) The Contracting Officer will evaluate offers by adding a factor of       [Contracting Officer insert the percentage] percent to the price of all offers, except—..."

(5)  ALTERNATE I (OCTOBER 1998), FAR Clause 52.219-23, Notice of Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns (OCTOBER 1999).

(6)  FAR 52.219-25, Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program—Disadvantaged Status and Reporting (OCTOBER 1999).

(7)  FAR 52.227-14, Rights in Data—General (JUNE 1987).

(8)  FAR 52.243-2, Changes—Cost Reimbursement (AUGUST 1987), Alternate V (APRIL 1984).

b.  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ACQUISITION REGULATION (HHSAR) (48 CHAPTER 3) CLAUSES:

(1)  HHSAR 352.270-1, Accessibility of Meetings, Conferences and Seminars to Persons with Disabilities (JANUARY 2001).
c.  NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH) RESEARCH CONTRACTING (RC) CLAUSES:

The following clauses are attached and made a part of this contract:

(1) NIH (RC)-7, Procurement of Certain Equipment (APRIL 1984) (OMB Bulletin 81-16).
ARTICLE I.4.  ADDITIONAL FAR CONTRACT CLAUSES INCLUDED IN FULL TEXT

Additional clauses other than those listed below which are based on the type of contract/Contractor shall be determined during negotiations. Any contract awarded from this solicitation will contain the following:

This contract incorporates the following clauses in full text.

FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION (FAR)(48 CFR CHAPTER 1) CLAUSES:

a.  FAR Clause 52.244-6, SUBCONTRACTS FOR COMMERCIAL ITEMS (DECEMBER 2001)

(a)  Definitions. As used in this clause—

Commercial item, has the meaning contained in the clause at 52.202-1, Definitions.

Subcontract, includes a transfer of commercial items between divisions, subsidiaries, or affiliates of the Contractor or subcontractor at any tier.

(b)  To the maximum extent practicable, the Contractor shall incorporate, and require its subcontractors at all tiers to incorporate, commercial items or nondevelopmental items as components of items to be supplied under this contract.

(c)  (1)  The Contractor shall insert the following clauses in subcontracts for commercial items:

(i)  52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (OCT 2000) (15 USC 637(d)(2) and (3)), in all subcontracts that offer further subcontracting opportunities. If the subcontract (except subcontracts to small business concerns) exceeds $500,000 ($1,000,000 for construction of any public facility), the subcontractor must include 52.219-8 in lower tier subcontracts that offer subcontracting opportunities.
(ii)  52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (FEB 1999) (EO 11246).
(iii)  52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Other Eligible Veterans (DEC 2001) (38 U.S.C. 4212(a)).
(iv)  52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (JUN 1998) (29 U.S.C. 793).
(v)  52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flagged Commercial Vessels (JUN 2000) (46 U.S.C. Appx 1241) (flowdown not required for subcontracts awarded beginning May 1, 1996).
     (2)  While not required, the Contractor may flow down to subcontracts for commercial items a minimal number of additional clauses necessary to satisfy its contractual obligations.

(d)  The Contractor shall include the terms of this clause, including this paragraph (d), in subcontracts awarded under this contract.


PART III—LIST OF DOCUMENTS, EXHIBITS AND OTHER ATTACHMENTS

SECTION J—LIST OF ATTACHMENTS

1.  Packaging and Delivery of the Proposal
2.  Statement of Work, dated 2/28/02
3.  Qualified HSAs for Coronary Heart Diseases
4.  Qualified HSAs for Stroke
5.  Invoice/Financing Request Instructions for NIH Cost-Reimbursement Type Contracts, NIH(RC)-1 (PDF format)3, May, 1997
6.  Financial Report of Individual Project/Contract, NIH 2706 (PDF format)3, May, 1997
7.  Instructions for Completing Form NIH 27063, May, 1997
8.  Procurement of Certain Equipment, NIH(RC)-7 (OMB Bulletin 81-16)3, April, 1984
9.  Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, OMB Form SF-LLL (PDF format)2, December, 1989
10.  Proposal Summary and Data Record, NIH-2043 (PDF format; MS Word format) (Rev. 6/82)2, June, 1982
11.  Contact Points2
12.  Technical Proposal Cost Information1, December, 1988
13.  Breakdown of Proposed Estimated Cost (plus fee) and Labor Hours2, September, 1992
14.  Summary of Related Activities (also available in MS Word format)1, March, 1984
15.  Proposal Intent Response Sheet4

Footnotes:

1.  These forms must be completed (where applicable) and submitted with the Technical Proposal.
2.  These forms must be completed (where applicable) and submitted with the Business Proposal.
3.  These forms will be attached to any contract resulting from this RFP.
4.  Complete this form as soon as possible and return as indicated on the form.


PART IV—REPRESENTATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS

SECTION K—REPRESENTATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER STATEMENTS OF OFFERORS

Representations, Certifications, and Other Statements of Offerors or Quoters (Negotiated).

1. REPRESENTATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

The Representations and Certifications required by this particular acquisition can be accessed electronically from the INTERNET at the following URL:

http://rcb.nci.nih.gov/forms/rcneg.pdf (also available in WordPerfect format; MS Word format)

If you are unable to access this document electronically, you may request a copy from the Contracting Officer identified on the cover page of this solicitation.

IF YOU INTEND TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE REPRESENTATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS AND SUBMIT THEM AS PART OF YOUR BUSINESS PROPOSAL.


SECTION L—INSTRUCTIONS, CONDITIONS AND NOTICES TO OFFERORS

1.  GENERAL INFORMATION

a.  INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS—COMPETITIVE ACQUISITION [FAR Clause 52.215-1 (May 2001)]

(a)  Definitions. As used in this provision—

NOTE: All references to "competitive range" contained in Section L—Instructions, Conditions and Notices to Offerors, are hereby deleted because this is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and not a conventional Request for Proposals (RFP).

Discussions are negotiations that occur after establishment of the competitive range that may, at the Contracting Officer's discretion, result in the offeror being allowed to revise its proposal.

"In writing", "writing", or "written" means any worded or numbered expression that can be read, reproduced, and later communicated, and includes electronically transmitted and stored information.

"Proposal modification" is a change made to a proposal before the solicitation's closing date and time, or made in response to an amendment, or made to correct a mistake at any time before award.

"Proposal revision" is a change to a proposal made after the solicitation closing date, at the request of or as allowed by a Contracting Officer as the result of negotiations.

"Time", if stated as a number of days, is calculated using calendar days, unless otherwise specified, and will include Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. However, if the last day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, then the period shall include the next working day.

(b)  Amendments to solicitations. If this solicitation is amended, all terms and conditions that are not amended remain unchanged. Offerors shall acknowledge receipt of any amendment to this solicitation by the date and time specified in the amendment(s).

(c)  Submission, modification, revision, and withdrawal of proposals. (1) Unless other methods (e.g., electronic commerce or facsimile) are permitted in the solicitation, proposals and modifications to proposals shall be submitted in paper media in sealed envelopes or packages (i) addressed to the office specified in the solicitation, and (ii) showing the time and date specified for receipt, the solicitation number, and the name and address of the offeror. Offerors using commercial carriers should ensure that the proposal is marked on the outermost wrapper with the information in paragraphs (c)(1)(i) and (c)(1)(ii) of this provision.

(2)  The first page of the proposal must show—
(i)  The solicitation number;
(ii)  The name, address, and telephone and facsimile numbers of the offeror (and electronic address if available);
(iii)  A statement specifying the extent of agreement with all terms, conditions, and provisions included in the solicitation and agreement to furnish any or all items upon which prices are offered at the price set opposite each item;
(iv)  Names, titles, and telephone and facsimile numbers (and electronic addresses if available) of persons authorized to negotiate on the offeror's behalf with the Government in connection with this solicitation;
and
(v)  Name, title, and signature of person authorized to sign the proposal. Proposals signed by an agent shall be accompanied by evidence of that agent's authority, unless that evidence has been previously furnished to the issuing office.
NOTE: Offerors should refer to Section L.1.m. for modification of the following paragraph (3) below.

(3)  Submission, modification, revision, and withdrawal of proposals. (i) Offerors are responsible for submitting proposals, and any modifications or revisions, so as to reach the Government office designated in the solicitation by the time specified in the solicitation. If no time is specified in the solicitation, the time for receipt is 4:30 p.m., local time, for the designated Government office on the date that proposal or revision is due.

(ii)  (A)  Any proposal, modification, or revision received at the Government office designated in the solicitation after the exact time specified for receipt of offers is "late" and will not be considered unless it is received before award is made, the Contracting Officer determines that accepting the late offer would not unduly delay the acquisition; and—

(1)  If it was transmitted through an electronic commerce method authorized by the solicitation, it was received at the initial point of entry to the Government infrastructure not later than 5:00 p.m. one working day prior to the date specified for receipt of proposals; or
(2)  There is acceptable evidence to establish that it was received at the Government installation designated for receipt of offers and was under the Government's control prior to the time set for receipt of offers; or
(3)  It is the only proposal received.
(B)  However, a late modification of an otherwise successful proposal that makes its terms more favorable to the Government, will be considered at any time it is received and may be accepted.
(iii)  Acceptable evidence to establish the time of receipt at the Government installation includes the time/date stamp of that installation on the proposal wrapper, other documentary evidence of receipt maintained by the installation, or oral testimony or statements of Government personnel.

(iv)  If an emergency or unanticipated event interrupts normal Government processes so that proposals cannot be received at the office designated for receipt of proposals by the exact time specified in the solicitation, and urgent Government requirements preclude amendment of the solicitation, the time specified for receipt of proposals will be deemed to be extended to the same time of day specified in the solicitation on the first work day on which normal Government processes resume.

(v)  Proposals may be withdrawn by written notice received at any time before award. Oral proposals in response to oral solicitations may be withdrawn orally. If the solicitation authorizes facsimile proposals, proposals may be withdrawn via facsimile received at any time before award, subject to the conditions specified in the provision at 52.215-5, Facsimile Proposals. Proposals may be withdrawn in person by an offeror or an authorized representative, if the identity of the person requesting withdrawal is established and the person signs a receipt for the proposal before award.

(4)  Unless otherwise specified in the solicitation, the offeror may propose to provide any item or combination of items.

(5)  Offerors shall submit proposals in response to this solicitation in English, unless otherwise permitted by the solicitation, and in U.S. dollars, unless the provision at FAR 52.225-17, Evaluation of Foreign Currency Offers, is included in the solicitation.

(6)  Offerors may submit modifications to their proposals at any time before the solicitation closing date and time, and may submit modifications in response to an amendment, or to correct a mistake at any time before award.

(7)  Offerors may submit revised proposals only if requested or allowed by the Contracting Officer.

(8)  Proposals may be withdrawn at any time before award. Withdrawals are effective upon receipt of notice by the Contracting Officer.

(d)  Offer expiration date. Proposals in response to this solicitation will be valid for the number of days specified on the solicitation cover sheet (unless a different period is proposed by the offeror).

(e)  Restriction on disclosure and use of data. (1) The proposal submitted in response to this request may contain data (trade secrets; business data, e.g., commercial information, financial information, and cost and pricing data; and technical data) which the offeror, including its prospective subcontractor(s), does not want used or disclosed for any purpose other than for evaluation of the proposal. The use and disclosure of any data may be so restricted; provided, that the Government determines that the data is not required to be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, as amended, and the offeror marks the cover sheet of the proposal with the following legend, specifying the particular portions of the proposal which are to be restricted in accordance with the conditions of the legend. The Government's determination to withhold or disclose a record will be based upon the particular circumstances involving the record in question and whether the record may be exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The legend reads:

Unless disclosure is required by the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, as amended, (the Act) as determined by Freedom of Information (FOI) officials of the Department of Health and Human Services, data contained in the portions of this proposal which have been specifically identified by page number, paragraph, etc. by the offeror as containing restricted information shall not be used or disclosed except for evaluation purposes.

The offeror acknowledges that the Department may not be able to withhold a record (data, document, etc.) nor deny access to a record requested pursuant to the Act and that the Department's FOI officials must make that determination. The offeror hereby agrees that the Government is not liable for disclosure if the Department has determined that disclosure is required by the Act.

If a contract is awarded to the offeror as a result of, or in connection with, the submission of this proposal, the Government shall have right to use or disclose the data to the extent provided in the contract. Proposals not resulting in a contract remain subject to the Act.

The offeror also agrees that the Government is not liable for disclosure or use of unmarked data and may use or disclose the data for any purpose, including the release of the information pursuant to requests under the Act. The data subject to this restriction are contained in pages (insert page numbers, paragraph designations, etc. or other identification).

(2)  In addition, the offeror should mark each page of data it wishes to restrict with the following statement:

"Use or disclosure of data contained on this page is subject to the restriction on the cover sheet of this proposal or quotation."
(3)  Offerors are cautioned that proposals submitted with restrictive legends or statements differing in substance from the above legend may not be considered for award. The Government reserves the right to reject any proposal submitted with a nonconforming legend.
(f)  Contract award. (1) The Government intends to award a contract or contracts resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror(s) whose proposal(s) represents the best value after evaluation in accordance with the factors and subfactors in the solicitation.

(2)  The Government may reject any or all proposals if such action is in the Government's interest.

(3)  The Government may waive informalities and minor irregularities in proposals received.

(4)  The Government intends to conduct discussions with offerors whose proposals remain under consideration for award following technical evaluations.

(5)  The Government reserves the right to make an award on any item for a quantity less than the quantity offered, at the unit cost or prices offered, unless the offeror specifies otherwise in the proposal.

(6)  The Government reserves the right to make multiple awards if, after considering the additional administrative costs, it is in the Government's best interest to do so.

(7)  Exchanges with offerors after receipt of a proposal do not constitute a rejection or counteroffer by the Government.

(8)  The Government may determine that a proposal is unacceptable if the prices proposed are materially unbalanced between line items or subline items. Unbalanced pricing exists when, despite an acceptable total evaluated price, the price of one or more contract line items is significantly overstated or understated as indicated by the application of cost or price analysis techniques. A proposal may be rejected if the Contracting Officer determines that the lack of balance poses an unacceptable risk to the Government.

(9)  If a cost realism analysis is performed, cost realism may be considered by the source selection authority in evaluating performance or schedule risk.

(10)  A written award or acceptance of proposal mailed or otherwise furnished to the successful offeror within the time specified in the proposal shall result in a binding contract without further action by either party.

(11)  The Government may disclose the following information in postaward debriefings to other offerors:

(i)  The overall evaluated cost or price and technical rating of the successful offeror;
(ii)  The overall ranking of all offerors, when any ranking was developed by the agency during source selection;
(iii)  A summary of the rationale for award; and
(iv)  For acquisitions of commercial items, the make and model of the item to be delivered by the successful offeror.
b.  "JUST IN TIME"

This RFP contains special procedures for the submission of business management proposals. These special procedures are designed to reduce the administrative burden on offerors without compromising the information during the initial evaluation of proposals. Certain documents will no longer be required to be submitted with initial proposals, but will be requested at a later stage in the competitive process. Specifically, the travel policy, the annual financial statement, the total compensation plan, and certain types of cost/pricing information will only be required to be submitted from those offerors included in the competitive range, or the apparent successful offeror. The special procedures for submission of this documentation are set forth in detail below:

Travel Policy. The offeror's (and any proposed subcontractor's) written travel policy shall not be submitted with the initial business proposal. All offerors being considered for award will be required to submit a travel policy as a part of their final proposal revision.

Annual Report. The offeror's most recent annual report shall not be submitted with the initial business proposal. All offerors being considered for award will be required to submit a copy of their most recent annual report as a part of their final proposal revision.

Total Compensation Plan. The offeror's total compensation plan shall not be submitted with the initial business proposal. All offerors being considered for award will be required to submit a total compensation plan as a part of their final proposal revision.

Cost/Pricing Information. The offeror's business proposal shall include the basic cost/pricing information specified in Section L.2.c.(2) of this RFP. In addition, the Government may require offerors included in the competitive range to submit additional information substantiating their proposed costs or prices. This additional cost/pricing information will be requested after establishment of the competitive range, and potentially includes payroll documentation, vendor quotes, invoice prices, and/or any other information deemed necessary by the contracting officer to evaluate the reasonableness of the price or to determine cost realism.

c.  NAICS CODE AND SIZE STANDARD

Note: The following information is to be used by the offeror in preparing its Representations and Certifications (See Section K of this RFP), specifically in completing the provision entitled, SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM REPRESENTATION, FAR Clause 52.219-1.

(1)  The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is 541710.

(2)  The small business size standard is 500 employees.

THIS REQUIREMENT IS NOT SET-ASIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESS. However, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires in EVERY solicitation, (except for foreign acquisitions) the inclusion of the North American Industry Classification (NAICS) Code and corresponding size standard which best describes the nature of the requirement in the solicitation.

d.  NOTICE OF PRICE EVALUATION ADJUSTMENT FOR SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS CONCERNS

In accordance with FAR Clause 52.219-23, Notice of Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns, incorporated in Section I.3., offerors will be evaluated by adding a factor of 10 percent to the price of all offers, except offers from small disadvantaged business concerns that have not waived the adjustment. (Note: A listing of other offerors who are excepted and will not have this evaluation factor added to their offer may be found in subparagraph (b) of FAR Clause 52.219-23.

A small disadvantaged business concern may elect to waive the adjustment, in which case the factor will be added to its offer for evaluation purposes. The agreements in paragraph (d) of FAR Clause 52.219-23 do not apply to offerors that waive the adjustment.

AN OFFEROR WHO ELECTS TO WAIVE THIS EVALUATION ADJUSTMENT MUST SPECIFICALLY INDICATE WITH A STATEMENT TO THIS EFFECT ON THE COVER PAGE OF ITS BUSINESS PROPOSAL.
e.  TYPE OF CONTRACT AND NUMBER OF AWARD(S)

It is anticipated that multiple awards will be made from this solicitation and that the awards will be made on/about September 30, 2002. It is anticipated that the awards from this solicitation will be multiple-year cost reimbursement type completion contracts, and that incremental funding will be used [see Section L.2.c. Business Proposal Instructions].

f.  ESTIMATE OF EFFORT

It is expected that a completion type contract will be awarded as a result of this RFP. To assist you in the preparation of your proposal, the Government estimates that the total cost (direct and indirect) will range from $350,000 to $450,000 for each award for a 3-year period of performance. This information is furnished for the offeror's information only and is not to be considered restrictive for proposal purposes.

g.  COMMITMENT OF PUBLIC FUNDS

The Contracting Officer is the only individual who can legally commit the Government to the expenditure of public funds in connection with the proposed procurement. Any other commitment, either explicit or implied, is invalid.

h.  COMMUNICATIONS PRIOR TO CONTRACT AWARD

Offerors shall direct all communications to the attention of the Contracting Officer cited on the face page of this RFP. Communications with other officials may compromise the competitiveness of this acquisition and result in cancellation of the requirement.

i.  RELEASE OF INFORMATION

Contract selection and award information will be disclosed to offerors in accordance with regulations applicable to negotiated acquisition. Prompt written notice will be given to unsuccessful offerors as they are eliminated from the competition, and to all offerors following award.

j.  REFERENCE MATERIALS

The NHLBI strongly recommends that offerors become familiar with the following reference materials. They are intended to assist offerors in the preparation of their proposals. Failure of offerors to examine the reference materials prior to proposal preparation and submission will be at the offeror's risk.

k.  PREPARATION COSTS

This RFP does not commit the Government to pay for the preparation and submission of a proposal.

l.  SERVICE OF PROTEST (AUGUST 1996)—FAR 52.233-2

(a)  Protests, as defined in section 33.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, that are filed directly with an agency, and copies of any protests that are filed with the General Accounting Office (GAO), shall be served on the Contracting Officer (addressed as follows) by obtaining written and dated acknowledgment of receipt from:
Mr. Robert Best
Chief, Contract Operations Branch
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive MSC 7902
Bethesda, MD 20892-7902
(b)  The copy of any protest shall be received in the office designated above within one day of filing a protest with the GAO.

m.  LATE PROPOSALS AND REVISIONS, HHSAR 352.215-70

Notwithstanding the procedures contained in FAR 52.215-1(c)(3) of the provision of this solicitation entitled Instructions to Offerors-Competitive Acquisition, a proposal received after the date specified for receipt may be considered if it offers significant cost or technical advantages to the Government; and it was received before proposals were distributed for evaluation, or within five calendar days after the exact time specified for receipt, whichever is earlier.

2.  INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS

a.  GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

INTRODUCTION

The following instructions will establish the acceptable minimum requirements for the format and contents of proposals. Special attention is directed to the requirements for technical and business proposals to be submitted in accordance with these instructions.

(1)  Contract Type and General Clauses

It is contemplated that a cost-reimbursement completion type contract will be awarded. (See General Information) Any resultant contract shall include the clauses applicable to the selected offeror's organization and type of contract awarded as required by Public Law, Executive Order, or acquisition regulations in effect at the time of execution of the proposed contract.

(2)  Authorized Official and Submission of Proposal

The proposal must be signed by an official authorized to bind your organization and must stipulate that it is predicated upon all the terms and conditions of this RFP. Your proposal shall be submitted in the number of copies, to the addresses, and marked as indicated in the Attachment entitled, PACKAGING AND DELIVERY OF THE PROPOSAL, Part III, Section J hereof. Proposals will be typewritten, paginated, reproduced on letter size paper and will be legible in all required copies. Note: See Page and Formatting Limitations—paragraph (19) below. To expedite the proposal evaluation, all documents required for responding to the RFP should be placed in the following order:

I.  COVER PAGE

Include RFP title, number, name of organization, identification of the proposal part, and indicate whether the proposal is an original or a copy.

II.  TECHNICAL PROPOSAL

It is recommended that the technical proposal consist of a cover page, a table of contents, and the information requested in the Technical Proposal Instructions and as specified in SECTION J, List of Attachments.

III.  BUSINESS PROPOSAL

It is recommended that the business proposal consist of a cover page, a table of contents, and the information requested in the Business Proposal Instructions and as specified in SECTION J, List of Attachments.

(3)  Proposal Summary and Data Record (NIH-2043)

The Offeror must complete the Form NIH-2043 (PDF format; MS Word format), attached, with particular attention to the length of time the proposal is firm and the designation of those personnel authorized to conduct negotiations. (See Section J, Attachment entitled, PROPOSAL SUMMARY AND DATA RECORD.)

(4)  Separation of Technical and Business Proposals

The proposal must be prepared in two parts: a "Technical Proposal" and a "Business Proposal." Each of the parts shall be separate and complete in itself so that evaluation of one may be accomplished independently of, and concurrently with, evaluation of the other. The technical proposal must include direct cost and resources information, such as labor-hours and categories and applicable rates, materials, subcontracts, travel, etc., and associated costs so that the offeror's understanding of the project may be evaluated (See Attachment entitled, TECHNICAL PROPOSAL COST INFORMATION/SUMMARY OF LABOR AND DIRECT COSTS). However, the technical proposal should not include pricing data relating to individual salary information, indirect cost rates or amounts, fee amounts (if any), and total costs. The technical proposal should disclose your technical approach in as much detail as possible, including, but not limited to, the requirements of the technical proposal instructions.

(5)  Alternate Proposals

You may, at your discretion, submit alternate proposals, or proposals which deviate from the requirements; provided, that you also submit a proposal for performance of the work as specified in the statement of work. Such proposals may be considered if overall performance would be improved or not compromised and if they are in the best interests of the Government. Alternative proposals, or deviations from any requirements of this RFP, shall be clearly identified.

(6)  Evaluation of Proposals

The Government will evaluate technical proposals in accordance with the criteria set forth in Part IV, Section M of this RFP.

(7)  Potential Award Without Discussions

The Government reserves the right to award a contract without discussions if the Contracting Officer determines that the initial prices are fair and reasonable and that discussions are not necessary.

(8)  Use of the Metric System of Measurement

It is the policy of the Department of Health and Human Services to support the Federal transition to the metric system and to use the metric system of measurement in all procurement, grants, and other business related activities unless such use is impracticable or is likely to cause significant inefficiencies.

The offeror is encouraged to prepare their proposal using either "Hard Metric," "Soft Metric," or "Dual Systems" of measurement. The following definitions are provided for your information:

Hard Metric—The replacement of a standard inch-pound size with an accepted metric size for a particular purpose. An example of size substitution might be: selling or packaging liquids by the liter instead of by the pint or quart (as for soft drinks), or instead of by the gallon (as for gasoline).

Soft Metric—The result of a mathematical conversion of inch-pound measurements to metric equivalents for a particular purpose. The physical characteristics are not changed.

Dual Systems—The use of both inch-pound and metric systems. For example, an item is designed, produced, and described in inch-pound values with soft metric values also shown for information or comparison purposes.

(9)  Obtaining and Disseminating Biomedical Research Resources

As a public sponsor of biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a dual interest in accelerating scientific discovery and facilitating product development. Intellectual property restrictions can stifle the broad dissemination of new discoveries and limit future avenues of research and product development. At the same time, reasonable restrictions on the dissemination of research tools are sometimes necessary to protect legitimate proprietary interests and to preserve incentives for commercial development. To assist NIH contractors achieve an appropriate balance, the NIH has provided guidance in the form of a two-part document, consisting of Principles setting forth the fundamental concepts and Guidelines that provide specific information to patent and license professionals and sponsored research administrators for implementation.

The purpose of these Principles and Guidelines is to assist NIH funding recipients in determining: 1) Reasonable terms and conditions for making NIH-funded research resources available to scientists in other institutions in the public and private sectors (disseminating research tools); and 2) Restrictions to accept as a condition of receiving access to research tools for use in NIH-funded research (acquiring research tools). The intent is to help recipients ensure that the conditions they impose and accept on the transfer of research tools will facilitate further biomedical research, consistent with the requirements of the Bayh-Dole Act and NIH funding policy.

This policy, entitled, "Sharing Biomedical Research Resources: Principles and Guidelines for Recipients of NIH Research Grants and Contracts," (Federal Register Notice, December 23, 1999 [64 FR 72090] will be included in any contract awarded from this solicitation. It can be found at the following website: http://ott.od.nih.gov/NewPages/64FR72090.pdf.

(10)  Privacy Act—Treatment of Proposal Information

The Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579) requires that a Federal agency advise each individual whom it asks to supply information, the authority which authorizes the solicitation, whether disclosure is voluntary or mandatory, the principal purpose or purposes for which the information is intended to be used, the uses outside the agency which may be made of the information, and the effects on the individual, if any, of not providing all or any part of the requested information.

The NIH is requesting the information called for in this RFP pursuant to the authority provided by Sec. 301(a)(7) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, and P.L. 92-218, as amended.

Providing the information requested is entirely voluntary. The collection of this information is for the purpose of conducting an accurate, fair, and adequate review prior to a discussion as to whether to award a contract.

Failure to provide any or all of the requested information may result in a less than adequate review.

In addition, the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579, Section 7) requires that the following information be provided when individuals are requested to disclose their social security number.

Provision of the social security number is voluntary. Social security numbers are requested for the purpose of accurate and efficient identification, referral, review and management of NIH contracting programs. Authority for requesting this information is provided by Section 301 and Title IV of the PHS Act, as amended.

The information provided by you may be routinely disclosed for the following purposes:

(11)  Selection of Offerors

a)  The selection of offerors for contract award will be determined per FAR Part 35.016. The Technical Evaluation Group (TEG) will evaluate each proposal in strict conformity with the evaluation criteria of the RFP, utilizing point scores and written critiques.

b)  The business portion of each contract proposal will be subjected to a cost and price analysis, management analysis, etc.

c)  If award will be made without conducting discussions, offerors may be given the opportunity to clarify certain aspects of their proposal (e.g., the relevance of an offeror's past performance information and adverse past performance information to which the offeror has not previously had an opportunity to respond) or to resolve minor or clerical errors.

d)  The NHLBI reserves the right to make a single award, multiple awards, or no award at all to the RFP. In addition, the RFP may be amended or canceled as necessary to meet NHLBI requirements.

(12)  HUBZone Small Business Concerns

Small Business offerors located in underutilized business zones, called "HUBZones," will be evaluated in accordance with FAR Clause 52.219-4, NOTICE OF PRICE EVALUATION PREFERENCE FOR HUBZONE SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS, which is incorporated by reference in ARTICLE I.3. of this solicitation. Qualified HUBZone firms are identified in the Small Business Administration website at http://www.sba.gov/hubzone.

(13)  Salary Rate Limitation in Fiscal Year 2002

Offerors are advised that pursuant to P.L. 107-116, no NIH Fiscal Year 2002 (October 1, 2001—September 30, 2002) funds may be used to pay the direct annual salary of an individual through any contract awarded as a result of this solicitation at a rate in excess of the Executive Schedule, Level I* (direct salary is exclusive of Overhead, Fringe Benefits and General and Administrative expenses, also referred to as "indirect cost" or "facilities and administrative (F&A) costs"). Direct salary has the same meaning as the term "institutional base salary." An individual's direct salary (or institutional base salary) is the annual compensation that the contractor pays for an individual's appointment whether that individual's time is spent on research, teaching, patient care or other activities. Direct salary (or institutional base salary) excludes any income that an infividual may be permitted to earn outside of duties to the contractor.

This does not preclude the offeror from absorbing that portion of an employee's annual salary (plus the dollar amount for fringe benefits and associated indirect costs) that exceeds a rate of the Executive Schedule, Level I*. The salary rate limitation set by P.L. 107-116 applies only to Fiscal Year 2002 funds, however, salary rate ceilings for subsequent years may be included in future DHHS appropriation acts. Multi-year contracts awarded pursuant to this solicitation may be subject to unilateral modifications by the Government if an individual's annual salary exceeds any salary rate ceiling established in future appropriations acts. The Executive Schedule, Level I* annual salary rate limit also applies to individuals proposed under subcontracts, however it does not apply to consultants. P.L. 107-116 states in pertinent part:

"None of the funds appropriated in this Act for the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Services Administration shall be used to pay the salary of an individual through a grant or extramural mechanism at a rate in excess of Executive Level I."

Information regarding the FY-2002 rate can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/oca/02tables/ex.pdf

(14)  Institutional Responsibility Regarding Conflicting Interests of Investigators

EACH INSTITUTION MUST:

(a)  Maintain an appropriate written, enforced policy on conflict of interest that complies with 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F and/or 45 CFR Part 94 as appropriate and inform each investigator of the Institution's policy, the Investigator's reporting responsibilities, and the applicable regulations. If the Institution carries out the NIH funded research through subgrantees, contractors or collaborators, the Institution must take reasonable steps to ensure that Investigators working for such entities comply with the regulations, either by requiring those investigators to comply with the Institution's policy or by requiring the entities to provide assurances to the Institution that will enable the Institution to comply with the regulations.

(b)  Designate an Institutional official(s) to solicit and review financial disclosure statements from each Investigator who is planning to participate in NIH-funded research.

(c)  Require that by the time an application/proposal is submitted to the NIH each investigator who is planning to participate in the NIH-funded research has submitted to the designated official(s) a listing of his/her known Significant Financial Interests (and those of his/her spouse and dependent children): (i) that would reasonably appear to be affected by the research for which the NIH funding is sought; and (ii) in entities whose financial interests would reasonably appear to be affected by the research. All financial disclosures must be updated during the period of the award, either on an annual basis or as new reportable Significant Financial Interests are obtained.

(d)  Provide guidelines consistent with the regulations for the designated official(s) to identify conflicting interests and take such actions as necessary to ensure that such conflicting interests will be managed, reduced, or eliminated.

(e)  Maintain records, identifiable to each award, of all financial disclosures and all actions taken by the institution with respect to each conflicting interest for: (1) in the case of grants, at least three years from the date of submission of the final expenditures report or, where applicable, from other dates specified in 45 CFR Part 74.53(b) and (2) in the case of contracts, 3 years after final payment or, where applicable, for the other time period specified in 48 CFR Part 4 Subpart 4.7, Contract Records Retention.

(f)  Establish adequate enforcement mechanisms and provide for sanctions where appropriate.

(g)  Certify, in each application/proposal for funding to which the regulations applies, that:

1)  there is in effect at the Institution a written and enforced administrative process to identify and manage, reduce or eliminate conflicting interests with respect to all research projects for which funding is sought from the NIH;

2)  prior to the Institution's expenditure of any funds under the award, the Institution will report to the awarding component the existence of a conflicting interest (but not the nature of the interest or other details) found by the Institution and assure that the interest has been managed, reduced or eliminated in accord with the regulations; and for any interest that the Institution identifies as conflicting subsequent to the expenditure of funds after award, the report will be made and the conflicting interest managed, reduced, or eliminated, at least on a temporary basis within sixty days of that identification;

3)  the Institution agrees to make information available, upon request, to the awarding component regarding all conflicting interests identified by the Institution and how those interested have been managed, reduced, or eliminated to protect the research from bias; and

4)  the Institution will otherwise comply with the regulations.

Institutional Management of Conflicting Interests

(a)  The designated official(s) must: (1) review all financial disclosures; and (2) determine whether conflict of interest exists, and if so, determine what actions should be taken by the Institution to manage, reduce or eliminate such conflict of interest. A conflict of interest exists when the designated official(s) reasonably determines that a Significant Financial Interest could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of the NIH-funded research.

Examples of conditions or restrictions that might be imposed to manage actual or potential conflicts of interests include, but are not limited to:

(i)  public disclosure of significant financial interests;
(ii)  monitoring of research by independent reviewers;
(iii)  modification of the research plan;
(iv)  disqualification of the Investigator(s) from participation in all or a portion of the research funded by the awarding component;
(v)  divestiture of significant financial interests; or
(vi)  severance of relationships that create actual or potential conflicts of interests.
(b)  An Institution may require the management of other conflicting financial interests in addition to those described in paragraph (a) of this section, as the Institution deems appropriate.
(15)  ROTC Access and Federal Military Recruiting on Campus

Section 514 of the FY 1997 Appropriations Act prohibits NIH from providing contract funds to educational institutions that the Secretary of Defense determines have a policy or practice (regardless of when implemented) that either prohibits, or in effect prevents (1) the maintaining, establishing, or operation of a unit of the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps at the covered education entity; or (2) a student at the covered educational entity from enrolling in a unit of the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps at another institution of higher education.

Further, contract funds may not be provided to educational institutions that have a policy or practice that prohibits or prevents (1) entry to campuses, or access to students (who are 17 years of age or older) on campuses, for purposes of Federal military recruiting; or (2) access by military recruiters for purposes of Federal military recruiting to information pertaining to students (who are 17 years of age or older) enrolled at the covered educational entity.

(16)  Past Performance Information

a.  Offerors shall submit the following information as part of their business proposals (for both the offeror and proposed major subcontractors): A list of the contracts completed during the past two years and all contracts currently in progress for products or services similar to the solicitation workscope. Contracts listed may include those entered into with the Federal Government, agencies of state and local governments and commercial customers. Offerors that are newly formed entities without prior contracts should list contracts and subcontracts as required above for all key personnel. Include the following information for each contract or subcontract:
1.  Name of Contracting Organization
2.  Contract Number (for subcontracts, provide the prime contract number and subcontract number)
3.  Contract Type
4.  Total Contract Value
5.  Description of Requirement
6.  Contracting Officer's Name and Telephone Number
7.  Project Officer's Name and Telephone Number
b.  Each offeror will be evaluated on its performance under existing and prior contracts for similar products or services. Performance information will be used for responsibility determinations. The Government will focus on information that demonstrates quality of performance relative to the size and complexity of the acquisition under consideration. The Government is not required to contact all references provided by the offeror. References other than those identified by the offeror may be contacted by the Government to obtain additional information that will be used in the responsibility determination.
(17)  Solicitation Provisions Incorporated by Reference, FAR 52.252-1 (February 1998)

This Solicitation incorporates one or more solicitation provisions by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available. The offeror is cautioned that the listed provisions may include blocks that must be completed by the offeror and submitted with its quotation or offer. In lieu of submitting the full text provisions, the offeror may identify the provision by paragraph identifier and provide the appropriate information with its quotation or offer. Also, the full text of a solicitation provision may be accessed electronically at this address: http://www.arnet.gov/far/.

FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION (48 CFR CHAPTER 1):

a)  Order of Precedence-Uniform Contract Format, FAR Clause 52.215-8, (October 1997).

b)  Preaward On-Site Equal Opportunity Compliance Evaluation, (Over $10,000,000), FAR Clause 52.222-24, (February 1999).

(18)  Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) in Contract Proposals

All proposals must be self-contained within the specific page limitations cited elsewhere in the solicitation. Unless otherwise specified, URLs/Internet addresses shall not be used to provide information necessary to the review because reviewers are under no obligation to review the Internet sites.

(19)  Page and Formatting Limitations

The technical plan, which includes the PPA, shall not exceed 60 pages, 11-point Arial font size double-spaced. This page limitation does not apply to the cover sheet, abstract, table of contents, personnel, facilities, equipment and resources, other considerations, other support, cost information, and literature cited. Appendices shall be limited to 50 pages. Pages in excess of this will be deleted and will be neither read nor evaluated. Each page of the Technical Proposal must be numbered sequentially. Note that although no page limit has been placed on the Business Proposal, offerors are encouraged to limit its content to only those documents necessary to provide adequate support for the proposed costs.

If constant spacing is used, 15 cpi (characters per inch) or fewer shall be used, whereas proportional spacing should provide an average of no more than 15 cpi. There must be no more than six lines of text within a vertical inch. Margins must be set to 1-inch around.

b.  TECHNICAL PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS

A detailed work plan must be submitted indicating how each aspect of the statement of work is to be accomplished. Your technical approach should be in as much detail as you consider necessary to fully explain your proposed technical approach or method. The technical proposal should reflect a clear understanding of the nature of the work being undertaken. The technical proposal must include information on how the project is to be organized, staffed, and managed. Information should be provided which will demonstrate your understanding and management of important events or tasks. Please note the page limitations in Section L.2.a.(19) above.

(1)  Technical Discussions

The technical discussion included in the technical proposal should respond to the items set forth below:

a)  Statement of Work
(1)  Objectives

State the overall objectives and the specific accomplishments you hope to achieve. Indicate the rationale for your plan, and relation to comparable work in progress elsewhere. Review pertinent work already published which is relevant to this project and your proposed approach. This should support the scope of the project as you perceive it.

(2)  Approach

Use as many subparagraphs, appropriately titled, as needed to clearly outline the general plan of work. Discuss phasing of research and, if appropriate, include experimental design and possible or probable outcome of approaches proposed.

(3)  Methods

Describe in detail the methodologies you will use for the project, indicating your level of experience with each, areas of anticipated difficulties, and any unusual expenses you anticipate.

(4)  Schedule

Provide a schedule for completion of the work and delivery of items specified in the statement of work. Performance or delivery schedules shall be indicated for phases or segments, as applicable, as well as for the overall program. Schedules shall be shown in terms of calendar months from the date of authorization to proceed or, where applicable, from the date of a stated event, as for example, receipt of a required approval by the Contracting Officer. Unless the request for proposal indicates that the stipulated schedules are mandatory, they shall be treated as desired or recommended schedules. In this event, proposals based upon the offeror's best alternative schedule, involving no overtime, extra shift or other premium, will be accepted for consideration.

b)  Personnel

Describe the experience and qualifications of personnel who will be assigned for direct work on this program. Information is required which will show the composition of the task or work group, its general qualifications, and recent experience with similar equipment or programs. Special mention shall be made of direct technical supervisors and key technical personnel, and the approximate percentage of the total time each will be available for this program.

OFFERORS SHOULD ASSURE THAT THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, AND ALL OTHER PERSONNEL PROPOSED, SHALL NOT BE COMMITTED ON FEDERAL GRANTS AND CONTRACTS FOR MORE THAN A TOTAL OF 100% OF THEIR TIME. IF THE SITUATION ARISES WHERE IT IS DETERMINED THAT A PROPOSED EMPLOYEE IS COMMITTED FOR MORE THAN 100% OF HIS OR HER TIME, THE GOVERNMENT WILL REQUIRE ACTION ON THE PART OF THE OFFEROR TO CORRECT THE TIME COMMITMENT.

(1)  Principal Investigator/Project Director

List the name of the Principal Investigator/Project Director responsible for overall implementation of the contract and key contact for technical aspects of the project. Even though there may be co-investigators, identify the Principal Investigator/Project Director who will be responsible for the overall implementation of any awarded contract. Discuss the qualifications, experience, and accomplishments of the Principal Investigator/Project Director. State the estimated time to be spent on the project, his/her proposed duties, and the areas or phases for which he/she will be responsible.

(2)  Other Investigators

List all other investigators/professional personnel who will be participating in the project. Discuss the qualifications, experience, and accomplishments. State the estimated time each will spend on the project, proposed duties on the project, and the areas or phases for which each will be responsible.

(3)  Additional Personnel

List names, titles, and proposed duties of additional personnel, if any, who will be required for full-time employment, or on a subcontract or consultant basis. The technical areas, character, and extent of subcontract or consultant activity will be indicated and the anticipated sources will be specified and qualified. For all proposed personnel who are not currently members of the offeror's staff, a letter of commitment or other evidence of availability is required. A resume does not meet this requirement. Commitment letters for use of consultants and other personnel to be hired must include:

  • The specific items or expertise they will provide.

  • Their availability to the project and the amount of time anticipated.

  • Willingness to act as a consultant.

  • How rights to publications and patents will be handled.

(4)  Resumes

Resumes of all key personnel are required. Each must indicate educational background, recent experience, specific or technical accomplishments, and a listing of relevant publications.

(2)  Technical Evaluation

Proposals will be technically evaluated in accordance with the factors, weights, and order of relative importance as described in the Technical Evaluation Criteria (Section M).

(3)  Additional Technical Proposal Information

a)  Proposals which merely offer to conduct a program in accordance with the requirements of the Government's scope of work will not be eligible for award. The offeror must submit an explanation of the proposed technical approach in conjunction with the tasks to be performed in achieving the project objectives.

b)  The technical evaluation is conducted in accordance with the weighted technical evaluation criteria by an initial review panel. This evaluation produces a numerical score (points) which is based upon the information contained in the offeror's written proposal only.

(4)  Other Considerations

Record and discuss specific factors not included elsewhere which support your proposal. Using specifically titled subparagraphs, items may include:

a)  Any agreements and/or arrangements with subcontractor(s). Provide as much detail as necessary to explain how the statement of work will be accomplished within this working relationship.

b)  Unique arrangements, equipment, etc., which none or very few organizations are likely to have which is advantageous for effective implementation of this project.

c)  Equipment and unusual operating procedures established to protect personnel from hazards associated with this project.

d)  Other factors you feel are important and support your proposed research.

e)  Recommendations for changing reporting requirements if such changes would be more compatible with the offeror's proposed schedules.

c.  BUSINESS PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS

(1)  Basic Cost/Price Information

The business proposal must contain sufficient information to allow the Government to perform a basic analysis of the proposed cost or price of the work. This information shall include the amounts of the basic elements of the proposed cost or price. These elements will include, as applicable, direct labor, fringe benefits, travel, materials, subcontracts, purchased parts, shipping, indirect costs and rate, fee, and profit.

(2)  Cost and Pricing Data

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1.  General Instructions

A.  You must provide the following information on the first page of your pricing proposal:

(1)  Solicitation, contract, and/or modification number;
(2)  Name and address of offeror;
(3)  Name and telephone number of point of contact;
(4)  Name of contract administration office (if available);
(5)  Type of contract action (that is, new contract, change order, price revision/redetermination, letter contract, unpriced order, or other);
(6)  Proposed cost; profit or fee; and total;
(7)  Whether you will require the use of Government property in the performance of the contract, and, if so, what property;
(8)  Whether your organization is subject to cost accounting standards; whether your organization has submitted a CASB Disclosure Statement, and if it has been determined adequate; whether you have been notified that you are or may be in noncompliance with your Disclosure Statement or CAS, and, if yes, an explanation; whether any aspect of this proposal is inconsistent with your disclosed practices or applicable CAS, and, if so, an explanation; and whether the proposal is consistent with your established estimating and accounting principles and procedures and FAR Part 31, Cost Principles, and, if not, an explanation; (9)  The following statement: This proposal reflects our estimates and/or actual costs as of this date and conforms with the instructions in FAR 15.403-5(b)(1) and Table 15-2. By submitting this proposal, we grant the Contracting Officer and authorized representative(s) the right to examine, at any time before award, those records, which include books, documents, accounting procedures and practices, and other data, regardless of type and form or whether such supporting information is specifically referenced or included in the proposal as the basis for pricing, that will permit an adequate evaluation of the proposed price;
(10)  Date of submission; and
(11)  Name, title and signature of authorized representative.
B.  In submitting your proposal, you must include an index, appropriately referenced, of all the cost or pricing data and information accompanying or identified in the proposal. In addition, you must annotate any future additions and/or revisions, up to the date of agreement on price, or an earlier date agreed upon by the parties, on a supplemental index.

C.  As part of the specific information required, you must submit, with your proposal, cost or pricing data (that is, data that are verifiable and factual and otherwise as defined at FAR 15.401). You must clearly identify on your cover sheet that cost or pricing data are included as part of the proposal. In addition, you must submit with your proposal any information reasonably required to explain your estimating process, including—

(1)  The judgmental factors applied and the mathematical or other methods used in the estimate, including those used in projecting from known data; and
(2)  The nature and amount of any contingencies included in the proposed price.
D.  You must show the relationship between contract line item prices and the total contract price. You must attach cost-element breakdowns for each proposed line item, using the appropriate format prescribed in the "Formats for Submission of Line Item Summaries" section of this table. You must furnish supporting breakdowns for each cost element, consistent with your cost accounting system.

E.  When more than one contract line item is proposed, you must also provide summary total amounts covering all line items for each element of cost.

F.  Whenever you have incurred costs for work performed before submission of a proposal, you must identify those costs in your cost/price proposal.

G.  If you have reached an agreement with Government representatives on use of forward pricing rates/factors, identify the agreement, include a copy, and describe its nature.

2.  Cost Elements

Depending on your system, you must provide breakdowns for the following basic cost elements, as applicable:

A.  Materials and services. Provide a consolidated priced summary of individual material quantities included in the various tasks, orders, or contract line items being proposed and the basis for pricing (vendor quotes, invoice prices, etc.). Include raw materials, parts, components, assemblies, and services to be produced or performed by others. For all items proposed, identify the item and show the source, quantity, and price. Conduct price analyses of all subcontractor proposals. Conduct cost analyses for all subcontracts when cost or pricing data are submitted by the subcontractor. Include these analyses as part of your own cost or pricing data submissions for subcontracts expected to exceed the appropriate threshold in FAR 15.403-4. Submit the subcontractor cost or pricing data as part of your own cost or pricing data as required in paragraph 2.A(2) of this table. These requirements also apply to all subcontractors if required to submit cost or pricing data.
(1)  Adequate Price Competition. Provide data showing the degree of competition and the basis for establishing the source and reasonableness of price for those acquisitions (such as subcontracts, purchase orders, material order, etc.) exceeding, or expected to exceed, the appropriate threshold set forth at FAR 15.403-4 priced on the basis of adequate price competition. For interorganizational transfers priced at other than the cost of comparable competitive commercial work of the division, subsidiary, or affiliate of the contractor, explain the pricing method (see FAR 31.205-26(e)).

(2)  All Other. Obtain cost or pricing data from prospective sources for those acquisitions (such as subcontracts, purchase orders, material order, etc.) exceeding the threshold set forth in FAR 15.403-4 and not otherwise exempt, in accordance with FAR 15.403-1(b) (i.e., adequate price competition, commercial items, prices set by law or regulation or waiver). Also provide data showing the basis for establishing source and reasonableness of price. In addition, provide a summary of your cost analysis and a copy of cost or pricing data submitted by the prospective source in support of each subcontract, or purchase order that is the lower of either $10,000,000 or more, or both more than the pertinent cost or pricing data threshold and more than 10 percent of the prime contractor's proposed price. The Contracting Officer may require you to submit cost or pricing data in support of proposals in lower amounts. Subcontractor cost or pricing data must be accurate, complete and current as of the date of final price agreement, or an earlier date agreed upon by the parties, given on the prime contractor's Certificate of Current Cost or Pricing Data. The prime contractor is responsible for updating a prospective subcontractor's data. For standard commercial items fabricated by the offeror that are generally stocked in inventory, provide a separate cost breakdown, if priced based on cost. For interorganizational transfers priced at cost, provide a separate breakdown of cost elements. Analyze the cost or pricing data and submit the results of your analysis of the prospective source's proposal. When submission of a prospective source's cost or pricing data is required as described in this paragraph, it must be included along with your own cost or pricing data submission, as part of your own cost or pricing data. You must also submit any other cost or pricing data obtained from a subcontractor, either actually or by specific identification, along with the results of any analysis performed on that data.

B.  Direct Labor. Provide a time-phased (e.g., monthly, quarterly, etc.) breakdown of labor hours, rates, and cost by appropriate category, and furnish bases for estimates.

C.  Indirect Costs. Indicate how you have computed and applied your indirect costs, including cost breakdowns. Show trends and budgetary data to provide a basis for evaluating the reasonableness of proposed rates. Indicate the rates used and provide an appropriate explanation.

D.  Other Costs. List all other costs not otherwise included in the categories described above (e.g., special tooling, travel, computer and consultant services, preservation, packaging and packing, spoilage and rework, and Federal excise tax on finished articles) and provide bases for pricing.

E.  Royalties. If royalties exceed $1,500, you must provide the following information on a separate page for each separate royalty or license fee:

(1)  Name and address of licensor.
(2)  Date of license agreement.
(3)  Patent numbers.
(4)  Patent application serial numbers, or other basis on which the royalty is payable.
(5)  Brief description (including any part or model numbers of each contract item or component on which the royalty is payable).
(6)  Percentage or dollar rate of royalty per unit.
(7)  Unit price of contract item.
(8)  Number of units.
(9)  Total dollar amount of royalties.
(10)  If specifically requested by the Contracting Officer, a copy of the current license agreement and identification of applicable claims of specific patents (see FAR 27.204 and 31.205-37).
F.  Facilities Capital Cost of Money. When you elect to claim facilities capital cost of money as an allowable cost, you must submit Form CASB-CMF and show the calculation of the proposed amount (see FAR 31.205-10).
3.  Formats for Submission of Line Item Summaries

The detailed breakdown shall be in the format as shown on the form Breakdown of Proposed Estimated Cost (plus fee) and Labor Hours (Section J, List of Attachments). For each separate cost estimate, the offeror must furnish a breakdown by cost element as indicated above. In addition, summary total amounts shall be furnished. In the event the RFP cites specific line items, by number, a cost breakdown for each line item must be furnished.

To assist in the preparation of future cost estimates, the Projected Consumer Price Index may be accessed at: http://rcb.nci.nih.gov/forms/cpi.htm

4.  There is a clear distinction between submitting cost or pricing data and merely making available books, records, and other documents without identification. The requirement for submission of cost or pricing data is met when all accurate cost or pricing data reasonably available to the offeror have been submitted, either actually or by specific identification, to the Contracting Officer or an authorized representative. As later information comes into your possession, it should be submitted promptly to the Contracting Officer in a manner that clearly shows how the information relates to the offeror's price proposal. The requirement for submission of cost or pricing data continues up to the time of agreement on price, or an earlier date agreed upon between the parties if applicable.

5.  By submitting your proposal, you grant the Contracting Officer or an authorized representative the right to examine records that formed the basis for the pricing proposal. That examination can take place at any time before award. It may include those books, records, documents, and other types of factual information (regardless of form or whether the information is specifically or included in the proposal as the basis for pricing) that will permit an adequate evaluation of the proposed price.

****  (Please note that data substantiating the costs or prices proposed (i.e. payroll documentation, vendor quotes, invoice price, etc.) shall not be submitted with the initial proposal. This information will be requested from the offeror during the negotiation process. The initial proposal need only indicate from what source the proposed costs and prices are substantiated.)  ****

(3)  Requirements for Cost or Pricing Data or Information Other than Cost and Pricing Data [FAR Clause 52.215-20 (October 1997)]

(a)  Exceptions from cost or pricing data.

(1)  In lieu of submitting cost or pricing data, offerors may submit a written request for exception by submitting the information described in the following subparagraphs. The Contracting Officer may require additional supporting information, but only to the extent necessary to determine whether an exception should be granted, and whether the price is fair and reasonable.

(i)  Identification of the law or regulation establishing the price offered. If the price is controlled under law by periodic rulings, reviews, or similar actions of a governmental body, attach a copy of the controlling document, unless it was previously submitted to the contracting office.

(ii)  Commercial item exception. For a commercial item exception, the offeror shall submit, at a minimum, information on prices at which the same item or similar items have previously been sold in the commercial market that is adequate for evaluating the reasonableness of the price for this acquisition. Such information may include—

(A)  For catalog items, a copy of or identification of the catalog and its date, or the appropriate pages for the offered items, or a statement that the catalog is on file in the buying office to which the proposal is being submitted. Provide a copy or describe current discount policies and price lists (published or unpublished), e.g., wholesale, original equipment manufacturer, or reseller. Also explain the basis of each offered price and its relationship to the established catalog price, including how the proposed price relates to the price of recent sales in quantities similar to the proposed quantities;

(B)  For market-priced items, the source and date or period of the market quotation or other basis for market price, the base amount, and applicable discounts. In addition, describe the nature of the market;

(C)  For items included on an active Federal Supply Service Multiple Award Schedule contract, proof that an exception has been granted for the schedule item.

(2)  The offeror grants the Contracting Officer or an authorized representative the right to examine, at any time before award, books, records, documents, or other directly pertinent records to verify any request for an exception under this provision, and the reasonableness of price. For items priced using catalog or market prices, or law or regulation, access does not extend to cost or profit information or other data relevant solely to the offeror's determination of the prices to be offered in the catalog or marketplace.
(b)  Requirements for cost or pricing data. If the offeror is not granted an exception from the requirement to submit cost or pricing data, the following applies:

(1)  The offeror shall prepare and submit cost or pricing data and supporting attachments in accordance with Table 15-2 of FAR 15.408.

(2)  As soon as practicable after agreement on price, but before contract award (except for unpriced actions such as letter contracts), the offeror shall submit a Certificate of Current Cost or Pricing Data, as prescribed by FAR 15.406-2.

Alternate I (October 1997). As prescribed in 15.408(l), substitute the following paragraph (b)(1) for paragraph (b)(1) of the basic provision:

(b)(1)  The offeror shall submit cost or pricing data and supporting attachments in the following format:

The format specified in paragraph L.2.c.(2) Cost and Pricing Data, subparagraph 3. Formats for Submission of Line Item Summaries shall be used for the submission cost information. Submission of all other cost or pricing data shall be in accordance with Table 15-2 in FAR 15.408.

(4)  Qualifications of the Offeror

You are requested to submit a summary of your "General Experience, Organizational Experience Related to this RFP, Performance History and Pertinent Contracts."

a)  General Experience

General experience is defined as general background, experience and qualifications of the offeror. A discussion of proposed facilities which can be devoted to the project may be appropriate.

b)  Organizational Experience Related to the RFP

Organizational experience is defined as the accomplishment of work, either past or on-going, which is comparable or related to the effort required by this RFP. This includes overall offeror or corporate experience, but not the experience and/or past performance of individuals who are proposed as personnel involved with the Statement of Work in this RFP.

c)  Performance History

Performance history is defined as meeting contract objectives within delivery and cost schedules on efforts, either past or on-going, which is comparable or related to the effort required by this RFP.

d)  Pertinent Contracts

Pertinent contracts is defined as a listing of each related contract completed within the last three years or currently in process. The listing should include: 1) the contract number; 2) contracting agency; 3) contract dollar value; 4) dates contract began and ended (or ends); 5) description of contract work; 6) explanation of relevance of work to this RFP; 7) actual delivery and cost performance versus delivery and cost agreed to in the contract(s). For award fee contracts, separately state in dollars the base fee and award fee available and the award fee actually received. The same type of organizational experience and past performance data should be submitted.

e)  Pertinent Grants

List grants supported by the Government that involved similar or related work to that called for in this RFP. Include the grant number, involved agency, names of the grant specialist and the Science Administrator, identification of the work, and when performed.

You are cautioned that omission or an inadequate or inaccurate response to this very important RFP requirement could have a negative effect on the overall selection process.

(5)  Other Administrative Data

a)  Property

(1)  It is DHHS policy that Contractors will provide all equipment and facilities necessary for performance of contracts. Exception may be granted to furnish Government-owned property, or to authorize purchase with contract funds, only when approved by the Contracting Officer. If the offeror is proposing that the Government provide any equipment, other than that specified under Government Furnished Property in the RFP, the proposal must include comprehensive justification which includes:

(a)  An explanation that the item is for a special use essential to the direct performance of the contract and the item will be used exclusively for the purpose. Office equipment such as desks, office machines, etc., will not be provided under a contract except under very exceptional circumstances.

(b)  No practical or economical alternative exists (e.g., rental, capital investment) that can be used to perform the work.

(2)  The offeror shall identify Government-owned property in its possession and/or Contractor titled property acquired from Federal funds, which it proposes to use in the performance of the prospective contract.
c)  Submission of Electronic Funds Transfer Information with Offer, FAR Clause 52.232-38, (May 1999)

The offeror shall provide, with its offer, the following information that is required to make payment by electronic funds transfer (EFT) under any contract that results from this solicitation. This submission satisfies the requirement to provide EFT information under paragraphs (b)(1) and (j) of the clause at 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer—Other than Central Contractor Registration.

(1)  The solicitation number (or other procurement identification number).
(2)  The offeror's name and remittance address, as stated in the offer.
(3)  The signature (manual or electronic, as appropriate), title, and telephone number of the offeror's official authorized to provide this information.
(4)  The name, address, and 9-digit Routing Transit Number of the offeror's financial agent.
(5)  The offeror's account number and the type of account (checking, savings, or lockbox).
(6)  If applicable, the Fedwire Transfer System telegraphic abbreviation of the offeror's financial agent.
(7)  If applicable, the offeror shall also provide the name, address, telegraphic abbreviation, and 9-digit Routing Transit Number of the correspondent financial institution receiving the wire transfer payment if the offeror's financial agent is not directly on-line to the Fedwire and, therefore, not the receiver of the wire transfer payment.
d)  Financial Capacity

The offeror shall indicate if it has the necessary financial capacity, working capital, and other resources to perform the contract without assistance from any outside source. If not, indicate the amount required and the anticipated source.

e)  Incremental Funding

An incrementally funded cost-reimbursement contract is a contract in which the total work effort is to be performed over a multiple year period and funds are allotted, as they become available, to cover discernible phases or increments of performance. The incremental funding technique allows for contracts to be awarded for periods in excess of one year even though the total estimated amount of funds expected to be obligated for the contract are not available at the time of the contract award. If this requirement is specified elsewhere in this RFP, the offeror shall submit a cost proposal for each year. In addition, the following provisions are applicable:

HHSAR 352.232-75, Incremental Funding (January 2001)

(a)  It is the Government's intention to negotiate and award a contract using the incremental funding concepts described in the clause entitled Limitation of Funds. Under the clause, which will be included in the resultant contract, initial funds will be obligated under the contract to cover the first year of performance. Additional funds are intended to be allotted to the contract by contract modification, up to and including the full estimated cost of the contract, to accomplish the entire project. While it is the Government's intention to progressively fund this contract over the entire period of performance up to and including the full estimated cost, the Government will not be obligated to reimburse the Contractor for costs incurred in excess of the periodic allotments, nor will the Contractor be obligated to perform in excess of the amount allotted.

(b)  The Limitation of Funds clause to be included in the resultant contract shall supersede the Limitation of Cost clause found in the General Provisions.

(6)  Subcontractors

If subcontractors are proposed, please include a commitment letter from the subcontractor detailing:

a)  Willingness to perform as a subcontractor for specific duties (list duties).
b)  What priority the work will be given and how it will relate to other work.
c)  The amount of time and facilities available to this project.
d)  Information on their cognizant field audit offices.
e)  How rights to publications and patents are to be handled.
f)  A complete cost proposal in the same format as the offeror's cost proposal.
Note: Organizations that plan to enter into a subcontract with an educational concern under a contract awarded under this RFP should refer to the following Web Site for a listing of clauses that are required to be incorporated in Research & Development (R&D) subcontracts with educational institutions: http://ocm.od.nih.gov/contracts/rfps/FDP/FDPclausecover.htm

(7)  Proposer's Annual Financial Report

****  This document is INCLUDED in the "Just In Time" procedures. Specific instructions for the submission of this document are outlined in SECTION L.1.a. of this RFP.  ****

Following technical evaluations, all offerors being considered for award will be required to submit a copy of the organization's most recent annual financial report.

(8)  Representations and Certifications

One copy of the Representations and Certifications (PDF format; WordPerfect format; MS Word format) attached as Section K shall be completed and be signed by an official authorized to bind your organization. Additionally, a completed copy of the Representations and Certifications shall be submitted from any proposed subcontractor.

(9)  Travel Costs/Travel Policy

Travel Policy ****  This document is INCLUDED in the "Just In Time" procedures. Specific instructions for the submission of this document are outlined in SECTION L.1.a. of this RFP.  ****

Following technical evaluations, all offerors being considered for award will be required to submit one copy of their written travel policy. A written travel policy for any proposed subcontractors shall also be submitted at that time. If an offeror (or any proposed subcontractor) does not have a written travel policy, the offeror shall so state.


SECTION M—EVALUATION FACTORS FOR AWARD

1.  GENERAL

The Government will make awards to the responsible offeror(s) whose proposals provide the best value to the Government. The evaluation will be based on the demonstrated capabilities of the prospective offerors in relation to the evaluation criteria as set forth herein. Each proposal must document the feasibility of successful implementation of the requirements of the BAA. The estimated cost of an offer must be reasonable for the tasks to be performed, in accordance with FAR 15.305, and will be subject to a cost realism analysis by the Government.

All technical proposals will undergo evaluation by a technical evaluation group (TEG). The merits of each proposal will be evaluated carefully against the technical evaluation criteria below. Proposals will not be evaluated against each other since they are not submitted in accordance with a common work statement.

It is anticipated that technical discussions will be held with all offerors whose proposals remain under consideration after the TEG evaluation. Cost negotiations may be necessary as well. Subsequent awards will depend on the availability of funds, scientific priority, and program balance which the NHLBI determines to exist at the time of award selection. All evaluation factors other than cost or price, when combined, are significantly more important that cost or price.

Past performance is not an evaluation factor but will be considered in determining the offeror's responsibility in accordance with FAR 9.104-3(b) (See Section L.2.a.(16)).

2.  MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

Listed below are mandatory qualification criteria. The qualification criteria establish conditions which must be met at the time of receipt of initial proposals by the Contracting Officer in order for your proposal to be considered any further for award. Supporting documentation for each of the two criteria (a. and b. below) must be included in one clearly marked section of the offeror's technical proposal.

a.  Offerors are required to propose establishing EDUCs that address the CVD needs of high-risk communities, defined as Health Service Areas (HSAs) which meet the following major criterion.

All stroke-related projects must focus on the prevention and control of risk factors for stroke such as high blood pressure, overweight/obesity, and/or cigarette smoking.

NOTE: The HSA is the selected evaluation criterion unit because it provides more specificity than a state-level analysis and it allows for identification of key areas that are at highest risk. The NHLBI recognizes that health disparities related to CVD exist in many regions of the Nation; however, for this initiative it has been deemed critical to focus on those areas where the geographic disparities are the most extreme.

b.  The offeror, which shall be either the lead agency or central coordinating organization, must (1) have direct fiduciary responsibility for the administration and management of the project; and (2) be a nonprofit organization (e.g., community-based organizations; hospitals; foundations; government agencies; including state and local health departments or their bona fide agents; libraries or information networks; public housing projects; schools of public health; medical schools; community health centers; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, Indian tribes, or Indian tribal organizations).

Proof of nonprofit status must be received with proposals. Tax status is determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code, Section 501(c)(3). Any of the following is acceptable evidence.

NOTE: Public Law 104-65 states that an organization described in Section 501(c)(4) of the IRS Code of 1986 that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to receive Federal funds constituting an award, grant, cooperative agreement, contract, loan, or any other form.

3.  TECHNICAL EVALUATION CRITERIA

The technical evaluation criteria below will be used to review proposals submitted under this BAA. The criteria below are listed with weights assigned for evaluation purposes.

1.  Understanding of the Problem. Demonstrated understanding of: (1) CVD and its differential geographic and racial/ethnic impact in high-risk communities; (2) local cardiovascular health needs as identified by HSA and/or community assessment of the major factors contributing to high-risk community status for CVD; and (3) issues related to the underutilization of science-based information and relevance to achieving the Healthy People 2010 goals.   (25 points)

2.  Technical Approach. Overall strength and creativity of the technical approach and strategies that are proposed in relation to CVD issues and the reduction of health disparities as defined in Healthy People 2010; relevance of performance project objectives in relation to NHLBI's cardiovascular goals; innovation of approach or strategy and scientific evidence that it is effective; relevance of approach to high-risk communities; and likelihood of reducing CVD mortality and morbidity or improving cardiovascular status; and likelihood of strategy(ies) being institutionalized within the community. Demonstrated understanding of the use of logic models to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate public health projects. Proposed logic model(s) are clear and understandable with elements that show connectivity among project inputs/resources, activities/strategies, and outputs/outcomes.   (35 points)

3.  Capacity and Commitment of Organization. Demonstrated capacity and documented past program success; existing organizational infrastructure and strength of offeror partnerships; evidence of past collaboration within the high-risk communities and substantiated commitment to participate in the project by representatives from at least three community sectors (i.e., government, education, business, faith, health care, media, and voluntary agencies); and documented commitment of resources to the proposed performance project in terms of dollars, staff, and/or administrative support.   (20 points)

4.  Staff Capability. Capacity and skills of proposed staff, including, but not limited to, project management experience, familiarity with cardiovascular issues, understanding of cultural diversity, competence and sensitivity, knowledge of evaluation methodology, and understanding of and access to information technologies. The offeror must demonstrate existing and sufficient computer hardware and software capabilities, including the technical ability to access the Internet, submit reports electronically, and participate in Web-based interactive activities.   (20 points)


PACKAGING AND DELIVERY OF THE PROPOSAL

Your proposal shall be organized as specified in Section L.2., "Instructions to Offerors"—General Instructions. Shipment and marking shall be as indicated below.

EXTERNAL PACKAGE MARKING

In addition to the address cited below, mark each package as follows:

"RFP/BAA NO. NHLBI-BAA-HO-02-11
TO BE OPENED BY AUTHORIZED GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL ONLY"

The number of copies required of each part of your proposal are:

TECHNICAL PROPOSAL: ORIGINAL* AND twenty-five (25) COPIES
BUSINESS PROPOSAL: ORIGINAL* AND Six (6) COPIES

*DELIVER PROPOSAL TO:
If courier delivery service:

Review Branch
Division of Extramural Affairs
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Rockledge Building, Room 7091
6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE MSC 7924
BETHESDA, MD 20817-7924

If using U.S. Postal Service:

Review Branch, Division of Extramural Affairs
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE MSC 7924 BETHESDA, MD 20892-7924

*THE ORIGINALS MUST BE READILY ACCESSIBLE FOR DATE STAMPING PURPOSES.


STATEMENT OF WORK

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) will result in performance-based contracts in that successful offerors will be required to focus on improving public health processes and outcomes related to implementation of cardiovascular health interventions in their proposals. In their proposals, offerors shall provide a conceptual layout of the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation phases of their proposed projects in the form of a logic model (see below), which shall be used throughout the life of the project to assess achieved outcomes. A Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP) will be negotiated with those offerors being considered for award.

Contracts awarded as a result of this BAA will incorporate the Statement of Work (SOW) proposed by the offeror and negotiated and accepted by the Government. The following description of the Background Information, Mandatory Requirements, and CVD EDUCs' Statement of Objectives are to assist offerors in the preparation of their proposals.

a.  Background Information

The NHLBI is 1 of 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health, 1 of the 8 health agencies of the Public Health Service. The NHLBI's mission is to provide leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; sleep disorders; and blood resources. The Institute plans, conducts, fosters, and supports an integrated and coordinated program of basic research, clinical investigations and trials, observations and studies, and demonstration and education projects related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, blood disease, and sleep disorders conducted in its own laboratories and by scientific institutions and individuals supported by research grants and contracts. It coordinates with other research institutes and all Federal health programs with relevant activities in the above areas including the related causes of stroke.

Each year the NHLBI assesses progress in the scientific areas for which it is responsible and updates its goals and objectives. As new opportunities are identified, the Institute expands and revises its areas of interest using an orderly sequence of research activities that ranges from the acquisition of knowledge through the evaluation, dissemination, application, and utilization of knowledge.

The NHLBI Office of Prevention, Education, and Control (OPEC) coordinates translation and dissemination of research findings and scientific consensus to health professionals, patients, and the public so that information can be adapted for and integrated into health care practice and individual health behavior. To accomplish its mission, the Office has established health education programs and initiatives that address high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, obesity, early warning signs of heart attack, women's heart health, asthma, and sleep disorders.

A main feature of OPEC's efforts to contribute to research translation has been the development and dissemination of clinical guidelines and other recommendations. Most recently, CVD guidelines have included the following:

OPEC also conducts educational activities, including development and dissemination of materials for health professionals, patients, and the public in the above areas, with emphasis on prevention. In addition, OPEC maintains continuing relationships with institutions and professional associations, and with international, national, state, and local officials as well as voluntary agencies and organizations working in the above areas.

Moreover, OPEC has a longstanding record of education and outreach activities that focus on improving the cardiovascular health of minority populations. Currently, the Office is conducting performance projects addressing the needs of each of the four major groups African Americans, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Latinos. As colead agency for the Healthy People 2010 focus area on heart disease and stroke, OPEC is fully committed to the two overarching goals of increasing quality and years of healthy life and eliminating health disparities.

While NHLBI's research translation and dissemination efforts have contributed to significant improvements in the prevention, treatment, and control of CVD over the past several decades, an examination of current trends in CVD identifies a number of troubling signs and significant public health challenges that must be overcome if the Nation is to achieve the Healthy People 2010 objectives.

The NHLBI launched a new heart-health agenda in 2000 to achieve the heart disease and stroke and related objectives in the Federal Government's "Healthy People 2010 Understanding and Improving Health." The NHLBI agenda includes four main Performance Goals that target different stages in the progress of CVD, from early prevention of risk factors to the prevention or recurrent cardiovascular events and complications. To meet the goals, the NHLBI is undertaking a wide range of performance projects, each of which is geared to measurable results to evaluate progress. The NHLBI CVD EDUCs initiative is one key strategy to stimulate partnerships to improve cardiovascular health at the community level, especially in communities at highest risk for CVD. These awards will extend the existing network of CVD EDUC partners that began in April 2001. Together, they will comprise a nationwide network of committed centers, dedicated to taking action to reduce the unacceptable high rates of heart disease and stroke deaths in their communities. Involvement of the targeted population in all phases of the project is critical as the community stakeholders' involvement will lend credibility and provide synergy for sustainability of the project.

Cardiovascular Disease: Current Public Health Challenges

Despite successes in reducing heart disease mortality during the past 30 years, the heart disease epidemic persists. In particular, it continues to hit hard among racial and ethnic minorities. Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death for Americans. A recent examination of the trends in CVD and associated risk factors showed that there is tremendous geographic variation in heart disease and stroke death rates and that certain racial/ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected. In addition, data indicate that the decline in CHD mortality appears to be slowing and that the decline in the stroke mortality rate appears to be leveling off. Furthermore, less than optimal control of high blood pressure (particularly in older Americans), and high levels of physical inactivity coupled with high prevalence of overweight/obesity are causes for great concern and warrant immediate action.

The heart disease and stroke objectives of Healthy People 2010 established new targets to stimulate more aggressive action aimed at eliminating racial/ethnic and geographic disparities. While there are many reasons for the disturbing trends in CVD risk factor prevention and control and the racial/ethnic and geographic disparities observed in CHD and stroke mortality, one important factor, which needs to be addressed aggressively, is the underutilization of existing science-based information. Large numbers of Americans are not enjoying the improvements in health that application of existing science-based information can offer. The following are among a number of examples that offer insights into the extent of the gap between health information availability and its application.

"The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care" demonstrates that variations in U.S. medical care, in terms of utilization and costs, are staggering and exist throughout the Nation. The Atlas' Web site states, "Many industry experts believe that we could improve quality of care and save billions of health care dollars annually by identifying and complying with best practices and benchmarks for patient care." The 1999 Dartmouth Atlas allows users to compare efficient regions with less efficient ones, illustrating how resources could be reallocated or saved, and the quality of patient care enhanced.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS, formerly the Health Care Financing Administration [HCFA]) Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) National Project is a quality improvement project focusing on AMI in the Medicare population. Over 300,000 Medicare patients are hospitalized for AMI (heart attack) each year. Many do not receive important therapies that are known to be beneficial. The main objective of the AMI project is to lower the 1-year mortality for Medicare beneficiaries following hospital admission for AMI through the implementation of improved care processes for hospitalized AMI patients. Data from one project, the Cooperative Cardiovascular Project, a quality improvement project focusing on AMI, showed that substantial opportunity for improvement in AMI care exists. The AMI project has looked at selected quality indicators relating to the use of appropriate therapies for "ideal candidates" and found substantial geographic variation. With a target rate of 100 percent for each quality indicator, the results indicated that the following therapies were considerably underutilized:

The project concluded that increased use of these therapies is associated with improved survival. Thus, increased use nationally could potentially save many lives. Achievement of the target objective (of decreasing 1-year mortality to 27.4 percent) would result in approximately 3,000 lives saved per year.

"The Fifth Annual State of Managed Care Report of the National Committee for Quality Assurance" (NCQA), indicates that the variation in performance among health plans decreased between 1999 and 2000. Key findings from the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS), a set of standardized performance measures designed to ensure that purchasers and consumers have the information they need to reliably compare the performance of managed health care plans, showed that many HEDIS measures displayed decreasing variability over time in addition to increases in the average percentage. Decreasing variability means that the difference between the scores of low-performing plans and high-performing plans is getting smaller, indicating that all HEDIS-participating plans are providing similar quality care.

The following are examples of improvement in heart disease-related performance measures:

Even with improvements in HEDIS performance measures, there remain opportunities to continue efforts to enhance the underutilization of proven modalities to eliminate disparities in treatment and control of heart disease and stroke and associated risk factors.

In December 2001, the Surgeon General released the "Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity" to respond to the ever-increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity in all population groups in the U.S. The NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative had an active roll in developing the call to action (CTA), which outlines strategies that communities can use in helping to address the many health problems that result from overweight and obesity. The strategies are organized under the categories of communication, action, research, and evaluation (CARE). The CARE framework presents a menu of important activities for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity. The settings for such activities include families and communities, schools, worksites, health care, media and communications. Building from this menu, the Surgeon General identifies numerous activities as national priorities for immediate action. Individuals, families, communities, schools, worksites, health care, media, industry, organizations, and government must determine their role and take action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity.

The CTA states that the Nation must take an informed, sensitive approach to communicate with and educate the American people about health issues related to overweight and obesity. Everyone must work together to:

The Nation must also take action to assist Americans in balancing healthful eating with regular physical activity. Individuals and groups across all settings must work in concert to:

b.  Mandatory Requirements

NOTE TO OFFERORS: There are two mandatory requirements which must be met in order to be considered for award. Supporting documentation for each of the two requirements (1. and 2. below) must be included in one clearly marked section of the offeror's technical proposal.

1.  Offerors are required to propose establishing EDUCs that address the CVD needs of high-risk communities, defined as Health Service Areas (HSAs) which meet the following major criterion.

All stroke-related projects must focus on the prevention and control of risk factors for stroke such as high blood pressure, overweight/obesity, and/or cigarette smoking.

NOTE: The HSA is the selected evaluation criterion unit because it provides more specificity than a state-level analysis and it allows for identification of key areas that are at highest risk. The NHLBI recognizes that health disparities related to CVD exist in many regions of the Nation; however, for this initiative it has been deemed critical to focus on those areas where the geographic disparities are the most extreme.

2.  The offeror, which shall be either the lead agency or central coordinating organization, must (1) have direct fiduciary responsibility for the administration and management of the project; and (2) be a nonprofit organization (e.g., community-based organizations; hospitals; foundations; government agencies; including state and local health departments or their bona fide agents; libraries or information networks; public housing projects; schools of public health; medical schools; community health centers; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, Indian tribes, or Indian tribal organizations).

Proof of nonprofit status must be received with proposals. Tax status is determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code, Section 501(c)(3). Any of the following is acceptable evidence.

NOTE: Public Law 104-65 states that an organization described in Section 501(c)(4) of the IRS Code of 1986 that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to receive Federal funds constituting an award, grant, cooperative agreement, contract, loan, or any other form.

c.  CVD EDUCs Statement of Objectives

This BAA invites offerors to submit proposals to become designated National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Enhanced Dissemination and Utilization Centers (EDUCs) dedicated to the enhanced application of existing science-based information in high-risk communities to:

EDUCs funded under this BAA shall become part of an expanding network of already established NHLBI EDUCs in six HSAs which are currently addressing CVD in high-risk, underserved populations:

The CVD EDUCs shall use their existing infrastructures to develop and implement urgent, compelling action against the unacceptable CVD public health issues in their high-risk communities. Offerors shall focus their projects on applying knowledge of existing research results through the use of innovative approaches that target health systems/professionals, patients, and/or the general public. NOTE TO OFFERORS: Funding will NOT be provided for the primary purpose of organizational and/or infrastructure development.

The CVD EDUC projects shall target at least one of the four NHLBI performance goals referred to above and described below. (More detailed information on the NHLBI performance goals can be found on the Web-based NHLBI Healthy People 2010 Gateway.)

Goal 1: Prevent Development of Risk Factors
Objective: Through population and clinical approaches, increase the percentage of children and adults who engage in heart-healthy behaviors to prevent the development of CVD risk factors.

Goal 2:  Detect and Treat Risk Factors
Objective:  Increase the percentage of patients who have their CVD risk factors detected and who implement lifestyle and/or pharmacologic intervention and successfully control their blood pressure and cholesterol levels and weight to prevent development of CVD.

Goal 3:  Early Recognition and Treatment of Acute Coronary Syndromes
Objective:  Increase the percentage of the public, including specified target groups (e.g., women, minorities, etc.) and providers, who recognize the symptoms and signs of acute coronary syndromes and seek timely and appropriate evaluation and treatment.

Goal 4:  Prevent Recurrence and Complications of CVD Objective:  Increase the percentage of CVD patients who are treated appropriately with lifestyle changes and drugs, and who reach LDL cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and successfully control their weight and other CVD risk factors to reduce CVD events.

Proposals shall:

CVD EDUCs offerors shall demonstrate the following characteristics:

To meet the technical objectives of the CVD EDUCs project and to support the NHLBI performance goals, offerors shall propose a comprehensive performance plan of action (PPA) that will have a potential major impact on reducing CVD mortality and morbidity, reducing risk factors, and improving heart health with their communities. Each offeror shall submit a PPA which is as specific as possible, and shall incorporate the use of a logic model. The logic model should integrate the following major components of the PPA: Program Planning and Development, Program Implementation, and Program Evaluation. In preparing the PPA, offerors should use the following format:

Program Planning and Development

This section of the PPA must address the situation, circumstances, and issues that characterize the high-risk communities which necessitate the formation of an EDUC.

Program Implementation

This section of the PPA must include a description of all Inputs/Resources and Activities of your project/program and how you will monitor and assess program progress on an ongoing basis during the project's implementation phase.

Program Evaluation

This section of the PPA must describe the desired Outputs and Outcomes/Impacts.

Outputs. For each project activity, identify what outputs (products, materials, tools, services, exposures, experiences, etc.) your project aims to produce. What you complete and who you reach curriculum developed, number of people screened, number of training sessions held, number of partners engaged, etc.

Outcomes/Impacts. Identify short- and long-term outcomes you expect to achieve for the activities being implemented above and the anticipated impact of the project on changing organizations, communities, systems, etc. What results were achieved increase in self-efficacy, increase in number with blood pressure control, increase in number with cholesterol treated to goal levels, increase in satisfaction, etc.

The program evaluation component shall address not only the outputs, outcomes/impacts, but must also assess the effectiveness of the program planning process and monitor how well the overall project is being implemented. (See examples of evaluation measures below.)

Program Logic Model

In this section of the PPA, offerors must include the use of a logic model(s) to illustrate how their proposed CVD EDUC project will work. It must communicate visually the overall conceptual framework of the project as well as show how the underlying assumptions tie together to achieve the desired outcomes and impact of the proposed overall effort.

NOTE TO OFFERORS FOR COST PROPOSAL PURPOSES: NHLBI is committed to developing and sustaining a collaborative relationship with all successful offerors. As part of this commitment, the NHLBI will provide support for development and maintenance of a CVD EDUC Extranet; technical assistance on issues related to working with the media; support for events and media partnerships; professional, patient, and public materials developed by NHLBI; technical assistance in overall program planning and implementation; data and evaluation; and promotion of collaborative efforts among other funded EDUC partners, such as sharing performance project progress, strategies employed, successes, and lessons learned. In addition, an internal monitoring team will assist the EDUCs on a regular basis through monthly conference calls and quarterly conference calls, designed for information sharing among all the EDUCs.

A number of factors aimed at achieving cardiovascular health for all Americans influence the development and implementation of the CVD EDUCs by the NHLBI. The following are a few of these factors:

Each performance project shall have a set of performance measures. These measures will be used to judge the degree of success of the project's activities and interventions. The evaluation plan may include formative, process, or outcome evaluation measures. The following are examples of performance measures and/or indicators:

Formative Measures include focus groups and ethnographic measures such as:

Process Measures:

Outcome Measures:

The above list is not intended to be inclusive. Other measures and/or indicators may be proposed.

NOTE TO OFFERORS: Financial resources provided under this BAA shall not be used to develop and conduct population-based or epidemiologic surveys. However, financial resources provided by this BAA may be used to conduct qualitative research to gather formative information from focus groups to gauge consumer satisfaction, and to gather input and feedback on implementation of strategies for program planning and development purposes. Focus groups consist of less than 10 people on any one occasion using one assessment instrument. The instrument may not be used on multiple occasions. All instruments for consumer assessment surveys (focus groups or in-depth interviews of less than 10 people) must be submitted for review and approval before implementation.

All successful offerors will be joining a nationwide partnership through which information-sharing and the generation of program ideas and strategies not only can advance the outcomes of individual projects but also can, through the synthesis and broader dissemination of these ideas, promote the reduction of CVD in the country as a whole. Collaborative responsibilities of each CVD EDUC will include the following:


Attachment 3

Qualified Health Service Areas (HSAs) for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Top 15 Percent of HSAs in CHD Mortality, U.S., 1994 1996


3-Year Mortality per 100,000
 
HSA Name
 
Population Size
 
Crude
 
Age-Adjusted
 
New York, NY—Kings (New York), NY 7,723,686 342.8 361.7
Pike, KY—Logan, WW 154,610 283.9 353.1
Harrison (Biloxi), MS—Hancock, MS 235,129 278.6 352.7
Tangipahoa, LA—St. Helena, LA 107,650 277.1 344.3
Leflore, MS—Bolivar, MS 132,193 281.4 321.0
Raleigh, WV—Fayette, WV 174,781 337.9 318.3
Robeson, NC—Columbus, NC 239,356 257.8 309.1
Cumberland (Vineland), NJ 147,313 290.1 304.1
Nassau, NY—Suffolk, NY 2,769,578 264.2 302.1
Clark (Jeffersonville), IN—Scott, IN 118,607 267.6 301.7
Lucas (Toledo), OH—Monroe, MI 823,081 273.4 301.2
Putnam, TN—Overton, TN 121,557 319.5 301.0
Galveston (Galveston), TX 248,266 220.6 296.9
Luzerne (Wilkes-Barre), PA—Columbia, PA 429,866 394.7 296.9
Gallia, OH—Mason, WV 118,176 307.2 295.1
Calloway, KY—Carroll, TN 109,628 371.0 294.3
Crittenden (West Memphis), AR—St. Francis, AR 115,354 251.7 293.3
Genesee (Flint), MI—Lapeer, MI 540,604 221.4 291.4
Bell (Killeen), TX—Milam, TX 352,840 198.1 289.8
Jefferson (Pine Bluff), AR—Bradley, AR 157,331 284.3 289.6
Sebastian (Fort Smith), AR—Crawford, AR 305,527 299.6 287.6
Allegany (Cumberland), MD—Garrett, MD 157,311 358.1 286.8
Columbiana, OH—Hancock (Weirton), WV 178,336 306.0 286.7
Gaston (Gastonia), NC—Cleveland, NC 401,440 269.7 286.4
Grayson (Sherman), TX—Bryan, OK 178,226 364.7 286.3
St. Louis, MO—St. Louis City, MO 1,812,984 277.6 285.1
Schuylkill, PA—Montour, PA 357,161 356.3 284.3
Mercer, WV—Tazewell, VA 187,369 288.0 284.2
Shelby (Memphis), TN—Panola, MS 1,175,152 210.9 282.6
Ohio (Wheeling), WV—Belmont, OH 206,871 350.3 282.3
East Baton Rouge (Baton Rouge), LA—Ascension, LA 679,971 188.7 282.1
Sullivan (Kingsport), TN—Washington, VA 359,133 297.9 281.8
St. Charles (St. Charles), MO—Lincoln, MO 316,285 162.2 281.6
Bay (Panama City), FL—Jackson, FL 258,174 260.4 281.3
Rutherford (Murfreesboro), TN—Warren, TN 223,822 212.4 280.0
Montgomery (Amsterdam), NY—Fulton, NY 109,761 366.9 280.0
Ector (Odessa), TX—Ward, TX 170,238 190.1 279.8
Wayne (Detroit), MI—Oakland, MI 4,669,888 237.1 279.6
Kern (Bakersfield), CA 652,234 183.0 279.5
Orange (Newburg), NY—Sullivan, NY 447,181 232.7 278.6
Scioto, OH—Ross, OH 202,380 285.8 278.5
Cumberland (Fayetteville), NC—Sampson, NC 353,616 148.0 276.1
Edgecombe, NC—Halifax, NC 229,591 259.3 274.9
Madison (Alton), IL—Jersey, IL 310,439 286.0 274.5
Cape Girardeau, MO—Butler MO 317,465 315.4 274.4
Bay (Bay City), MI—Ogemaw, MI 187,092 290.9 274.3
Lenoir, NC—Wayne, NC 239,011 228.6 274.1
Anderson (Oak Ridge), TN—Roane, TN 209,364 277.7 274.0
Lackawanna (Scranton), PA—Wayne, PA 267,321 376.1 273.6
Hinds (Jackson), MS—Rankin, MS 550,584 223.2 272.5
Mahoning(Young), OH—Mercer, PA 633,870 302.9 271.3
Maury, TN—Giles, TN 132,870 275.7 271.3
Sumner (Hendersonville), TN—Wilson, TN 240,924 211.3 270.5
Midland (Midland), TX—Pecos, TX 147,230 181.6 270.1
Pittsylvania (Danville), VA—Caswell, NC 135,270 304.3 269.8
San Bernardino, CA—Riverside (Riverside), CA 3,124,271 199.8 268.0
Cook (Chicago), IL—Du Page, IL 7,107,786 218.1 267.8
Jasper (Joplin), MO—Newton, MO 205,313 303.0 267.5
Calcasieu (Lake Charles), LA—Beauregard, LA 317,662 196.8 266.8
McLennan (Waco), TX—Hill, TX 302,508 308.0 266.2
Richland (Mansfield), OH—Ashland, OH 186,267 255.4 265.9
Hancock, OH—Seneca, OH 133,568 264.5 265.8
Lake (Gary), IN—Porter, IN 690,138 211.8 265.7
Coffee, TN—Franklin, TN 102,850 267.4 265.6
Duval (Jacksonville), FL—Glynn, GA 1,094,981 196.3 265.5
Cabell (Huntington), WV—Boyd, KY 379,882 268.0 265.4
Cuyahoga (Cleveland), OH—Lake, OH 1,890,762 278.0 265.1
Clinton, NY—Franklin, NY 175,898 237.3 264.8
Washington, PA—Fayette, PA 408,069 324.6 264.8
HSAs in bold type are sites of current NHLBI Health Information Network CVD EDUCs.


Attachment 4

Qualified Health Service Areas (HSAs) for Stroke
Top 15 Percent of HSAs in Stroke Mortality, U.S., 1994-1996


3-Year Mortality per 100,000
 
HSA Name
 
Population Size
 
Crude
 
Age-Adjusted
 
Sumter, SC—Clarendon, SC 162,920 115.0 158.3
Hamblen (Morri), TN—Jefferson, TN 121,283 114.3 128.3
Orangeburg, SC—Bamberg, SC 134,963 108.9 125.0
Lenoir, NC—Wayne, NC 239,011 88.7 108.6
Clark (Jeffersonville), IN—Scott, IN 118,607 88.2 102.3
Florene (Florence), SC—Darlington, SC 306,466 86.0 101.9
Greenwood, SC—Laurens, SC 180,349 103.9 101.4
Edgecombe, NC—Halifax, NC 229,591 93.4 101.1
Robeson, NC—Columbus, NC 239,356 80.1 99.4
Shelby (Memphis), TN—Panola, MS 1,175,152 73.2 99.3
Knox, N—Daviess, IN 133,099 125.7 98.6
Horry, SC—Georgetown, SC 216,464 74.8 96.1
Pulaski (Little Rock), AR—Saline, AR 637,126 79.4 95.6
Madison (Jackson), TN—Gibson, TN 245,177 108.2 95.5
Pitt, NC—Beaufort, NC 220,045 80.7 94.8
Dougherty (Albany), GA—Early, GA 189,568 74.2 93.5
Montgomery (Clarksville), TN—Houston, TN 142,427 59.7 93.4
Jefferson (Pine Bluff), AR—Bradley, AR 157,331 91.3 92.1
Charleston (Charleston), SC—Colleton, SC 590,000 58.9 91.7
Dallas, AL—Marengo, AL 102,324 94.8 91.6
Whitfield, GA—Murray, GA 114,272 62.1 91.2
Bonneville, ID—Madison, ID&/TD> 153,600 54.3 90.7
Cumberland (Fayetteville), NC—Sampson, NC 353,616 46.1 90.2
Marion (Salem), OR—Yamhill, OR 407,063 93.6 89.9
Putnam, TN—Overton, TN 121,557 92.7 87.4
Guilford (Greensboro), NC—Rockingham, NC 741,352 76.6 86.5
Deschutes, OR—Crook, OR 141,173 74.1 86.0
Alamance (Burlington), NC 119,424 87.6 85.9
Floyd, GA—Bartow, GA 254,905 77.0 85.7
Crittenden (West Memphis), AR—St. Francis, AR 115,354 74.0 85.6
Laurens, GA—Dodge, GA 129,363 83.0 85.5
New Hanover (Wilmington), NC—Brunswick, NC 244,362 74.2 85.5
Scott (Davenport), IA—Muscatine, IA 206,261 72.9 85.2
Wake (Raleigh), NC—Wilson, NC 751,096 56.2 84.9
Wells, IN—Jay, IN 122,581 89.7 84.3
Dinwiddie (Petersburg), VA—Prince George, VA 132,831 71.5 84.2
Hardin, KY—Grayson, KY 176,047 58.1 84.0
Jefferson (Madison), IN—Dearborn, IN 137,221 81.4 83.9
Vigo (Terre Haute), IN—Sullivan, IN 211,078 100.0 83.7
Coffee, TN—Franklin, TN 102,850 82.6 83.4
Gaston (Gastonia), NC—Cleveland, NC 401,440 76.7 83.4
Harrison (Marshall), TX—Cass, TX 103,128 95.0 83.4
Angelina, TX—Walker, TX 190,051 80.7 83.1
Durham (Durham), NC—Vance, NC 340,739 71.6 82.7
Yuba, CA—Sutter (Yuba City), CA 162,122 64.6 82.4
Solano (Vallejo), CA—Napa, CA 560,514 67.3 82.3
Sumner (Hendersonville), TN—Wilson, TN 240,924 63.1 82.3
Rockingham, VA—Page, VA 130,473 83.5 82.3
Moore, NC—Richmond, NC 171,627 84.1 82.2
Pierce (Tacoma), WA 675,070 60.2 81.5
Cascade (Great Falls), MT—Glacier, MT 123,898 79.4 81.3
Talladega, AL—Clay, AL 105,402 76.8 81.0
Jackson (Medford), OR—Josephine, OR 290,451 94.9 80.9
Benton (Kennewick), WA—Franklin, WA 187,076 51.9 80.9
Calhoun (Anniston), AL—Carroll, GA 240,799 68.5 80.9
Hall, GA—Union, GA 227,385 69.3 80.8
Craven, NC—Carteret, NC 323,318 49.4 80.6
Vermilion, IL—Edgar, IL 137,682 96.4 80.3
Craighead, AR—Greene, AR 227,895 89.8 80.1
Tulare (Visalia), CA 369,493 59.8 80.0
Mecklenburg (Charlotte), NC—Union, NC 735,567 55.3 79.8
Richmond (South Augusta), GA—Aiken, SC 544,006 58.9 79.8
Richland (Columbia), SC—Lexington, SC 570,615 56.6 79.8
Leflore, MS—Bolivar, MS 132,193 70.4 79.6
Howard (Kokomo), IN—Cass, IN 144,035 75.2 79.6
Iredell (Statesville), NC—Alexander, NC 138,497 71.7 79.4
Tarrant (Fort Worth), TX—Johnson, TX 1,569,963 50.3 79.3
Garland, AR—Hot Spring, AR 154,988 104.1 79.2
Cabell (Huntington), WV—Boyd, KY 379,882 78.3 79.2
HSAs in bold type are sites of current NHLBI Health Information Network CVD EDUCs.


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