The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced changes to its draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Fisheries domain of its $8-Billion Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (ProTech) 2.0.

In the agency’s November update to bidders, NOAA indicated that the final RFP would be released in early December. Although the solicitation has not yet been updated in SAM.gov, NOAA recently announced notable changes in its draft RFP.

Number of Awards

NOAA expects to offer no more than 25 awards and will issue no more than 30 advisory recommendations to proceed during Phase I of the source selection process. Offerors that identify limited capability in Phase I may still be advised to proceed to Phase II and may still obtain an award. Niche vendors (those with strong capability in a PWS element or task area(s)) may be included to broaden vendor capability at the IDIQ level.

Total Small Business Set-aside

The Protech 2.0 Fisheries Domain requirement will be a total small business set-aside. NOAA is seeking small business contractors to implement innovative data collection and management technology to support sustainable, ecosystem-based fisheries management supporting NOAA’s Fisheries Climate Science Strategy.

Protech 2.0 Fisheries Domain is one of four multiple-award IDIQ opportunities in the Protech 2.0 contract portfolio, which also includes Satellites, Oceans, and Weather. The domains share an $8-billion contract ceiling across the four vehicles, and NOAA held the re-compete for the Satellite domain last year. The Fisheries domain will be a mandatory-use contract for professional, scientific, and technical services for NOAA and the Department of Commerce agency-wide for all services within its scope of work.

Relevant Experience Changes

Corporate Experience and Past Performance are now considered recent if they are ongoing or ended within the past eight years of the proposal due date. Previously, these elements were restricted to projects within five years of the proposal date.

Phase I Scoring

NOAA will determine the optimal number of offerors considering the proximity measures received during Phase I. According to the agency, optimal will be judged based on proximity to a notional ideal offeror who performs half of the 33 services (i.e. ideal breadth = 0.5) and performs all services at the highest possible level (ideal), or a selection of 3 for all scope elements for which they have experience (i.e. ideal depth = 1.0).

Phase I requires an Administrative Volume that includes an executive summary; a 5-page written submission outlining bidders’ employee recruitment capabilities and mission commitment, and a technical corporate capabilities self-assessment matrix.

Relevant corporate experience should be greater than or similar in size to current ProTech Fisheries task orders, which range from $100,000 to $10 million. Bidders need not illustrate relevant experience across all task areas outlined in the draft performance work statement (PWS), bidders may still be approved to apply for Phase II evaluation and be offered a contract if they are the only firm capable of performing a particular element of the PWS, according to the draft RFP.

Six Task Areas

Bidders must show the capability to provide NOAA with professional scientists, technical experts, and consultants to provide services in six task areas:

  • Studies, Data Analysis, and Reports
  • Applied Research, Engineering, Consulting, and Operations
  • Filed Sampling, Data Collection, and Surveys
  • Training and Program and Project Management
  • Fisheries Management and Consultation Activities
  • Economic and Social Science

Bidders must address each requirement listed under each scope element. “If an Offeror does not demonstrate experience for each requirement within an element, this will decrease confidence,” NOAA stated in answers to questions posted on SAM.gov.

Two Phase Evaluation

NOAA is anticipating inviting the top 30 contenders from Phase 1 submissions to submit full written proposals and an oral presentation during Phase II.

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