Federal Contract Opportunity

Banknote Design Advisory Assistance Services

Federal Contract Opportunity for Banknote Design Advisory Assistance Services 2031ZA19N00012. The NAICS Category is 541490 - Other Specialized Design Services. Posted Feb 15, 2019. Due Mar 5, 2019. Posted by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Treasury). The work will be performed at 14th St SW & C St SW, Washington, DC 20228, USA
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This is a Research and Development (R & D) Sources Sought notice (hereinafter Notice). This is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, request for bids or quotations, nor, a promise to issue a solicitation in the future. The purpose of this Notice is to obtain information regarding the availability and capability of all qualified sources to perform a potential R & D requirement. Responses to this Notice will assist the Government in determining interest and capability of potential vendors for this type of requirement.

Treasury has announced its intent to develop the next family of US Banknotes. BEP's challenge is to develop a highly producible and highly secure family of notes which performs flawlessly in commerce. A key component of this challenge is the underlying design of the banknote family.

BEP's Banknote Design team is comprised of world-class artists with a diverse background in the arts. Each designer has served a 7-year banknote design apprenticeship and is a full-fledged journeymen banknote designer. The BEP is interested in respondents capable of providing a neutral, independent and objective advisory and assistance service, to develop a plan to enhance and optimize the banknote design capability of BEP staff through the development of individualized continuing education plans. Additionally, these potential future requirements would include onsite subject matter expert critique of emerging concepts and designs as BEP moves through the development processes. BEP anticipates the most effective critique team to consist of at least 3 SMEs in the Banknote industry and related processes (i.e., Banknote Engraving, Banknote Manufacturing, Banknote Design, etc.), however, will consider industry input demonstrating capabilities to reach the potential desired result outlined in this document.

Advisory and Assistance services consists of two parts. 1) An individualized continuing education program tailored for each banknote designer and developed in coordination with the individual designer and design manager. This includes peer-to-peer advisory services for each individual designer; and 2) critique services of banknote design as it evolves through the design process. Critique supports the entire design team. It is anticipated that these advisory and assistance support services will deliver an agreed upon plan for each Banknote designer. Additionally, the critiques should be meaningful, informative and promote BEP's goal of aiding in the development of a high quality, highly producible family of notes which meet stakeholder requirements.

This is a request for information only. Do not submit a proposal or quote. The answers to the questions below should total no more than 5 pages maximum, single spaced (Microsoft Word or .pdf attachments are preferred), (8"x11" pages, 1" margins, 12 pt font, including any tables, diagrams, etc.) including the following:

Name of Company:
CAGE Code:
Address:
Point of Contact:
Phone Number:
Fax Number:
Email Address:

In the response, the Contractor must respond to and provide detailed answers to all of the following questions:


What is your organizations experience with Banknote Design, Engraving and Manufacturing?



Can your organization directly provide subject matter experts in Banknote Design, Engraving and Manufacturing who are capable of providing independent and agnostic advisory and assistance services?



If your organization can not directly provide subject matter experts, can your organization identify subcontractor(s) to fill the subject matter expert role?



What is your organization's experience specific to the Treasury and/or BEP contracts and how would your organization's services and technical expertise produce and deliver such capabilities as described in the above background?


In their capability statement, the Respondents should demonstrate the following:


Any comprehensive understanding of design principles and practices specific to the Banknote Industry;
Understanding of the unique characteristics of Banknote Manufacturing (i.e., intaglio, features, stack tolerance, security) and how they integrate to form sound Banknote design; and
Understanding of the continuing education needs and opportunities of the Banknote design community.


The point of contact for this Notice is: Scott Stoval, 14th & C Streets, S.W., Washington, DC 20228; 202-847-0222, Scott.Stovall@bep.gov.

Email responses to this Notice shall be sent to the attention of individual listed above. Due date for responses are no later than 25 February, 2019

This Notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. All costs associated with responding to this Notice are solely at the responding party's expense. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Further, the Government may contact the vendor for additional information regarding the information submitted as part of this market research effort. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed to allow the Government to determine the organization's qualifications to perform the work. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. After a review of the responses received, a pre-solicitation synopsis and solicitation may be published in Federal Business Opportunities. However, responses to this notice will not be considered adequate responses to a solicitation.

Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract or agreement. The BEP will not be obligated to pursue any particular acquisition alternative as a result of this notice. Responses to the notice will not be returned.
Not responding to this notice does not preclude participation in any future solicitation, if one is issued.


No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s). If so, respondents are solely responsible for properly marking and identifying such information within their response..
Original Government Post
  • Due
  • Posted
  • Solicitation Number 2031ZA19N00012
  • NAICS Category 541490
  • Set Aside No Set-Aside Used
  • Place Of Performance 14th St SW & C St SW, Washington, DC 20228, USA

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This is a Research and Development (R & D) Sources Sought notice (hereinafter Notice). This is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, request for bids or quotations, nor, a promise to issue a solicitation in the future. The purpose of this Notice is to obtain information regarding the availability and capability of all qualified sources to perform a potential R & D requirement. Responses to this Notice will assist the Government in determining interest and capability of potential vendors for this type of requirement.

Treasury has announced its intent to develop the next family of US Banknotes. BEP's challenge is to develop a highly producible and highly secure family of notes which performs flawlessly in commerce. A key component of this challenge is the underlying design of the banknote family.

BEP's Banknote Design team is comprised of world-class artists with a diverse background in the arts. Each designer has served a 7-year banknote design apprenticeship and is a full-fledged journeymen banknote designer. The BEP is interested in respondents capable of providing a neutral, independent and objective advisory and assistance service, to develop a plan to enhance and optimize the banknote design capability of BEP staff through the development of individualized continuing education plans. Additionally, these potential future requirements would include onsite subject matter expert critique of emerging concepts and designs as BEP moves through the development processes. BEP anticipates the most effective critique team to consist of at least 3 SMEs in the Banknote industry and related processes (i.e., Banknote Engraving, Banknote Manufacturing, Banknote Design, etc.), however, will consider industry input demonstrating capabilities to reach the potential desired result outlined in this document.

Advisory and Assistance services consists of two parts. 1) An individualized continuing education program tailored for each banknote designer and developed in coordination with the individual designer and design manager. This includes peer-to-peer advisory services for each individual designer; and 2) critique services of banknote design as it evolves through the design process. Critique supports the entire design team. It is anticipated that these advisory and assistance support services will deliver an agreed upon plan for each Banknote designer. Additionally, the critiques should be meaningful, informative and promote BEP's goal of aiding in the development of a high quality, highly producible family of notes which meet stakeholder requirements.

This is a request for information only. Do not submit a proposal or quote. The answers to the questions below should total no more than 5 pages maximum, single spaced (Microsoft Word or .pdf attachments are preferred), (8"x11" pages, 1" margins, 12 pt font, including any tables, diagrams, etc.) including the following:

Name of Company:
CAGE Code:
Address:
Point of Contact:
Phone Number:
Fax Number:
Email Address:

In the response, the Contractor must respond to and provide detailed answers to all of the following questions:


What is your organizations experience with Banknote Design, Engraving and Manufacturing?



Can your organization directly provide subject matter experts in Banknote Design, Engraving and Manufacturing who are capable of providing independent and agnostic advisory and assistance services?



If your organization can not directly provide subject matter experts, can your organization identify subcontractor(s) to fill the subject matter expert role?



What is your organization's experience specific to the Treasury and/or BEP contracts and how would your organization's services and technical expertise produce and deliver such capabilities as described in the above background?


In their capability statement, the Respondents should demonstrate the following:


Any comprehensive understanding of design principles and practices specific to the Banknote Industry;
Understanding of the unique characteristics of Banknote Manufacturing (i.e., intaglio, features, stack tolerance, security) and how they integrate to form sound Banknote design; and
Understanding of the continuing education needs and opportunities of the Banknote design community.


The point of contact for this Notice is: Alex Bulux 14th & C Streets, S.W., Washington, DC 20228; alejandro.bulux@bep.gov.

Email responses to this Notice shall be sent to the attention of individual listed above. Due date for responses are no later than Noon EST 5 March, 2019

This Notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. All costs associated with responding to this Notice are solely at the responding party's expense. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Further, the Government may contact the vendor for additional information regarding the information submitted as part of this market research effort. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed to allow the Government to determine the organization's qualifications to perform the work. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. After a review of the responses received, a pre-solicitation synopsis and solicitation may be published in Federal Business Opportunities. However, responses to this notice will not be considered adequate responses to a solicitation.

Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract or agreement. The BEP will not be obligated to pursue any particular acquisition alternative as a result of this notice. Responses to the notice will not be returned.
Not responding to this notice does not preclude participation in any future solicitation, if one is issued.
No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s). If so, respondents are solely responsible for properly marking and identifying such information within their response. Added: Feb 25, 2019 12:20 pm Modified: Feb 25, 2019 3:14 pmTrack Changes The purpose of Amendment 2 is to update the POC for submission of responses.
The purpose of Amendment 1 to this Source Sought notice is to extend the due date of responses from February 25, 2019 to March 5, 2019 and update the POCs for submission of responses.

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