Federal contract opportunity NNC11389338Q for software publishers at Glenn Research Center Office of Procurement, response was due May 27, 2011.

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NASA/GRC has a requirement for the continued annual lease, maintenance, and supportfor the existing suite of various ABAQUS licenses currently in use at our Center. NASA/GRC intends to purchase this support from DASSAULT SYSTEMES SIMULIA CORPORATION,166, Valley St., Providence, RI, 02909-2400. The software licenses were purchased from this vendor and they own the source code. Thelicenses are unique and proprietary to Dassault Systemes. No other vendor can providethe necessary maintenance and support. The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12 and the SimplifiedAcquisition Procedures set forth in FAR Part 13. The Sole Source is under the authority of FAR Reference 13.106-1(b)1. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform theeffort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local timeon May 26, 2011. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for thepurpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and opencompetition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretionof the government.Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The installation Ombudsman is KirkD. Seablom who can be reached via email at kirk.d.seablom@nasa.gov.