Federal contract opportunity FDA-SOL-2014-1127905 for internet publishing and broadcasting and web search portals at Food and Drug Administration Office of Acquisitions and Grants Services, response was due Jan 10, 2014.

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This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. This synopsis is to notify contractors that the government intends to issue a Purchase Order in accordance with FAR Part 13 for the following, under simplified acquisition procedures. The Request for Proposal number is FDA-SOL-2014-1127905. Provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 05-45 are incorporated into this request. It is the contractor's responsibility to be familiar with the applicable clauses and provisions. The provisions and clauses may be accessed in full text at www.acquisition.gov/far. The NAICS code is 519130, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals. This requirement is a set-aside for small businesses. All qualified vendors are encouraged to respond.

The purpose of this procurement is to procure software maintenance and support for Text and Data Analytics (TDA) Software (BRAND NAME OR EQUAL TO PRODUCT) for a twelve (12) month period. This software is required to assist investigators and analysts in analyzing and presenting findings of voluminous amount of unstructured and structured evidentiary material.


1. BACKGROUND


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the Contractor to provide maintenance and support for software installed at the National Document Center, a FDA facility located in Rockville, MD. Text Data Analytics (TDA) is a solution that is currently operational at the National Document Center. Text Data Analytics analyzes voluminous unstructured and structured data to identify evidence used in FDA criminal investigations. Text Data Analysis consists of data extraction and visualization tools to perform the analysis of data. Licenses for Intelligence Analysis for Public Sector by Palantir, SAP Business Objects- Data Services, SAP Business Objects- Text Analysis, and SAP Business Objects- Language Processing (all languages except Finnish) were previously procured by FDA. This Statement of Work consists of maintenance and support of the above-listed licenses and onsite technical support of TDA. The particulars of this Statement of Work are described as follows:


Contractor will provide software maintenance and support for the following software licenses for the period of 01/13/2014 through 01/12/2017.


Two (2) Licenses of Intelligence Analysis for Public Sector by Palantir (25,000,000 Objects)
Four (4) Licenses of SAP Business Objects- Data Services
Four (4) Licenses of SAP Business Objects- Text Analysis
One (I) Licenses of SAP Business Objects- Language Processing (all languages except Finnish)



Contractor will provide onsite technical support for the above-listed products for the period of 01/13/2014 through 01/12/2017. Based on empirical usage, it is estimated that up to 100 hours of onsite technical support for the above-listed products will be required.



2. OBJECTIVES


FDA requires a Document Center to support its criminal investigations on a national scope in order to obtain substantive data relating to fraudulent activity involving FDA regulated products. FDA investigations are complex and document intensive that require analysis of voluminous unstructured and structured data to identify key evidence used in judicial proceedings. The FDA Document Center would be used, but not limited to FDA criminal investigations such as:



1.) Off-Label Promotion of a FDA approved drug.
2.) Off-Label Promotion of a FDA cleared medical device.
3.) Application fraud.
4.) Clinical Investigator fraud.
5.) Healthcare fraud involving FDA regulated products.
6.) Import investigations.
7.) Any criminal investigations national in-scope or document intensive.


3. SCOPE


The Contractor shall provide software maintenance and support for the following software licenses for the period of 01/13/2014 through 01/12/2017:


Two (2) Licenses of Intelligence Analysis for Public Sector by Palantir (25,000,000 Objects)
Four (4) Licenses of SAP Business Objects- Data Services
Four (4) Licenses of SAP Business Objects- Text Analysis
One (I) Licenses of SAP Business Objects- Language Processing (all languages except
Finnish)


Contractor will also provide up to I 00 hours of onsite technical support for the above listed products for the period of 01/13/2014 through 01/12/2017. Onsite technical support includes fine tuning all databases used in the TDA solution, developing, testing, and installing new or modified extraction workflows, mapping extractions to Palantir, and troubleshooting of the TDA solution when required.


 


4. SPECIFIC TASKS/DELIVERABLES


The period of performance for the maintenance and support for the below-listed licenses onsite technical support shall last for three years beginning on 01/13/2014. Table I below contains quantities, vendor, and product.



QUANTITY VENDOR DESCRIPTION LENGTH OF SUPPORT
2 Licenses Palantir Maintenance and Support for Intelligence Analysis for Public Sector by Palantir (25,000,000 Objects) 3 years (36 months) from 01/02/2014
4 Licenses SAP Maintenance and Support for SAP Business Objects- Data Services 3 years (36 months) from 01/02/2014
4 Licenses SAP Maintenance and Support for SAP Business Objects- Data Services 3 years (36 months) from 01/02/2014
1 Licenses SAP Maintenance and Support for SAP Business Objects- Language Processing (all languages except Finnish) 3 years (36 months) from 01/02/2014
1 SAP Up to 100 Hours of Onsite Technical Support for TDA 3 years (36 months) from 01/02/2014


 


5. EVALUATION FACTORS FOR AWARD:
The Government shall award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer is the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) offer, which shall represent best value to the Government. Award will be made on the basis of the lowest evaluated price (inclusive of options) meeting or exceeding the non-cost factor (technical conformance to the requirements of the solicitation). The Government intends to evaluate offers and award a contract without discussions. The offeror's initial offer should contain the offeror's best terms from a price standpoint. However, the Government reserves the right to conduct discussions if later determined by the Contracting Officer to be necessary. The Government may reject any or all offers if such action is in the best interest of the Government; accept other than the lowest offer; and waive informalities and minor irregularities in offers received.
The following factors shall be used to evaluate offers:
A. Technical Features Meeting/Exceeding Salient Requirements (BRAND NAME OR EQUAL)


B. Total Price (all CLINs shall be priced)
6. PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS:
Offerors are required to submit their proposals in two separate volumes as follows:


Volume I - Technical


Volume II - Pricing Proposal


The completion and submission of the above items will constitute an offer (proposal) and will indicate the offeror's unconditional assent to the terms and conditions of this RFP and any attachments hereto. Alternate proposals are not authorized. Objections to any terms and conditions of the RFP will constitute deficiency, which may render the offer unacceptable.


Volume I - Technical:
This portion of the proposal to include all data and information required for technical evaluation of brand name or equal product, and exclude any reference to the pricing aspects of each offer. If an equal product is proposed, offeror shall demonstrate how that product is equal to the brand name product. Offerors shall demonstrate in sufficient detail that the proposed solution will successfully meet the requirements of the salient characteristics. For purposes of clarification, offerors are encouraged to provide trial access to their products to demonstrate how the requirements of the salient characteristics will be met.


Volume II - Pricing:
This volume shall include the complete pricing. Offerors shall propose pricing for a twelve (12) month base period. Offerors shall price each CLIN and clearly state an overall cost to the Government (inclusive of options).


7. CLAUSES AND ADMINISTRATIVE DATA:


(A) 52.211-6 BRAND NAME OR EQUAL (AUG 1999)


(B) Vendors shall complete FAR 52.212-3, Offerors Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items (November 2011). This can be done electronically at http://orca.bpn.gov. The contracting officer will review the vendor's online certifications at http://orca.bpn.gov to ensure that they are accurate and complete. If the vendor does not have active representations and certifications registered online they will be disqualified from being considered for award.


52.212-5 -- Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders -- Commercial Items (NOV 2013)
(a) The Contractor shall comply with the following Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clauses, which are incorporated in this contract by reference, to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items:
(1) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Feb 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)).
___Alternate I (Aug 2007) of 52.222-50 (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)).
(2) 52.233-3, Protest After Award (AUG 1996) (31 U.S.C. 3553).
(3) 52.233-4, Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim (OCT 2004) (Pub. L. 108-77, 108-78).
(b) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (b) that the Contracting Officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items:
X (1) 52.203-6, Restrictions on Subcontractor Sales to the Government (Sept 2006), with Alternate I (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 253g and 10 U.S.C. 2402).
__ (2) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Apr 2010) (Pub. L. 110-252, Title VI, Chapter 1 (41 U.S.C. 251 note)).
__ (3) 52.203-15, Whistleblower Protections under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (June 2010) (Section 1553 of Pub. L. 111-5). (Applies to contracts funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.)
__ (4) 52.204-10, Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards (Jul 2013) (Pub. L. 109-282) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).
__ (5) 52.204-11, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-Reporting Requirements (Jul 2010) (Pub. L. 111-5).
X (6) 52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment. (Aug 2013) (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).
__ (7) 52.209-9, Updates of Publicly Available Information Regarding Responsibility Matters (Jul 2013) (41 U.S.C. 2313).
X (8) 52.209-10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations (May 2012) (section 738 of Division C of Pub. L. 112-74, section 740 of Division C of Pub. L. 111-117, section 743 of Division D of Pub. L. 111-8, and section 745 of Division D of Pub. L. 110-161).
__ (9) 52.219-3, Notice of HUBZone Set-Aside or Sole-Source Award (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657a).
X (10) 52.219-4, Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns (JAN 2011) (if the offeror elects to waive the preference, it shall so indicate in its offer) (15 U.S.C. 657a).
__ (11) [Reserved]
X (12)(i) 52.219-6, Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 644).
__ (ii) Alternate I (Nov 2011).
__ (iii) Alternate II (Nov 2011).
__ (13)(i) 52.219-7, Notice of Partial Small Business Set-Aside (June 2003) (15 U.S.C. 644).
__ (ii) Alternate I (Oct 1995) of 52.219-7.
__ (iii) Alternate II (Mar 2004) of 52.219-7.
X (14) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)).
__ (15)(i) 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)).
__ (ii) Alternate I (Oct 2001) of 52.219-9.
__ (iii) Alternate II (Oct 2001) of 52.219-9.
__ (iv) Alternate III (Jul 2010) of 52.219-9.
__ (16) 52.219-13, Notice of Set-Aside of Orders (Nov 2011)(15 U.S.C. 644(r)).
__ (17) 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 637(a)(14)).
__ (18) 52.219-16, Liquidated Damages-Subcon-tracting Plan (Jan 1999) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)(F)(i)).
__ (19)(i) 52.219-23, Notice of Price Evaluation Adjustment for Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns (OCT 2008) (10 U.S.C. 2323) (if the offeror elects to waive the adjustment, it shall so indicate in its offer).
__ (ii) Alternate I (June 2003) of 52.219-23.
__ (20) 52.219-25, Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program-Disadvantaged Status and Reporting (Jul 2013) (Pub. L. 103-355, section 7102, and 10 U.S.C. 2323).
__ (21) 52.219-26, Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Program- Incentive Subcontracting (Oct 2000) (Pub. L. 103-355, section 7102, and 10 U.S.C. 2323).
__ (22) 52.219-27, Notice of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011) (15 U.S.C. 657 f).
X (23) 52.219-28, Post Award Small Business Program Rerepresentation (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)).
__ (24) 52.219-29, Notice of Set-Aside for Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Concerns (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)).
__ (25) 52.219-30, Notice of Set-Aside for Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Concerns Eligible Under the WOSB Program (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(m)).
X (26) 52.222-3, Convict Labor (June 2003) (E.O. 11755).
X (27) 52.222-19, Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies (Nov 2013) (E.O. 13126).
X (28) 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Feb 1999).
X (29) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246).
X (30) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Sep 2010)(38 U.S.C. 4212).
X (31) 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (Oct 2010) (29 U.S.C. 793).
X (32) 52.222-37, Employment Reports on Veterans (SEP 2010) (38 U.S.C. 4212).
__ (33) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496).
X (34) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (AUG 2013). (Executive Order 12989). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items or certain other types of commercial items as prescribed in 22.1803.)
__ (35)(i) 52.223-9, Estimate of Percentage of Recovered Material Content for EPA-Designated Items (May 2008) (42 U.S.C. 6962(c)(3)(A)(ii)). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items.)
__ (ii) Alternate I (May 2008) of 52.223-9 (42 U.S.C. 6962(i)(2)(C)). (Not applicable to the acquisition of commercially available off-the-shelf items.)
X (36) 52.223-15, Energy Efficiency in Energy-Consuming Products (DEC 2007) (42 U.S.C. 8259b).
__ (37)(i) 52.223-16, IEEE 1680 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products (DEC 2007) (E.O. 13423).
__ (ii) Alternate I (DEC 2007) of 52.223-16.
X (38) 52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving (AUG 2011) (E.O. 13513).
__ (39) 52.225-1, Buy American Act-Supplies (Feb 2009) (41 U.S.C. 10a-10d).
X (40)(i) 52.225-3, Buy American Act-Free Trade Agreements-Israeli Trade Act (Nov 2012) (41 U.S.C. chapter 83, 19 U.S.C. 3301 note, 19 U.S.C. 2112 note, 19 U.S.C. 3805 note, 19 U.S.C. 4001 note, Pub. L. 103-182, 108-77, 108-78, 108-286, 108-302, 109-53, 109-169, 109-283, 110-138, 112-41, 112-42, and 112-43).
__ (ii) Alternate I (Mar 2012) of 52.225-3.
__ (iii) Alternate II (Mar 2012) of 52.225-3.
__ (iv) Alternate III (Nov 2012) of 52.225-3.
__ (41) 52.225-5, Trade Agreements (NOV 2013) (19 U.S.C. 2501, et seq., 19 U.S.C. 3301 note).
X (42) 52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases (June 2008) (E.O.'s, proclamations, and statutes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury).
__ (43) 52.225-26, Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States (Jul 2013) (Section 862, as amended, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008; 10 U.S.C. 2302 Note).
__ (44) 52.226-4, Notice of Disaster or Emergency Area Set-Aside (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150).
__ (45) 52.226-5, Restrictions on Subcontracting Outside Disaster or Emergency Area (Nov 2007) (42 U.S.C. 5150).
__ (46) 52.232-29, Terms for Financing of Purchases of Commercial Items (Feb 2002) (41 U.S.C. 255(f), 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)).
__ (47) 52.232-30, Installment Payments for Commercial Items (Oct 1995) (41 U.S.C. 255(f), 10 U.S.C. 2307(f)).
X (48) 52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332).
__ (49) 52.232-34, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-Other than System for Award Management (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332).
__ (50) 52.232-36, Payment by Third Party (Jul 2013) (31 U.S.C. 3332).
X (51) 52.239-1, Privacy or Security Safeguards (Aug 1996) (5 U.S.C. 552a).
__ (52)(i) 52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flag Commercial Vessels (Feb 2006) (46 U.S.C. Appx. 1241(b) and 10 U.S.C. 2631).
__ (ii) Alternate I (Apr 2003) of 52.247-64.
(c) The Contractor shall comply with the FAR clauses in this paragraph (c), applicable to commercial services, that the Contracting Officer has indicated as being incorporated in this contract by reference to implement provisions of law or Executive orders applicable to acquisitions of commercial items:
__ (1) 52.222-41, Service Contract Act of 1965 (Nov 2007) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (2) 52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires (May 1989) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (3) 52.222-43, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act-Price Adjustment (Multiple Year and Option Contracts) (Sep 2009) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (4) 52.222-44, Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act-Price Adjustment (Sep 2009) (29 U.S.C. 206 and 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (5) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Act to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment-Requirements (Nov 2007) (41 351, et seq.).
__ (6) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Act to Contracts for Certain Services-Requirements (Feb 2009) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
__ (7) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (JAN 2013) (E.O.13495).
__ (8) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations (Mar 2009) (Pub. L. 110-247).
__ (9) 52.237-11, Accepting and Dispensing of $1 Coin (Sept 2008) (31 U.S.C. 5112(p)(1)).
(d) Comptroller General Examination of Record. The Contractor shall comply with the provisions of this paragraph (d) if this contract was awarded using other than sealed bid, is in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold, and does not contain the clause at 52.215-2, Audit and Records-Negotiation.
(1) The Comptroller General of the United States, or an authorized representative of the Comptroller General, shall have access to and right to examine any of the Contractor's directly pertinent records involving transactions related to this contract.
(2) The Contractor shall make available at its offices at all reasonable times the records, materials, and other evidence for examination, audit, or reproduction, until 3 years after final payment under this contract or for any shorter period specified in FAR Subpart 4.7, Contractor Records Retention, of the other clauses of this contract. If this contract is completely or partially terminated, the records relating to the work terminated shall be made available for 3 years after any resulting final termination settlement. Records relating to appeals under the disputes clause or to litigation or the settlement of claims arising under or relating to this contract shall be made available until such appeals, litigation, or claims are finally resolved.
(3) As used in this clause, records include books, documents, accounting procedures and practices, and other data, regardless of type and regardless of form. This does not require the Contractor to create or maintain any record that the Contractor does not maintain in the ordinary course of business or pursuant to a provision of law.
(e)(1) Notwithstanding the requirements of the clauses in paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d) of this clause, the Contractor is not required to flow down any FAR clause, other than those in this paragraph (e)(1) in a subcontract for commercial items. Unless otherwise indicated below, the extent of the flow down shall be as required by the clause-
(i) 52.203-13, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Apr 2010) (Pub. L. 110-252, Title VI, Chapter 1 (41 U.S.C. 251 note)).
(ii) 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Jul 2013) (15 U.S.C. 637(d)(2) and (3)), in all subcontracts that offer further subcontracting opportunities. If the subcontract (except subcontracts to small business concerns) exceeds $650,000 ($1.5 million for construction of any public facility), the subcontractor must include 52.219-8 in lower tier subcontracts that offer subcontracting opportunities.
(iii) 52.222-17, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers (JAN 2013) (E.O. 13495). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (l) of FAR clause 52.222-17.
(iv) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity (Mar 2007) (E.O. 11246).
(v) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for Veterans (Sep 2010) (38 U.S.C. 4212).
(vi) 52.222-36, Affirmative Action for Workers with Disabilities (Oct 2010) (29 U.S.C. 793).
(vii) 52.222-40, Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (Dec 2010) (E.O. 13496). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (f) of FAR clause 52.222-40.
(viii) 52.222-41, Service Contract Act of 1965 (Nov 2007) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
(ix) 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons (Feb 2009) (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)).
___Alternate I (Aug 2007) of 52.222-50 (22 U.S.C. 7104(g)).
(x) 52.222-51, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Act to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment-Requirements (Nov 2007) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
(xi) 52.222-53, Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Act to Contracts for Certain Services-Requirements (Feb 2009) (41 U.S.C. 351, et seq.).
(xii) 52.222-54, Employment Eligibility Verification (AUG 2013).
(xiii) 52.225-26, Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States (Jul 2013) (Section 862, as amended, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008; 10 U.S.C. 2302 Note).
(xiv) 52.226-6, Promoting Excess Food Donation to Nonprofit Organizations (Mar 2009) (Pub. L. 110-247). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (e) of FAR clause 52.226-6.
(xv) 52.247-64, Preference for Privately Owned U.S.-Flag Commercial Vessels (Feb 2006) (46 U.S.C. Appx. 1241(b) and 10 U.S.C. 2631). Flow down required in accordance with paragraph (d) of FAR clause 52.247-64.
(2) While not required, the contractor may include in its subcontracts for commercial items a minimal number of additional clauses necessary to satisfy its contractual obligations.


(C) CLAUSES INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE


8. 508 COMPLIANCE:
In order to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Government asks vendors to complete a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) and submit it with their quote.


The technical standards applicable to this requirement are:


§1194.22 Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications
(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "long desc", or in element content).
(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.
(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.
(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.
(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.
(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.
(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.
(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.
(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation.
(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
(k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.
(l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by assistive technology.
(m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a) through (l).
(n) When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.
(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.
(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.


§1194.41 Information, documentation, and support
(a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge.
(b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge.
(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities.


The 508 technical standards are available at http://www.section508.gov/.


9. QUESTIONS:
All questions must be submitted via email to Brandi Saddler at Brandi.Saddler@fda.hhs.gov no later than 12:00PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Answers to all questions will be posted as an amendment to the solicitation no later than 12:00PM EST, Wednesday, Janaury 8, 2014.


10. QUOTES:
All quotes, technical supporting documentation(s), and the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) shall be submitted via email to Brandi Saddler at Brandi.Saddler@fda.hhs.gov no later than 4:00PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), Thursday, January 9, 2014.


11. OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE INSTRUCTIONS:
System for Award Management (SAM). In accordance with FAR 52.212-4, Offerors shall be registered in the SAM database to be considered for award. Registration is free and can be completed on-line at http://www.ccr.gov; provide DUNS number; Cage Code and TIN.


THE CONTRACTOR IS REQUESTED TO HOLD PRICE QUOTATIONS FOR A MINIMUM OF 45 DAYS.
52.213-2 Invoices (APR 1984)

Place of Performance