Jan 05, 2018 10:46 am NASA/HQ has a requirement for an independent body of experts to provide ongoing and focused advice to the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). This independent body will, over time, organize ongoing discussions, take on specific tasks, and possibly issue reports on a variety of issues of importance to the USGCRP and its major program elements, including the National Climate Assessment.
NASA/HQ intends to procure these services from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Research Council based on the objectivity and expertise that the NAS provides. NAS is the only organization that is able, through its self-perpetuating, elected membership, to consistently command the services of the nation's foremost scholars and researchers. The NAS employs rigorous and independent review processes that further guarantee the quality and integrity of its studies and reports. On this basis, the NAS is the only entity that can provide the required services to NASA. The resultant contract period of performance will be up to 10 years.
The Government does not intend to acquire commercial item using FAR Part 12.
Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 3:00pm local time on January 19, 2018. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose 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 open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the Government.
NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at: http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/pub/pub_library/Omb.html