DISCLAIMER:
THIS NOTICE IS FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT INTEND TO AWARD A CONTRACT ON THE BASIS OF THIS RFI OR REIMBURSE ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PREPARATION OF RESPONSES TO THIS RFI.
This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute a Solicitation, an Invitation for Bids, a Request for Proposal (RFP), a Request for Quotation (RFQ), or an indication the Government will contract for the items contained in this announcement. All information received in response to this RFI marked Proprietary will be handled accordingly. Responses to the RFI will not be returned. In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this RFI are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.
PURPOSE:
The purpose of this RFI is to conduct market research to find qualified vendors and to assist Network Contracting Office (NCO) 6 in determining if a future contract effort can be competitively awarded on a total Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Set-Aside basis. The applicable North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to this effort is 334519 with the Small Business Size Standard of 500 employees. If the Government determines there are qualified vendors for this requirement, a solicitation will be published and posted on the Contracting Opportunities website. The Government will use this information solely to determine the appropriate acquisition strategy for this procurement.
INTRODUCTION:
This requirement is for the purchase of the Upright Microscope Frame BX53F2-1-2. The Hampton VA Medical Center requires the Upright Microscope Frame BX53F2-1-2 in support of medical services within the Pathology/Laboratory Department. The government is anticipating that this will be a brand-name but encourages all vendors that can meet or exceed the item descriptions below to respond to this source sought. If providing a like item/system, please include attachments, information, and part numbers to allow the government to assess whether your items/system will suffice for this requirement.
REQUIREMENTS:
NOTE: The VHA NCO 6 is conducting market research to find qualified vendors who can deliver the following item(s) to Hampton VA Medical Center, 100 Emancipation Drive, Hampton VA 23667:

DESCRIPTION OF INFORMATION REQUESTED for: Upright Microscope Frame BX53F2-1-2
ITEM NO. or STOCK NO.
DESCRIPTION
QUANTITY
UNIT
BX53F2-1-2
BX53F2-1-2 Upright microscope frame includes frontmounted intensity control dial, Light
Intensity Manager (LIM)ON/OFF button and Preset button. LIM functionality requires a coded nosepiece (notincluded) and LED lamp house (not included. Coarse and fine coaxial focus control knobs are graduated to 1 micron, 25mm total focus stroke at
0.1mm per fine rotation and 15 mm per coarse rotation. Coarse focus tension is adjustable and includes a focus stop.
1
EA
2-U1007
HN10X-1-7;10X EYEPIECE
FOR BX,IX HI EYEPNT,RETSHELF, FN:22
2
EA
3-U137
U-TBI-3-CLI; TILTING
BINOCULAR OBS TUBE,5-35 DEG REVERSE
1
EA
4-U130
U-SVRB-4; RIGHT HAND
MECHANICAL STAGE, RACKLESS, LONG STALK
1
EA
4-U142
U-HLDT-4; LEFT RELEASE SLIDE HOLDER, DOUBLE SLIDE, THICK
1
EA
U-LHLEDC100-1-2
High intensity LED lamp for BX53 microscope systems,
approximately 50,000-hour lifespan
1
EA
U-D6RES-1-2
6-Position coded nosepiece for BX Frames, includes slot
for DIC prism
1
EA
UYCP-11
UYCP-11; US Style 3-prong Power Cord
1
EA
OMT-010
LOGO CLOTH DUSTCOVER
11X25X26″, ANTI-STATIC BX, IX
1
EA
6-U1112
U-AC2-7; ABBECONDENSER, NA 1.1, 4X-100X COVERAGE
1
EA
BX3-URA-1-2
Manual Reflected Light Fluorescence Illuminator for BX3 series microscopes with 8-position cube turret
1
EA
OEX-0211
X-Cite 120Q System for BX with iris, lamp and 1.5m LLG
1
EA
OCT-49010BX3
ET-R&B Phy/mOrange/mKO Filter Set 546/10X, BS560, 585/40M w/BX3 cube
1
EA
OCT-49031BX3
ET-Alexa Fluor 568 Cy3.5 Filter Set 569/25X, BS588,
615/40M w/BX3 cube
1
EA
1-U2B222
PLN4X; PLAN ACHROMAT 4X
OBJECTIVE, NA 0.10, WD 18.5MM
1
EA
1-U2B223
PLN10X; PLAN ACHROMAT10X OBJECTIVE, NA 0.25, WD 10.6MM
1
EA
1-U2B227
PLN40X; PLAN ACHROMAT 40X
OBJECTIVE, NA0.65 WD0.6MM
1
EA
1-U2B235
PLN100XO; PLAN ACHROMAT 100X OIL OBJECTIVE, NA1.25 WD0.15MM
1
EA

Olympus BX53 gram stain microscope BX53F2-1-2 1 Upright microscope frame
includes front mounted intensity control dial, Light Intensity Manager (LIM) ON/OFF button and Preset button. LIM functionality requires a coded nosepiece (not included) and LED lamp
house (not included). Coarse and finecoaxial focus control knobs are graduated to 1 micron, 25mm total focus stroke at 0.1mm per fine rotation and 15 mm per coarse
rotation. Coarse focustension is adjustable and includes a focus stop.

1
EA
3-U137
U-TBI-3-CLI;TILTING BINOCULAR OBS TUBE,5-35 DEG ,REVERSE
1
EA
2-U1007
WHN10X-1-7;10X EYEPIECE FOR BX,IX HIEYEPNT,RETSHELF,FN:22
2
EA
4-U130
U-SVRB-4; RIGHT HAND MECHANICAL STAGE, RACKLESS, LONG STALK
1
EA
4-U142
U-HLDT-4; LEFT RELEASE
SLIDE HOLDER, DOUBLE SLIDE, THICK
1
EA
U-LHLEDC100- 1-2
High intensity LED lamp for BX53 microscope systems,
approximately 50,000-hour lifespan
1
EA
U-D6RES-1-2
6-Position coded nosepiece for BX Frames, includes slot
for DIC prism
1
EA
UYCP-11
UYCP-11; US Style 3-prong Power Cord
1
EA
OMT-010
LOGO CLOTH DUSTCOVER 11X25X26″, ANTI-STATIC BX, IX
1
EA
6-U1112
U-AC2-7; ABBE CONDENSER, NA 1.1, 4X-100X COVERAGE
1
EA
5-UR730
BX3-ARM;TRANSMITTED LIGHT ARM FOR BX3
1
EA
1-U2B222
PLN4X; PLAN ACHROMAT 4X
OBJECTIVE, NA 0.10, WD 18.5MM
1
EA
1-U2B223
PLN10X; PLAN ACHROMAT 10X OBJECTIVE, NA 0.25, WD 10.6MM
1
EA
1-U2B227
PLN40X; PLAN ACHROMAT 40X OBJECTIVE,NA0.65 WD0.6MM
1
EA
1-U2B235
PLN100XO; PLAN ACHROMAT 100X OIL OBJECTIVE,NA1.25 WD0.15MM
1
EA

Vendors with a GSA schedule shall provide the contract number of that schedule and the expiration date as well as product NAICS codes. All items should be clearly identified if they are scheduled items or open market items.
HOW TO RESPOND:
All responses shall be submitted no later than Friday; April 09, 2021@ 1000 (10:00AM) EST. All interested parties should respond, in writing via email to ruth.morris@va.gov. No telephone inquiries will be accepted. Respondents to this RFI shall provide the following information:
Company/individual name,
Address,
Point of contact with phone number
Information describing your interest,
Indicate FSS/GSA contract number or Open Market, as applicable
FSS Category you qualify for
Tax ID number
DUNS number
Capabilities statement
Company Socio-Economic SIZE (example large, small, SDVOSB, VOSB, WOSB etc.)
Interested firms are reminded that in accordance with FAR 4.1201(a) Prospective contractors shall complete electronic annual representations and certifications at the System for Award Management (SAM) as a part of required registration in conjunction with FAR 4.1102(a) that states, Prospective contractors shall be registered in the (SAM) database prior to award of a contract or agreement. Therefore, due to time constraints, vendors must be registered in System for Award Management (SAM) under the above NAICS code at http://www.sam.gov to be considered for an award
Please submit responses via email in Microsoft Office format by 1000 (10:00 AM) (Eastern Standard Time) 04/09/2021. Please include RFI# 36C24621Q0512 in subject title.
NOTE: Responses to this announcement will not be returned, nor will there be any ensuing discussions or debriefings of any responses. However, information obtained as a result of this announcement may be reflected in any subsequent solicitation. This announcement is Government market research purposes ONLY.