THIS IS A SOURCE SOUGHT NOTICE / RQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ONLY. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL AND/OR QUOTE. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Integrated Systems Network (VISN) 19 and the Network Contracting Office (NCO) 19 are performing market research to determine if there are sufficient numbers of qualified (1) Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business; (2) Veteran Owned Small Business; or (3) Small Business to set aside a Firm Fixed Price requirement for the purchase of a Cepheid GeneXpert XVI Testing system to include delivery, installation, validation, training and a 1-year service agreement. The Government will use responses to this notice to help make the appropriate acquisition strategy decision.

Contractor shall furnish the following:
0001 GeneXpert XVI R2 16 Module Configuration Testing Site System with 6 Color Modules, Desktop Computer and Dx Software (includes 12-month warranty) Qty 1 Item #GXXVI-16-D

0002 B&W Printer for GeneXpert (includes USB cable) Qty 1 Item #Printer-BW

0003 PRO APC Power-Saving Back-UPS 1500/120V Qty 1 Item #850-0386

0004 1-Year GX 16-8 Advantage Service Agreement Qty 1 Item #GX08A1Y

All interested firms shall submit a response demonstrating their capabilities regarding the above requirement and addressing each of the items in the following section. As stipulated in FAR 15.201, responses to this notice are not considered offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. The decision to solicit for a contract shall be solely with the Government discretion.
Firms responding should indicate whether they are, or are not, a service-disabled veteran owned small business, a veteran owned small business, or any other type of small business business. The NAICS code to be used for this acquisition is 334516 (Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing) is applicable to this acquisition, and the size standard is 1000 employees. The Government reserves the right to consider all types of small business set-asides based upon responses hereto for any subsequent acquisition. Respondents are further requested to indicate their status as a foreign-owned/foreign-controlled firm and any contemplated use of foreign national employees on this effort.

Any information submitted by respondents to this sources-sought synopsis is voluntary. This sources-sought notice is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government reimburse any costs associated with the submission of information in response to this notice. Respondents will not individually be notified of the results of any Government assessments. The Government s evaluation of the capability statements received will factor into whether any forthcoming solicitation will be conducted as a full and open competition or as a set-aside for small businesses, or any small business designation (e.g. SDVOSB, HUB Zone, 8(a), WOSB, VOSB, etc).
All prospective vendors must be registered and current within the System for Award Management (SAM). Visit www.sam.gov for details. In addition, all SDVOSBs and VOSBs must be registered and verified within VetBiz. Visit www.vetbiz.gov for details.

All responses must be received by 1-18-2021 at 3:00 pm MT
POC for this notice is Ian Boettcher / ian.boettcher@va.gov