THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) SOURCES SOUGHT IS ISSUED SOLELY FOR MARKET RESEARCH AND PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A SOLICITATION
1. Responses to this Sources Sought must be in writing. The purpose of this Sources Sought Announcement is for market research only to make appropriate acquisition decisions and to gain knowledge of Small Business Capability, including Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB/VOSB) interested and capable of providing the required equipment.
2. The NAICS for this requirement is NAICS 811219 Other Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance.

3. Interested and capable Contractors should respond to this notice not later than 3:00 PM (EST) on June 23, 2020 by providing the following via email only to Cynthia Dunbar at Cynthia.dunbar3@va.gov.
Please provide the following:

a) company name
b) address
c) point of contact
d) phone, fax, and email of primary point of contact
e) DUNS number
f) Type of small business, if applicable, (e.g. Services Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), 8(a), HUB-Zone, Women Owned Small Business, Small disadvantaged Business, or Small Business).
g) A capability statement that addresses the organization s qualifications and ability to provide the required equipment and supplies to the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, 5901 E. 7th St, Long Beach, CA 990822. Respondents are also encouraged to provide specific examples (e.g. contract number, point of contact information) of the Contractor s experience providing the same or similar equipment and supplies.

4. SDVOSB/VOSB respondents.
a) If respondent is SDVOSB or VOSB, respondent is encouraged to provide proof of https://www.vip.vetbiz.va.gov certification. In addition, SDVOSB/VOSB Contractors are asked to acknowledge that they understand the limitations on sub-contracting pursuant to FAR 52.219-14, Limitations on Sub-Contracting, which will be included in the impending solicitation. Further SDVOSB/VOSB contractors are asked to respond that they are capable of providing the requested equipment keeping within the parameters of this clause.
b) Small businesses, including SDVOSB/VOSBS are also advised that per 13 CFR, § 125.6 the prime contractor’s limitations on subcontracting are as follows:
In order to be awarded a full or partial small business set-aside contract with a value greater than $150,000, an 8(a) contract, a SDVOSB/VOSB contract, a HUBZone contract, a WOSB or EDWOSB contract pursuant to part 127 of this chapter, a small business concern must agree, in the case of a contract for services (except construction), it will not pay more than 50% of the amount paid by the government to its firms that are not similarly situated. Any work that a similarly situated subcontractor further subcontracts will count towards the 50% subcontract amount that cannot be exceeded.

5. Required Equipment: The Veterans Integrated Service Network 22 (VISN-22), VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS) is seeking a contractor is an authorized distributer for the following equipment:
ITEM NUMBER
DESCRIPTION OF SUPPLIES/SERVICES
QUANTITY
UNIT
UNIT PRICE
AMOUNT
0001

1.00
EA
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M0036 – INNER EAR (COCHLEAR) ANALYZER SCREEN AND M8182 – BALANCE SYSTEM TESTING ROTATIONAL BERTEC CDP/IVR
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: 97P-0036

0002

1.00
EA
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BERTEC HS-SOT OPTION
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: 97P-0068

0003

1.00
EA
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BERTEC ESSENTIAL OPTION
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: 97P-0065

0004

1.00
EA
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BERTEC BVA (BERTEC VISION ADVANTAGE)
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: 98P-0037

0005

1.00
EA
__________________
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COBALT (SOFTWARE AND KIT)
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: 97P-0049

0006

1.00
EA
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BERTEC CDP/IVR FREIGHT (LTL SHIPMENT)
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: 97P-0096

0007

1.00
EA
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BERTEC CDP/IVR INSTALL
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: CDP/IVR INSTALL

0008

1.00
EA
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HDMI CABLE AND USB CABLES TO REMOTE PORTABLE ESSENTIAL TO 55″ FLAT SCREEN
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: OTHERDIAGEQUIP

0009

1.00
EA
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BERTEC PEDIATRIC HARNESS
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: 97P-0035

0010

6.00
EA
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ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC/CLINICAL DPOAE & TEOAE ANALYZER
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: ADV-S+ABR

0011

6.00
EA
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OTODYNAMICS OTOPORT PRINTER PACK
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: PP

0012

6.00
EA
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SHIPPING AND HANDLING
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: SHIP/HANDLING

0013

1.00
EA
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INSTALLATION/CALIBRATION/IN-SERVICE
LOCAL STOCK NUMBER: 8070

GRAND TOTAL
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6. Vendor requirements:
Vendor must be an authorized distributer by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and must provide an OEM distribution letter proving that authority.
Vendor must honor all OEM warranty, guarantee and certification of all requested equipment and supplies and must be able to ship to the Government new in box.
Vendor must be able to ship equipment and supplies within 30 days after receipt of awarded contract from the Government.

7. Salient Characteristics and features:

Inner Ear (Cochlear) Analyzer, Screen Otodynamics (Otoport OAE):
Light, portable with long battery life. Easy to use intuitive graphic display and controls Customisable testing protocols. 1000 test database (5000 searchable on Advance model) Worklist facility. Otolink PC software response and waveform viewer. Data backup to PC. Facility for user login with password protection. 2 level access permissions. Charge indicator and condition gauge. Recharge via charger or PC. Stimulus and noise indicator lights. Hot keys, cursor keys and full alphanumeric keyboard. Configurable LCD backlight, contrast and sound. Simple or detailed print options. Fast automated OAE screening. Automatic probe fit and noise analysis. Configurable pass criteria. 2, 3, 4 or 5 frequency DPOAE pass. 2, 3 or 4 half-octave band TEOAE pass. Signal and noise histogram with band pass indicators. Configurable 12 point DP-gram 1-8kHz. Four test modes. TEOAE Quickscreen 1-4kHz. TEOAE waveform. Advance model only: Spectrum analysis, DPOAE zoom analysis, 16pts/octave. DP I/O growth and macro-multi test. TEOAEs 1-6kHz, six half-octave bands.

Valance System, Testing, Rotational Bertec Corp (Balance Advantage Dynamic System CDP/IVR): Rotational testing balance system. Features: Expanded assessment and treatment protocols. Low 4 inch step height onto dual-balance force plate, low profile, open space, no hinge obstruction, high-sensitivity dual-balance force plate, clinician touch screen display, comprehensive clinical software, over 180 degree horizontal field of view, over 90 degree vertical field of view, 18 x 20 in. balance plate level with 12x 39 inch clinician standing area and modular software. Optional: Bertec Balance Advantage Head-Shake Sensory Organization Test (HS-SOT), functional dual-balance force plates (20 x 60 inch), pediatric safety harness and bariatric safety harness.

8. Please note that if VA s pending market research establishes that two or more VOSB or SDVOSB, who are certified in VA s Vendor Information Pages (VIP) site https://www.vip.vetbiz.va.gov, can provide the supplies, VA will set aside the underlying solicitation per 38 U.S.C. §8127. 

9. All Offerors who provide goods or services to the United States Federal Government must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database found at https://www.sam.gov. Registration must include Representations and Certifications.
10. The Non-Manufacturer Rule (NMR) in accordance with 13 CFR § 121.406, September 4, 2019 applies to this acquisition.
a) For small business set-asides other than construction or service contracts the prime contractor that s supplying products to the government is required to cover at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing those products. The non-manufacturer rule is an exception to that requirement. The rule allows a small business to supply products it did not manufacture as long as those products come from another small business.
b) A manufacturer is defined as a business that, with its own facilities, performs primary activities in transforming inorganic or organic substances, including the assembly of parts and components, into the end product being acquired. In other words, a manufacturer makes or produces products. Businesses may qualify as a non-manufacturer if it meets the following criteria:
Does not exceed 500 employees
Is primarily engaged in the retail or wholesale trade and normally sells the type of products being supplied
Will supply the end products of a small business manufacturer or processor made in the United States, or obtains a waiver of such requirement
See Title 13 Part 121.406 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for detailed information about the non-manufacturer rule.

–End of Sources Sought Announcement