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 NACIS 339113 Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing.

3. Interested and capable Contractors should respond to this notice not later than 4:00 PM (EST) on April 7, 2021 by providing the following via email only to Shavon Bogan at shavon.bogan@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 with warranty to the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 11301 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90073. 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.

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 Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is seeking a contractor that can provide the following:

ITEM NO.
DESCRIPTION
QUANTITY
59-0000
Ultra Instruments Kit/Set, ACF Reveal Retractor System w/Sterilization Case
1

6. Equipment must include the minimum following required Salient Characteristics and features:
Side-loading locking retractor handle
Push button locking system
Radiolucent retractable blades:
Blunt
Short and long tooth
Micro blunt and micro short
Low-profile double-hinged longitudinal and transverse frames to conform to patient anatomies.
Include more than 75 instruments required for spinal anatomy access.
Sterilization Case

7. 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 services, VA will set aside the underlying solicitation per 38 U.S.C. §8127. 
8. 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.
9. 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