Notice of Intent to Award a Sole Source Purchase Order for 2013 Methyl Bromide Alternative Outreach (MBAO) Conference Support
Posted Date: February 25, 2013
Procurement Office : U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters Procurement Operations Division (3803R)
Response Date: March 7, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation’s Stratospheric Protection Division intends to award a sole source order under the authority of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13, Simplified Acquisition Procedures to Agricultural Research Consulting for support of the 2013 Methyl Bromide Alternative Outreach (MBAO) Conference. This support will include conference planning, conference organization and implementation, and distribution of conference proceedings. The annual MBAO conference is the only worldwide conference focused on sharing research and field trial experience relating to methyl bromide alternatives. The MBAO conference has been held annually since 1994 and continues to serve as a useful platform for sharing information, as the January 1, 2005 phase out of methyl bromide has taken effect. The period of performance will be the date of award through March 31, 2014. Agricultural Research Consulting is the only known source that has the knowledge and past experience to organize and host a conference on alternatives to methyl bromide in a timely, inexpensive and effective manner that avoids a significant waste of government resources and ensures government objectives will be successfully accomplished. Obtaining conference services from a different source would require organizing a completely new conference from its initial stages. Additionally, this conference is also being sponsored by USDA and several other entities. Were EPA to organize and host a conference on its own, the cost of doing so would be greater than the amount that EPA contributes to the organization of the MBAO conference. Any new conference would not have the reputation or institutional history of the MBAO conference and would not attract the same caliber of presenters and attendees.
NO SOLICITATION OR REQUEST FOR QUOTE (RFQ) IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROCUREMENT. Notwithstanding, any firm that believes it is capable of meeting EPA’s requirement as stated herein may submit a capability statement, which if received within ten (10) calendar days of the date of this announcement will be evidence that competition would be advantageous to the Government. A determination not to compete the proposed purchase order based upon the responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. All questions or comments regarding this procurement shall be addressed in writing to Rachel Schwartz, at Schwartz.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The point of contact for this requirement is Rachel Schwartz, Contract Specialist, at email@example.com.