Joint General Purpose Decontaminant for Hardened Military Equipment
Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United States
Joint General Purpose Decontaminant for Hardened Military Equipment
Department of the Army
BLDG 1 KANSAS ST Natick MA 01760-5011
Stephen M. Reffel, Contracting Officer, Email firstname.lastname@example.org – Erica Howell, DFoS, Product Manager, Email email@example.com
Request for Information (RFI) for Joint Project Manager for Protection (JPM P) Joint General Purpose Decontaminant for Hardened Military Equipment
Document Type: Request for Information
Posted Date: 14 April 2017
Response Date: NLT COB 15 May 2017
Contracting Office Address
ACC-APG, Natick Contracting Division
Natick Contracting Division, Building 1
General Greene Avenue, Natick, MA 01760-5011
THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ONLY for commercial-off-the-shelf/non-developmental item (COTS/NDI) decontaminant technologies which are capable of meeting the basic requirements described below. This is not a Request for Quotation (RFQ), Request for Proposal (RFP) or an Invitation for Bid (IFB). It is a market research tool being used to determine the availability and adequacy of potential sources for planning purposes only. Responses to this notice are not considered as offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of responses nor otherwise pay for the preparation of any information presented or the use of any such information.
The Product Manager for the Decontamination Family of Systems (DFoS) under the Joint Project Manager for Protection (JPM P) is conducting a market survey to identify COTS/NDI decontaminant technologies that will provide an operational and thorough decontamination capability that is compatible with the M26 Joint Service Transportable Decontamination System – Small Scale (JSTDS-SS) and has a significantly reduced logistics footprint (compared to currently fielded decontaminant Supertropical Bleach) for tactical vehicles, shipboard surfaces, crew-served weapons, and individual/personal weapons in hostile and non-hostile environments that have been exposed to chemical and biological (CB) agents/contamination.
The focus of this RFI is on products and/or technologies at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 8 or above. This advanced TRL requires complete and thorough data for the following test events:
• Chemical contamination efficacy against Nerve-V, Nerve-G and Blister-H on coupons, at three different operational temperatures consistent with climatic design types described in MIL-STD 810G. At a minimum, coupons must account for bare metal, painted metal, polymer/plastic surfaces.
• Biological contamination efficacy against virulent anthrax strain, bacteria and virus (validated simulants) on coupons at three different operational temperatures consistent with climatic design types described in MIL-STD 810G. At a minimum, coupons must account for bare metal, painted metal, polymer/plastic surfaces.
• Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Assessment/Analysis
• Petroleum, Oils, Lubricants, and Fielded Decontaminant Compatibility
• Individual Protective Equipment (IPE) Compatibility (i.e., protective gear material such as gloves and suit), swatch or whole system
• IPE Mask and Filter Compatibility (e.g., Simulant Agent Resistance Test Manikin (SMARTMAN), Breakthrough Testing)
• Material Compatibility and Equipment Degradation Testing
• Water Compatibility
• Detector Compatibility (False positive and false negatives)
• Fielded Applicator Compatibility
• Demonstrated in an operational environment
Specifically, the Government is interested in feedback from interested vendors pertaining to the purchase of a Technical Data Package (TDP) and alternatives to vendor packaging. Any feedback is appreciated; the questions below are meant to act as a guide and answers to all of the questions are not necessary.
• TDP: Is your company willing to sell their decontaminant product TDP to the Government?
o If so, what is a rough estimate of cost?
o What are the factors that influence your decision?
o Is there tradespace between selling the TDP and the total quantity of product the Government intends to purchase?
o What contracting strategies would make the sale of a TDP a success for the Government and vendor?
• Packaging: The Government is interested in exploring several options for hardened military packaging for decontaminant technologies.
o JGPD-HME packaging must pass all the applicable tests in MIL-STD-810G (e.g. temperature shock, storage humidity, transport vibration, drop, rain and sand/dust tests). JGPD-HME also has a requirement for a 5-year minimum shelf life with no controlled storage conditions. Does your product’s current packaging configuration meet these requirements? If so, how is it packaged? Do you offer more than one configuration?
o The Government is interested in decontaminant technologies that can utilize a Public-Private Partnership with a Government organization to pursue hardened military packaging. In this scenario, the interested vendor would sell their bulk decontaminant and a separate Government organization (e.g. Pine Bluff Arsenal) would package the product per the vendor’s instructions and military requirements. This would require the interested vendor to work with the Government to develop appropriate packaging for their product and assist in setting up the packaging line. Would you be willing to sell your product in bulk to the Government for repackaging? Do you currently have a product specification that details your packaging configuration that meets the requirements above?
If a vendor has a product that meets the criteria, they shall submit a short summary (no more than 15 pages) briefly describing their products’ capabilities and feedback regarding TDPs, packaging and contracting strategies. Additionally, they should also submit the cost per gallon of ready to use decontaminant (bulk chemicals and in final packaging to meet program requirements).
Point of Contact (POC)
Interested parties shall submit information in response to this RFI to:
Joint Project Manager for Protection
ATTN: Erica Howell
50 Tech Parkway, Suite 301
Stafford, VA 22556
Responses shall be received NLT COB 15 May 2017.
All information received in response to this RFI that is marked proprietary will be handled accordingly. Responses to the RFI will not be returned. Responses to this RFI are not offers for contract and will not be used by the Government to form a binding contract. Responders are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI. Vendors having products that they believe would be suitable for military decontamination operations as described herein shall submit all supporting documentation requested by this RFI to the POC noted above.