The Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and Countermeasures Directorate is anticipated to release the RFP for Global Security Engineering & Supply Chain (GSE & SC) solicitation near the end of November 2017. The purpose of this request for proposal is to provide best-in-class global security engineering and supply chain management services, for DOS, BDS, DS/C and US embassies and consulates. DS plays a vital role in protecting 275 U.S. diplomatic missions and their personnel overseas, securing critical information systems, investigating passport and visa fraud, and fighting the war on terror.
The solicitation SAQMMA17R0168 award date is predicted to be in May 2018. The performance will be conducted worldwide at U.S. State Department and other U.S. Government-operated facilities. This is a single source, long-term contract with an estimated value of 1.9 billion dollars. Every Third Party Logistics provider of medium to large size, as compliant with NAICS Code 541614, with $15M average annual receipts, can respond to this opportunity. The DRAFT RFP for this opportunity was released on Sep 26, 2017.

Incumbent Contract
The current incumbent for the effort is General Dynamics Corporation.
Award Requirements
This is a best-value source selection. The most important factors that will be considered in awarding the contract are past performance, technical factor, and price. All of the factors are equally important including subfactors and will be processed throughout three main phases of evaluation:

Phase I: Past Performance References
The bidder must submit three to five separate federal references for prime contracts and one to two separate sub/contracts that have performed within the last five years. The references may include contracts entered into by the Federal Government agencies and other corporations.

Phase II: This phase is only for the bidders that have been considered to pass the first phase of the evaluation. It also involves the Technical Non-price Factor Approach to conduct an in-depth review, which is divided into three main aspects:

  • Subfactor 2a: Soundness – to evaluate the approach to meeting the requirements of the solicitation;
  • Subfactor 2b: Feasibility – to evaluate the feasibility and the capability of performance in the environment within which the DOS operates;
  • Subfactor2c: Practicability – to evaluate the practical part of the contract and determine whether the proclaimed results are achievable.

It also includes Cost/Price evaluation which will be conducted including cost-realism analysis on the contractor’s submitted proposal, as well as examining all proposed cost/price elements.

Phase III: This is the phase of Final Revision that includes only those candidates who are included in the second competitive range.
To compete successfully for the GSE&SC contract award, contractors must be able to provide valuable and persuasive proposals in accordance with the solicitation requirements.