RFP005/2021 Purchase of Training Course for ARTC Event Management and Protocol Training

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Description of Requirements

The United States government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Regional Development Mission Asia (RDMA) invites qualified companies/individuals to submit proposals of the services specified below. This is to support the operation of USAID/RDMA, Bangkok Thailand.

Proposal submission and questions regarding this Request for Proposal (RFP) shall be ONLY via email to BANGKOKUSAIDPROC@usaid.gov by the time/date specified above.

The award of a contract hereunder is subject to the availability of funds. Issuance of this RFP does not constitute an award or commitment on the part of the U.S. Government, nor does it commit the U.S. Government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a quotation. Please be advised that all interested parties are required to be registered in Dun and Bradstreet and are subject to SAM registration before an award can be made. Information on obtaining the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS), can be found at this website: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. Offerors are also required to register their business on the U.S. Government’s System for Award Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov. Information on this process for foreign vendors is available here. Prospective offerors are encouraged to register in SAM prior to the submittal of proposals.

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR): Prohibition on Contracting With Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment (Section 889)

Background:

Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) prohibits executive agencies from entering into, or extending or renewing, a contract with an entity that uses any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system. The provision goes into effect August 13, 2020.

The statute covers certain telecommunications equipment and services produced or provided by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of those entities) and certain video surveillance products or telecommunications equipment and services produced or provided by Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, or Dahua Technology Company (or any subsidiary or affiliate of those entities). The statute is not limited to contracting with entities that use end-products produced by those companies; it also covers the use of any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system.

It requires every offeror to represent prior to award whether or not it will provide covered telecommunications equipment or services and, if so, to furnish additional information about the covered telecommunications equipment or services. (FAR 52.204-24)

It mandates that contractors report (within one business day) any covered telecommunications equipment or services discovered during the course of contract performance. (FAR 52.204-25)

FAR 52.204-24 Representation Regarding Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment (AUG 2020)

The Offeror shall not complete the representation at paragraph (d)(1) of this provision if the Offeror has represented that it “does not provide covered telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offered products or services to the Government in the performance of any contract, subcontract, or other contractual instrument” in the provision at 52.204-26, Covered Telecommunications Equipment or Services—Representation, or in paragraph (v) of the provision at 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications-Commercial Items.

      (a) Definitions. As used in this provision—

      Backhaul, covered telecommunications equipment or services, critical technology, interconnection arrangements, reasonable inquiry, roaming, and substantial or essential component have the meanings provided in the clause 52.204-25, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment.

      (b) Prohibition. (1) Section 889(a)(1)(A) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) prohibits the head of an executive agency on or after August 13, 2019, from procuring or obtaining, or extending or renewing a contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system. Nothing in the prohibition shall be construed to—

                (i)Prohibit the head of an executive agency from procuring with an entity to provide a service that connects to the facilities of a third-party, such as backhaul, roaming, or interconnection arrangements; or

                (ii)Cover telecommunications equipment that cannot route or redirect user data traffic or cannot permit visibility into any user data or packets that such equipment transmits or otherwise handles.

           (2) Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) prohibits the head of an executive agency on or after August 13, 2020, from entering into a contract or extending or renewing a contract with an entity that uses any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system. This prohibition applies to the use of covered telecommunications equipment or services, regardless of whether that use is in performance of work under a Federal contract. Nothing in the prohibition shall be construed to—

                (i)Prohibit the head of an executive agency from procuring with an entity to provide a service that connects to the facilities of a third-party, such as backhaul, roaming, or interconnection arrangements; or

                (ii)Cover telecommunications equipment that cannot route or redirect user data traffic or cannot permit visibility into any user data or packets that such equipment transmits or otherwise handles.

      (c) Procedures. The Offeror shall review the list of excluded parties in the System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov) for entities excluded from receiving federal awards for “covered telecommunications equipment or services”.

      (d) Representation. The Offeror represents that—

           (1)It___ will,___ will not provide covered telecommunications equipment or services to the Government in the performance of any contract, subcontract or other contractual instrument resulting from this solicitation. The Offeror shall provide the additional disclosure information required at paragraph (e)(1) of this section if the Offeror responds “will” in paragraph (d)(1) of this section; and

           (2)After conducting a reasonable inquiry, for purposes of this representation, the Offeror represents that—

          It ___does, ___does not use covered telecommunications equipment or services, or use any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services. The Offeror shall provide the additional disclosure information required at paragraph (e)(2) of this section if the Offeror responds “does” in paragraph (d)(2) of this section.

      (e) Disclosures. (1) Disclosure for the representation in paragraph (d)(1) of this provision. If the Offeror has responded “will” in the representation in paragraph (d)(1) of this provision, the Offeror shall provide the following information as part of the offer:

                (i)For covered equipment—

                     (A)The entity that produced the covered telecommunications equipment (include entity name, unique entity identifier, CAGE code, and whether the entity was the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or a distributor, if known);

                     (B)A description of all covered telecommunications equipment offered (include brand; model number, such as OEM number, manufacturer part number, or wholesaler number; and item description, as applicable); and

                     (C)Explanation of the proposed use of covered telecommunications equipment and any factors relevant to determining if such use would be permissible under the prohibition in paragraph (b)(1) of this provision.

                (ii)For covered services—

                     (A)If the service is related to item maintenance: A description of all covered telecommunications services offered (include on the item being maintained: Brand; model number, such as OEM number, manufacturer part number, or wholesaler number; and item description, as applicable); or

                     (B)If not associated with maintenance, the Product Service Code (PSC) of the service being provided; and explanation of the proposed use of covered telecommunications services and any factors relevant to determining if such use would be permissible under the prohibition in paragraph (b)(1) of this provision.

           (2) Disclosure for the representation in paragraph (d)(2) of this provision. If the Offeror has responded “does” in the representation in paragraph (d)(2) of this provision, the Offeror shall provide the following information as part of the offer:

                (i)For covered equipment—

                     (A)The entity that produced the covered telecommunications equipment (include entity name, unique entity identifier, CAGE code, and whether the entity was the OEM or a distributor, if known);

                     (B)A description of all covered telecommunications equipment offered (include brand; model number, such as OEM number, manufacturer part number, or wholesaler number; and item description, as applicable); and

                     (C)Explanation of the proposed use of covered telecommunications equipment and any factors relevant to determining if such use would be permissible under the prohibition in paragraph (b)(2) of this provision.

                (ii)For covered services—

                     (A)If the service is related to item maintenance: A description of all covered telecommunications services offered (include on the item being maintained: Brand; model number, such as OEM number, manufacturer part number, or wholesaler number; and item description, as applicable); or

                     (B)If not associated with maintenance, the PSC of the service being provided; and explanation of the proposed use of covered telecommunications services and any factors relevant to determining if such use would be permissible under the prohibition in paragraph (b)(2) of this provision.

FAR 52.204-25 Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment (AUG 2020)

 (a) Definitions. As used in this clause—

      Backhaul means intermediate links between the core network, or backbone network, and the small subnetworks at the edge of the network (e.g., connecting cell phones/towers to the core telephone network). Backhaul can be wireless (e.g., microwave) or wired (e.g., fiber optic, coaxial cable, Ethernet).

      Covered foreign country means The People’s Republic of China.

      Covered telecommunications equipment or services means–

           (1) Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities);

           (2) For the purpose of public safety, security of Government facilities, physical security surveillance of critical infrastructure, and other national security purposes, video surveillance and telecommunications equipment produced by Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, or Dahua Technology Company (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities);

           (3) Telecommunications or video surveillance services provided by such entities or using such equipment; or

           (4) Telecommunications or video surveillance equipment or services produced or provided by an entity that the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence or the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reasonably believes to be an entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the government of a covered foreign country.

      Critical technology means–

           (1) Defense articles or defense services included on the United States Munitions List set forth in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations under subchapter M of chapter I of title 22, Code of Federal Regulations;

           (2) Items included on the Commerce Control List set forth in Supplement No. 1 to part 774 of the Export Administration Regulations under subchapter C of chapter VII of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, and controlled-

                (i) Pursuant to multilateral regimes, including for reasons relating to national security, chemical and biological weapons proliferation, nuclear nonproliferation, or missile technology; or

                (ii) For reasons relating to regional stability or surreptitious listening;

           (3) Specially designed and prepared nuclear equipment, parts and components, materials, software, and technology covered by part 810 of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to assistance to foreign atomic energy activities);

           (4) Nuclear facilities, equipment, and material covered by part 110 of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to export and import of nuclear equipment and material);

           (5) Select agents and toxins covered by part 331 of title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, part 121 of title 9 of such Code, or part 73 of title 42 of such Code; or

           (6) Emerging and foundational technologies controlled pursuant to section 1758 of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (50 U.S.C. 4817).

      Interconnection arrangements means arrangements governing the physical connection of two or more networks to allow the use of another's network to hand off traffic where it is ultimately delivered (e.g., connection of a customer of telephone provider A to a customer of telephone company B) or sharing data and other information resources.

      Reasonable inquiry means an inquiry designed to uncover any information in the entity's possession about the identity of the producer or provider of covered telecommunications equipment or services used by the entity that excludes the need to include an internal or third-party audit.

      Roaming means cellular communications services (e.g., voice, video, data) received from a visited network when unable to connect to the facilities of the home network either because signal coverage is too weak or because traffic is too high.

      Substantial or essential component means any component necessary for the proper function or performance of a piece of equipment, system, or service.

      (b) Prohibition.   (1) Section 889(a)(1)(A) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) prohibits the head of an executive agency on or after August 13, 2019, from procuring or obtaining, or extending or renewing a contract to procure or obtain, any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system. The Contractor is prohibited from providing to the Government any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, unless an exception at paragraph (c) of this clause applies or the covered telecommunication equipment or services are covered by a waiver described in FAR 4.2104.

           (2) Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) prohibits the head of an executive agency on or after August 13, 2020, from entering into a contract, or extending or renewing a contract, with an entity that uses any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, unless an exception at paragraph (c) of this clause applies or the covered telecommunication equipment or services are covered by a waiver described in FAR 4.2104. This prohibition applies to the use of covered telecommunications equipment or services, regardless of whether that use is in performance of work under a Federal contract.

      (c) Exceptions. This clause does not prohibit contractors from providing—

           (1) A service that connects to the facilities of a third-party, such as backhaul, roaming, or interconnection arrangements; or

           (2) Telecommunications equipment that cannot route or redirect user data traffic or permit visibility into any user data or packets that such equipment transmits or otherwise handles.

      (d) Reporting requirement. (1) In the event the Contractor identifies covered telecommunications equipment or services used as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system, during contract performance, or the Contractor is notified of such by a subcontractor at any tier or by any other source, the Contractor shall report the information in paragraph (d)(2) of this clause to the Contracting Officer, unless elsewhere in this contract are established procedures for reporting the information; in the case of the Department of Defense, the Contractor shall report to the website at https://dibnet.dod.mil. For indefinite delivery contracts, the Contractor shall report to the Contracting Officer for the indefinite delivery contract and the Contracting Officer(s) for any affected order or, in the case of the Department of Defense, identify both the indefinite delivery contract and any affected orders in the report provided at https://dibnet.dod.mil.

           (2) The Contractor shall report the following information pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of this clause

                (i) Within one business day from the date of such identification or notification: the contract number; the order number(s), if applicable; supplier name; supplier unique entity identifier (if known); supplier Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code (if known); brand; model number (original equipment manufacturer number, manufacturer part number, or wholesaler number); item description; and any readily available information about mitigation actions undertaken or recommended.

                (ii) Within 10 business days of submitting the information in paragraph (d)(2)(i) of this clause: any further available information about mitigation actions undertaken or recommended. In addition, the Contractor shall describe the efforts it undertook to prevent use or submission of covered telecommunications equipment or services, and any additional efforts that will be incorporated to prevent future use or submission of covered telecommunications equipment or services.

      (e) Subcontracts. The Contractor shall insert the substance of this clause, including this paragraph (e) and excluding paragraph (b)(2), in all subcontracts and other contractual instruments, including subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items.

FAR 52.204-26 Covered Telecommunications Equipment or Services-Representation. 

(DEC 2019)

(a) Definitions. As used in this provision, “covered telecommunications equipment or services” has the meaning provided in the clause 52.204-25, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment.

      (b) Procedures. The Offeror shall review the list of excluded parties in the System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov) for entities excluded from receiving federal awards for “covered telecommunications equipment or services”.

      (c) Representation. The Offeror represents that it □ does, □ does not provide covered telecommunications equipment or services as a part of its offered products or services to the Government in the performance of any contract, subcontract, or other contractual instrument.

STATEMENT OF WORK

Event Management and Protocol Training ARTC

I. Introduction

The U. S. Agency for International Development/Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) plans to offer 4 separate full-day virtual sessions of Event Management and Protocol Training to USAID staff on/about August 2021, November 2021, February 2022 and May 2022. The training will be offered during the business hours of Asia Regional Training Center (ARTC) in Bangkok, Thailand. 

II. Background

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID established the Regional Development Mission Asia (RDMA) in 2003 to address key regional issues and support bilateral programming; provide contracting, financial management, legal, and administrative services to USAID missions in Asia. USAID/RDMA implements regional programs that address cross-border issues and provides thought leadership, management and technical support to other missions in Asia. 

More than 1,700 USAID staff are primarily working in the Asia region to fulfill USAID’s vision and mission. We partner with local counterparts in Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and many more in the Asia region to fulfill our priorities.

It is our intent to ensure that our staff interact effectively and professionally with counterparts through Event Management and Protocol Training. After the training, participants are expected to become proficient in preparing and interacting with stakeholders of  high-level government officials and host country partners. As such, USAID will be able to foster strong professional relationships with partners at all levels and ultimately fulfill organizational priorities.

III. Services Required

  • Approach

The training must incorporate teaching methodologies that take into account different learning styles, cultural, and language barriers.  Given the wide range of educational background, years of experience, and a workforce that spans generations and locations, this training must consider field-tested scenarios and provide valuable take-home applications.

The training shall incorporate the following principles:

  • Best practices in Event Management and Protocol.
  • Takes into account/allows for adapting to USAID’s organizational culture.
  • Highly participatory, interactive, and experiential for all participants.
  • Personalization/unique experiences for participants (as opposed to a generalized ‘one size fits all’).
  • Sets the stage for ongoing self-development, providing forward-looking opportunity for skills, behaviors and supportive systems to continue to improve well after the training is completed.

 

  • Core Contents 

The training must include but not limited to the following contents:

  • Fundamentals of Event Management and Protocol.
  • Protocol best-practices:
    1. Logistic management
    2. Invitations management
    3. Seating arrangements
    4. Welcoming, addressing and introducing others
    5. Thank you and farewell
  • Event Management and Protocol in high-level conference, bilateral meeting, public/private sector-meeting and networking events in relation to USAID operations.
  • Common problems in Event Management and Protocol and strategies to overcome the problems.

 

  • Deliverables
  1. The offeror will deliver 4 separate virtual sessions of Event Management and Protocol Training.
    1. Training duration: Each training session will be 1 day (8 hours). 
    2. Training dates: One session will be offered per month on/about August 2021, November 2021, February 2022 and May 2022.
    3. Training time: Each session will be offered during ARTC business hours 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Bangkok, Thailand timezone).
    4. Audience: USAID Locally-Employed Staff (LES), Third Country National staff (TCN) and American staff whose roles and responsibilities involve USAID event management. Approximately 25 USAID staff will participate in each session. 
  2. The offeror will organize a pre-training discussion with USAID/ARTC to tailor course activities and material to meet the specific and diverse needs of the participants. 
  3. The offeror will provide a training evaluation survey completed by at least 80% of participants along with summarized metrics to USAID/ARTC within 3 weeks after training completion. The survey template will be submitted to USAID/ARTC for approval at least 1 week prior to the training. The survey will include but not be limited to the following evaluation criteria: course content, training materials, instructor, participants’ comments and suggestions.

IV. Proposal Instructions

  • Technical Proposal

The offeror shall include in the technical portion of the quotation:

  1. A detailed course content with learning objectives, training topics, and a draft agenda for the course.
  2. Demonstrated recent past experience delivering similar training to culturally diverse audiences with 3 references (names and email addresses).
  3. Resume of proposed instructor(s) that describes expertise conducting similar training.
  • Price Proposal

Total fixed price quotation - be sure to consider all costs associated with the delivery of this training course including but not limited to preparation of course materials, preparation of course survey, delivery of course and transport of training materials (if any). 

V.  Selection Criteria

  • Course Content                       30%
  • Instructor Expertise                30%
  • Price Proposal                         30%
  • Past Performance                    10%

Total                                       100%

All interested parties must submit a detailed proposal along with documentation that demonstrates previous successful completion of similar services. This could include letters of recommendations, appreciation or other evidence of vendor capability from previous customers.

The USAID Contracting Officer will select the successful contractor using a best-value approach, both technical and price factors included.  The Contracting Officer, at the Government’s discretion, may enter into negotiations with one or more offerors to discuss improvements in the proposal and cost deduction. Upon successful negotiation with the vendor, a purchase order will be issued, and a lump sum payment made upon acceptance of all deliverables and within 30 days of receipt of invoice.

4. Representation/certification regarding Section 889 as follows;

(d) Representation. The Offeror represents that—

           (1)It___ will,___ will not provide covered telecommunications equipment or services to the Government in the performance of any contract, subcontract or other contractual instrument resulting from this solicitation. The Offeror shall provide the additional disclosure information required at paragraph (e)(1) of this section if the Offeror responds “will” in paragraph (d)(1) of this section; and

           (2)After conducting a reasonable inquiry, for purposes of this representation, the Offeror represents that—

          It ___does, ___does not use covered telecommunications equipment or services, or use any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services. The Offeror shall provide the additional disclosure information required at paragraph (e)(2) of this section if the Offeror responds “does” in paragraph (d)(2) of this section.

Issuing Country 
Date 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 6:00am

Last updated: June 08, 2021