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TO: All Potential Offerors
SUBJECT: Request for Proposal (RFP), Solicitation No. 80GSFC19R0032, for
Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) - Engineering Development Unit
Telescope (EDUT) Procurement

You are invited to submit a proposal in response to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center's (GSFC) Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) - Engineering Development Unit Telescope (EDUT) solicitation. The purpose of this contract is to acquire two engineering development unit (EDU) telescopes and one telescope structural/thermal model (STM) and related services for the Gravitational Astrophysics Laboratory. The contractor shall design, fabricate, align, test, verify per approved plan and deliver a STM and two EDU telescopes for the LISA mission. The Statement of Work, Attachment A, describes the scope of the requirement.

This acquisition will be conducted as a full and open competition. The North American IndustryClassification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is 333314 and the small business size standard is 1,250 employees.

This competitive procurement will result in a Cost-Plus-Fixed Fee (CPFF) type contract. The contract will have a total potential period of performance of 36 months.

The contract will be performed offsite at the Contractor's facilities.

At the conclusion of the engineering unit development phase, it is anticipated that a separate competitive procurement will be conducted for the flight units. In order to control and protect sensitive data owned by both the Government and Government
Contractors, it is now Goddard Center policy that all procurement-related documents be released in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Offerors shall be aware that the while the Cost Volume exhibits included in the RFP are in PDF format; the Offeror's Cost Volume proposal submitted in response to this RFP shall include completed Cost Volume exhibits in Microsoft Office Excel format. Instructions for converting from PDF format to Excel format can be found in the Section L Cost Volume Instructions provision. Offerors are encouraged to complete the conversion from PDF format to Excel format upon receipt of the RFP. Should any issues arise with the conversion, please contact the undersigned.

NASA GSFC appreciates the comments received in response to the release of the Draft RFP. These comments resulted in improvements to the quality and content of the overall RFP. Offerors should review the RFP in its entirety, as its content has changes from the Draft RFP version. No major changes are noted from the Draft RFP. All questions received in response to the RFP have been addressed and answers have been shared with all prospective offerors.

All documents related to this procurement, including this letter, the solicitation, attachments, exhibits, and any amendments will be attainable electronically from the World Wide Web through the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website at

Additional information can also be found on the LISA-EDUT online Reference Library at:

Potential offerors are requested to periodically monitor the website for updates.

NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) clause 1852.215-84, OMBUDSMAN, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at

Offerors are encouraged to refer to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provision 52.215-1, INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS-COMPETITIVE ACQUISITION, in particular paragraph (f)(4) which discusses the Government's right to award a contract without discussions.

This RFP does not commit NASA GSFC to pay any proposal preparation costs, nor does it obligate NASA GSFC to procure or contract for these services. This request shall not be construed as authorization to proceed with, or be paid for charges incurred by performing any of the work called for in this solicitation.

Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation shall be due no later than October 16, 2019 at 3 PM EST time. Be advised, in accordance with Provision L.13 (b), Offerors need to encourage their references to submit their Past Performance Questionnaires directly to the Contracting Officer no later than the proposal due date.

Below is a list of the Source Selection Authority (SSA) and voting members along with their associated NASA GSFC organizational codes, for the Integrated Evaluation Team (IET). The names provided are for informational purposes only and other than the Contracting Officer, Shana Faris, these individuals shall not be contacted regarding this procurement. The Government may change personnel associated with this acquisition at its discretion.

Tom McCarthy, Code 400

Proposed Voting Members
Jeff Livas, Code 663
Ryan Thomas DeRosa, Code 663
William Hayden, Code 592
Dr. Brent J. Bos, Code 551
Patrick Jordan, Code 544

Offerors are reminded that a "Blackout Notice" for this procurement was distributed to all applicable NASA GSFC personnel concurrently with the release of the Final RFP to Industry. Therefore, all communications pertaining to this procurement shall be directed only to the Contracting Officer listed below.

All questions regarding this RFP should be submitted in writing, electronically to Shana Faris, Contracting Officer, at on or before September 30, 2019. Offerors are encouraged to submit questions as soon as possible for consideration.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to receiving your proposals.


Shana N. Faris
Contracting Officer

Shana N. Faris, Contract Specialist, Phone 3012860129, Email

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