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Toxicology Consultant Services

District Of Columbia, United States
Government : Homeland Security
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Action Code:  S


Classification Code:  U008, Training / Curriculum Development


Solicitation: 693JJ920RQ000045


Agency/Office:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)


Location: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration HQ


NAICS Code:  611430, Professional and Management Development Training, $12.0M


Point of Contract:  Vincent Lynch, Contracting Officer, ph(202) 366-9568


Title:  Toxicology Consultant Services (FY20-24)




The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is issuing this Sources Sought Notice to identify potential qualified Small Business (SB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), 8(a) Certified SDB, HUBZone SB, SDVOSB, or WOSB concerns that may be interested in and capable of performing the work described herein to build upon NHTSA employee's level of understanding by consulting those who are involved in the drug arena to gain knowledge from their expertise in the areas of pharmacology or toxicology the training.

NHTSA welcomes all qualified certified Small Business concerns with the appropriate NAICS Code and past experience to submit their Corporate Capability Statements that demonstrate their ability to successfully accomplish the goals of the proposed project as listed below.  In addition to soliciting on the open market, the government may decide to later limit its competition to those qualified GSA MOBIS Schedule holding contractors listed under SIN 874-1, Integrated Consulting Services, 874-4, Training Services: Instructor Led Training, Web Based Training and Education Courses, Course Development and Test Administration, Learning Management, Internships,  and/or 874-7, Integrated Business Program Support Services.  NHTSA does not intend to award a contract on the basis of responses to this notice or otherwise pay for the preparation of any information submitted.  Acknowledgement of receipt of responses will not be made; and no formal evaluation of the information received will be conducted by NHTSA.  NHTSA may; however later on issue a Request for Proposals (RFP).  However, should such a requirement fail to materialize, no basis for claims against NHTSA shall arise as a result of a response to this notice.



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  NHTSA's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce traffic-related health care and other economic costs. The agency develops, promotes and implements effective educational, engineering and enforcement programs with the goal of ending preventable tragedies and reducing economic costs associated with vehicle use and highway travel.


NHTSA is striving to move forward with research and programs to reduce impaired driving. We are at the cusp of exciting forward movement in the drugged driving area, with a number of innovative and significant research projects to guide us towards refining problem identification, improving enforcement strategies, and developing countermeasures. However, NHTSA's work on drug-impaired driving is many years behind our efforts with alcohol-impaired driving.


There are a multitude of drugs with which to contend, each acting in a variety of ways on the body as they are absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and excreted. Though NHTSA has a vested interest in how drug use impacts driving performance, few people in the Agency have expertise in the areas of pharmacology or toxicology. To fully understand the issues and to converse with professionals in the fields we must reach out to, for example, analysts in state labs, program experts at NIDA or FDA, medical examiners, or toxicologists serving as expert witnesses. We also need to better understand the real- world abilities and limitations of those with whom we work, who are involved in the drug arena. NHTSA needs to know what is possible now, and what can be possible, especially in drug testing.


The issue of older driver safety continues to demand involvement from health care providers, family members and friends to prepare drivers even before a driver's license has to be taken away.  Intervention begins with knowledge: knowledge of resources; knowledge of the impact of health and aging on driving ability, impact of medications and alcohol on driving, and impact of even upcoming technologies on independent mobility (driving and walking).  Now more than ever, health care professionals are a vital link to the safety of their aging clientele.


As this knowledge base is needed across offices, NHTSA's needs can best be served by procuring the services of a contractor with extensive experience in the field of toxicology. The contractor shall be instrumental in both educating NHTSA staff on basic toxicology issues, in helping us frame our research and program plans, and also can serve as a representative among her/his peers in disseminating our needs and goals with outside organizations.




The objectives of this project are to facilitate greater interaction between NHTSA and the Toxicology community, to raise the awareness of traffic safety issues, and to increase NHTSA's knowledge and credibility in the area of alcohol- and drug-impaired driving. In support of this goal, NHTSA plans to contract for the Consultant Services of an experienced Toxicologist (or staff of Toxicologists) to 1) aid NHTSA in understanding, studying, and addressing issues related to chemical testing and the impairing effects of drugs; and 2) network with colleagues in the Forensic Toxicology/Criminology and Medical communities to encourage more interest and activity on traffic safety research, issues, and needs.




The corporate capability statement must address the capabilities necessary to accomplish the scope outlined above as well as the additional tasks listed in the attached draft SOW.


Format of Corporate Capabilities Statement:


Any interested qualified Small Business (SB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), 8(a) Certified SDB, HUBZone SB, SDVOSB, or WOSB concerns should submit their Corporate Capability Statement, which demonstrates the firm's ability and past experience in no more than 10 pages to perform the key requirements described above to the identified NHTSA point of contact listed herein.  

Any proprietary information should be marked as such. All respondents are asked to certify the type and size of their business organization is in-line with the requirements of this Sources Sought Notice, and must be received no later than 9 calendar days from the date of publication of this notice.

Vincent Lynch, Contracting Officer, Phone 202-366-9568, Email

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