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Special Notice
541990 — All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
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Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, Division of Acquisition Policy, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland, 20857, United States
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Paul B. Premoe, Phone: 3014434470
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NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD SOLE SOURCE Project Title: Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Project Announcement No.: 18-236-SOL-00044 The Government hereby submits a notice of intent to award sole source contracts to the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health for services to implement Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Project (TMVIPP). The contracted TMVIP Project Traffic Safety team will work with Tribal, Urban, and Nonprofit Indian Organizations and other key partners to implement evidence-based strategies and interventions with the goal of increasing child restraint use and seat belt use. Furthermore, the purposes of TMVIPP are to: 1) Increase the reach and impact of tribal motor vehicle injury prevention best practices and lessons learned by enhancing traffic safety technical assistance to tribes through a partnership with Indian Health Service (IHS) Injury Prevention Program; and 2) Fill a traffic safety technical assistance gap for tribes. The period of performance for this effort will be a 12-month base period with one (1) 12-month option period. This sole source contracting action is being pursued under the authority of FAR 6.302-1. The impact of injuries is greater on AI/AN communities than it is on other racial and ethnic groups. The mission of the Indian Health Service's Injury Prevention Program (IPP) is to "raise the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) to the highest possible level, by decreasing the incidence of severe injuries and death to the lowest possible level, and increasing the ability of tribes to address their injury problems." IHS has developed a well-known IPP with staff who work in partnership with tribes and tribal, urban, and nonprofit Indian organizations and other key partners to reduce the impact that injuries have on Indian people. One of their programs is the Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement Program (TIPCAP), which promotes the capacity of tribes and tribal, urban, and nonprofit Indian organizations to build sustainable evidence-based injury prevention programs. TIPCAP provides an opportunity for tribes to implement effective, evidence-based strategies and community-defined or local efforts to prevent injuries. The mission for CAIANH is to promote the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, of all ages, by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information dissemination within a biopsychosocial framework that recognizes the unique cultural contexts of this special population. CAIANH serves as the external monitoring contractor to individual TIPCAP sites. Their main goal is to assist TIPCAP sites with their technical assistance (TA) needs. Examples of assistance include, but are not limited to, helping with progress reports; identifying methods for recording and reporting Injury Prevention (IP) program activities; aiding in the creation or fine-tuning of evaluation tools; disseminating best practice guidance; and providing other resources. Without the knowledge and expertise that CAIANH has developed from working directly with the Tribes over many years and through TIPCAP that directly relates to TMVIPP, this project will place a larger burden on the Tribes. These relationships and knowledge are critical to this project and unique to CAIANH. IHS intends to leverage the existing IP resources and network infrastructure with the Tribes. This will enable the Agency to execute the goals of the TMVIPP in the most efficient manner with the available funding under this contract to the maximum extent possible. Otherwise, a disproportionate part of this limited funding will be spent in establishing the baseline resources and networks with the Tribes, which will lead to inefficient spending and execution of the contract resources and Project goals, respectively. By leveraging the existing relationship and expertise, the Agency is eliminating redundancy and duplication of efforts in the endeavor to streamline the process, achieve project goals and promote efficient spending. This notice is for informational purposes only and is not a request for proposal/quotation. The Contracting Officer has determined that issuing a sole source contract to CAIANH is in the best interest of the government for this project. As a result of leveraging the existing Injury Prevention resources and network infrastructure with the Tribes, the Agency will eliminate the redundancy and duplication of efforts. This will be accomplished by reducing the learning curve and preparation initiations for the contractor staff, eliminating the need for establishing new networks with the Tribal entities and partners, and using the existing data and resources developed by CAIANH through the TIPCAP. Any interested parties other than the proposed awardee must evidence that their methodology can overcome the redundancy and duplication of efforts mentioned above, while comparably achieving the expected project goals with limited available funding and a compact timeframe; the response must demonstrate clear and convincing evidence that competition would be advantageous to the Government, would not be cost or time prohibitive, and would not hinder the mission objective of the Indian Health Service. Questions or comments to this Notice of Intent must be directed to Contracting Officer, Paul Premoe, at paul.premoe@ihs.gov via e-mail only (no phone calls/voice mail messages regarding questions will not be accepted and will not receive a response). Please indicate in the subject of your email: Notice of Intent Question Submission - 18-236-SOL-00044.
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