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SOURCES SOUGHT: T013–VALB Magazine Writing & Editing Services

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RFI # 36C26223Q0360 VALB Magazine Writing & Editing Project This Request for Information (RFI) is issued solely for information and planning purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation. All information received in response to this RFI that is marked as proprietary will be handled accordingly. In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. Responders are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI.

Responses to this Sources Sought request shall be in writing. The purpose of this Sources Sought Announcement is for market research only to make appropriate acquisition decisions and to gain knowledge of small business capabilities, including Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB/VOSB) interested sources capable of performing the work. The NAICS for this requirement is NACIS 513130 Book Publishers.

Interested and capable sources shall respond to this notice by completing the source questionnaire herein and emailing it to (reference RFI # 36C26223Q0360 in the email subject heading), no later than Tuesday, 1/3/2023 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time Los Angeles.] SOURCE QUESTIONNAIRE Enter Company Name and Address. Enter UEI (Unique Entity ID SAM) Number. Enter Point of Contact Name, Phone, Email.

Business size status and representation (Select All that Apply):

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (registered in Veteran-Owned Small Business (registered in

Woman-Owned Small Business Emerging Small Business HUBZone Small Disadvantaged Business Certified under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act Small Business Large Business Considered a small business under NAICS code identified for this RFI? Yes No Select/Complete All that Apply: FSS/GSA: Contract Number; Effective Dates: MM/DD/YYYY MM/DD/YYYY NASA SEWP: Contract Number; Effective Dates: MM/DD/YYYY MM/DD/YYYY

Are all items of inquiry available on contract schedule? Yes No Provide a capability statement that addresses the organization s qualifications and ability to perform as a contractor specifically for the required scope of work. Respondents are encouraged to provide targeted examples of the Contractor s experience providing the same or similar supplies/services (i.e. when attaching brochures, citing/making references to performance descriptions located within brochures that match the specific work requirement. Include attachments with drawings/illustrations as needed. Provide general pricing for products or services inquired. Include attachments as needed. Provide feedback or additional suggestions. If none, enter N/A. Small Business Respondents. SDVOSB or VOSB respondents are encouraged to provide proof of certification.

Contractors are asked to acknowledge that they understand the limitations on sub-contracting pursuant to FAR 52.219-14, Limitations on Sub-Contracting, which will be included in the impending solicitation. Contractors are asked to respond that they are capable of providing the requested services keeping within the parameters of this clause. Small businesses are also advised that per 13 CFR § 125.6 the prime contractor’s limitations on subcontracting are as follows: General. In order to be awarded a full or partial small business set-aside contract with a value greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, a small business concern must agree that: In the case of a contract for services (except construction), it will not pay more than 50% of the amount paid by the Government to it to firms that are not similarly situated.

Any work that a similarly situated subcontractor further subcontracts will count towards the 50% subcontract amount that cannot be exceeded. Complete the fields hereunder if utilizing a subcontractor to perform the requirement. Enter Sub Contractor Company Name and Address. Enter UEI (Unique Entity ID SAM) Number. Enter Point of Contact Name, Phone, Email. Business size status and representation (Select All that Apply): Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (registered in Veteran-Owned Small Business (registered in Woman-Owned Small Business Emerging Small Business HUBZone Small Disadvantaged Business Certified under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act Small Business Large Business REQUIREMENT DESCRIPTION VA Long Beach (VALB) magazine writing and editing services for the following site: VA Long Beach Healthcare System 5901 East 7th Street Long Beach, CA 90822 Anticipated period of performance of one (1) base year, with the option of four (4) single year option periods. Estimated start date is within January 2023.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: The Tibor Rubin Veterans Affairs Medical Center requires writing and editing services for publishing the VALB magazine. The VALB patient magazine writing and editing project requires a contractor to provide professional editing for the entire magazine which includes all project management, scheduling, editorial, writing, interviews, delivery and print for five installment magazines throughout the year, providing the inpatient and outpatient population with featured articles about the VALB, patients wellness, education, and experience. The finished product will provide a professional patient-facing magazine and shall capture interviews highlighting VALB clinical and non-clinical program successes for an audience of veteran patients. Magazine contains both clinical and non-clinical articles.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Provide proofreading and content editing for a 24-page high quality magazine. Provide editing and vetting for clinically based articles within a health care environment. Provide patient facing editing supporting VALB mission. Estimated 70% articles provided for editing by facility. Estimated 30% articles provided for writing and editing by contractor. Each quarterly edition will include at least one interview for writing and editing by contractor. Four quarterly magazines delivered on deadlines set forth by VA. All articles are to be veteran facing. No limit on words. Provides standardized language, reading level and punctuation to specifications of VA.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Contractor to provide timely services within specified timelines. Contractor ensures high professional quality of a competitive healthcare facility finish and delivery of writing and editing. Shall be packaged and delivered in a manner that is acceptable to the Government. Contractor provides standard editorial guidelines and style guide. Incorporates branding into the language into the overall feel of the magazine.

QUALITY ASSURANCE SURVEILLANCE PLAN The Government will utilize a Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP) throughout the life of the contract to ensure that the Contractor is performing the services required by industry standard. A Contracting Officer s Representative (COR) will utilize a Performance Based Service Assessment Survey will be used in combination with the QASP to assist the Government in determining acceptable performance levels.

EVALUATION CRITERIA Sources shall provide samples of a detailed technical approach that addresses the following: A technical approach satisfying each of the task requirements specified within the requirement description. A clear description of the management methodology that will be used for executing the effort. This description shall include the approach, and details of how the proposed effort will be completed within the Offeror s corporate entity. Provide high quality samples demonstrating performance of the above requirement description specific to the healthcare industry. Please note that if VA s pending market research establishes that two or more VOSB or SDVOSB, who are certified in VA s Vendor Information Pages (VIP) site, can perform the services, VA will set aside the underlying solicitation per 38 U.S.C. §8127.  All Offerors who provide goods or services to the United States Federal Government must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database found at

Registration must include Representations and Certifications. –End of Sources Sought Announcement–

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  • NAICS Code: 513130 – Book Publishers
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