Blog Editor’s note: This request for quotations is what the community has been expecting for a while, and in response (finally) to a mandate in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. 

In remarks yesterday at a meeting of the Civil GPS Services Interface Committee in Miami, DOT Deputy Asst. Secretary Diana Furchtgott-Roth said that she planned to have the demonstrations done in March of next year.

Backup Global Positioning System (GPS) Technical Consulting Services – Technology Demonstration

Solicitation Number: 6913G619Q300177
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Office of the Secretary (OST) Administration Secretariate
Location: Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Sep 13, 2019 5:18 pm

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 12.6 as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotations are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. Solicitation No. 6913G619Q300177 is issued as a Request for Quotation (RFQ). This solicitation is being conducted in accordance with the policies and procedures prescribed in FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, and FAR Part 13, Simplified Acquisition Procedures. The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2019-05 effective August 13, 2019. This procurement is being solicited under NAICS code 541690 small business size standard $16.5 million. This Combined Synopsis/Solicitation is being issued as Full and Open competition.
The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), has a need for commercial services to support a backup Global Positioning System (GPS) capability and complementary Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) demonstration. The work consists of Technical Consulting Services related to vendor participation in a technology demonstration to be run by the Government. No equipment will be purchased by the Government from any Offerors as part of this requirement. The Volpe Center will use the data from the demonstration to support research required by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to identify and analyze backup GPS solutions.

The Government intends to award up to 20 Firm-Fixed Price purchase orders as a result of this Combined Synopsis/Solicitation. The Offeror’s quote shall be prepared in accordance with FAR 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors, and the instructions included in this solicitation.