Notices of Proposed Contract Actions Posted in Accordance with FAR 5.101(a)(2)

The following are notice(s) of proposed contract actions with estimated values contained in FAR 5.101(a)(2). All responsible sources may submit a quotation that, if received before the RFQ closing date and time, shall be considered by the NRC.

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NAICS CODE: 519120
SUBJECT: Annual Subscription to Curtiss-Wright's Computer-Aided Regulatory Library (WebCARL)
PROPOSED PURCHASE
ORDER NUMBER:
31310021P0004
DATE ISSUED: 03/10/2021
CONTACT POINT: Fatima Anthony, telephone (301)415-7044, Email: Fatima.Anthony@nrc.gov
DESCRIPTION: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) intends to award a sole source purchase order under the authority of FAR 13.106-1(b). The purchase order will provide the NRC with access to WebCARL, a searchable electronic database. This acquisition will be conducted under FAR 13.106-1(b)(1)(i) “Soliciting from a Single Source.” 

a.         Acquisition purpose and objectives. 

The purpose of this acquisition is to provide NRC employees with a WebCARL subscription. The WebCARL subscription will provide NRC with the capability to quickly search a virtual library of NRC's public microfiche documents that focus mainly on licensing information service, inspection and enforcement and nuclear issues information service.   

b.         Name and address of the proposed contractor(s). 

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corporation
29399 US Highway 19 North, Suite 320
Clearwater, FL 33761

c.         Description of the proposed contractor(s) unique qualifications to provide the required supply or service.

The NRC has identified WebCARL as the only subscription that has the capability to provide digitized, text-searchable version of the NRC's public microfiche documents. The copyright for WebCARL is owned by Curtiss-Wright and Curtiss-Wright recently confirmed there are no authorized resellers for WebCARL.

This notice of intent is not a request for competitive quotations; however, all interest parties should submit responses and/or capability statements to Fatima.Anthony@nrc.gov with a courtesy copy to Tamara.Holliday@nrc.gov. A determination by the government not to compete this proposed contract based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the government. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code for this order is 519120 (Libraries and Archives).  The purpose of this acquisition is to obtain a 12-month subscription for 15 licenses to access Curtiss-Wright's Computer-Aided Regulatory Library, a text-searchable database through Curtiss-Wright.

This posting will remain available for 10 days, in accordance with FAR 5.101(2).  A final determination not to award this proposed procurement based on responses to this solicitation is solely within the discretion of the Government. 

SET-ASIDE STATUS: N/A
 
NAICS CODE: 611430
SUBJECT: Trial Advocacy Skills training curriculum development and online training facilitation for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of the General Counsel.
PROPOSED PURCHASE
ORDER NUMBER:
TBA
DATE ISSUED: 03/08/2021
CLOSING RESPONSE DATE: 03/15/2021, 8:00am ET
CONTACT POINT: Margo Katzper, Email: Margo.katzper@nrc.gov
DESCRIPTION: Scope of Work

The contractor shall develop and present a trial advocacy training course to NRC attorneys with an emphasis on those elements of trial advocacy that are most important for NRC administrative hearings. On the scheduled training dates, the contractor will present and provide OGC attorneys with Trial Advocacy Workshop training and associated written course materials.

The contractor, with input from managers and senior attorneys in OGC and already existing educational program models, will structure a program that addresses OGC’s specific educational needs. At a minimum, training modules will include training in the following skills:

  • Preparation and examination of witnesses, with particular focus on scientific/technical experts, including impeachment and rehabilitation
  • Motion practice
  • Introduction and admission of evidence, including effectively utilizing documents already in evidence
  • Effective delivery of opening and closing statements
  • Use of technology tools to effectively communicate at hearing with the judges and witnesses
  • Appropriate courtroom demeanor and protocol

The contractor, with input from NRC managers and senior attorneys, will provide case scenarios that will most effectively train participants in the skills identified.  It is not required that the workshop simulate an NRC hearing in particular, provided the simulation provides effective training in the identified skill areas.

In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the contractor shall present the CLD-approved Trial Advocacy Workshop training services virtually via an online training videoconferencing platform acceptable to the NRC (e.g., MS Teams, WebEx).The training will be participatory, where the lawyers will “learn by doing” with opportunities to practice the techniques described and demonstrated by the faculty (e.g., in small group virtual “breakout rooms”). The training will include real-life experiences and will be followed by a faculty critique that reinforces the effective use of the techniques and recommends ways to enhance skill development. Use of recorded video playback and other applicable technology tools shall be employed to enable participants to view their own performance. Recording of lectures by contractor instructors may be requested. The contract does not contemplate retention by the agency of recordings of student performance (e.g., presentation of arguments or witness examinations) during a mock hearing/moot court, to the extent practicable.

The contractor shall provide electronic training material. The trial advocacy workshop presentation and course materials provided shall generally serve to meet state bar licensing authorities/approved CL course requirements necessary for obtaining CLE credit for participants. While the NRC or its employees will be individually responsible for obtaining CLE credits from state authorities, the contractor/instructor will assist the NRC in documenting the CLE training and, when required, sending and/or certifying on state CLE forms that CLE training was provided by qualified trainers/instructors under an approved CLE program of instruction.

It is anticipated that an effective litigation training program addressing the skills identified above will require four (4) days, four (4) hours each day (actual “class” time) per training session. NRC expects the training session to be attended by no more than 14 participants plus two NRC-designated senior attorneys who will supplement the contractor-provided instruction to focus on the litigation environment specific to the NRC. NRC will also provide staff members to serve as witnesses or in other roles needed for purposes of a mock trial or moot court.

SET-ASIDE STATUS: N/A

For a copy of the RFP, please contact Margo.katzper@nrc.gov.

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