Advanced Computer-Based Training Systems (ACTS) II Sources Sought


Subject: Advanced Computer-Based Training Systems (ACTS) II Sources Sought
Solicitation Number: N61340-24-R-XXXX
Notice Type: SRCSGT
NAICS: 541330
Set-Aside: Total Small Business
Notice Published: 05-14-24
Response Due: 05-17-24

Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: NAWC TRAINING SYSTEMS DIV
Contact: Samantha Treacy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office Address: ORLANDO, FL 32826-3224
Place of Performance: Orlando, FL

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INTRODUCTION The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) Orlando, FL seeks potential sources to support the Advanced Computer-Based Training Systems (ACTS) portfolio. It is anticipated that the resulting action associated with this notice will result in a single award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a 5-year ordering period and a contract ceiling of approximately $99M. Delivery Orders may be issued as either Cost Reimbursable, Firm Fixed Price, or a hybrid of both. The current target timeframe for final solicitation release is Q3 FY24 with an award anticipated for Q2 FY25. PROGRAM BACKGROUND As the Navy progresses towards modernized, on-demand, Fleet-responsive training systems reusing common models and technological approaches, a holistic contract vehicle is required that will be able to produce training solutions for several different NAWCTSD customers that runs on common hardware configurations. Future growth expected includes additional Submarine A-School trainer support and Program Executive Office for Manpower, Logistics and Business Solutions (PEO MLB) Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) MRTS 3D Afloat efforts. REQUIREMENTS - The Advanced Computer-based Training System-II (ACTS-II) requirement includes the role of the Lifecycle Support (LS) role. The contract awardee's deliverables will include: Provide updates/patches to MRTS 3D training sites Acquire cybersecurity artifacts from MRTS 3D training sites Draft/modify/maintain a 3D computer model/ game scene development guide Draft/modify/maintain the software development guides & human-machine interface (HMI) standards Develop/maintain software architecture, networking, and the instructor operating station (IOS) standards Develop/maintain the software development kit (SDK) for use by other developers and Develop/modify Curriculum products In addition to the Lifecycle Support role, the ACTS-II requirement includes delivery orders (DOs) for the design, development, production, test and evaluation, delivery, modification, and life cycle support of training systems such as the Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System 3D (MRTS 3D) and Virtual Interactive Shipboard Instructional Tour 3D"" (VISIT 3D"'). The ACTS-II contract will also provide a vehicle for producing applications, maintenance updates, capability upgrades, and other life cycle support requirements in support of MRTS 3D, VISIT 3D, and other training products. RESPONSE DETAILS Small businesses please address the following as appropriate: A. General Business Information: Company Name and CAGE code Company Address Point of Contact (Name, phone number, and email) Identify if your firm is considered small under the size standard $47M associated with the chosen NAICS code 541330, exception 1 Identify your firms socio-economic status (please indicate all that apply: WOSB, EDWOSB, SDVOSB, HUBZone, SDB, 8(a)) Please address if your firm is interested in participating as a prime or subcontractor. If interested in the prime contractor role, please identify anticipated teaming partners and their role in the overall acquisition (specific capabilities/solutions that partner brings to the acquisition, size and status of the partner, CAGE code, approx. workshare, etc). B. Capability Responses:Responses should clearly describe the firms capabilities to satisfy training system products in areas including but not limited to, air warfare, surface warfare, subsurface warfare, cross warfare, distributed systems, individual, and small unit infantry training systems, as outlined: Narrative description of current and previous programs and tasks performed within the past 3 years; Specific Technical Expertise and Technical/Managerial qualifications (facilities, staffing, etc.); Application development using gaming engine technologies in both single player and multi-player scenarios using local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) type operating environments; Experience with Courseware analysis, design, development, evaluation, maintenance, and conversion into an alternate format; Experience with designing, procuring, and installing electronic training classrooms and laboratories using COTS equipment; and Capability to perform all of the above tasks for end products that are classified or unclassified, both for U.S. Government and Foreign Military Sales customers. C. Past Performance Record: Responses should describe the firms experience, supporting as either a prime or subcontractor, of the following (cite specific contracts numbers, if applicable): Development of comprehensive, mixed reality immersive training and mission rehearsal environments; Serious Games; Multisensory presentation visually rich, high-fidelity display augmented with aural, tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive cues; Modeling to support realistic, natural interaction among participants; Development of interactive courseware and supporting materials; and/or Web-based Training Systems. SUBMISSION OVERVIEW Interested sources shall submit their technical capabilities in writing to Samantha Treacy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Christina Garcia-Flowers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dean DeFord (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in an electronic format that is compatible with MS Word no later than 1600 ET on 01 May 2024. Please limit written responses to no more than three pages. Information and materials submitted to this request will not be returned. Classified material SHALL NOT be submitted nor will it be accepted by the Government. If you are a small business interested in being the prime contractor for this effort, please be advised that the FAR 52.219-14 Limitations on Subcontracting, Deviation 2021-O0008 rev 1 is now in effect which includes the definition of Similarly Situated Entity and provides a revised methodology for the 50% calculation for compliance with the clause. Small business primes may count first tier subcontracted work performed by similarly situated entities as if it were performed by the prime itself. Please read the full text of the clause deviation (52.219-14 Class Deviation 2021-O0008 rev 1 dated 02/15/23 at https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/USA000277-23-DPC.pdf To assist in our market research and determination of any applicable small business set-aside for this effort, if you are a small business interested in priming this effort and plan to utilize similarly situated entities to meet the Limitations on Subcontracting, please identify the name & CAGE Code of the specific firm(s) you intend to partner/subcontract with to meet the requirements as well as their SB size status under the NAICS that you as the prime would assign for their workshare. Information regarding any planned similarly situated entity should be included in answering any questions outlined in the SSN in order to assist the Governments capability determination. The Government is extending the deadline for responses to this Sources Sought Notice until 4:00pm ET Friday, May 17th. Please note the Government will make an advisory opinion based on your firm's submitted capability response. If a 1-on-1 is already scheduled during the ACTS II Industry Conference being held Thursday, May 16th an advisory opinion will be given at that time and with a follow-up email. If a 1-on-1 is not scheduled, the advisory opinion will be offered in writing. DISCLAIMER THIS SOURCES SOUGHT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN INVITATION FOR BIDS OR ANY REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL AND SHALLNOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT. RESPONSES IN ANY FORM ARE NOT OFFERS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO AWARD A CONTRACT AS A RESULT OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. NO FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO PAY FOR PREPARATION OF RESPONSES TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ANY INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY RESPONDENTS TO THIS TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION IS STRICTLY VOLUNTARY.