Evaluation of DoS CT Prisons Programming
|Agency:||Department of State|
|Level of Government:||Federal|
|Posted Date:||Oct 4, 2017|
Notice Type :
Justification and Approval (J&A)
J&A Statutory Authority :
FAR 6.302-1 - Only one responsible source (except brand name)
Contract Award Date :
September 28, 2017
Contract Award Number :
Added: Oct 03, 2017 5:25 pm
LIMITED SOURCE JUSTIFICATION
Approval is requested for authority to award a new sole source order under Federal Supply Schedule 874-1 to: RAND Corporation. This company has been determined through market research to be uniquely qualified and capable to perform the required evaluation, described below in Item 3, on the urgent timeline required. This evaluation requires that all evaluators have active Secret security clearances, with both prisons programming and interagency process and planning experience, and access to and experience working with: Department of State - including but not limited to the CT, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and, Regional Bureaus and U.S. Embassies; U.S. Department of Justice - including but not limited to the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) , the Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training program (OPDAT) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); intelligence community agencies; and other U.S. government stakeholders. Already-established operations and relationships in the agencies listed above, and the ability to provide recommendations in the necessary timeframe are essential to performance of the planned contract.
The US Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism has an urgent and compelling requirement for recommendations on prisons programming that will directly impact on the struggle to deny new recruits for ISIS, al Qaeda, al Shabaab, Boko Haram, and other international terrorist organizations.
Corrections systems are critical components of the criminal justice system. A well-managed correctional system with robust rehabilitation programming can assist in minimizing recidivism and prepare inmates to re-entry society. Unfortunately, many countries struggle to develop and implement sound management and rehabilitative programs and policies because they are dealing with exceptionally overcrowded facilities and operating with limited human and financial resources.
As part of CT's overall efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism, CT has funded several programs focused on management and rehabilitation of terrorist inmates. Specifically, CT funded efforts are designed to help correctional officials establish appropriate policies and procedures to deal with terrorist inmates, including how to properly assess, house, monitor, and rehabilitate these offenders. As part of its efforts, CT funded implementers draw on a range of international standards and good practices such as the Mandela Rules and the Global Counterterrorism Forum's Rome Memorandum. Additionally, these CT funded efforts utilize a range of different modalities to highlight and incorporate these good practices into prison practices and procedures including support for global, regional and national workshops and direct consultations. Overall, the CT funded prison management and rehabilitation efforts are geared towards reducing opportunities for recruitment and radicalization to violence and encouraging disengagement from violent behavior.
? For activities already completed, to what extent did the implementers achieve the programs' intended objectives?
4. An identification of the authority permitting limited source acquisition. .
CT held an open competition for this evaluation via GSA PSS/MOBIS, but received no response to the RFQ. Based upon CT's experience with prisons programming, it has been determined that it would take months for a new-start implementer to build networks and situational awareness required for execution of this effort. It is considered probable that small business Schedule-holders simply did not have this critical experience and the established networks required for successful performance.
CT is in need of a qualified, objective third party to assess CT's prisons programming to determine effectiveness of design and implementation, as well as the optimal processes for interagency and internal input and coordination. CT will not only review its capabilities but to seek to determine how best to make use of other equities within the U.S. government. In order to provide relevant, informed, and sensitive recommendations for current and future prisons activities, sponsors require an objective third party contractor to perform the evaluation, To do this, the contractor must be able to readily and immediately gain access to high-level U.S. government decision makers across the defense, diplomacy and intelligence world for the purpose of conducting required interviews, and to elicit open and honest responses. It also requires an implementer with existing extensive familiarity with prisons activities and the other actors in the field, along with a brand that will easily be recognized by partner nations in this highly sensitive programming sector.
This evaluation requires that all evaluators have at minimum active Secret security clearances, with prisons programming experience, awareness of the interagency processes, and access to and experience working with: Department of State - including but not limited to the CT, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and, Regional Bureaus and U.S. Embassies; U.S. Department of Justice - including but not limited to the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) , the Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training program (OPDAT) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); intelligence community agencies; and other U.S. government stakeholders.
? Established working relationships with multiple federal agencies involved in counterterrorism-related prisons activities as listed above, including relationships with high level decision makers in those organizations.
Having failed to obtain any proposals via the GSA /PSS solicitation, CT assessed FFRDCs as an option. Based on recommendations from knowledgeable individuals in State and within the CT interagency community, CT has determined that RAND Corporation has unique qualifications and corporate experience directly applicable to the requirements for the Prisons evaluation.
RAND provides assistance and guidance to a wide range of U.S. government sponsors - including the, the U.S. intelligence community, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Treasury, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Over the past several years, RAND has also performed research and analysis on terrorist groups for the U.S. Department of State, including terrorist groups active in the countries of focus for this evaluation. RAND's facilities in Arlington, VA and Santa Monica, CA have facility clearances at the TS level, thereby satisfying the requirement of this acquisition for clearance at the SECRET level.
RAND has on staff a number of individuals previously employed by many of the parties involved in a wide range of counterterrorism activities, who were formerly:
? Senior State Department officials;
An independent cost analysis is documented in the IGCE. A determination of reasonableness can be made for the cost proposed in response to the requirements of the planned sole source RFQ to be issued under the RAND GSA PSS/MOBIS SIN 874-1 Schedule. The IGCE will serve as the comparison baseline for this analysis and determination.
8. A description of the market survey conducted and the results or a statement of the reasons a market survey was not conducted.
Please refer to Item 6 above.
Use of the GSA PSS SIN 874-1 Schedule is planned. Accordingly, as provided for by FAR 16.505, the market survey analysis was limited to an assessment of the capabilities of PSS SIN 874-1 Schedule contractors.
10. A listing of sources, if any, that expressed, in writing, an interest in the acquisition.
11. A statement of the actions, if any, the agency may take to remove or overcome any barriers to competition before any subsequent acquisition for the supplies or services required. Include a statement that this J&A for other than full and open competition will be published on FedBizOpps in accordance with FAR Section 16.505 (b) within 14 days of award.
At this time, follow-on requirements to the planned task order are not foreseen.
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