Smithsonian Myanmar Biodiversity Initiative – Request for Quotation for Government Liaising Support Services. Closing Date 16 March 2020

Smithsonian Institution

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Request for Quote (RFQ)

4th March 2020

Technical or Professional, Non-personal Services


This Request for Quote (RFQ) is issued by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Smithsonian Institution (SI), for technical professional, non-personal services to provide Myanmar government liaising support services in accordance with the Statement of Work (SOW).


I. Submitting YOUR Quote


Price quotes must be submitted by email.    Quotes are due by 5pm E.T, on Monday, March 16, 2020 at:


Email to:  Katie LaJeunesse Connette, COTR, [email protected]


II. Description of Required Services

The Smithsonian Myanmar Biodiversity Initiative has a requirement for support to our conservation biology researchers in liaising with the Myanmar government to ensure that they are effective in following Myanmar rules and culture norms.  This initial award will be for one year.




The SI plans to award based on best value.  The SI plans to award without discussions, however, does reserve the right to conduct discussions if later determined by the Contracting Officer to be necessary.

All of the following factors are of equal importance.  Evaluation factors are:


      A. Relevant Experience


  •  Relevant experience is that obtained within the past 5 years providing or performing services of similar size, scope, complexity and type of client that indicates your suitability for this project. Experience relating to work with the Myanmar government and culture is a requirement.



     B. Qualifications/Technical Competence

  • Technical Information – Technical information should include a narrative discussion addressing the technical competence, the firm’s capabilities, qualifications, and approach to satisfy the requirements of the SOW.


     C.  Résumés of potential contractor assignees.


    D.  Price




A DUNS number is a unique nine digit identification number available for each physical location of your business and is needed to register in the System for Award Management (SAM), formerly the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system (see Section VI of this RFQ).  DUNS numbers are provided through Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) at no charge when you contact D&B via toll free telephone call to 1-866-705-5711, or on the internet at  Non-U.S. (international) vendors may also contact D&B via email at [email protected]  Indicate that you are requesting a DUNS number to assist with eligibility for U.S. Government contracts.  New DUNS numbers for U.S. vendors will be active and available for SAM registration within 1-2 business days of request; international vendors DUNS will be active and available normally within 2-5 days of request.

VI.  System for Award Management (SAM) registration (formerly CCR)


It is a requirement that current and prospective recipients of contract and purchase orders awarded by the SI must complete registration and maintain an active record in the System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM requires a one-time business registration, with annual updates, and allows vendors to control the accuracy of the business information they enter.  The financial data you enter, which includes the electronic funds transfer (EFT) data collected by SAM, will assist the SI in paying your invoices and complying with the Federal Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996.  You may complete or update your information in SAM online at  Questions regarding the process may be directed to the Federal Service Desk online at or via toll free call to 1-888-606-8220.  There is no charge for registering in SAM.


If yours is the acceptable price quote and you are selected for award, your organization’s valid and active registration with SAM must be verifiable by SI staff administering this procurement prior to contract or purchase order award, and at the time any modifications or amendments to awards might be required.





VIII.   Information to be Submitted with Quotes


Quotes submitted must include the following information to be deemed responsive to this Request for Quote and accepted by the SI:


  1. Project Title
  2. Business name, address, telephone number, and DUNS number
  3. Business point of contact name, telephone number and email address
  4. Ensure that base year and option year pricing is included.
  5. Past Performance information should include the contract number, contact person with telephone number and other relevant information for at least 3 recent relevant contracts for the same or similar goods and/or services.
  6. If requested in the RFQ, provide résumés of personnel that may be assigned to perform work under the anticipated award.
  7. Cite the date through which pricing submitted is valid.






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