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(B) A small source selection team composed of representatives of the specific mission or administrative area to be supported by the information technology to be acquired, a contracting officer, and individuals with relevant expertise.
(4) USE OF SOURCE SELECTION FACTORS EMPHASIZING SOURCE QUALIFICATIONS AND COSTS.-Use of source selection factors that emphasize
(A) the qualifications of the offeror, including personnel skills, previous experience in providing other private or public sector organizations with solutions for attaining objectives similar to the objectives of the acquisition, past contract performance, qualifications of the proposed program manager, and the proposed management plan; and (B) the costs likely to be associated with the conceptual approach proposed by the offeror.
(5) OPEN COMMUNICATIONS WITH CONTRACTOR COMMUNITY.— Open availability of the following information to potential offerors:
(A) The agency mission to be served by the acquisition. (B) The functional process to be performed by use of information technology.
(C) The process improvements to be attained.
(6) SIMPLE SOLICITATION.-Use of a simple solicitation that sets forth only the functional work description, the source selection factors to be used in accordance with paragraph (4), the required terms and conditions, instructions regarding submission of offers, and the estimate of the Government's budget for the desired work.
(7) SIMPLE PROPOSALS.-Submission of oral presentations and written proposals that are limited in size and scope and contain information on—
(A) the offeror's qualifications to perform the desired work;
(B) past contract performance;
(C) the proposed conceptual approach; and
(D) the costs likely to be associated with the proposed conceptual approach.
(8) SIMPLE EVALUATION.-Use of a simplified evaluation process, to be completed within 45 days after receipt of proposals, that consists of the following:
(A) Identification of the most qualified offerors that are within the competitive range.
(B) Issuance of invitations for at least three and not more than five of the identified offerors to make oral presentations to, and engage in discussions with, the evaluating personnel regarding, for each offeror
(i) the qualifications of the offeror, including how the qualifications of the offeror relate to the approach proposed to be taken by the offeror in the acquisition; and
(ii) the costs likely to be associated with the approach.
(C) Evaluation of the qualifications of the identified offerors and the costs likely to be associated with the offerors' proposals on the basis of submissions required
under the process and any oral presentations made by, and any discussions with, the offerors.
(9) SELECTION OF MOST QUALIFIED OFFEROR.-A selection process consisting of the following:
(A) Identification of the most qualified sources, primarily on the basis of the oral proposals, presentations, and discussions, and written proposals, submitted in accordance with paragraph (7).
(B) A program definition phase of 30-60 days (or a longer period the Administrator approves)
(i) during which the sources identified under subparagraph (A), in consultation with one or more intended users, develop a conceptual system design and technical approach, define logical phases for the project, and estimate the total cost and the cost for each phase; and
(ii) after which a contract for performance of the work may be awarded to the source whose offer is determined to be most advantageous to the Government on the basis of cost, the responsiveness, reasonableness, and quality of the proposed performance, and a sharing of risk and benefits between the source and the Government.
(C) As many successive program definition phases as necessary to award a contract in accordance with subparagraph (B).
(10) SYSTEM PHASING.-System implementation to be executed in phases that are tailored to the solution, with appropriate contract arrangements being used for various phases and activities.
(11) MUTUAL AUTHORITY TO TERMINATE.-Authority for the Government or the contractor to terminate the contract without penalty at the end of any phase defined for the project.
(12) TIME MANAGEMENT DISCIPLINE.-Application of a standard for awarding a contract within 105 to 120 days after issuance of the solicitation, except that the Administrator may approve the application of a longer standard period. (d) PILOT PROGRAM PROJECTS.-The Administrator authorize to be carried out under the pilot program
(1) not more than 10 projects, each of which has an estimated cost of at least $25,000,000 and not more than $100,000,000; and
(2) not more than 10 projects for small business concerns, each of which has an estimated cost of at least $1,000,000 and not more than $5,000,000.
(e) MONITORING BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL.-The Comptroller General shall
(1) monitor the conduct, and review the results, of acquisitions under the pilot program; and
(2) submit to Congress periodic reports containing the views of the Comptroller General on the activities, results, and findings under the pilot program.
CHAPTER 117-ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RESOURCES MANAGEMENT MATTERS
Identification of excess and surplus computer equipment. 11703. Index of certain information in information systems included in directory established under section 4101 of title 44.
11704. Procurement procedures.
§ 11701. On-line multiple award schedule contracting
(a) AUTOMATION OF MULTIPLE AWARD SCHEDULE CONTRACTING. To provide for the economic and efficient procurement of information technology and other commercial items, the Administrator of General Services shall provide Federal Government-wide on-line computer access to information on products and services that are available for ordering through the multiple award schedules.
(b) REQUIREMENTS.-The system for providing on-line computer access shall—
(1) have the capability to
(A) provide basic information on prices, features, and performance of all products and services available for ordering through the multiple award schedules;
(B) provide for updating that information to reflect changes in prices, features, and performance as soon as information on the changes becomes available; and
(C) enable users to make on-line computer comparisons of the prices, features, and performance of similar products and services offered by various vendors; and
(2) be used to place orders under the multiple award schedules in a fiscal year for an amount equal to at least 60 percent of the total amount spent for all orders under the multiple award schedules in that fiscal year.
(c) STREAMLINED PROCEDURES.
(1) PILOT PROGRAM.-On certification by the Administrator of General Services that the system for providing on-line computer access meets the requirements of subsection (b)(1) and was used as required by subsection (b)(2) in the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year in which the certification is made, the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy may establish a pilot program to test streamlined procedures for the procurement of information technology products and services available for ordering through the multiple award schedules.
(2) APPLICABILITY TO MULTIPLE AWARD SCHEDULE CONTRACTS.-Except as provided in paragraph (4), the pilot program shall be applicable to all multiple award schedule contracts for the purchase of information technology and shall test the following procedures:
(A) A procedure under which negotiation of the terms and conditions for a covered multiple award schedule contract is limited to terms and conditions other than price.
(B) A procedure under which the vendor establishes the prices under a covered multiple award schedule contract and may adjust those prices at any time in the discretion of the vendor.
(C) A procedure under which a covered multiple award schedule contract is awarded to any responsible offeror that
(i) has a suitable record of past performance, which may include past performance on multiple award schedule contracts;
(ii) agrees to terms and conditions that the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy determines are
required by law or are appropriate for the purchase of commercial items; and
(iii) agrees to establish and update prices, features, and performance and to accept orders electronically through the automated system established pursuant to subsection (a).
(3) COMPTROLLER GENERAL REVIEW AND REPORT.—
(A) AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT REVIEW AND MAKE REPORT.— Not later than three years after the date on which the pilot program is established, the Comptroller General shall review the pilot program and report to Congress on the results of the pilot program.
(B) CONTENT OF REPORT.-The report shall include the following:
(i) An evaluation of the extent to which there is competition for the orders placed under the pilot program.
(ii) The effect that the streamlined procedures under the pilot program have on prices charged under multiple award schedule contracts.
(iii) The effect that those procedures have on paperwork requirements for multiple award schedule contracts and orders.
(iv) The impact of the pilot program on small businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses.
(4) WITHDRAWAL OF SCHEDULE OR PORTION OF SCHEDULE
FROM PILOT PROGRAM.
(A) WHEN ALLOWED.-The Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy may withdraw a multiple award schedule or portion of a schedule from the pilot program if the Administrator determines that—
(i) price competition is not available under that schedule or portion of that schedule; or
(ii) the cost to the Government for that schedule or portion for the previous year was higher than it would have been if the contract for that schedule or portion had been awarded using procedures that would apply if the pilot program were not in effect.
(B) NOTICE.-The Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy shall notify Congress at least 30 days before the date on which the Administrator withdraws a schedule or portion under this paragraph.
(C) AUTHORITY NOT DELEGABLE.-The authority under this paragraph may not be delegated.
(5) TERMINATION OF PILOT PROGRAM.-Unless reauthorized by law, the authority of the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy to award contracts under the pilot program shall expire four years after the date on which the pilot program is established. A contract entered into before the authority expires remains in effect according to the terms of the contract after the expiration of the authority to award new contracts under the pilot program.
§ 11702. Identification of excess and surplus computer equipment
In accordance with chapter 5 of this title, the head of an executive agency shall maintain an inventory of all computer equipment under the control of that official that is excess or surplus property. § 11703. Index of certain information in information systems included in directory established under section 4101 of title 44
If in designing an information technology system pursuant to this subtitle, the head of an executive agency determines that a purpose of the system is to disseminate information to the public, then the head of that executive agency shall reasonably ensure that an index of information disseminated by the system is included in the directory created pursuant to section 4101 of title 44. This section does not authorize the dissemination of information to the public unless otherwise authorized.
§ 11704. Procurement procedures
To the maximum extent practicable, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council shall ensure that the process for acquisition of information technology is a simplified, clear, and understandable process that specifically addresses the management of risk, incremental acquisitions, and the need to incorporate commercial information technology in a timely manner.
SUBTITLE IV-APPALACHIAN REGIONAL
§ 14101. Findings and purposes
(a) 1965 FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.—
(1) FINDINGS.-Congress finds and declares that the Appalachian region of the United States, while abundant in natural resources and rich in potential, lags behind the rest of the Nation in its economic growth and that its people have not shared properly in the Nation's prosperity. The region's uneven past development, with its historical reliance on a few basic industries and a marginal agriculture, has failed to provide the economic base that is a vital prerequisite for vigorous, self-sustaining growth. State and local governments and the people of the region understand their problems and have been working, and will continue to work, purposefully toward their solution. Congress recognizes the comprehensive report of the President's Appalachian Regional Commission documenting these findings and concludes that regionwide development is feasible, desirable, and urgently needed.