EVALUATION FACTOR FOR AWARD
Contractor selection will be based on evaluation of proposals in accordance
with the responses received to the criteria outlined in Section L, Instructions,
Conditions, and Notices to Offerors and the Schedule of Prices. Award will
be made to that offeror whose combination of technical and price proposals
represents the best value to the Government and is most advantageous, price
and other factors considered, and which is within the available Library
of Congress resources.
The Library of Congress also reserves the right to reject any or all
proposals received and/or request clarification or modification of proposals.
The Library reserves the right to determine a competitive range for negotiation
based upon the technical and cost acceptability of proposals. In addition,
the Library reserves the right to award a contract without discussions.
Cost evaluation will include an analysis of the total cost and cost
elements (if applicable) to perform the required work. The total costs
supplied by the offeror shall be submitted on a copy of Section B in the
spaces provided and shall constitute the total firm-fixed unit price for
that service or deliverable.
Proposals that are unrealistic in terms of technical commitment or
unreasonably low or high in cost or price will be deemed reflective of
an inherent lack of technical competence or indicative of failure to comprehend
the complexity and risk involved in the contract requirements and may be
grounds for rejection of the proposal.
Technical proposals will be initially evaluated with respect to six
(6) major factors for determination of the competitive range. Technical
factors are listed in descending order of importance. The technical proposal
is worth more than the cost proposal; when technical proposals are relatively
equal in technical merit, cost will increase in importance.
Factor 1 Overall technical approach; proposed methodology; demonstrated
understanding of the scope of work and the requirements (L.3.1)
Factor 2 Previous demonstrated production experience and past
Factor 3 Quality Control (L.3.3)
Factor 4 Capability and Experience of Key Personnel (L.3.4)
Factor 5 Project Management and Corporate Support Capability
Factor 6 Facilities and Equipment (L.3.6)
Those offerors determined to be in the competitive range (technical,
price, and other factors considered) shall be required to provide sample
digital images as indicated below.
The sample images for both Lot 1 and Lot 2 will be evaluated on a pass/fail
basis in terms of the following considerations or features:
File type/format and header. Specifications will be sent with
the source documents. TIFF header and tag elements must meet specifications;
to be checked using TIFFINFO or similar shareware header-reading software.
JPEG files will be checked using in JPEGINFO software; header must include
JFIF file format indicator. Pixel depth will be checked against file format
specifications in Section C.
Treatment of printed halftones. Images will be evaluated according
to specifications in Section C.
Compression. Depending upon the file type and compression type,
the image files must open and/or decompress in two different IBM-compatible
computers, using any of the following software: PhotoShop (JPEG only),
LView Pro (JPEG only), PhotoStyler (JPEG), View Director (TIFF only), HiJaak
Pro (all files) and DocuView (all files). Compression will be evaluated
based on specifications in Section C.
Image quality. Images will be evaluated according to acceptance
criteria included in Section C and Section E, including:
capture of page content
legibility of hardcopy printouts
Application of gamma correction/contrast stretching. Images will be
evaluated according to specifications in Section C.
Cropping. Images will be evaluated according to guidelines outlined
in Section C.
Reasonableness of cost.
Except when it is determined in accordance with FAR 17.206(b) not to
be in the Government's best interests, the Government will evaluate offers
for award purposes by adding the total price for all options to the total
price for the basic requirement. Evaluation of options will not obligate
the Government to exercise the options(s).
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