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  1. QUESTION: L., Table of Electronic Submission Requirements and File Naming Conventions, page L-9
  2. Volume III lists a Section 3, but there is no Volume III, Section 3 in Table L.16.1.2. Which table is correct?

    RESPONSE: We will not ask for a Section 3 in Volume III. We will revise Table L. in the final RFP.

  3. QUESTION: L. Past Performance Questionnaire and L. Key Personnel Past Performance Questionnaire
  4. It appears that both questionnaires contain similar data. Should the Key Personnel Questionnaire ask more about the individual's capability while supporting a particular project? The questions don't appear to be individual performance based.

    RESPONSE: We will modify the questions at the end of the Key Personnel Questionnaire so that they ask about the individual's capability. You will see this change when the RFP comes out next year.

  5. QUESTION: L., Volume II, Section 2: Phase I Schedule, page L-18; and C.3.2, page C-10.
  6. Since the post-award tool for the Phase I Schedule is Primavera, what electronic format does the government require for proposal submission of the Schedule?

    RESPONSE: We will require that the schedule for the proposal submission come in MS Project 2000 format.

  7. QUESTION: L.16.2 Oral Presentations, page L-24
  8. If the Technical Demonstration is optional, how will each offeror's demo be scored? How will the demo be weighted?

    RESPONSE: The Census Bureau does not score the evaluation of offerors. The evaluation method that the Census Bureau uses is called ordinal ranking. The rankings are based on the relative strengths, weaknesses, and risks of the offeror's proposal. We will also not assign any weight to an offeror's demonstration. The evaluation of each proposal will include the conduct of oral presentations by each offeror's key personnel, with the opportunity for Census Bureau staff to ask follow-up questions. The inclusion of any demonstration as part of this process is entirely at the discretion of the offeror. Specifically, each offeror must decide whether the oral presentations, with or without the demonstration, will be sufficient to demonstrate their understanding of and expertise related to the requirements, challenges, and proposed technical solution for the DRIS program. The oral presentation helps the Census Bureau to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and risks associated with the offeror's proposal against the evaluation factors listed in Section M of the RFP.

  9. QUESTION: L.16.2.1 Oral Presentation Content
  10. Section L.16.2.2 implies there is a discussion period. Is there a separate discussion period for Day 2 after the Technical Approach portion of the Oral Presentations? Will the Discussion time be part of the 6-hour time allocated to Day 2?

    RESPONSE: We have added 2 hours during Day 2 to allow time for discussions after the Technical Approach presentation. You will see this revision in the final RFP.

  11. QUESTION: Section J.11 Part II - Specifications for the Identification of Coverage Edit Failures in 2000, Page 2, II Definitions A Coverage Edit Variables
  12. Can the complete set of edit variable names and definitions for the 2000 Census be provided?

    RESPONSE: No, we will not include these in the RFP.

  13. QUESTION: The DRIS Library contains a sub-set of the 2010 Census Business Architecture at the following url:

    The FDCA Library contains a "2010 Census Business Architecture" document at the following url:

    Is the "2010 Census Business Architecture" document from the FDCA Library a compilation of the contents of the DRIS 2010 Census Business Architecture page (including pointers)?

    RESPONSE: Yes, the "2010 Census Bureau Architecture" document form the FDCA Library is a compilation of the contents of the DRIS 2010 Census Business Architecture page (including pointers).

  15. QUESTION: The FDCA Library contains a "DRAFT: 2010 Census Architecture Application Architecture, version 3.0" document at the following url:
  16. Is the document reference above considered useful for DRIS?

    RESPONSE: The 2010 Census Application Architecture document has not been finalized and will be included in the 2010 Logical Architecture documents that will be posted on the DRIS website in early October.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Acquisition Division

Created: 9/15/2004
Last Revised: November 02, 2011

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