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Request for Applications: Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN) Analytical Support Services

March 16 @ 7:00 am EDT

Solicitation #: 68HERH20Q0130

“To protect the nation from the potential threats posed by terrorism or environmental emergencies, the EPA implemented the Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN). The ERLN is one of seven laboratory response networks under the Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks (ICLN). The mission of the ERLN is to provide known laboratory capabilities, capacities, and quality data in a scalable, systematic, and coordinated response to environmental emergencies providing preparedness, response, remediation and recovery analytical support. The ERLN is available to support a variety of response actions, including CERCLA removals, OPA responses, NSI, a terrorist event involving weapons of mass introduction, and other federally-led trainings and exercises. The ERLN is available to support the needs of environmental incidents regardless of the matrix.”

“Consequently, the USEPA Office of Acquisition Solutions (OAS) intends to establish Basic Ordering Agreements (BOAs) in accordance with FAR Part 16.703 with vendors who are capable of analyzing environmental sample matrices contaminated by toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), chemical warfare agents (CWAs), biological agents, and radiochemical agents as a result of acts of terrorism or an environmental emergency. A BOA is not a contract, as referenced in FAR Part 16.703; it is a written instrument of understanding, negotiated between an agency, contracting activity, or contracting office and a contractor, that contains: (1) terms and clauses applying to future contracts (orders) between the parties during its term, (2) a description, as specific as practicable, of supplies or services to be provided, and (3) methods for pricing, issuing, and delivering future orders under the BOA. Additionally, a BOA does not imply any agreement by the government to place future contracts or orders with the contractor or to be used in any manner to restrict completion.”

Due date: 16 March 2021