NATO seeks intelligence functional services support
On September 4, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) issued a presolicitation notice. NATO intends to issue an Invitation for Bid (IFB) for Intelligence Functional Services (INTEL-FS) Spiral 2 and BMD functions for INTEL-FS. The application process must be complete by September 26.
Potential U.S. prime contractors must 1) maintain a professionally active facility (office, factory, laboratory, etc.) within the United States, 2) be pre-approved for participation in NATO International Competitive Bidding (ICB), 3) hold a facility security clearance at the level of SECRET, and 4) be nominated to the bidders list by the U.S. Government.
In addition, execution of the proposed contract may require that personnel be required to hold individual security clearances at the level of SECRET.
The NCI Agency will award up to two contracts to cover the entire scope of work: one for the Front-end of the system (IFB-CO-14873-INTELFS2-A) and one for the Back-end of the system (IFB-CO-14873-INTELFS2-B).
NATO ICB requires that the U.S. Government nominate U.S. prime contractors to the bidders list. Before the U.S. Government can nominate a U.S. prime contractor to the bidders list, however, the U.S. firm must be approved for participation in NATO ICB. Firms are approved for U.S. NATO ICB on a facility-by-facility basis.
The U.S. NATO ICB application is a one-time application. The application requires supporting documentation in the form of 1) a company resume indicating contracts completed as a prime contractor and 2) an annual report or set of financial documents indicating compilation, review, or audit by an independent CPA.
After approval of your one-time NATO ICB application, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) will then know to follow up by issuing a Declaration of Eligibility (DOE) for that project. NATO member governments use a DOE to nominate an approved firm to the bidders list for a particular NATO ICB project.
Full information is available here.