U.S. Army Seeks Information About Availability of Apple Products

Encourages Small Businesses to Respond to Sources Sought Notice

Saint Petersburg, Florida, UNITED STATES

Adelphi, Maryland, June 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Army, Army Research Laboratory, in Adelphi, Maryland, released on Monday, June 19 a sources sought notice in which it outlined plans to enter into a contract with a government contractor who can provide it with a range of Apple MacBooks and peripherals.

In its notice, the Army indicated its interest in gauging the interest, capabilities, and qualifications of certified small businesses (including those registered in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program, as well as those who qualify for one or more types of set-aside contracts) to provide the required products. 

The relevant NAICS Code is 33411, and the NAICS Size Standard is 1,250 employees.

Interested and capable contractors must be able to provide the following:

  • 13 Apple 15-inch MacBook Pros with the following specifications:
    o 2.5 Gigahertz (GHz) quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
    o 16 Gigabyte (GB) 1600 Megahertz (MHz) memory
    o 256GB Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) based Solid State Drive (SSD)
    o Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    o Two (2) Thunderbolt 2 ports
    o Accessory Kit
    o Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide Software
    o macOS Sierra
    o Photos, iMovie, GarageBand
    o Pages, Numbers, Keynote
  • 13 Apple Wired Optical, with the following specifications:
    o Optical - USB
    o Four (4) x Button - White
  • 13 Apple keyboards with numeric keypads with the following specifications:
    o English (USA) - Cable Connectivity
    o Universal Serial Bus (USB) Interface - English (US)
    o Compatible with Computer (Mac)
    o Built-in USB Hub – Aluminum
  • 13 Apple External DVD-Writer with the following specifications:
    o Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) Recordable (R)/ Rewritable (RW) Support
    o 24x Compact Disc (CD) Read/24x CD Write/16x CD Rewrite
    o 8x DVD Read/8x DVD Write/8x DVD Rewrite
    o Double-layer Media Supported - USB
  • 13 Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • 13 Apple AppleCare Protection Plans with the following specifications:
    o Three-year Service (Carry-in Maintenance)
    o Parts & Labor - Electronic and Physical Service

Responses to this notice must include the following: 

  • To what extent each of the specifications can be met
  • Type of business (i.e. commercial, academia); whether organization is classified as a large or small business based on the 1,250-employees standard that accompanies NAICS code 334111; and, if a small business, any applicable small disadvantaged status held (e.g., HUBZone, 8(a), Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), etc.)
  • Past experience/performance

Responses are due by no later than June 26 at 11:59 a.m., and interested contractors can e-mail their responses to Contract Specialist Allison Murray at allison.s.murray.civ@mail.mil, and to Contract Specialist Brett Bigbee at brett.e.bigbee.civ@mail.mil.

The contractor who receives this contract also must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) database and have as part of the Registration all current Representations and Certifications.

US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third-party government registration firm, and a firm that not only helps companies survive but also thrive, completes the required Registrations on behalf of its clients. It also makes available information about opportunities like this, as well as training on how to locate, research, and respond to opportunities. 

We also make available for our clients and for contracting officers our proprietary Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS). Our Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS) gives you in one place instant bid notifications, bid proposal prospecting, and information about government procurement officers. We make this search tool available to clients, as part of our commitment to helping each and every USFCR client succeed and thrive as a government contractor.

For contracting officers, the AFPDS gives them in one place access to a database of available contractors and also a place to post information about opportunities. Contracting officers get free access to AFPDS. We also provide interested contracting officers a list of contractors who may be able to provide a service and/or product that they need.

For more information, to get started with a SAM registration, to learn more about how US Federal Contractor Registration can help your business succeed, to find out how we can help you complete the processes necessary to become certified as one or more types of small business(es), and/or to speak with our federal training specialists about how to craft a memorable proposal, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.


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