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Schedule 621 I Professional & Allied Healthcare Staffing Services

 
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Important Notice

In response to the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, 08-02969-165 Review of Federal Supply Schedule 621 I -- Professional and Allied Healthcare Staffing Services, the VA FSS Service is going to implement a new Commercial Sales Practice (CSP) and price proposal format under the 621 I Schedule program.  The new pricing methodology consists of two components:

  • Staffing Fee.  A fixed hourly rate for each individual labor category. This fee will include all cost related elements, including overhead, profit, insurance, etc, and will be the same across all geographic locations.
  • Employee Compensation. A flexible amount covering the fees paid directly to the service worker.  Vendors can offer varied compensation rates based on geographic location or service worker qualifications.  Examples include: state-by-state pricing, regional pricing, locality based pricing tiers.

The staffing fee and employee compensation rates will be added together to equal the FSS Net Price for each covered location.

Throughout September, we surveyed our Industry partners seeking their input on the proposed changes.  The survey closed in early October and we are in the process of analyzing the results to determine our next steps.  We anticipate making a final decision by the end of the year.

The Schedule

Federal Supply Schedule Professional & Allied Healthcare Staffing Service contracts are awarded for physicians, audiologists, EMT paramedics, dental related services, respiratory therapy, physical/recreational therapy, perfusionist, occupational therapy, licensed practical/vocational nurse, medical/nurse assistant, cytotechnologist, kinesiotherapist, orthotist/prosthetist, ophthalmic services, genetic counselor, clinical laboratory science services, counseling related services, dietitian/nutritionist, surgical technologist, radiologic technology services, certified pharmacy technician, certified registered nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, dosimetrist, general clinical technologist, chiropractor, certified/licensed midwife, electroneurdiagnostic technologist, and physicist.

Special Item Numbers— Access a comprehensive listing of the special item numbers under the 621 I Schedule.

Federal Supply Codes (FSC)— The FSC Class(es)/Product Code(s) for the 621 I Schedule include:

  • Q — Medical Services

Maximum Order Threshold—Contractors are not obligated to honor any order for a combination of items in excess of:

Special Item Number (SIN) Maximum Order Threshold
621-001 —> 621-099 $1,000,000

Note for Ordering Activities:  When issuing a task order against Federal Supply Schedule 621 I, Professional & Allied Health Care Services, the ordering activity must ensure compliance with VHA Directive 0710, dated May 18, 2007, entitled Personnel Suitability and Security Program and obtain the appropriate background clearances.

Note for Contractors:  The ordering facility/contracting officer should not request bid submissions that contain “all inclusive rates.”  Contractors must return orders that identify an “all inclusive rate” or that exceed the “not to exceed” rate, to the ordering activity.

Service Contract Act— The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act applies to contracts whose principal purpose is to furnish services through the use of service employees.  The SCA requires contractors and subcontractors performing Federal service contracts in excess of $2,500 to observe minimum wages, fringe benefits, and other employment standards.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes and Business Size Determination— The following NAICS codes and size standards apply under the 621 I Solicitation:

NAICS Code Description Small Business Size Standard
561320 Temporary Help Services $25.5 million

The Solicitation

The current 621 I solicitation (RFP-797-FSS-00-0115-R3) is available online.

It is recommended that you retain a copy of the solicitation and your proposal for your records.  Offerors and contractors are held accountable and responsible for complying with all of the provisions and clauses located in the solicitation document.

All solicitations submitted under versions other than the current R3 solicitation will be returned without further action.

The Solicitation Package — The list below outlines the documents that comprise the current 621 I solicitation package (RFP-797-FSS-00-0115-R3), including the specific elements which make up a complete solicitation proposal package.  It is essential that all required elements are accurate, current, and complete — incomplete or incorrect submissions may be returned without further consideration, and could greatly lengthen the processing time of your proposal.

  • 01—Solicitation Document
  • 02—Exhibit 1: Special Instructions for Pricing All Services & Contract Data Form (Return with offer)
  • 03—Exhibit 2: Technical Proposal Instructions, including sub-factors A, B, C, D (Return with offer)
  • 04—Exhibit 3: Price Proposal Attachment (Return with offer)
  • 05—Exhibit 4: Recovery Purchasing Participation Election Form (Return with offer)
  • 06—Exhibit 5: Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Return with offer for large businesses whose total estimated contract value exceeds $650,000)
  • 07—Exhibit 6: Sample FSS Pricelist (Return prior to contract award)
  • 08—Exhibit 7: SCA Occupational Index

Required Amendments — In addition to the documents/information required for the solicitation package, you must also submit the Amendments outlined below. Failure to submit all required Amendments may delay the review of your solicitation proposal pacakge.

  • 0001— Incorporate FY2009 SCA Wage Determinations
  • 0002— Replaces posted solicitations with amended solicitation documents
  • 0002— Updates clause 552.238-75 IFF
  • 0003— Incorporates E-Verify clause, and changes to corporate experience and CSP requirements
  • 0004— Incorporates FY2010 SCA Wage Determinations
  • 0005— Incorporates ARRA clause and option form
  • 0006— Adds SIN 621-100 and incorporates changes to small business size standards
  • 0007— 52.204-10 Reporting Executive Compensation First-Tier Subcontract Awards (July 2010)
  • A00008— Incorporates Jobs Act clauses
  • A00009— 52.209-2, 52.209-10, Notice of Additional Requirements—Ordering Level, Subcontracting Plan Monitoring and Compliance Notice and Sample Template