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National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, Virginia 22230


FROM: National Science Foundation

Division of Contracts and Complex Agreements
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 475
Arlington, VA 22230

SUBJECT: Request for Proposal, DCCA-060007, Antarctic Helicopter Support

We are pleased to provide you with the DRAFT Request for Proposal (RFP) for Antarctic Helicopter
Support. We anticipate publishing the Final RFP on 2 Dec 2005, with a proposal submission deadline of
NLT: 3:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on 13 January 2006.

This Draft RFP is being published as a means to allow potential offerors the opportunity to make
suggestions for improvements to the documents before Final publication.

Offerors should pay special attention to the following areas in the RFP:

a) Section C, Specification of Work

b) Section L, Preparation of Proposals and Section M, Evaluation of Proposals.

The RFP requests, but does not require, early submission of the Past Performance Volume – two weeks
after release of the RFP. All offerors are instructed to use the templates provided in Attachments 1 and 2
of this letter.

Award will be made to the offeror who is deemed responsible in accordance with the Federal Acquisition
Regulations, whose proposal conforms to the RFP’s requirements and is judged to represent the “best
value” to the Government.

For valuable information about the Antarctic mission and environment please refer to

For detailed information on helicopter services in the Antarctic please refer to

The full field manual is available at

The Government intends to use the Internet as the sole means to transmit this RFP, all of its amendments,
attachments, and additions. The website is or

Direct all requests for solicitations and routine communications concerning this acquisition, or any other
questions concerning this RFP, to Jillian Pate, Contract Specialist, 703-292-8252 or The
fax number is 703-292-9140.

PATRICIA S. Williams
Contracting Officer
1. Past Performance Questionnaire
2. Client Authorization Letter