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National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, Virginia 22230

MEMORANDUM FOR ALL POTENTIAL OFFERORS 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

Attachments: 1. Past Performance Questionnaire 2. Client Authorization Letter