Multiple-Award Task Order (MATO) Fact Sheet  The Multiple-Award Task Order (MATO) contract is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) type contract. Task orders are issued by firm fixed price, time and materials and cost reimbursement.  The MATO contracts were awarded in May 2001 through a full and open competition to 67 vendors, comprised of small and large firms.  The MATO is being recompeted this fiscal year to incorporate changes in order to better serve the department’s customers. Background of the MATO:  The nature and scope of the work varies from task to task. The majority of tasks involve, but are not limited to, literature reviews and syntheses, collection of data (case studies, panel reviews, evaluations, and surveys) data and policy analyses, statistical analysis, descriptive and outcome evaluations relating to program performance and/or federal education policy, and other activities set forth under the contract.  Task orders are issued through competition between the vendors listed under the MATO by firm fixed price, time and materials or cost reimbursement type task orders according to the area of expertise (A-E). Purpose of the MATO:  The purpose of ED's MATO contracts is to make available to all of ED's principal offices a streamlined, competitively priced contracting mechanism. The MATO contracts help individual program offices meet their procurement needs for products and services across a wide range of subject areas relating to key educational issues, in a cost-effective and expedited manner. MATO Areas of Expertise:  There are five areas of expertise (A-E) listed under the MATO in which the nature and scope of work fall: A. Research and policy analysis/assessment B. Research and evaluation design, data collection and analysis

C. Performance measurement D. Program Assessments E. Provide support on an as-needed basis for the following activities: o Translation and Interpretation, Web casting Support Services, Videotape duplication services, Audio and Video Support Services, Development, production and distribution of publications and other communication products, Conferencing planning and support, Development and production of video and audio products, Technical assistance, Captioning services, Courier services, Transcription services, Graphic services, Transportation services, Broadcast television services, Satellite services, Remote television/satellite services. ED-04-R-0003 Multiple Award Performance Based Task Order (MATO) Contract:  The request for proposal (RFP) for the new MATO, entitled “Multiple Award Performance Based Task Order Contract”, RFP number ED-04-R-0003 is posted at the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website: http://www.fedbizopps.gov.  You can download the RFP at: http://www2.fbo.gov/spg/ED/postdatePrevDays_1.html .  The RFP can be mailed by request. Email your request to Elizabeth Cappel at elizabeth.cappel@ed.gov . Important Dates to Remember for ED-04-R-0003:  RFP issued on February 18, 2004  RFP closing date April 5, 2004  Anticipated award date June 15, 2004