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December 29, 2011

Business / Career

New Web Site,, Helps Unemployed Women Find Jobs

SOURCE:  Black News.Com

Nationwide — A new free service is helping women to find local jobs that pay as much as $30 an hour. Its called, and it’s very simple and easy to use. Interested ones simply have to visit the web site, sign up for email alerts, and wait for local job opportunities to start coming.  According to CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets, millions of Americans are either unemployed or underemployed. Women jobseekers are on the rise, as many households are struggling financially to make ends meet.

In the UK, from 2008-2009, women accounted for only around a fifth of the fall in employment, but with the current recession hitting public sector jobs, and reducing the number of part-time roles in services such as retail, it is expected that female unemployment will increase at a greater rate in the near future. The same is expected in the United States and Canada.


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Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USACE District, Nashville, USACE District, Nashville, P.O. Box 1070, 801 Broad Street, Nashville, TN 37202-1070

R — RECOVERY–R–PROJECT NUMBER 116941, Kentucky Lock & Dam, TN R, KY. W912P5-10-D-0010-0007 122311 Isaac J. Taylor, 615-736-5679 USACE District, Nashville RECOVERY – PER FAR 5.7 THIS NOTICE IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY; THEREFORE FAR 5.203 DOES NOT APPLY. THIS OPPORTUNITY IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO CONTRACTOR(S) UNDER THE CURRENT CONTRACT NUMBER(S): Avpol International LLC, W912P5-10-D-0010 The performance based service contract will provide a Geologist to perform construction management services for the Kentucky Lock Addition project, Grand Rivers, KY, of the Nashville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Place of Performance: USACE District, Nashville P.O. Box 1070, 801 Broad Street Nashville TN 37202-1070 US URL:
OutreachSystems Article Number: 111224/PROCURE/0040
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Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Corporate Franchise Data Center, Department of Veterans Affairs Corporate Franchise Data Center, Department of Veteran Affairs;SAO East;PCAE STL Contracting Officer;11152 South Towne Square;Saint Louis MO 63123

U–MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING AND COACHING IMPLEMENTATION VA77712Q0072 010612 Wanakee Strickland CONTRACT SPECIALIST 317-894-6495 CONTRACT SPECIALIST This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, and 13.106, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued; the provisions and clauses incorporated herein are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-23, effective June 12, 2008. The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Employee Education Resource Center, St. Louis, MO proposes to enter into a firm fixed price, competitive commercial. This solicitation is unrestricted and The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is 611430 and the small business size standard is $7.0 million. Responses are due Friday January 6, 2012 by 1pm CST. Questions are due by Tuesday, January 3, 2012. E-mail to 1. Title of Contract: Standardized Patients/Standardized Clinicians for Motivational Interviewing, Coaching and Implementing Communication Skills for Patient Centered Care 2. Scope of Work: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Employee Education Systems (EES), in conjunction with the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) is hosting training programs on Motivational Interviewing and Coaching and Implementing Communication Skills in Chicago, Illinois on the following dates: Motivational Interviewing January 24 – 26, 2012 March 27 – 29, 2012 Coaching and Implementing Communication Skills February 14 – 16, 2012 March 13 – 15, 2012 May 8 – 10, 2012 July 17 – 19, 2012 August 14 – 16, 2012 Participants in these trainingprograms are health care professionals who come to training with considerable clinical communication and supervisory skills, but who need to deepen these skills so as to become more effective trainers and coaches of other clinicians. During each of the 7 training programs, two 4-hour sessions are devoted to exercises that require participants to work with “standardized patients” or “standardized clinicians” that will enable training program participants to practice and deepen clinical communication and coaching skills. The contractor shall provide all labor, supervision and other resources required to deliver 10 actors for each of 14 4-hour training sessions that will occur during the 7 training programs listed above. The contractor must ensure that actors have been adequately prepared and trained to provide: 1) realistic and reproducible portrayals of patients and clinicians based on specific and detailed “case vignettes” that will be provided to contractor by NCP; 2) detailed learner-centered and behaviorally specific feedback to participants on their use of the specific communication and counseling skills that are featured in the training programs; and 3) portrayals that accurately reflect the characteristics, culture and behaviors of Veteran patients and VHA clinicians. The contractor must meet the following requirements as well as all the requirements specified in Section 7 (Objectives) below: 1. Specific and extensive experience in recruiting, training and supervising actors to serve as standardized patients and standardized clinicians for training programs in clinical communication skills for health care professionals. Membership in the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) and adherence to ASPE standards is desirable; 2. Specific experience in training and providing standardized patients for VHA EES-supported clinical education programs. Specific experience in providing standardized patients for VHA-supported motivational interviewing training is desired; 3. Only professional actors may serve as standardized patients/clinicians; actors must have previous experience in portraying simulated “patients” as well as “clinicians” in medical education training programs; 3. Background: Employee Education System (EES) is the largest VHA provider for employee education services. As a recognized leader and trendsetter in education, EES delivers the highest quality instructional programming to meet customer expectations. Face-to-face conferences/workshops are but one means of meeting theeducational needs of VHA employees. EES is seeking to provide the highest quality of care to Veterans of our nation through Patient Centered Care. Patient Centered Care is an innovative approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families. Patient-and family-centered care applies to patients of all ages, and it may be practiced in any health care setting. Patient-Centered Care also has a focus on staff. To succeed, a patient-centered approach should also address the staff experience, because the staff’s ability and inclination to care effectively for patients is important. Therefore, through the utilization of motivational interviewing, coaching and implementing communication skills, staff will be better equipped to service patients. 4. Period of Performance: The period of performance shall be one year from date of award. 4.1. Government Recognized Holidays. Unless specifically authorized in writing by the Contracting Officer, no services will be provided and no charges will be incurred and/or billed to any order on this contract on any of the Federal Holidays listed below. New Years Day Labor Day Martin Luther King Day Columbus Day Presidents’ Day Veterans’ Day Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day Independence Day Christmas Day 5. Place of Performance: All pre-planning activities shall be performed at the contractor’s site. Contractor shall participate on all EES pre-planning conference calls that the EES Project Manager requires contractor attendance. Conference calls will be provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs National Teleconference communication system (commonly referred to as VANTS). Contractor must provide standardized patients/clinicians for training sessions held at a to be determined location in Chicago, Illinois. 6. Type of Contract: The Government anticipates award of a Firm Fixed-Price contract. 7. Objectives: The contractor must meet all of the requirements related to prior experience in recruiting, training and preparing standardized patients as listed in Section 2 (Scope of Work) above, as well as meet all the requirements of the objectives outlined below: 7.1. The contractor shall provide preparation of standardized patients/clinicians to portray specific cases (provided by NCP) to ensure both realistic and reproducible portrayal of cases as well as provision of learner-centered feedback to learners; Each actor should be prepared to portray at least 2 “cases” for eachtraining session; 7.2. The contractor shall provide quality control and supervision of actors to ensure reliable portrayal of specific cases and provision of effective feedback to learners; contractor must make provisions to provide onsite supervision of standardized patients/clinicians during the specified training sessions; 7.3 The contractor shall recruit, train and supervise enough actors to provide 10 standardized patients/clinicians for each of 14 4-hour training sessions. The 4-hour sessions will be held on 2 of the days of the 3-day training programs (see schedule of trainings below): Motivational Interviewing January 24 – 26, 2012 March 27 – 29, 2012 Coaching and Implementing Communication Skills February 14 – 16, 2012 March 13 – 15, 2012 May 8 – 10, 2012 July 17 – 19, 2012 August 14 – 16, 2012 7.4. The contractor shall provide a mechanism for responding to onsite NCP feedback regarding simulated patient/clinician performance. 8. Contract Award Meeting: The contractor shall not commence performance on the tasks in this Performance Work Statement (PWS) until the Contracting Officer has conducted a kick off meeting or has advised the contractor that the kick off meeting requirement has been waived. 9. General Requirements: 9.1. For every task, the contractor shall identify in writing all necessary subtasks (if any), associated costs by task, and associated sub-milestone dates. The contractor’s subtask structure shall be reflected in the contractor’s technical proposal and supported by a detailed work plan. 9.2. All written deliverables shall be phrased in layperson language. Statistical and other technical terminology shall not be used without providing a glossary of terms. 9.3. Quality Control: The contractor shall develop and maintain an effective quality control program to ensure services are performed in accordance with this Performance Work Statement (PWS). The contractor shall develop and implement procedures to identify, correct, prevent, and ensure non-recurrence of defective services. The contractor’s quality control program is the means that the work complies with the requirement of the contract. 10. Formal Acceptance or Rejection of Deliverables: The Government will review each deliverable and provide feedback/comments. The contractor shall have five business days to incorporate feedback/comments and make appropriate revisions. The contractor shall provide the revised version of each deliverable to the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR). The COTR will review and determine final acceptance by the Government. The COTR will notify the contractor of final acceptance within five business days. SECTION 508 – ELECTRONIC AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (EIT) STANDARDS The Section 508 standards established by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) are incorporated into, and made part of all VA contracts, solicitations and purchase orders developed to procure Electronic and Information Technology (EIT). These standards are found in their entirety at http// A printed copy of the standards will be supplied upon request. The contractor shall comply with the technical standards at 36 CFR 1194.22 Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications, 1194.24, Video and Multimedia products, and 1194.31, Functional Performance Criteria in performing this order. The following provisions and clauses shall apply to this solicitation: 52.252-2 Clauses Incorporated by Reference. This contract incorporates one or more clauses by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available. Also, the full text of a clause may be accessed electronically at this/these address (as): (FAR) and (VAAR); 52.212-1 Instructions to Offertory Commercial Items; 52.212-2, 52.204-7 Central Contractor Registration, 52.212-3 Offeror, Representations and Certification-Commercial Items; FAR 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions Commercial Items; 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes on Executive Orders Commercial Items and in accordance with FAR 12.603(c) (2)(xii) and VAAR 852.270-4 Commercial Advertising; 852.237-70 Contractor Responsibilities; and 852.270-1 Representatives of Contracting Officers. 11. Changes to the PWS: Any changes to this PWS shall be authorized and approved only through written correspondence from the Contracting Officer. A copy of each change will be kept in a project folder along with all other products of the project. Costs incurred by the contractor through the actions of parties other than the Contracting Officer shall be borne by the contractor. 12. Travel: Travel and per diem is a cost reimbursable item and shall be reimbursed in accordance with VA/Federal Travel Regulations (FTR). Each contractor invoice must include copies of ALL receipts that support the travel costs claimed in the invoice. The contractor is only entitled to actual cost spent while on travel that falls within the perimeters as set forth within the FTR, to include food. Travel must be pre-approved by the COTR. Travel must be priced separately in the price schedule. Local travel within a 50-mile radius from the contractor’s facility is considered the cost of doing business and will not be reimbursed. This includes travel, subsistence, and associated labor charges for travel time. Travel performed for personal convenience and daily travel to and from work at the contractor’s facility will not be reimbursed. Travel, subsistence, and associated labor charges for travel time for travel beyond a 50-mile radius of the contractor’s facility are authorized on a case-by-case basis and must be pre-approved by the COTR estimated locations. Estimated Locations Estimated number of trips per contract period Estimated number of contractor personnel per trip Estimated number of days per trip Chicago, IL 7 11 2 plus 2 travel days 13. Government Responsibilities: 13.1. The Government will provide audio/visual equipment and any stage set-up required by the contractor at the training site. 13.2. Background information about the VHA NCP training objectives, provision of the specific case vignettes to be used by the contractor to prepare cases and checklists to be used by standardized patients/clinicians to provide feedback to learners . 13.3. Reimbursement of airfare, hotel, transportation to and from the airport and meals for contractor, per FTR. 14. Contractor Experience Requirements – Key Personnel 14.1. Key Personnel: Certain skilled experienced professional and/or technical personnel are essential for accomplishing the work to be performed. These individuals are defined as “Key Personnel” and are those persons whose resumes are submitted and marked by the vendor as “Key Personnel.” Substitutions shall only be accepted if in compliance with “Substitution of Key Personnel” provision identified below. The Contracting Officer may notify the Contractor and request immediate removal of any personnel assigned to any task by the Contractor that are deemed to have a conflict of interest with the Government or if the performance is deemed to be unsatisfactory. The reason for removal shall be documented and replacement personnel shall be identified within three (3) business days of the notification. Employment and staffing difficulties shall not be justification for failure to meet established schedules. 14.2. Substitution of Key Personnel: All Contractor requests for approval of substitutions hereunder shall be submitted in writing to the COTR and the Contracting Officer at least thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the effective date, whenever possible, and shall provide a detailed explanation of the circumstances necessitating the proposed substitution, a complete resume for the proposed substitute, and any other information requested by the Contracting Officer necessary to approve or disapprove the proposed substitution. New personnel shall not commence work until all necessary security requirements, have been fulfilled and resumes provided and accepted. The COTR and the Contracting Officer will evaluate such requests and promptly notify the Contractor of approval or disapproval in writing. 14.3. Contractor Personnel Requirements: Key Personnel proposed shall have knowledge in the following: 14.3.1. Specific and extensive experience in recruiting, training and supervising actors to serve as standardized patients and standardized clinicians for trainingprograms in clinical communication skills for health care professionals. Membership in the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) and adherence to ASPE standards is desirable. 14.3.2. Specific experience in training and providing standardized patients for VHA EES-supported clinical education programs. Specific experience in providing standardized patients for VHA-supported motivational interviewingtraining and training for coaching clinicians in communication skills is desired. 14.3.3 . Only professional actors may serve as standardized patients/clinicians; actors must have previous experience in portraying simulated “patients” as well as “clinicians” in medical education training programs. 15. Confidentiality and Disclosure: 15.1. It is agreed that: 15.1.2. The preliminary and final deliverables, and all associated working papers, application source code, and other material deemed relevant by VA which have been generated by the contractor in the performance of this contract, are the exclusive property of the U.S. Government and shall be submitted to the Contracting Officer at the conclusion of the contract. 15.1.3. The Contracting Officer will be the sole authorized official to release, verbally or in writing, any data, draft deliverables, final deliverables, or any other written or printed materials pertaining to this contract. No information shall be released by the contractor. Any request for information relating to this contract, presented to the contractor, shall be submitted to the Contracting Officer for response. 15.1.4. Press releases, marketing material, or any other printed or electronic documentation related to this project shall not be publicized without the written approval of the Contracting Officer. 16. 852.273-75 Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology Resources. As prescribed in 839.201, insert the following clause: SECURITY REQUIREMENTS FOR UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES URL:
OutreachSystems Article Number: 111224/PROCURE/0056


Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Acquisition Management Division, 100 Bureau Drive, Building 301, Room B129, Mail Stop 1640 Gaithersburg MD 20899-1640

R — DEVELOP REFERENCE METHODS AND STANDARDS FOR TESTING COMMERCIAL CHEMICAL DETECTORS SB1341-12-RQ-0067 010912 Cheryl A. Coxen, Contract Specialist, Phone 301-975-8838, Email – Cheryl Rice, Contracting Officer, Phone 3019753696, Email This is a presolicitation notice for the following:The Combustion and Kinetics Group within the Chemical and Biochemical Reference Data Division (CBRDD) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) develops, models, and applies spectroscopic methods and disseminates reference data for measuring trace gas concentration in relevant environments. The culmination of these efforts supports the development and deployment of sensor technology. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate is developing a conformity assessment program for commercial chemical sensors used in homeland security. NIST is funded by DHS to review and develop ASTM International (ASTM) voluntary consensus standards, test methods, reference data, and standards to validate the performance of commercial chemical detectors using challenge vapor streams containing toxic industrial chemicals and background chemicals that potentially affect detector performance. The work to be conducted addresses important gaps in the existing capability for chemical detector evaluation and calibration. The contract deliverable is to improve public health and safety through more effective chemical threat detection achieved by accurate and reliable identification of chemical contaminants and the contamination level. To meet this goal, the CBRDD requires expertise to develop and document draft reference measurement methods. These methods will be used by testing laboratories, government agencies, and practitioners to assist in the independent evaluation of chemical detection equipment procurement and program planning for the development of next generation capabilities. Contractor support is required to provide support to develop and disseminate measurement tools to improve the accuracy and reliability of chemical measurements related to homeland security and defense, e.g. measurements of toxic industrial chemicals. To address these needs, the Contractor shall conduct research to develop new reference methods and reference data to support the evaluation of commercial chemical detectors. Deliverables shall include a method to mathematically evaluate complex infrared spectra for the sample’s chemical constituents and chemical concentrations. Deliverables shall also include the development of real-time analytical methods for verifying relevant challenge streams and draft documentary standards to be submitted to ASTM. The specific tasks pursuant to this effort are described in the Performance Work Statement to be included in the solicitation when issued. It is anticipated that the solicitation for this work will be issued on or about January 21, 2012, using FAR Part 12, Commercial Item Acquisitions utilizing FAR Part 13.5 Simplified Acquisition Procedures – Test Program for Certain Commercial Items. The Government anticipates the award of a fixed price Order with a base period of 12-months and two 12-mo. option years. The competitive solicitation, all amendments, and any questions and answers related to this procurement will be made available via the internet at The solicitation will only be available via the internet at the above website. Potential offerors are responsible for accessing the website. Interested parties must respond to the solicitation in order to be considered for award of any resultant Purchase Order. There is no written solicitation document available, telephone requests will not be honored, and no bidders list will be maintained. Potential offerors are requested to direct all questions via e-mail to To be eligible for award, offerors MUST be registered with the Central Contractor Registry: and have completed its representations and certifications found at THIS REQUIREMENT, WHEN ISSUED, WILL BE SET-ASIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES ONLY.   Set-Aside: Total Small Business Place of Performance: 100 Bureau Drive, MS 1640 Gaithersburg, MD 20899 US URL:
OutreachSystems Article Number: 111222/PROCURE/0075
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Department of the Air Force, Air Mobility Command, 319 CONF, 575 Tuskegee Airmen Blvd, Building 418 Grand Forks AFB ND 58205

R — Catholic Community Musician F2A0W81301A902 010312 Rebecca M Andrew, Phone 7017475266, Email – Ryan Alfieri, Contracting Specialist, Phone 701-747-5342, Fax 701-747-4215, Email Place of Performance: Grand Forks AFB, ND GFAFB, ND 58205 US URL:
OutreachSystems Article Number: 111221/PROCURE/0065
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Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command, MICC, MICC Center – Fort Knox, MICC Center – Fort Knox, Directorate of Contracting, Building 1109B, Fort Knox, KY 40121-5000

99–ARMY STRONG COASTERS, PPI 911, CUSTOM IMPRINTED WITH THE ARMY STRONG LOGO AND URL. W9124D12T0024 121211 Timothy J. Elder, 502-624-6547 MICC Center – Fort Knox Firm Fixed Price Contract for Coasters, size: 4-1/4″ square X 2/8″ thick, sandstone material with a cork back and finished with bull-nose edges. Coaster shall be similar in style to Coaster Stone SKU: SQ868. TOTAL QTY: 24,000 each. Products shall be delivered to Fort Knox, Kentucky. The acquisition is 100% set aside for small businesses. NAICS is 327112. Size standard: 500 employees. All responsible sources may submit a quote which will be considered. Solicitation will be issued on or about 6 December 2011, with quotes due 12 December, 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Please note these dates are subject to change. Solicitation will be posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website (FedBizOpps) at All amendments to the solicitation will be likewise posted to this website. Contractors are cautioned to check this website for amendments. Paper copies will not be available; quotes must be downloaded at the above listed website. Award will be made to the lowest priced, responsive, responsible offeror. Set-Aside: Total Small Business Place of Performance: MICC Center – Fort Knox Directorate of Contracting, Building 1109B Fort Knox KY 40121-5000 US URL:
OutreachSystems Article Number: 111221/PROCURE/0282
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Department of the Air Force, Air Mobility Command, 319 CONF, 575 Tuskegee Airmen Blvd, Building 418 Grand Forks AFB ND 58205

99 — Protestant Worship Leader F2A0W81301A903 010312 RYAN ALFIERI, Phone 7017475342, Email Please see attached Request for Quote (RFQ) and Price Schedule. Set-Aside: Total Small Business Place of Performance: Grand Forks AFB Grand Forks , ND 58205 US URL:
OutreachSystems Article Number: 111221/PROCURE/0289
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Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command, MICC, MICC Center – Fort Knox, MICC Center – Fort Knox, Directorate of Contracting, Building 1109B, Fort Knox, KY 40121-5000

76–PRIME for Life participant workbook Version Eight W9124D-12-P-0067 122211 Katie E Paben, 502-624-5652 MICC Center – Fort Knox Class Code and NAICS Code havebeen updated to codes that better fit the requirement. Place of Performance: MICC Center – Fort Knox Directorate of Contracting, Building 1109B Fort Knox KY 40121-5000 US URL:
OutreachSystems Article Number: 111221/PROCURE/0430
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