EPA RFI: Superfund Quality and Sample Support (QSS)

Notice ID 68HERH21R0030


“The purpose of the Quality and Sample Support (QSS) Contract is to provide program support and infrastructure through the application of professional, administrative, technical, scientific, analytical chemistry, quality assurance, and information technology services to the Analytical Services Branch (ASB). The QSS Contractor shall provide centralized production processes, and serve as a logistical, technical, systems, and process interface with ASB, EPA regional personnel, contracted laboratories, and other EPA programs.

The Contractor shall support all task areas described herein, including but not limited to, sample scheduling, information technology solutions, method support/evaluation, guidance development, data review and assessment, quality assurance, cost recovery, litigation support, invoicing support, and other support in accordance with ASB-approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and ASB technical direction. The Contractor must be flexible and able to respond quickly to customer’s needs; manage numerous concurrent activities with changing conditions; and provide daily communication, reporting, and problem resolution. Managing change is an important component of ASB’s work. Responding to changes in laboratory contract requirements, improvement in procedures, and technological advancements is critical in successful contractor performance.

The Contractor shall support ASB and its Superfund customers (i.e. EPA regional personnel and other EPA programs) with CLP scheduling, tracking, and reporting of environmental samples from project inception through data receipt; inspecting and assessing CLP laboratory deliverables to ensure data submitted by the CLP laboratories are technically and contractually complete and compliant; provide cost recovery support; perform management reporting and records support activities (i.e., maintaining, tracking, and archiving current and historical information, data and program records) in accordance with Agency policy and procedure; operate, maintain, modernize, enhance, test, and upgrade the Contract Laboratory Program Support System (CLPSS) and provide related infrastructure support; and provide accurate Sample Delivery Group (SDG) invoice calculations in compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.232-25 for Prompt Payment. The Contractor shall provide this support in accordance with Sections 3.1-3.6.

Finally, the Contractor shall assist with providing analytical services through subcontracting mechanisms for other analytical methods not currently offered under the CLP. These analytical services may include, but are not limited to, Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Asbestos, Volatiles in Air, Herbicides, Gas/Diesel Range Organics, and Incremental Sampling Method, and In Vitro Bioaccessibility…”


The QSS Performance Work Statement (PWS) requirements are performance based, focusing on ASB’s desired results and outcomes. The Contractor, with ASB approval, shall be responsible for determining the most effective means by which these requirements will be fulfilled. In fulfilling PWS requirements, the Contractor shall design efficient and innovative processes and solutions to deliver the required services in a manner that best meets ASB’s performance objectives.

The PWS features eight (8) Task Areas under the contract which includes Sample Management Operations (SMO); Sample Scheduling and Tracking (SST); Data Assessment Support (DAS); Sample Invoice Processing (SIP); Superfund Enforcement Support (SES); CLPSS Infrastructure Support (CIS); Quality Assurance Technical Support (QATS); and Other Analytical Methods (OAM). The PWS Task Areas are highly interdependent and systematized in functionality (e.g., analytical, financial and performance data is entered into CLPSS, reports are generated, and information is extracted from CLPSS to support all task area activities). CLPSS is an enterprise system, consisting of multiple applications and an Oracle database. The Contractor shall utilize information from CLPSS in fulfilling the PWS requirements…”

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