The SOQ should be limited to specific discussion of the elements outlined in this RFQ. The intent of this RFQ is to encourage responses which meet the stated requirements, and which propose the best methods to accomplish the work within the stated budget, if one is stated.
The organization of the SOQ should follow the general outline below. The SOQ should consist of a technical proposal and a cost proposal.
Detailed guidance on the content and organization of the SOQs can be found in this section. Electronic and hardcopy versions must provide responses to all sections of the RFQ.
SOQs should include an itemized list of all electronic documents being provided to SACOG and maintain links to any documents provided on-line through the time of contract award.
The transmittal letter should include the name, title, address, phone number, and original signature of an individual with authority to negotiate on behalf of and to contractually bind the consultant or consulting firm, and who may be contacted during the period of SOQ evaluation. The letter must also include a statement acknowledging that the consultant or consulting firm has reviewed and accepted SACOG’s Standard Agreement (see attached) with or without qualifications. Only one transmittal letter need be prepared to accompany all copies of the technical and cost proposals.
A listing of the major sections in the SOQ and the associated page numbers.
In this section, the proposer should demonstrate an adequate understanding of the role and relationships of SACOG.
This should include:
The proposer must prepare an explanation of the project management system and practices to be used to assure that the project is completed within the scheduled time frame and that the quality of the required products will meet SACOG’s requirements.
The SOQ must describe the qualifications and experience of each professional who will participate in the project, including a resume for each member of the project team. A Project Manager must be designated, and an organizational chart showing the manager and all project staff must be included. A matrix must be presented indicating the effort, either in percentage of the total project or in person-hours, which will be contributed by each professional, during each phase or task making up the project.
If a subcontractor will be used, the proposer must include a letter from the subcontractor committing to perform at least the work shown for subcontractor professional in the Staffing Resource Matrix mentioned above.
The SOQ must include the following information for the consultant and each subcontractor, as required by 49 CFR Section 26.11(c)(2).
The consultant may satisfy the requirements of this section by completing and submitting the Exhibit referred to as "Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Information", which is attached to the SACOG Standard Agreement (Part A). Consultant should also complete and submit the attached Exhibit “10-O1” from Chapter 10 of the Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures Manual. (see Attached)
Discussion of the consultant’s proposed use of DBEs, if any, in the performance of this work, including the following:
If a DBE contract goal has been established for this contract, Consultants must document adequate good faith efforts to involve DBEs by completing and submitting Exhibit referred to as "Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Information", which is an attachment to Part A (SACOG Standard Agreement). Consultants are also required to complete and submit Exhibit “10-O1” (Local Agency Consultant DBE Commitment). If consultants submitting SOQs did not meet the DBE goal, they must complete and submit Exhibit “15-H” (DBE Information – Good Faith Efforts) showing that consultant made adequate good faith efforts to meet the goal. SOQs that do not meet the DBE contract goal or make an adequate good faith effort to meet the DBE contract goal and document adequate good faith efforts shall be considered non-responsive to this RFQ.
Consultant’s affirmative action program, if required pursuant to the equal employment opportunity requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor Regulations (41 CFR Part 60, et seq.). These regulations require certain contractors to develop and maintain affirmative action programs, including service contractors (non-construction) with 50 or more employees and a federally assisted contract of $50,000 or more.
The SOQ must describe the nature and outcome of projects previously conducted by the consultant’s key personnel which are related to the work described within the RFQ. Descriptions should include client contact names, address, phone numbers, descriptions of the type of work performed, approximate dates on which the work was completed, and professional staff who performed the work. If a subcontractor is proposed, two to three similar qualifications and references should be provided for the subcontractor. Up to two samples of the consultant’s work on closely related projects can also be included with the SOQ , if available. Additionally, the proposer must complete the Debarment Certification Form (see Attached). The proposer must also complete the Levine Act Disclosure Statement (see Attached).
The cost proposal shall describe both the total and the detailed price for which the consultant will commit to complete the total scope of work and end products. The cost proposal detail shall describe estimated costs (only the total amount is a binding offer) for each professional’s time, for the completion of each proposed task, for travel and per-diem (if applicable), and for materials and supplies. Cost proposals must be submitted in the standard Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures Manual 10-H format.
Failure to provide adequate cost data will result in the SOQ rejection as unresponsive. Each proposer shall also complete and submit with its cost proposal the attached Exhibit 10-K: Consultant Certification of Contract Costs and Financial Management System.
Consultants and consultant firms submitting SOQs in response to this RFQ must disclose to SACOG any actual, apparent, or potential conflicts of interest that may exist relative to the services to be provided under Agreement for consultant services to be awarded pursuant to this RFQ.
If the consultant or firm has no conflict of interest, a statement to that effect shall be included in the SOQ.