Past Solicitations
BAA 14-001
Chemical Attribution Signature Studies for Chemical Threat Agents

The Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate will not issue paper copies of this announcement. DHS S&T reserves the right to select for award and fund all, some, or none of the Full Proposals received in response to this solicitation. No funding for direct reimbursement of proposal development costs will be allowed. White Papers in Project Proposal Form format, Technical and Cost Proposals, or any other material, submitted in response to this BAA will not be returned. However, depending on the markings on the proposal, DHS S&T will adhere to FAR policy on handling source selection information and proprietary proposals. It is the policy of DHS S&T to treat all proposals as sensitive competitive information and to disclose their contents only for the purposes of evaluation. Offerors are to provide unclassified proposals. Documents containing sensitive information that are not suitable for uncontrolled public dissemination should be marked For Official Use Only. When transmitted electronically, FOUO proposals should be sent with password protection. Awards may take the form of contracts or other transactions agreements. In the event an Offeror or subcontractor is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, Department of Energy National Laboratory, or other Federally funded entity, DHS S&T will work with the appropriate sponsoring agency to issue an interagency agreement pursuant to the Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535) or other appropriate authority. Depending on the nature of the Full Proposals received, DHS S&T will also consider awarding a grant or cooperative agreement. Therefore, the applicable laws and regulations governing the legal vehicle used for award will depend on the legal vehicle chosen by DHS S&T. In this regard, Offerors should propose a preferred vehicle type for DHS S&T to consider for award. A two-phased proposal selection process will be used for this solicitation to minimize the cost and effort for prospective offerors. Phase 1 will consist of the solicitation, receipt, and evaluation of White Papers using standardized DHS Chemical Forensics Program Project Proposal Form format from potential performers. Entries in the various sections of the Project Proposal Forms White Papers should be concise and conform to the specified formatting and word count limitations. No formal transmittal letter is required for the Phase 1 responses. A down selection process will be conducted by the DHS and those Phase 1 white paper Project Proposal Form proposals selected will be invited to participate in Phase 2, which will consist of the solicitation, receipt, and evaluation of a Full Proposal, limited to 20 pages, excluding the Formal Transmittal Letter, Cover Page, Phase 2 Summary of Costs and Related Information, Table of Contents and resumes/biographical information for proposed performers.


TFA-1 - Chemical Attribution Signatures (CAS)

Determine if high-priority CTAs or precursors produced by various synthesis methods or procured from various commercial sources contain/retain CAS that have value in associating various samples with each other and/or distinguishing how, where and/or by whom the recovered CTA or precursor samples were produced and subsequently handled. High-priority CTAs include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Blood Agents 2. Blister Agents/Vesicants 3. Nerve Agents 4. Lung/Choking/Pulmonary Agents 5. Highly Toxic Pesticides, Rodenticides and Fumigant Chemicals 6. Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) 7. Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) 8. Other Chemical Toxins and Toxicants Determine optimal methods and analytical techniques for conducting comprehensive forensic analyses of samples for source determination and association with other samples. Consideration should be given to both destructive and non-destructive techniques. Approaches that apply to a group or class of chemicals are preferred over those that address only a particular CTA. Proposals that involve applications or minor modification of equipment that is Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) and generally available in DHS Chemical Forensics Program customer and performer laboratories are preferred. Proposals for the building of prototype equipment will have to provide a compelling justification as to why COTS equipment is not capable of meeting the requirements. If the requestor is a non-Federal entity, it will be necessary to complete and provide a Department of Homeland Security Non-Disclosure Agreement, DHS Form 11000-6, before the updated list can be provided to them. This form can be downloaded at:

Key Dates
Solicitation Open Date:
White Paper Registration Deadline:
03/14/2014 04:30 PM ET
White Paper Submission Deadline:
03/14/2014 04:30 PM ET
Submission Deadline:
04/30/2014 04:30 PM ET

Amendments and Q&As
amendment icon Amendment # 1
Posted Date 3/5/14
Questions and Answers document

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