D -- DNS Top Level domain for the
||Sources Sought Notice|
||May 30, 2007|
|Original Response Date:
||Jun 22, 2007|
|Current Response Date:
||Jun 22, 2007|
|Original Archive Date:
||Jul 07, 2007|
|Current Archive Date:
||Jul 07, 2007|
||D -- Information technology services, including telecommunications
||518210 -- Data Processing, Hosting, and Related
Contracting Office Address
- Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), Acquisition and Grants Office, SSMC4 - Room 7601/OFA61 1305 East West
Highway, 7th Floor, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, UNITED STATES
- This synopsis is for Sources Sought, which may or may not
result in a Solicitation and does not constitute a commitment
on the part of the Government to purchase or acquire systems
The Government will not pay for data or time
expended in response to this synopsis and is not to be construed
as a commitment by the Government to issue a request for
proposal or award a contract as a result of this synopsis.
This synopsis is for Sources Sought and planning purposes.
The U. S. Department of Commerce (DoC), National Telecommunications
and Information Administration (NTIA), is committed to preserving
the stability and security of the Internet domain name and
addressing system (DNS). NTIA has ensured the stability
and security of the DNS country code top-level domain for
the United States (usTLD or .us domain) by supervising administration
of the usTLD for the benefit of the nation?s Internet community.
Therefore, in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations
(FAR) Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, DoC intends
to procure the services of a Contractor to manage, maintain,
and operate the usTLD under NTIA?s supervision.
The DoC seeks to acquire centralized management and coordination
of registry, registrar (where specified), database, and information
services for the usTLD. The usTLD provides a locus for registering
domain names and serving the Internet community in the United
States. As such, DoC intends the usTLD be available to
a wide range of registrants.Accordingly, the DoC seeks
proposals to achieve the following objectives:
- 1.) Ensure that procedures and an accountability framework
for the delegation and the administration of the usTLD support
a more robust, certain, and reliable DNS.
- 2.) Promote increased use of the usTLD, including kids.us,
by the Internet community of the United States (including
small businesses, consumers, not-for-profit organizations,
and state and local governments), with a residence or bona
fide presence in the United States by introducing enhanced
technical and other services, disseminating information about
the usTLD, and improving registration and customer services.
- 3.) Create a centrally administered and efficiently
managed structure that ensures registrant and consumer confidence,
and infrastructure stability by coordinating delegations
and implementing other appropriate functions.
- 4.) Create a stable and flexible usTLD environment
that advances and encourages innovation and that will meet
the future demands of potential registrants.
- 5.) Ensure continued stability of the entire DNS and
the usTLD, particularly during transition from the current
management structure to the Contractor?s proposed structure
and to any successor Contractor?s structure.
- 6.) Manage the usTLD consistent with the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) technical management
of the DNS.
- 7.) Adequately protect intellectual property in the
usTLD and as developments in the expanded and the locality
usTLD space may necessitate. In the event of further expansion
of the usTLD space, the Contractor shall implement a "sunrise
period" for qualified trademark owners to pre-register
their trademarks as domain names prior to the wider registration
for non-trademark owners and a dispute resolution procedure
to address "cybersquatting" conflicts between trademarks
and domain names in the usTLD.
- 8.) Establish and maintain consistent communication
between the Contracting Officer?s Technical Representative
(COTR), the Contractor, and ICANN.The Contractor shall
represent the usTLD in the ICANN Country Code Names Supporting
Organization (ccNSO) and contribute to ICANN's operating
costs as ICANN may apportion to the usTLD.
- 9.) Promote robust competition within the usTLD, including
registration services, to ensure greater choice and improved
services for usTLD users.
- All responsible sources must submit a written narrative
statement of capability including detailed technical information
and other technical literature sufficient to permit agency
analysis. Additionally, the purpose of the
above request is for the Government to determine the submitter's
capabilities and qualifications to meet the requirement.
Affirmative responses must be received Friday, June 22,
2007 by 12:00 p.m. Noon Eastern Standard Time. Please
submit any and all written responses to Kalika Boulware,
Contract Specialist via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Point of Contact
- Kalika Boulware, Contract Specialist, Phone 301 713-0838 x150, Fax 301
713-0809, Email email@example.com - Catherine Holland, Contract
Specialist , Phone 301-713-0838 x139, Fax 301-713-0809, Email
Place of Performance
||Department of Commerce/NTIA 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
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