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AN EQUAL RIGHTS NOTE

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Wherever, in the solicitation or cooperative agreement, "man," "men,
or their related pronouns may appear, either as words or as parts of
words (and other than with obvious reference to named male individuals),
they have been used for literary purposes and are meant in their

generic sense (i.e., to include all humankind - both female and male

sexes).

NOTICE OF POSSIBLE AWAILABILITY OF LOANS FOR BID AND PROPOSAL

PREPARATION BY MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISES SEEKING DOE CONTRACTS

AND ASSISTANCE (10 C.F.R. 800; 46 Fed. Reg. 44686 and 48 Fed. Reg.

17573) (1984)

Section 211 of the DOE Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7141) authorizes
DOE to provide loans to minority business enterprises to assist them
in their efforts to participate in DOE acquisition and assistance
programs. The loans are to enable the preparation of bids or pro-
posals for DOE contracts and assistance awards and for first- and

second-tier subcontracts with DOE operating contractors.

The loans are limited to 75% of the allowable costs incurred in
preparing such proposals. The award of these loans is subject to

the availability of appropriations.

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DOE does not warrant that such loans can be made available in sufficient time to prepare a proposal for this solicitation. This loan program includes provisions for a preliminary review of the

application for proposal preparation assistance in advance of a

specific loan request.

Information regarding loan availability, eligibility criteria, and

how to apply may be obtained from:

San Francisco Operations Office, U.S. DOE

1333 Broadway
Oakland, California 94612

Attn: Minority Loan Program Office
(415) 273-6403

INTENTION TO PROPOSE

Please complete the "Intention to Propose" form in Appendix M of

this PON and mail it to the address provided on the form by the

earliest practical date.

13. FALSE STATEMENTS

Proposals must set forth full, accurate, and complete information as
required by this PON (including all appendices and attachments).
The penalty for making false statements in proposals is prescribed in
18 U.S.C. 1001.

14. EXPENSES RELATED TO OFFEROR SUBMISSIONS

This PON does not commit the Government to pay any costs incurred in the preparation or submission of any proposal, including, but not limited to, studies or designs necessary for the preparation thereof, or to acquire or contract for any services.

15. AMENDMENT TO THE PON

The only method by which any term of this PON may be modified is by

an express, formal amendment to the PON generated by the issuing office. No other communication made at any scheduled preproposal conference or during discussions, whether oral or in writing, will

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modify or supercede the terms of this PON. Receipt of an amendment to the PON by an offeror must be acknowledged in accordance with SECTION 111.16, "Acknowledgement of Amendments to the PON."

16. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF AMENDMENTS TO THE PON

Offerors shall acknowledge receipt of any amendment to this PON (a)
by signing and returning the amendment; or (b) by letter or telegram.
The Government must receive the acknowledgement prior to the time

and date specified for receipt of offers.

17. PREPROPOSAL CONFERENCE

A Preproposal Conference for this PON will be held on March 6, 1986,
at 10:00 a.m. local Washington, D.C. time in the "Departmental
Auditorium" in Washington, D.C. (not at the Forrestal Building; see
the address at the end of this section). The purpose is to permit
prospective offerors the opportunity to gain a better understanding
of the objectives and requirements of this PON. Questions related
to the PON should be submitted in writing to the Source Evaluation
Board Procurement Member designated in the PON cover letter, and
should be received by him not later than February 28, 1986.
Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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The auditorium at which the Preproposal Conference will be held is

located as follows:

Departmental Auditorium
1301 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Halfway between 12th and 14th Streets, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20024

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO REQUEST A PATENT WAIVER

In accordance with applicable statutes and the Department of Energy
Financial Assistance Regulations, offerors that are not small busi-
nesses or nonprofit organizations have the right to request, in
advance or within 30 days after the effective date of the Cooperative
Agreement, a waiver of all or any part of the rights of the United

States in subject inventions.

Small businesses and nonprofit organizations need not request a
waiver. The Patent Rights Clause provided in 10 C.F.R. 600.118(b)(1),
which permits the recipient of financial assistance to elect to
retain title of subject inventions, will be included in the coopera-

tive agreements of small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

CLASSIFIED MATERIAL

Performance under the proposed award is not anticipated to involve

access to classified material.

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