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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.

The auditorium at which the preproposal Conference will be held is

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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.

19. CLASSIFIED MATERIAL

Performance under the proposed award is not anticipated to involve

access to classified material.

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(a) The general and additional minimum standards for responsible pro

spective participants set forth at 48 CFR 9.1 and 48 CFR 909.104-70

are applicable to this solicitation.

(b) DOE may conduct preaward surveys in accordance with 48 CFR 9.106;

solicit, from available sources, relevant information concerning

the offeror's record of past performance; and use such information

in making determinations of prospective offeror responsibility.

21.

TEAMING RELATIONSHIPS

Due to the diversity of experience and resources that may be required

for a specific project, proposals will be accepted from teaming

arrangements such as partnerships, joint ventures, and other combina

tions, as well as from entities employing the more traditional

subcontract relationships. The combined experience and resources of all participants, as well as the resources committed by the parent

or sponsoring firms, will be considered for evaluation purposes.

In

addition, DOE may require a guarantee of performance from the parent

and/or sponsoring firms.

If a teaming arrangement is proposed, the offeror will be required

to provide the following as provided in SECTION IV.1(f), the "Teaming Agreement" portion of the Qualification Discussion, and SECTION

IV.3.6.2, "Management Plan":

(a) A letter of intent or executed teaming agreement from all

parties sufficiently binding to ensure the formation of the

proposed legal entity.

(b) An explanation of the precise nature and form of the teaming

relationship, including a discussion of the responsibilities

of each party.

(c) Identification of the specific organization and individual

that will be directly responsible for the success of the pro

posed project.

(d) Information, with supporting documentation, to verify and

demonstrate the team's capability of providing the financial

and other resources necessary to support the project over its

entire proposed period of performance.

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