school Prairie Grove School Dist 23
IFCB Posted : Oct 28, 2021
Bid Deadline : Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021

Questions Due By : Tuesday, Nov 9, 2021
Applicant Address : Prairie Grove, AR 72753
IFCB ID : 220002841

IFCB Requirements :

·        All Questions and Bids must be submitted using the on-line IFCB system. If for some reason the system is down before the respective deadline, please email your bid to info@crwconsulting.com or fax it to 918.445.0049. Bids or questions submitted in this fashion will be disqualified if the on-line system is active at the time of submission.

 

·        Bidder must agree to participate in USF Program (AKA “E-rate”) for the corresponding funding year.

 

·        Please include the correct Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) on your bid.

 

·        By submitting a bid, bidder certifies that the bidder does have a valid (non-red light status) SPIN for the E-rate program at the time of submission. Should the Applicant discover that the bidder is on red light status, or if the FCC classifies the bidder as on red-light status before work is performed and invoices are paid, the contract will be null and void and the applicant will have no payment obligations to the bidder.

 

·        Bidder is expected to provide the lowest corresponding price per E-rate rules.  See https://www.usac.org/e-rate/service-providers/step-2-responding-to-bids/lowest-corresponding-price/ for details.

 

·        Contracts must not prohibit SPIN changes.

 

·        Bidder must agree to provide the Applicant the choice of discount methods (SPI or BEAR).

 

·        Bidder will be automatically disqualified if the District determines that the bidding company has offered any employee of the District any individual gift of more than $20 or gifts totaling more than $50 within a 12 month period. This does not apply to the recent FCC exemptions of the Gift Rule for the COVID pandemic.

 

·        All contracts awarded will be contingent upon E-rate funding and final board approval.  The applicant may choose to do all or part of the project upon funding notification.

 

·        All contracts awarded under this IFCB bidding process may be voluntarily renewed by the applicant, upon written notice to the provider, for five consecutive one year terms. Please include this language in your final contract.

 

·        All applicable fees, surcharges, and taxes must be identified on the bid. E-rate rules require the applicants to evaluate the price of eligible goods and services that will be listed on the 471 application during the competitive bidding process. Fees and surcharges that apply but are not listed on the bid will be the responsibility of the bidding company, should their bid be awarded.

 

·        If the applicant is requesting purchases of new equipment, or maintenance of that new equipment, bids for functionally equivalent equipment will be accepted.

 

·        The winning vendor will be required to complete the USAC approved Item 21 template for the project within 7 working days after notification that the vendor has won the bid.

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Bids from companies that include equipment barred by the Federal Communications Commission due to national security risks (such as ZTE or Huawei) will be disqualified.

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Vendors must complete and include the C2 Cover Page with their bid. Bids received without the cover page will be disqualified.

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS – PROJECT B, PROJECT C AND PROJECT D: It will be the bidder’s responsibility to provide documentation about the compatibility requirements listed in this IFCB. Vendors that submit bids without documentation demonstrating the required compatibility listed in this IFCB will have their bids disqualified, unless that vendor has bid the preferred make/model number listed.

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS – PROJECT A: Vendors who wish to bid must attend one of two mandatory site visits. Vendors who submit a bid but have not attended a meeting will be disqualified.

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Applicant will not accept bids for refurbished equipment. Any bids containing refurbished equipment will be disqualified.

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Bids that include equipment that was manufactured for use outside of the United States will be disqualified.

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Service providers are required to bid an entire Project A, Project B, Project C and Project D.  Bids for individual components of a single project will be disqualified.

 

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: All bids must include applicable cost (ie, sales tax, shipping costs). The district does not agree to pay any costs above the original bid amounts. Include all necessary equipment such as power supplies, power cord, etc. in the bid.

 

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Service providers are required to bid the entire maintenance Project E.  Bids for individual components of the project will be disqualified.

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Vendors must complete and include the C2 Cover Page with their bid. Bids received without the cover page will be disqualified.

·        DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Maintenance bids listing only an hourly rate and not a monthly or annual total will be disqualified.  Vendors quoting an hourly rate are required to also a) confirm that you have the ability/expertise to maintain all of the equipment listed and b) propose a number of hours at a particular rate monthly to properly maintain the entire list of equipment.  Bids that contain only hourly rates, without confirmation that the company can service the list of equipment, or without a monthly total will be disqualified.


Services and Equipment Requested :

MANDATORY SITE VISIT – PROJECT A ONLY

Vendors wishing to submit bids for category two projects must attend one of two mandatory site visits. The site visits will be held on November 03rd, 2021 and November 8th, 2021. Both will begin at 9am. Vendors will meet at 102 E. Buchanan, Prairie Grove, AR 72753. Vendors will check in with Ray Ruland. Bids from vendors who did not attend either of the site visits will be disqualified.

 

INTERNAL CONNECTIONS

Project A – Cabling

Two buildings need to be connected via fiber cabling. The district is seeking bids to install a fiber cable from one existing switch cabinet to another existing switch cabinet.

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Cabling

Approximately 300 ft.

Single-mode, 6 strand outdoor rated – fiber cable.

 

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS – PROJECT A: Vendors who wish to bid must attend one of two mandatory site visits. Vendors who submit a bid but have not attended a meeting will be disqualified.

 

Project B – Firewall

The district is migrating from Meraki MX450 to a new firewall device. The district is seeking professional services to install and configure the new firewall in the existing network. Bids should include any appropriate licensing needed for the firewall device.

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Firewall Service and Components

1

Palo Alto PAN-PA-3220

Firewall Service and Components

1

Palo Alto Threat Prevention PAN-PA-3220-TP

Firewall Service and Components

1

Palo URL Filtering PAN-PA-3220-URL4

Racks

1

Palo Alto 4-post rack mount kit PAN-PA-2RU-RACK4

 

COMPATIBILITY REQUIREMENT:

All equipment must be compatible with existing Aruba networking devices.

 

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS – PROJECT B, PROJECT C AND PROJECT D: It will be the bidder’s responsibility to provide documentation about the compatibility requirements listed in this IFCB. Vendors that submit bids without documentation demonstrating the required compatibility listed in this IFCB will have their bids disqualified, unless that vendor has bid the preferred make/model number listed.

 

Project C – Switches

Bids should include Aruba Central licenses.  No installation needed.

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Switches

8

Aruba 2930F, 48 port switches – JL558A

Modules, GBIC, Transceivers

10

Aruba 10GB SFP+ - J9151E

 

NOTE: We are requesting switch licenses on this IFCB, which sometimes may be categorized as BMIC or MIBS by USAC (the BMIC and MIBS boxes on the 470 have been checked to cover this scenario).

 

COMPATIBILITY REQUIREMENT:

All equipment must be compatible with existing Aruba networking devices.

 

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS – PROJECT B, PROJECT C AND PROJECT D: It will be the bidder’s responsibility to provide documentation about the compatibility requirements listed in this IFCB. Vendors that submit bids without documentation demonstrating the required compatibility listed in this IFCB will have their bids disqualified, unless that vendor has bid the preferred make/model number listed.

 

Project D – UPS

No installation needed.

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

UPS

8

Tripp Lite SmartPro 1U Rack Mount UPS – SMART750RM1U

 

COMPATIBILITY REQUIREMENT:

All equipment must be compatible with existing Aruba networking devices.

 

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Bids from companies that include equipment barred by the Federal Communications Commission due to national security risks (such as ZTE or Huawei) will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Vendors must complete and include the C2 Cover Page with their bid. Bids received without the cover page will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS – PROJECT B, PROJECT C AND PROJECT D: It will be the bidder’s responsibility to provide documentation about the compatibility requirements listed in this IFCB. Vendors that submit bids without documentation demonstrating the required compatibility listed in this IFCB will have their bids disqualified, unless that vendor has bid the preferred make/model number listed.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS – PROJECT A: Vendors who wish to bid must attend one of two mandatory site visits. Vendors who submit a bid but have not attended a meeting will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Applicant will not accept bids for refurbished equipment. Any bids containing refurbished equipment will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Bids that include equipment that was manufactured for use outside of the United States will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Service providers are required to bid an entire Project A, Project B, Project C and Project D.  Bids for individual components of a single project will be disqualified.

 

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: All bids must include applicable cost (ie, sales tax, shipping costs). The district does not agree to pay any costs above the original bid amounts. Include all necessary equipment such as power supplies, power cord, etc. in the bid.

 

 

BASIC MAINTENANCE OF INTERNAL CONNECTIONS:

BMIC – Project E

The district would like a manufacturer’s support contract for these items:

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Firewall Service and Components

1

Palo Alto Premium Support PAN-SVC-PREM-3220

 

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Service providers are required to bid the entire maintenance Project E.  Bids for individual components of the project will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Vendors must complete and include the C2 Cover Page with their bid. Bids received without the cover page will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Maintenance bids listing only an hourly rate and not a monthly or annual total will be disqualified.  Vendors quoting an hourly rate are required to also a) confirm that you have the ability/expertise to maintain all of the equipment listed and b) propose a number of hours at a particular rate monthly to properly maintain the entire list of equipment.  Bids that contain only hourly rates, without confirmation that the company can service the list of equipment, or without a monthly total will be disqualified.


There is an additional document associated with this IFCB. Please click the buttons to download the document.

2022_C2_Bidding_Instructions70.pdf
PRAIRIE_GROVE_C2_COVER_PAGE1.pdf

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Questions Received with Applicant Answers   ( Ask Questions? )




How many devices are at this location? 1. How many devices will be protected by the firewall? 2. What is your current total throughput requirement? 3. Will the Firewall perform SSL Deep Inspection? What services will be utilized? a) Gateway AntiVirus b) Intrusion Prevention (IPS) c) Web Filtering d) Application Control e) Data Leak Prevention (DLP) f) Traffic Shaping g) VPN (SSL or IPSec?) h) WAN Optimization

Answer:

How many devices are at this location? 

A: Approximately 2,800 total devices.

 

How many devices will be protected by the firewall?
A: Approximately 2,800 total devices.

 

What is your current total throughput requirement?
A: 10Gbps

 

Will the Firewall perform SSL Deep Inspection?
A: Yes

 

What services will be utilized? a) Gateway AntiVirus b) Intrusion Prevention (IPS) c) Web Filtering d) Application Control e) Data Leak Prevention (DLP) f) Traffic Shaping g) VPN (SSL or IPSec?) h) WAN Optimization
A: All listed will be utilized.