A request was recently provided to OS AI from an 8(a) woman-led consultancy and OASIS SB Prime contract holder that specializes in program integrity and compliance, trying to identify additional information, partners and similar potential bidders that might be willing to respond an RFI for this 5-year Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contract that may go to up to 4 contractors.  

We at OrangeSlices AI do believe in the need for more and better-informed competition, so provided below are 1) opportunity details provided by the requestor; 2) some key points of contact; and 3) related pursuit/capture data.  

The Ask: We “are looking to identify potential large or small partners, large preferred, that have direct experience supporting DOT, NHTSA and/or OCR on similar efforts” … “and we would like to find other 8(a) Primes to respond to the RFI [out on eBuy now] so that we can keep it small and on a preferred [contract vehicle].”  This work is in support of the NHTSA Office of Civil Rights (NCR) ) who is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure that the recipients of Federal financial assistance from NHTSA comply with civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals in the delivery of services and employment practices. NCR will use four (4) contractors to accomplish its External Program mission. The contractors will help ensure that SHSOs, DMVs, and other recipients of Federal financial assistance comply with Federal civil rights requirements. The contractors will do this by conducting factual and legal research and analysis and assisting NCR staff with other programmatic tasks as needed to apply and enforce Federal civil rights statutes, regulations, and executive orders.” 

  • Funding Agency: DOT / NHTSA 
  • Contract Vehicle: TBD 
  • OS AI: DOT is understood to be evaluating a number of contract options/ categories and socioeconomic options across OASIS and MAS, both unrestricted and set-aside. The RFI responses will inform the approach the agency takes.  
  • Expected Competition Date: Fiscal Year 2023 – date tbd  

** Please note that OS AI will not speculate here as to the accuracy of any scope details provided and/or any current plans related to the timing, details, and likelihood of any competition.  

Related Data:  

Sample of Key Potential Points of Contact (current or past): 

  • Regina Morgan – Director, Civil Rights, NHTSA 
  • Heather Moss, Division Chief, Title VI Compliance, Office of Civil Rights, NHTSA 
  • Joyce Padela, Chief Data Officer, NHTSA 
  • Julie Vallese, Associate Administrator for Communications and Consumer Information (SES) at NHTSA 
  • Kerry Kolodziej, Assistant Chief Counsel for Litigation and Enforcement, NHTSA 

Firms drawing the most attention: 

Included below is a list of the large and small companies we have noted as drawing the most views by Government and industry leaders on the OrangeSlices AI consultant directory over the past quarter and that bring direct past performance and/or related relationships in support of NHTSA 

** An Elev8 GovCon Honoree, noted for a corporate culture that demonstrates its own excellence, making the company a beacon for talent, for partners, and for clients.   

We cannot and will not speculate here as to the reasons for the increased interest, but whether it is a company evaluating them as a potential partner; a federal acquisition leader doing their due diligence; or a consultant weighing their next job move, this group of companies has been receiving increased interest. 

If you are a small or large business with capabilities and socio-economic status that might support this effort, comment below and we will add you to the list. 

Please note that the research requestor for this item received a Premium OS AI Opp Segment report including 1) known details about how/if/when/where this contract will be competed; 2) a list of the top companies that are in position to win today (as well as those who have been making key investments and moves of late to position for a win); and 3) a detailed list of the top potential opportunity influencers any potential bidder will want to get to know.  

About OrangeSlices AI  

Developed by a team of government and industry contracting subject matter experts, the OrangeSlices AI data driven platform is a publicly available searchable listing of the top information technology and consulting services contractors doing business with the Federal government today. Driven by a robust and comprehensive set of authoritative and trusted data sources, the OS.ai tool is intended to help government and industry leaders find the right partner to help deliver on the important missions of the Federal government. Learn more about how you can engage with OS AI here.   



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