Reference Text File for Signature Research, Inc.
GS-23F-0100N

General Service Administration
Federal Supply Service
AUTHORIZED FEDERAL SUPPLY
SCHEDULE PRICE LIST

For

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES
FSC Group: 87 Class: 871
Contract Number: GS-23F-0100N
Contract Period: January 2, 2003 – January 1, 2013
(Base Period with one (1) Five-Year Option Period)

Table of Contents

Section 1. Customer Information
Section 2. Contract Overview
Section 3. Special Item Numbers
Section 4. Primary Engineering Disciplines
Section 5. Labor Categories
Section 6. Labor Rates
Section 7. Ordering Instructions

Section 1. Customer Information

1.1 Awarded Special Item Numbers (SINs):

871-1 Strategic Planning for Technology Programs
871-2 Concept Development and Requirements Analysis
871-3 System Design and Integration
871-4 Test and Evaluation

1.2 Maximum Order: Before placing an order that exceeds the $750,000, ordering offices shall:

(1) Based upon the initial evaluation, generally seek price reductions from the schedule contractor(s)
appearing to provide the best value (considering price and other factors);

(2) After price reductions have been sought, place the order with the schedule contractor that provides
the best value and results in the lowest overall cost alternative. If further price reductions are not
offered, an order may still be placed, if the ordering office determines that it is appropriate.

1.3 Minimum Order:

When the Government requires supplies or services covered by this contract in an amount less than $100,
the Government is not obligated to purchase, nor is the Contractor obligated to furnish those supplies or
services under the contract. However, offerors may, if willing to accept smaller orders, specify a smaller
amount in their offers. If a smaller amount is offered, it is mutually agreed that the Contractor will accept
such orders and specify the smaller minimum order limitation in the applicable catalog/pricelist. If the
offeror fails to specify a smaller amount, the Government may place orders for a smaller amount. Such
orders shall be deemed to be accepted by the Contractor, unless returned to the ordering office within 5
workdays after receipt by the Contractor.

1.4 Geographic Coverage: Worldwide

1.5 Points of Production: To be determined by individual task orders.

1.6 Discount from list prices or statement of net price: Prices shown herein are net (discount deducted)

1.7 Other Discounts: None

1.8 Prompt Payment Terms: 0.5% discount if paid within 15 days

1.9 Government Purchase Cards

Government wide commercial purchase card will be accepted for payments equal to or less than the
micro-purchase threshold for oral (in person or by telephone) or written orders under this contract.

Transaction for payment through the credit card clearinghouse will not be processed until the purchased
supplies have been shipped or services performed. Unless the cardholder requests correction or
replacement of a defective or faulty item under other contract requirements, items returned as defective
or faulty will immediately be credited to a cardholder's account
.

1.10 Ordering and Payment Address

Signature Research, Inc.
P.O. Box 346
Calumet, MI 49913

1.11 Export Packing Charges, If Applicable: Not applicable

1.12 Year 2000 Compliant

As used in this clause, "Year 2000 compliant" means, with respect to information technology, that the
information technology accurately processes date/time data (including, but not limited to, calculating,
comparing and sequencing) from, into, and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and the years
1999 and 2000, and leap year calculations, to the extent that other information technology used in
combination with the information technology being acquired, properly exchanges date/time data with it.

Signature Research shall warrant that each hardware, software, and firmware product delivered under this
contract shall be able to accurately process date time data (including, but not limited to, calculating,
comparing, and sequencing) from, into, and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including
leap year calculations, when used in accordance with the product documentation provided by the
Contractor, provided that all products (e.g. hardware, software, firmware) used in combination with
products properly exchange date time data with it. If the contract requires that specific listed products
must perform as a system in accordance with the foregoing warranty, then that warranty shall apply to
those products as a system. The duration of this warranty and the remedies available under this warranty
shall include repair or replacement of any product whose non-compliance is discovered and made known
to the Contractor in writing within ninety (90) days after acceptance (installation is considered acceptance).
The Contractor may offer an extended warranty to the Government to include repair or replacement of any
product whose non-compliance is discovered and made known to the Contractor in writing at any time prior
to June 1, 2000, or for a period of 6 months following acceptance (installation is considered acceptance)
whichever is later. Nothing in this warranty shall be construed to limit any rights or remedies the Govern-
ment may otherwise have under this contract with respect to defects other than Year 2000 performance.

1.13 Environmental Attributes, e.g. Recycle Content, Energy Efficiency, and/or Reduced Pollutants:

Not Applicable

1.14 Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number

803724301

1.15 Notification Regarding Registration in Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Database

Signature Research is registered in the Department of Defense (DoD) Central Contractor Registration Database

Section 2. Contract Overview

2.1 Background

Signature Research, Inc. has been awarded a GSA Federal Supply Schedule contract for Professional Engineering
Services (PES). The contract number is GS-23F-0100N. The contract period is from January 2003 through December
2007 and has a five year option period from January 2008 through December 2012. The purpose of this schedule is to

provide a vehicle for all Government agencies to obtain the services of a qualified and experienced contractor under a

Multiple Awards Federal Supply Schedule that will provide PES in an efficient, streamlined, and cost effective manner

in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations. Agencies will issue task orders in accordance with the procedures

found in Section 6 of this price list to obtain the services required. A task order may contain any service or combination

of services described herein.

2.2 Scope of Work

Signature Research was awarded four Special Item Numbers (SINs) for GSA PES. These SINs are described in
Section 3. Within these SINs, Signature Research was awarded in the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical
Engineering Disciplines. These Professional Engineering Disciplines are described in Section 4. Table 1 below
summarizes the awarded SINs and PEDs for Signature Research's GSA PES Schedule.

Table 1: Awarded SINs and PEDs for Signature Research, Inc.

SIN

PED

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

871-1

X

X

871-2

X

X

871-3

X

X

871-4

X

X

 

2.3 Contract Use

This contract may be used by Executive agencies; other Federal agencies, mixed-ownership Government
corporations, and the District of Columbia; Government contractors authorized in writing by a Federal agency
pursuant to 48 CFR 51.1; and other activities and organizations authorized by statute or regulation to use GSA
as a source of supply. Signature Research, Inc. will provide all resources including personnel, management,
supplies, services, materials, equipment, facilities and transportation necessary to provide a wide range of
professional engineering services as specified in each task order. Services specified in a task order may be
performed at Signature Research's facilities or the ordering agencies’ facilities. The Government will determine
Signature Research's compensation by any of several different methods (to be specified at the task order level)
e.g., a firm-fixed price for services with or without incentives, labor hours or time-and-materials.

Section 3. Special Item Numbers (SINs)

The SINs awarded to Signature Research represent the first 4 phases in the cycle of an engineering requirement.
A description of each awarded SIN follows.

3.1 SIN 871-1 Strategic Planning for Technology Programs/Activities

Services required under this SIN involve the definition and interpretation of high-level organizational engineering
performance requirements such as projects, systems, missions, etc., and the objectives and approaches to their
achievement. Typical associated tasks include, but are not limited to an analysis of mission, program goals and
objectives, requirements analysis, organizational performance assessment, special studies and analysis, training,
privatization and outsourcing.

Example: The evaluation and preliminary definition of new and/or improved performance goals for navigation
satellites – such as launch procedures and costs, multi-user capability, useful service life, accuracy and resistance
to natural and man made electronic interference.

Inappropriate use of this SIN is providing professional engineering services not specifically related to strategic
planning for technology programs/activities and its associated disciplines.

3.2 SIN 871-2 Concept Development and Requirements Analyses

Services required under this SIN involve abstract or concept studies and analysis, requirements definition,
preliminary planning, the evaluation of alternative technical approaches and associated costs for the development
or enhancement of high level general performance specifications of a system, project, mission or activity. Typical
associated tasks include, but are not limited to requirements analysis, cost/cost-performance trade-off analysis,
feasibility analysis, regulatory compliance support, technology conceptual designs, training, privatization and
outsourcing.

Example: The development and analysis of the total mission profile and life cycle of the improved satellite including
examination of performance and cost tradeoffs.

Inappropriate use of this SIN is providing professional engineering services not specifically related to concept
development and requirements analysis and its associated disciplines.

3.3 SIN 871-3 System Design, Engineering and Integration

Services required under this SIN involve the translation of a system (or subsystem, program, project, activity)
concept into a preliminary and detailed design (engineering plans and specifications), performing risk
identification/analysis/mitigation, traceability, and then integrating the various components to produce a working
prototype or model of the system. Typical associated tasks include, but are not limited to computer-aided design,
design studies and analysis, high level detailed specification preparation, configuration management and document
control, fabrication, assembly and simulation, modeling, training, privatization and outsourcing.

Example: The navigation satellite concept produced in the preceding stage will be converted to a detailed engineer-
ing design package, performance will be computer simulated and a working model will be built for testing and design
verification.

Inappropriate use of this SIN is providing professional engineering services not specifically related to system design,
engineering and integration and its associated disciplines.

3.4 SIN 871-4 Test and Evaluation

Services required under this SIN involve the application of various techniques demonstrating that a prototype system
(subsystem, program, project or activity) performs in accordance with the objectives outlined in the original design.
Typical associated tasks include, but are not limited testing of a prototype and first article(s) testing, environmental
testing, independent verification and validation, reverse engineering, simulation and modeling (to test the feasibility of
a concept), system safety, quality assurance, physical testing of the product or system, training, privatization and
outsourcing.

Example: The navigation satellite working model will be subjected to a series of tests which may simulate and
ultimately duplicate its operational environment.

Inappropriate use of this SIN is providing professional engineering services not specifically related to testing and
evaluating and its associated disciplines.

Section 4. Primary Engineering Disciplines

There are four primary disciplines in the engineering field and hundreds of sub-disciplines or specialties associated
with engineering disciplines. Below is a list of primary engineering disciplines included in Signature Research's GSA
Schedule with a partial list of sub-disciplines or specialties contemplated under PES. For specialties asterisked
below, see paragraph entitled "Services Not Included", for limitations on the extent to which the specialty is included.

4.1 Electrical Engineering

Planning, design, development, evaluation and operation of electrical principles, models and processes.

It includes, but is not limited to, the design, fabrication, measurement and operation of electrical devices, equipment
and systems (e.g., signal processing; telecommunication; sensors, microwave, and image processing; micro-fabrication;
energy systems and control; micro- and nano-electronics; plasma processing; laser and photonics; satellites, missiles
and guidance systems, space vehicles, fiber optics, robotics, etc.).

Within the electrical engineering discipline, there are several specialties within the scope of this work; a partial listing
of Signature Research's sub-disciplines follows:

Aerospace and Electronic Systems

Antennas and Propagation

Circuits and Systems

Communications

Computer*

Control Systems

Engineering Management

Geoscience & Remote Sensing

Information Theory

Instrumentation and Measurement

Lasers & Electro-Optics

Magnetics

Microwave Theory and Techniques

Power Engineering

Professional Communication

Reliability

Robotics & Automation

Systems, Man, and Cybernetics

Vehicular Technology

 

 

4.2 Mechanical Engineering

Planning, development, evaluation and control of systems and components involving the production and transfer of
energy and with the conversion of one form of energy to another.

It includes, but is not limited to, planning and evaluation of power plants, analysis of the economical combustion of
fuels, conversion of heat energy into mechanical energy, use of mechanical energy to perform useful work, analysis
of structures and motion in mechanical systems, and conversion of raw materials into a final product, etc. (e.g.,
thermodynamics, mechanics, fluid mechanics, jets, rocket engines, internal combustion engines, steam and gas
turbines, continuum mechanics, dynamic systems, dynamics fluid mechanics, heat transfer, manufacturing, materials,
solid mechanics, reactors, etc.).

Within the mechanical engineering discipline, there are several specialties within the scope of this work; a partial listing
of Signature Research's sub-disciplines follows:

Aerospace Engineering

Applied Mechanics

Design Engineering*

Dynamic Systems and Control

Fluids Engineering

Heat Transfer

Information Storage and Processing Systems

Internal Combustion Engine

Management

Manufacturing Engineering *

Materials

Noise Control and Acoustics

Non-Destructive Evaluation Engineering

Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis

 

 

4.3 Services Not Included

4.3.1 Construction and Architect Engineering Services

As set forth in FAR Part 36 (including construction, alteration or repair (including dredging, excavating and painting)
of buildings, structures, or other real property). Offerors interested in providing these services may contact GSA’s
Public Buildings Service (PBS) for additional information.

4.3.2 Computer Engineering and Information Technology.

4.3.3 Environmental Advisory Services

The following are services not included:

  • Environmental Planning Services & Documentation (i.e., environmental impact statements; endangered
    species, wetlands, watersheds and other natural resource management plans, studies and consultations;
    archeological, historic and other cultural resources management plans, studies, and consultations; economic,
    technical, and risk analyses in support of environmental needs)
  • Environmental compliance services (i.e., environmental compliance audits; compliance management planning;
    pollution prevention surveys;
  • Environmental/occupational training services specific to environmental planning and environmental compliance
    as discussed above (i.e., conventional course development and presentation; customized courses to meet
    specific needs; computer-based interactive course development)
  • Waste management services (i.e., data collection, data development, analyses of comments, regulatory and
    economic analyses, feasibility analyses, hazard assessments, exposure assessments, and risk analyses.
    Examples include, but are not limited to development of waste characterization studies and recommendations
    for management strategy including identification of recycling options. Assessments might include studies relating
    to collection and transfer of waste, source reduction, and evaluation of energy/fuel options. Services could include
    data collection, data development, analyses of comments, regulatory and economic analyses, feasibility analyses,
    hazard assessments, exposure assessments and risk analyses.
  • Hazardous materials management advisory services (i.e., furnishing of Material Safety Data Sheets (MDSD) by
    compact disc, on-line via Internet, mail or facsimile (FAX); reporting and compliance software, hazardous materials
    tracking software and other related software/services.
  • Telephone advisory services (i.e., telephone assistance with hazardous material spills, poisons, MSDS, and other
    related services).

4.3.4 Foundations and Landscaping Engineering

4.3.5 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Related to buildings, structures, or other real property set forth for Construction and Architect-Engineering services governed
by FAR Part 36. HVAC related to the manufacture, production, furnishing, construction, alteration, repair, processing or
assembling of vessels, aircraft, or other kinds of personal property IS included and solicited within the scope of PES.

4.3.6 Research and Development

As set forth in FAR Part 35.

4.3.7 Surveying

As it relates to real property is not solicited under this schedule.

4.3.8 Products/materials already solicited under other Federal Supply Service (FSS) Schedule

e.g., information technology, paper, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, laboratory instruments, etc.

Section 5. Labor Categories

Table 2 provides the degree and experience requirements for each Signature Research PES labor category. These
categories are applicable to all four SINs.

Management
Technical Staff
Technicians
Administrative Staff

Table 2: Signature Research PES Labor Categories and Requirements

MANAGEMENT

 

JOB TITLE

PREFERRED

EDUCATION / TRAINING

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

 Senior Program Manager

Bachelor's degree with 15 years experience

Masters degree with 13 years experience

Doctorate with 10 years experience

Provides management over all aspects of a business area. Directs and manages internal / external communications and all functional program activities to meet contract cost, schedule, and performance objectives.

Plans and manages technical, cost, schedule, and programmatic performance of multidiscipline, multitask projects. Functions as primary point of contact for the customer and liaison between technical, facilities, finance, contractual, and corporate management organizations. Ensures that projects are appropriately staffed with properly trained personnel, coordinates non-personnel resource requirements, and ensures contractual compliance and best value performance.

 Program Manager

Bachelor's degree with 10 years experience

Masters degree with 8 years experience

Doctorate with 5 years experience

Assists Senior Management in preparing marketing strategies and overall business planning. Prepares program development proposals in response to customer requests and internal recommendations. Develops, plans organizes, coordinates and allocates staffing resources to contracted task plans. Selects, directs, supervises, trains, monitors and evaluates program personnel and work performance of project managers and task leaders; provides technical oversight as needed; organizes, conducts and attends progress meetings, briefings, performance reviews with customer representatives and project team members; monitors changes in strategies, policies and procedures.

 Project / Task Manager

Bachelor's degree with 5 years experience

Masters degree with 4 years experience

Provides planning, direction, and coordination functions of a designated project to ensure contract performance requirements and objectives are accomplished. Directs activities of personnel integration, operation and / or enhancement of state-of-the-art and / or legacy systems. Employs methodologies for guiding others in problem resolution. Develops insightful solutions to meet fiscal, technological and schedule constraints.

 

TECHNICAL STAFF

 

JOB TITLE

PREFERRED

EDUCATION / TRAINING

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Principal Engineer / Scientist / Analyst

Bachelor's degree with 15 years experience

Masters degree with 13 years experience

Doctorate with 10 years experience

Considerable knowledge and experience in physical, mathematical, or scientific analysis, including experience in computer modeling using advanced level of software programming.

Acts as a senior consultant in client requirements. Develops, modifies, and applies computer modeling and programming applications to analyze and solve mathematical, physical and scientific problems affecting system and program performance. Develops and applies complex computations using computer software; prepares, tests and edits program documentation and operating instructions for system users. Confers with users to identify issues and formulate and implement necessary changes. Estimates manpower needs and scheduling requirements for assignments; may interact with customer representatives concerning project scheduling as well as operational or technical problems.

 Senior Engineer / Scientist / Analyst III

Bachelor's degree with 12 years experience

Masters degree with 10 years experience

Doctorate with 8 years experience

Considerable knowledge and experience in physical, mathematical, or scientific analysis, including experience in computer modeling using advanced level of software programming.

Applies engineering skills in the analysis, specification, development, integration, production, testing, and acquisition of systems, subsystems, or components. Evaluates and recommends applications, products and methodologies that can provide technology solutions. Analyzes system requirements and directs efforts to develop alternatives to satisfy those requirements. Provides technical leadership for developing solutions as part of engineering studies. Develops new engineering techniques and processes to enhance quality and productivity. Provides project oversight and approves project and testing specifications.

 Senior Engineer / Scientist Analyst II

Bachelor's degree with 10 years experience

Masters degree with 8 years experience

Doctorate with 5 years experience

Considerable experience in physical, mathematical, or scientific analysis, including experience in computer modeling using advanced level of software programming.

Capable of managing and leading efforts of engineering team and focusing team efforts to meet system performance requirements. Demonstrates ability to communicate orally and in writing. Applies engineering skills in the analysis, specification, development, integration, production, testing and acquisition of systems, subsystems or components. Evaluates and recommends applications, products and methodologies that can provide technological solutions. Experience in the use of automated design tools to create and model system designs and processes, development of models, performance of simulations and development of system designs and performance of hardware / software assessments.

Senior Engineer / Scientist Analyst I

Bachelor's degree with 8 years experience

Masters degree with 6 years experience

Doctorate with 3 years experience

Considerable experience in physical, mathematical, or scientific analysis, including experience in computer modeling using advanced level of software programming.

Capable of managing and leading efforts of engineering team and focusing team efforts to meet system performance requirements. Demonstrates ability to communicate orally and in writing. Applies engineering skills in the analysis, specification, development, integration, production, testing and acquisition of systems, subsystems or components. Evaluates and recommends applications, products and methodologies that can provide technological solutions. Experience in the use of automated design tools to create and model system designs and processes, development of models, performance of simulations and development of system designs and performance of hardware / software assessments.

 Engineer / Scientist / Analyst III

Bachelor's degree with 6 years experience

Masters degree with 4 years experience

Doctorate with 1 year experience

Experience in physical, mathematical, or scientific analysis, including experience in computer modeling using advanced level of software programming.

Supervisory experience in managing and providing direction to engineers, programmers and analysts. Demonstrates ability to communicate orally and in writing. Applies engineering skills in the analysis, specification, development, integration, production, testing and acquisition of systems, subsystems or components. Evaluates and recommends applications, products and methodologies that can provide technological solutions. Experience in the use of automated design tools to create and model system designs and processes, development of models, performance of simulations and development of system designs and performance of hardware / software assessments.

 Engineer / Scientist / Analyst II

Bachelor's degree with 4 years experience

Masters degree with 2 years experience

Experience in physical, mathematical, or scientific analysis, including experience in computer modeling using advanced level of software programming.

Applies engineering skills in the analysis, specification, development, integration, production, testing and acquisition of systems, subsystems or components. Evaluates and recommends applications, products and methodologies that can provide technological solutions. Prepares electrical schematics, mechanical layouts, and wiring diagrams; develops design solutions, and prepares relevant procurement and design documentation. Conducts tests to assess, solve and validate system performance. Develops block diagrams and logic flow charts. Translates detailed design into prototype or production hardware / software. Assists in the management of projects including preparation / delivery of presentations. May be responsible for preparing technical reports of work efforts.

 Engineer / Scientist / Analyst

Bachelor's degree with 2 years experience

Masters degree with 1 year experience

General experience in physical, mathematical, or scientific analysis, including experience in computer modeling using advanced level of software programming.

Applies engineering skills in the analysis, specification, development, integration, production, testing and acquisition of systems, subsystems or components. Evaluates and recommends applications, products and methodologies that can provide technological solutions. Prepares electrical schematics, mechanical layouts, and wiring diagrams; develops design solutions, and prepares relevant procurement and design documentation. Conducts tests to assess, solve and validate system performance. Develops block diagrams and logic flow charts. Translates detailed design into prototype or production hardware / software. Assists in the management of projects including preparation / delivery of presentations. May be responsible for preparing technical reports of work efforts.

Associate Engineer / Scientist / Analyst

Bachelor's degree

Performs routine engineering or scientific assignments under immediate supervision and follows specific instructions as to working plans and methods. Responsible for the accuracy of tests, observations, measurements and computations in the design, construction and testing required under a project.

Works under supervision developing the requirements of a system or product from concept to fielding. Prepares electrical schematics, mechanical layouts and wiring diagrams. Develops design solutions and prepares procurement and design documentation. Implements performance and technical standards and when directed, conducts appropriate test to assess, solve and validate system performance. Translates design into prototype or production hardware / software. Develops computer software possessing a wide range of capabilities. Provides alternatives, recommendations and assistance to managers and senior engineer involved in the research, development, integration and testing. Prepares input to technical reports of work efforts. Performs various engineering or scientific assignments in the fields of research and development, test and evaluation, advanced development production and deployment. Responsible for accuracy of observations, tests, measurements and computations in the design, construction and testing required under a project.

 Principal Software Engineer

Bachelor's degree with 15 years experience Masters degree with 13 years experience

Doctorate with 10 years experience

Advises management, members of the professional staff and the customer in the analysis and design of programming systems, problem-oriented languages, management systems, scientific systems, and other related areas of computational projects. Conceives, analyzes, and designs complex data-handling systems, complex programming systems, and scientific analysis systems. Recommends general methods of investigation to be followed in research and development. Programs and develops solutions to specific technical problems calling upon specific training and experience. Develops and analyzes appropriate mathematical models when required by subject systems, including original research into modeling techniques where necessary. Performs technical tasks of unusual difficulty or complexity frequently involving customer relationships. Prepares technical and managerial reports, including feasibility and desirability of extensions or modifications to existing software and procedures.

 Senior Software Engineer

Bachelor's degree with 10 years experience

Masters degree with 8 years experience

Doctorate with 5 years experience

Works independently on software projects of major complexity and scope. Adapts techniques to specific software development programs. Determines the nature and scope of testing to meet the requirements of the assigned project. Provides technical guidance and assistance to other engineers. Develops specifications based on a known set of software component requirements. Creates specialized multitask models for various computer applications, creates realistic and accurate textures for thermal and visual simulation, models, video demos and scenes on many platforms. Prepares the software component design necessary to meet system specifications based upon his / her knowledge. Implements the software components accounting for the availability of multiple languages, resources, limitations, and maintainability. Makes decisions, initiates actions and implements solutions regarding difficult software problems.

 Software Engineer II

Bachelor's degree with 6 years experience

Masters degree with 4 years experience

Doctorate with 1 year experience

Performs the tasks necessary to carry software component(s) through the software development life cycle with minimum supervision. Develops specifications based on a known set of software component requirements. Creates specialized multitask models for various computer applications, creates realistic and accurate textures for thermal and visual simulation, models, video demos and scenes on many platforms. Prepares the software component design necessary to meet system specifications based upon knowledge in the areas of hardware capabilities / limitations and operating system environment. Participates in the implementation of the components accounting for the availability of multiple languages, resource limitations and maintainability.

 Software Engineer I

Bachelor's degree with 3 years experience

Masters degree with 1 year experience

Performs the tasks necessary to carry software component(s) through the software development life cycle with minimum supervision. Develops specifications based on a known set of software component requirements. Creates specialized multitask models for various computer applications, creates realistic and accurate textures for thermal and visual simulation, models, video demos and scenes on many platforms. Prepares the software component design necessary to meet system specifications based upon knowledge in the areas of hardware capabilities / limitations and operating system environment. Participates in the implementation of the components accounting for the availability of multiple languages, resource limitations and maintainability.

 Associate Software Engineer

Bachelor's degree

Under indirect supervision, performs the tasks necessary to carry software component(s) through the software development life cycle. Develops specifications based on a known set of software component requirements. Creates specialized multitask models for various computer applications, creates realistic and accurate textures for thermal and visual simulation, models, video demos and scenes on many platforms. Prepares the software component design necessary to meet system specifications based upon knowledge in the areas of hardware capabilities / limitations and operating system environment. Participates in the implementation of the components accounting for the availability of multiple languages, resource limitations and maintainability.

 Subject Matter Expert II

Bachelor's degree with 20 years experience

Masters degree with 18 years experience

Doctorate with 15 years experience

Performs analytical work in the support of organizations or systems. This may include data management, business management/program control, cost variance analysis, business process reengineering, survivability and vulnerability analysis, networking, telecommunications, analysis, modeling, simulation, and high level /specialized computer network support. Typical functional duties include analysis, planning, and establishment of requirements, functional modeling, development of procedures.

 Subject Matter Expert I

Bachelor's degree with 15 years experience

Masters degree with 13 years experience

Doctorate with 10 years experience

Performs analytical work in the support of organizations or systems. This may include data management, business management/program control, cost variance analysis, business process reengineering, survivability and vulnerability analysis, networking, telecommunications, analysis, modeling, simulation, and high level /specialized computer network support. Typical functional duties include analysis, planning, and establishment of requirements, functional modeling, development of procedures.

 

TECHNICIANS

 

JOB TITLE

PREFERRED

EDUCATION / TRAINING

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Technician III

Associates degree with 12 years experience

Bachelors degree with 8 years experience

Provide technical assistance and informal training in implementing network programs based on user requirements. Diagnose, repair, assemble and upgrade hardware and software. Installs, design, upgrade and maintain network hardware and software components. Administer and manage complex local area networks including installation of server software and hardware, system monitoring, license compliance, virus detection, disaster prevention and backups, capacity management, usage reporting and the e-mails system.

 Technician II

Associates degree with 6 years experience

Bachelors degree with 2 years experience

Provide technical assistance and informal training in implementing network programs based on user requirements. Diagnose, repair, assemble and upgrade hardware and software. Installs, design, upgrade and maintain network hardware and software components. Administer and manage complex local area networks including installation of server software and hardware, system monitoring, license compliance, virus detection, disaster prevention and backups, capacity management, usage reporting and the e-mails system.

 Technician I

Associates degree

Under supervision, maintains and installs communication cables, power distribution cables and wiring, and performs splicing as required. Informs group leader or supervisor and line mechanics of potentially dangerous electrical equipment and corrective actions taken. Maintains company-required performance and maintenance records for electronic and electrical equipment. Plans details of working procedure to determine material or replacement needs and determines a logical approach to repair problems. Services electronic equipment by checking, testing, and replacing faulty components, circuit modules, printed circuit boards, vacuum tubes, and similar electronic and electrical maintenance.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

 

JOB TITLE

PREFERRED

EDUCATION / TRAINING

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Graphic Designer II

Associates degree with 5 years experience

Designs and operates computer graphics software programs to prepare and modify the basic format and type settings for briefings, graphs, charts, drawings, documents, block diagrams and schematics. Proofs work for visual appearance, completeness and accuracy; performs art paste-up work' duplicates finished masters and files finished documents. May draft rough sketches and perform free-hand illustration work.

 Graphic Designer I

Associates degree

Designs and operates computer graphics software programs to prepare and modify the basic format and type settings for briefings, graphs, charts, drawings, documents, block diagrams and schematics. Proofs work for visual appearance, completeness and accuracy.

 Technical Writer / Editor

Associates degree

Assembles, prepares, proofreads, and edits publications including reports, proposals, letters, and articles; analyzes materials for proper format, sentence structure, grammar, logic, continuity, and writing style. Works with professional, management and sponsoring personnel to determine communications needs, requirements and suggested changes; monitors status of documents from rough draft to final copy. Maintains and updates resource library. May develop and integrate graphics with deliverable documents along with supervising graphics and publications support staff.

 Senior Administrative Support

Bachelor's degree with 2 years experience or Associates degree with 4 years experience

High School Diploma or GED with 6 years experience

Functions independently supporting an interdisciplinary technical team, knowledge of office computer programs, filing, office correspondence, resource allocation accounting, correspondence and general program support.

 Administrative / Data Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Entry level position supporting an interdisciplinary technical team, knowledge of office computer programs, filing, office correspondence and general program support. Perform data entry into computer programs. 

 Co-op / Intern

High School Diploma or GED

Under supervision, functions in project support performing various administrative and clerical duties necessary to support staff and business operations.

Section 6. Labor Rates

The rates corresponding to Signature Research's GSA PES labor categories for all five Option years are summarized in
Table 3. These rates are applicable to all four SINs and include a 0.75% Industrial Funding Fee. The "Off-Site" rates are
for work performed in Signature Research facilities. Work performed entirely using customer facilities will be billed at the
"On-Site" rates shown.

Table 3: Signature Research Labor Rates

Labor Category

Government Hourly Rate

Government Hourly Rate

Off-Site

On-Site

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Program Manager

139.55

145.13

150.93

156.97

163.25

111.63

116.10

120.74

125.57

130.60

Program Manager

124.04

129.00

134.16

139.53

145.11

99.24

103.21

107.33

111.63

116.09

Project/Task Manager

108.53

112.88

117.39

122.09

126.97

86.83

90.30

93.91

97.67

101.58

Technical Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal Engineer/Scientist/Analyst

139.55

145.13

150.93

156.97

163.25

111.63

116.10

120.74

125.57

130.60

Senior Engineer/Scientist/Analyst III

124.04

129.00

134.16

139.53

145.11

99.24

103.21

107.33

111.63

116.09

Senior Engineer/Scientist/Analyst II

108.53

112.88

117.39

122.09

126.97

86.83

90.30

93.91

97.67

101.58

Senior Engineer/Scientist/Analyst I

77.52

80.62

83.85

87.20

90.69

62.02

64.50

67.08

69.76

72.55

Engineer/Scientist/Analyst III

89.93

93.53

97.27

101.16

105.20

71.94

74.81

77.81

80.92

84.16

Engineer/Scientist/Analyst II

83.73

87.08

90.56

94.19

97.95

66.98

69.66

72.44

75.34

78.35

Engineer/Scientist/Analyst I

77.52

80.62

83.85

87.20

90.69

62.02

64.50

67.08

69.76

72.55

Associate Engineer/Scientist/Analyst

74.42

77.40

80.50

83.72

87.06

59.54

61.92

64.40

66.97

69.65

Principal Software Engineer

133.35

138.68

144.23

150.00

156.00

106.67

110.94

115.38

119.99

124.79

Senior Software Engineer

117.84

122.56

127.46

132.56

137.86

94.27

98.04

101.96

106.04

110.28

Software Engineer II

102.34

106.43

110.69

115.11

119.72

81.87

85.14

88.55

92.09

95.77

Software Engineer I

80.62

83.85

87.20

90.69

94.31

64.50

67.08

69.76

72.55

75.46

Associate Software Engineer

68.22

70.95

73.79

76.74

79.81

54.58

56.76

59.03

61.39

63.85

Subject Matter Expert II

167.46

174.16

181.13

188.37

195.91

133.96

139.32

144.89

150.69

156.72

Subject Matter Expert I

136.45

141.91

147.58

153.49

159.62

109.16

113.52

118.07

122.79

127.70

Technicians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technician III

93.03

96.75

100.62

104.64

108.83

74.42

77.40

80.50

83.72

87.06

Technician II

65.11

67.72

70.43

73.24

76.17

52.09

54.18

56.34

58.60

60.94

Technician I

46.51

48.37

50.30

52.32

54.41

37.21

38.70

40.25

41.86

43.53

Administrative Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic Designer II

71.32

74.18

77.14

80.23

83.44

57.05

59.34

61.71

64.18

66.75

Graphic Designer I

37.21

38.70

40.25

41.86

43.53

29.76

30.96

32.19

33.48

34.82

Tech Writer/Editor

46.51

48.37

50.30

52.32

54.41

37.21

38.70

40.25

41.86

43.53

Senior Administrative Staff

55.82

58.05

60.37

62.79

65.30

44.65

46.43

48.29

50.22

52.23

Admin/Data Entry

40.31

41.92

43.60

45.34

47.16

32.25

33.54

34.88

36.28

37.73

Co-Op/Intern

25.29

26.30

27.35

28.45

29.59

20.23

21.04

21.88

22.76

23.67

Section 7. Ordering Instructions

GSA has determined that the prices for services contained in Signature Research’s price list applicable to this Schedule
are fair and reasonable. However, the ordering office using this contract is responsible for considering the level of effort
and mix of labor proposed to perform a specific task being ordered and for making a determination that the total firm-fixed
price or ceiling price is fair and reasonable.

(a)        When ordering services, ordering offices shall—

(1) Prepare a Request (Request for Quote or other communication tool):

(i) A statement of work (a performance-based statement of work is preferred) that outlines, at
a minimum, the work to be performed, location of work, period of performance, deliverable
schedule, applicable standards, acceptance criteria, and any special requirements (i.e.,
security clearances, travel, special knowledge, etc.) should be prepared.

(ii) The request should include the statement of work and request the contractors to submit
either a firm-fixed price or a ceiling price to provide the services outlined in the statement of
work. A firm-fixed price order shall be requested, unless the ordering office makes a deter-
mination that it is not possible at the time of placing the order to estimate accurately the extent
or duration of the work or to anticipate cost with any reasonable degree of confidence. When
such a determination is made, a labor hour or time-and-materials proposal may be requested.
The firm-fixed price shall be based on the prices in the schedule contract and shall consider
the mix of labor categories and level of effort required to perform the services described in the
statement of work. The firm-fixed price of the order should also include any travel costs or
other direct charges related to performance of the services ordered, unless the order provides
for reimbursement of travel costs at the rates provided in the Federal Travel or Joint Travel
Regulations. A ceiling price must be established for labor-hour and time-and-materials orders.

(iii) The request may ask the contractors, if necessary or appropriate, to submit a project
plan for performing the task, and information on the contractor’s experience and/or past
performance performing similar tasks.

(iv) The request shall notify the contractors what basis will be used for selecting the con-
tractor to receive the order. The notice shall include the basis for determining whether the
contractors are technically qualified and provide an explanation regarding the intended use
of any experience and/or past performance information in determining technical qualification
of responses.

(2) Transmit the Request to Contractors:

(i) Based upon an initial evaluation of catalogs and price lists, the ordering office should
identify the contractors that appear to offer the best value (considering the scope of services
offered, pricing and other factors such as contractors’ locations, as appropriate).

(ii) The request should be provided to three (3) contractors if the proposed order is estimated
to exceed the micro-purchase threshold, but not exceed the maximum order threshold. For
proposed orders exceeding the maximum order threshold, the request should be provided to
additional contractors that offer services that will meet the agency’s needs. Ordering offices
should strive to minimize the contractors’ costs associated with responding to requests for
quotes for specific orders. Requests should be tailored to the minimum level necessary for
adequate evaluation and selection for order placement. Oral presentations should be con-
sidered, when possible.

(3) Evaluate Responses and Select the Contractor to Receive the Order:

After responses have been evaluated against the factors identified in the request, the order
should be placed with the schedule contractor that represents the best value. (See FAR 8.404)

(b) The establishment of Federal Supply Schedule Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) for recurring services is permitted
when the procedures outlined herein are followed. All BPAs for services must define the services that may be ordered under
the BPA, along with delivery or performance time frames, billing procedures, etc. The potential volume of orders under BPAs,
regardless of the size of individual orders, may offer the ordering office the opportunity to secure volume discounts. When
establishing BPAs, ordering offices shall—

(1) Inform contractors in the request (based on the agency’s requirement) if a single BPA or multiple BPAs
will be established, and indicate the basis that will be used for selecting the contractors to be awarded the
BPAs.

 (i) SINGLE BPA: Generally, a single BPA should be established when the ordering office can
define the tasks to be ordered under the BPA and establish a firm-fixed price or ceiling price
for individual tasks or services to be ordered. When this occurs, authorized users may place
the order directly under the established BPA when the need for service arises. The schedule
contractor that represents the best value should be awarded the BPA. (See FAR 8.404)

(ii) MULTIPLE BPAs: When the ordering office determines multiple BPAs are needed to meet
its requirements, the ordering office should determine which contractors can meet any technical
qualifications before establishing the BPAs. When multiple BPAs are established, the authorized
users must follow the procedures in (a)(2)(ii) above and then place the order with the Schedule
contractor that represents the best value.

2) Review BPAs Periodically: Such reviews shall be conducted at least annually. The purpose of the review
is to determine whether the BPA still represents the best value.

 (c) The ordering office should give preference to small business concerns when two or more contractors can provide the
services at the same firm-fixed price or ceiling price. Note: Signature Research is a certified Small HUBZone
business.

(d) When the ordering office’s requirement involves both products as well as executive, administrative and/or professional,
services, the ordering office should total the prices for the products and the firm-fixed price for the services and select the
contractor that represents the best value. (See FAR 8.404)

(e) The ordering office, at a minimum, should document orders by identifying the contractor from which the services were
purchased, the services purchased, and the amount paid. If other than a firm-fixed price order is placed, such documentation
should include the basis for the determination to use a labor-hour or time-and-materials order. For agency requirements in
excess of the micro-purchase threshold, the order file should document the evaluation of Schedule contractors’ quotes that
formed the basis for the selection of the contractor that received the order and the rationale for any trade-offs made in making
the selection.

Signature Research, Inc.
GS-23F-0100N

http://www.signatureresearchinc.com/