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Review and Revalidation of the First Step Act Risk Assessment Tool

Opportunity ID
NIJ-2020-FSA
Solicitation Status
Closed
Fiscal Year
2020
Closing Date
Posting Date
Solicitation Type
Competitive
Description

With this funding opportunity, NIJ seeks review and revalidate on an annual basis the risk assessment tool developed in response to the First Step Act (FSA). The risk assessment tool, the Prisoner Assessment Tool Targeting Estimated Risk and Needs (PATTERN), will be implemented and used by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to predict the likelihood of general and violent recidivism for all BOP inmates.

FAQs

NIJ anticipates selecting multiple respondents to serve as consultants. The consultants will work as a team to address the FSA mandates. Only successful respondents will receive information about other consultants selected.

The narrative should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, in 12-point font, with 1-inch margins.

No, each response to the SOW may only include one consultant. The consultant may propose to include and hire support staff, for example a research assistant, as needed.

To be considered timely, a submission must be emailed by the deadline to the following email address: [email protected]

These items are critical and must be included in a consultant’s formal response:

  • Narrative
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (consultant and support staff, as needed),
  • List of additional support staff,
  • List of any previous and current NIJ awards to the consultant, and
  • Research and Evaluation Independence and Integrity statement.

Respondents will be expected to assist DOJ in completing tasks specified in FSA Section 3631. PATTERN must be reviewed and revalidated on an annual basis for up to 5 years. Respondents should provide a project plan that includes activities for the timeframe required to meet FSA requirements.

The annual revalidation will be based on the calendar year.

Budgets are not required at this stage. NIJ will discuss cost factors and budget with the successful respondents.

No. The 25-page limit only applies to the narrative.

Individuals who work for small business are eligible if they are able to establish independence from the business.

Consultants can include support staff in their response. Support staff must be identified by name. A resume must also be included. The narrative should explain how the support staff will be used or the types of activities the consultant plans to assign to support personnel.

Consultants can include support staff in their response.  Support staff must be identified by name.  A resume must also be included.   The narrative should explain how the support staff will be used or the types of activities the consultant plans to assign to support personnel.

US residents are NOT eligible to work on the SOW, only US citizens. The Department of Justice (DOJ) only allows United States citizens to access its data, databases and IT systems. Contractors and consultants must ensure that no Non-U.S. citizen accesses or assists in the development, operation, management, or maintenance of any DOJ Information System   Due to the nature of the work, consultants and support staff will be given access to data from the Prison Assessment Tool Targeting Estimated Risk and Needs (PATTERN).  Therefore, only US citizens are eligible to perform work related to the PATTERN Revalidation SOW.

Consultants can include support staff in their response.  Support staff must be identified by name.  A resume must also be included.   The narrative should explain how the support staff will be used or the types of activities the consultant plans to assign to support personnel.

US residents are NOT eligible to work on the SOW, only US citizens. The Department of Justice (DOJ) only allows United States citizens to access its data, databases and IT systems. Contractors and consultants must ensure that no Non-U.S. citizen accesses or assists in the development, operation, management, or maintenance of any DOJ Information System   Due to the nature of the work, consultants and support staff will be given access to data from the Prison Assessment Tool Targeting Estimated Risk and Needs (PATTERN).  Therefore, only US citizens are eligible to perform work related to the PATTERN Revalidation SOW.

Questions about the SOW should be sent to the PATTERN email address ([email protected]).

NIJ will compensate consultants as well as support staff. Financial compensation for consultants and their support staff will be determined after NIJ makes a selection.

First, it is not essential to include NIJ grants if you were not the recipient of those grants. As indicated on page 9 of the SOW, essential elements include:  Narrative; Curriculum vitae or resume; List of additional support staff; List of any previous and current NIJ awards to the consultant; and Research and evaluation independence and integrity statement.

Second, you can submit a response without grant information if your employer was the grant recipient.  There is no need to document your employer’s grant history with NIJ.  If by change you played a key role in your employer’s NIJ grant and want to include NIJ grants to your employer, please provide the following information:

  • Organization that received grant
  • Grant title or name
  • Year awarded (if known)
  • Timeframe of grand (if known)
  • Grant amount (if known)
  • Your role, title or involvement with grant

Yes

Yes

No, the tasks in Section 3633 will not be performed by the consultants selected under this SOW. The consultant tasks are limited to those in the SOW.

Date Modified: March 05, 2020

NIJ held a webinar to discuss this opportunity on March 4, 2020. The transcript and presentation will be added to the statement of work document in the coming week. 

Date Modified: April 07, 2020

NIJ has extended the application deadline to April 24, 2020. 

Date Modified: April 08, 2020

On March 4, 2020, NIJ hosted a webinar that provided an overview and discussion of this statement of work. The slides and transcript from this webinar have been added to the end of this document.

Date Created: December 12, 2019