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The design work is being managed by the SSC Laboratory and is being performed at the SSC Laboratory, Fermilab, Brookhaven and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. The SSC Laboratory has lead responsibility for the High Energy Booster dipoles. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has lead responsibility for quadrupoles. Fermilab has lead responsibility for collider dipole cryostats. Brookhaven has lead responsibility for collider dipole cold

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The SSC Laboratory has prime responsibility for ensuring that the work is completed properly. The Department will conduct technical reviews of the conceptual designs of each of the four key types of superconducting magnets before allowing the SSC Laboratory to issue industrial contracts. Consultants to the Department will assist in these reviews by providing additional technical and business expertise.

Question 2: Please explain the main features of the request for proposals DOE

is issuing for SSC industrial magnet development and production.

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The Department is not issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP).
Universities Research Association, Inc., as the prime contractor
assigned the responsibility to design, build and operate the SSC,
will issue the RFP. The scope of the work will include
technology transfer from the DOE laboratories to industry,
engineering development of the magnet, pre-production and low
rate production of the magnet, and an option for the purchase of
production units. The SSC Laboratory also will have an option to
purchase sufficient tooling to build all the required magnets in
3 years. The duration of this effort, called "Phase II", is 4

years.

The SSC Laboratory is expected to select two vendors in Phase II, the highest rated one will be the leader and the next rated, the follower. An option will be included to permit selection of only one vendor in the production phase, either the leader or the follower.

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What roles will be available to foreign firms in this work?

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As currently constructed, foreign firms can either compete directly for the magnet contract, compete as part of a team with domestic firms, or provide magnets as donations.

If foreign donations in-kind of collider dipole magnets are arranged, the lead vendor will be required to train the foreign manufacturer to ensure that all the SSC dipole magnets meet the

same specifications.

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The Competition in Contracting Act provides for full and open competition in all procurements. Of course, foreign bids would be subject to the Buy America Act which provides a price advantage for domestic end products.

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