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Request for White Papers:
Background Investigation System

Responding to a Requirement

The Department of Defense is requesting short white papers (not to exceed 10 pages) outlining commercial development services corresponding to the Statement of Objectives document included below. Interested vendors may use the White Paper Template to submit a response.

Statement of Objectives (PDF) [updated 2019/03/25 with a corrected citation in § 5.0]
White Paper Template (DOCX)
Vendor Questions and Responses (PDF)

White papers are due by Tuesday, March 26, 2019  Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 11:59:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). This is a change in date from initially announced.
The submission period for questions is now closed. Questions were due on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 5PM EDT. Responses from the Government are posted above.

Interested vendors must submit responses, by the deadline above, to the Agreements Officer at

Our Process

It is the Government's intention to negotiate, select and fund "best value" Prototype Project(s) from the submitted White Paper(s). The White Paper selection will be conducted in accordance with Government procedures and the evaluation criteria below. The process is described in full in the Statement of Objectives, but the outline is:

  1. Solicit White Paper(s) from Industry (that means you!)
  2. Select some number of White Paper(s), or some portion of the White Paper(s) to continue in the process
  3. Selected vendors will be provided a Technical Exchange document to complete a code challenge
  4. Request an in-person interview, if required, to select or reject White Paper(s)

In the event that the Government is unable to come to agreement on terms with the initial selectee, the Government can reevaluate the white paper responses and make another selection.

White Paper Evaluation Criteria

The overall evaluation will be based on an integrated assessment of the criteria below:

  1. Technical merit of the proposed solution will be assessed with respect to technical advancement, technical advantages, technical efficiencies and proposed improvements, clarity, and soundness of the technical approach, and the extent to which the Statement of Objectives is addressed. Most emphasis will be placed here.
  2. Adequacy of proposed facilities, equipment and key personnel (senior engineers, designers,and product leadership), to include capability for proper classification level as defined in the Statement of Objectives to meet the requirements of the proposed technological solution.
  3. Evaluation of the potential impacts of the data rights assertions.
  4. Evaluation of significant nontraditional and/or small business participation, or one-third (1/3) cost share.
  5. Affordability of proposed solution.

Additional Information

Security Requirements

No information classified as “Confidential”, “Secret”, or “Top Secret” shall be submitted or included in the proposed Technology Prototype Project White Papers.

Other Special Requirements

Vendors are advised that research findings and technology developments arising from the resulting RWP may constitute a significant enhancement to the national defense, and to the economic vitality of the United States. As such, in the conduct of all work under the subsequent Technology Prototype Project Agreement(s), the recipient will comply strictly with the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (22 CFR 120-130), the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (DoD 5220.22-M) and the Department of Commerce Export Regulation (15 CFR 730-774).