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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Strategic Essentials for the Advancement of Organizational Knowledge and Expertise
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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 13, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve several deliverables, including the production of a white paper that will review all of the current research and publications on the implications of the massive loss of individual and collective knowledge and expertise due to generational retirements. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Prisons Division.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers:

Question: When NIC announcements indicate that “teams” are eligible, does this mean that a single team/group of individuals may apply, such as an ad-hoc organization; or does this mean that multiple organizations can apply jointly as a team?

Answer:  Yes to both instances

Question: On pages 3 and 4 it states: "In direct coordination with the NIC project manager, the awardee will pay for travel,lodging and per diem of an NIC approved , national focus group of practitioners in Washington, D.C., or Aurora, CO, for review and comment of the “draft” strategic plan for knowledge retention and recommendations mentioned above." As the awardee is to pay for travel and lodging for a national focus group to meet in Aurora, CO or Washington, D.C., we need to know how many people would be part of this focus group, how many nights you would expect them to stay in hotels in the destination city and, if possible, where they will travel from.

Answer: Focus group of four for two nights. Location decision between Colorado and DC is negotiable.

Question: In the solicitation, one of the deliverables is “A recommended training curriculum of the strategic plan implementation designed with the ITIP model.” Are you looking for an off-the-shelf curriculum that can be customized for NIC or a custom-designed ITIP curriculum to train the strategic plan implementation process?

Answer: It can be either, as long as it trains to the strategic plan implementation process.

Posted Mon, Aug 4 2014 2:45 PM by Susan Powell


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