B — Study of an Information Strategy to Increase Enrollment in Postsecondary Education SOL ED-IES-16-R-0008Gibran Mills, Contract Specialist, Phone 202-245-6072, Email firstname.lastname@example.org – Veronica L. Price, Sr. Contracting Officer, Phone 202-245-6158, Fax 202-245-6278, Email email@example.com***THIS NOTICE IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS*** This synopsis notice is posted in accordance with FAR Part 5.203(a).The U.S. Department of Education (Department) anticipates the solicitation and award of one hybrid contract (contains both Fixed Price and Cost Reimbursement Tasks) for a new Fiscal Year 2016 procurement titled “Study of an Information Strategy to Increase Enrollment in Postsecondary Education” (hereafter referred to as “EOC”) on behalf of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE). The purpose of the requirement is to conduct a study of an information strategy to increase participation in postsecondary education among individuals from low income families and those who are potential first generation college students.The study will focus on the use of messaging targeted toward clients of Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs) regarding college enrollment activities and deadlines. The study is designed to examine a strategy which may improve EOCs’ effectiveness in meeting the program’s aim of increasing the number of disadvantaged adults who enroll in postsecondary education. EOC grantees provide information and counseling to clients in-person and via telephone. The Department seeks to test whether systematic, low-cost messaging can enhance these services. The DRAFT EOC Performance Work Statement (PWS) is attached for reference.The period of performance for the anticipated contract is 75 months (if the option period is exercised), broken out as indicated below:Base Period (19 months)• The 19 month Base Period focuses on convening the first meeting of the study’s Technical Working Group, grantee recruitment, designing data collection, obtaining The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) clearances for data collection, designing the study intervention, and designing the client recruitment and random assignment process within each study site.Option Period (56 months)• The 56 month Option Period focuseson obtaining client intake data from grantees, randomly assigning eligible clients, implementing the intervention, collecting and analyzing study data, convening a meeting of the study’s Technical Work Group in order to discuss preliminaryfindings, and producing a report that includes the final study findings.The Department anticipates posting the EOC Request for Proposals on http://www.FBO.gov in late February or early March 2016. It is anticipated that the acquisition strategy will be a negotiated, competitive acquisition (open to both small and large businesses) conducted in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 15.All questions or comments concerning this notice or its contents must be directed to Gibran Mills, Contract Specialist, via EMAIL ONLY at Gibran.Mills@ed.gov; with a carbon copy to Veronica L. Price, Contracting Officer at Veronica.Price@ed.gov.CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ED/OCFO/CPO/ED-IES-16-R-0008/listing.html.