This is a request for information from Management Information Systems (MIS) software and hardware vendors and developers ("vendors") to learn about the functionality of state and school food authority National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program (NSLP/SBP) data management information systems. It is not a request for proposal and does not commit the government to issue a solicitation, make an award, or pay any costs associated with responding to this announcement.
All submitted information shall remain with the government and will not be returned. All responses will become part of the public record and will not be held confidential. The USDA is seeking information that will inform future data reporting requirements for the Department's oversight and management of NSLP/SBP. The Department is aware that all states and many school districts have installed and implemented MIS or other technology solutions to improve state and local program management.
To better understand the availability and implementation of these solutions, USDA is requesting information from vendors about NSLP/SBP data systems they offer and have deployed at the state and local levels. The objectives of this request for information (RFI) are to:
- Obtain background data to inform later research on state and school food authority (SFA) NSLP/SBP data management information systems.
- Describe the functionality and capabilities of systems currently in use by state agencies and SFAs, or available to states and SFA for purchase.
- Describe the typical costs of system development, installation, maintenance, and upgrades.
- Identify which states and SFAs are using particular systems.