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     Albert Hawkins, Executive Commissioner



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  1. 1. Texas Health & Human Services Commission Albert Hawkins, Executive Commissioner Request for Proposals for Actuarial Consulting Services RFP No. 529-04-331 Date of Release: June 21, 2004
  2. 2. ________________________________________________________________ Texas Health & Human Services Commission RFP No. 529-04-331 Date of Release: July 9, 2004 Notice of Intent to Propose Any vendor that intends to submit a proposal is required to submit this form. Name of Respondent or Joint Respondents: ____________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Contact Person: __________________________ Title: ___________________ Mailing Address: _________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Fax: ____________________ E-mail Address: ___________________________________________________ Please return no later than 4:00 PM CENTRAL TIME on July 30, 2004 to: Alice Newmann, Project Manager Texas Health and Human Services Commission 1100 West 49th Street Mail Code: Braker-H-340 Austin, Texas 78756 Fax: (512) 491-1972 Page 2 of 35
  3. 3. Section 1 – General Information HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP Notice of Intent to Propose ....................................................................... 2 1. GENERAL INFORMATION........................................................................... 5 1.1 Mission Statement ................................................................................................. 5 1.2 Mission Objectives................................................................................................. 5 1.3 Background ........................................................................................................... 5 1.4 Strategic Elements ................................................................................................ 5 1.5 Basic Philosophy: Contracting for Results ........................................................... 6 1.6 External Factors .................................................................................................... 6 1.7 Legal and Regulatory Constraints ......................................................................... 7 1.8 HHSC Point of Contact.......................................................................................... 8 1.9 Project Timeline..................................................................................................... 9 1.10 Communications Regarding This Procurement..................................................... 9 1.11 RFP Cancellation/Non-Award.............................................................................. 10 1.12 Right to Reject Proposals or Portions of Proposals ............................................ 10 1.13 Vendor Protest Procedures ................................................................................. 10 2. MISSION RESULTS/SCOPE OF WORK.................................................... 12 2.1 Project Scope ...................................................................................................... 12 2.2 Performance Measures and Associated Remedies ............................................ 13 2.3 Project Schedule ................................................................................................. 15 3. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS ........... 16 3.1 Notice of Intent to Propose .................................................................................. 16 3.2 Vendor Conference ............................................................................................. 16 3.3 Vendor Questions and Comments ...................................................................... 16 3.4 Modification or Withdrawal of Proposal ............................................................... 17 3.5 News Releases.................................................................................................... 18 3.6 Incomplete Proposals .......................................................................................... 18 3.7 State Use of Vendor Ideas .................................................................................. 18 3.8 Property of HHSC................................................................................................ 18 3.9 Additional Information.......................................................................................... 18 3.10 Instructions for Submitting Proposals.................................................................. 19 3.11 Format and Content............................................................................................. 19 3.12 Multiple Responses ............................................................................................. 25 3.13 Joint Proposals .................................................................................................... 25 3.14 Texas Public Information Act............................................................................... 25 4. Historically Underutilized Business Participation.................................. 27 4.1 Introduction.......................................................................................................... 27 Page 3 of 35
  4. 4. Section 1 – General Information HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 4.2 HUB Subcontracting Plan (HSP) Procedures ..................................................... 28 4.3 If the Respondent Intends to Subcontract ........................................................... 29 4.4 If the Respondent Does Not Intend to Subcontract............................................. 32 4.5 Evaluation of the HSP ......................................................................................... 32 5. Evaluation .................................................................................................. 33 5.1 Evaluation of Proposals....................................................................................... 33 5.2 Evaluation Criteria ............................................................................................... 33 5.3 Initial Compliance Screening ............................................................................... 34 5.4 Oral Presentations and Site Visits....................................................................... 34 5.5 Competitive Field Determinations ....................................................................... 34 5.6 Discussions with Respondents............................................................................ 35 5.7 Best and Final Offers........................................................................................... 35 Page 4 of 35
  5. 5. Section 1 – General Information HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 1. GENERAL INFORMATION 1.1 Mission Statement Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) mission in this procurement is to obtain the services of a qualified vendor who can assist the State by producing quality Actuarial Consulting Services to provide analysis, opinions, and fiscal calculations on services provided by HHSC programs to Medicaid and CHIP clients. 1.2 Mission Objectives HHSC intends to contract with a vendor who will provide ongoing actuarial consulting services (Services) as described in Section 2 of this RFP. The Services will be provided on an as-needed basis. 1.3 Background 1.3.1 Overview of the Health and Human Services Commission HHSC was created in 1991 to oversee and coordinate the planning and delivery of health and human services programs in Texas. It is established pursuant to Chapter 531, Texas Government Code, and is responsible for oversight of Texas Health and Human Services agencies (HHS agencies). The chief executive officer of the Commission is Albert Hawkins, Executive Commissioner of Health and Human Services. 1.3.2 Project Overview The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Statistics requires an external actuary who is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries certify that HHSC’s HMO capitation rates are actuarially sound. In addition, the external actuary is used to provide a second opinion on forecasts and other budgetary matters. Actuaries are used for projects involving specialized analyses and to provide additional resources as needed. 1.4 Strategic Elements (a) Contract Term Page 5 of 35
  6. 6. Section 1 – General Information HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP HHSC will award a contract for a period of two years. HHSC will have the option to renew or extend the term of the contract for up to three one-year periods as necessary to complete the mission of this procurement. (b) Contract Price/Type HHSC will award a fixed hourly rate contract for the Services described in this RFP. The Services shall be provided and invoiced on an hourly basis. (c) HHSC’s Uniform Contract Terms and Conditions HHSC’s Uniform Contract Terms and Conditions, Version 1.3 (“Uniform Terms and Conditions”) will apply to the contract(s) awarded as a result of this procurement. The Uniform Terms and Conditions are located on HHSC’s website under the “Business Opportunities” link. One or more of the “Special Terms” located in Article 16 of the Uniform Contract Terms and Conditions may apply to the contract awarded as a result of this procurement. HHSC reserves the right to negotiate additional contract terms and conditions. 1.5 Basic Philosophy: Contracting for Results HHSC’s fundamental commitment is to contract for results. A successful result is defined as the generation of defined, measurable, and beneficial outcomes that support HHSC’s Missions and Objectives and satisfy the contract requirements. This RFP describes what is required of the contractor in terms of performance measures and outcomes, and places the responsibility for how it is accomplished on the contractor. 1.6 External Factors Respondents should be aware that external factors might affect the project, including budgetary and resource constraints. Any contract resulting from this procurement is subject to the availability of state and federal funds. As of the issuance of this RFP, budgeted funds are available to reasonably fulfill the requirements of this RFP. If, however, funds become unavailable, HHSC reserves the right to withdraw this RFP or terminate the resulting contract without penalty. Page 6 of 35
  7. 7. Section 1 – General Information HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 1.7 Legal and Regulatory Constraints (a) Delegation of Authority Respondents should be aware that state and federal law generally limit HHSC’s ability to delegate certain decisions to a contractor. Specifically, HHSC may not delegate certain functions to a contractor, including but not limited to: • Policy-making authority; and • Final decision-making authority regarding acceptance of contracted services. (b) Conflicts of Interest Respondents may not have personal or business interests that would present an actual, potential, or apparent conflict of interest with respect to this procurement and the performance of the resulting contract. For purposes of this RFP, a conflict of interest is any set of facts or circumstances that, in HHSC ‘s determination, compromises, appears to compromise, or may reasonably compromise the respondent’s fairness, independence or objectivity. Respondents must disclose any potential conflicts or provide a statement acknowledging that no actual or potential conflicts of interest exist with respect to this procurement and the resulting contract. If selected for contract award, the respondent will be under a continuing duty to notify HHSC of any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may develop during the course of the contract and may not engage in conduct that will create a reasonable appearance of impropriety. HHSC is obligated by state and federal law to ensure a level playing field in the award of the contract. HHSC has implemented an aggressive policy concerning actual or potential conflicts of interest to ensure fair and open competition, and has included language concerning actual and potential conflicts of interest in Article 12 of its Uniform Terms and Conditions. Respondents must carefully review and understand this language when developing proposals. (c) Former Employees of a State Agency Respondents must disclose any past employment of its employees or its subcontractors’ employees by HHSC or another Texas State agency, including a description of: Page 7 of 35
  8. 8. Section 1 – General Information HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP • The nature of the previous employment with HHSC or the other state agency; • The date the employment terminated; and • The annual rate of compensation for the employment at the time of termination. (d) Interpretive Conventions Whenever the terms “shall,” “must,” “or “is required” are used in this RFP in conjunction with a specification or performance requirement, the specification or requirement is mandatory on the potential vendor. A respondent’s failure to address or meet any mandatory requirement in its proposal will be cause for rejection of the proposal. Whenever the terms “can,” “may,” or “should” are used in this RFP in conjunction with a specification or performance requirement, the specification or performance requirement is a desirable, but not mandatory, requirement. Accordingly, a respondent’s failure to address or provide any items so referred to will not be the cause for rejection of the proposal, but will likely result in a less favorable evaluation of the proposal. 1.8 HHSC Point of Contact The sole point of contact for inquiries concerning this RFP is: Alice Newmann, Project Manager Texas Health and Human Services Commission 1100 West 49th Street Austin, Texas 78756 Mail Code: Braker H-340 (512) 491-1315 Fax (512) 491-1972 mailto: alice.Newmann@hhsc.state.tx.us The physical address for overnight, commercial and hand deliveries is: Texas Health and Human Services Commission c/o Alice Newmann, Project Manager Page 8 of 35
  9. 9. Section 1 – General Information HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 11209 Metric Blvd. Building H, Suite A Austin, TX 78758 (512) 491-1315 All communications relating to this RFP must be directed to the HHSC contact person named above. All other communications between a respondent and HHSC staff concerning this RFP are prohibited. In no instance is a respondent to discuss cost information contained in a proposal with the HHSC point of contact or any other staff prior to proposal evaluation. Failure to comply with this section may result in HHSC’s disqualification of the proposal. 1.9 Project Timeline Procurement Schedule RFP Release Date July 9, 2004 Vendor Conference July 20, 2004 Vendor Questions Due July 21, 2004 Notice of Intent to Propose Due July 30, 2004 HHSC Responses to Vendor Questions Posted August 3, 2004 Vendor Proposals Due August 12, 2004 Deadline for Withdrawal of Proposals August 12, 2004 Tentative Award Announcement August 31, 2004 Anticipated Contract Start Date September 1, 2004 1.10 Communications Regarding This Procurement HHSC will post all official communications regarding this procurement on its website, including the notice of tentative award. In addition, HHSC reserves the right to amend this RFP at any time prior to the proposal submission deadline. Any changes, amendments, or clarifications will be made in the form of responses to vendor questions, amendments, or addendum issued by HHSC. Vendors should check HHSC’s website frequently for notice of matters affecting the procurement. Page 9 of 35
  10. 10. Section 1 – General Information HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 1.11 RFP Cancellation/Non-Award HHSC reserves the right to cancel this RFP, or to make no award of a contract pursuant to this RFP, if HHSC determines that such action is in the best interest of the State of Texas. 1.12 Right to Reject Proposals or Portions of Proposals HHSC may, in its discretion, reject any and all proposals, or portions of proposals, submitted in response to this RFP. 1.13 Vendor Protest Procedures Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Chapter 392, Subchapter C outlines HHSC’s vendor protest procedures. A respondent may protest HHSC’s tentative award of a contract. Such protest must be in writing and signed by the protestant or the protestant’s authorized representative. The protest must state the protestant’s name and the specific award that is being protested, the legal and factual basis for the protest with specific supporting information and when applicable, how the protestant alleges the award or tentative award violated HHSC’s rules, state or federal laws, or regulations governing the procurement. The protest must state an explanation of the facts in disagreement and the subsequent action the protestant is requesting. The protest must be received by HHSC’s official point of contact no later than seven (7) calendar days following the announcement of the tentative award of the contract on HHSC’s website. Failure to comply with the foregoing timeframe will result in HHSC’s dismissal of the protest. The protest must be delivered by hand, certified mail return receipt requested, facsimile or other verifiable delivery service and be limited to matters relating to the protestant’s qualifications, the suitability of the goods or services offered by the protestant, or alleged irregularities in the procurement process. The HHSC division that conducted the procurement will review the protest and the Division Director will make an initial recommendation to the Executive Commissioner. The Executive Commissioner will review the protest and Division Director’s recommendations, and then issue a final determination regarding the protest. HHSC will Page 10 of 35
  11. 11. Section 1 – General Information HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP provide the protestant with a written copy of the final determination within thirty days of receiving the protest, or as soon thereafter as practicable. The Executive Commissioner’s final determination will be HHSC’s final action on the protest, and the protestant will have no further administrative recourse. In the event a written protest to the Tentative Award of the Contract is filed, HHSC will not proceed with the implementation of the applicable Contract unless the Executive Commissioner determines that proceeding with the execution of the Contract is in the best interest of the State of Texas due to a bona fide emergency, as determined by the Executive Commissioner, or if state or federal law requires the award to be completed by a particular date. Page 11 of 35
  12. 12. Section 2 – Mission Results/Scope of Work HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 2. MISSION RESULTS/SCOPE OF WORK 2.1 Project Scope 2.1.1 Actuarial Services Contractor is required to provide actuarial services (Services) as requested by HHSC for the Texas Medicaid and CHIP programs. The Services include, but are not limited to: PSC-01 Provide analysis of program experience to produce estimates of experience to date and projection of future experience based on information provided by HHSC and its Medicaid and CHIP contractors. PSC-02 Contractor must have the ability to guarantee and maintain confidentiality of Medicaid recipient information and other documents provided by HHSC. PSC-03 Perform calculations of managed care capitation rates. PSC-04 Perform cash flow analyses of program expenditures. PSC-05 Assist with preparation of requests for proposals, evaluation of competitive bids and contract negotiation. PSC-06 Provide actuarial opinion and fiscal impact analysis of proposed program changes. PSC-07 Provide actuarial opinion and fiscal impact analysis for proposed provider rate methodologies. PSC-08 Perform special actuarial projects as assigned. PSC-09 Must participate in meetings with HHSC and other agency staff, HHSC contractors, Legislative committees and CMS representatives as needed. Meetings are face-to-face and may be scheduled on very short notice. PSC-10 Provide approximately 2,500 or more hours of actuarial services per year. (HHSC does not guarantee any specific number of hours of work under the RFP or any resulting contract.) PSC-11 Provide within one-week, or longer if approved by HHSC, a subcontract for actuarial expertise in specialty areas. Examples of recent HHSC needs in specialty areas include disease management, preferred drug lists and risk adjustment. Subcontractor selection will be subject to HHSC approval. HHSC may elect at any time to separately procure services for Page 12 of 35
  13. 13. Section 2 – Mission Results/Scope of Work HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP specialty areas even if there is a subcontract in place. PSC-12 Knowledge of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulations for determining rates including Medicaid capitation rates. PSC-13 Provide complete explanations of all calculations and provide all formulas to HHSC or its contractors. PSC-14 Make effective presentations on analyses performed as requested. PSC-15 Request for work on legislative fiscal notes must be completed within timeframe negotiated with HHSC. 2.1.2 Actuarial Personnel The Contractor must provide at least four actuaries that are able to provide the following services. APC-01 The principle actuary must be a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA) with substantial experience with a Medicaid and/or CHIP program. APC-02 One actuary must be both FSA and MAAA and have substantial experience with a Medicaid and/or CHIP program. APC-03 The other two actuaries must be either FSA or MAAA with at least a working knowledge of a Medicaid and/or CHIP program. APC-04 Non-actuaries must work under the supervision of the principle actuary to perform actuarial work. APC-05 At least one actuary must be available either on site in person or by phone within two hours every Monday through Friday to discuss actuarial matters and work on pressing issues. APC-06 At least one actuary must be available on site in person within one hour seven days a week during a Legislative Session to discuss and testify on actuarial matters and work on pressing issues. 2.2 Performance Measures and Associated Remedies PMAR-01 The Vendor must complete all requested analyses within the annual Page 13 of 35
  14. 14. Section 2 – Mission Results/Scope of Work HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP budget. The Vendor will judiciously assign tasks to allow for the maximum hours of service per contract year while ensuring timeliness and quality. Action: The State may assess up to $100.00 per day for each day services are not available because the contract budget has been exceeded. PMAR-02 The Vendor must complete the Services within the negotiated timeframes for each project. Action: The State may assess up to $100.00 per day for each calendar day after the schedule date. PMAR-03 The Vendor must provide sound analysis for actuarial opinions and fiscal impact pertaining to program changes, proposed provider rate methodologies and special projects. Action: The State may assess up to $500 or more for unsound actuarial opinions and fiscal impact. PMAR-04 The Vendor must provide at least one actuary who is available in person within two hours every Monday through Friday to discuss actuarial matters and work on pressing issues. Action: The State may assess up to $100.00 per calendar day for every day an actuary is not available within this time frame. PMAR-05 The Vendor must provide at least one actuary who is available in person within one hour seven days a week during a Legislative Session to discuss and testify on actuarial matters and work on pressing issues. Action: The State may assess up to $500.00 per calendar day for every day an actuary is not available within this time frame. PMAR-06 The Vendor must assist with preparation of requests for proposals, evaluation of competitive bids and contract negotiation for HHSC Action: The State may assess up to $100.00 per calendar day for every day an actuary is not available. PMAR-07 The Vendor must provide subcontract for actuarial expertise in specialty areas within negotiated time frames. Page 14 of 35
  15. 15. Section 2 – Mission Results/Scope of Work HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP Action: The State may assess up to $100.00 per calendar day for every day the Vendor does not retain a subcontractor for actuarial expertise in specialty areas by the negotiated time frame. 2.3 Project Schedule HHSC will provide the Vendor with work requests on an as needed basis. The timelines for the work requests will vary by project, depending on the nature of the request. The Vendor must respond to each work request and its associated timelines. Page 15 of 35
  16. 16. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 3. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS 3.1 Mandatory Notice of Intent to Propose A prospective vendor must submit a Notice of Intent to Propose (see page 2) to the HHSC Point of Contact identified in Section 1.8 no later than July 30, 2004 at 4:00 pm Central time. This is a mandatory requirement. A vendor that does not submit a notice of intent to propose by the date and time prescribed may not submit a proposal; however, a vendor that submits a notice of intent to propose is not required to submit a proposal. 3.2 Vendor Conference HHSC will hold a vendor conference on July 20, 2004 from 1:30 to 4:00 PM in the Lone Star Conference Room at the Braker Center located at 11209 Metric Blvd, Building H, Suite A, in Austin, Texas. Attendance at the conference is strongly recommended, but is not required. Vendors may email questions for the conference to the HHSC Point of Contact (see Section 1.8) no later than five (5) days before the conference. HHSC will also provide vendors the opportunity to submit written questions at the conference. All questions submitted by email or at the conference must reference the appropriate RFP page and section number. Although HHSC may provide tentative responses to questions at the conference, responses are not official until they are posted on the HHSC website. HHSC reserves the right to amend answers on the website prior to the proposal submission deadline. 3.3 Vendor Questions and Comments All questions and comments regarding this RFP must be submitted electronically to the e-mail address contained in Section 1.8 (HHSC Point of Contact). All questions must reference the appropriate RFP page and section number. In order to receive a response, vendor questions and comments must be received no later than the deadline set forth in Section 1.9 (Project Timeline). Inquiries received after the due date may be reviewed by HHSC but will not receive a response. Any clarifications, addenda, or amendments, whether made as a result of a potential vendor’s written question or otherwise, will be posted on the HHSC website. Page 16 of 35
  17. 17. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP A respondent must inquire in writing as to any ambiguity, conflict, discrepancy, exclusionary specification, omission or other error in this RFP prior to submitting a proposal. If a respondent fails to notify HHSC of any error, ambiguity, conflict, discrepancy, exclusionary specification or omission, the respondent shall submit a proposal at its own risk and, if awarded the contract, shall have waived any claim that the RFP and contract were ambiguous and shall not contest HHSC’s interpretation. If no error or ambiguity is reported by the deadline for submitting written questions, the respondent shall not be entitled to additional compensation, relief or time by reason of the error or its later correction. HHSC will post answers on its website to all written questions received by the deadline for submitting written questions. HHSC reserves the right to amend answers prior to the proposal submission deadline. 3.4 Modification or Withdrawal of Proposal Proposals may be withdrawn from consideration at any time prior to the proposal submission deadline. A written request for withdrawal must be made to the HHSC Point of Contact (Section 1.8). A respondent has the right to amend its proposal at any time and to any degree by written amendment to the HHSC Point of Contact prior to the proposal submission deadline. HHSC reserves the right to request an amendment to any part of the proposal during negotiations. HHSC reserves the right to waive minor informalities in a proposal and award a contract that is in the best interests of the State of Texas. A minor informality may include, but is not limited to, a minor irregularity or error such as a clerical error in the production of copies of the proposal. When HHSC determines that a proposal contains a minor informality, HHSC shall notify the respondent of the irregularity or error and shall provide the respondent the opportunity to correct. Page 17 of 35
  18. 18. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 3.5 News Releases A respondent may not issue press releases or provide any information for public consumption regarding its participation in this procurement without specific, prior written approval of HHSC. 3.6 Incomplete Proposals HHSC will reject without further consideration a proposal that does not include a complete, comprehensive, and total solution as requested by this RFP. 3.7 State Use of Vendor Ideas HHSC reserves the right to use any and all ideas presented in any proposal unless the respondent presents a legal case citing ownership of the respondent’s intellectual property. A respondent may not object to the use of ideas that are not the respondent’s proprietary information and so designated in the proposal that: • Were known to the State before submission of the proposal; • Were in the public domain through no fault of the State; or • Became properly known to the State after submission of the proposal through other sources or through acceptance of the proposal. 3.8 Property of HHSC All products produced by a respondent as a result of this RFP or a resulting contract, including without limitation, plans, designs, software and other deliverables, will become the sole property of HHSC. 3.9 Additional Information By submitting a proposal, the respondent grants HHSC the right to obtain information from any lawful source regarding: (i) the past business history, practices, conduct and ability of a respondent to supply goods, services and requirements; and (ii) the past business history, practices, conduct and ability of the respondent’s directors, officers and employees. By submitting a proposal, the respondent generally releases from liability and waives all claims against any party providing information about the respondent at HHSC’s request. HHSC may take such information into consideration in evaluating proposals. Page 18 of 35
  19. 19. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 3.10 Instructions for Submitting Proposals 3.10.1 Number of Copies Submit one (1) original and 6 copies of the proposal. An authorized representative of the respondent must sign the original in ink. In addition, submit one electronic copy of the proposal on a floppy disk or compact disk compatible with MSOffice 97 or later. If there are any disparities between the contents of the printed proposal and the electronic proposal, the contents of the printed proposal will take precedence. 3.10.2 Submission Submit all copies of the proposal to the HHSC Point of Contact (Section 1.8) no later than 4:00 PM Central Time on August 12, 2004. 3.10.3 Additional Requirements All proposals must be: • Clearly legible; • Sequentially page-numbered; • Organized in the sequence outlined in Section 3.11; • Bound in a notebook or cover; • Responsive to the requirements of this RFP; • Typed, double-spaced on 8½” x 11” paper; • In Arial or Times New Roman font, size 12 for normal text, no less than size 10 for tables, graphs and appendices; and • No more than 50 total pages, excluding required forms and resumes. Proposals should not include non-requested materials or pamphlets. 3.11 Format and Content The proposal must consist of 2 parts: • Part 1 – Business Proposal; and • Part 2 – Cost Proposal. Page 19 of 35
  20. 20. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 3.11.1 Part 1 -- Business Proposal Part 1, Business Proposal, must include: • Section 1 – Transmittal Letter; • Section 2 – Executive Summary; • Section 3 – Corporate Background and Experience; • Section 4 – Assumptions; • Section 5 – Appendices; • Section 6 – HUB Subcontracting Plan; • Section 7 – Certifications and Other Required Forms. 3.11.1.1 Section 1 -- Transmittal Letter Respondents must include a transmittal letter printed on official company letterhead. An individual authorized to legally bind the respondent must sign the letter in ink. The transmittal letter must include: • Disclosure of all pending, resolved, or completed litigation, mediation, arbitration, or other alternate dispute resolution procedures involving the respondent (including subcontractors, subsidiaries, or affiliates) within the past 24 months. • Disclosure of all affiliations or ownership relationships (at least 5%). • A description of any personal or business interest that may present an actual, potential or apparent conflict of interest with the performance of the contract (see Section 1.7(b)), and an explanation of how the respondent can assure HHSC that these relationships will not create a conflict of interest. • A description of the past employment by HHSC or another Texas State agency in accordance with the requirements of Section 1.7(c). • A complete list of all exceptions, reservations and limitations to the terms and conditions of the RFP, including HHSC’s Uniform Contract Terms and Conditions. • Identify the person who will be the primary point of contact between the vendor and HHSC, including the individual’s name, address, telephone Page 20 of 35
  21. 21. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP number(s) email address and fax number. • Include a statement that all prices proposed have been arrived at independently, without, for the purpose of restricting competition, any consultant, communication, and/or agreement with any other vendor or competitor relating to the cost proposal, the intention to submit a proposal or the methods or factors used to calculate the price proposal. • Identify any subcontractor(s) the contractor proposes to employ for the duration of the contract. • A certification that no attempt has been made or will be made by the Vendor to induce any other company or individual to submit or not submit a proposal for the purpose of restricting competition. As required by Texas Government Code §2155.005 3.11.1.2 Section 2 -- Executive Summary In this section, the respondent should condense and highlight the content of the Business Proposal to provide HHSC with a broad understanding of the respondent’s approach to meeting the RFP’s business requirements. The summary must demonstrate an understanding of HHSC’s goals and objectives for this procurement. 3.11.1.3 Section 3 -- Corporate Background and Experience This section details the respondent’s corporate background and experience. If the respondent proposes to use subcontractor(s), it must describe any existing or ongoing relationships with such subcontractor(s), including project descriptions. The section should include the following information. 3.11.1.3.1 Contact Information. • Respondent’s full organization, company or corporate name; • Headquarter address; • Type of ownership (e.g. partnership, corporation); • If respondent is a subsidiary or affiliate, the name of parent organization; • State where the respondent is incorporated or otherwise organized to do Page 21 of 35
  22. 22. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP business; • Federal taxpayer identification number; • Name and title of person that will sign the contract; and • Name and title of person responsible for responding to questions regarding the proposal, with telephone number, facsimile number and email address. 3.11.1.3.2 Corporate Background and Experience. Describe the respondent’s corporate background as it relates to projects similar in scope and complexity to the project described in this RFP. If the proposal includes the use of subcontractors, include a similar description of the subcontractor’s corporate background. Include a description and at least three (3) references related to projects performed within the last five (5) years that demonstrate the respondent’s ability to perform the required RFP services. Include contract dates and customer points of contact, address, telephone number and e-mail, if available, so that HHSC can obtain confirmation of respondent’s performance. The respondent must explain whether work was performed as a prime contractor or subcontractor. If the work was performed as a subcontractor, the respondent must describe the scope of subcontracting activities. 3.11.1.3.3 Resumes. Identify and describe the respondent’s proposed labor skill set and provide resumes of all proposed Key Personnel (as defined by the respondent), including FSA and MAAA memberships as required by this RFP. Resumes must demonstrate experience germane to the position proposed. Resumes should include work on projects cited under the respondent’s corporate experience, and the specific functions performed on such projects. Each resume should include at least three (3) references related to projects. References may not be respondent’s employees. Page 22 of 35
  23. 23. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 3.11.1.3.4 Financial Capacity Financial Statements The Vendor must submit a current financial statement plus the previous two years of audited financial reports, including the United State Securities and Exchange Commission, Form 10K, Annual Report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, if applicable. The vendor also must submit the most recent annual statement filed including all supplements, management, discussion and analysis and actuarial opinion. If a Vendor does not have two years of audited financial statements, the Vendor may submit only those audited financial statements that are available and indicate in the proposal the reason for not submitting the required audited financial statements. If the Vendor cannot submit financial statements, they must submit alternative evidence of financial stability approved by HHSC. If the Vendor is either substantially or wholly owned by another corporate or other entity, the Vendor must also include the most recent audited detailed financial report of the parent organization and a statement that the parent organization will unconditionally guarantee performance by the Vendor in each and every term, covenant, and condition of any contract as executed by the parties. If any change of ownership of the company is anticipated during the 12 months following the proposal due date, the Vendor must describe the circumstances of such change and indicate when the change is likely to occur. 3.11.1.4 Section 4 -- Assumptions State any business, economic, legal, programmatic, or practical assumptions that underlie the respondent’s response to the Business Proposal. 3.11.1.5 Section 5 -- Appendices Include any appendices to the respondent’s Business Proposal. 3.11.1.6 Section 6 -- HUB Subcontracting Plan Page 23 of 35
  24. 24. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP Attach the respondent’s HUB Subcontracting Plan. Instructions for completing this requirement are included in Article 4. 3.11.1.7 Section 7 – Certifications and Other Required Forms In addition to the HUB Subcontracting Plan described in Article 4, respondents must complete the following required forms: • Child Support Certification; • Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility, and Voluntary Exclusion for Covered Contracts Certification; • Federal Lobbying Certification; • Nondisclosure Statement; and • Proposer Information The required forms are located on HHSC’s website, under the “Business Opportunities” link HUB Required Forms. Proposals that do not include all required forms and sections are subject to rejection. HHSC encourages respondents to carefully review all of these forms and submit questions concerning their completion prior to the deadline for submitting questions relating to this RFP (see Section 1.9). 3.11.2 Part 2 -- Cost Proposal The Cost Proposal must be placed in a separate, sealed package, clearly marked with the respondent’s name, the RFP number, and the RFP submission date. An individual authorized to legally bind the respondent must sign the Cost Proposal in ink. Respondents must base their Cost Proposals on the Scope of Work described in Article 2. This section should include any business, economic, legal, programmatic, or practical assumptions that underlie the Cost Proposal. Page 24 of 35
  25. 25. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP Respondents may separately identify cost saving and cost-avoidance methods and measures and the effect of such methods and measures on the Cost Proposal and Scope of Work. 3.12 Multiple Responses A respondent may submit only one proposal. This means that a respondent may submit a proposal on its own behalf or submit a proposal with one or more respondents as a joint proposal (see Section 3.13). If a respondent submits more than one proposal, all proposals from that respondent may be rejected. This requirement does not limit a subcontractor’s ability to collaborate with more than one respondent. 3.13 Joint Proposals Two or more companies may join together and submit a Joint Proposal in response to this RFP. A Joint Proposal must completely define the responsibilities each company proposes to undertake. Also, the Joint Proposal must designate a primary respondent who will be responsible for the delivery of all goods, services and requirements as specified in the RFP, and a single authorized official from the primary respondent to serve as the sole point of contact between HHSC and the Joint Proposals. An authorized agent or officer of each company must sign any contract resulting from a Joint Proposal. Each company included in the submission of a Joint Proposal will be jointly and severally liable during the term of the contract. 3.14 Texas Public Information Act A proposal submitted to HHSC in response to this RFP is subject to public disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act (the Act), Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, unless the proposal, or any part of the proposal, can be shown to fall within one or more of the exceptions to required public disclosure listed in the Act. If a respondent believes that parts of a proposal are exceptions from required public disclosure under the Act, the respondent must specify those parts and the exception(s) that it believes apply, with specific detailed reasons. HHSC will process any request for information comprising all or part of the respondent’s proposal in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the Act. A respondent should consult the Attorney General’s website Page 25 of 35
  26. 26. Section 3 – General Instructions and Response Requirements HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP (www.oag.state.tx.us) for information concerning the application of the Act’s provisions to proposals and potential proprietary information. Page 26 of 35
  27. 27. Section 4 – Historically Underutilized Business Participation HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 4. Historically Underutilized Business Participation Note to All Respondents: Texas law provides that a proposal filed in response to this RFP that does not contain a historically underutilized business (HUB) subcontracting plan is non-responsive, in accordance with Texas Government Code § 2161.252. 4.1 Introduction 4.1.1 This section sets forth requirements that every proposal must meet in order to comply with state laws and HHSC’s rules regarding HUBs. Respondents should read HHSC’s Policy on the Utilization of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) and this article carefully before preparing a proposal. HHSC is committed to promoting full and equal business opportunities for all businesses in State contracting in accordance with the goals specified in the State of Texas Disparity Study. HHSC has adopted administrative rules and policies relating to HUBs and encourages the use of HUBs through race, ethnic, and gender-neutral means. Pursuant to HHSC’s HUB rules, Texas Administrative Code Title 1, Chapter 392, Subchapter J, and pursuant to §§2161.181-182, Texas Government Code, HHSC is required to make a good faith effort to increase HUB participation in contracts for construction, service (including professional and consulting services), and commodity contracts. HHSC may accomplish the goal of increased HUB participation by contracting directly with HUBs or indirectly through subcontracting opportunities. 4.1.2 The statewide HUB participation goals, set by the Texas Building and Procurement Commission (TBPC) as a result of the State of Texas Disparity Study are classified under the following categories: (1) Heavy construction other than building contracts 11.9%; (2) Building construction 26.1%; (3) Special trade construction contracts 57.2%; (4) Professional services contracts 20%; (5) All other services contracts 33%; (6) Commodities contracts 12.6%. Page 27 of 35
  28. 28. Section 4 – Historically Underutilized Business Participation HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP HHSC and its contractors shall make a good faith effort to meet or exceed the HUB participation goals listed above for each fiscal year by maximizing the inclusion of certified HUBs in the procurement process. The goods and/or services requested under this RFP are classified under the “professional services contracts” category; therefore the HUB participation goal is 20% 4.1.3 HHSC’s policy on the utilization of HUBs businesses is related to all contracts with an expected value of $100,000 or more. HHSC may, at its discretion, require contractors to report HUB utilization in contracts with an expected value of less than $100,000. 4.2 HUB Subcontracting Plan (HSP) Procedures 4.2.1 The following procedures are specified by HHSC’s administrative rules relating to HUBs, which adopt the Texas Building and Procurement Commission’s (TBPC’s) HUB rules. If there are any discrepancies between HHSC’s administrative rules and this RFP, the rules shall take priority. 4.2.2 HHSC has determined that subcontracting opportunities are probable under this RFP. Therefore, HHSC requires the submission of a HUB Subcontracting Plan (HSP) as a part of each proposal. The HSP, if accepted by HHSC, will become a provision of any contract awarded as a result of this RFP. Proposals that do not include a HSP, or proposals that contain a HSP that HHSC determines was not developed in good faith, shall be rejected as a material failure to comply with the specifications set forth in this RFP. 4.2.3 To search for potential HUB vendors who may perform subcontracting opportunities, respondents may refer to the Texas Building and Procurement Commission’s Centralized Master Bidders List HUB Directory, which is found at http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/cmbl/cmblhub.html Class and item codes for potential subcontracting opportunities under this RFP, include, but are not limited to: Commodity Class 946 Financial Services Item Number 12: Actuarial Services and Retirement Planning Page 28 of 35
  29. 29. Section 4 – Historically Underutilized Business Participation HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 4.2.4 In order for HHSC to determine that a good faith effort was made, each respondent shall send notices to three (3) or more HUBs for each area that the respondent plans to subcontract. Respondents are not limited to the list of subcontracting opportunities identified above, and may identify additional areas of subcontracting. 4.2.5 A list of HUB vendors from the TBPC’s Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) or other related listings that may perform the subcontracting opportunities is located at www.tbpc.tx.us/cmbl/cmblhub.html. The listing of potential subcontractors is for informational purposes only. HHSC does not endorse, recommend nor attest to the capabilities of any company or individual listed. This listing of certified HUBs is subject to change, therefore respondents are encouraged to use the TBPC’s website to find the most current listing of certified HUBs. A complete and more updated list of all TBPC certified HUBs or registered bidders are electronically accessed through the Internet at http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us. HHSC may provide additional information concerning HUB certified vendors at the vendor conference. 4.2.6 Each respondent shall rely on the TBPC's CMBL, the HUB Directory, Internet resources, and other directories as identified by the TBPC or HHSC when searching for HUB subcontractors. Respondents shall effectively rely on the services of minority, women, and community organizations, contractor groups, local, state, and federal business assistance offices, and other organizations that provide assistance in identifying HUBs or minority-owned businesses able to perform all or select elements of the HSP. 4.2.7 As part of the HSP, HHSC requires each respondent to state in writing whether the respondent itself is a Texas certified HUB. This information is collected for the purpose of reporting HHSC’s HUB utilization. However, being certified as a HUB does not exempt any respondent from complying with the required HSP. 4.3 If the Respondent Intends to Subcontract 4.3.1 Because HHSC has determined that subcontracting opportunities are probable, a respondent who intends to subcontract any part of the work must include a HSP with its response. The respondent shall divide the contract work into reasonable lots to the extent consistent with prudent industry practice. The respondent should identify each Page 29 of 35
  30. 30. Section 4 – Historically Underutilized Business Participation HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP area of the contract work the respondent plans to subcontract. For each area identified, the respondent should provide documentation of the notices sent to three or more HUBs in each of the areas the respondent plans to subcontract. 4.3.2 HHSC’s review of a respondent’s HSP will include but is not limited to the following good faith effort factors: (a) Evidence that the respondent advertised subcontracting opportunities in general circulation, trade association, and/or minority/woman focus media concerning subcontracting opportunities. The respondent should provide copies of advertising media used to solicit HUBs. (b) Evidence that the respondent notified certified HUBs of the work that the respondent intends to subcontract. The preferable method of notification shall be in writing. The notice shall, in all instances, include 1) the scope of the work, 2) information regarding the location to review plans and specifications, 3) information about bonding and insurance requirements, 4) shall identify a contact person and 5) provide telephone/fax numbers. (c) Evidence that the notice described above was provided to potential HUB subcontractors prior to submission of the proposal. Respondent must demonstrate that it provided potential HUB subcontractors reasonable time to respond to the notice. “Reasonable time to respond” in this context is no less than five working days from receipt of notice, unless circumstances require a different time period, which is determined by HHSC and documented in the procurement file. (d) Evidence that, for each area the respondent plans to subcontract, the respondent provided the notice described above to three or more HUBs that perform the type of work. Evidence of notice should include official written documentation, (i.e. phone logs, fax transmittals confirmations, e-mail correspondence confirmation, certified mail receipts, etc) to demonstrate compliance with the notice required in this subsection. If HHSC cannot determine good faith effort from the HSP, it may request additional documentation from the Respondent concerning responses received from HUBs and other subcontractors. (e) Written justification of the selection process if a non-HUB subcontractor is selected through means other than competitive bidding, or a HUB’s bid is the best value Page 30 of 35
  31. 31. Section 4 – Historically Underutilized Business Participation HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP response but is not selected. The respondent should explain how it made the selection. (f) Evidence that the respondent encouraged a selected non-certified minority or women-owned business subcontractor to apply for certification by the TBPC in accordance with TBPC’s HUB procedures set forth in the Texas Administrative Code, §111.17 (relating to “Certification Process”). The respondent should provide documentation demonstrating the steps taken to assist non-certified minority or woman-owned businesses become HUB certified. The respondent should include the minority or woman-owned business’ name, address, and other related information with its documentation. 4.3.3 In developing the HSP, respondents are encouraged to identify, as part of the HSP, multiple subcontractors who are able to perform the work in each area that the respondent is planning to subcontract. Selecting additional subcontractors for each area may assist the awarded contractor in making changes to its original HSP, when needed, and will allow HHSC to approve any necessary changes expeditiously. 4.3.4 The HSP shall include the responses to Section 4.3 and each of the Attachments D-1 and D-2. 4.3.5 Attachment D-1 is the Historically Underutilized Business Letter of Intent, identifying the HUBs and/or potential contractors/vendors that the respondent will use for subcontracting opportunities, the expected percentage of work to be subcontracted, and the approximate dollar value of that percentage of work. (Respondents should use a separate copy of Attachment D-1 for each subcontractor.) Attachment D-2 is the Determination of Good Faith Effort document, in which the respondent identifies each HUB it provided notice of subcontracting opportunities. Respondents must submit a copy of each notice with each D-2. 4.3.6 A respondent’s participation in a Mentor Protégé Program under the Texas Government Code §2161.065, and the submission of a protégé as a subcontractor in the Respondent’s HSP constitutes a good faith effort for the particular area(s) to be subcontracted with the protégé. The respondent must attach a copy of its Mentor Page 31 of 35
  32. 32. Section 4 – Historically Underutilized Business Participation HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP Protégé Agreement that has been approved by a sponsoring state agency and identify each protégé on Attachment D-1. 4.4 If the Respondent Does Not Intend to Subcontract 4.4.1 When HHSC determines that subcontracting opportunities are probable, but the respondent intends to perform and complete all the subcontracting opportunities, as identified by HHSC, with its own equipment, supplies, materials and/or employees, the respondent must nonetheless include a HSP with its response. In this case, the respondent’s HSP shall include: (1) Attachment E-1, Statement of Intent, attesting that the respondent does not intend to subcontract any of the services identified by HHSC in this RFP, and (2) Attachment E-2, Probable Subcontracting, explaining how the respondent intends to perform the entire scope of work. Upon request, the respondent shall provide supporting documentation to substantiate the statement/affidavit, which includes, but is not limited to the following: The respondent shall: (a) Agree to produce evidence of existing staffing to meet contract objectives. (b) Agree to supply monthly payroll records showing company staff fully engaged in the contract. (c) Agree to periodic on-site reviews of company headquarters or work site where services are to be performed. 4.5 Evaluation of the HSP 4.5.1 HHSC will review and evaluate the HSP and supporting documentation to determine if the respondent has made a good faith effort in accordance with HHSC’s HUB rules. If accepted, the HSP shall become a provision of any contract entered into as a result of this RFP. No changes shall be made to an accepted subcontracting plan prior to its incorporation into the contract. If HHSC determines the submitted HSP was not developed in good faith, HHSC shall treat the lack of good faith as a material failure to comply with RFP specifications, and HHSC shall reject the proposal and record the reasons for rejection in the procurement file. Page 32 of 35
  33. 33. Section 5 – Evaluation HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 5. Evaluation 5.1 Evaluation of Proposals HHSC will select the successful vendor through a formal evaluation process. HHSC will consider capabilities or advantages that are clearly described in the proposal, confirmed by oral presentations, site visits or demonstrations if required, and verified by information from reference sources contacted by HHSC. HHSC reserves the right to contact individuals, entities, or organizations that have had dealings with the respondent or staff proposed for this effort, whether or not identified in the proposal. HHSC will more favorably evaluate proposals that offer no or few exceptions, reservations, or limitations to the terms and conditions of the RFP, including HHSC’s Uniform Contract Terms and Conditions. 5.2 Evaluation Criteria Selection Criteria: “Demonstrated Competence, Knowledge and Qualifications” HHSC will evaluate proposals for demonstrated competence, knowledge and qualifications, considering the reasonableness of the proposed fee for services. To evaluate these criteria, HHSC will consider the following factors, in order of precedence: • Experience and knowledge providing actuarial analysis for Medicaid/CHIP programs; • Reasonableness of the proposed cost; • Demonstrate knowledge of CMS regulations for determining rates including Medicaid capitation rates; • Demonstrate commitment to short time frames and ability to meet HHSC deadlines; • Ability to participate in face-to-face meetings with HHSC and other agency staff, HHSC contractors, Legislative committees and CMS representatives; • Make effective presentations on analyses performed as requested; • Ability to comply with HHSC’s Mission Statement and Objectives, and • Ability to guarantee and maintain confidentiality of Medicaid recipient information and other documents provided by HHSC; Page 33 of 35
  34. 34. Section 5 – Evaluation HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP If other considerations are equal, HHSC will give preference to an actuarial firm with a principal place of business in the State of Texas, or a firm who will manage the contract from an office in Texas. 5.3 Initial Compliance Screening HHSC will perform an initial screening of all proposals received. Proposals that do not include all required forms and sections are subject to rejection. This is a pass/fail evaluation. Additionally, proposals that do not demonstrate a good faith effort to comply with the HUB Subcontracting requirements, if applicable, will be rejected without further consideration. In accordance with Section 3.4, HHSC reserves the right to waive minor informalities in a proposal and award a contract that is in the best interest of the State of Texas. 5.4 Oral Presentations and Site Visits HHSC may, at its sole discretion, request oral presentations, site visits, and/or demonstrations from one or more respondents admitted to the field of competition. HHSC will notify selected respondents of the time and location for these activities, and may supply agendas or topics for discussion. HHSC reserves the right to ask additional questions during oral presentations, site visits, and/or demonstrations to clarify the scope and content of the written proposal, oral presentation, site visit, or demonstration. The respondent’s oral presentation, site visit, and/or demonstration must substantially represent material included in the written proposal, and should not introduce new concepts or offers. 5.5 Competitive Field Determinations HHSC may determine that certain proposals are within the field of competition for admission to discussions. The field of competition consists of the proposals that receive the highest or most satisfactory ratings. HHSC may, in the interest of administrative efficiency, place reasonable limits on the number of proposals admitted to the field of competition. Page 34 of 35
  35. 35. Section 5 – Evaluation HHSC RFP No. 529-04-331 Actuarial Consulting Services RFP 5.6 Discussions with Respondents HHSC may, but is not required to, conduct discussions with all, some, or none of the respondents admitted to the field of competition for the purpose of obtaining the best value for HHSC. HHSC may conduct discussions for the purpose of: • Obtaining clarification of ambiguities in a proposal; • Requesting modifications to a proposal; or • Obtaining a best and final offer. HHSC may make an award prior to the completion of discussions with all respondents admitted to the field of competition if HHSC reasonably determines that the award represents best value. 5.7 Best and Final Offers HHSC may, but is not required to, permit respondents admitted to the field of competition to prepare best and final offers. For this reason, respondents are encouraged to submit original proposals as best and final offers. Page 35 of 35

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