Request For Proposals — New Jersey Future of Work Task Force Seeks Background Research and Analysis

Beth Simone Noveck
Nov 2, 2018 · 5 min read

Download the PDF version of this RFP here.

Original Date Issued: November 5, 2018

Closing Date: November 26, 2018

Anticipated Award Date: Dec 7 , 2018

Research Due: January 25, 2019

Subject: Request For Proposals — New Jersey Future of Work Task Force Seeks Background Research and Analysis

Scope of Opportunity

Pursuant to Executive Order 41, Governor Philip D. Murphy established The Future of Work Task Force in order to “evaluate how technological advancements will shape the future of New Jersey’s economy and workforce” and how best to prepare for those changes. To inform its work, the Task Force is soliciting original, data-driven research and analysis about the Future of Work in New Jersey.

Research is sought on one of four topics:

  1. Which technologies will impact work in New Jersey? In particular, which industries and to what extent? What is the likely timing of these changes?
  2. Which groups of residents in New Jersey will be most affected by these changes? How will these impacts differ by gender, race, income, location, and education?
  3. What will be the impact of these changes on our communities in New Jersey, namely how people live and how they get to work?
  4. In what way might these same technologies improve workplace conditions, create better jobs and grow the state’s economy?

We are seeking both longer and shorter research and/or think pieces that respond to these questions specifically with regard to New Jersey.

Preference will be given to multidisciplinary research that combines both social and data or computational sciences.

These research outputs will inform the work of the Task Force and provide an evidentiary basis to guide future policymaking.

Each longer research report (approximately 25 pages) will receive a payment of $5,000 payable upon completion and acceptance.

Each shorter research report (approximately 10 pages) will receive a payment of up to $2,500 payable upon completion and acceptance.

Submission Requirements

Applicants should submit proposals of three pages or fewer that contain the following sections:

1. Contact Information. Each proposal should contain full contact information for all team members including phone and email.

2. Description of Research and Other Activities. A description of the topic of your proposed research activities, keeping in mind the priority areas listed above. This section should also include: information about a proposed methodology, including sources of data, for conducting your research; whether you will create a longer, original research project or a shorter think piece; a description of proposed outputs/deliverables, together with an explanation of how the work will go beyond general studies on the future of work to address circumstances specific to New Jersey.

3. Qualifications Statement. In this section please include a brief biographical summary of your major experiences and qualifications. This section should also include brief summaries of prior research and writing (or other outputs). You may attach brief resumes for team members that will not count toward the page limit.

Evaluation and Award Process

Proposals and qualifications will be evaluated by the Chief Innovation Officer and researchers from the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Proposals will be selected based on their value to the work of the Task Force, including originality, specificity and quality.

Submission Instructions

Proposals must be submitted electronically to Kai Feder (kai.feder@tech.nj.gov) and Kathy Krepcio (krepcio@rutgers.edu).

General Conditions

Proposal Submission — Late proposals will not be accepted. Faxed proposals will not be accepted. If changes are made to this solicitation, notifications will be posted on the Future of Work website.

Limitation — This solicitation does not create a commitment to award a contract, pay any costs incurred in preparing a proposal, or to procure or contract for services or supplies. The Task Force reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals received, to negotiate with all qualified sources, or to cancel in part or in its entirety the solicitation when it is in its best interest.

Equal Opportunity — In connection with RFP, the Task Force warrants that it shall not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, non-disabling physical and mental disability, political status, matriculation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, status as a veteran, physical handicap, age, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

About the Future of Work Task Force

The Task Force will evaluate how technological advancements will shape the future of New Jersey’s economy and workforce. The Task Force shall be composed of no more than 25 members, who shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Governor. All public members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation. The Task Force shall organize as soon as practicable after the appointment of its members, and shall convene as often as practicable and as requested by the Governor or chairperson. The Task Force is authorized to call upon any department, office, division or agency of this State to supply it with data and any other information or assistance available to such agency as the Task Force deems necessary to execute its duties under this Order. Each department, office, division or agency of this State is hereby required, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate fully with the Task Force within the limits of its statutory authority and to furnish it with such assistance on as timely a basis as is necessary to accomplish the purpose of this Order. The Task Force may, and is expected to, consult with experts and other knowledgeable individuals in the public or private sector on any aspect of its mission. The objectives of the Task Force shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

● To determine which technologies will impact work in New Jersey, and in particular which industries and sectors will be affected and to what extent;

● To identify the groups of residents in New Jersey likely to be most affected by these changes and how effects will vary based on differing demographics, including gender, race, income, location, and education;

● To explore the ways in which the same innovative technologies might improve workplace conditions, create different jobs, and grow the state’s economy;

● To devise innovative, impactful and cost-effective strategies for what State government, universities, private corporations, non-profits and individuals can do to prepare for these changes and ensure a prosperous and equitable future; and

● To produce an evidence-based policy roadmap for New Jersey to prepare for the future of work.

The Task Force shall be purely advisory in nature, and shall release recommendations as appropriate.

Future of Work Task Force Points of Contact

Technical questions concerning this solicitation should be directed to Kai Feder, Chief of Staff, Office of Innovation, at kai.feder@tech.nj.gov.

The following update was posted on November 12, 2018: All questions and answers pertaining to the New Jersey Future of Work Task Force RFP for Background Research and Analysis will anonymized and posted on the RFP Question and Answer page available at: https://medium.com/nj-future-of-work-task-force/questions-and-answers-for-new-jersey-future-of-work-task-force-rfp-for-background-research-and-146e21a6e29b

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