RSOI: W9126G-22-2-SOI-4203, NATURAL/CULTURAL RESOURCES PROGRAM SIKES ACT SUPPORT

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
FORT WORTH DISTRICT, CORPS OF ENGINEERS
819 TAYLOR STREET
FORT WORTH, TX  76102

REQUEST FOR STATEMENTS OF INTEREST
NUMBER W9126G-22-2-SOI-4203
PROJECT TO BE INITIATED IN 2022

Applicants must be members in one of the following Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU):
Article III, (D) of the following Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Units(CESU)

Gulf Coast CESU Unit W9126G-12-2-0019
Hawai’i- Pacific CESU Unit W9126G-14-2-0017
North Atlantic Coast CESU Unit W9126G-14-2-0016
Chesapeake Watershed CESU Unit W9126G-11-2-0041
Great Plains CESU Unit W9126G-10-2-2010

Project Title: Natural/Cultural Resources Program Sikes Act Support to United States JBSA Lackland, TX

Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC)/Environmental Quality Technical Support Branch (CZTQ), which provides Natural/Cultural Resources Program Sikes Act Support in order to facilitate successful implementation of the 16 USC 670c-1 Sikes Act.

Approximately $1,362,201.19 is expected to be available to support this project during the 12- month base period or performance. Additional funding may be available for follow on work in subsequent fiscal years to the successful Recipient/Awardee

Background:
This statement of objectives (SOO) defines requirements for natural and cultural resources management support to the United States Air Force (AF) Civil Engineer Center, Environmental Management Directorate, Technical Support Division, (AFCEC/CZTQ), as it is the center of expertise for the administration and management of natural and cultural resources on Air Force installations. The AF manages lands in all states and territories in accordance with Federal environmental laws and regulations, including the Sikes Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and others.

Cooperator support is required to assist the Air Force with the implementation of the natural and cultural resources management programs as mandated in the Sikes Act (16 U.S.C. 670 et seq.), and in accordance with Air Force and Department of Defense policy. The Cooperator shall provide technical support for installation conservation programs to ensure that AF, federal, and state environmental regulations are met while minimizing the impact of AF activities on natural and cultural resources. The Sikes Act requires Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs) to be updated no less often than every five years (16 U.S.C. 670a(b)(2)) with updates and signatures of approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and State fish and wildlife agency. DoD must report the status of INRMP Sikes Act compliance and Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan (ICRMP) annually in the Defense Environmental Program Annual Report to Congress. AFCEC is responsible for overseeing the update and management of 96 INRMPs for Sikes Act compliance and 117 ICRMPs. The Cooperator will assist with updates to the Master Tracker Compliant INRMP Excel spreadsheet for the purpose of tracking INRMP compliance status and dates.

Type of Award:
This cooperative agreement supports, and is supported by, the Sikes Act as codified in Title 16, United States Code, Section 670 et seq., Subchapter I – Conservation Programs on Military Installations. The Sikes Act authorizes cooperative programs for conservation and rehabilitation of natural resources on military installations. The Government shall not exercise any supervision or control over a Cooperator performing the services herein. In accordance with FAR 7.503(e), projects for execution under this Cooperative Agreement (CA) do not include any functions to be performed that are inherently governmental. This determination is made with the assessment that places emphasis on the degree to which conditions and facts restrict the discretionary authority, decision-making responsibility, or accountability of Government officials using Cooperator support services or work products. In accordance with FAR 37.104, this CA shall not be used for performance of personal services. Any modifications to Cooperative Agreement activities as outlined by this Statement of Objectives must be channeled through the Grants Officer’s Technical Representative and Grants Officer prior to Cooperator implementation.

The Sikes Act (16 U.S.C. 670 et seq.) requires military installations to develop an Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP), and to maintain the Plan as current through the annual review and update process. Air Force Manual (AFMAN) 32-7003, Environmental Conservation, defines the processes and functional areas of the Air Force natural and cultural resources management program, the required elements of an INRMP, the guidance for the management of the revenue-generating reimbursable, and conservation programs. Applicable laws and regulations include the following:

  • Endangered Species Act of 1973, (16 U.S.C. §1531-1543)
  • Sikes Act (16 U.S.C. §§ 670a-f)
  • 10 U.S.C. § 2665, Sale of certain interests in land; logs
  • 10 U.S.C. §2667(d)(4), Outleasing for Grazing and Agriculture on Military Lands
  • DoDI 4715.03, Natural Resources Conservation Program
  • DoD Financial Management Regulation 7000.14-R, Volume 11A, Accounting for Production and Sale of Forest Products
  • AFPD 32-70, Environmental Quality
  • AFMAN 32-7003, Environmental Conservation
  • AFI 32-9003, Granting Temporary Use of Air Force Real Property
  • AFI 34-101, Air Force Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Program and Use Eligibility
  • AFI 65-106, Appropriated Fund Support of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) and Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities (NAFIS)
  • AFI 65-601, Budget Guidance and Procedures, Volume 1

In accordance with section 6305 – Using cooperative agreements of the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreements Act of 1977 (31 U.S.C. § 6301 et seq.), all CESU projects must carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation, instead of acquiring goods or services for the exclusive direct benefit of the United States Government.

This project is to be awarded under the authority of the Sikes Act (Sec. 103A [16 USC 670c-1]) “the Secretary of a military department may enter into cooperative agreements with States, local governments, Indian Tribes, non-governmental organizations, and individuals, ….” This project is in support of the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan, as directed in the Sikes Act, and as a result, it is anticipated that a cooperative agreement through the CESU program will be awarded. Such awards may be administered through a CESU only upon mutual agreement and official authorization by both parties of the acceptance of the application of the CESU Network IDC rate (17.5%).

Note: Must be a non-federal partner in one of the following CESU Unit regions to be qualified to be considered: Gulf Coast W9126G-12-2-0019, Hawaii – Pacific Islands W9126G-14-2-0017, North Atlantic Coast W9126G-14-2-0016, Chesapeake Watershed W9126G-11-2-0041, and Great Plains W9126G-10-2-2010.

Brief Description of Anticipated Work:

This research focuses on the following major requirements and tasks:

Conservation Program Management Assistance. The Cooperator shall provide fulltime professional natural and cultural resources planning and research support to assist AFCEC with the development and execution of Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans and Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plans.

Natural/Cultural Resources Management Support. In  accordance  with  the  goals  and objectives of approved Air Force ICRMPs and INRMPs, and consistent with the use of military installations to ensure the preparedness of the Armed Forces, the Cooperator shall assist the Air Force with implementation of the Air Force program for the conservation and rehabilitation of natural resources on Air Force installations (16 U.S.C. § 670a(a)(3)). Research Associate assistance is required for implementation of specific natural and cultural resource management goals and objectives for managing the sustainable multipurpose use of the resources on Air Force installations, to include forestry, agriculture, hunting, fishing, trapping and non-consumptive uses such as public access to the installation for dispersed outdoor recreation (16 U.S.C. § 670a(a)(3)(A)). Cooperator research and planning assistance shall, to the extent appropriate with the Sikes Act, assist with the implementation of Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan projects that provide for fish and wildlife management, land management, forest management, fish and wildlife-oriented recreation, and fish and wildlife habitat enhancement (16 U.S.C. 670a(b)). The Cooperator shall assist the Air Force in a program to provide for sustainable public use of natural resources to the extent that the use is not inconsistent with the needs of fish and wildlife resources (16 U.S.C. § 670a(b)(1)(F)); and assist the Air Force with evaluating when public access to the military installation is necessary or appropriate in accordance with safety and security requirements (16 U.S.C. § 670a(b)(1)(G).

Period of Performance:

Base Period (Mandatory Tasks) will be for a 12-month period from the start date of 27 September 2022.

Base Period (Optional Tasks) will be for a 12-month period and may be exercised any time prior to the end date of the Base Period (Mandatory Tasks).

Option Period 1 (Mandatory Tasks) will be for a 12-month period from the start date of 27 September 2023 and shall be exercised prior to the Base Period (Mandatory Tasks) end date of 26 September 2023.

Option Period 1 (Optional Tasks) will be for a 12-month period and may be exercised any time prior to the end date of Option Period 1 (Mandatory Tasks) if unexercised or prior to expiration of the exercised Base Period (Optional Tasks) period of performance end date(s).

Option Period 2 (Mandatory Tasks) will be for a 12-month period from the start date of 27 September 2024 and shall be exercised prior to the Option Period 1 (Mandatory Tasks) end date of 26 September 2024.

Option Period 2 (Optional Tasks) will be for a 12-month period and may be exercised any time prior to the end date of Option Period 2 (Mandatory Tasks) if unexercised or prior to expiration of the exercised Option Period 1(Optional Tasks) period of performance end date(s).

Option Period 3 (Mandatory Tasks) will be for a 12-month period from the start date of 27 September 2025 and shall be exercised prior to the Option Period 2 (Mandatory Tasks) end date of 26 September 2025.

Option Period 3 (Optional Tasks) will be for a 12-month period and may be exercised any time prior to the end date of Option Period 3 (Mandatory Tasks) if unexercised or prior to expiration of the exercised Option Period 2 (Optional Tasks) period of performance end date(s).

Option Period 4 (Mandatory Tasks) will be for a 12-month period from the start date of 27 September 2026 and shall be exercised prior to the Option Period 3 (Mandatory Tasks) end date of 26 September 2026.

Option Period 4 (Optional Tasks) will be for a 12-month period and may be exercised any time prior to the end date of Option Period 4 (Mandatory Tasks) if unexercised or prior to expiration of the exercised Option Period 3 (Optional Tasks) period of performance end date(s).

Option Period 5 (Mandatory Tasks) will be for a 12-month period from the start date of 27 September 2027 and shall be exercised prior to the Option Period 4 (Mandatory Tasks) end date of 26 September 2027.

Option Period 5 (Optional Tasks) will be for a 12-month period and may be exercised any time prior to the end date of Option Period 5 (Mandatory Tasks) if unexercised or prior to expiration of the exercised Option Period 4 (Optional Tasks) period of performance end date(s).

Option Period 6 (Mandatory Tasks) will be for a 12-month period from the start date of 27 September 2028 and shall be exercised prior to the Option Period 5 (Mandatory Tasks) end date of 26 September 2028.

Option Period 6 (Optional Tasks) will be for a 12-month period and may be exercised any time prior to the end date of Option Period 6 (Mandatory Tasks) if unexercised or prior to expiration of the exercised Option Period 5 (Optional Tasks) period of performance end date(s).

Materials Requested for Statement of Interest/Qualifications:

Please provide the following via e-mail attachment to: sandra.justman@usace.army.mil AND Gregory.W.Bonnell@usace.army.mil

(Maximum length: 5-6 pages, single-spaced 12 pt. font).

  1. Name, Organization, Cage Code, Duns number, and Contact Information (Email)
  2. Brief Statement of Qualifications (including):
    • Biographical Sketch,
    • Relevant past projects and clients with brief descriptions of these projects,
    • Staff, faculty or students available to work on this project and their areas of expertise,
    • Any brief description of capabilities to successfully complete the project you may wish to add (e.g. equipment, laboratory facilities, greenhouse facilities, field facilities, ).

Note: A full study proposal and proposed budget are NOT requested at this time.

Review of Statements Received: All statements of interest received will be evaluated by a board comprised of one or more people at the receiving installation or activity, who will determine which statement(s) best meet the program objectives. Based on a review of the Statements of Interest received, an investigator or investigators will be invited to prepare a full study proposal. Statements will be evaluated based on the investigator’s specific experience and capabilities in areas related to the study requirements.

Please send responses or direct questions to:

Sandy Justman Contract Specialist
RPEC/Real Estate/Agreements Section
Directorate of Contracting
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Worth District
Sandra.justman@usace.army.mil

Greg Bonnell
Project Manager
Regional Planning and Environmental Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Gregory.W.Bonnell@usace.army.mil
Cell. (918) 951-0591

Timeline for Review of Statements of Interest: The RSOI is required to post for 30 days prior  to the Government making a decision and requesting full proposals. Responses due by 5:00 P.M., Central Time, on 12 AUGUST 2022.

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See RSOI SOO Draft Package 4203 for full RSOI and Statement of Objectives (SOO).