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Notice of Intent to Award a Sole Source Purchase Order for OW’s Coastal and Estuarine Program Scientific Publications Outreach

Notice of Intent to Award a Sole Source Purchase Order for OW’s Coastal and Estuarine Program Scientific Publications Outreach

Posted Date : September 24, 2012

Procurement Office: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters Procurement
Operations Division., (3803R) 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, 20460

Response Date: September 28, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water (OW) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW) intends to issue a sole source, firm-fixed priced purchase order to Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) for six (6) Coastal and Estuarine Science News newsletter scientific publication summaries and a special issue in the journal Estuaries and Coasts on the topic of “Impact of climate change on the quality of coastal and urban waters.” This procurement will be pursuant to the authority of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Parts 12 (Acquisition of Commercial Items) and 13 (Simplified Acquisition Procedures). The Statement of Work follows.

 

STATEMENT OF WORK  

OW’s Coastal and Estuarine Program Scientific Publications Outreach

 SCOPE AND TASKS

 The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water (OW) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW) Ocean and Coastal Protection Division (OCPD) has a requirement for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) to provide issues of its Coastal and Estuarine Science News newsletter scientific publication summaries and a special issue in the journal Estuaries and Coasts, as described below. 

1.CERF shall provide six (6) issues of its Coastal and Estuarine Science News newsletter scientific publication summaries. These summaries will be in Word format and readable in standard electronic format, such as with websites and email messages.

These scientific summaries shall be distributed via CERF’s website and email list- servers.

2. CERF shall provide one (1) special issue in the Estuaries and Coasts journal on the topic of “Impact of climate change on the quality of coastal and urban waters.” This issue shall be in published in both English and Spanish.  

SCHEDULE OF DELIVERABLES

 1.Six (6) issues of its Coastal and Estuarine Science News newsletter scientific publication summaries shall be completed and distributed by September 30, 2013 in accordance with the following bimonthly schedule:

a. The first EPA requested newsletter shall be completed and distributed two (2) months after award.

b. Subsequent newsletters shall be completed and distributed approximately every two (2) months after delivery of the first newsletter.

2. One special issue in the Estuaries and Coasts journal shall be completed and distributed by September 30, 2013.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

All deliverables shall be completed and distributed between the Date of Award and September 30, 2013.

Sole Source Justification: Based on market research and other available information, EPA has determined that CERF is uniquely qualified to satisfy the Government’s requirement to provide stakeholders’ communication and public outreach within its coastal and estuarine publications to promote EPA’s public awareness of coastal protection activities. As a leading coastal and estuarine nonprofit organization, CERF: promotes research in estuarine and coastal systems; supports education of scientists, decision-makers, and the public; and facilitates communication between coastal environmental and stewardship groups. As the author of the publications, CERF provides varies means (i.e., web-based, email-based, print publications) of access to their scientific and environmental protection publications to approximately 1,650 members and an additional 1,000 member of affiliate organizations. The publications include federal and regional programs, including EPA’s programs to protect and restore our ocean and coastal ecosystems by promoting watershed-based coastal management, preventing pollution of the marine environment, monitoring and assessing coastal conditions, and establishing effective relationships with various stakeholders and groups of interest. The ability to provide stakeholders’ communication and public outreach as a result of this procurement would significantly benefit various Agency watershed-based coastal and estuarine protection programs (i.e., EPA’s National Estuary Program (NEP), EPA’s Large Aquatic Ecosystem (LAE) programs, Climate Ready Estuaries (CREs) program) by addressing climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies, and engaging and educating stakeholders.

NO SOLICITATION OR REQUEST FOR QUOTE (RFQ) IS AVAILABLE. Notwithstanding, any firm that believes it is capable of meeting EPA’s requirements as stated herein may submit a capability statement, which if received by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Responses to this posting must be in writing and provide clear and convincing evidence that competition would be advantageous to the Government. A determination not to compete the proposed Purchase Order based upon the responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. All questions should be directed to Jessica White at white.jessica@epa.gov.

The point of contact for this procurement is Jessica White, Contracting Officer, at white.jessica@epa.gov

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