Notice of Intent to Award a Sole Source Purchase Order for TIME Lake Site Evaluation Documentation and Site Characteristic Information Collection
Posted Date: June 28, 2012
Procurement Office : U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters Procurement Operations Division (3803R)
Response Date: July 8, 2012
In accordance with FAR 13.106-1(b)(1), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Office of Atmospheric Programs (OAP), Clean Air Markets Division intends to award a sole source fixed-price purchase order to the University of Maine of Orono, Maine for site evaluation documentation and site characteristic information collection for thirty-one TIME lake sites located in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The justification is as follows. The purpose of this acquisition is to obtain specific site location documentation information for lakes in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The service rendered to EPA under this procurement is to produce and deliver valid site documentation data and site attribute information (geographic coordinates, elevation, site maps and photographic images files). Since 1982, the University of Maine has been responsible for lake chemistry monitoring at 31 sites in New England and New York. The existing site documentation is more than 30 years old, and largely derived from preexisting programs and surveys. Updated site information, including site access and development pressures, is required to review the fitness of sites to remain included in routine sampling regiment. The University of Maine will ultimately be using this site documentation for future sampling efforts and need to be able to access to the most current information. The use of another source would create a duplicate effort as the University of Maine would still have to visit the sites to collect water quality data before the site review process could commence. Additionally, University of Maine researchers have worked extensively in the region and have unique, established partnerships with local land owners, Parks Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. These relationships are vital for gaining access to the lake sites and a history of working in the area is a key component to ensuring that access privileges remain or are granted.
NO SOLICITATION OR REQUEST FOR QUOTE (RFQ) IS AVAILABLE. Notwithstanding, any firm that believes it is capable of meeting EPA's requirement as stated herein may submit a capability statement, which if received within ten (10) calendar days of the 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 Ryan Daniels via the e-mail link below.
The point of contact for this requirement is Ryan Daniels, Contract Specialist, at email@example.com.