This announcement is a Sources Sought Notice (market survey). This is not a Request for Quote (RFQ). This announcement is for information and planning purposes only and is not a commitment by the Government, implied or otherwise, to issue a solicitation or award a contract. The purpose of this sources sought is to determine interested parties, socioeconomic status availability, and capabilities.  The Government intends to use responses to this sources sought notice to make an appropriate acquisition decision for this project.

The federally listed Streaked Horned Lark (SHLA) occurs on dredged material deposition islands and mainland sites in the lower Columbia River. Many sites are on islands that are not connected with the mainland and require a boat or other means to access. In 2014, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) completed a consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) for effects to SHLA resulting from Columbia River channel maintenance activities. As part of the consultation, USACE is required to monitor SHLA and their habitats, evaluating population trends to confirm effects .

The Contractor shall provide streaked horned lark monitoring services in accordance with the draft performance work statement (PWS) and the map of monitoring locations, which are attached to this notice.  The contractor shall provide all personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, transportation, tools, materials, supervision, and other items and non-personal services necessary to perform the work.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Portland District is seeking sources for SHLA monitoring services at various monitoring locations along the Columbia River under NAICS Code 541690, Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services and a small business size threshold of $16.5 million per year.   

The Government anticipates awarding One (1) Firm-Fixed Price – Services contract for a Base Period and Two One-Year Option Periods. 

The Period of Performance is anticipated to be:

Base Year:           01 April 2021 through 31 March 2022

Option Year 1:     01 April 2022 through 31 March 2023

Option Year 2:     01 April 2023 through 31 March 2024

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR RESPONSES TO THIS SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE

1. Business name, Point of Contact name, email address, and phone number.

2. CAGE Code and DUNS number.

3. In the event that the organization is a small business, state the category of small business, such as 8(a), HUBZone, Veteran Owned Small Business, Woman Owned Small Business, or SDVOSB.

4. Statement of Capability (SOC): Discuss skills, knowledge, and equipment required to perform the occupancy and abundance monitoring.  Describe recent and relevant experience within the last five years:

a. providing SHLA, or similar avian species, monitoring services similar in scope and size to the attached draft PWS.

b. providing SHLA, or similar avian species, monitoring services on islands in a large, fast moving river.

c. evaluating avian population trends over years.

d. submitting data, field reports, final reports, and GIS files with metadata using best management practices.

e. comparable to conducting surveys following methods and protocols in Pearson, S.F., M. Linders, I. Keren, H. Anderson, R. Moore, G. Slater, and A. Kreager. 2016. Survey protocols and strategies for assessing  Streaked Horned Lark, or similar avian species, site occupancy status, population abundance, and trends. Wildlife Science Division, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Olympia, Washington.

Please limit responses to allow the Government to determine interested parties, socioeconomic status availability, and capabilities.  The Government intends to use responses to make an appropriate acquisition decision for this project.

The Government intends to issue a solicitation for this project on or around 25 January 2021.  At this time, a solicitation does not exist; therefore, offers shall not be accepted.  It is the potential Offeror's responsibility to monitor Beta.sam.gov for release of any future solicitation that may result from this Sources Sought Notice.

Response deadline:  10:00 a.m. Pacific Time 21 January 2021 

Send email responses with “W9127N21Q0019 Streaked Horned Lark Sources Sought” in the subject line to:

Kristel.M.Flores@usace.army.mil

NAICS Code for this requirement:  541690, Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

PSC Code for this requirement:  B509 Special Studies/analysis- Endangered Species: Plant/animal

Size Standard:  $16.5 million per year