USDA WEP Rural Water Circuit Rider Technical Assistance Program 4
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The United Stated Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Water & Environmental Programs (WEP) intends to award a five (5) year single award fixed price contract. Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Water & Environmental Programs (WEP) has a requirement for contractor support services in carrying out its mission, mandated by statute, to protect the government's investment in rural water systems.
This is a follow-on requirement that is currently satisfied under Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Water & Environmental Programs (WEP) currently satisfied under the statutory directive from the Farm Bill.
The contractor must provide a nationwide technical assistance program to support the following objectives:
1. State by State Presence: Ability for each state and rural water and wastewater systems to have sufficient and immediate access to qualified, well-experienced, and certified water professionals or Circuit Riders for hands-on and onsite assistance.
2. Onsite System Assistance: Ability for each Circuit Rider to have the equipment and capability to monitor utility status, maintain communication, and provide immediate access to systems that are capable of delivering the requirements especially during emergencies and disasters.
3. Onsite Training and Technical Assistance: Provide technical and professional expertise on utility management, system operations, financial sustainability, and WEP program knowledge. Possess the capability to deliver and share technical and professional expertise via training in order to maintain knowledge, management, and leadership capacity at the utility level including support to succession planning and apprenticeship in partnership with Department of Labor, Community Colleges, and other key local agencies.
4. Rapid Response During Emergencies & Disasters: Ability to minimize disruption to water and wastewater services during emergencies and disasters by facilitating assessments and emergency plans and regional partnerships utilities as may be necessary, such as electric, water, sewer, etc. Development/execution of mutual agreements between systems and/or state rural water associations for continuity of water and wastewater services during emergencies and disasters.
5. Strategic Customer Service: Experience working with a diversity of rural water systems and structures including municipality, water districts, county districts, regional water, private non-profit, private for-profit, cooperative, and tribally owned and operated rural water and wastewater.
It is anticipated that this procurement will be solicited as a full and open competition under North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code 541611.
The Government is not requesting any specific responses to this notice. However, companies may provide any feedback (such as in regards to the NAICS code) to Kelli Parker at Kelli.Parker@usda.gov.
The anticipated Solicitation release date is August 31, 2020. The Government will provide updates to industry via this announcement prior to solicitation release. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive proposals. The solicitation and any subsequent amendments will be posted to the Beta.Sam.gov website. Prospective offerors are responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation from this website and for monitoring the site for any amendments.