RFP 2011-1000-0002 for Developing a Guide Concession Program for the Dept. of Natural Resources Div. of Mining, Land & Water
Category: ProcurementDepartment: Natural Resources Publish Date:01/28/2011Location:Statewide
Coastal District: N/A
Body of Notice:
The State of Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources has issued a Request for Proposals for assistance in developing a guide concession program for managing the use of State land by big game guides.
The State will hold a pre-proposal conference on Wednesday February 9, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in Suite 240 of the Robert B. Atwood Building, 550 W. 7th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501. The purpose of this conference is to discuss the work described in the RFP with potential offerors and allow potential offerors to ask questions. Attendance at this conference is not mandatory in order to submit a proposal, however the State strongly encourages potential offerors to attend. If you plan on attending, please contact the Procurement Officer and provide your contact information and the number of attendees.
If you download the solicitation from this web site, you must register with the Procurement Officer listed on this document to receive subsequent amendments. Failure to contact the Procurement Officer may result in the rejection of your offer.
The State of Alaska complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities who may need auxiliary aids, services, and/or special modifications to participate in this procurement should contact Marlys Hagen, C.P.M., Department Procurement Officer, at (907) 269-8666 no later than 10 calendar days before the due date to make any necessary arrangements.
Here is the link to the RFP pdf file:
Couple of important excerpts folks should be aware of:
Purpose of the RFP
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking a qualified contractor to assist the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land & Water in developing a guide concession program for managing the use of State land by big game guides. The goal is to develop a program that would create an area based allocation system for managing the use of state land by big game guides. For this Phases I and II of the project as described herein, the successful offeror will be directly responsible for aspects of the development of the program, including working with public and agency comments, reviewing and drafting documents, and assisting with public and agency information needs. The next phase of the project will generally consist of continued development of the program, including finalization of the program details, regulations, and forms, and possible implementation of the program upon approval of the DNR Commissioner. The State may choose to add the additional work to the contract, or may choose to procure those services separately.
Department of Natural Resources estimates a budget of between $65,000 and $100,000 for the phases of the project included in this RFP. The State has requested additional funding for this project. Should additional funds be appropriated for this project, the State may choose to add funds to this contract for additional phases of the project as described above, or may choose to procure those services separately.
The purpose of this RFP is for the department to obtain assistance to complete the next stages of development of the Guide Concession program. The successful offeror will review existing state and federal programs currently in use in Alaska, existing draft documents created by the division, and the public comments collected during recent public involvement in order to develop the work products. Occasional travel to in meetings may be required and will be at the contractor’s expense. The State highly desires that the successful offeror attend at least one day of the Big Game Commercial Services Board meeting that will be held March 15 through 17, 2011 in Fairbanks. Staff interviews in Anchorage and Fairbanks will also be required.
Frankly I find this unbelievable that the state is contracting out for a private entity in this fashion to design the Guide Concession Program after it was supposed to be the purview of DNR for so long.
So what was the real value in all those meetings and the public comment periods? How much more money is the state going to spend on this that they will never get back? Why won't the state provide the extra funding to DNR to hire more staff to specifically work on this under DNR's purview? Why are they seeking a private contractor?
Those are just a few of the many questions I have on all this. Have to say I am really frustrated with how this is continuing to go down.