Request for Qualifications: Notice of Funding Availability for (FY) 2018 and FY 2019

Request for Qualifications: Notice of Funding Availability for (FY) 2018 and FY 2019

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Established in 1998, Econometrica, Inc., is an economic research and analysis firm located in Bethesda, MD. For more than 20 years, the firm has provided research, data analytics, and management services to local, state, and federal government clients, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its grantees. Econometrica is requesting qualifications from firms and individuals interested in participating in our application in response to the HUD Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and FY 2019 Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) (Opportunity No. FR-6200-N-06).

For more information from HUD regarding the FY 2018 and FY 2019 NOFA, the full announcement is accessible here: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6200-N-06-CCTA_CBP.pdf.

HUD’s NOFA invites competitive applications for 2 funding years, FY 2018 and FY 2019. Econometrica intends to request funding from both funding years.

Consultant/Contractor Partner RFQ Submission Deadline.

Complete responses to this Request for Quotation (RFQ), following the instructions for submission provided below, are due by January 31, 2019 at 5 p.m. ET.

If HUD extends the deadline for applications in response to its NOFA, the deadline for this RFQ will be extended.

Qualifications and Experience Required

In accordance with 2 CFR Part 200, Sections 200.317 through 200.326, Econometrica is providing in this RFQ a description of the technical requirements of functions to be performed or performance required, including the range of acceptable characteristics or minimum acceptable standards. The Community Compass initiative is designed to support HUD’s local and state grantees to address a range of challenges or obstacles to full program implementation. The goal of the technical assistance and capacity-building initiatives is to equip HUD’s grantees with the knowledge, skills, tools, organizational capacity, and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully and in compliance with state and federal rules, regulations, and program requirements. Therefore, Econometrica is searching for qualified firms and individuals who can provide experience and skills relevant to HUD programs, policies, systems, and initiatives.

  • These programs, policies, systems, and initiatives include but are not limited to:
  • Affordable housing, mixed finance (including Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Rental Assistance Demonstration), and homeownership.
  • Community and economic development and, in particular, disaster resilience.
  • Homelessness.
  • Public housing operations and programs, including public housing accounting, Moving to Work, and Section 3.
  • Choice Neighborhoods, Promise Zones and Opportunity Zones.
  • Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR), Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS), Line of Credit Control System (LOCCS), Section 3 Performance Evaluation and Registration System (SPEARS), Physical Needs Assessment (PNA), and Energy and Performance Information Center (EPIC).
  • Supportive housing and services.
  • Housing preservation, tenant participation, and capacity building.
  • Policy Development and Research (PD&R).
  • Fair housing, procurement, Davis-Bacon, energy and environment, and other cross-cutting requirements.

Evaluation Criteria

All submissions received will be reviewed against the following selection criteria:

  • Experience and Technical Qualifications: The extent to which each respondent demonstrates skills and abilities related to the description above and acceptable past experience with Econometrica, as applicable.
  • Rate Reasonableness: The extent to which rates are considered reasonable compared to the respondent’s experience and qualifications, market prices, and any rate limitations imposed by HUD. Before assigning a funded task, rates must be determined to be fair and reasonable. Respondents must be able to provide evidence of their past pattern of compensation. This evidence includes customary rates, including rates on nongovernment contracts or cooperative agreements.
  • Debarment/Suspension Check: Potential consultants found to be suspended or debarred from federal government business will not be solicited for or awarded task orders. This status is verified by searching the System for Award Management: https://www.sam.gov.
  • Small Business: Econometrica is committed to utilizing small disadvantaged businesses, minority-owned firms, American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms, veteran-owned firms, and women’s business enterprises whenever possible.

All consultants will be selected in compliance with the procurement procedures and standards codified in 2 CFR 200. Selection of consultants will be competitive, as required by 2 CFR § 200.320.

Qualified Applicants

Qualified individuals and organizations may be included in Econometrica’s application to the NOFA. Those included may also be asked to assist with contributing expert knowledge in areas of the application response.

Important Notes: As required by the NOFA (see Section III, Eligibility Information, Item C. Threshold Requirements, 3. Contractor/Consultant Restriction), any firm included as part of Econometrica’s application to this NOFA may not submit its own application to the NOFA. However, subcontractors and consultants may be included as such in more than one application. Qualified individuals and organizations included in Econometrica’s application will be notified in the event that Econometrica is awarded a cooperative agreement under this NOFA.

Due to the lapse in the FY 2019 Appropriations Bill funding HUD, the anticipated award date is uncertain at the time when Econometrica is issuing this RFQ; however the published NOFA projects successful applicants will be notified of an award in May 2019, with a projected 36-month (3 years) period of performance for the cooperative agreement award.

Being qualified and completing a signed quote/commitment or teaming agreement does not guarantee that the individual or firm will receive a funded assignment. Because HUD utilizes a demand-response system to provide technical assistance under cooperative agreements, Econometrica does not know at the time of application (and will not know at the time of award) the activities that it will be asked to carry out over the period of performance for a funded cooperative agreement. In the event of a fully funded award, Econometrica will issue task order assignments for services under the cooperative agreement and will consider those individuals and organizations included in Econometrica’s application to the NOFA as prequalified for these services. However, these prequalified individuals and organizations will not preclude additional individuals and organizations from qualifying during the new solicitation period.

When HUD requests services as part of the cooperative agreement, Econometrica will respond with staff members and consultants qualified to provide the services requested based on Econometrica’s determination concerning expertise, availability, rates, location (if a requirement), and other factors. Any specific work assigned to a consultant will be detailed in a task order assignment from Econometrica outlining specific actions required to meet the programmatic needs specified in the assignment received from HUD.

Instructions for Submission

  1. Review and respond to our online Skills Questionnaire, accessible here: https://econometrica.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eIPol7yM03qEwp7.

    Note:
    We encourage you to complete the online Skills Questionnaire in one sitting. It is estimated to require at most 30 minutes to complete. If you are not able to complete the questionnaire, the system will store your partial response as long as you:
    •  Return to the questionnaire on the same computer and on the same web browser.
    •  Have not cleared your browser cookies.
  2. Once you have completed the questionnaire, email your resume to Econometrica at: FY2019NOFA@EconometricaInc.com. Please use the subject line “Your Name – FY 2019 NOFA.”Note: The online Skills Questionnaire must be completed in its entirety, including the first page, which requests the following information:
  1. Full legal name.
  2. “Doing business as” name, if applicable.
  3. Customary hourly rate.*
  4. Address.
  5. Phone number.
  6. Email address.
  7. Three professional references (nonfamilial and not an Econometrica staff person).

Note on hourly rates: Due to HUD restrictions on approval of hourly consultant rates, Econometrica may need to request additional documentation and rate justification from a consultant to provide to HUD for approval.

Questions and Inquiries

Respondents are encouraged to submit questions about this RFQ in writing to: FY2019NOFA@EconometricaInc.com. Please use the subject line “Your Name – FY 2019 NOFA Questions.”

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Econometrica to present and exhibit at NAHRO’s 2018 National Conference & Exhibition

Econometrica to present and exhibit at NAHRO’s 2018 National Conference & Exhibition

Econometrica, BRicK Partners, LLC and the Winnebago County Housing Authority present about regional housing initiatives.

Bethesda, MD, October 2018

For the third consecutive year, Econometrica will be exhibiting at the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) National Conference & Exhibition from October 25 to 27 in Atlanta, GA. This year we are especially excited to be presenting as well as exhibiting at a booth! Our Senior Project Manager, Margaret McGilvray, along with Samantha DeKovan, Senior Project Manager at BRicK Partners, and Alan Zais, Executive Director of Winnebago and Boone county housing authorities, will present, “The Regional Housing Initiative: Creating Mobility, Opportunity and Affordable Housing Development” on October 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Here is a short description of the session from the NAHRO website:
“This session will highlight details around the formation of the Rockford Regional Housing Initiative (RRHI) and the general concept of a regional housing initiative and other regional approaches for public housing. The RRHI began in 2017 and is a coordinated effort to increase the development and preservation of affordable rental housing in opportunity areas through the pooling of housing choice vouchers and conversion to project based vouchers and other regional collaborations. The session will cover the formative aspects and lessons learned, but also reference some of the experiences in other RHI efforts around the country to include Chicago, Baltimore, Kansas City, etc. HOTMA’s allowance for an additional 10% PBVs in low poverty neighborhoods enhances this tool.”

In addition to attending our session, be sure to stop by our booth! Staff members Paul Watkins and Margaret McGilvray will be exhibiting at Booth 320 and have plenty of free swag to give away! Check out our special giveaways and photo fun. Learn more about the conference at NAHRO’s site, and be sure to check out Econometrica’s housing and community development resources before you go! See you soon!

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business growth.

The Regional Housing Initiative: Creating Mobility, Opportunity and Affordable Housing Development

October 25, 2018
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Econometrica will be exhibiting at Booth 320.

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“Sampling for Auditors” Provides Accountants With Tools for Sampling

“Sampling for Auditors” Provides Accountants With Tools for Sampling

The Presentation From Econometrica’s Senior Economist Aims to Leverage Accountants’ Knowledge of Data

On May 17, 2018, Econometrica’s Senior Economist aimed to demystify some of the concepts of sampling and give accountants, who are the experts in the data, tools to talk about sampling with statisticians. In his presentation, “Sampling for Auditors,” Dr. Bellemore explained key sampling concepts such as the identification of relevant parameters, the identification of relevant characteristics, the appropriate sampling techniques, and the development of spreadsheet models.

Dr. Bellemore believes that accountants’ expert knowledge of data is integral to increasing efficiencies in processes with statisticians.

“Accountants have in-depth knowledge of the data which is critical to get an accurate reading on whatever population they are studying,” Dr. Bellemore said. “Oftentimes, these idiosyncrasies in data help identify what is going on in the population. If the accountant has an idea of what the statistician is trying to do, it is now much easier for the accountant to convey the important components of the data set to the statistician to produce more effective and accurate results.”

The presentation came as part of the Association of Government Accountants’ (AGA) Dallas Chapter’s Professional Development Training event. AGA is a member organization for Government financial management professionals. Dr. Bellemore presented along with four other speakers on topics ranging from sampling for auditors, IT controls for non-IT auditors, overview of the 2017 Yellow Book Exposure Draft, and ethics.

Dr. Bellemore has been an applied microeconomist for more than 25 years. At Econometrica, his career has spanned a myriad of applied economics fields including health, transportation, labor, telecommunications, housing, and environmental economics, as well as public finance and industrial organization.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business growth.

Dr. Bellemore believes that accountants’ expert knowledge of data is integral to increasing efficiencies in processes with statisticians.

Read more about Econometrica’s projects.

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Econometrica Joins the Road to Zero Coalition

Econometrica Joins the Road to Zero Coalition

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Econometrica, Inc., has joined the National Safety Council’s Road to Zero Coalition. The coalition focuses on ending traffic fatalities—a leading cause of unintentional death—on our roadways within 30 years. Partners and stakeholders will act together toward the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by 2050.

According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities have increased 14 percent from 2014 to 2016, which is the largest 2-year increase in more than 50 years. Despite this alarming statistic, traffic fatalities can be prevented.

Econometrica demonstrates extensive experience and expertise in transportation safety. In a project for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Econometrica supported many rulemakings designed to improve safety for truck drivers and the public, such as regulating hours of truck drivers’ service on the road, regulating the use of electronic logging devices to keep track of driving hours, and accounting for the effects of diabetes on safe driving.

Over the past two decades, Econometrica has provided support services for the publication of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts and FMCSA’s Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts. We look forward to working with other members to help the Road to Zero Coalition reach its goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

We look forward to working with other members to help the Road to Zero Coalition reach its goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities.

To join and become a member of the Road to Zero Coalition, visit its site.

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Econometrica Celebrates Earth Day!

Econometrica plants trees in honor of its 20-year anniversary.

Econometrica is pleased to continue our 20-year anniversary celebration with donations to two organizations that will plant trees on parklands. The first donation was made to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Plant-A-Tree program.

The second donation was made to TREE-MENDOUS MARYLAND, a program of the Maryland Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources. This donation will allow a native tree to be planted on Maryland public land.

Both donations represent Econometrica’s own work in the areas of health, community development, infrastructure, and other public services, and symbolize our intent to continue to grow and thrive as an organization and to further to develop our roots and expand our branches.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers and business development.

This donation will allow a native tree to be planted on Maryland public land.

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Building Meaningful Partnerships

2018 Econometrica Partner Day

Econometrica held its annual Partner Day event on April 5. Econometrica is passionate about forming partnerships and building on the strengths of each individual and business. In that spirit, partners arrived from far and wide, with some partners driving from New York and North Carolina. The event started with light refreshments and a rapid networking icebreaker that allowed each attendee to meet others in the room. We continued the event with an in-depth look at Econometrica’s services and a discussion about next steps.

Since the event, Econometrica has already signed a teaming agreement and identified some great opportunities for synergy. We look forward to continuing to nurture our existing partnerships and build new ones.

If you missed the event, don’t worry! Get in touch with us using our contact form. Thank you all for attending and for making 2018 Partner Day a banner event!

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers and business development.

Since the event, Econometrica has already signed a teaming agreement and identified some great opportunities for synergy.

Contact us about partnership opportunities.

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