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 Wins Option Year 2 of USDA Foods Trend Analysis Project

Econometrica Wins Option Year 2 of USDA Foods Trend Analysis Project

The Econometrica Team closes out a successful first option year and looks ahead to another exciting year.

Bethesda, MD, October 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has awarded the Econometrica Team a second option year on the USDA Foods Trend Analysis project that will run through September 2019. This study examines the types and amounts of food ordered through USDA Foods and USDA U.S. Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (USDA DoD Fresh) under the National School Lunch Program.

During the first option year, the Econometrica Team conducted comprehensive descriptive analyses of the types of products ordered and order patterns through USDA Foods and USDA DoD Fresh at the national and State levels for school years (SYs) 2014–2015, 2015–2016, and 2016–2017. This work involved cleaning and assembling program administrative data, conducting analysis using SAS and Tableau, and producing a report on the findings. We developed infographics on ordering patterns for FNS program marketing and information dissemination purposes. In addition, the team developed an interactive Tableau-based dashboard for FNS and States to use in program monitoring. The dashboard contains detailed information on multiple data points that we analyzed over the course of this contract.

In the second option year, the project is expanding to include two additional years of order data (SYs 2013–2014 and 2017–2018). The project includes new analysis of USDA Foods processor inventory levels over the course of the school year to inform FNS about patterns in processor compliance with program inventory limits. We will also develop new infographics and update the Tableau dashboard with the new data. Congratulations to all on the win!

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 developed infographics on ordering patterns for FNS program marketing and information dissemination purposes.

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Econometrica to Provide Research, Analytics, and Data Preparation Services to Support the Open Payments Program

Econometrica to Provide Research, Analytics, and Data Preparation Services to Support the Open Payments Program

Open Payments provides the public with information regarding the financial relationships between the healthcare industry, including pharmaceuticals, and healthcare providers.

Bethesda, MD, October 2018

Econometrica, Inc., was recently awarded a contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide research, analytics, and data preparation services to support the Open Payments program.

Under this contract, Econometrica and its partner, Acumen, LLC, will prepare standing analytics and data products, analyze program compliance, and carry out ad hoc analyses and special studies as they arise.

“Our experts in data and analytics look forward to using their skills to support the Open Payments program, serving CMS and the public,” said Cyrus Baghelai, Econometrica’s President and CEO. “In the next few years, this program will likely expand exponentially. Econometrica looks forward to supporting CMS through this transition and to providing the public with more information about how healthcare providers are being compensated by the healthcare industry.”

To increase transparency, the Affordable Care Act mandated the Open Payments program to provide the public with information regarding the financial relationships between the healthcare industry—pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and distributors—and healthcare providers—physicians and teaching hospitals.

Open Payments requires applicable manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) to annually report payments and other transfers of value made to physicians and teaching hospitals. Certain information regarding the ownership or investment interests held by physicians or their immediate family members in applicable manufacturers and GPOs must also be reported. The Open Payments mandate requires CMS to compile the submitted data, check them for accuracy, and publish the data on a public website.

Increasing transparency helps improve the public’s trust in healthcare. Econometrica worked on many projects in the past with CMS, including the Development, Implementation, and Maintenance of Quality Measures for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly project and the Evaluation and Monitoring of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Model 1 Initiative. Econometrica is proud to continue working to impact the quality of care.

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.

To increase transparency, the Affordable Care Act mandated the Open Payments program to provide the public with information regarding the financial relationships between the healthcare industry—pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and distributors—and healthcare providers—physicians and teaching hospitals.

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Econometrica Completes Development of CDC’s Nursing Home Infection Prevention Training Course

Econometrica Completes Development of CDC’s Nursing Home Infection Prevention Training Course

Using best learning practices, Econometrica delivers 19 hours of a continuing education training course

Bethesda, MD, October 2018

The Econometrica Team completed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Nursing Home Infection Prevention Training course contract on September 20, 2018. The course will be released in spring 2019 and will support CDC’s mission and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ goal to address and prevent healthcare-associated infections under the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections. It will also support new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ mandates for long-term care facilities.

Our team of instructional designers, programmers, and graphic designers worked collaboratively with the CDC Technical Team to produce 22 learning modules in 13 months. In all, the team produced 1,156 slides totaling 19 hours of continuing education-accredited content. Econometrica’s ability to work flexibly and accommodate changes quickly contributed to delivering a high-quality product on time.

The Econometrica Team began the contract with an outline of the topics CDC wished to cover. During the first 6 months of the contract, the team wrote content in conjunction with the CDC Technical Team. For the last 7 months of the contract, the Econometrica Team transformed the written content into a dynamic, interactive, beautifully illustrated e-learning course. The Econometrica Team built the course using Lectora Online and breathed life into the content by using our experience in instructional design, incorporating 869 illustrations and photographs into the modules, and employing medically trained professionals to narrate the course.

Finally, the Econometrica Team recruited more than 100 medically trained practitioners to pilot test the course and satisfied the requirements for the course to be certified for 19 hours of continuing education in the medical, nursing, and general education fields. Many of the pilot testers expressed gratitude toward the specific toolkits created for the course, the list of resources offered, and the real-world examples used.

In the end, the Econometrica Team was pleased with the positive feedback received from the CDC Technical Team and pilot testers. “I would like to thank you and the CDC team for allowing me to participate in the pilot test program. The learning was exceptional, the content robust and substantive, and more than anything, provided a challenging opportunity. As a lifelong learner, this was a valuable experience and one that I could associate each module with my work/environment,” wrote one course pilot tester.

“At the end of the day, the intention is to put accessible, practical, important infection prevention information out there for the caregivers who take care of people who are incredibly vulnerable in these facilities. It has been a tremendous amount of work, we recognize that your team has been on double time to make all of this happen in a very aggressive timeframe. As we have looked at the feedback from the evaluations and through the modules we were very similarly pleased to see that the overwhelming feedback was positive . . . It’s been a very good experience for our team to take on something of this complexity and to appreciate instructional designers and people who have stronger backgrounds in development of educational content because the translation of information is a critical piece to people’s experience. It’s been certainly a steep learning curve but fun at times and very appreciative of all of your efforts,” said the CDC Technical Team lead.

Econometrica’s team of instructional designers, content producers, subject matter experts, programmers, and graphic designers collaborated effectively to produce a training course that will help promote best infection prevention practices. Econometrica values CDC’s mission to educate health practitioners and is honored to be a part of the process.

“When I think about who is taking this course, I think about the people who take care of my grandparents who are in a nursing home and in an assisted living home. It means the world to me to know that they are getting the right information and they’re going to be healthier because of it,” said Jill Simmerman, Project Manager at Econometrica, Inc.

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.

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Take the Antibiotic Stewardship CDC Training Course

While awaiting the release of the infection prevention training course, the Antibiotic Stewardship training course Econometrica produced earlier this year is available online.

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Econometrica to Support HUD’s Grantees

Econometrica to Support HUD’s Grantees

Econometrica awarded 2017 Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Cooperative Agreements

Bethesda, MD, January, 2018

Econometrica, Inc., was recently awarded two cooperative agreements by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund technical assistance activities assigned by HUD. Econometrica, with a team of expert partners, responded to HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for fiscal year 2017. This annual NOFA competition usually attracts dozens of submissions from firms and organizations across the country; Econometrica is excited to be once again among those selected.

Econometrica will be able to provide technical assistance to troubled housing authorities as part of the 2017 Community Compass Receivership cooperative agreement. Econometrica will support capacity-building activities at housing authorities to help move those authorities out of troubled or receivership status and to help “at risk” authorities avoid further declines  in their status. Econometrica also received funding to assist with other technical assistance activities, including support to the Choice Neighborhoods program, a Community Development Block Grant local income survey effort, and assistance to HUD’s Community Planning and Development grantees.

Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development staff look forward to continuing to work with HUD by helping to support HUD’s grantees across the nation with various programs and cross-cutting federal requirements.

“Econometrica is honored to support HUD in helping promote affordable housing, local communities and people with housing needs,” said Dennis Stout, Econometrica’s Director of Housing and Community Development.

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.

Econometrica will be able to provide technical assistance to troubled housing authorities as part of the 2017 Community Compass Receivership cooperative agreement.

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Econometrica Recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Econometrica Recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Econometrica receives award for outstanding contribution to ONC’s Office of Grants Management

Bethesda, MD, December, 2017

On December 12, 2017, Econometrica attended the Annual Honorary Awards Ceremony held by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Lynnette Pair Young, Project Director of Econometrica’s HHS/ONC contracts, was recognized for her outstanding contribution to ONC’s Office of Grants Management with a Certificate of Appreciation. Econometrica was one of three contractors to receive this honor.

Econometrica has worked with ONC on grants management support since 2015 and looks forward to our continued partnership. Econometrica provides overall life-cycle objective review and grants closeout support services including the following: technical assistance for tool development, SharePoint and WebEx services for training and posting application award results; expert financial audit support; documentation for grant management; and Freedom of Information Act compliance.

“Econometrica is honored and thrilled to be distinguished for our efforts in grants management, and we look forward to continuing to produce the same high-quality work in the future,” said Cyrus Baghelai, Econometrica’s President and CEO.

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.

Lynnette Pair Young, Project Director of Econometrica’s HHS/ONC contracts, was recognized for her outstanding contribution to ONC’s Office of Grants Management with a Certificate of Appreciation.

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