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’s Legacy of Research for HUD

Econometrica’s Legacy of Research for HUD

Econometrica, Inc., has been providing support to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 2002. Almost since that beginning, we have produced many research publications, alone or in collaboration with other notable firms such as Abt Associates, Urban Institute, and ICF International. Our areas of research vary but often include program evaluation, in-depth analysis of American Housing Survey (AHS) data, and studies providing insights into implications of policy, programs, or regulations. Our work is most often produced for HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R).

Two of the leading authors of our research related to AHS are Dr. Frederick Eggers and Dr. Fouad Moumen. AHS is sponsored by HUD and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey is the most comprehensive national housing survey in the United States. They are renowned experts in this dataset and have been supporting work related to it for nearly their entire careers. Some of their works include:

In addition to their publications listed at PD&R, additional items may be found at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/ahs.html. You can read more about Econometrica’s legacy of AHS work in this blog post.

Some of the other notable Econometrica-supported research includes:

All publications available online and produced for PD&R can be accessed at these links: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/taxonomy/term/2811 and https://www.huduser.gov/portal/taxonomy/term/3437.

We are proud of the important work we do and hope that our contributions to this research can improve design, increase knowledge, advance understanding, and inspire further investigation!

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.

HUD contracted Econometrica to provide these support services, including direct TA and group learning (training) across the HUD portfolio of housing agencies, which includes more than 3,500 PHAs. HUD Field Offices, a group of PHAs with similar needs, or an individual PHA could request TA from the project’s Government Technical Monitor.

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Econometrica’s Inaugural Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Awarded in 2011

Econometrica’s Inaugural Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Awarded in 2011

Many cities, counties, and states have excelled at using funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create innovative, place-based revitalization strategies. However, the economic downturn, collapse of the housing market, and accompanying foreclosure crisis intensified the challenges grantees faced. As a result, HUD shifted the way it provided technical assistance (TA) and capacity building to grantees and subgrantees. The OneCPD Integrated Practitioner Assistance System (OneCPD) provided comprehensive, needs-based, and cross-program TA to maximize the impact of HUD funds. HUD’s FY 2010 Technical Assistance and Capacity Building under the Transformation Initiative Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), commonly referred to as OneCPD, was HUD’s first attempt to integrate its multiple TA awards within the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) under a single program. This NOFA was released in 2011, during HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s tenure.

To meet the challenge of OneCPD’s new approach to the way HUD provided TA and capacity building, Econometrica joined forces with a team of more than 60 cross-disciplinary community development practitioners and firms from across the country. A successful response to the NOFA resulted in a $500,000 award, executed by then Technical Assistance Director Julie Hopkins (nee Hovden). Under this funding, the Econometrica Team conducted needs assessments of grantees to determine the nature and scope of TA and capacity building needed; provided direct TA based on results of the needs assessments; and developed tools and products to assist CPD grantees in understanding relevant CPD and federal requirements. Areas of focus included programs such as Section 108, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and HOME funding. Under OneCPD, the team provided needs assessments and TA to grantees (municipalities) in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi, as well as the State of North Carolina. The team also designed materials and implemented a process to provide grantees an opportunity to comment on CDBG TA needs and program effectiveness. To engage grantees and other stakeholders in this conversation, Econometrica launched “Moving CDBG Forward,” during which it conducted 9 in-person information and listening sessions and 10 interactive webinars in less than 6 months’ time. Econometrica also monitored an electronic forum and prepared a thorough report, including findings and recommendations.

Following this initial award, Econometrica has continued to receive an increased level of funding for every subsequent year during which HUD issued a similar TA NOFA. The focus of these NOFAs has transitioned from just CPD programs to also include the Office of Native American Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, and other divisions within HUD. Areas of focus now commonly include Choice Neighborhoods, physical needs assessments, and more. Commensurate with this expansion, the NOFA itself transitioned in terminology from OneCPD to OneCPD Plus to the current titling, Community Compass. In 2017, Econometrica closed out its inaugural award from 2011, but continues to provide services under the newer awards, which remain active. The most recent award was made in late 2017 and is featured in this blog post.

Econometrica’s partnerships have also evolved over time, expanding to keep pace with changing and expanded needs of HUD grantees as well as to capture new and emerging practice areas and increase geographic reach. We are proud of the teams we have assembled and our legacy of providing high-quality, effective, and efficient TA to HUD consumers. We look forward to many more years of doing so.

NOTE: HUD grantees interested in receiving TA, including units of local government, tribes/tribally designated housing entities, public housing agencies, and others, can review the instructions found here: https://www.hudexchange.info/program-support/technical-assistance/.

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.

Under this funding, the Econometrica Team conducted needs assessments of grantees to determine the nature and scope of TA and capacity building needed; provided direct TA based on results of the needs assessments; and developed tools and products to assist CPD grantees in understanding relevant CPD and federal requirements.

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Econometrica, Inc., to exhibit at NAHRO’s 2017 National Conference

Econometrica, Inc., to exhibit at NAHRO’s 2017 National Conference

For the second consecutive year, Econometrica will be exhibiting at the NAHRO National Conference & Exhibit from October 27 to 29 in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. We are excited to return to this seminal event, and staff members Paul Watkins, Bethany Hase, and Margaret McGilvray are ready to attend sessions to keep up with the latest in public and affordable housing and community development. They’ll also be exhibiting at Booth 120 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! #BuildTogether

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National Book Month: Housing & Community Development Staff Favorites

National Book Month: Housing & Community Development Staff Favorites

Housing & Community Development Staff Favorites

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading related events celebrated in October, members of Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development Group put together a short list of some of their favorite reads related to their sector. Check these recommendations out below and let us know your favorites!

  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs.
  • City Limits, by Paul E. Peterson.
  • Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It, by Richard Reeves.
  • Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future, by Thomas M. Shapiro.
  • There Goes the ’Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up, by Lance Freeman.
  • Neighborhoods and Health, by Ichiro Kwachi and Lisa F. Berkman.
  • Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, by Mindy Fullilove.
  • The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited, by Richard Florida.
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.
  • The Baltimore Rowhouse, by Charles Belfoure and Mary Ellen Hayward.
  • Tally’s Corner, by Elliot Liebow.
  • Classic Essays on the Culture of Cities, Richard Sennett, ed.
  • The Urban Villagers, by Herbert Gans.
  • The Social Order of the Slum, by Gerald Suttles.

 

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading related events celebrated in October, members of Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development Group put together a short list of some of their favorite reads related to their sector.

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