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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.

    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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Largest Geographic Span of Site Visits for the Housing and Community Development Group

Largest Geographic Span of Site Visits for the Housing and Community Development Group

Over an 18-month period during 2009–2010, Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development group provided technical assistance (TA) services on site at more than 70 cities located in 32 states and 3 U.S. territories. This TA was provided in support of a then-new requirement that mandated public housing authorities (PHAs) of a certain size implement a new form of accounting and budgeting known as project-based accounting. PHAs and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also referred to this as “asset management.”

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.

Econometrica received a total of 81 Statements of Need (HUD-approved requests) during the 18-month period of performance, resulting in 60 onsite TA visits, 1 instance of remote direct TA, 8 TA workshops, 4 TA workshops combined with direct onsite TA visits, and 8 eventual cancellations of requests. More than 675 people attended the training workshops.

The scope of assistance provided ranged from 40 hours of assistance in several places—including Salina, KS; Calexico, CA; and Allegheny County, PA—and 520 hours of assistance in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most assignments averaged 80 to 160 hours of assistance. The size of PHAs served by the TA efforts also ranged from small portfolios, such as 98 units of low-rent public housing in the Monticello Housing Authority (NY), to much larger stock, such as 2,800 units of low-rent public housing in the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority portfolio.

Econometrica completed these requests by relying on 22 subject matter experts among its own staff members as well as 2 subcontractor firms and 11 independent consultants. Econometrica’s Project Manager, Doray Sitko, remotely managed these personnel, who were located in geographically disparate locations across the United States. Then-Director Charles Hanson supervised her.

This was and remains to date the largest geographic span of any Housing and Community Development project in which Econometrica has ever held the prime contractor role. During the 18 months of the project, Econometrica not only coordinated the logistics of all site visits but also prepared curricula, developed a TA plan and report for every assignment, and otherwise successfully managed this nearly $3 million project. We are very proud of the assistance the Econometrica Team was able to provide and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of field work in so many locales.

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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2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Annually, in conjunction with the winter solstice, the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Consumer Advisory Board, and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council recognize those who have died homeless in the preceding year. The 2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 21.

Econometrica is a technical assistance provider and research organization that delivers professional services to federal, state, and local governments, as well as to nonprofit and quasi-governmental organizations. Throughout the years, we have supported research inquiries[1][2][3][4] that included homelessness as a topic, and we have provided referrals to specific homelessness-related technical assistance to some of the grantees we assist. We also have staff members who have donated their time in the annual Point in Time count, for which they have helped identify and account for sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a given night in January. This annual count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Continuums of Care.

The work we do, especially as it relates to public and affordable housing as well as health, demonstrates our commitment to understanding, reducing, and eliminating homelessness in the United States. On the occasion of the 2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, we pause to pay respects to those lives lost, and we reaffirm our efforts to provide services that work toward preventing future such deaths.

[1] https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/ahs/2010_high_rent_burdens_v2.pdf

[2] https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/housing-needs-native-hawaiians.html

[3] https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/HNAIHousingNeeds.html

[4] https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/NAHSG-UrbanStudy.html

The 2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 21.

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HAC Rural Housing Conference

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On Friday, December 2, Doray Sitko from Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development group is at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, at the Housing Assistance Council’s 2016 Rural Housing Conference. She is supporting Dr. Jackie Williams, Director of HUD’s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED), as ORHED affirms its commitment to rural and tribal communities. ORHED and its partners will be presenting in the HUD, USDA RD & Veteran Affairs: The Nuts and Bolts plenary and breakout session. This support is part of a cooperative agreement work plan in which Econometrica provides guidance, research, and other professional services as HUD and its partners strive to provide timely, relevant technical assistance to tribal and rural communities, including colonias, seasonal farm workers, federally recognized tribes, the Lower Mississippi Delta region, and Appalachia’s distressed counties.

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