Request for Quotations #140P8318Q0014 is for archaeological services at Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Contractor will conduct data-recovery-scale excavation of two prehistoric sites in the drawdown of Ross Lake (reservoir) within North Cascades National Park Service Complex. This work is authorized by the 1991 settlement agreements entered into by the
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Request for Quotations #140P8318Q0014 is for archaeological services at Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Contractor will conduct data-recovery-scale excavation of two prehistoric sites in the drawdown of Ross Lake (reservoir) within North Cascades National Park Service Complex. This work is authorized by the 1991 settlement agreements entered into by the City of Seattle and the National Park Service (NPS) to meet licensing requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and NPS cultural resources management policies as these relate to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and its amendments. Field season will be during the annual drawdown of the reservoir, approximately April through June 2018, depending on reservoir depth. The final report will be due in December 2018. PROJECT LOCATION: The sites are located in Ross Lake National Recreation Area, eastern Whatcom County, Washington, on lands managed by NPS. There is no direct car access to any of the sites and access logistics are challenging. The sites are on the unvegetated reservoir bottom (drawdown zone) where reservoir sediments and eroded soils are exposed to air during annual lowering of the reservoir level. Full pool elevation of the reservoir is 1602.5 feet above sea level (ft asl) and the site elevations are between 1515 and 1550 ft asl. Maps and information about the park are at www.nps.gov/NOCA and www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/boating-on-ross-lake.htm. DETAILS: This is a best value procurement set-aside for small business concerns in accordance with FAR Part 19.5. The NAICS code for this project is 541720, Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities and the small business size standard is $20.5 million, average annual gross receipts for the past three years. The solicitation and award processes will use FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, and Part 13, Simplified Acquisition Procedures, and reference the Service Contract Act. All eligible responsible sources may submit a quote which shall be considered by the National Park Service; however quoters who have not established and/or maintained an active registration at www.SAM.gov prior to the response due date and time will be considered either ineligible or non-responsive and will not be considered for award. Prospective quoters will be required to visit www.FBO.gov periodically to check for amendments and other changes to the solicitation documents; no notifications will be sent nor will hard copies of the solicitation be mailed or issued. Vendors can search for opportunities and award history on www.FBO.gov without registering, however, registered vendors may use FBO's Interested Vendors List and Watchlist. Registering also provides opportunity to receive notifications, which is a tool of convenience only and does not serve as a guarantee of notification. The Government reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. It is the policy of the Government to provide maximum practicable opportunities in its acquisitions to small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business, and women-owned small business concerns. Such concerns must also have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate as subcontractors in the contracts awarded by any executive agency, consistent with efficient contract performance.