REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking the services of a qualified consultant through a cooperative agreement with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) to produce a final publication-ready draft of the National Historic Landmark theme study entitled “Civil Rights in America: A History of Racial Employment Discrimination,” according to requirements specified in this Request for Proposals (RFP). The contract is to be administered by NCSHPO and the work prepared for and completed in coordination with the NPS’ National Historic Landmarks Program (NHL Program). 

Interested consultants should submit a proposal and cost estimate in response to this RFP to NCSHPO no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on June 29, 2018. Electronic copies of proposals may be directed to Ms. Sharon Smith, NCSHPO Business Manager, at smith@ncshpo.org. 

Project Background 

National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Currently, over 2,600 historic places bear this national distinction. National Historic Landmarks are often identified through theme studies. Theme studies provide a national historic context for specific topics in American history or prehistory, and a comparative analysis of related properties, which can be used to identify potential National Historic Landmarks. 

In 2000, Congress directed the NPS to prepare a nationwide study of the story of American civil rights. Completed in January 2002 (rev. 2008), Civil Rights in America: A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites (https://www.nps.gov/nhl/learn/civilrights.htm), was the first chapter in a larger study on the history of civil rights to help the NPS identify and evaluate potential National Historic Landmarks and evaluate proposals for new units in the park system. The NHL Program subsequently completed three additional volumes in this series: 

Civil Rights in America: Racial Desegregation of Public Accommodations (2004, rev. 2009) 

Civil Rights in America: Racial Desegregation in Public Education in the United States (2000) and supplement (2004)

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Civil Rights in America: Racial Voting Rights (2007, rev. 2009) 

Two additional volumes were started, but not completed—“A History of Racial Employment Discrimination” and “The History of Racial Discrimination in Housing in the United States, 1866-1975.” These studies currently exist in draft form. 

The current project seeks to engage a consultant to produce a final draft of the National Historic Landmark theme study entitled “Civil Rights in America: A History of Racial Employment Discrimination.” The effort will involve updating and revising the incomplete draft of the theme study, previously started under the NPS’ Civil Rights framework, to reflect current scholarship and to ready it for final publication. 

This project is being carried out under authority provided by the Historic Sites Act of 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461-467), the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (54 U.S.C. 300101 et seq.), and the NHL Program’s regulations (36 CFR Part 65). The NPS is the Federal agency tasked by the Secretary of the Interior with the responsibility of providing administrative support for the NHL Program. NCSHPO is assisting the NPS in completing the current effort through a cooperative agreement among NCSHPO and the NPS. The project is intended to promote greater public and private understanding of American history for their mutual benefit and for the people of the United States, as well as for future generations, so that they can enjoy the historic resources identified and designated as National Historic Landmarks by the Secretary of the Interior. 

Required Consultant Qualifications 

The selected consultant should be a qualified historian with demonstrated experience in successfully preparing National Historic Landmark nominations and/or theme studies, and have the capability to update and revise the National Historic Landmark theme study entitled “Civil Rights in America: A History of Racial Employment Discrimination,” which is currently in draft form. 

The consultant, at minimum, shall meet the following qualification requirements: 

a) Meet the qualifications for a GS-0170-11/12 Historian as established by the Federal government’s Office of Personnel and Management, and approved by NPS staff in its Washington Support Office. 

b) Have demonstrated knowledge of the NHL Program and nomination process, as well as the ways in which theme studies are structured. Previous experience preparing National Historic Landmark theme studies is preferred. Knowledge and experience in Civil Rights and Labor history is highly desired. 

If the consultant comprises a consulting firm or team, then a Principal Investigator must be designated for the project. The Principal Investigator must meet the minimum qualification requirements specified above, and must agree to be principally responsible for all work 

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conducted by other consultant personnel for the project. The individual selected as the Principal Investigator may not change during the project without prior written approval of NCSHPO and the NPS. 

Scope of Work 

The project will produce a finished and fully complete draft of the National Historic Landmark theme study entitled “Civil Rights in America: A History of Racial Employment Discrimination” from: the current draft document, comments and guidance provided by NPS staff, and comments from a peer review. Preparation will involve all research and writing necessary to revise the current draft of the theme study; drafting registration requirements, study lists, and a bibliography; and readying the theme study for final publication, including the selection of photographs and illustrations. A copy of the current theme study draft will be provided to the selected consultant. 

The selected consultant will be expected to complete the following tasks: 

a) Prepare and deliver a preliminary draft of the National Historic Landmarks theme study to NCSHPO and the NPS for review electronically in MS Word format. 

b) Prepare a revised draft of the National Historic Landmarks theme study in consultation with NPS staff that appropriately addresses comments received, following NPS review of the preliminary draft theme study. Additional research may be required to address any questions, comments, or concerns. 

c) Deliver the revised draft of the National Historic Landmarks theme study to NCSHPO and the NPS for review electronically in MS Word format. The NHL Program will send the revised draft theme study to select scholars for peer review. 

d) Prepare a final National Historic Landmarks theme study following and based on comments received from the peer review, in consultation with NHL Program staff. This draft will be substantially complete in content and format, including the selection and placement of photographs and illustrations. 

e) Deliver the final National Historic Landmarks theme study to NCSHPO and the NPS electronically in MS Word format for final editing, formatting, and publication by the NHL Program. 

The consultant is expected to work closely with NPS staff to update and revise the draft National Historic Landmarks theme study. Frequent interaction will be required. This interaction will most likely occur via email and conference calls.

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Proposal Submissions 

For evaluation purposes, proposals should provide sufficient information as to assist NCSHPO and the NPS in determining the most qualified consultant for the project. Consultants interested in bidding should submit a written proposal that includes the following elements: 

• Name of the individual(s) that would be working on the project and their proposed area(s) of responsibility. If proposing as a firm or project team, describe the team’s structure and how it is organized to provide the services requested by this RFP. 

• Documentation that the consultant (or principal investigator, if a firm/team) meets the qualifications for a GS-0170-11/12 Historian as established by the Federal government’s Office of Personnel and Management. 

• Description of the specific, relevant education, experience, and qualifications of the principal Investigator and any consultant staff, demonstrating knowledge of the NHL Program and National Historic Landmark nomination process. 

• Information on projects of a similar nature and of significant work completed by the consultant in the past five (5) years. Include specific dates and types of services provided, and highlight success in meeting work schedules, project budgets, and product deadlines. 

• A list of references (at least three, but not more than five) that may be contacted. 

• A short narrative that responds to the scope of work as described in this RFP, which demonstrates the consultant’s proposed approach to the project and capability to accomplish the desired goals. 

• A proposed budget that includes hourly labor rates of project personnel, the number of hours required to complete each task or product, and any necessary and appropriate project travel costs. 

• A proposed project schedule. 

All proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on June 29, 2018. They should be prepared simply and economically, providing a straight forward, concise description of the consultant’s qualifications and capabilities to satisfy the requirements of this RFP. 

Proposals may be submitted via email in electronic format (MS Word or PDF format) to Ms. Sharon Smith, NCSHPO Business Manager, at smith@ncshpo.org. NCSHPO will confirm receipt of submissions. However, if there are any issues (e.g., with attachments working correctly), the consultant is responsible for resolving these issues with an alternative submission method acceptable to NCSHPO and the NPS. 

Selection Criteria 

Submittals will be evaluated and ranked based on the following factors, presented in no particular order:

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• Qualifications of Principal Investigator and other key personnel. 

• Responsiveness of the proposal to the project’s purpose and scope of work. 

• Experience preparing theme studies and/or historic context studies. 

• Experience evaluating and nominating nationally significant properties. 

• Knowledge of the NHL Program and nomination process. 

• Knowledge and experience in Civil Rights history and labor history. 

• Demonstrated capability of meeting projected deadlines and successfully completing contracts of this type. 

• Past performance and references. 

• Schedule and cost. 

Available Funding 

The funding available for this project = $21,500.00. 

Terms and Conditions 

A. NCSHPO reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, and to waive minor irregularities in any proposal. 

B. NCSHPO reserves the right to request clarification of information submitted, and to request additional information from any consultant. 

C. NCSHPO and NPS shall not be responsible for any costs incurred by consultants in preparing, submitting or presenting its response to this RFP. 

D. All completed NHL nominations and executive summaries must fully comply with Section 508 accessibility standards (https://www.section508.gov/content/build/create-accessible-documents) for electronic documents. 

E. Any and all rights to work produced through this project will be vested in the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, including any copyrights. 

F. The selected consultant shall adhere to guidelines regarding potential conflict of interest as outlined in The NPS Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual. These guidelines are clearly stated in Chapter 3, Section C, 1-11 of the Manual. The selected consultant must also comply with all applicable provisions of OMB Circular A-110, REVISED 11/19/93, As Further Amended 9/30/99. 

Questions

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Respondents are invited to submit written questions requesting clarifications or explanations of the information contained in this RFP. Please direct all proposal or contract-related questions to Sharon Smith, NCSHPO Business Manager, at smith@ncshpo.org. Questions pertaining to the NHL Program or nomination process may be directed to Christopher Hetzel, NPS NHL Program Manager, at christopher_hetzel@nps.gov.