Contract for Environmental Impact of Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In this April 2018 contract with Environmental Management and Planning Solutions, Inc., the Interior Department has ordered a roughly one-year environmental assessment of the impact of energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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04/18/2018

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F17PA00028

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ANCHORAGE

David Batts

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AK

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REFERENCE YOUR:

1630 30TH ST #195

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BOULDER

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invoice must be uploaded with the IPP
request.
All lines are fully funded and executed.
Government POC Nicole Hayes: Phone (907)
271-4354 or email mnhayes@blm.gov.
Vendor POC is David Batts at (303) 447-7160
or email david.batts@empsi.com.
CO Invoice Review Required: Y
Admin Office:
BLM AK STATE OFC BUS&FISCAL-AK952
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ANCHORAGE AK 99513
Accounting Info:
Period of Performance: 04/19/2018 to
04/19/2020

00010

Task 1: Kickoff Meeting and Project
Management Plan
In accordance with the Performance Work
Statement and proposal dated 2 April 2018

36,245.39

00020

Task 2: Scoping Meetings and Scoping Report

110,414.16

00030

Task 3: Develop Draft EIS

517,503.80

00040

Task 4: Public Comment Meetings

396,552.59

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$1,060,715.94
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CONTRACT NO.

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(b)

QUANTITY UNIT
ORDERED
(c)
(d)

UNIT
PRICE
(e)

AMOUNT

QUANTITY
ACCEPTED
(g)

(f)

00050

Task 5: Final EIS Development

271,107.04

00060

Task 6: Record of Decision

24,648.28

00070

Task 7: Administrative Record

43,210.14

00080

Optional Task 1 Data Needs Memorandum
Optional Task 2 Impact Analysis Workshop
Optional Task 3 Section 810 Hearings
Optional Task 4a Additional Comment
Analysis (DEIS)
Optional Task 4b Comment Response Strike
Team
Optional Task 5 Additional Meetings (per
meeting/per person)

267,869.04

The total amount of award: $1,667,550.44.
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Performance Work Statement for the Coastal Oil and Gas Leasing Program
And Environmental Impact Statement
1. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coastal
Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) as directed by Title II, Section
20001 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Act).
The BLM is undertaking a Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing EIS (Leasing EIS) to implement the leasing
program consistent with the Tax Act. The Leasing EIS will serve to inform BLMas implementation of the Tax
Act, including the requirement to hold not fewer than two lease sales area-wide and to permit associated postlease activities, including seismic and drilling exploration, development, and transportation of oil and gas in and
from the Coastal Plain. Specifically, the Leasing EIS will consider and analyze the potential environmental
impacts of various leasing alternatives, including the areas to offer for sale, and the terms and conditions (i.e.,
lease stipulations and best management practices) to be applied to leases and associated oil and gas activities to
properly balance oil and gas development with existing uses and conservation of surface resources, and to limit
the footprint of production and support facilities on Federal lands to no more than 2,000 surface acres. The
lands comprising the Coastal Plain include approximately 1.6 million acres within the approximately 19.3
million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 1
The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions best suited to
local, regional, and national needs and concerns, as well as to develop a proposed action and alternatives
consistent with the following criteria:
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The EIS will consider all Federal lands and waters within the Coastal Plain;
The EIS will address oil and gas leasing and will use scoping to identify issues; impacts and potential
alternatives to be addressed;
Under the Tax Act, not fewer than two lease sales, each to include not fewer than 400,000 acres areawide of the areas with the highest potential of hydrocarbons, must occur by December 2024;
The BLM will consider subsistence resources and users, as well as potential actions to minimize adverse
impacts to subsistence in accordance with section 810 of the Alaska National Interest Lands
Conservation Act (ANILCA); and
The EIS will appropriately consider the surface management of the Coastal Plain.

Future on-the-ground actions requiring BLM approval, including proposed seismic and exploration plans or
development proposals, would require further National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis based on
specific and detailed information about where and what kind of activity is proposed. Additional site-specific
terms and conditions may be required by the Authorized Officer prior to authorizing any oil and gas activity.
Upon completion of a Record of Decision (ROD), the BLM intends to conduct lease sales in accordance with
the Tax Act.

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The Coastal Plain area has also been commonly called the 1002 area.

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Figure 1. Location of the Coastal Plain (1002 Area) within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Source:
Refuge Map from https://www.fws.gov/refuge/arctic/map.html).
2. OBJECTIVE
The scope of work for the Leasing EIS area is presented as seven task areas in the following sections:
(1) Develop Project Management Plan;
(2) Scoping Meetings and Scoping Report;
(3) Preparation and Publication of Draft EIS (DEIS);
(4) Support of Public Review and Comment Response;
(5) Preparation and Publication of the Final EIS (FEIS);
(6) Development of the ROD; and
(7) Create and Maintain the Administrative Record.
A preliminary process, deliverables, and schedule are described here; however, a final process plan,
deliverables, and schedule will be identified with BLM during the Project Management Plan phase (Task 1).

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The EIS will identify potential impacts that oil and gas leasing could have on the environment and identify
appropriate measures to mitigate those impacts. The EIS should meet the standards required under the NEPA
and other relevant laws and regulations. Many readers, including BLM, Tribes, other federal agencies, local and
state government agencies, interest groups, and citizens, should easily understand the EIS.
The contractor will be responsible for specific tasks including scoping and scoping report, preparation of a Draft
EIS, Final EIS, all associated public involvement activities, ROD, and administrative record.
3. SCOPE
A. The DOI BLM requires contractor support services to complete an EIS for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas
Leasing Program in accordance with Title II, Section 20001 of the Tax Act, the NEPA of 1969, as
amended, and in a manner similar to the administration of lease sales under the Naval Petroleum
Reserves Production Act of 1976, as amended. This shall include:
1) Prepare any and all supporting documents and perform studies to comply with NEPA, including
organizing public meetings; preparing associated records; and providing collection, analysis and
response to public inquiries and comments.
2) Perform subsequent comprehensive analyses for each alternative generated for the planning area and
assist with the development of alternatives.
3) Prepare or assist with the preparation of draft and final EIS (Chapters 1-5) and assist in the
preparation of Biological Assessments/Biological Evaluations as needed. This shall be done per
BLM NEPA streamlining policy and guidelines on document length and project schedule.
4) Prepare or assist with the preparation of any and all analyses and inventories including but not
limited to GIS mapping, air quality, vegetation, visual resource management, cultural resources
inventories, socioeconomic baseline and analyses, and any resources not identified here as needed.
5) Create and maintain Decision Files and an Administrative Record for the EIS.
B. Preparation of EIS analysis and documents must comply with:
1) Council on Environmental Quality NEPA Regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts
1500-1508)
2) BLM NEPA Regulations (43 CFR Part 46)
3) Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA);
4) BLM National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Handbook H-1790-1; and,
5) Other BLM and Department of Interior-related Secretarial Orders, policy and instruction
memorandums
C. Public participation and government-to-government and tribal consultation (including consultation with
Alaska Native corporations) is required throughout the process. The EIS process will build upon
relationships with tribes, state and local governments, federal agencies, local stakeholders and others in
the communities of interest of the plan as normal business. Collaborators and cooperating agencies will
be regularly informed and offered timely and meaningful opportunities to participate in the EIS process.
D. The document will use maps and geospatial information to clearly depict the area resources for both
existing and desired management conditions. GIS data and metadata information will be stored in an
organized manner and attributed in plain English. GIS data and metadata information will meet Federal
Geographic Data Committee standards, as required by Executive Order 12906. All other applicable
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BLM data standards will also be followed. Care will be taken through templates and symbology to
create maps that have a look and feel common to existing BLM and FWS maps.
E. All proposed management actions will be based upon the best available scientific information, research
and technology, as well as existing inventory and monitoring information.
F. Plan and implement an efficient process with a supporting project schedule to guide collaboration with
BLM resource specialists.
G. Identify and appropriately address substantive public, governmental, and tribal concerns regarding the
EIS.
H. Work with the BLM Project Manager to coordinate the development and assessment, analysis, and
proposed decision criteria of this EIS.
I. Prepare notice of availability for the DEIS.
J. Prepare notice of availability for proposed the FEIS.
K. Prepare ROD.
The following site has a catalog of summary reports, inventories, concepts and analysis frameworks completed
that should be considered in the development of the EIS: https//northslopescience.org
4. PROJECT PHASING
The project will be broken into the following seven primary tasks:
(1) a Kick-Off Meetings and Project Management Plan
(2) a Scoping Meetings and Scoping Report
(3) a Prepare DEIS
(4) a Public Comment Meetings
(5) a Prepare FEIS
(6) a Prepare ROD
(7) a Administrative Record
The BLM is responsible for the EIS content and has final control and authority concerning the analytical scope,
standards used, products produced, and the schedule. Services performed by the contractor and associated
deliverables shall be completed according to the preliminary project schedule as defined by the BLM in section
7 and Appendix A, aCoastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing EIS Preliminary Schedulea and within budget.
Following a project initiation meeting, the contractor shall refine and elaborate the tasks into a more detailed
task list, as necessary, and include this list in the project management plan. This list shall identify staff
completion responsibilities and a schedule for completion of individual tasks of core team members.
5. GENERAL RESPONSIBLITIES AND FURNISHED NEEDS
A. Contractor Responsibilities
1) In order to effectively complete the tasks described below, the contractor must be familiar with all
laws, policies, and guidelines related to the development of an EIS. Reviewing these plans, laws,
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policies, and guidelines may take considerable time for the contractor depending on their past
experience with these types of projects. Primary BLM policy regarding NEPA is found in the BLM
NEPA Handbook H-1790-1, and various instruction memorandums. Specific to Alaska, ANILCA
may also influence management decisions.
2) The contractor shall meet with the BLM Contracting Officeras Representative (COR) and
other BLM personnel on a regular basis. Consistent communication is vital to producing
acceptable documents. The contractor shall include meetings and coordination in the project
management plan.
3) Conference calls will be set up biweekly or more often, if needed, to ensure effective and timely
communication between the BLM Project Manager/COR and contractor, and when necessary,
include the interdisciplinary team. Contractor-prepared monthly written progress reports are required
and additional conference calls will be set up between the contractors and COR to discuss schedule,
status of funds and payments, tasks being worked on, and other issues, as required.
4) Create and implement the p roject management plan, as approved by the BLM.
5) The core team shall possess the interpersonal and resource-specific skills to work together
effectively as an interdisciplinary team, recognizing the interconnectedness of their respective
resource allocation and management decisions across other resources. The core team shall anticipate
their workload relative to the issues already identified in existing documents and the preliminary
project schedule.
6) The contractor shall maintain the official project administrative record in a format approved by the
BLM. It shall be organized in a readily accessible manner throughout the project.
7) All electronic communications shall be in formats accessible to Agency personnel. Current software
versions used by Agency personnel include Microsoft Office 2010 or higher, and Adobe Acrobat
version 10 or higher.
8) All contractor personnel requiring access to BLM software and/or servers will be subject to BLMas
required security background check and required trainings for access. This includes but is not limited
to GIS and ePlanning applications.
9) All contractor personnel must sign a non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement.
10) Publish online, and print hardcopy documents unless otherwise agreed upon.
11) Develop written guidance for team members regarding the scope and content of NEPA analysis.
12) Prepare all documents and conduct all processes consistent with applicable laws including NEPA,
ANILCA, and BLM regulations.
13) The contractor shall assist BLM by drafting letters, coordinating meetings, taking meeting notes, and
documenting correspondence and meeting notes in the administrative record after review and
approval from the BLM.
14) BLM will take the lead on all tribal government-to-government consultation meetings.
15) The contractor may not host any BLM materials on publicly accessible websites. Any web-based
deliverables will be hosted on BLM servers and the BLM ePlanning website already set up for the
project. The BLM will post documents to the publicly-available ePlanning website; however, the
contractor must provide a version of each document (DEIS, FEIS) that meets the document
standards for posting on the EPAas e-NEPA website. The most current document standards can be
found
here:
http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-01/documents/e-nepa-guide-onregistration-and-preparing-an-eis-for-electronic-submission.pdf.
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B. Contractor-furnished Materials and Guidelines
1) The contractor shall furnish all personnel, equipment, supervision, transportation, supplies, and
incidentals, except those indicated as government-furnished, to perform all work necessary for
completion of the EIS tasks in accordance with any delivery/task orders issued. The EIS must be
legally defensible and meet the requirements of applicable laws, regulations, court decisions, and
BLM manuals, handbooks, and policy. The aquality standardsa beneath each task have been
included to provide additional information regarding timing, products, and to help define the desired
results BLM needs for this contract.
2) If not otherwise stated within the contract, the Cooperating Agency reviews will be concurrent with
the BLM Alaska reviews.
3) When soliciting or addressing comments from BLM staff, cooperating agencies, and Tribes, the
contractor is responsible for providing a written response explaining if substantive comments were
incorporated, and, if not, why. Response to substantive comments from the public on the DEIS will
be addressed in the FEIS and the contractor will develop the written response in the FEIS. The BLM
project manager will be responsible for making the decisions whether to integrate Alaska State
Office, Washington Office, cooperating agency, and BLM Alaska comments into the documents.
However, the contactor will be responsible for documenting these responses and making the
appropriate changes in the document. This should be built into the comment form so it is easy to
track. This feedback loop is critical to getting buy-in from the staff and continued participation
throughout the various review periods.
4) The Contractor shall produce all cartographic products required by the BLM and complete required
analysis; therefore, the contractor must have GIS capabilities necessary to meet corporate GIS
protocols and standards.
5) The contractor shall perform GIS data analysis and map production for Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the
Leasing EIS. Each chapter will require map and data presentation to provide: land status and lease
area boundaries in Chapter 1; comparisons among the range of alternatives in Chapter 2; to present
the existing condition and resource inventories in Chapter 3; and, to present the impacts analyzed in
Chapter 4. The contractor shall preform GIS data analysis and map production for maps needed for
alternative development, analysis of impacts, internal briefings, and public meetings.
6) The contractor shall catalogue and prepare GIS data for the administrative record to ensure that all
administrative record data is organized in a cohesive manner. The BLM will provide the data in the
required format and at prescribed intervals, as agreed upon by BLM and the contractor during the
post-award conference.
7) The contractor must also provide metadata and process steps to ensure repeatability.
8) The contractor shall be responsible for protecting all information used, gathered, or developed as a
result of work under this contract. The contractor shall protect all sensitive but unclassified
government data. The contractor shall not make copies, screen shots, or save sensitive but
unclassified government data to be removed from the physical premises without explicit written
permission from the BLM COR. All information, work papers, drafts, and final documents
developed or accessed, or any product/system developed are the property of the United States
Government.
9) The contractor shall identify a core team that consists of individuals that meet or exceed the
experience criteria as described under the aProject Managementa section under aTask 1.a The BLM
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understands that the position titles listed in this document may not reflect the contractoras labor
categories. The contractor shall provide a adescriptiona of labor categories in the proposal that will
allow BLM to understand if the individual meets the criteria. A resume or appropriate background
information will be provided for each proposed core team member. The contractor cannot replace
core team members, as identified in the proposal, during the performance of the contract without
prior approval by the Contracting officer. (Task 1- Project Management Plan).
C. BLM-furnished Materials and Services
1) Completed and in-progress reports and studies (list is not all inclusive):
a) See North Slope Science Initiative Catalog (https://northslopescience.org)
2) References: References, guidelines, manuals, handbooks, examples, publication standards, printing
standards, and mapping standards have already been provided by the BLM in existing primary
documents, studies, and reports that are currently available. The BLM may provide additional
references upon award and as they become available.
3) GIS and Remote Sensing: The BLM will furnish all currently available GIS base data, available
aerial photos and satellite imagery, and other geospatial raster and vector data sets. The BLM will
provide data schemas to be used and followed for any data development work required during this
effort. If any additional data collection is required, the BLM GIS Specialist will review and approve
the data prior to incorporation into deliverables. See Appendix C.
4) Other Data: The BLM will supply other existing and available BLM non-spatial graphic or BLM
tabular resource data, upon request.
5) Contracting Officeras Representative: The BLM will provide a designated COR and a designated
BLM project contact (project manager). The BLM project contact may also serve as the COR or
project inspector. The COR will serve as contractor-BLM liaison and the project inspector and/or
COR.
6) BLM Staff: The BLM will provide representatives and appropriate interdisciplinary staff for all
document reviews, public meetings, workshops, and hearings.
7) Mailing: The BLM has developed the mailing list for the project and will provide it along with
templates for postcards, newsletters, brochures, community posters, news releases, etc. The
contractor shall maintain and regularly update the mailing lists (email, snail mail) and offer
suggested additions and deletions to the project mailing list. The mailing list will continually be
shared with BLM when there are changes and routinely updated, at least bi-annually or prior to
mailings, to capture frequent rural village changes in Tribal and/or city leadership, in addition to
leadership changes of other corporations and organizations.
8) Data Collection: The BLM will furnish to the contractor the results of data collection or digitization
efforts that are conducted independent of this contract. These studies will be completed by various
contractors or in-house by BLM personnel. Each study will consist of inventory data and other
resource findings. Data may be in a variety of formats. Data collection and revisions by BLM for use
and incorporation into this EIS may occur throughout the planning process.
9) Federal Register Notices: Current policy requires review of agency action notices at the
Departmental level prior to publication in the Federal Register. The BLM will prepare all Federal
Register notices (FRN) for the EIS and acquire all necessary BLM and Departmental approvals.

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10) Access to BLM servers once contractor meets required background checks and associated trainings
and security clearances
11) BLM instructions and policy for compliance with Section 810 of the Alaska National Interest
Lands Conservation Act.
12) Other Tasks Performed by BLM:
a) The BLM GIS specialist will coordinate with the contractoras GIS staff, provide existing
geospatial data, and review all GIS work completed by the contractor. The BLM GIS specialist
will review contractor-generated map products and associated analyses and calculations to
ensure proper use of BLM standards and presentation of BLM data. The BLM will provide a
location on one of its data servers for the contractor to have full access to be able to create and
manage GIS data and maps.
b) Posting of the EIS document versions on the ePlanning website. The contractor must provide a
version of each document that meets the document standards for posting on this site (e.g., file
size, .pdf with bookmarks, etc.).
c) Essential fish habitat analysis and findings
d) Section 106 consultation with the Alaska State Historic Preservation Office
e) Coordination of the Biological Assessment with FWS for consultation under Section 7 of the
Endangered Species Act review
f) Tribal consultation as required by NEPA, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA),
Archeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA), Native American Graves and Repatriation Act
(NAGPRA), and BLM regulations. The BLM will be responsible for conducting tribal
consultation for the plan per EO 13175 and policy.
g) The BLM will take the lead in presentations/consultations/meetings and communications with
the State of Alaska, USFWS, BLM Resource Advisory Council, Alaska Native Tribes, BLM
Washington Office, BLM State Office, and Cooperating Agencies.
h) The BLM will provide representatives at all public meetings, workshops, and hearings. The
BLM will provide contact information for resource specialists.
i) Agency Specialists: The BLM will provide contacts to supply the contractor with
input/information regarding affected programs and resources. The contractor shall provide all
primary authors, as indicated on the attached spreadsheet.
13) If required, BLM will supply the contractorsa selected staff member with facilities to complete any
necessary in-house work within the BLM Alaska State Office building; however, access to BLM
facilities and network drives shall be subject to successful completion of a background clearance as
required by Bureau and Departmental policies. Public internet service is not available at BLM
facilities. Any in-house work completed by the contractor will be directed by the contractoras project
manager or assistant project manager.
14) References: Including guidelines, manuals, handbooks, example publication standards, printing
standards, and mapping standards for all supporting documentation (includes copies of prior EISs,
environmental assessments, biological assessments, and related BLM documents) as needed by the
contractor. References may be provided in electronic formats or as internet references.

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15) Mailing Lists: The BLM has developed and maintained a mailing list, changes and updates to this
mailing list shall be made by the contractor and provided to BLM upon request. Both BLM and
contractor must be working from the most current contact list at all times.
16) Data: The BLM will furnish GIS and related data, as available, for the contractoras use and inclusion
in the documents.
17) The BLM will conduct any informal or formal consultations that may be required. The BLM will
lead Tribal consultations with the assistance of the Contractor.
18) Printing and Distribution: The BLM will print and mail the required EISs and RODs if the same
contractor task is not initiated due to lack of funding.
19) Planning Record Schema, Format, and Filing Method: The BLM will provide the project
decision file (administrative record) index format and outline. The contractor shall use the existing
index format and outline.
6. GENERAL SUBMISSION OF DELIVERABLES
A performance-based approach specifies a result. Appendix B presents a summary of deliverables that will
constitute completion of this project. The information herein is generally limited to the end product that is
needed and does not provide a detailed step-by-step process for performing the work. The selected/contracted
service provider will be responsible for the submission of deliverables identified in this Performance Work
Statement. The BLM and the contractor will agree to a schedule of due dates for deliverables during the
development of the Project Management Plan.
If a contractor deliverable is dependent on the provision of materials, data, information, etc. by BLM, the
Project Management Plan will also specify due dates for BLM provision of these materials. If BLM does not
meet agreed upon due dates, contractor due dates will be adjusted accordingly. It is not acceptable if a product
is turned in to meet a scheduled date but does not meet the content requirements (and needs) of the task or
document.
All submitted deliverables must:
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Meet BLM requirements (quality standards), as required by laws, regulations and
guidance, including compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 508) (see
Appendix D for specific requirements regarding 508 compliance); and
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A. General submission guidelines:
1)
Software: With the exception of geographic information systems (GIS) and web-based
deliverables or as requested (e.g., Section 508 compliant PDFs for posting on website), the
contractor will submit all written deliverables in Microsoft Office software applications.
2)
Drafts: The contractor will provide the BLM with the requested number of paper copies
of each submission of draft documents, e.g., the preliminary draft and preliminary final EIS, etc.
The contractor will also provide electronic copies via electronic transmission or CD-ROM.
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3)
Printing: The BLM is responsible for printing hard copy documents through the
Government Printing Office. The contractor will provide the BLM with a camera-ready,
electronic copy of the document in requested software applications. The contractor will also
provide a PDF copy of the document that complies with Section 508.
4)
Executive Summary: All major documents associated with this plan will incorporate a
concise executive summary that summarizes the purpose of the document and all major
points/decisions.
5)
Administrative Record: On a regular basis, or upon BLM request, contractors will
provide BLM with digital copies of all records for inclusion in the administrative record
supporting the project. An index of these documents should be provided as well.
6)
World Wide Web: Contractors may not host any BLM materials on publicly accessible
websites. Any web-based deliverables will be hosted on BLM servers. All web-based
deliverables must comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, including BLMspecific policy guidance implementing Section 508.
7)
Data and GIS: It is anticipated that the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing EIS will use
existing social, geological, and biological data. The contractor will not be required to collect
additional raw field data as part of this contract. Most raw data will need to be
compiled/manipulated to provide meaningful plan information. Data management will comply
with the requirements of the attached Appendix C: BLM Data and Metadata Requirements. BLM
requires all underlying data and metadata be maintained in an organized fashion and submitted to
the BLM upon request, or at a minimum at project completion.
7. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
A tentative schedule for the EIS is provided in Appendix A of this SOW. The tentative completion date for the
EIS is March 2019. Within the laws and regulations governing the NEPA process are a number of timing
requirements. In addition, the EIS should be completed in accordance with Secretarial Order 3355,
Streamlining National Environmental Policy Act Reviews and Implementation of Executive Order 13807
aEstablishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for
Infrastructures Projects.a Days given below are calendar days, not workdays.
The relevant requirements to the development of a schedule to meet the completion date are:
i*

Minimum 60-day scoping period

i*

45 day comment period on the Draft EIS

Public review, comment, and protest periods begin with the Environmental Protection Agencyas publication of a
notice of availability in the Federal Register.
Prospective contractors should use the following review timeframes in their proposals:
i*

2 week State and Field Office review of the preliminary and completed Scoping Report, Draft and Final
EISs and ROD,

i*

2 week Washington Office and Departmental review of Draft and Final EISs and ROD
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i*

4 weeks to print a document once it is sent to printer.

The contractor should also allocate time for participation and coordination with the BLM interdisciplinary team
in development of the Draft EIS, including proposed action and alternatives.
8. TASKS
The following list provides a general outline of the tasks and responsibilities associated with completion of the
Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing EIS. The selected service provider must demonstrate the experience and
skills necessary to prepare an environmental impact statement with full public participation.
Task 1: Kick-Off Meetings and Project Management Plan
Initial tasks performed by the Contractor will include the development of the formal Project Management Plan,
Budget, and Project Schedule for completing required tasks and deliverables. The Project Management Plan
should build upon the information and expectations provided by the BLM in this Statement of Work. This plan
will identify, at a minimum, the work breakdown structure, risk management strategy, critical path schedule,
staffing plan with subcontractor management, and internal communication plan for each task of the EIS process.
The Project Management Plan should illustrate how the contractor will track progress of the process. The
Preliminary Schedule will be developed utilizing Microsoft Project software or similar timeline planning tool.
The Contractor will facilitate a post contract award Kickoff meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. The purpose of the
Kickoff meeting will be to ensure that the BLM and Contractor have a clear and mutual understanding of all
project and contract requirements and inform all parties regarding the next steps of the process. The Project
Management Plan, Schedule, and Communication Plan will be finalized at this meeting. Key Contractor and
BLM staff shall attend. A maximum of three contractor staff shall be in attendance; others may join via
teleconference.
After contract award, BLM and the contracted service provider will develop a project management plan. This
Project Management Plan will identify, at a minimum, the work breakdown structure, risk management
strategy, critical path schedule, staffing plan (including on-board skills/skill needs), and cost estimate
breakdown. The project management plan should illustrate and track progress on completing the project.
The Project Management Plan will establish due dates for deliverables outlined in this Performance Work
Statement. The Project Management Plan should include timeframes for public participation activities and
administrative reviews. It will also establish due dates for BLM provision of materials, data, information, etc.
necessary for contractor completion of deliverables. The definition of successful delivery of a product should be
agreed to by BLM and the contractor in the Project Management Plan as well.
The contracted service provider and BLM will establish strategies for internal project communication, which
will serve as the primary information exchange for the project. These strategies may include an internal
conferencing web site, shared computer drives, contractor personnel co-located with BLM offices, monthly risk
management strategies and briefings, and monthly earned value estimates.
Quality Standard: The meeting will follow an agenda developed by both the Contractor and the BLM. The
Contractor will prepare take notes and distribute to attendees within 5 working days of the meeting. The project
schedule shall utilize Microsoft Project or similar format. The project schedule will be of sufficient detail for
use in day-to-day management and resource allocation purposes. At a minimum, it will clearly identify a work
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breakdown structure including precedents/dependencies, the projectas critical path and critical path tasks, BLM
and cooperating agency review/working periods and deliverable dates, and project milestones.
Deliverables:
i* Project Management Plana|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|(1)
i* Internal communication strategiesa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|(var.)
Experience Criteria for Contractor Team Members.
All individuals on the team should express strong technical writing skills and the ability to draft the sections of
the EIS specific to their expertise.
1) Project Manager and Assistant Project Manager: These positions shall be the main points-of-contact for
all information and work flow between BLM and the contractor. The project manager and assistant project
manager must have prior project management experience with BLM EISs and be familiar with and apply all
applicable laws, regulations and policies throughout the NEPA process. They must have the ability and
demonstrated previous experience to lead, participate, facilitate, communicate, and be available for all
critical stages in the collaborative and public process. The contractoras project manager and assistant project
manager shall attend and co-lead key project milestone meetings as indicated in the contractoras Project
Management Plan. The project managers shall also work directly with contract specialists to address
cooperating agency, public, and internal BLM comments. The project managers shall be responsible for
supervision, daily work direction, quality control, and editing of program area submissions by supplemental
core team members provided by the contractor.
2) Technical writer/editor: This individual(s) should possess a strong technical writing/editing background
and have the ability to ensure a multi-authored document reads consistently and in one voice.
3) Natural Resources Specialists/Renewable Resources staff: Individual(s) shall have a background in
natural resources and public land management. Where an offeror does not possess Alaska-specific
experience, or may have related experience, an offeror may submit an aAlternate Alaska Experience
Plan. This plan shall identify how the offeror proposes to supplement, subcontract, or otherwise obtain the
knowledge and skills required to address and analyze the following:
i*

Management of wildlife, fisheries, and vegetation.

i*

Experience working with tribal government.

i*

Experience working in rural areas with primarily Alaska Native cultures.

i*

ANILCA which provides specific guidance on access, wilderness, subsistence, and withdrawals. An
understanding of the provisions and limitations and experience with the nuances of ANILCA is
imperative.

i*

The ANILCA Section 810, associated analysis, and public hearing requirements.

i*

Analysis of effects on Essential Fish Habitat (Magnuson-Stevens Act 1996).

i*

Permafrost, theromokarst, climate change impacts in the Arctic, and common Alaskan vegetation
and forest types.

i*

An understanding of the industry practices used in the Arctic climate to effectively mitigate impacts
upon resources and withstand arctic conditions (e.g., ice roads, tundra travel).

4) The contractor must have professional and technical knowledge of:
a) unique Alaskan rangelands (e.g., tundra);
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b) soils and permafrost;
c) arctic region climate change and effects;
d) landscape level assessment and planning;
e) application of and other natural and environmental science principles;
f) relevant and current research;
g) GIS/mapping; and
h) classification, interpretation, and analyzing impacts on permafrost, soil and vegetation. The BLM
recognizes the contractor may require flexibility with matching personnel to the skill sets required to
complete the tasks. The contractor shall provide Noise analysis and best management practices, for
which there is no current BLM internal staff. Noise associated with construction or proposed
developments shall have best management practice, project design feature, and/or standard operating
procedure recommendations to decrease potential impacts to common wildlife species and nearby
communities. The contractoras resources staff shall mirror BLMas interdisciplinary team (internal):
i*

Vegetative communities (including special status plants)

i*

Geology and Physiography

i*

Soils and permafrost (cave and karst familiarity)

i*

Water resources and hydrology

i*

Air quality and air quality related values

i*

Acoustical environment

i*

Climate and meteorology

i*

Fish and aquatic species (including invasive aquatic species threats and Essential Fish Habitat)

i*

Wildlife (including invasive terrestrial species and special status wildlife)

i*

Sociocultural Systems

i*

Environmental Justice

i*

Subsistence biology

i*

Landscape ecology

i*

Ecosystem-based management, assessments, and monitoring

i*

Wildland fire ecology and management

i*

Cultural and historic resources

i*

Paleontological resources

i*

Geology and minerals

i*

Forestry

i*

Outdoor recreation and travel management

i*

Economist

i*

Anthropologist
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5) Mineral Specialist/Non-renewable Resources staff: This individual(s) shall have experience with all the
necessary BLM guidance related to leasing, drilling, and production of fluid leasable minerals and related
mitigation and reclamation practices. It would also be helpful if the individual(s) possessed a working
knowledge of geology within the arctic. Where an offeror does not possess Alaska-specific experience, or
may have related experience, an offeror may submit an aAlternate Alaska Experience Plan.a This plan shall
identify how the offeror proposes to supplement, subcontract, or otherwise obtain the knowledge and skills
required to address and analyze the following:
a) While the BLM recognizes that the contractor may require flexibility with matching personnel to the
skill sets required to complete the tasks, the contractoras non-renewable resources staff shall mirror
BLMas internal staff in the following key programs:
i*

Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Materials Management

i*

Petroleum Resources

i*

Sand and Gravel Resources

6) Facilitator: The facilitator is required to attend all meetings associated with alternatives development. S/he
shall have demonstrated abilities to effectively lead a large group of people through a complex and often
contentious process and must be skilled at negotiations and mediation. Experience with past BLM
Facilitation of alternatives in order to draw upon examples for team consideration will be extremely helpful.
This individual shall work closely with the BLM project manager to design workshops, hearings, or other
collaborative efforts.
7) GIS Specialist Requirements: This person shall have an extensive background in GIS used in natural
resources management applications as well as sound cartographic skills to make clear and accurate map
products. S/he shall be required to work very closely with the BLM GIS Specialist and respond to his/her
needs. S/he would not be required to attend public meetings, all workshops, hearings, or other collaborative
efforts; however, s/he may be asked to assist with presentations, remotely or in person, if an explanation of
GIS information is necessary. It will be required that the GIS specialist attend some workshops in person to
understand the context of some Leasing EIS team decisions.
Task 2: Scoping Meetings and Scoping Report
The Contractor will assist the BLM in conducting both internal and external scoping. For internal scoping, the
Contractor will be responsible for preparing an agenda and co-facilitating one ID Team and Cooperating
Agency meeting in Anchorage with the BLM Project Manager, recording internal scoping comments, and
including them in a Scoping Report once public scoping is complete.
For external scoping, the BLM will provide the Contractor with the current mailing list. The Contractor will
then develop and maintain a mailing list for the duration of the project (names and addresses will be added
throughout the project). The Contractor will keep an up-to-date electronic mailing list of all individuals and
groups commenting or expressing interest in the EIS process and those signing in at public meetings.
The BLM will host public scoping meetings in the following tentative locations in Alaska. If requested by tribal
governments, BLM may host additional meetings.
i*
i*
i*
i*

Anchorage
Arctic Village
Fairbanks
Kaktovik
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i*

UtqiaA!vik

The BLM will provide for transportation on government charter aircraft for no more than two contract
employees from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Kaktovik and Arctic Village for associated public meetings. All
commercial flights will be the responsibly of the contractor.
The Contractor will be responsible for assisting the BLM with logistical management for each public meeting
such as scheduling, preparing and mailing meeting notifications, preparing newspaper announcements and press
releases as necessary, preparing meeting materials (e.g. sign-in sheets, handouts, posters, comment forms, etc.),
attending and assisting with meeting facilitation, and comment collection and management.
The Contractor will prepare a Scoping Report incorporating both public comments and internal scoping. The
Contractor will include the following items in the Scoping Report:
1) Summarize and categorize comments for cross reference by interest and issue to sections of the EIS (to be
incorporated in Chapter 1)
2) Determine the number of individuals/groups/agencies raising the same or similar issue that can be addressed
with the same approach or resolution
3) Provide adequately detailed issue statements to form the basis of recommended analysis approaches for
appropriate resolution of issues (the scoping report will form the basis of the analysis plan identified for
preparation prior to chapters 3 and 4)
4) For those issues that are not analyzed, document in the Scoping Report why analysis of the issue was not
necessary to make a reasoned choice among alternatives
Quality Standard: The mailing list will remain up-to-date at all times throughout the project. Print materials
associated with public meetings and notification will be of high quality and designed according to direction
from the BLM. The Scoping Report will follow the standards identified in the BLM NEPA Handbook (H1790-1). The Scoping Report shall include all written, electronic, and verbal comments obtained through
scoping.
Deliverables:
i*

Project mailing list

i*

Public meeting notifications and materials

i*

Scoping Meetings

i*

Scoping Report

Task 3: Develop Draft EIS
The selected service provider will conduct the necessary research and perform the required analyses to provide
the BLM Alaska with a DEIS directly addressing the issues identified in the BLM prepared purpose and need,
and public scoping.
The DEIS will consider and analyze the potential environmental impacts of various leasing alternatives,
including the areas to offer for sale, and the terms and conditions (i.e., lease stipulations and best management
practices) to be applied to leases and associated oil and gas activities to properly balance oil and gas
development with existing uses and conservation of surface resources, and to limit the footprint of production
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and support facilities on Federal lands to no more than 2,000 surface acres. The lands comprising the Coastal
Plain include approximately 1.6 million acres within the approximately 19.3 million-acre Arctic Refuge. 2
The DEIS will be in accordance with Title II, Section 20001 of the Tax Act and the NEPA of 1969, as amended,
and analyze a leasing program in a manner similar to the administration of lease sales under the Naval
Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976, as amended.
The contractor will conducting an alternatives workshop with the BLM and Cooperating Agencies to develop
the range of alternatives to be considered in the EIS, that will help BLM and its partners understand the various
ways of addressing the issues in the EIS. BLM will consider all reasonable resource management alternatives
that address the issues and meet the requirements of the Tax Act and more than one complete alternative will be
developed for detailed study. BLM will choose a preferred alternative from the alternatives or a preferred
alternative will be developed. The contractor will analyze the impacts of the alternatives considered in detail,
guided by procedures outlined in the planning regulations, handbooks, and NEPA. The methodology for the
impacts analysis must be agreed to by the BLM staff and the final analysis will be made in consultation with
BLM staff.
The contractor will prepare an administrative draft of the Draft EIS for agency review. Contractor must be
prepared to accept agency comments and re-draft documents as necessary. Contractor should anticipate a
minimum of two administrative reviews to incorporate agency and stakeholders input. The Draft document will
be provided to BLM in appropriate electronic formats as required by the agency/printer, including a PDF copy
that complies with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. BLM will manage printing and distribution
through existing agency mechanisms. All documents will be professional in appearance; edited for correct
grammar and readability by the general public; be free from agency jargon, while maintaining a scientific base;
minimize acronyms; include appropriate maps and other graphics; and clearly depict management proposals.
Deliverables:
i*

Reasonable Foreseeable Development Scenario a|a|(1)

i*

Administrative (review) drafts of Draft EISa|a|a|a|(2)

i*

Draft EISa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|(1)

Task 4: Public Comment Meeting(s)
Contractor/selected service provider will be responsible for managing the (minimum) 45-day Public Comment
Period on the Draft EIS. During this period, Contractor will assist the BLM in conducting a minimum of five
(5) public comment meetings. The location of the public meetings will be determined by BLM in coordination
with the contractor. Contractor will manage all logistics for conducting the meetings and preparation of meeting
materials.
BLM anticipates the following locations at minimum: Anchorage, Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Kaktovik and
UtqiaA!vik, Public meetings on the DEIS may be highly contentious and well attended in the larger communities.
During these public comment meetings, the contractor will act as facilitator/mediator/support staff and will be
responsible for gathering written public comments on the DEIS. The BLM Project Lead will be responsible for

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The Coastal Plain area has also been commonly called the 1002 area.

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conducting the meeting. The contractor will be required to organize a record of public comments received
during the public meetings and a sign-in sheet for each meeting to document public involvement.
Contractor will also be responsible for public outreach in advance of public meetings, including drafting press
releases, public outreach materials (posters, maps, brochures, planning update document, PowerPoint, etc.).
BLM will review and approve outreach materials. BLM will issue press releases.
Upon completion of the public comment period, contractor will provide to the BLM a public comment meeting
summary report and written responses to comments. It is anticipated that the BLM will receive a substantial
amount of comments so the contractor proposal should include a description on how comments will be managed
and analyzed.
Deliverables:
i*

Public Meetings & Sign-in Sheetsa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a| a|a|(5)

i*

Public Comment Recorda|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|(1)

i*

Public Comment Meeting Summary Reporta|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|..(1)

Task 5: Final EIS Development
BLM will issue a Final EIS that improves upon the work completed in the Draft EIS and responds appropriately
to comments received on the Draft EIS. The Final EIS may also present additional analysis required due to
comments received on the Draft EIS.
Contractor will develop the Final EIS in response to public comments on the EIS and document changes to the
BLMas preferred alternative. Contractor must be prepared to accept agency comments and re-draft document as
necessary. Contractor should anticipate a minimum of two administrative reviews to incorporate agency and
stakeholder comments. Changes will be incorporated into the Final EIS ready for submission to printers as with
the Draft.
Deliverables:
i*

Administrative drafts of Final EISa|a|a|a|..(2)

i*

Final EISa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|.(1)

Task 6: Record of Decision
The ROD must be published in the same document with and reference the FEIS.
The contracted service provider will develop the ROD. The contracted service provider must be prepared to
accept agency comments and re-draft document as necessary. The contracted service provider should anticipate
a minimum of two administrative reviews to incorporate agency and stakeholder comments. Changes will be
incorporated into the ROD ready for submission to printers as with the Draft EIS.
Deliverables:
i*

Administrative drafts of Record of Decision a|.a|a|.(2)
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i*

Printer ready Record of Decision.a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|(1)

Task 7: Administrative Record
The contracted service provider will organize, develop, and maintain the administrative record for the EIS to
document the BLMas planning process. The Contractor will define administrative record protocols, meet with
the ID Team about the administrative record, and ensure on-going maintenance. The contractor will house the
administrative record on a secure site. At a minimum, Contractor should provide BLM with an updated index
for the administrative record on a quarterly basis. At the end of the project, the contractor will transfer the
complete administrative record to the BLM. The contracted service provider will deliver the final administrative
record to the BLM within four weeks (20 business days) of the issuance of the Record of Decision.
Documents for the administrative record include, but are not limited to:
i* Final versions of all NEPA documents and supporting reports and/or studies
i* Draft versions of all documents showing substantive changes or comments leading to substantive
changes
i* All forms of internal substantive comment (email, comment forms etc.)
i* Supporting materials and references (professional papers, website information etc.)
i* Maps and GIS data
i* Emails a both internal and external a that supported the decision-making process
i* Meeting notes
i* External communications (notices, letters to the public)
i* Communications from cooperating agencies, stakeholders, and the public (comments, letters, meeting
notes)
i* Potentially privileged documents (attorney-client communications, cultural reports, etc.)
Information regarding the content and the format for the administrative record can be found in.
Quality Standard: The administrative record will conform to Washington Office (WO) Instruction
Memorandum No. 2006-225, aStandardized Guidance on Compiling a Decision File and Administrative
Record,a, the BLMas Land Use Planning Handbook (Appendix F, pp. 24-25), NEPA Handbook (H-1790-1), or
other current guidance. The Contractor will accurately identify and separately categorize any Potentially
Privileged or Potentially FOIA Exempt documents.
Deliverables:
i*

Administrative Record in digital format with searchable index.

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APPENDIX A: Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing EIS Preliminary Schedule
Timeline
On-going
Month 1-3

Month 4
Month 4-6

Month 6-7
Month 8-9
Month 10-13

Month 14
Month 15-16

Task
Draft Project Management Plan and Memorandums of Understanding
with Cooperating Agencies
Publish Notice of Intent (March 15th) in Federal Register (to include
lease sale notice upon completion of the ROD). Conduct public scoping
and tribal consultations. 60 days
Scoping Report Issued
Prepare the Draft EIS: Dedicated Interdisciplinary BLM/USFWS team
prepare draft alternatives and preliminary analysis of the impacts from
alternatives, and the stipulations and Best Management Practices to
mitigate impacts; All alternatives include different possible surface
facility scenarios within the 2,000-acre surface disturbance limitation.
Brief, Prepare, and Publish Notice of Availability (NOA) of Draft EIS.
Concurrent with NOA, publish solicitation for interest in lease sale areas.
Comment period for the Draft EIS. Hold subsistence hearings. (min 45d)
Analysis of comments. Develop the Final EIS. Develop final alternatives
after analysis of comments (to include areas available for leasing), and
consultation with cooperating agencies. Develop specific terms,
conditions, stipulations and mitigation measures to put in leases (using
terms, conditions, stipulations and mitigation measures outlined in the
Final EIS).
Prepare and Publish Notice of Availability of Final EIS. (minimum 30 days
before issuance of ROD)
Brief, Prepare, and Issue ROD3 to include Lease Sale Notice.

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APPENDIX B: Summary of Deliverables
Task 1: Develop Project Management Plan
Deliverables:
i*

Project Management Plana|a|a|...a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|..a|....a| (1)

i*

Internal communication strategiesa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|...a|. (1)

Task 2: Scoping Meetings and Scoping Report
Deliverables:
i*

Project mailing lista|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|..(1)

i*

Public meeting notifications and materialsa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|.(varies)

i*

Public meeting & Sign-in sheets a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|.a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|..(5)

i*

Scoping Reporta|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|...a|a|a|(1)

Task 3: Develop Draft EIS
Deliverables:
i*

Reasonable Foreseeable Development Scenarios w/updated oil potential mapsa|a|(1)

i*

Administrative (review) drafts of Draft EISa|.a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|..(2)

i*

Draft EISa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|.a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|........................(1)

Task 4: Public Comment Meeting(s)
Deliverables:
i*

Public Meetings & Sign-in Sheetsa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|.a|a|a|a|a|(4)

i*

Public Comment Recorda|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|.a|a|a|...a|a|a|a|(1)

i*

Public Comment Meeting Summary Reporta|...a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|.a|a|a|a|a|..(1)

Task 5: FEIS Development
Deliverables:
i*

Administrative drafts of Final EISa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|.(2)

i*

Final EISa|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|(1)

Task 6: Record of Decision
Deliverables:
i*

Administrative drafts of Record of Decision a|.a|a|a|.a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|..(2)

i*

Record of Decision.a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|.a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|..(1)

Task 7: Administrative Record
Deliverables:
i*

Administrative Record (digital file)a|a|a|a|.a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|a|..a|a|a|a|(1)
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Appendix C: BLM Data and Metadata requirements
All deliverables shall comply with applicable international, national and Federal information technology and
geographic information standards, particularly those determined by the Federal Geographic Data Committee
(FGDC) as supporting the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.
Failure to comply with the official policy on spatial data as set forth in three Office of Management and Budget
Circulars (OMGB A-16, OMB A-119, and OMB A-130) and by presidential Executive Order 12906 will not be
acceptable and payment for work incurred will not be forth coming until these requirements are met.
Data Requirements:
i*
i*
i*
i*

All GIS data developed by the contractor shall meet BLM accuracy standards for each data set
All GIS data developed by the contractor shall be provided in ESRI file geodatabases (v10.2)
All GIS data developed by the contractor for which the BLM has established standards must follow
those standards
All GIS data developed by the contractor shall use the NAD_1983_California_Teal_albers coordinate
system:
o WKID: 3310 Authority: EPSG
o Projection: Albers
o Datum: North American 1983

Feature Level Metadata Requirements:
i*

All final delivery point and line feature classes will at a minimum have the following populated
columns:
o Create_Date: Date the feature was created
o Create_By: Who created the feature
o Modify_Date: Date the feature was modified
o Modify_By: Who modified the feature
o Coord_Src_type: The name that identifies the general category for the origin of the location
coordinate, representing a compilation of the state-adopted source codes. The domain contains
those code values that would most likely be used in the determination of source codes for the
data set. Attribute Domain Assignment: DOM_COORD_SOURCE_TYPE. Attribute Domains
will be provided by the BLM; Default: UNK
o Accuracy_Ft: The Accuracy Measurement defines how close, in feet, the actual ground location
is to the spatial depiction in GIS. This value would typically be determined by one of three
methods:
1. The map accuracy value, if a USGS map was used to define the boundary
2. The expected spatial accuracy achieved with GPS, or
3. The measurement of that accuracy as is noted in the National Standard for Spatial Data
Accuracy (NSSDA) 1, which is a data usability standard issued by the FGDC. A value of
-1 indicates that the accuracy is unknown or that no reliable estimate can be made (1
FGDC. 1998. Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards, Part 3; National Standard for
Spatial Data Accuracy, FGDC-STD-007.3-=1998. Attribute Domain Assignment: none;
Default Value: a-1a.
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In addition to the fields listed above, all polygon feature classes will have an accompanying line feature
classes that also includes:
o Def_Fet_Type: The code that identifies the high-level category for the actual physical or
mapping characteristics (features) from which the arcs are derived to create polygon boundaries.
Attribute Domains will be provided by the BLM

Other Metadata Requirements
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All Geospatial objects in the final deliverable file geodatabases shall include fully populated North
American Profile of ISO 19115 2003 metadata, including complete Field Entity and Attribute
Information
All other content types must include the ESRT Item Description Metadata Style (6 fields)

Data Access and Transfer Protocol Requirements
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Secure methods of data transfer must be used for all data transferred to and from the BLM
To the extent possible privacy data shall be redacted from all data transferred to and from the BLM: If
work requires use of privacy data, the privacy data must be noted, segregated, encrypted, and access to
the data limited
Contractors may not host any BLM materials on publicly accessible websites
Any web-based deliverables will be hosted on BLM servers
All web-based deliverables must comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Geospatial Analysis Requirements
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Geospatial analysis, reports and cartographic products must be independently reproducible
All data, interim data, Tools, models, and scripts used in the analysis must be included in the
deliverables

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Appendix D: Section 508 Compliance Requirements
Section 508 Service Requirements
Section 508 must be considered as a requirement on the delivered Electronic Documents. The Section 508 Accessibility
Standards apply to these deliverables, specifically the following Functional Performance Criteria:
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301.1 Scope - The requirements of Chapter 3 shall apply to ICT (Information Communication Technology) where
required by 508 Chapter 2 (Scoping Requirements), 255 Chapter 2 (Scoping Requirements), and where otherwise
referenced in any other chapter of the Revised 508 Standards or Revised 255 Guidelines.

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302.1 Without Vision - Where a visual mode of operation is provided, ICT shall provide at least one mode of
operation that does not require user vision.

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302.2 With Limited Vision - Where a visual mode of operation is provided, ICT shall provide at least one mode
of operation that enables users to make use of limited vision.

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302.3 Without Perception of Color - Where a visual mode of operation is provided, ICT shall provide at least one
visual mode of operation that does not require user perception of color.

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302.4 Without Hearing - Where an audible mode of operation is provided, ICT shall provide at least one mode of
operation that does not require user hearing.

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302.5 With Limited Hearing - Where an audible mode of operation is provided, ICT shall provide at least one
mode of operation that enables users to make use of limited hearing.

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302.6 Without Speech - Where speech is used for input, control, or operation, ICT shall provide at least one mode
of operation that does not require user speech.

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302.7 With Limited Manipulation - Where a manual mode of operation is provided, ICT shall provide at least one
mode of operation that does not require fine motor control or simultaneous manual operations.

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302.8 With Limited Reach and Strength - Where a manual mode of operation is provided, ICT shall provide at
least one mode of operation that is operable with limited reach and limited strength.

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302.9 With Limited Language, Cognitive, and Learning Abilities - ICT shall provide features making its use by
individuals with limited cognitive, language, and learning abilities simpler and easier.

Solicitation respondents must describe how their proposed delivered Electronic Documents will meet these requirements.
Electronic documents delivered must also be made available in alternate formats upon request, including formats
compatible with assistive technology at no additional charge. Solicitation respondents must describe how their Electronic
Document deliverables meet this requirement.

Section 508 Evaluation Factors
Responses to this solicitation will only be considered for award after it has been determined that the proposal adequately
addresses the requirements for Section 508. Only proposals which contain adequate information to document their
responsiveness to the Section 508 requirements will be eligible for any additional merit consideration.

Section 508 Acceptance Criteria
Electronic Documents delivered as a result of this solicitation will be accepted based in part on satisfaction of identified
Section 508 requirements for accessibility.
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