5. O&M related to Program facilities
Categories of projects that will be competed (unless justification for sole sourcing):
Program evaluations (data oriented)
Evaluations and analysis of past data
Program Assessments (program oriented)
Dave Campbell pointed out that the database operation had been pulled in-house by FWS, after failure by UNM to maintain the database. It said it will take a substantial amount of work to put the database in order, but the data is there.
There was some discussion on the SJRIP hydrology model and its applications.
These issues need
to be brought up at the Coordination Committee. It was agreed that the hydrology modeling could be contracted out, however, Reclamation would have to remain responsible for overseeing the model, per various biological opinions and the Program document. It was agreed that new modeling efforts could be contracted out. An example of a new modeling activity that would be subject to RFP is addition of the sediment transport model to the habitat model, if that is found to be
Dave Campbell said development of methodologies for moving the Program forward could also be contracted out. This would include things like procedures for developing population estimates, i.e., how to do it, how much effort, methods, etc. Conducting workshops would be included in RFPs for this type of work.
The Program evaluation report and Program assessment were included as types of projects that could be competed through an RFP.
Peer review of the Program may need to be augmented with additional peer reviewers outside the original list of three that work with the Biology Committee. This is a responsibility of the Program Coordinator, and may or may not e subject to RFP, depending on needs and circumstances.
The recommendation will go to the Coordination Committee for consideration in the June 26 meeting in Farmington.
The Purpose of this work session is to discuss and develop criteria and a process for selecting projects for sole sourcing procedures as related to San Juan River Basin Endangered Fish Recovery Program (SJRRIP) projects funded by power revenues through the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.