REQUESTS FOR PROPOSAL
CONSULTANT SERVICES AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN
ISSUE DATE: July 1, 2021
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is soliciting proposals for a consultant/s to advise and assist with strategy related to the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (“SLFRF”) provision of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA” or “ARP”). The Rosebud Sioux Tribe seeks to utilize the funding in a way that adheres to congressional intent and follows Department of Treasury guidelines. Additionally, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe strives to foster COVID-19 response, prevention, and recovery efforts while enhancing the overall quality of life on the Rosebud Reservation. The anticipated start of delivery of services under contract will begin on the execution of the agreement.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is a federally recognized tribe with inherent sovereign authority and rights that pre-date the states. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has a governing body made up of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant of Arms, and twenty Council representatives operating under the authority of an Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) constitution. The central headquarters for Rosebud’s government is located in Rosebud, SD.
The Rosebud homelands are located in south-central South Dakota, and its land base consists of
approximately 922,750 acres and includes 20 tribal communities and some municipalities covering a five-county area. The homelands encompass a beautiful area where the grasslands meet Ponderosa Pine forests and rolling hills.
II. SCOPE OF SERVICES
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe (“RST”) seeks to ensure that all opportunities made available from the ARP are examined and acted upon. The consultant/s will advise and strategize on the following:
· Communication with RST ARPA Office staff, RST Leadership (administration and council), and other stakeholders as assigned by the RST regarding RST priorities, planning, and implementation;
· Proactively identify opportunities to maximize funding within the current regulatory framework;
· Provide ongoing guidance to maximize funding;
· Coordinate and assist with the management of deliverables with the U.S. Department of Treasury, RST, and other Federal Agencies as assigned by the RST and deemed necessary for project success and compliance;
· Assist in determining the best strategy to leverage the funding received;
· Identifying (if any) other traditional and non-traditional funding sources can be coupled with ARP funding;
· Assist in ensuring compliance and avoiding potential Treasury recoupment of ARPA funds.
· Provide management expertise in developing programs, office structure, and office implementation.
III. AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Provide the proposer’s experience in the subject areas listed below and give an overview of similar work provided for Indian tribes. If the proposer has specialized expertise in any specific area, please elaborate on that expertise.
A. Strategic planning and advice;
B. Reviewing and interpreting Federal legislation;
C. Understanding of the SLFRF implementing regulation;
C. Understanding of the Uniform Guidance (2 CRF Part 200);
D. Federal funding opportunities, processes, compliance;
E. Grant writing and drafting funding proposal;
F. Tribal issues, general and specific to Federal legislation.
In addition to responding to the scope of services, please include:
A. A history of your company, including any names used previously, governments served and the relationship of this project to your corporate purpose, and why your company is best suited to meet the requirements of this RFP.
B. A written statement verifying potential conflicts of interest with other clients and a list of current clients and certifying that no such conflicts exist and if they should arise immediately inform the Rosebud Sioux Tribe President, Attorney General, the Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operations Officer.
C. Experience and qualifications of the proposed key staff members assigned to this project and what percentage of their time will be devoted to the project. Show their function in the project and a detailed resume for each person. Specify where the staff will be located and identify the program manager.
D. Certify whether you are an Indian business or a member of an Indian Tribe.
E. A cost proposal for the scope of services
V. TERM OF CONTRACT
The contract will be effective upon signed completion through the term agreement. The contract may be extended at the option of the parties by written modification.
VI. EVALUATION CRITERIA
Proposals will be evaluated by the ARPA Planning Committee, RST Leadership, and the RST ARPA Office. The following will be considered:
• Responses to the proposal;
• Experience with issues and other Indian tribes;
• In good standing with other Indian tribes;
• Assessment of capacity to deliver the required services.
* Indian preference applies.
VII. PROPOSAL DUE DATE
Sealed proposals must be received by no later than 11:59 pm, July 15, 2021to RST Treasurer’s Office, and submitted to:
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
ATTN: RST Treasurer
PO Box 430
Rosebud, SD 57570