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NCHRP 20-06/Topic 23-05 [RFP]

Update of Selected Studies in Transportation Law: Volume Eight, Section 3: Indian Transportation Law
[ NCHRP 20-06 (Legal Problems Arising out of Highway Programs) ]

Posted Date: 10/3/2017

  Project Data
Staff Responsibility: Gwen Chisholm-Smith
   Phone: 202/334-3246
   Email: gsmith@nas.edu
RFP Close Date: 12/5/2017
Fiscal Year: 2016

PREAMBLE

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) plans to award a contract for a study and report. NCHRP anticipates an estimated 250-hour level of effort and compensation not to exceed $40,000. Legal research reports sponsored by this project are published in NCHRP’s Legal Research Digest (LRD) series or in electronic format. Publications are made available to some libraries and to approximately 4,000 transportation lawyers and officials through the TRB distribution network.
 
BACKGROUND

Since the publication of Selected Studies in Transportation Law (SSTL) – Volume 8, Section 3: Transportation Law and Government Relations,  there have been a number of changes in transportation law and practices related to Indian tribes; reservations, Indian country and Indian statutes; contracting; government to government cooperation; acquisition of Indian land; federal programs involving tribes; planning; construction; and operations and maintenance of highways on Indian lands.
 
A comprehensive update of this version of the Indian Transportation Law Chapter of the SSTL – Volume 8, Section 3 is needed.
 
OBJECTIVE
 
The objective of this research is to produce a completely up-to-date version of the Indian Transportation Law Chapter of the SSTL– Volume 8, Section 3 . A comprehensive update of this section also should include an analysis of all topics to determine which sections need substantial updating and/or supplementing.
 
The consultant will conduct background research and collect relevant material. 
 
Based on the initial but complete review of the source material, the consultant will submit a work plan. The work plan should not exceed 10 pages and contain sufficient detail to inform the project panel of where the Section will be updated and/or supplemented. The consultant may use the existing Section to annotate the location and nature of their suggested changes directly on that copy.
 
 
Research Implementation-Updates
 
This research will be conducted in two phases. Phase I will consist of Task 1. At the conclusion of Phase I, NCHRP will make a determination whether to proceed with Phase II, which will consist of Tasks 2, 3, and 4. Both Phases will be pursuant to a firm fixed price agreement:
 
Phase I
 
Task 1. Work Plan. The consultant will conduct background research and collect relevant material. Based on the initial but complete review of the source material, the consultant will submit a work plan. The work plan should not exceed 10 pages and contain sufficient detail to inform the NCHRP project panel of where the Selected Studies in the Indian Transportation Law section of  the SSTL will be updated and/or supplemented. The consultant may use the existing Indian Transportation Law section of the SSTL to annotate the location and nature of their suggested changes directly on that copy. When a section is to be extensively supplemented or a new subsection added, a brief outline and estimated pagination should be included.   Part of this report should feature an annotation of the Table of Contents as well. This document should reflect the estimated level of effort and be sufficient to clearly inform the project panel of where changes and or additions to the existing Indian Transportation Law section of the SSTL will be made and the nature of recommended changes. This material will be submitted to NCHRP panel for consideration and approval.
 
Estimated Length of Time:             120 days
Estimated Work Effort:                   250 hours

Phase II
 
Task 2. After NCHRP approval of the work plan, the consultant should conduct additional research, and case and statutory/regulatory analysis.
 
Estimated Length of Time:  To be determined in Phase I
Estimated Work Effort:        To be determined in Phase I
 
Task 3.  Draft report in accordance with the approved work plan (including modifications required by TRB).
 
Estimated Length of Time: To be determined in Phase I
Estimated Work Effort:        To be determined in Phase I
 
Task 4. Revise report as necessary. The consultant should estimate that two revisions will be necessary. One revision may be required after review by NCHRP staff and members of a select subcommittee. Additional revisions may be required after the full project pane has reviewed the report.
 
Estimated Length of Time:  To be determined in Phase I
Estimated Work Effort:        To be determined in Phase I
 
 
HOW TO PROPOSE:
 
·         Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF with the following information and in the following order
·         Summary sheet. Here is the summary sheet;
·         A statement of interest and qualifications;
·         Resume of key team members along with a description of responsibilities;
·         A list of your relevant prior publications (you may enclose one or two samples);
·         A statement of resources you will allocate to this project; any additions, deletions, or changes you may wish to suggest for undertaking the work; and your requested compensation. 
·         Proposals should not exceed a total of 25 pages (including writing samples).
 
Proposals are evaluated by NCHRP project panel members and  staff consisting of individuals collectively knowledgeable in the problem area. Evaluations are based upon the proposers':  (1) experience in the subject area; (2) understanding of the work (demonstrated by the commitment of resources); (3) prior relevant publications (including briefs); (4) schedule for completing the work; and (5) price.
 
Proposals (not to exceed 25 pages with attachments) should be submitted electronically to gsmith@nas.edu  (EST) by December 5, 2017.
 
 

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