The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is responsible for strengthening the U.S. maritime transportation system – including infrastructure, industry, and labor – to meet the nation’s economic and security needs. MARAD support the technical aspects of America’s maritime transportation infrastructure and ensure its infrastructure integrates seamlessly with other methods of transportation. The agency supports the development and maintenance of a sufficient, well-balanced U.S. merchant marine to transport the nation’s domestic waterborne commerce and a portion of its waterborne foreign commerce. Acting under the direction of MARAD and the U.S. Navy, the merchant marine serves as a naval and military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency. The agency also ensures that the U.S. maintains adequate shipbuilding and repair services, efficient ports, effective intermodal water and land connections, and reserve shipping capacity for use during national emergencies. MARAD maintains a government-owned fleet of vessels that support several different mission objectives including, but not limited to: national security surge sealift requirements; maritime education and training; natural disaster and emergency relief; and other specialized services. MARAD maintains and operates the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, N.Y. Established in 1943, the academy is located on 82-waterfront acres, 20 miles from New York City. Its mission is to educate and graduate officers to serve in the nation’s merchant marine, maritime and intermodal transportation industries, and in the Armed Forces.
To meet its missions and perform its activities, MARAD provides grants and other forms of financial assistance for projects that support, improve, and develop the nation’s marine infrastructure (including vessels) and facilities within, connecting to, out of, or around coastal seaports, inland river ports, and Great Lakes ports. Among other laws and regulations, MARAD is responsible for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (54
U.S.C. § 300101 et seq.) (NHPA), prior to funding, assisting, or approving projects or actions that the agency undertakes. Specifically, Section 106 requires federal agencies to consider the impact of their actions on historic properties.
MARAD is seeking the services of a cultural resources professional to provide technical expertise and support for project undertakings subject to review under Section 106 of the NHPA and its implementing regulations, 36 C.F.R. § 800. MARAD’s Federal Preservation Officer (FPO) / Historian is responsible for overseeing the agency’s Section 106 activities.
The contractor will work under the management and supervision of MARAD’s Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, in the Office of Port Infrastructure Development, who will serve as the Contracting Officer’s Representative. Providing support to the FPO, the contractor will serve as a point of contact with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO / THPO), other involved federal, state or local agencies, private entities, consulting parties, and the public as appropriate for projects and undertakings within the scope of this contract.