MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
between
USDI FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE,

USDI GEOLOGICAL SURVEY WESTERN REGION,

US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY,

USDI NATIONAL PARK SERVICE,

USDOC NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE,

USDA FOREST SERVICE
PACIFIC NORTHWEST RESEARCH STATION,

and
USDA, FOREST SERVICE
PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION,

Forest Service Agreement No. NFS 02-MU-11060000-220

This Memorandum of Understanding (MU) is entered into by and between the U.S. Agencies listed above, under the authority of the Economy Act of June 30, 1932, Section 601, as amended (31 U.S.C. 1535), Section 330 of the 2000 Interior Appropriations Act, PL 106-291, and 48 CFR 17.503.

I. PURPOSE

This MU is for the purpose of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of fund transfers between agencies as they implement the Northwest Forest Plan, as well as the objectives of Service First. Established in 1996, the Service First initiative is intended to cut through the "bureaucratic red tape" and provide efficient, results-orientated services.

This MU does not in anyway change or relieve the Agencies of the planning, implementation, monitoring, and quality assurance of the resource management activities being implemented. Nor does this MU provide the Agencies with the authority to award each other projects and/or obligate funds without the full consent of the responsible designated official.

II. OBJECTIVES:

The agencies agree, to the extent feasible under legal, fiscal, and other limitations governing each agency, to streamline process and procedures under the plan. One procedure that can be streamlined is that of fund transfer between agencies. Most Regional Interagency Executive Committee (RIEC) agencies provide both direct and indirect support for the Regional Ecosystem Office (REO), some in the form of direct funding, others in the form of staff work and technical expertise. The REO provides staff support to the RIEC and the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. The objective of this MU is to eliminate surcharges incurred for routine fund transfers between agencies as they implement the Northwest Forest Plan particularly as they relate to fund transfers to pay for routine administrative support such as salary for shared staff, meeting logistics, shared staff support (space, supplies, maintenance, etc.) Activities outside of the routine administrative support, may require additional cost/benefit analysis.

III. STATEMENT OF WORK:

Funding and services to support the REO will utilize a separate Interagency Agreement, or mutually agreeable procurement document, to transfer funding and outline the specific roles , responsibilities, expectations, and deliverables. Each document will be supported by a Determination and Findings as required by the Federal Acquisition Regulations, subpart 17.5.

IV. PAYMENTS

1. Any procurement document utilized by each of the Cooperating Agencies will reference this MU. Individual procurement actions/task orders will utilize local office procurement numbers and follow local billing procedures.

2. Based on an analysis of funding over the past several Fiscal Years of closely off-setting projects, the Agencies mutually agree to waive overhead charges on all actions accomplished under this agreement. This waver will be effective thru FY 07 at which time it will be re-analyzed before it is continued.

V. IT IS MUTUALLY AGREED AND UNDERSTOOD BY AND BETWEEN THE PARTIES THAT:

1. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA). Any information furnished to the Forest Service under this agreement is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

2. MODIFICATION. Modifications within the scope of the agreement shall be made by mutual consent of the parties, by the issuance of a written modification, signed and dated by all parties, prior to any changes being performed.

3. PARTICIPATION IN SIMILAR ACTIVITIES. This agreement in no way restricts any of the Agencies from participating in similar activities with other public or private agencies, organizations, and individuals.

4. COMMENCEMENT/EXPIRATION DATE. This agreement is executed as of the date of last signature and is effective through September 30, 2007, at which time it will expire unless extended.

5. TERMINATION. Any of the parties, in writing, may terminate the agreement in whole, or in part, at any time before the date of expiration.

The principal contacts for this agreement are:

 

US Environmental Protection Agency
Dave Powers
USEPA R_10 OR Operations Office
811 SW 6th Ave 3rd Floor
Portland OR 97204
Phone: 503_326_5874
FAX: 503_326_3399
powers.david@epamail.epa.gov

USDI Fish and Wildlife Service
Dave Allen, Regional Director
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232-4181
Phone: 503-231-6119
FAX: 503-872-2716
email:
dave_allen@fws.gov

 
 

USDOC National Marine Fisheries Service
Robert Lohn, Regional Administrator
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Bin C15700, Building 1
Seattle, WA 98115-0070
Phone: 206-526-6150
FAX: 206-526-6426
Email:
bob.lohn@noaa.gov

USDI National Park Service
Jon Jarvis, Regional Director
909 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 9810
Phone: 206-220-4010
FAX: 206-220-4011
Email:
jon_jarvis@nps.gov

 

 

US Geological Survey, Western Region
Anne Kinsinger, Regional Biologist
909 1st Avenue, Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-220-4623
FAX: 206-220-4624
Email:
akinsinger@usgs.gov

USDA Forest Service, PNW
Thomas M. Quigley, Station Director
P. O. Box 3890
Portland, OR 97208-3890
Phone: 503-808-2100
FAX: 502-808-2130
Email:
tmquigley@fs.fed.us

 
 

USDA Forest Service, Region 6
Linda Goodman, Regional Forester
P. O. Box 3623
Portland, OR 97208-3623
Phone: 503-808-2204
FAX: 503-808-2210
Email:
ldgoodman@fs.fed.us

   

7. NON-FUND OBLIGATING DOCUMENT. This agreement is neither a fiscal nor a funds obligation document. Any endeavor to transfer anything of value involving reimbursement or contribution of funds between the parties to this agreement will be handled in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and procedures including those for Government procurement and printing. Such endeavors will be outlined in separate agreements that shall be made in writing by representatives of the parties and shall be independently authorized by appropriate statutory authority. This agreement does not provide such authority. Specifically, this agreement does not establish authority for noncompetitive award to the cooperator of any contract or other agreement. Any contract or agreement for training or other services must fully comply with all applicable requirements for competition.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, all parties have executed this Memorandum of Understanding, as of the last date written below.

US Environmental Protection Agency

By: _______________________________

 

_____________

 

David Powers
Regional Manager for Forest & Range Lands

Date

USDI Fish and Wildlife Service

By: ________________________________

 

______________

 

DAVE ALLEN

Regional Director

Date

USDOC National Marine Fisheries Service

 

By: _____________________

 

 

_____________

 

ROBERT LOHN
Regional Administrator

Date

USDI National Park Service

By: ________________________________

 

_____________

 

JON JARVIS
Regional Director

Date

US Geological Survey By:

________________________________

 

_____________

 

ANNE KINSINGER
Regional Biologist

Date

USDA Forest Service, PNW

By: ________________________________

 

_____________

 

THOMAS M. QUIGLEY
Station Director

Date

USDA Forest Service, Region 6

By: __________________________________

 

_____________

 

LINDA GOODMAN
Regional Forester

Date