Concord Professional Services, Inc. has been tasked with identifying full-time, long-term contract support staff interested in providing on-site, in-office support to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), in support of its authority under the Deepwater Port Act of 1974 (DWPA).
MARAD requires a seasoned, mid-level Environmental Protection Specialist/Project Manager with demonstrated experience executing and managing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) evaluations of large scale maritime-related infrastructure projects, such as offshore energy ports for the import and export of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Activities will support MARAD’s authority to receive, process, evaluate and render decisions on Deepwater Port License Applications for the construction and operation of oil and LNG deepwater ports. This authority under the Act along with implementing regulations cited at 33 CFR 148-150, establish a standard Federal process by which deepwater port license applications are evaluated, environmental reviews are conducted, and decisions are rendered by MARAD and other cooperating Federal agencies.
SCOPE OF WORK
Candidates must be very experienced and comply with the statutory requirements outlined in the DWPA (33 U.S.C. 1501 – 1524); NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f); and consistent with the Deepwater Port Regulatory Guidelines set forth under 33 CFR 148-150 as well as other applicable laws and regulations.
Specific job duties are as follows:
1) Provide technical guidance to the Maritime Administration’s statutory required deepwater port license application review process, including participation in a multi-jurisdictional Federal, State and local governmental environmental review and consultation process.
2) Evaluate, assess and provide substantive and comprehensive technical guidance, recommendations and feedback to the Maritime Administration on the adequacy and compliance of deepwater port license applications; environmental assessments; environmental impact statements, and new and existing deepwater port license conditions relating to Federal, State and local laws that govern the review and authorization of offshore deepwater ports.
3) Conduct assessments of deepwater port technical design proposals, survey reports, and other scientific reports used to evaluate environmental impacts and determine measures to mitigate and/or minimize such impacts.
4) Assist the Maritime Administration in developing project application review findings; and evaluating and providing feedback on environmental conditions, mitigation measures and monitoring requirements recommended or required by agencies for inclusion in draft and final environmental impact statements, Record of Decisions, and Licenses for proposed deepwater ports.
5) Assist the Maritime Administrations’ efforts to engage and seek input from public and private entities regarding project proposals; including establishing, tracking, and monitoring day-to-day activities of the agency’s public comment docket management system for deepwater port license applications.
6) Provide logistical support to the Maritime Administration on planning, hosting and documenting public meetings conducted with Federal, State, and local agencies as well as public entities for purposes of collecting information and evaluating environmental issues related to development of deepwater energy ports.
7) Develop, manage, and produce weekly deepwater port license application project review status reports, Gantt Charts, data gap charts, project schedules, stakeholder mailing lists, and other related project management reports to be provided to the Office Director and other internal MARAD Deepwater Port Project Team members.
Contractor shall provide the following environmental and project management support services to the Maritime Administration:
Develop Project Review Plans, Schedules, and Status Reports:
- Develop and execute project application review plans, including processing timeline schedules for assigned deepwater port license applications.
- Provide Project Review Plans to Office Director upon start of each project review; Plans must include detailed tasks and the corresponding schedule of completion dates for each phase of the application review process. Plans and schedules must align with the review requirements of the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, and consistent with regulatory requirements cited at 33 CFR 148-150. Considerations of other Federal/State schedules may be required. Project Plans must be periodically updated and submitted to Office Director, as dates, schedules and other factors change.
- Provide Weekly Project Status Reports to Office Director for all assigned projects with copies to internal MARAD Deepwater Port Team members.
Technical Evaluation Requirements:
- Execute Statutory/Regulatory required Completeness Reviews of assigned Deepwater Port License Applications, in accordance with requirements of 33 CFR 148-150, including in-depth analysis of the environmental segments of the applications.
- Coordinate and communicate (by conference calls or in-person meetings) with internal DWP Team Members (MARAD Legal, Finance, Environmental Activities, Program Offices) and external Federal agency representatives to discuss review findings, observations, and recommendations.
- Deliver meeting minutes at conclusion of each meeting and conference call.
- Develop and provide narrative summary report after each project application Completeness Review; identify findings, application deficiencies and recommendations for development of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), including Preliminary, Interim, Draft and Final EIS.
- Track and monitor the day-to-day activities of internal and external MARAD coordination of information data gaps.
Environmental Impact Statement Reviews:
- Execute Reviews of the Preliminary, Interim, Draft and Final EIS as well as other related environmental documents, including but not limited to Environmental Assessments for each assigned deepwater port license application.
- Develop and provide draft and final report of EIS review findings; coordinate findings and recommendations with internal MARAD Environmental, Legal, Finance and Program Offices, including identification of any necessary mitigation and/or monitoring measures and other such conditions.
- Participate in external Federal, State and local interagency meetings (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly); contribute feedback on review of environmental documents and other environmental protection matters related to applicable deepwater port project proposals. Deliver meeting minutes with “Action Items”.
- Draft necessary environmental related correspondence such as letters, memos, briefing papers, etc.
- Establish, maintain and monitor Program Office records of Federal, State, local and public feedback on project application and EIS documents. Records must track resolution of issues.
Decision Process (Governors Decision and Maritime Administrator Decision):
- Develop and provide a draft and final report that Identifies Decisions, environmental conditions, monitoring and mitigation measures and other issues of concern rendered by Governors, Federal, State and local agencies.
- Develop and provide, in coordination with other internal and external Deepwater Port Team members, draft and final environmental sections of MARAD’s Record of Decisions, Deepwater Port Licenses, and related documents for assigned project applications.
- Develop and provide necessary briefing materials, letters, memorandum, press releases and other such documents.