Cultural Resources, Disaster Resiliency, and Climate Uncertainty Study

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Cultural Resources, Disaster Resiliency, and Climate Uncertainty Study: NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD

This Funding Announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Service s intention to fund the following project activities without full and open competition.

Funding Announcement P15AS
Project Title Cultural Resources, Disaster Resiliency, and Climate Uncertainty Study
Recipient University of Florida
Principle Investigator / Program Manager Thomas T. Ankersen
Total Anticipated Award Amount $30,000.00
Cost Share none
New Award or Continuation? Continuation of Cooperative Agreement H5000105040
Anticipated Length of Agreement From date of award until 6/30/2016
Anticipated Period of Performance From date of award until 6/30/2016
Award Instrument Cooperative Agreement
Statutory Authority 54 USC 100703 and 54 USC 101702(a)
CFDA # and Title 15.945 Cooperative research and training programs resources of NPS and CESUs
Single Source Justification Criteria Cited (2) Continuation
NPS Point of Contact June Zastrow 303-987-6718


CESU Cooperative Agreement Number H5000105040 was entered into by and between the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, (NPS), and the University of Florida to assist in providing research, technical assistance and education. Unless otherwise specified herein, the terms and conditions as stated in the Cooperative Agreement will apply to this Task Agreement.

Currently, most interactions between emergency management and historic resource personnel occur after a disaster. This is because the dispersal of federal disaster and hazard mitigation funding triggers federal historic preservation requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. State Historic Preservation Offices are required to incorporate disaster mitigation strategies into state historic preservation plans. The Cultural Resources, Disaster Resiliency, and Climate Uncertainty Study will produce federal, state and local policy recommendations, best practices, and case studies to assist states in developing disaster mitigation strategies into state historic preservation plans.


University of Florida agrees to:

1) Characterize the legal and policy planning framework for hazard mitigation in Florida as it applies cultural resources.
a. This includes a review of the State of Florida Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan (and its relation to local mitigation strategies ), comprehensive planning and land development regulation and building codes).
b. This will also include a review of the policy framework for cultural resource planning and extent to which hazard mitigation is considered in planning tools such as the statewide historic preservation plan, local preservation plans and related policy instruments.

2) Identify opportunities to enhance the potential for hazard mitigation of cultural resources through these hazard mitigation and cultural resources policy planning processes.

3) Describe the relationship between sea level rise adaptation policy (retreat, accommodation and protection) and flood hazard mitigation policy as these policy frameworks apply to the management of cultural resources.

4) Identify and describe examples where cultural resources have been fully integrated into hazard mitigation planning processes. (Case Studies/Best practices; not limited to Florida).

5) Identify and describe examples where cultural resources have been successfully mitigated. (Case Studies/Best practices; not limited to Florida).

6) Describe the relationship between the FEMA community rating system and local government cultural resource management.
a. Identify opportunities for existing leverage, if any, and where CRS reform would be required to receive special or additional credit for cultural resource mitigation policies and practices.

7) Work directly with one Florida community (Fernandina Beach) with nationally significant cultural resources to more fully integrate cultural resources into flood and SLR hazard mitigation planning. This approach will include working with the community to: 1) organize documentation & related resources, 2) assess risks; 3) develop a mitigation plan.

8) Based on the research described above, and lessons learned from direct community engagement, draft a guidance document for Florida communities to better integrate cultural resources into hazard mitigation planning at the state and local level.

9) Conduct a workshop for key cultural resource and emergency management stakeholders to present the research and get feedback on the draft guidance document.

10) Incorporate feedback into final guidance document

11) Provide recommendations for policy reform identified through the research and community engagement process


Substantial involvement on the part the National Park Service is anticipated for the successful completion of the objectives to be funded by this award. In particular, the National Park Service will be responsible for the following:

[The activities / responsibilities that constitute substantial involvement on the part of the NPS must be stated here. This statement should reproduce the language to be incorporated within the cooperative agreement]

A. NPS agrees to agrees to

1. Collaborate with the University of Florida in developing the Cultural Resources, Disaster Resiliency, and Climate Uncertainty Study content and outreach that deal with NPS cultural resources programs.
2. Participate in working groups with the University of Florida and its partners to develop the final guidance document that will include recommendations for policy reform identified through the research and community engagement.
3. Work with the University of Florida to identify communities and partner organizations to ensure that a broad range of partners have a chance to participate in the study.
4. Work with the University of Florida to develop, edit, and distribute findings and publications to promote cultural resource disaster resiliency to preservation organizations throughout the country.


Department of the Interior Policy (505 DM 2) requires a written justification which explains why competition is not practicable for each single-source award. The justification must address one or more of the following criteria as well as discussion of the program legislative history, unique capabilities of the proposed recipient, and cost-sharing contribution offered by the proposed recipient, as applicable.
In order for an assistance award to be made without competition, the award must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

(1) Unsolicited Proposal The proposed award is the result of an unsolicited assistance application which represents a unique or innovative idea, method, or approach which is not the subject of a current or planned contract or assistance award, but which is deemed advantageous to the program objectives;
(2) Continuation The activity to be funded is necessary to the satisfactory completion of, or is a continuation of an activity presently being funded, and for which competition would have a significant adverse effect on the continuity or completion of the activity;
(3) Legislative intent The language in the applicable authorizing legislation or legislative history clearly indicates Congress intent to restrict the award to a particular recipient of purpose;
(4) Unique Qualifications The applicant is uniquely qualified to perform the activity based upon a variety of demonstrable factors such as location, property ownership, voluntary support capacity, cost-sharing ability if applicable, technical expertise, or other such unique qualifications;
(5) Emergencies Program/award where there is insufficient time available (due to a compelling and unusual urgency, or substantial danger to health or safety) for adequate competitive procedures to be followed.

The National Park Service did not solicit full and open competition for this award based the following criteria:



This is a Task Agreement (P15AC00725) under Cooperative Agreement (H5000105040) in the amount of $30,000.00 with a period of performance from date of award until 06/30/2016.

"This proposed project between University of Florida and the NPA is authorized to go through the South Florida-Caribbean CESU at the negotiated overhead rate of 17.5% because it passes the test of substantial involvement by the NPS, public purpose and consistency with the mission of the CESU Network".

Also, on the SF 424 forms that the partner sponsored programs office fills out for each project, requires a CFDA number - 15.945, which is the number associated with the CFDA Title: COOPERATIVE RESEARCH AND TRAINING PROGRAMS - RESOURCES OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (CESU).


A. 54 USC 101702(a) previously 16 U.S.C. l(g): Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds
B. 54 USC 101702(b) previously 16 USC 1a-2j: Cooperative Agreements, Cooperative Research and Training Programs

C. 54 USC 100703 previously 16 USC 5933: Cooperative Study Units
Federal Grant Title: Cultural Resources, Disaster Resiliency, and Climate Uncertainty Study
Federal Agency Name: National Park Service
Grant Categories: Community Development Disaster Prevention and Relief Education Environment Regional Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: P15AS00139
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.945
CFDA Descriptions: Cooperative Research and Training Programs - Resources of the National Park System
Current Application Deadline: Jun 2, 2015
Original Application Deadline: Jun 2, 2015
Posted Date: May 19, 2015
Creation Date: May 19, 2015
Archive Date: Jun 3, 2015
Total Program Funding: $30,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $30,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $1
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Grant Announcement Contact
June Zastrow, 303-987-6718

National Park Service 303-898-9819
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