Frequent Questions

A05: A consultant has offered to help my organization prepare our application if we agree to hire her firm as a technical assistance provider if our application is successful. Is that practice acceptable to EPA?

No. Successful applicants must comply with the Procurement Standards in 2 CFR Part 200 when acquiring services from consultants and other contractors. These standards require recipients to hire contractors through open competition to the maximum extent practicable. There are a number of firms in the commercial marketplace qualified to compete for the types of services a successful applicant would need to provide technical assistance with EPA funding available under this announcement. 

As stated in section IV. E, Contracts and Subawards, please note that applicants may not award sole source contracts to consulting, engineering or other firms assisting applicants with the application solely based on the firm's role in preparing the application.

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