Request for Proposals For Legal Services:  Ute Indian Housing Authority

Request for Proposals For Legal Services: Ute Indian Housing Authority

Ute Indian Housing Authority

Request for Proposals


Legal Services

The Ute Indian Housing Authority, hereafter referred to as the Housing Authority, located in Fort Duchesne, Utah is seeking proposals from interested attorneys or law firms that provide legal services to Indian Housing Authorities or Tribally Designated Housing Entities as defined in the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being advertised as an open procurement with Indian Preference.

Length of Contract 1 year renewable based upon an annual review of services.

All proposals shall include a description of the services to be provided, a personal or law firm resume, three clients to serve as references, the hourly fee charge, types of expenses that are charged, and identification of the individual(s) in the firm who will have primary responsibility for providing services to the Housing Authority. A well written description of the firm’s work history and what they feel is their strength in law as it pertains to Indian Housing Authorities will be an essential part of the proposal. The proposal shall contain a training plan that describes how a UIHA staff will be educated and trained in certain areas of Para-legal work that pertains to processing court paperwork.

Each proposal will be rated using a point system that is applied to the information provided by the offeror that addresses the needs of the Housing Authority. The rating system is as follows:

· Past working experience with Indian Housing Authorities      20 points

· Knowledge & working experience with NAHASDA     10 points

· Fee structure & legal experience     10 points

· Indian Preference     15 points

· Training plan for UIHA employees     10 points

· References     10 points

· Quality of Proposal     15 points

Total Points     90 points

Preference. Firms claiming Indian Preference must submit proof of enrollment with an Indian tribe as defined in the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996 and also provide proof of at least 51% Indian ownership of their firm.

Davis-Bacon wage requirements shall apply. Federal funds are being used to fund this contract. All applicable federal laws shall apply including but not limited to the provisions of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) 25 U.S.C. 4101, et seq.

In accordance with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and the implementing regulations at 24 CFR part 135, the Contractor will make best efforts, consistent with federal and tribal laws and regulations (including Section 7(b) of the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act), to give low- and very low- income persons the training and employment opportunities generated by Section 3 covered assistance and to give qualified business concerns the contracting opportunities generated by Section 3 covered assistance.

All questions may be directed to the Executive Director of the Ute Indian Housing Authority at 435-722-4656.

All sealed proposals are due no later than October 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the business office for the Ute Indian Housing Authority. The proposals must be marked “Do Not Open Proposal Enclosed.” Faxed proposals will not be accepted. The address is as follows:

Ute Indian Housing Authority

P.O. Box 250

Fort Duchesne, Utah 84026