Major Actions Taken to Date
USDA awarded a $2,524,626.82 million design contract for the next phase of modernization to Shalom Baranes Associates, P.C./Syska & Hennessy Joint Venture on March 31, 2010. (AG-3142-D-10-0264)
The Secretary of Agriculture utilized his statutory authority to interchange up to 7 percent of WIC Contingency ($28 million) and transferred to CAP/The Emergency Feeding Assistance Program.
The contract (AG-3142-C-10-0061) was awarded to Meltech Corporation to provide Court 2 and 3 Waterproofing and Cafeteria Terrace Re-roofing to USDA Headquarters
The contract (AG-3142-C-09-0028) value to date totals- $16,875,720.00. USDA awarded a $16.575 million construction contract to Grunley Construction Company, Incorporated of Rockville, Maryland on September 21, 2009. The project is about 50% complete. To date, total outlays are $8,322,030.00 for construction activities. USDA is in the process of evaluating the five bids received on July 7, 2010 for replacement of a 350 ton Chiller. Award is expected for late August, 2010. USDA is in the process of evaluating the one bid received on July 15, 2010, for the roof replacement for the East and West arches. Award is expected for late August, 2010. USDA received eight bids on July 22 to waterproof Courts 2/3 and the Cafeteria Patio Roof. Award is expected by September 30, 2010.
The ARS Obesity and Metabolism Research Lab in Davis, CA, has received a Grant from the NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in support of the Identification of Muscle Specific Biomarkers of Fatty Acid beta-oxidation; $294,293.
NEPA for Poa/Sud IslandsPoa Island - habitat restorationSud Island - habitat restorationKanaga Island - habitat resoration
ITS, 09IAFAD75, Maintenance Support, 6/2/2009, $232,509ITS, 09IAFAD76, Software Purchase, 6/2/2009, $542,509ITS, 10IAFAD18, Software Purchase, 10/21/2009, $35,402ITS, 10IAFAD19, Operations and Maintenance Support, 10/26/2009 updated 9/14/10, $5,431,263
ITS provided contract procurement services on behalf of FSA IT S&EFY 2009 Expenses - Fully Expensed in November 2009 --2 contracts(Carasoft Technology & Merlin International, Inc.)FY 2010 Expenses --Fully Expensed $103,595 for 2-Contracts(Immix Technology and FCN, Inc); Remaining Ouststanding balances to be billed Monthly for 4 contracts (Unisys Corp, Carasoft Technology & 2-Natek, Inc.)
FNS - SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits are issued to participants in every state on an ongoing basis, and this issuance is reflected in the increased obligations and outlays. Obligations for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations are being made to Indian Tribal organizations (ITOs) and state agencies. These obligations are for budget amendments to their current agreements to reflect the use of ARRA funds for the purchase of equipment or for facilities upgrades.
Financial Data in this report is through April 30, 2013. MAJOR COMPLETED ITEMS:Approved Projects û The Forest Service continued implementing the projects approved by Secretary Vilsack under the Recovery Act to implement projects that directly accomplish its missions of sustaining the nation's forests and grasslands, creating jobs, and promoting U.S. economic recovery. These projects total $1.15 billion for wildland fire management, construction and maintenance of facilities, roads and trails, and abandoned mine mitigation. The Agency obligated $1,148 billion through September 30, 2010. Expenditures total $1,102 billion through August 2013.Forest Service Confirms Recipient Reporting 2013 First Quarter Job Numbers û The Forest Service confirmed just over 580 jobs were reported through the calendar year 2013 first quarter Recovery Act recipient reporting period that ended January 14. The total number of jobs created with recovery act funds for the 2nd quarter of 2013 is just over 286. A revised analysis shows over 111 jobs were retained through the performance of contracts and over 174 jobs were retained through the performance of grants. States in the top 3 by jobs created are:ò Idaho with 29 jobs created.ò California with 31 jobs created.ò Oregon with 51 jobs created.Capital Improvement and MaintenanceRecovery Act Capital Improvement and Maintenance (CIM) allocations to date are $650 million of which $637 million has been expended through August 2013.The Forest Service monitors program accomplishments achieved through Recovery Act funding using measures such as ômiles of trail maintained to standard.ö On the Clearwater National Forest, about 1000 miles of trail received maintenance and on the Boise National Forest 400 miles of roads received maintenance. Overall 9,100 miles of trail and 14,850 miles of roads have been maintained through March 14, 2013.The Forest Service continues to implement more than $341 million in funding announced for Capital Improvement and Maintenance û trails and facilities. The Agency continues to implement 120 Recovery Act roads maintenance and associated watershed and ecosystem restoration projects on Forest Service lands in 31 states totaling over $272 million. ò The International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF), located in Puerto Rico, updated and restored its headquarters complex, located in San Juan's Botanical Gardens. The Institute reduced its environmental footprint with modern storm water management that incorporated green roofs, a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vergetation, grass parking, rainwater reuse and natural retention ponds. Green roofs, green parking and retention ponds assist in retaining storm water and avoid rain water getting into the local water streams. The green roof technology included the application of gravel, soil, grass and vegetation to the roof surface of three of the Institute's buildings. The creation of green parking, for the Institute's Head Quarters (HQ)building, included the construction of storm water retention ponds, the removal of the asphalt pavement and the installation of grass and pervious pavers, better described as pourous concrete, in the main parking area. The purpose of the IITF HQ Complex Greening project was to minimize the environmental impact or footprint at the Jardin Botanico Sur, in Rio Piedras. The Institute is now an example of an environmentally friendly development for other federal agencies, state agencies, universities, and the public.Wildland Fire ManagementRecovery Act Wildland Fire Management (WFM) allocations to date are $500 million of which $466 million has been expended through August 2013.FS monitors program accomplishments achieved through Recovery Act funding using measures such as "the number of acres treated to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire." In Wyoming, as a result of the Recovery Act, the Lower Wind River Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Reduction Project removed hazardous fuels in critical areas on approximately 750 acres.The Forest Service continues to implement projects supported by $306.5 million of Recovery Act funds to reduce hazardous fuels.The Forest Service continues to support wood-to-energy grants and woody Biomass utilization projects totaling over $58 million in Recovery Act funds.ò In Arizona, on non-federal lands, the Groom Creek Fire District hired a fuels crew to slow or stop the spread of fire on many acres of private lands within the fire district boundaries. Work on the Groom Creek/Crown King Fire Districts project included the removal of small ground and ladder fuels. Ground fuels start fires that normally burn by smoldering combustion, while ladder fuels start fires from shrubs and young trees that provide fine material from the forest floor into the crowns of dominant trees. Several acres of Ponderosa pine were treated and protected residential structures. Overstory trees below 18 inch diameter were targeted for removal while a diversity of young and old Ponderosa pine was maintained. The Crown King Fire District will used mechanical and prescribed burn treatments to accomplish the objectives of the project. Property owners were educated on the need and techniques for maintaining treated lands. The Groom Creek Fire District completed over 60 acres of fuels treatment creating a fuel break from the entrance of Goldwater Lake and south along Senator Highway to Friendly Pines Road and from Mt. Trittle Road to the entrance of Goldwater Lake. The biomass generated was chipped and donated to local summer camps, horse corrals and boarding facilities.
Continuing with the execution of the ARRA Program. To date, 286 contract actions have been processed for a cumulative total of $171,235,197.
Loan level obligations: Water and Environmental Loans/Grants: $3,077,546,770
/ Business and Industries Loans - Guaranteed: $1,478,416,084
/ Rural Business Enterprise Grants: $18,234,184
/ Community Facilities Direct Loans/Grants: $1,254,570,508
/ SFH - Direct: $1,378,999,228
/ SFH - Guaranteed: $10,042,193,746
/ Broadband Direct Loans/Grants: $3,187,892,824
Loan level obligation: Water and Environmental Circuit Rider Contract Modifications: $13,921,176.14
USDA has provided addition information regarding timing of construction activities related to water and waste disposal loans and grants awarded Recovery Act Funds. To access this information go to the following web location:
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Major Planned Actions
Phase 4 b design is expected to be completed û December 2010.
ADD work associated with RFI 127 - Addition of Furniture Feeders as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system and SKE 05-09 ADD work associated with RFI 128 - 3rd Floor Coordination as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system;ADD work associated with RFI 130 - 2nd Floor Coordination as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system;ADD work associated with RFI 72 - EAC Unit Condensate Piping & Drains as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system;ADD work associated with providing the electrical rough-in for future hand dryers installed by USDA will include new homeruns pulled from nearby panelbox's and modifying existing marble and masonry walls in order to provide a wall box with cover plate.
- NEPA for Poa/Sud Islands- Poa Island - habitat restoration- Kanaga Island - habitat resotration- Sud Island - habitat restoration
MAJOR PLANNED ITEMS:Capital Improvement and Maintenanceò Continued posting of major Recovery Act communicationsò Continued implementation of approved projects ò The Nacimiento Mine Environmental Cleanup project is located on the Santa Fe National Forest in Sandoval County, New Mexico. The work will clean up and restore millions of gallons of groundwater at Nacimiento Mine near Cuba, New Mexico. Mining on the site dates back to the late 1800s. In 1960 the site was reopened as an open pit copper mine. The last operation, started in1984, injected various acids into the Agua Zarca aquifer and extracted a copper-bearing solution through recovery wells. The operation was not economical and was stopped, leaving most of the leaching solution in the aquifer. The Forest Service completed a feasibility study on cleanup options in 2003, and chose to pump and treat the groundwater to restore it to drinking water standards. The goal, at the Nacimiento site, is to protect human health and the environment from risks associated with the contaminants in groundwater contaminated from previous mining activities. The cleanup supports increased economic opportunities and improved quality of life in rural America by treating the surface or ground water for human consumption and for the small farmer or rancher. A bioreactor treatment plant has been constructed, and water treatment operations have begun. The treatment plant, built and operated under contract to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, is pumping groundwater from the inactive open pit copper mine four miles southeast of Cuba off Highway 126. The objective is to pump and treat groundwater beneath the site to meet all water standards set by the state of New Mexico. Millions of gallons of treated water will be released into Senorito Creek. The cleanup supports increased economic opportunities and improved quality of life in rural America while protecting the environment. The project includes a groundwater extraction well field, treatment system and discharge system for treated water. Contaminated water is treated with a semi-passive alcohol enhanced bioreactor. Biological processes, like sulfate reducing bacteria, remove acid and precipitate dissolved heavy metals from the contaminated groundwater. Treated clean water is then released to a discharge channel lined with cobbles that remove any remaining sulfide gas and increases oxygen in the water before final discharge to Senorito Creek.Wildland Fire Managementò Continued posting of major Recovery Act communications ò Continued implementation of approved projectsò In a wildland and urban interface area, where homes meet the forest, the Duck Creek Fuels Project will reduce hazardous fuels in Kane, Utah. The project, on the Dixie National Forest, establishes shaded fuel breaks, in which smaller underbrush will be thinned and removed, leaving space between larger trees. This treatment is a method that may slow down encroaching fire and allow firefighters to increase their efforts during the suppression of a wildland fire. Thinning is done in a way that will reduce ladder fuels, by taking out the small trees, and reduce encroaching conifer species. This also gives preference to larger trees such as the Ponderoso Pine species which is a species that has the ability to slow fire spread due to it's natural resistance to fire. Once thinning is completed crews pile the slash in openings away from private land. Piles are left to dry and then burned by either the Forest Service, private contractor, state cooperators or made available for biomass use. Biomass is material that can be chipped and burned to produce energy. The project is also using community workers. The Duck Creek Fuels project is spread over ten thousand acres on the Cedar City Ranger District where homes meet the forest. Treated areas are about the only places where there are any live trees left after a fire incident.
Continue with the administration of ongoing construction contracts.
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