Draft. Wisconsin Technical Service Providers (TSP) Plan. Draft. The following slides are the frame work for the incorporation of Technical Service Provider Rules into NRCS Wisconsin Programs. Draft. Wisconsin Technical Service Providers Guiding Principles.
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These principles are established to guide the incorporation of the technical service policy into Wisconsin NRCS workload. These principles are based upon current draft policy and continuation of fiscal year 2002 operating budget; further refinements will be necessary.
1. Core tasks/functions will not be a priority for TSP opportunities.
2. Contracted TSP tasks must be beneficial to NRCS by reducing workloads that allow agency staff to carry out the implementation of farm bill programs.
3. Contracting of work will result in clearly defined products that require very little additional NRCS staff time to implement.
4. When technically possible, contracts and agreements will require TSP tasks to be entered into PRMS prior to certification for payment.
5. Local District Conservationist will serve as agreement manager and provide coordination of TSP activities to assure TSP contracts benefit field office workload.
6. All items identified in TSP policy will be followed.
By March 1, a process will need to be completed that identifies what TSP tasks will be accomplished through direct contacts with Private TSP Providers and agreements with Public Sector and Non-profit Organizations. Listed below are the steps that will complete this priority process.
ASTC for Programs assembles small working group(Program Managers/ASTCs/DCs) by Feb. 15th . This group compiles the data listed below for the completion of a workload assessment. Recommendations regarding the budgetary and geographic TA needs and the distribution between the Private Sector and Public/Non- profit Sector of TSP tasks are forwarded to the management team for approval.
* It is anticipated that most technical service providers will be hired directly by the program participant.
1. Program participant applies for program and is informed of technical service options; supplied with list of TSP vendors (selects one).
2. Certified conservation planner establishes initial project needs. (NRCS or TSP)
3. Application Ranked, offer accepted.
4. Contract with program participant developed by NRCS using TSP payment process.
5. NRCS completes cursory design review.
6. Vendor and program participant complete project.
7. TSP submits certification of technical adequacy to program participant.
8. Program participant submits invoice, supporting documentation and request for payment to NRCS.
9. NRCS certifies 1245 for payment.
* NRCS competitively selects and contracts with non-federal TSP
* This method would typically be carried out through the NRCS state office.
1. NRCS identifies priorities through TSP
priority selection process.
2. NRCS solicits bids.
3. NRCS selects TSP.
4. NRCS and provider complete cooperative agreement.
5. NRCS reimburses provider with 100% of provider’s successful bid for providing technical services.
1. NRCS issues call for TSP proposals.
2. NRCS evaluates proposals and makes decision whether to enter agreement.
3. Draft agreement developed.
4. Management team concurs and State Conservationist approves .
1. NRCS approaches entity (1 or more).
2. Draft agreement developed.
3. Management team concurs and State Conservationist approves.
PC = Planning Certification
PM = Pest Management Certification
NM = Nutrient Management Certification
WC = Wetland Certification
GPC = Grazing Plan Certification
LPE = Licensed Professional Engineer
JAA = Job Approval Authority
SCC = Specific Category Certification
General Requirements (continued):
Interim planning certification requirements
Final planning certification policy 12/31/02
NRCS Job Approval, or
Joint NRCS Job Approval/DATCP Agricultural Engineering Practitioner Certification, or
Wisconsin Professional Engineer License.
Non-Engineering CertificationsGeneral Manual/WI Amendment Conservation Planner CNMP Specific Certification Pest Management Prescribed Grazing Wetland