Ocean Associates, Inc

Ocean, Fisheries and Management Consultants    



OAI provides professional consulting services to government organizations, the private sector, academia, and UN agencies. OAI experts have carried out ocean and fisheries projects throughout the world. Our experts couple diverse work experiences as scientists and senior managers with exceptional educational backgrounds and contacts throughout the United States and world-wide.

Teams of OAI Associates and affiliates can be fielded quickly, anywhere, to do analyses, plans, evaluations, and technical reports on -
      • Commercial and Recreational fisheries
      • Fisheries and wildlife conservation
      • Aquaculture - freshwater and marine
      • Issues in aquatic ecosystems
      • Ocean issues, remote sensing, and oceanography
      • Marine fisheries research and management
      • Fisheries in developing nations - research, development, and management
      • Climate change impacts on freshwater and marine systems and fisheries
      • Planning and evaluation of Environmental Projects
      • Research vessels and facilities
















































































OAI holds US General Services Administration (GSA) Contract GS-10F-0567P (Download).

This is a streamlined procurement vehicle for federal agencies and other federal organizations to obtain professional services from vendors that have been pre-qualified by GSA. Mandated contracting requirements -- competition, pricing, small business rules, etc. - have already been completed. Federal customers can go directly to our catalog of services and price list (valid through September 6, 2019) by clicking on the above link.

To request a quote, everything can be handled on-line at the GSA Advantage Welcome Page, following the link to e-Buy. It is also perfectly fine to send us (fax or e-mail) a RFQ with a Statement of Work.

The contract is for several Categories within the new Professional Services Schedule (PSS):

GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is improving its professional services schedule offerings. As a first step in this initiative, FAS has consolidated its professional services Multiple Award Schedule offerings into one Professional Services Schedule. All the OAI GSA Contract Schedules are now part of this new single Professional Services Schedule (PSS - OOCORP). The old Schedule numbers (e.g., 899, 871, 874) are now categories within OOCORP. The PSS enables Federal agencies to procure a wide variety of professional services using a single Schedule contract.

The Categories held by OAI are:

899-1, 3, 7: Environmental Consulting Services.

871-1 Professional Engineering Services – Strategic Planning for Technology Programs/Activities

874-6 MOBIS Acquisition Management Support

899-1 Consulting Services include, but are not limited to: Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Endangered Species, Wetlands, Watersheds and other Natural Resource Management plans; Archeological and/or Cultural Resource Management Plans; Environmental Program Management and Environmental Regulation Development; Economic, Technical and/or Risk Analysis; and, other environmentally related studies and/or consultations. Homeland Security issues including vulnerability assessments, biochemical protection, identification of threats and protective measures to mitigate the threats and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) surveys.

899-3 Environmental Training Services: Environmental Training Services - This SIN is designed to aid agencies in training personnel in a variety of environmentally related subjects in order to meet Federal mandates and Executive Orders. Environmentally related training can be conducted on- or off-site using standard off-the-shelf, customized, or computer/web-based interactive courses. Examples of environmental training courses include: Air/blood borne pathogens; Asbestos awareness; Environmental management planning and operations and maintenance (O&M) planning; Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA); Compliance with environmental laws/regulations; Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); Confined space training; Electronics management; Emergency response plans; Environmental audits, awareness, compliance, and management; Fire preparedness training; First responder; Hazardous materials and waste (HAZMAT) training to include compliance, operation, packaging, handling, generators, and incident response; Hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) training inclusive of transportation, storage and disposal; ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS); Lead training to include awareness, inspecting, assessing, rehabilitation, and renovation; Mold (abatement, assessment); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Natural habitat preservation; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Pollution prevention; Public fire safety education; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Sustainable environmental practices; Water conservation; and Wetlands regulation and permitting.

899-7 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services: - Provides GIS services in support of environmental programs. Services include, but are not limited to: Creation/enforcement of environmental legislation; Cultural resource GIS(CRGIS); Environmental cost assessment; Environmental impact analyses; Environmental regulatory compliance; Groundwater monitoring; Growth forecast modeling; Habitat conservation plans; Habitat modeling; Image analysis support for emergency response; Mapping, Cartography, and Mashups (e.g., combining data from more than one source into a single integrated tool to include aerial mapping); Migration pattern analysis; Natural resource planning; Remote sensing for environmental studies; Terrestrial, marine, and/or atmospheric measuring/management; Vegetation mapping; and Watershed characterization for mitigation planning. Note: The services offered under this SIN shall NOT include construction and architect-engineering services as set forth in FAR Part 36, including surveying and mapping services as defined under the Brooks Act of 1972.

871-1 Professional Engineering Services – Strategic Planning for Technology Programs/Activities. Services required under this SIN involve the definition and interpretation of high level organizational engineering performance requirements such as projects, systems, missions, etc., and the objectives and approaches to their achievement. Typical associated tasks include, but are not limited to an analysis of mission, program goals and objectives, program evaluations, analysis of program effectiveness, requirements analysis, organizational performance assessment, special studies and analysis, training, and consulting. Example: The evaluation and preliminary definition of new and/or improved performance goals for navigation satellites such as launch procedures and costs, multi-user capability, useful service life, accuracy and resistance to natural and man-made electronic interference. Professional engineering solutions do not include architect-engineer services as defined in the Brooks Act and FAR Part 2 or construction services as defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 36 and Part 2.

874-6 MOBIS Acquisition Management Support. Acquisition Management Support: Contractors shall provide professional support services to agencies in conducting federal acquisition management activities. Services covered by this SIN are: acquisition planning assistance, including market research and recommending procurement strategy: acquisition document development, including cost/price estimates, quality assurance surveillance plans, statements of work, synopses, solicitations, price negotiation memoranda, etc.: expert assistance in supporting proposal evaluations, including price/cost analysis or technical proposal analysis: contract administration support services, including assistance with reviewing contractor performance, developing contract modifications, and investigating reports of contract discrepancies: contract close-out assistance; Competitive Sourcing support, including OMB Circular A-76 studies, strategic sourcing studies, privatization studies, public-private partnerships, and Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act studies. Inherently Governmental services as identified in FAR 7.503 or by the ordering agency are prohibited under this SIN. It is the responsibility of the Contracting Officer placing the order to make this determination. Ordering activities must require prospective contractors to identify potential conflicts of interest and address those, prior to task order award. For more information, see www.gsa.gov/psschedule. NOTE: Grants management services are not covered under this SIN. Refer to, SIN 520-22, Grants Management Support Services.


Authorized Users of Schedule 871-1, 874-6, 899-1, 899-3, 899-7

The following agencies and activities may use contracts established under FSS Schedule OOCORP:
• All federal agencies and activities in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
• Government contractors authorized in writing by a federal agency pursuant to 48 CFR 51.1.
• Mixed ownership government corporations (as defined in the Government Corporation Control Act).
• The District of Columbia government.
• Other activities and organizations authorized by statute or regulation to use GSA as a supply source.
• State and local governments under certain conditions.

Ordering Procedures in Brief (Detailed ordering guidelines are found in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 8.4.).  See also the GSA Buyer's Guide (e-Buy for Buyers) presentation for a step-by-step overview.

Under the $3,000 Micro-purchase Threshold:
• Prepare a Statement of Work (SOW). The Contract Officer (CO) or GSA micro-purchase cardholders may order from any schedule contractor of your choice.

Over the $3,000 Micro-purchase Threshold, but under $5,000,000:

1. Program Staff provide the CO with a SOW including a description of the work required, a schedule, and the location for delivery and inspection of the work.
2. The CO or Program Staff will issue a Request for Quotation (RFQ) containing the SOW to at least three contractors on the appropriate Category of the OOCORP Schedule. The best mechanism for this process is E-buy on www.gsaadvantage.gov where all correspondence is electronic, thus speeding up the process significantly.
When a buyer, such as a program official, does not have authority to make an award, they can forward the RFQ, with the quotes received, to a person with authority (the Contract Officer) so the award can be made quickly using eBuy or the Agency system.
4. Program staff and the CO review the responses and rates received to determine the best value, looking beyond lowest price to, for example, delivery, training required, and past performance.
5. The CO issues a purchase order (or through eBuy) to the selectee using their GSA contract.

The total time can range from 2 days to 2 weeks, depending on the CO's familiarity with GSA Schedule contracting and internal agency requirements.

For additional information on accessing the GSA Federal Supply Schedules, go to the GSA Advantage! Web site at http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/197465

Consider a BPA. Blanket Purchase Agreements are useful when there is a need for a wide variety of items, but the exact items, quantities and delivery requirements are not known in advance. A BPA reduces the administrative burden of writing numerous purchase orders. BPAs are easy to use, about the same as the basic RFQ, are flexible, with no maximum limits on orders, and can be a nationwide contracting vehicle.

Orders over the Maximum Order Threshold ($5,000,000):
• Follow the above procedure for orders over $2,500.
• Send the SOW to more than three GSA Appropriate Category OOCORP contract holders.
• Seek price reductions from contractors that represent "Best Value."
• Place your order with the contractor offering the "Best Value."