The Legislative Branch of the US Government holds the purse strings over the Executive Branch. There are two important hearing to be held this week in DC land.
On March 5th, the House Committee on Natural Resources will hold an oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s spending priorities and the President’s FY16 budget proposal. The Department’s speaker will be Secretary Sally Jewell.
The same day at 9 am, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the National Park Service’s FY 2016 budget request. NPS’s speaker will be Director Jon Jarvis.
Seems they could have scheduled them at different times as DOI and NPS are, well duh, related. Same audience in both. Jewel’s boss, Jarvis might want to hear her. Oh well.
The Fiscal year budget runs from October 1 thru September 31. Both speakers will plead for funding.
The wire has been remiss in keeping tabs on the recompete for Yosemite’s concessionaire contract, currently held by DNC. Yosemite, by far, has the biggest concession contract in the National Park Service,” according to Public Affairs head, Scott Gediman. “In other parks, retail, lodging, food and other things are split up. But, here, it is all together.”
Bidders were due to respond by Jan 21. A major issue hanging over is DNC’s claim to the names of key sites. For $51M they will allow the park to use them. The park contract is worth about $2B.
By law, all contracts are issued through competitive selection. Once offers have been submitted by interested companies, an evaluation panel reviews the offers based on weighted principle and secondary selection factors. The new vendor will take over March 1, 2016.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Makin’ a living the old hard way. Takin’ and giving by day by day. I dig snow and rain and bright sunshine. Draggin’ the line.” – Tommy James and the Shondells
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com