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AI- 10511   7.    
Broward County Commission Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 02/14/2012  
Director's Name: Gretchen Harkins
Department: Intergovernmental Affairs & Prof St Division: Intergovernmental Affairs Division

Requested Action
A. MOTION TO APPROVE First Amendment to Agreement between Broward County and Woodie Woodward d/b/a Woodward & Associates for Federal Lobbyist Services relating to Broward County Aviation Programs and Projects, and to authorize the County Administrator to execute same.

ACTION: (T-10:11 AM) Approved with the Yellow-Sheeted Additional Material, dated February 14, 2012, submitted by Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards.

VOTE: 9-0.

B. MOTION TO APPROVE Third Amendment to the Agreement between Broward County and Dr. Bory Steinberg and Naomi Kogon-Steinberg d/b/a Steinberg & Associates for Federal Lobbyist Services relating to the Broward County Storm Damage Prevention Project (Beach Nourishment), and to authorize the County Administrator to execute same.
 

ACTION: (T-10:11 AM) Approved with the Yellow-Sheeted Additional Material, dated February 14, 2012, submitted by Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards.

VOTE: 9-0.

Why Action is Necessary
Lobbyist services contracts require Board approval.
What Action Accomplishes
Provides specialized federal lobbying services for the County’s South Runway Expansion and Aviation Programs, and the County's Beach Nourishment Program.
Is this Action Goal Related
Previous Action Taken
See Summary Explanation.
Summary Explanation/ Background
Motion A.

OFFICE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE ABOVE MOTION.

On February 22, 2011, Broward County entered into an agreement with Woodward & Associates to provide federal lobbying services relating to the County’s aviation programs and projects. The Agreement will expire on February 22, 2012, unless renewed.   The Aviation Department continues to be involved in several projects at the federal level which require protracted and detailed negotiations with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding funding and logistical issues. Dr. Woodie Woodward, the principal of Woodward & Associates, served for several years as Associate Administrator for Airports at the FAA and her extensive experience continues to be helpful in communicating with these federal agencies.

The proposed First Amendment (Exhibit 1) renews the agreement for an additional one-year period, and reduces the number of renewal options from three to two (2) additional one-year periods.  A report of Dr. Woodward's activities during the current contract period is attached as Exhibit 2.


Note: Executed signature pages will be yellow-sheeted when received.


Motion B.

THE OFFICE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE ABOVE MOTION.

On February 28, 2011, the County entered into a Second Amendment to the Agreement between Broward County and Steinberg & Associates to provide federal lobbying services concerning recovery of the approximately $12 million Broward County is owed by the Federal Government for the Segment III Beach Nourishment Project.  Additionally, the firm supports  beach erosion control efforts that require US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) collaboration. The current renewal period expires on February 28, 2012.  The County originally entered into contract with Steinberg & Associates on March 19, 2009.

Dr. Bory Steinberg’s long career of executive-level service at USACOE Headquarters has been instrumental in several areas of effort and advocacy. The firm has been engaged on behalf of Broward County in continued discussions with the USACOE on the issue of reimbursement of the federal share of the costs of the Segment III Beach Nourishment Project, recovery of the $9 million in Segment III reimbursement funds redirected by the USACOE this past summer for disaster recovery efforts in the Midwest, and reprogramming of other Corps funds for Segment II activities, as significant Congressional appropriations for reimbursements become increasingly difficult to acquire.  Steinberg & Associates has contributed significantly over the past year in working with the Corps to remedy a sand loss problem through the south jetty of Port Everglades and in guiding the County through the process of implementing WRDA 2007 provisions related to additional reimbursements for beach project mitigation construction.

In the upcoming year, the firm is anticipated to continue providing assistance in developing supplements to the approved 2004 General Reevaluation Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Segment II Beach Nourishment Project, and to assist in the resolution for funding construction of Segment II and the jetty repair.  The firm will also continue to work with the County and The Ferguson Group in developing appropriate federal funding strategies for advancing the County's Beach Nourishment activities and program. 

The proposed Third Amendment (Exhibit 3) renews the present agreement for an additional year, and reduces the availability of future renewal options from three to two (2) additional one-year periods.

Note: Executed signature pages will be yellow-sheeted when received.


Fiscal Impact
Fiscal Impact/Cost Summary:
Motion A.  The total annual cost of this agreement is $57,000 ($55,000 in compensation; $2,000 for expenses).  There is $1,806.30 remaining  (unused) from the current contract period ($0 in compensation and $1,806.30 in expenses).  Accordingly, the incremental fiscal impact for the proposed renewal period is $55,193.70.   The source of funding is in Aviation Fund 4010-400-1000-3400.
 
Motion B.  The total annual cost of this agreement is $53,000 ($51,000 in compensation; $2,000 in expenses).  There are $30,950.00 remaining from the current contract period ($28,950.00 in compensation and $2,000 in expenses). Accordingly, the incremental fiscal impact for the proposed renewal period is $22,050.  The source of funding for this project is the Beach Nourishment Capital Fund # 3370-033-3915-6510.
Attachments
Exhibit 1 - First Amendment to Woodward Agreement
Exhibit 2 - Woodward Report
Exhibit 3 - Third Amendment to Steinberg Agreement-Storm Damage
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