The Historic Preservation Office (RMI HPO) is currently soliciting proposals for the development of a Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) State Historic Preservation Plan.
Request for Proposal, from Historic Preservation Office, RMI Ministry of Internal Affairs, follows:
The Republic of the Marshall Islands Historic Preservation Office (RMI HPO) is
responsible for the formulation and periodic updating of a national Historic Preservation Plan
(HPP) in accordance with Section 6(5) and Section 7(a) of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Historic Preservation Legislation 1991. Section 101(b)(3)(c) of the National Historic
Preservation Act of 1966, as amended also mandates that Historic Preservation Offices,
including freely associated states, create an HPP.
The HPP for the Republic of the Marshall Islands will detail the country’s historic
preservation goals for the near future. Rising sea levels, economic development, ongoing
military activities, and natural deterioration/ erosion constitute just a few of the preservation
concerns that the Republic of the Marshall Islands must address in the coming years. The
formulation of an HPP will provide a response to the rising concerns and threats to prehistoric,
historic, and submerged buildings, structures, districts, sites, and objects significant to
Marshallese culture and history. As stated in the Republic of the Marshall Islands Historic
Preservation Legislation of 1991 “the cultural and historic properties and resources of the
Republic, which include submerged resources, form a fragile, finite, and nonrenewable resource
that are subject to damage and destruction by patterns of modern land use, development and
foreign impact, and which are therefore in need of preservation and proper management.” The
HPP will be consistent with the laws set forth in the NHPA and Republic of the Marshall Islands
Historic Preservation Legislation.
The RMI HPO herby solicits proposals from qualified and interested individuals, firms, and
organizations for the development of a Republic of the Marshall Islands State Historic
Preservation Plan. The RMI HPP must include:
Outline the steps for effective identification, management, objectives, policies, and
preservation of prehistoric, historic and submerged cultural resources.
Review the national register process and identify, evaluate, and nominate cultural
Establish guidelines for addressing preservation concerns including threats, disaster
management, and current knowledge about cultural resources in the Marshall Islands.
Establish the requirements of culture resource compliance that United States Army
base on Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) must adhere
Address public concerns relating to historic preservation
The project coordinator overseeing the survey must be a qualified professional meeting the
DOI Secretary’s Standards; 36 CFR 61, of the Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual or U.S.
National Historic Preservation Act. In addition qualified applicants will have experience with
creating strategic planning documents for public agencies; knowledge of historic preservation;
ability to work with diverse stakeholders and public agencies. Highly desirable is familiarity
with Pacific historic preservation and National Park Service standards and practices.
Proposal must include a project design, project coordinator’s proof of qualifications and
vitae, estimated duration in which to conclude the project, and the production of a professional
report after the conclusion of the project within a reasonable and negotiated time‐frame. The
project budget must be itemized with the professional fees not exceeding $85.00 (eighty‐five
dollars) an hour. This project is funded by a United States National Park Service grant.
The RMI HPO reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid proposals and/or negotiate
any terms of the project contract agreement with the selected bidder. This announcement and any
subsequent response or information from any qualified potential bidder shall not be construed as
a contractual agreement or any form of commitment between that bidder and RMI HPO. This
proposal is an equal opportunity request.
Any qualified individual, firm or organization interested in submitting a proposal in response to
this RFP must email the proposal as a PDF or Word doc with subject “Development of the
Marshall Islands Historic Preservation Plan” to the following address:
RMI HPO Chief Archaeologist Michael Terlep will be the point of contact for this project.
All proposals must be received no later than May 3, 2013 by 5:00 pm
Download RFP announcement HERE 
Historic Preservation Office
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Republic of the Marshall Islands
PO Box 1454
Majuro, MH 96960