Request for Proposals (5/19/2022)
Professional Services – Accounting Firm
The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), an agency of Alabama state government, is in need of a
Certified Public Accounting firm to provide a third-party financial audit to comply with the terms of
the Hurricane Michael Block Grant. This grant was provided through the Emergency Forest
Restoration Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.
Contractor Information for Hurricane Michael Block Grant Audit
- Scope of Work
The Alabama Forestry Commission is soliciting proposals from qualified
Certified Public Accounting firms to conduct an audit of the Hurricane Michael Block Grant
funds received by the AFC to administer the program. This will include having the firm audit
financial documents for the program pertaining to the amount of funds spent on employee
personnel costs and the amount of funds distributed to eligible landowners within the program.
- Contractor’s Qualifications
Any contractor looking to enter into an agreement with the
Alabama Forestry Commission to perform these duties must be a Certified Public Accountant
in the State of Alabama. In the case of a contractor that is a business entity, all such work must
be completed by an employee who is a Certified Public Accountant. his program requires
highly responsible and professional work. TAny contractor selected by the Alabama Forestry
Commission must be able to perform the auditing duties in compliance with 2 CFR part 200,
- Contractor’s Responsibilities
The Alabama Forestry Commission will enter into a contract
with a CPA Firm to conduct and coordinate the audit for the desired grant in compliance with 2
CFR part 200, subpart F. This firm will be responsible for auditing the program’s personnel
expenses and landowner payment distribution. This firm will be responsible for relaying all
findings, with proper documentation, in the form of a final report to the stated point of contact.
- Cost and Payment
Each firm must submit a quote along with the firm’s name, business
entity (if applicable), physical address, telephone, and FEIN. To receive payment, a firm must
also be registered in the Alabama Department of Finance Alabama Buys portal, enter taxrelevant
information, and register in the STAARS system to receive a VC or VS number,
unless this process has already been completed by the firm.
- Contract Requirements
There will be a professional service contract between the contractor
and the Alabama Forestry Commission stating the framework and respective responsibilities
under this program. This contract will be subject to all applicable state laws and must be
approved by the Contract Review Permanent Legislative Oversight Committee. The contract
shall be for the delivery of final report, to be delivered within 60 days of contract execution
- Submission of Proposal
Contractors submitting proposals should include resumes,
curriculum vitae, and/or narrative describing their firm’s experience with similar audits. These
documents should describe how the firm can best serve the Alabama Forestry Commission. All
proposals must state a per-hour rate of compensation for professional services rendered.
Contractual terms of any proposal may be negotiable, but all terms must comply with state law and
procurement processes. The submission of a proposal does not guarantee that a contract will be
granted, and the Alabama Forestry Commission assumes no liability or responsibility to any individual
or business by considering a submitted proposal. The Alabama Forestry Commission reserves the right
to accept multiple proposals or to reject any or all proposals that may be received.
All proposals must be RECEIVED no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 13, 2022. Proposals may be sent via email or regular mail to:
Hunter Moncrief, Forester
Landowner Assistance Coordinator
Alabama Forestry Commission
P. O. Box 302550
Montgomery, AL 36130-2550
For a printable version, download the request for proposal here.