16 U.S. Code § 5959 - Contracting for services

(a) Contracting authorized
(1) To the maximum extent practicable, the Secretary shall contract with private entities to conduct or assist in those elements of the management of the National Park Service concessions program considered by the Secretary to be suitable for non-Federal performance. Such management elements include each of the following:
(A) Health and safety inspections.
(B) Quality control of concessions operations and facilities.
(C) Strategic capital planning for concessions facilities.
(D) Analysis of rates and charges to the public.
(2) The Secretary may also contract with private entities to assist the Secretary with each of the following:
(A) Preparation of the financial aspects of prospectuses for National Park Service concessions contracts.
(B) Development of guidelines for a national park system capital improvement and maintenance program for all concession occupied facilities.
(C) Making recommendations to the Director of the National Park Service regarding the conduct of annual audits of concession fee expenditures.
(b) Other management elements
The Secretary shall also consider, taking into account the recommendations of the Advisory Board, contracting out other elements of the concessions management program, as appropriate.
(c) Condition
Nothing in this section shall diminish the governmental responsibilities and authority of the Secretary to administer concessions contracts and activities pursuant to this subchapter and sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this title. The Secretary reserves the right to make the final decision or contract approval on contracting services dealing with the management of the National Park Service concessions program under this section.

Source

(Pub. L. 105–391, title IV, § 410,Nov. 13, 1998, 112 Stat. 3514.)

 

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