On July 26, 2010, the Middle East District awarded a contract valued at up to $450 million for its entire performance period to ITT Systems Corporation of Colorado Springs, Colorado, to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services at Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) facilities in the northern portion of the country.
The work, under the supervision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-North (AED-North), is necessary to keep facilities in serviceable condition for Afghanistan National Army and Afghanistan National Police operations.
Under the contract, ITT will perform scheduled preventive maintenance checks and services; maintenance and repair services; and alterations and minor construction. The contractor will be called upon to service facilities that range from an entire base to a standalone facility.
The contract also has a requirement for vocational training for ANSF engineering personnel to further develop their O&M capacity. The contractor will train ANSF personnel in O&M procedures, quality inspections, safety, work order processing, mechanical and electrical, carpentry, plumbing and other tasks.
The contract is a one-year contract with four one-year option periods and will not exceed five years. It will replace multiple contracts managed by AED-North.
The contract is a fixed price, performance based contract that allows the government to issue specific task orders for work. Under performance based contracts, the government provides the expected outcomes to the contractor, with the contractor responsible for determining how best to deliver the services to meet the government’s quality and timeliness standards.
On July 27, the Middle East District awarded a contract for O&M services at ANSF facilities in the southern portion of the country. The two contracts to provide O&M services are independent contracts and are managed by separate Corps of Engineers districts in Afghanistan. The Middle East District evaluated proposals independently for both acquisitions.
The Middle East District announced these projects on the Federal Business Opportunities website on January 4, 2010, and hosted a pre-proposal conference on February 18, 2010, to provide information on the solicitation and answer questions from industry. The Middle East District provides stateside support to the Corps of Engineers districts in Afghanistan and Iraq, to include contracting services.