MRIGlobal has won a contract to provide Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) laboratory analysis and collection services for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. The award is valued at up to $17,864,802.00 over five years.
The company will provide personnel, equipment, tools, materials and supervision necessary for a 24/7 operation performing analysis of environmental samples collected from federal facilities and locations around and within the National Capital Region.
The CBRNE Directorate of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) is responsible for providing biological monitoring capabilities to protect the facilities and personnel of the Pentagon and other DoD affiliated entities. As part of this mission, the CBRNE Directorate is responsible for testing environmental samples for biological agents. PFPA CBRNE has been utilizing Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Electrochemiluminescense (ECL) methods since 2001 to test for the presence of a number of biothreat agents in environmental samples at its on-site lab located on the Pentagon Reservation.
The award to MRIGlobal is in support of this PFPA mission.
The contract specifies requirements for personnel capable of performing PCR and ECL, or similar immunoassay procedure, to detect multiple biowarfare agents. Testing will occur primarily at an existing 24 hour, 7 day (24/7) Biosafety Level (BSL) 2/3 laboratory located on the Pentagon Reservation, but the contractor will also maintain an off-site BSL 2/3 laboratory for reach-back capabilities and other duties.
Sample types listed include wet and dry filters from air collection devices, swabs, and any other PFPA approved means of sample collection. Samples analyzed under the contract will come from PFPA designated locations, as well as from other clients potentially interested in utilizing the CBRNE laboratory for analysis. The contractor is also responsible for supporting the Environmental Sampling Unit (ESU) effort which consists of routine collection and safe transport of environmental sampling dry filter units and similar devices.
The solicitation was issued under HQ0034-12-R-3022.