The U.S. federal government has recently awarded several notable contracts related to the field of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) countermeasures or life science research of interest for potential applications in biodefense:
Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc., San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,152,103 cost- plus-fixed-fee contract for the development of a broad-spectrum monoclonal cocktail for prevention of VEEV, WEEV and EEEV, in support of the research and development enterprise. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and various subcontractor locations; work is expected to be completed May 2017. Bids were solicited and nine were received. The contracting activity is Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia (HDTRA1-14-C-0115).
GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $17,616,339 firm-fixed-price contract for flu vaccines. This contract was a competitive acquisition with four offers received. This is a one-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is North Carolina with a Sept. 30, 2015, performance completion date. Using military service is Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE2DP-14-D-0005).
Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a maximum $8,969,432 firm-fixed-price contract for flu vaccines. This contract was a competitive acquisition with four offers received. This is a one-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Pennsylvania with a Sept. 30, 2015, performance completion date. Using military service is Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE2DP-14-D-0004).
Alion Science and Technology, Burr Ridge, Illinois (FA8075-14-D-0014); Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio (FA8075-14-D-0015); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (FA8075-14-D-0016); EOIR Technologies, Inc., Fredericksburg, Virginia (FA8075-14-D-0017); Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Georgia (FA8075-14-D-0018); MacAulay-Brown, Inc., Dayton, Ohio (FA8075-14-D-0019); Mantech TSG-2 Joint Venture, Fairfax, Virginia (FA8075-14-D-0020); Prescient Edge Corporation, McLean, Virginia (FA8075-14-D-0021); Strategic Analysis, Inc., Arlington, Virginia (FA8075-14-D-0022); TASC, Inc., Andover, Maryland (FA8075-14-D-0023); URS Federal Services, Inc., Germantown, Maryland (FA8075-14-D-0024); and Wyle Laboratories, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8075-14-D-0025) have been awarded a maximum $3,000,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks (DS TATs).
The DS TATs contracts will provide research, development, test and evaluation, and advisory and assistance services related to research and development efforts for technical area tasks within the Advanced Materials; Autonomous Systems; Directed Energy; Energetics; Military Sensing; Non-Lethal Weapons and Information Operations; Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, and Interoperability; Survivability and Vulnerability; and Weapons Systems focus areas. Location of performance will be cited on individual task orders. Generally, work will be performed at government facilities, and the period of performance is five years.
The ordering period is a one year basic period with four one-year option periods with work expected to be completed by June 2019 if all option periods are exercised. Individual task orders, obligating fiscal 2014 research and development funds, will be issued against the basic contracts, in order to meet the minimum order guarantee of $2,500. The multiple-award contracts were competitively procured by full and open competition along with a partial small business set-aside via the Federal Business Opportunities website with 12 offers received. The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.