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Screening Pentagon Mail for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards

Following the October 2001 confirmation of anthrax in official government mail, a series of screening processes were implemented to safeguard the Pentagon and other Pentagon delegated facilities from biological hazards that might be transported through mail and parcels.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) assumed this screening mission in 2005. Since that time, PFPA has evolved the screening process to encompass assessments for a broad spectrum of potentially hazardous items and suspicious materials. Approximately 800,000 pieces of mail and 75,000 commercial parcels are screened annually.

The Department of Defense has announced the will recompete this screening service contract.

Highlighted contract service requirements include:

  • Perform explosive trace testing and support x-ray analysis
  • Monitor and report radiation and chemical hazard alarms
  • Properly react to hazardous or suspicious items
  • Open mail and parcels without damaging addressing or barcode information
  • Inspect exterior and inner contents of mail and parcels for hazardous material
  • Maintain the integrity of inspected mail and parcels when repacking the contents
  • Ensure all mail and parcels have undergone the entire screening process
  • Store mail and parcels identified as being classified in a GSA approved safe
  • Collect samples from screening stations and deliver to a laboratory
  • Provide metric data on volume and type of material screened

The intended procurement is classified under NAICS Code 561210 Facilities Support Services with a dollar threshold amount of $38.5M.

Contractor personnel performing work under this contract must have an interim or SECRET Clearance at time of the proposal submission, and must maintain a SECRET Clearance for the life of the contract.

Additional requirements are detailed via Solicitation Number: HQ0034-18-R-0067.

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