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) is a civilian agency within the Department of Defense charged with protecting and safeguarding the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of the Pentagon, and other delegated Pentagon facilities. Part of this critical mission is to screen inbound mail and parcels for chemical, biological, radiological, and explosives hazards or contamination, and other security violations.
PFPA is currently re-competing its mail and parcel screening operations contract for the Pentagon and other delegated Pentagon facilities supported by PFPA in the National Capital Region.
The screening facility is divided into two segregated but similar process flows, one primarily for United States Postal Service (USPS) mail and the other for commercial carrier parcels. The volume of mail is not expected to exceed 750,000 pieces and the volume of parcels is not expected to exceed 75,000 pieces during a twelve-month period.
The selected contractor will provide technical and supervisory personnel, labor, equipment, supplies, and documented training for screening operations requirements.
Additional requirements are detailed under Solicitation Number: HQ0034-18-R-0067 The response deadline is May 03, 2018 3:00 pm Eastern.
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