The Corps has developed a strategy for executing the requirements for ARRA work that supports Military and Civil Works, Facilities Sustainment, Restoration & Modernization (FSRM), Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP), and International and Interagency Services (IIS). The Corps plans to utilize a diverse mix/pool of contractors via previously and newly awarded Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOCs), Single Award Task Order Contracts (SATOCs) and individual contracts. Task orders will be negotiated against an IDC or placed against a MATOC contractor through fair opportunity. We estimate that this contracting mechanism will save significant time in the procurement cycle of each project; further reducing overall costs. All contracts will be fixed price unless it is in the best interest to the government to choose another contract type. The planned strategy is also indicative of the Corps past support and continued commitment toward ensuring contracting opportunities for the Small Business community. Accordingly, set-aside awards with highly qualified firms from within the socioeconomic contracting categories of 8(a), HUB-Zone, Women Owned, and Service Disabled Veterans will be established to ensure that all customer goals and objectives are exceeded, in concert with the achievement of all Army Small Business goals. Small businesses will be utilized to the greatest extent possible, based on market research conducted within the region.
It is planned that all contracts and task orders will be competed using full and open competition procedures or fair opportunity. After award of initial indefinite delivery contracts IAW FAR 16.505(b)(1) and DFARS 216.505(b), competition among the pool of contractors for project specific, fixed price task order requirements is expected to result in fair and reasonable pricing and fair opportunity for all contractors in the subject pool. Task order proposals may require submission of a technical proposal in one package and the price proposal in a separate package in order to make a best value determination. Other task orders may be competed on the basis of price alone. The proposed procurements will be synopsized in the Federal Business Opportunities for 30 days in accordance with FAR 5.203. All responsive, responsible firms may submit a proposal. Those projects advertised under the authorized set-aside programs will be restricted to firms meeting the eligibility requirements for that socioeconomic group. To maximize competition, the Corps will not require previous government experience on some projects.
The Corps will continue to emphasize conducting market research, using sources sought notices, and holding industry days/outreach efforts to promote competition in FY09/FY10. The Contracting Divisions will aggressively pursue the development of sources on each solicitation, through market research, publication of contracting opportunities in FedBizOpps, soliciting competition, and participating in source development events. These efforts will promote supporting competitive environments across the Corps for submission of bids and proposals.
Specific plans for competition decline will include increasing acquisition training that is targeted towards identified needs of the districts, and continuing to challenge barriers that restrict competition, including unnecessarily restrictive specifications and statements of need. At present, the Corps does not have direct hire authority to hire additional personnel for ARRA functions. Presently, there are efforts in place to recruit retired personnel, Army interns, and full time temporary personnel.