Finding. Media Services Contracts in Iraq
JCC-I/A awarded IDIQ contracts W91GDW-08-D-4013, W91GDW-08-D-4014, W91GDW-08-D-4015, and W91GDW-08-D-4016 for media services in compliance with FAR pre-award, source selection, and contract award requirements. The procurement was originally intended to satisfy PSYOP requirements. However, JCC-I/A incorporated PA services into the solicitation as a sample task order. To alleviate concerns about using a PSYOP contract for PA, JCC-I/A later broadened the focus of the solicitation to media services. Although we did not obtain any evidence that PSYOP were intended for a U.S. audience, the contract language did not clearly differentiate between PSYOP and PA, creating the appearance that PSYOP were associated with a U.S. audience. Overall, the contracting process resulted in a contract vehicle that was not optimal and may not meet initial PSYOP requirements or user needs.
Media Services Contracts
On September 23, 2008, JCC-I/A awarded IDIQ contracts to Leonie Industries LLC; SOS International, Ltd.; Lincoln Group; and MPRI/L-3 Services, Inc. to provide a full range of media services to MNF-I. The contracts had a period of performance of 12 months from the date of award, with two 12-month option periods. The contracts had a maximum value of $100 million per year. The media services contracts have been on hold since October 2008, and the former contracting officer stated that there were no task orders awarded for the contracts.
Federal Acquisition Regulation
We reviewed contract documentation provided by U.S. Central Command pertaining to pre-award, source selection, and contract award, and concluded that the contracting process complied with the FAR. For additional information on the history of this procurement, see Appendix B.
The procurement was originally intended to satisfy PSYOP requirements. The Acting Commander, JCC-I/A approved a memorandum titled “Acquisition Strategy Approval,” July 25, 2008, that set out the acquisition strategy for this procurement (solicitation number W91GDW-08-R-0006). The memorandum stated that PSYOP and IO are recurring requirements that were previously satisfied through multiple blanket purchase agreements and multiple-award IDIQ contracts, most of which expire in 2009. The strategy for this procurement was to use a combined contract vehicle for PSYOP and IO that would operate under one oversight team to decrease contract administration efforts.
Incorporation of Public Affairs
Although the procurement was originally intended to satisfy PSYOP requirements, JCC-I/A incorporated PA services into the solicitation as a sample task order.