contracts to conduct PSYOP beyond the $1 million minimums may create unintended consequences, such as the perception that PSYOP does not have a clearly defined audience. In addition, we believe that the contract should not be used as originally intended to conduct PSYOP because it does not set forth a solid basis for the award and execution of specific task orders.
b. Determine how ongoing requirements for Psychological Operations will be procured in the future.
Multi-National Force-Iraq Comments
The MNF-I IO Chief agreed and provided a detailed response from MNC-I on how PSYOP requirements will be procured in the future.
Multi-National Corps-Iraq Comments
The MNC-I Deputy Chief of IO agreed and stated that the command will prepare a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement to describe how ongoing PSYOP requirements will be procured in the future. The Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement is intended to request the creation of a program office for acquisition of IO related services and products, preferably at U.S. Special Operations Command. The program office will include a program manager whose duties will include analyzing recurring and common IO requirements, conducting market research to identify vendors, and providing training to deployed personnel in acquisition planning and contract administration for IO and PSYOP contracts, among other responsibilities.
U.S. Central Command Comments
The Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command agreed with the management approach identified in the MNC-I comments. He noted that MNF-I, in collaboration with U.S. Central Command, will manage PSYOP activities under Operation Earnest Voice, an operation to influence regional and international audiences to achieve U.S. Central Command strategic objectives.
Our Response The comments are responsive, and no additional comments are required.
2. We recommend that the Commander, Joint Contracting Command- Iraq/Afghanistan:
a. Appoint a Contracting Officer’s Representative and prepare a Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan, if the contracts are used to issue task orders.
Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan Comments
The Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting-Iraq, on behalf of JCC-I/A, agreed and stated that if any task orders are issued under these contracts, a Contracting Officer’s Representative will be assigned and a Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan will be implemented. He added that, in situations where individual task orders are used to