Appendix B. Media Services Contracts in Iraq
JCC-I/A awarded four IDIQ contracts for media services on September 23, 2008. We reviewed contract documentation pertaining to pre-award, source selection, and contract award, and concluded that the contracting process complied with the FAR.
On July 4, 2008, the MNC-I Chief of Staff approved a purchase request that obligated $1,250,000 ($250,000 for each awardee) to fund the minimum contract amounts on these IDIQ contracts. The former contracting officer stated that he deobligated $250,000 from the obligated funds since only four firms were awarded contracts, leaving $1 million obligated.
On July 25, 2008, the Acting Commander, JCC-I/A approved the Acquisition Strategy for this procurement (solicitation number W91GDW-08-R-0006). The Acquisition Strategy stated that PSYOP/IO is a recurring requirement, that was 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. The solicitation would be openly bid as a fixed- price, multiple-award, IDIQ contract with a maximum value of $300 million.
JCC-I/A prepared and issued the solicitation in accordance with FAR 12.204, “Solicitation/contract form”; 12.301, “Solicitation provisions and contract clauses for the acquisition of commercial items”; 15.203, “Requests for proposals”; and 15.204-2, “Part I-The Schedule.” The solicitation was for an IDIQ contract to provide PSYOP and IO services to MNF-I. Firm-fixed-price task orders would be used to execute the requirements described in the SOW. These services would have the core objective of engaging and inspiring target audiences.
Three versions of the solicitation were posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. Each version of the solicitation included a seed project (sample task order) to allow the Government to conduct a detailed price evaluation and comparison of proposals. The seed project would also be used to evaluate the technical capability among offerors.
On July 22, 2008, the contracting officer issued the first solicitation with a SOW titled “Psychological Operations/Information Operations Services,” with a seed project titled “Strategic Communication Management Services.”