Bolivia To Get Riot Gear, Emergency Ops Center From U.S. -- More Trouble on the Horizon?
While competitive bid requests typically focus on securing the best-priced package that potential contractors have to offer, the cost in this case is subservient to two other factors: the suitability of the protective gear, and the swiftness by which it can be shipped to Bolivia. Specifically, the State Dept. needs a company to provide, as soon as possible, 3,700 Upper Body Tactical Padding suits capable of providing non-ballistic protection against blunt trauma to the shoulders, ribcage and chest of their respective wearer. The package also calls for 3,700 pairs of shin guards -- each unit being 24 inches tall, six inches wide and five inches thick -- that provide double knee protection and side coverage for the ankle bones.
According to a June 30 database entry to the federal Electronic Posting System, "The primary considerations for award of a purchase order will be whether the items are suitable for the intended purpose and whether they can be delivered on time."
Separately, but on that same day, the U.S. Army issued a bid request via EPS to build and design an emergency operations center in La Paz. According to that procurement document, the project will consist of a "2-story building addition that will be designed and constructed adjacent to an existing building. Building will be constructed with reinforced concrete floors, masonry walls and a reinforced concrete slab, ribbed roof. Work includes site work with connections to existing water, sanitary sewer and electrical systems with a roof mounted, gravity fed, water storage tank. Estimated cost range of the project is from $100,000 to $250,000."