Deployed Resources in line for govt. contract at border

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The Deployed Resources company of Rome is in line for a federal contract to provide temporary facilities in two Texas cities for families and unaccompanied alien children arriving at the southwest border, according to government documents.

A description of supplies/services to be acquired cites short-term shelters plus various equipment and accommodations at a total estimated value of $19.2 million for a base period from May to August. It also cites four option periods of $4.5 million each for September through December.

The work, which includes the Texas cities of El Paso and Donna, is in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Border Enforcement Contracting Division. Michael Niezgoda, a public affairs officer with the Buffalo field office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, referred to documents at the Federal Business Opportunities website when asked about the contract.

Brian Ray, deputy administrative officer at Deployed Resources, said Monday the company has an opportunity based on its previous experience for deployment capabilities. He had no further comment.

The government sought to limit the number of sources solicited to Deployed Resources, said a Limited-Sources Justification document, which added “it is necessary to limit competition for new work described herein because the facilities need to be established by April 30....” It referred to providing “additional capacity to accommodate family units and UAC (unaccompanied alien children) arriving in surging numbers to the southwest border.”

The document said “Deployed Resources has worked with CBP (Customs and Border Protection) in the past and they have the experience and expertise readily available...the knowledge and resources to meet our target date.”

The document further said “if the government was to compete the services, it would delay the ability to provide the humanitarian and medical aid to the migrants that can lead to some death.” Deployed Resources has “historical experience” with Customs and Border Protection, it said, referring to “two temporary soft-side facilities for BECD (Border Enforcement Contracting Division) in 2016.”

The short-term shelters for the new contract are “required to accommodate in and out processing, medical and humanitarian aid while other solutions are developed,” the document said. “There will be kitchen equipment, shower trailers, laundry trailers and chemical toilets with sinks and conex boxes for detainee property storage included. The service will also include an office, interior and perimeter CCTV (closed-circuit television), gun lockers, security, power and HVAC services....”

Deployed Resources, at McPike Road at Griffiss park, specializes in temporary life support services, facilities and equipment for military, civilian and entertainment users. Its customers have ranged from federal agencies to states, Fortune 500 companies and music festivals.

Deployed Resources as of last September had created 12 full-time equivalent jobs on top of an existing 30, with plans to add eight more, according to the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency.

The IDA at that time approved an increased sales tax exemption for the company regarding further renovation plans at Griffiss park.

The company has been deploying resources for 18 years, according to its website. It said “our team is comprised of professionals with myriad expertise ranging from military and government to construction and engineering.” it also said “in the event of natural disasters, civil disruptions, migrant populations, mass gatherings, or military maneuvers, displaced populations need temporary facilities. With an inventory of assets and transportation capabilities, we are ready to respond.”

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