JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Sept. 10, 2020) -- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak with an ever-growing and urgent need for a clean and safe workplace, Mission and Installation Contracting Command acquisition officials are providing contract support for preventative and deep cleaning requirements to safeguard the health and welfare of individuals working and living within the National Capitol Region.
Contracting professionals from the MICC-Fort Belvoir contracting office in Virginia began providing support in May 2020, and has a contract task order in place until May 2023 on which requests for similar services by organizations may be awarded. The latest task order was issued July 24 for work being executed at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.
“There continues to be great interest and frequent inquiries about the contract from units as they continue to plan and refine their occupancy plans,” said Daniel Quinn, the MICC-Fort Belvoir contracting officer administering the task order. “Based on the quick turnaround by both the contractor and government as well as the quality of the work provided, this contract has facilitated nine different orders at this time with more customers inquiring on a constant basis in order to ensure that their work environment is COVID-19 free.”
The task orders provide labor, materials, equipment and supervision necessary to perform preventative and deep cleaning for offices, warehouses, barracks and other work structures. These services may be utilized for cleaning, disinfecting and remediation by all DOD agencies and installations in the region to include, but not limited to, Forts Meade, Detrick, Belvoir, McNair and A.P. Hill, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Defense Acquisition University, and Army Management Staff College.
“The pandemic has disrupted normal life on Army installations. Soldier and family support facilities, including family morale, welfare and recreation activities, have been affected,” said Lt. Col. Haneda Garner, director of the MICC-Fort Belvoir contracting office. “Our people are the centerpiece of the Army, and we must do all we can to take care of them while they are operating in a COVID-19 environment.”
The cost for cleaning ranges from 42 cents for preventive maintenance cleaning to $2.60 for a deep cleaning and is based on the square footage of the area to be cleaned.
Standards for preventative cleaning and deep cleaning are based on Center for Disease Control and Environmental Protection Agency guidance and intended to be used as a preventative measure before occupants return to work at a facility or installation, or when there was an actual exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Standards for preventative cleaning, routine cleaning and disinfection are for any areas used by an ill individual who does not meet the current CDC guidance for COVID-19 exposure, but requires cleaning and disinfection due to either an occupant agency request or out of a general abundance of caution.
“While operating in this new environment, balancing readiness with the health and safety of the force are critical to the Army’s success,” Garner said. “Soldiers cannot achieve readiness purely through virtual means. We take our responsibility to protect our communities as seriously as our duty to defend this nation, and we will continue to use every reasonable means to meet both standards.”
About the MICC:
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. As part of its mission, MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.
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