413th CSB awards largest AbilityOne contract in Pacific region

By the 413th Contracting Support Brigade staffDecember 19, 2023

413th CSB awards largest AbilityOne contract in Pacific region
Kim Feng and Joe East recently awarded the largest AbilityOne contract in more than three decades for Regional Contracting Office-Hawaii. Feng, a contracting officer, and East, a contract specialist awarded the $42 million contract for custodial services on the island of Oahu. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Dec. 18, 2023) – Two contracting professionals of the Regional Contracting Office-Hawaii recently awarded the largest AbilityOne contract for custodial services in the Pacific region since 1989.

Kim Feng, a contracting officer, and Joe East, a contracting specialist, completed the contract action valued at $42 million to execute large-scale custodial services on the island of Oahu.

Feng and East’s efforts resulted in the 2024 SourceAmerica Force Multiplier Award, which SourceAmerica officials will present to them in May 2024 in Orlando, Florida. The contract also signifies a transformative moment and marks a significant stride for the partnership with AbilityOne and the 413th Contracting Support Brigade, which oversees the Regional Contracting Office-Hawaii.

“This award elevates the program’s visibility, fostering a more inclusive procurement environment for people who are blind or have significant disabilities,” said Lorenzo Lopez, the chief of the Regional Contracting Office-Hawaii. “For the Army, this contract represents a significant procurement success, embodying values of diversity and equal opportunity for all.”

This contract promises considerable economic benefits, creating numerous job opportunities for individuals under the AbilityOne program and positively influencing the Army's image with the local community.

“By awarding this historic contract, Ms. Feng and Mr. East depict a pivotal moment in federal procurement history, ensuring operational needs are met while advancing vital socio-economic inclusivity,” said Col. Jason Miles, the 413th CSB commander.

The men and women of the 413th CSB plan, synchronize and execute theater support contracting across the U.S. Army Pacific region. In addition, brigade members provide expeditionary contracting support to joint forces across the Pacific.

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