JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Officials here are undertaking administration and oversight responsibilities for one of the largest contracts in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command following award Jan. 10 of the first task order for environmental remediation.A contract for environmental cleanup and remediation was awarded by the Army Contracting Command's contracting center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., as part of the Army's Environmental Remediation Multiple Award contract. The contract, valued at $480 million, was awarded to 19 contractors representing both small and large business in November 2012Management of the U.S. Army Environmental Command contract now shifts to the MICC's Environmental Contracting Division here, which conducted a post-award conference in December to better prepare the more than 100 in attendance representing contractors."The post-award conference was very successful with very positive feedback from everybody," said Veronica Romero, chief of the MICC Environmental Contracting Division. "It provided a forum to inform and educate contractors about expectations and policies after they've been awarded a contract. Additionally, it provides them a forum for any further questions they have to get answered."Information briefed during the conference also included special provisions of the contract, how task orders are competed, subcontracting work, ordering, minimum guarantees, contract lengths, and debriefs. Romero said the conference also included time for conducting one-on-one appointments for individual contractors over two days to discuss topics not covered in the open forum."We also provided guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the contracting officer, contracting officer representatives, contractor, ombudsman and small business," Romero said. "It's important that contractors understand the contracting officer is the only individual who can obligate the government."Award of the task order last week for environment remediation at Aberdeen Proving Ground to EA Engineering for $934,285 was the first of three initial task orders. Additional tasks will be awarded for Makua Military Reservation, Hawaii, and Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, in the coming weeks. Work anticipated to be conducted throughout the United States and Puerto Rico as part of the ERMA contract will be accomplished under the Installation Restoration, Military Munitions Response, Base Realignment and Closure, Compliance Cleanup or Operational Range Assessment programs.The MICC is responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter across Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2012, the command executed more than 58,000 contract actions worth more than $6.3 billion across the Army, including more than $2.6 billion to small businesses. The command also managed more than 1.2 million Government Purchase Card Program transactions valued at an additional $1.3 billion.