Monday, August 20, 2012

More DHS ammo madness. Here's one I missed...

The Department of Homeland Security awarded a 10 million dollar contract to Remington in July for .223 rifle ammunition.
Added: Jul 13, 2012 9:03 am
This notice of an award of an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract is being posted in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 5.705 which requires award notices for actions exceeding $500,000.  This contract will provide the Department of Homeland Security the necessary .223 Remington Caliber (62-64 grain) Enhanced Performance ammunition for its duration.  The period of performance is a base year with 4 one year options commencing on 7/12/2012.
Yet, later the same month DHS issued a purchase order (disclosed last week) for 4.6 million dollars worth of .223 ammo from ATK, citing the department's failure to strike a long term ammo supply deal, and stating that previous contracts had expired. In inking the ATK deal, DHS stated its rifle ammo supplies were critically low, and more rounds were needed to keep agents in the field sufficiently armed.

Which is it DHS? Do you have contracts for not? Do you have contracts, but not enough of them? Or is it  that your Remington contractor needs time to spool up production?

If nothing else, Homeland Security's attempts to secure ammunition supply lines have resulted in mass confusion by the public, and may well indicate some serious incompetence inside the department's procurement structure. So far, the agency's only response appears to be it's started redacting orders to make the situation even less transparent.

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