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Civil Engineering Division
- What Is The OEBGD?
The Oversea Environmental Baseline Guidance Document provides criteria, standards, and management practices for environmental compliance at DoD installations overseas.
- Why Are OSHA Laws Necessary?
The Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires all employers to provide their employees a place of employment free from recognized hazards that would cause or would likely to cause death or serious physical harm. The act also requires employers to comply with the OSHA standards promulgated under the Act, and that employees comply with the standards, rules, regulation, and orders issued under the Act, which are applicable to their own actions and conduct.
- How large a construction project can your organization handle?
Projects up to the MILCON threshold for new construction, up to several million dollars for repair projects.
- How much time is needed to go from design to actual construction?
Depending on the Contracting method, anywhere from 60 to 120 days.
- Can you manage projects in foreign countries, such as South America?
- What is Real Property?
Real Property is all Real Estate plus interest, benefits, and rights inherent in real estate ownership. It includes lands and interest therein, leaseholds, buildings, structures, improvements and appurtenances thereto. It also includes piers, docks, warehouses, rights-of-way, and easements whether temporary or permanent, and permanently attached improvements. It does not include machinery, equipment or tools that are not affixed to, or that are removed from, any such lands or buildings.
- What is Real Property Installed Equipment?
Those items of government-owned or leased accessory equipment, apparatus and fixtures that are essential to the function of the real property and are permanently attached to, integrated to, or on government owned or leased property. Excluded are organizations or collateral equipment reflected in the Equipment Authorization Inventory Data (EIAD) or belonging to the using organization, such as electronic equipment, technical, medical, dry cleaning, commissary, etc.
- What is the difference between an Ingrant and an Outgrant?
Both ingrants and outgrants are legal instruments that can take the form of licenses, leases, permits, easements, treaties, and so on, depending on the object and the terms being negotiated. In the case of ingrants, the USAF gains an interest in, or control of, real property in less than fee ownership. In the case of outgrants, the USAF grants another party temporary use of U.S. Government’s real property.
- What does TARS mean?
Tethered Aerostat Radar System
- What is an aerostat?
A tethered balloon system used as an airborne platform for surveillance cameras, radars, broadcast video systems, telecommunications platforms and a variety of scientific aerial monitoring.
- What does the Air Force do with these aerostats?
They are used to detect and monitor illicit drug trafficking for U.S. Customs Service (USCS) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) supporting their roles in Counter Drug Operations in the Caribbean, Gulf Coast, and Southwestern U.S. Border. They are also used for low-level surveillance for North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command and the National Command Authority (NCA), supporting their Counter Drug mission requirements.
- What is the most critical function or area of concern for the CSCS Civil Engineer?
Without a doubt it is power production. All of the Radar sites must generate their own technical quality power. The power is crucial to the success of the mission.
- What is the operating environment?
It varies from 9,000 feet mountains to coastal deserts to tropical jungle. Most of the sites are harsh environments due to their jungle locations. The heat and humidity are extremely detrimental to the equipment.
- Is the contractor responsible for finding the most cost effective way of providing the support?
Yes. The contract is written so that the contractor's award fee is based on his actions to save the Air Force money by performing operations in the most cost efficient manner.
- How do you monitor the contractor's operations on site?
We have an on-site quality assurance evaluator staff (QAE). Checklists are provided for each functional area so the QAEs can readily evaluate performance.
Plans and Programs Division (XR)
- What role does the ACC Program Management Squadron have in the recompetition process?
The ACC Program Management Squadron is responsible for developing the requirement portion of the solicitation, which includes statement of work (SOW) development, cost estimating, and funding documentation.
- How long does the recompetition process take?
FAR Part 7.104(a) states “Acquisition planning should begin as soon as the agency need is identified, preferably well in advance of the fiscal year in which the contract award is necessary.” The ACC Program Management Squadron allows approximately two years to recompete and award a new contract. Milestones are set and followed closely to guide the acquisition through this process. (MS Project Milestone Chart)
- Once the requirement is posted to the Electronic Posting System (EPS) are changes allowed?
Changes to the final Request for Proposal are allowed until time of award, but once the final RFP has been posted to EPS the requirement can only be changed through an amendment. See FAR Part 15.206
- What are Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS)?
A&AS are identified in, and regulated by FAR Part 37, “Service Contracting”. A&AS are available in three different categories: Management and Professional, Studies and Analysis, and Technical Engineering.
- What is the HQ ACC Contracted Advisory and Assistance Services (CAAS II) contract, and who can use it?
The HQ ACC CAAS II contract is the ACC preferred contract vehicle used to obtain A&AS. There are six contractor teams on the contract, with a total of 44 contractors involved.
- Who can use the source selection facility?
Generally, the source selection facility is reserved for ACC PMS programs. However, when it can be accommodated, other programs can utilize the facility. This must be coordinated with ACC PMS/XR.
Iceland Air Defense System (IADS)
- Who provides contracting services for the IADS?
The U.S. Navy Commander in Chief, Atlantic Command (CINCLANT) has maintained the responsibility for managing contracting issues between the two governments since the signing of the 1951 Defense Agreement between the Government of Iceland and the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic Division (LANTDIV), has provided contracting services for the IADS and radars since 1986.
- Is the Radar Agency a governmental organization?
No, the Radar Agency is a non-profit organization specifically created by the Icelandic Government to support the air defense system and is aligned directly under the Iceland Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Radar Agency subcontracts hardware and software support for the Control and Reporting Center and Iceland Software and Support Facility from an Icelandic commercial, profit oriented company.
- Why does the U.S. provide O&M support for the IADS and radars?
Per the 1951 Defense Agreement The United States on behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and in accordance with its responsibilities under the North Atlantic Treaty will make arrangements regarding the defense of Iceland.
- What makes the IADS contracts different from conventional contracts?
The 1951 Defense Agreement led to three Memorandums of Understanding between the U.S. and Iceland (Operation and Maintenance of the Radar Sites 1987, Operation and Maintenance of the Control and Reporting Center and Iceland Software and Support Facility 1988, and Construction and Operation and Maintenance of the Fiber Optic Network 1989) which are implemented through Performance Work Statements (contracts) on a no profit-no loss basis. Based upon the spirit of cooperation within the Defense Agreement, differences are resolved through negotiation between the two countries rather than litigation.
- What is the operating budget for IADS and the radars?
O&M contract costs are approximately $16 million annually.