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UPDATE: 3-6-2017: The Department of Homeland Security announced a modification on Friday afternoon (March 3, 3:28 p.m.) stating that the solicitation for “the design and build of several prototype wall structures” will be issued “on or after March 8, 2017.” The original pre-solicitation notice stated the solicitation would be issued March 6.
Originally Posted: 2-24-2017, 3:20 p.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
The Department of Homeland Security gave notice today that it will be seeking offers for Design-Build proposals for multiple wall projects for the U.S.-Mexico border.
A pre-solicitation notice–Solicitation Number 2017-JC-RT-0001–was posted by Homeland Security through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office 11:34 a.m. Central, Feb. 24 for a “Design-Build Structure” project. The pre-solicitation came from the CBP Procurement Directorate office in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The time constraints for the wall structure is very compressed. A solicitation will go out March 6 and concept papers for prototypes must be submitted by March 10. Prototype concepts will be evaluated and a short list of contractors drafted by March 20.
Those companies that are short-listed must submit full Request for Proposal packages by March 24, including price. Multiple contract awards “are contemplated by mid-April.”
In the first week of the Trump Administration, a directive was issued to divert federal funds in order to fund a wall project. The executive order instructs federal agencies to assemble and report on all accounts of federal funds that have gone to the Mexican government over the past five years.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to use that data and submit to the president a report. A USA Today January report put the annual aid to Mexico at about $320 million. The lion’s share of that is dedicated to help Mexican law enforcement supress criminal trafficking enterprises.
Estimates to build a monolithic 1,954-mile wall from the Gulf of Mexico, across public beaches, private property, farmland and ranches, national and state parks, Native American reservation land, rivers, deserts and mountains, all the way to the Pacific Ocean south of San Diego, California have been put at between $8 billion and $25 billion.
To fund the project the Trump Administration would require, at the least, support from Congress over several budget cycles.
There is currently more than 580 miles of barriers in place. Most of it is heavy duty fencing that is 21 feet above ground and 6 feet below ground with a 3-foot wide steel rebar reinforced concrete trench. The majority of the fence was built between 2006 and 2010, but some barricades have been in place since the 1990s.
The fence was never completed due to funding constraints. The total cost to comply with the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was estimated to be $6 billion.