State Dept. issues solicitation for Vetting and Linguistics Support
On September 13, the U.S. Department of State issued a solicitation for Vetting and Linguistics Support Services (Solicitation Number: 19AQMM18R0323). Responses are due by 11:00 a.m. Eastern on October 12.
The U.S. Department of State (DoS), Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) has a requirement for Vetting and Linguistics Support Services in predominantly High Threat Areas of the world. Currently the Middle East region is the initial place of performance anticipated. Other areas around the world, depending on need, may require these services as well during the course of contract performance. This requirement will result in a single award Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity type of contract for a base and four (4) option years. This requirement is set-aside for competition within the SBA’s 8(a) program.
To accomplish this objective, the contract will require language-related services to include interpreting, translating, and transcription, along with vetting and intelligence analysis. High levels of quality, performance, and cost controls are expected, so the Contractor must provide the necessary management, supervisory, and administrative personnel to direct, administer, and report on these services on a daily basis.
The contract currently requires expertise in the following languages to include their various dialects: Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, Pashto, and Nepali. Language proficiency testing is required in the source language(s) and English for all levels of linguists in the four basic communications skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Evidence of language proficiency testing with acceptable results is required prior to assignment. In conjunction, the contract requires the support of intelligence analysis and role of liaison between the Regional Security Office (RSO) and local governments and law enforcement at High Threat Posts. Additionally, the contract will require DoS vetting processes and data analyses at posts.
The need for support outside of the Middle East region may arise during performance of this requirement. Thus, the Contractor must demonstrate its capability to provide full support within 30 days’ notice to any location worldwide.
Full information is available here.