Bordallo Has “Serious Reservations” About Navy’s RFP for Ship Repair Facility

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Guam – Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says she has  “serious reservations about assumptions that [the] Navy has made in the current RFP regarding commercial ship repair capabilities on Guam.”

The Congresswoman met with Guam Shipyard workers this morning [Tuesday] and assured them of her commitment to Guam Shipyard and their job security.She told them she has been working with the Governor and Guam Shipyard President Mathews Pothen to get the Navy to amend the RFP to ensure the process is fair and adequately takes into account small business issues.

Two weeks ago, the Navy released the RFP which puts the lease re-newal for the ship repair facility up for competitive bidding.

As PNC News reported last week, NAVFAC Mariana’s Commander Captain John Heckman says “about 4 or 5 companies” have expressed an interest in bidding to provide ship repair services at the facility, Guam Shipyard is among them.

Captain Heckman emphasized that the Navy is looking for someone who can provide both ship repair capabilities, as well as local employment.

The Navy will be holding a site visit February 3rd.  Bids are due by February 20th and they may have a decision by the end of March.

However, the Congresswoman’s release quotes her as saying “The current RFP is structured in a way that ignores the importance of maintaining a small business presence for the shipyard.  I will continue to work closely with Guam Shipyard President Mathews Pothen and the Governor’s office to protect these jobs and get the Navy to alter the RFP so that it issues a more balanced and fair RFP.”

 

[Congresswoman Bordallo meets with workers at the Guam Shipyard]

READ Congresswoman Bordallo’s release in FULL below:

Congresswoman Bordallo Meets with Workers at Guam Shipyard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –January 31, 2012– Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today met with the workers of the Guam Shipyard to discuss the Navy’s recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for the lease and maintenance of land and facilities at the current site of the ship repair facility at Naval Base Guam. Congresswoman Bordallo affirmed her support for the workers of the Guam Shipyard and their job security.

She informed them that she has been working with the Governor and Mathews Pothen to get the Navy to amend the RFP to ensure the process is fair and adequately takes into account small business issues.  The Congresswoman is concerned that the current RFP is issued as a lease for land and facilities which is not subject to traditional Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and, as such, by-passes small business set asides.  The Congresswoman has urged the Navy to issue the RFP as a traditional services contract where FAR would apply.  The Congresswoman is working with the SBA to address the small business concerns through appropriate appeals processes.

Further, the Congresswoman has expressed serious reservations about assumptions that Navy has made in the current RFP regarding commercial ship repair capabilities on Guam.  These assumptions are driving the current RFP and, if corrected, could assist in developing a more fair and balanced RFP process.

“The employees of Guam Shipyard are an important part of our local workforce and have the skills that are critical to the readiness of our Navy and Military Sealift Command fleet in the Western Pacific,” Congresswoman Bordallo said today. “It is important that the jobs of this critical facility are protected.  I will fight to the very end to protect these jobs.  I have serious concerns about the Navy’s RFP and have raised these concerns with Undersecretary Robert Work.   The current RFP is structured in a way that ignores the importance of maintaining a small business presence for the shipyard.  I will continue to work closely with Guam Shipyard President Mathews Pothen and the Governor’s office to protect these jobs and get the Navy to alter the RFP so that it issues a more balanced and fair RFP.”

Congresswoman Bordallo Meets with Workers at Guam Shipyard  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –January 31, 2012– Washington, D.C. –  

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today met with the workers of the Guam Shipyard to discuss the Navy’s recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for the lease and maintenance of land and facilities at the current site of the ship repair facility at Naval Base Guam. Congresswoman Bordallo affirmed her support for the workers of the Guam Shipyard and their job security. 

She informed them that she has been working with the Governor and Mathews Pothen to get the Navy to amend the RFP to ensure the process is fair and adequately takes into account small business issues.  The Congresswoman is concerned that the current RFP is issued as a lease for land and facilities which is not subject to traditional Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and, as such, by-passes small business set asides.  The Congresswoman has urged the Navy to issue the RFP as a traditional services contract where FAR would apply.  The Congresswoman is working with the SBA to address the small business concerns through appropriate appeals processes.

Further, the Congresswoman has expressed serious reservations about assumptions that Navy has made in the current RFP regarding commercial ship repair capabilities on Guam.  These assumptions are driving the current RFP and, if corrected, could assist in developing a more fair and balanced RFP process. 

“The employees of Guam Shipyard are an important part of our local workforce and have the skills that are critical to the readiness of our Navy and Military Sealift Command fleet in the Western Pacific,” Congresswoman Bordallo said today. “It is important that the jobs of this critical facility are protected.  I will fight to the very end to protect these jobs.  I have serious concerns about the Navy’s RFP and have raised these concerns with Undersecretary Robert Work.   The current RFP is structured in a way that ignores the importance of maintaining a small business presence for the shipyard.  I will continue to work closely with Guam Shipyard President Mathews Pothen and the Governor’s office to protect these jobs and get the Navy to alter the RFP so that it issues a more balanced and fair RFP.”