Army accepting bids for bio-surveillance, biosafety in Africa

In a Jan. 16 posting to the General Services Administration's Federal Business Opportunities site, the Army and the Department of Defense are seeking corporate partners that are capable to perform in bio-surveillance (BSV), biosafety and biosecurity (BS&S) in Africa.

Interested entities would be required to perform baseline analysis of the BSV and BS&S landscape in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. Data would be used within the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program that is run through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The ultimate goal in this project is to help these countries improve BS&S standards so they can manage, detect and prevent emerging or re-emerging diseases.

Candidates would be expected to perform environmental scans and be able to detect, survey and respond to potential threats of biological terrorism. They must also be able to conduct investigations in the arenas of epidemiology, laboratory diagnostics and reporting protocols for security breaches that are biological in nature.

Applicants may also be responsible for the training of personnel in linking disease surveillance to national and global outbreak response systems, among other items.

Those interested in submitting a response to the notice should indicate in five pages or fewer their ability to meet listed objectives, indicate any tasks that they are incapable of completing and describe any previous performance in this area. Experience in Africa is preferred but not required.

Responses should be sent to Alicia McPeters at Alicia.McPeters@dtra.mil on or before Feb. 27.