DHS issues request for information for Plum Island countermeasures

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a request for information on Tuesday for scientific support for the Science and Technology Chemical and Biological Defense Division at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

The purpose of the RFI is to determine available sources that can provide veterinary and technical support to supplement Chem/Bio's science mission at PIADC. The requested support includes assisting Chem/Bio in developing foreign animal disease vaccines and countermeasures and the diagnostic coordination and development of new countermeasures.

The veterinary support requested in the RFI includes animal vaccinations and inoculations, in addition to the verification, auditing and maintenance of inventories of select agents. Respondents would also need to maintain the overall health, well-being and welfare of the animals at the facility.

The contractor would need to provide an on-site program manager for technical and managerial support, executive administrative support for the director of science, consulting services for vaccine development and licensing, science support for the vaccine and diagnostic program, science administrative support, animal care administrative support, animal health technician support, veterinary support, clinical veterinary support, animal care technical support and science laboratory technical support.

Interested parties are invited to submit detailed information to the DHS by March 4.

The PIADC is a scientific research facility that provides the only U.S. research and confirmatory diagnostic capability for particular high-consequence foreign animal diseases. The facility helps the U.S. to develop a national strategy for protecting the country's agriculture from a bioterrorist attack.