Thursday, November 29, 2012

Buying Security Services under USAID Awards

This one is for those working in more and more dangerous and unpredictable environments, which require security services contracts.

As we all know, USAID’s funds cannot be used to directly procure weapons or military grade equipment, therefore the only way for a USAID implementer to obtain security for its staff in the field is to procure “turn-key security services” on some sort of fixed price basis, which does not allow direct procurement and ownership by the implementer of prohibited equipment. 

What does that mean? How do you compete and award a contract for “turn-key” security?  What type of contract do you need and what compliance safeguards are needed to be put in place?