While AEDC is dealing with the ramifications of deep cuts in federal funding, officials there are simultaneously looking to the future. Last week, base officials issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a new operation, maintenance, information management and support-operating contract. ATA currently holds the operating contract at AEDC, which is a Cost Plus Award Fee arrangement. Under the terms of the contract, the federal government covers all of the company’s costs and determines what projects the contractor will complete during the fiscal year. The agreement between ATA and AEDC has a maximum length of 12 years and can be worth up to $2.7 billion. The deadline for companies interested in responding to the RFI is Friday, April 12. Once the information received through the RFI is processed, AEDC officials will determine their next move. Whatever is determined in terms of the type of contract or contract the Air Force wants to implement at AEDC, no contract will be awarded without the completion of the bidding process.
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