Department of Homeland Security Awards Operational Planning and Technology Integration Contract for Manhattan, KS, National Bio and Agro Defense Facility

Merrick & Company will support the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in the development of operational planning, IT infrastructure, biorepository transfer, and acquisition of future contracts for stand-up and operation of the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) now under construction in Manhattan, KS.
 
The Operational Planning and Technology Integration Contract (OPTIC) creates an operational framework to support an overarching culture of safety throughout all elements of the NBAF program while providing a solid foundation for NBAF to maintain safe, secure, and effective operations well into its operational life.
 
Under OPTIC, the Merrick team provides subject matter expertise and support to the NBAF federal management team to transition from construction activities—ongoing since March 2013—to the establishment of the primary operations contract in fall 2018, and continuing through the stand-up process to full operating capability by the end of 2022. OPTIC also lays the foundation for the future operations support contract by defining the required capabilities, resources, systems, and performance requirements. Once steady-state operations are achieved, Merrick will provide the NBAF federal management team with quality assurance services. Merrick is the prime on the OPTIC contract and is supported by other sub-contractors including small businesses.
 
NBAF replaces and enhances the research and diagnostic mission at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, which is nearing the end of its operational life. NBAF will be a state-of-the-art biocontainment facility for the study of foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic diseases that threaten U.S. animal agriculture and public health. With the award of OPTIC, operational plans are well underway to confidently deliver the full capabilities of the joint DHS/USDA NBAF mission. The OPTIC contract has a value of $32 million over ten years.
 
Merrick’s Life Sciences unit will deliver the OPTIC contract. Working with science and technology clients globally, Merrick’s services include program management, planning, design, commissioning, training, and operational support for highly complex laboratories and science facilities around the world.

NBAF, a new, state-of-the-art biosafety level 3 & 4 facility, located in Manhattan, KS


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