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A new contractor will be appointed to manage maintenance of housing on bases.
Photo courtesy of Andersen Air Force Base

One of Guam’s lucrative military contracts will change contractors in June, according to Naval Facilities Engineering and Systems Command Marianas.

Among current set asides or “annexes” to Guam’s Base Operating Support Services contract is the consolidated contract for housing operations and maintenance services — known as HOMS and the change of occupancy maintenance services — known as COOMS.

Through what was a competitive 8(a) contract, Naval Facilities Engineering and Systems Command Pacific awarded Defense Base Services Inc. the $113.44 million consolidated HOMS & COOMS housing contract on July 26, 2019, with a base year from Oct. 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 of $18.37 million, with four option years to run to July 2024.

The cumulative value if all option years had been granted is $113.44 million.

There were four bidders on the contract.

The housing maintenance contract covers around 870 Navy family housing units in multiple locations and almost 2,000 bachelor housing spaces, to include buildings on Naval Magazine and the submarine commands.

At Andersen Air Force Base the contract covers 570-plus family units and unaccompanied personnel housing.

On top of that, Defense Base Services was tasked with the same responsibilities for the Gateway Inns & Suites at Andersen.

According to Journal sources, the contract will not be renewed with Defense Base Services due to lack of performance. The sources said a backlog of hundreds of service calls had accumulated.

Naval Facilities Engineering and Systems Command confirmed to the Journal that the upcoming award will also cover both Navy and Air Force housing as well as the Gateway Inns at Andersen. NAVFAC said the changeover will have “a phase out/phase in period, which will be approximately one month,” according to NAVFAC Marianas, with the incoming contractor to be announced in June.

The contractor is tasked with “management, supervision, quality control, labor, tools, equipment, material, supplies, incidental engineering, and transportation necessary.”

For family housing that includes breakdown of equipment such as air conditioning systems and washing machines, and the system is arranged so that individuals can contact the maintenance department at the contractor directly.

The award can only be allocated to another 8(a) company, as the solicitation is categorized as an 8(a) sole source. Two companies were approached, according to Journal sources.

The current holder of the contract — Defense Base Services — is a subsidiary of Chugach Alaska Corp.

The combined HOMS and COOMS contracts were previously held by Wolf Creek Federal Services Inc. from 2014 to 2019. Wolf Creek is also a member of the Chugach family of companies. In 2013 there were three bidders for the contract.

Prior to that the contract was held from 2009 by Chugach World Services Inc., and prior to that by the GFS Group LLC, according to Journal files. There were eight bidders for the 2009 contract. mbj