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Facility Holding Terrorism Inmates Limits Communication

By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 25, 2007; A07

The Justice Department has quietly opened a new prison unit in Indiana that houses a hodgepodge of second-tier terrorism inmates, most of them Arab Muslims, whose ability to communicate with the outside world has been tightly restricted.

At the Communications Management Unit, or CMU, in Terre Haute, Ind., all telephone calls and mail are monitored, the number of phone calls limited and visits are restricted to a total of four hours per month, according to special rules enforced by the Justice Department's U.S. Bureau of Prisons. All inmate conversations must be conducted in English unless otherwise negotiated.

The unit appears to be a less restrictive version of the "supermax" facility in Florence, Colo., which holds some of the United States' most notorious terrorists, including al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui and Unabomber Theodore J. Kaczynski.

The Indiana unit, by contrast, is part of a medium-security facility and includes inmates set to be released in as little as two years. Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said the unit's population will not be limited to inmates convicted of terrorism-related cases, though all of the prisoners fit that definition.

Prison officials said they already seek to fully monitor the mail and other communications of all 213 "terrorist inmates" in the system. "By concentrating resources in this fashion, it will greatly enhance the agency's capabilities for language translation, content analysis and intelligence sharing," the bureau said in a summary of the CMU.

The unit, in Terre Haute's former death row, has received 17 inmates since it was launched in December and eventually will hold five times that number, officials said.

Defense lawyers and prisoner advocates complain that the unit's communication restrictions are unduly harsh for inmates not considered high security risks. They also say that the ethnic makeup of the CMU's population may indicate racial profiling. "If they really believed these people are serious terrorists, they wouldn't be in this unit," said David Fathi, staff counsel for the National Prison Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. "They'd be in Colorado with [Atlanta Olympics bomber] Eric Rudolph and the Unabomber and the rest of the people that the Bureau of Prisons thinks are serious threats."

The prison bureau has come under sharp criticism in recent months for failing to adequately monitor terrorist inmates' communications. The Justice Department's inspector general reported in October that three terrorists imprisoned for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing had sent nearly 100 letters to alleged terrorists overseas from the maximum-security facility in Colorado.

"The inclusion of this unit is one of the many things we're doing to improve our monitoring capabilities," Billingsley said.

According to prison records, current residents at Terre Haute include five members of the so-called Lackawanna Six, a group of Yemeni natives from Upstate New York who attended an al-Qaeda training camp. The unit also houses Randall Royer, a defendant prosecuted as part of the "Virginia jihad" case in Alexandria, and Enaam M. Arnaout, an Islamic charity director who pleaded guilty to diverting money to Islamic military groups in Bosnia and Chechnya.

The only non-Muslim inmates are an unidentified Colombian militant and Zvonko Busic, 61, former leader of a Croatian extremist group that hijacked a jetliner and set off a bomb that killed a police officer in 1976, according to prison records and defense lawyers.

Another CMU resident is Rafil Dhafir, 58, an Iraqi-born physician from Syracuse, N.Y., who was sentenced to 22 years for defrauding charity donors and conspiring to violate U.S. economic sanctions against Saddam Hussein's government.

In a recent letter to supporters, Dhafir recounted his abrupt, heavily guarded transfer to Terre Haute in December and described it as part of "a nationwide operation to put Muslims/Arabs in one place so that we can be closely monitored regarding our communications."

"We are all concerned about the close intrusion on our communications," Dhafir wrote. "We knew all along that our calls, mail and visits were monitored, but with the new system we will have absolutely no privacy including our visits. This is causing a great deal of anxiety and resentment especially among those whose families speak no English."

Dhafir wrote that prison officials "are allowing us total freedom for our religious activities" and appear to be working with inmates to improve conditions.

Prisoner advocates and prisons officials generally agree that the bureau is within its rights to monitor prisoners' mail, phone calls and visits. They differ on whether the intensive use of these tactics is justified for these inmates.

Some lawyers and prison advocates said there are important problems with the CMU, including a lack of public notice about its formation and a lack of clarity about how inmates are chosen to be sent there.

Washington lawyer Carmen Hernandez, who represents Busic and is president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, noted that being sent to the unit is not considered a punitive measure by prisons officials. As a result, authorities do not have to provide hearings and other procedures that are required when punishments are to be administered.

"They claim it's not a punitive measure, but when you start restricting access, it certainly would appear to be punitive," Hernandez said. "If you're going to restrict people's liberties beyond what they already are, it ought to be for a good, particularized reason, and there does not appear to be one here."

Howard Kieffer, a Santa Ana, Calif., defense lawyer who runs a Web site focused on federal prisons, also argues that the unit "screams racial profiling."

"It's highly suspect that basically all of the people in this program are of Middle Eastern descent," Kieffer said.

Billingsley said inmates are not placed in the unit based on ethnicity or religion. She said the facility will eventually house a variety of prisoners, including sex offenders who attempt to communicate with victims and others who have abused mail or phone privileges.

"What they all have in common is a demonstrated need to more closely monitor their communications," Billingsley said.

During a tour of the Colorado prison last week, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said the monitoring problems there had been solved, although prison guards say the facility remains understaffed.

Staff researcher Julie Tate contributed to this report.

© 2007 The Washington Post Company
by (2/25/2003 3:52:00 PM)

Concentration Camps in Okanagon County?

Okanogan County Commissioner Dave Schulz says he's convinced his county is a designated home for a ``concentration camp'' in case of civil unrest.
Schulz says he has copies of documents, although he hasn't been able to confirm the rumor.

Federal officials say they have no idea where the commissioner got the notion of civilian detention camps.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman says it sounds like an urban legend and a Pentagon spokesman says he's not aware of any planned camps in Okanogan County or elsewhere.

Rumors of planned U.S. detention facilities appear on dozens of Web sites.

Schulz says he thinks the plan has been written in the event of a national emergency where martial law is necessary, and hopes it never becomes necessary.

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Press Release Source: The Daedalus Project, Inc.; AT&T Government Solutions; Radian Inc.

As SARS, Bioterror Fears Grow, Prototype Isolation and Treatment Facility to Be Built in Pittsburgh Area Beginning Mid-August
Thursday July 24, 12:00 pm ET
150-Bed Prototype of 500-Bed Facility to Be Assembled From Polymer Composite Panels
The Daedalus Project, Inc.; AT&T Government Solutions; Radian Inc. Collaborate on Demonstration project

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Three northern Virginia companies today announced plans to assemble a prototype facility outside of Pittsburgh next month that could be used for isolating patients in the event of a terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction, containing a SARS outbreak, or providing shelter for victims of natural disasters.

Assembly of the approximately 6,000 square-foot, 150-bed building, called an Emergency Isolation and Treatment System (EITS), will begin in mid-August and will be open to the public during the last week of August.

The Daedalus Project, Inc., of Alexandria, Va., ( developed the polymer composite panels to meet the requirement for low-cost housing in developing countries. Corporate partners in the project include AT&T Government Solutions, of Vienna, Va., which is providing leading edge voice and data communications, and Radian, Inc., also of Alexandria, Va., which is providing engineering and technical support. The group is currently seeking a hospital supply company to join the consortium.

The EITS project is part of federally-funded effort that is being conducted through the Allegheny County Bureau of Emergency Service, and RISC, Inc., a non-profit organization located in the county. The prototype will be assembled on the grounds of a Westinghouse facility in Monroeville, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh.

The companies involved said the EITS, a 150-bed prototype of a 500-bed facility, could be used to provide observation, quarantine, isolation, and treatment to victims of weapons of mass destruction, outbreaks of infectious diseases (such as SARS), temporary shelter in the event of a natural disaster, and a variety of other purposes for which the facility will be evaluated. The lightweight polymer panels used to construct the facility are easily assembled and have applicability to a broad range of structures, both temporary and permanent. They are impervious to all types of infestation and contamination and may be re-used or recycled. Additionally, EITS is field-site deployable.

"This government-funded effort is based, among other things, upon the simple economic notion that response to emergencies implies recovery, which entails costs," said Dr. Edward McCulloch, president of Daedalus. He pointed out that the cost to decontaminate the Hart Senate Office building after the anthrax contamination were estimated to be upwards of $30 million and that the Brentwood mail facility in Washington, D.C. has yet to reopen and the costs are not yet known.

"The prevailing approach of pressing schools, public buildings or sports complexes into service in the event of emergency is very costly," he said. "Similarly, the fragile economic profile of many hospitals makes them very vulnerable to the impact of contaminating emergency wards or the loss of revenue from having to close a section during long-term reconstruction. Those events could also have devastating effects upon hospital insurers. The costs of the fully-functional emergency isolation and treatment facility are anticipated to be less than 5 percent of a modern hospital."

"Communications and information sharing are essential components of any emergency facility," said Michael Polmar, AT&T Government Solutions sales vice president, National Information Systems. "That's where AT&T Government Solutions comes in. Our experience as a solutions integrator and networking leader is invaluable for projects requiring the full range of IT capabilities. We believe this temporary building approach is a very viable alternative for public officials trying to respond and prepare for a range of requirements that will be evaluated within this facility -- including temporary command and control centers."

Radian's President, Richard P. Dacey, said, "Radian is delighted to participate in this project and to coordinate all aspects of the non-medical life support systems. We intend to assist in developing the full national potential of this most valuable and essential project."

In preparation for next month's construction, a prototype section of the EITS has been assembled and is undergoing modification at the Radian facility in Newington, Va.

Other participants in the EITS project are Composite Technologies Company LLC of Dayton, Ohio; Alban Cat (Caterpillar) Rental Solutions of Elkridge, Md.; Optimus Corp. of Silver Spring, Md.; Marconi's Broadband Routing & Switching group, headquartered in Pittsburgh; Avaya Inc., of Basking Ridge, N.J.; StageRight, Inc. of Clare, Mich.; and Dialogic Communications of Franklin, Tenn.

AT&T Government Solutions, headquartered in Vienna, Va., is a long-standing, trusted source of information technology solutions for federal, state and local governments, integrating unmatched network resources and professional service expertise with innovative technologies from AT&T Labs and industry-leading partners. Best known for network leadership in voice, data, video and managed services, AT&T Government Solutions is a proven solutions integrator, with professional service expertise in areas such as enterprise architecture, business transformation, knowledge management, training, program management, systems engineering and security.

Radian Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Engineered Support Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: EASI - News) is a defense contractor supplying advanced systems integration, physical security and access control, and logistic support, with its corporate offices located in Alexandria, Va. Radian is a recognized leader, providing full-service engineering and logistic support to the U.S. Defense Department for electrical power systems, environmental control systems, water supply/distribution systems and fully-integrated systems for detection and mitigation of weapons of mass destruction. Radian designs and manufactures mobile and air transportable 1Mw power generation and distribution solutions for the military. Radian maintains several GSA Schedules for government procurement and access to its technical services.

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Source: The Daedalus Project, Inc.; AT&T Government Solutions; Radian Inc.

Arabs in U.S. could be held, official warns

Rights unit member foresees detainment

July 20, 2002


A member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission said in Detroit on Friday he
could foresee a scenario in which the public would demand internment camps
for ArabAmericans if Arab terrorists strike again in this country.

If there's a future terrorist attack in America "and they come from the same
ethnic group that attacked the World Trade Center, you can forget about
civil rights," commission member Peter Kirsanow said.

The reason, he said, is that "the public would be less concerned about any
perceived erosion of civil liberties than they are about protecting their
own lives."

Kirsanow, who was appointed to the commission last year by President George
W. Bush, said after the session that he personally doesn't support such
camps and the government would never envision them. He said he was merely
saying public opinion would so strongly favor the idea that it would be
difficult to prevent. There would be a "groundswell of opinion" for the
detainment, he said.

The remarks came during a raucous commission hearing in Detroit in which
Kirsanow and another conservative member, Jennifer Braceras, defended U.S.
antiterrorism efforts after Sept. 11.

"They had their own political agenda," said Kary Moss, executive director of
the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, referring to
Braceras and Kirsanow.

A White House spokesman said Friday night that he could not respond
specifically to Kirsanow's comments without seeing a full transcript of
them, but said that the possibility of Arab internment camps has never been
discussed at the White House.

"The president has said repeatedly and often that this is not a war against
Arabs or Islam, this is a war against terror," White House spokesman Scott
Stanzel said. "We have very close allies in the Arab world who are integral
partners in the war against terrorism. . . . The president has said that
ours is a war against evil and extremists and that the teachings of Islam
are the teachings of peace and good."

Stanzel said that as of Friday he was "still looking into the matter" of
Kirsanow's comments.

The seven-member commission, based in Washington, D.C., was at the Omni
Hotel in Detroit for its monthly meeting, and heard testimony from
Arab-American leaders who said the government abused civil rights following
Sept. 11.

"It's becoming really ugly," said Imad Hamad, regional director of the
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, during his testimony.

Hamad and others expressed concern about mass interviews of Arab men, secret
immigration hearings and profiling of drivers and airplane passengers.

Kirsanow was unmoved, arguing that Arab and Muslim Americans should accept
the country's new antiterrorism laws and complain less about infringements
to their civil rights.

If there's another attack by Arabs on U.S. soil, "not too many people will
be crying in their beer if there are more detentions, more stops, more
profiling," Kirsanow said.

"There will be a groundswell of public opinion to banish civil rights. So
the best thing we can do to preserve them is by keeping the country safe."

At one point during the hearing, Roland Hwang, a Lansing attorney, recalled
how Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II and said this
country needs to prevent that from happening again.

It was at this point that Kirsanow broached the possibility of a rising
public sentiment for internment camps if the U.S. were attacked again.

Braceras, another Bush appointee, said:"There's no constitutional right not
to be inconvenienced or even embarrassed."

Kirsanow, a Cleveland labor attorney, is the former head of the conservative
Center for New Black Leadership.

After the meeting, Hamad said he felt insulted by some of the commission's

Braceras said she didn't intend to upset the Arab-American community of
metro Detroit, the largest concentration in the United States. "I was trying
to be a devil's advocate," she said.

Contact NIRAJ WARIKOO at 734-432-6501 or

Draft FEMA Bid Notice

[Editor's Note: The following is a replica of the draft bid proposal on FEMA's Web site.]


POC: Ms. Linda A. Sudhoff, Contracting Officer, (202) 646-4672,; Ms. Virna L. Evans, Contract Specialist, (202) 646-7591,

DESC: NAICS 541990 (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) applies to this acquisition, with a size standard of $6.0 million. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) intends to award three (3), Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity, Task Order contracts starting in fiscal year 2003, subject to the availability of funds. Each basic ID/IQ contract will have an ordering period of five years. The basic ID/IQ contract will be structured to allow for the issuance of Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF), Time and Materials (T&M), and Firm Fixed Price (FFP) task orders. The method used to allocate task orders will include: consideration of experience, workload, and the firm's performance on other task orders. The estimated cost for services is approximately $300 million per five-year contract.

The selected firms will be required to provide services associated with Standby Technical Assistance for the purpose of providing technical support, consultant and project management resources to perform disaster related operations in accordance with the statutory authorities of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq. ("the Stafford Act"), PL 93-288, as amended. The program activities of the Stafford Act are highly visible and require coordination with Federal, State, and local governments and/or voluntary organizations.

The selected firm shall be required to provide the necessary resources to adequately support disaster operations throughout FEMA Regions I - X. The resources and support includes technical assistance, consultant services and project management services. The Contractor will provide technical assistance to support the Public Assistance Program and provide project management resources and expertise to support the Disaster Housing Program. Additionally, the Contractor will provide support in efforts such as catastrophic planning; develop training materials; provide technical support for the Community Block Grant; provide technical support for the Fire Management Program; and other program areas of the Stafford Act. The Contractor shall provide support capability for all types of disasters with emphasis on riverine and coastal flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis. The Contractor shall provide technical assistance and project management resources on large, unusual, high-dollar value, and controversial or complex projects. The Contractor shall provide technical assistance and project management resources to the Recovery Division and its Regional counterparts. The goals and objectives of this requirement are to provide: technical assistance and consultant services; project management resources; forms, handbooks, criteria guidelines, and reports relating to disaster operations; training for personnel; and optimal customer satisfaction by providing exemplary service. The Contractor shall have personnel on-site at the disaster office within 48 hours of tasking notification. Due to the nature of FEMA's work, the Contractor must be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Selections will be in conformance with the provisions of Public Law 92-582 and based on the criteria and evaluation points. Responding firms and proposed teams should demonstrate specialized experience and technical competence in the following areas:

1. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (40 POINTS). The firm must have expertise in the disciplines listed below. The number in parenthesis ( ) next to the skill indicates the estimated maximum number of personnel per skill which may be required at any given time, with the exception of surge requirements. There will be a need for First, Mid and Senior Levels in many of the listed skills. The expected Senior Level skill usage is estimated at 30 percent and Mid Level at 40 percent. A Senior Level professional shall possess either a professional registration (such as Professional Engineer and Certified Public Accountant) and a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in their field of expertise with complex projects of similar size and scope as this contract, or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree or equivalent (i.e., 4-year degree) and fifteen (15) years of experience in their field of expertise. A Mid Level professional shall possess either a professional registration and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in their field of expertise with complex projects of similar size and scope as this contract, or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree or equivalent and ten (10) years of experience in their field of expertise with complex projects of similar size and scope as this contract. A First Level professional shall require a BS degree or equivalent and a minimum of two (2) years of experience in their field of expertise. Senior and Mid Level professionals are expected to have specific knowledge in their field of expertise on any Federal regulatory requirements, e.g., an Environmental Planner must be familiar with Federal environmental regulatory requirements. The primary skills are listed in descending order of importance: Civil Engineer (50); Structural Engineer (40); Construction Inspector (20); Architect (14); Sanitary Engineer (12); Flood Insurance Adjuster (12); Engineering Technician (12); Estimator (12); Environmental Planner (10); Soils/Geotechnical Engineer (6); Insurance Specialist (5); Environmental Engineer (4); Program Manager (4); Architectural Historian (4); Historical Architect (4); Planner, General (4); Accountant (4); Certified Public Accountant (4); Accountant (4); Coastal Engineer (3); Mechanical Engineer (3); Electrical Engineer (3); Financial Analyst (3); Arborist (3); Real Estate Specialist (3); and Procurement Specialist (3). The firm must also have, on an as needed basis, one (1) each of the following skills: Geologist; Principal; Landscape Architect; Horticulturist; Art Conservator; Appraiser; Archaeologist; Biologist; Chemical Engineer; Draftsman; Graphic Artist; Hydrologist; Technical Writer; Surveying Technician; Surveyor; Telecommunications Specialist; GIS Specialist; Computer Specialist; Wetlands Specialist; Health Scientist; and Word Processor.

2. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AND TECHNICAL COMPETENCE (50 POINTS). The firm must demonstrate successful specialized experience of firm and key personnel in the following (tasks are listed in descending order of importance):

(a) Project management of contract of like size and type. Experience should include planning project management services including services for phase of design and construction - from beginning through project completion and closeout. Experience should include providing technical engineering services, project planning, emergency procurements, budget adherence and cost control, scheduling, identification and adherence to project time constraints while meeting quality requirements. Project management includes monitoring of project performance as well as related subcontracts. The experience must demonstrate capability of establishing group housing developments (designing, developing, constructing, and acquisition of property) and maintenance of complex(s) for periods exceeding 2 years (max. 15 pts); (b) Developing the cost estimate for disaster related damages for damage survey reporting and related activity (cost estimate of major construction projects). Other related activity include: evaluating projects for compliance with environmental regulations and preparing environmental documents (environmental assessments or environmental impact statements); conducting historical or archeological reviews, biological and endangered species surveys, or insurance adjustment (all hazards); developing hazard mitigation alternatives for projects; developing cost benefit analyses; and evaluating hazardous waste and debris removal issues, etc. (max. 15 pts);

(c) providing a technical review of appeals (max. 3 pts);

(d) estimating disaster related damages (max. 3 pts);

(e) financial analysis of budgets for State and local government entities or projects (max. 3 pts);

(f) providing technical or management expertise to coordinate on-site contract management activity (max. 3 pts);

(g) preparing handbooks, criteria, guidelines, reports, or other related technical engineering assistance (max. 3 pts);

(h) developing and conducting training courses (max. 3 pts);

(i) performing floodplain management (max. 2 pts).

3. CAPACITY TO ACCOMPLISH WORK WITHIN REQUIRED TIME (40 POINTS). The firm must demonstrate (tasks are listed in descending order of importance) the ability to: a) provide and coordinate the activities of teams of professionals with expertise in restoring damaged infrastructure systems (e.g., roads, schools, hospitals, and power and water systems); and to provide project management staff with the expertise to support major capital projects; i.e., technical advice or assistance, project and construction management, property management, and mobilization and de-mobilization of resources; (b) have personnel on-site within 48 hours of notification; (c) field up to 250 professionals, simultaneously, for technical assistance support taskings from within the skills listed under Criteria #1; (d) have staffing capability to respond to two concurrent project management assignments (namely temporary housing missions) and provide adequate staff (defined as 100 professionals from within the skills listed under Criteria #1) to continue temporary housing missions at four concurrent disaster field office operations; and, (e) field and conduct initial training for up to 100 additional professionals beyond requirements listed above, concurrently, for two months, to meet surge requirements.

4. PAST PERFORMANCE (50 POINTS). The offer's past performance on contracts with Government agencies and private industry in terms of project management, cost control, quality control and compliance with performance schedules. Submittals must include the names, affiliations and telephone numbers for five references. The references must be within the past five years and be related in scope and magnitude. The Government reserves the right to use information outside of the response in evaluating past performance.

5. LOCATION IN THE GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF THE PROJECTS AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE LOCALITY OF THE PROJECTS (20 POINTS). a) Location (10 Points). In order to facilitate management and timely deployment, the firm must have at least one permanent and adequately staffed and equipped office located in the Washington Metropolitan area, and two (2) additional offices in other geographic locations within the United States with the capability supporting deployment operations in the event that one area is incapacitated. An adequately staffed office is defined as one that is capable of satisfactorily performing the necessary project management operations and administrative tasks (personnel, finance and accounting, logistics, task order assignment coordination, communications, etc.,) to sustain the field representatives and for the duration of the contract. b) The Firm must be knowledgeable on high disaster risk localities (10 points). The firm must demonstrate in-house expertise with all types of disasters to include flood, hurricane, earthquake and typhoon type disasters.

Engineering firms interested in performing this work are to submit one (1) original and seven (7) copies of their Standard Forms (SFs) 254 and 255 showing project experience and personnel, which will perform the work. Strict adherence to the submission instructions will be enforced. Firms not performing all work in-house must identify subcontractors in their submittal. Qualifications of subcontractors will be considered only in the evaluation for rating Criteria #1 and #2 as appropriate Firms using subcontractors must submit separate SFs 254 and 255 for each subcontractor. The submittal, including subcontractors, must not exceed thirty (30) pages, 8 1/2" x 11" front side only. Charts and drawings will be counted. All pages following the first thirty (30) pages will be discarded upon receipt. All submittals, to include portions from subcontractors, must use a type pitch that is twelve characters per inch for ease of reading and evaluation. All other material such as brochures or samples of work, attachments or extra pages will be discarded upon receipt.

Joint ventures must include a copy of the legal joint venture signed by an authorized officer from each of the firms comprising the joint venture with the chief executive of each entity identified. Copies of agreements between firms participating in a prime/subcontractor relationship must also be included in the submittal. The joint venture and the prime/subcontractor documents will be subject to the page limitation set forth above. All interested large firms are reminded that the successful firm will be expected to place subcontracts to the maximum practicable extent with small and disadvantaged firms in accordance with Public Law 95-507. If a large business firm is selected, a small business subcontracting plan, describing how it will manage their subcontractors and ensure quality control, will be required prior to award.

The Government intends to enter into a voluntary partnership arrangement with the awardees and its subcontractors on this procurement. Our objective is to identify and achieve reciprocal goals, insure effective and efficient contract performance, and resolve disputes in a timely, professional and non-adversarial manner through the use of voluntary Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methodologies. Responses must reference "EMW-2002-TAC, Technical Assistance Contract", on the face of all forms. No other announcement is anticipated for this requirement. To assure consideration, all information must be received by the Contracting Officer no later than 3:00 PM local time, at FEMA, 500 C Street, S.W., Room 350, Washington, DC 20472, on Jan 15, 2003. Late submissions will be subject to the provisions of FAR Part 14.304. This is not a Request for Proposal. *****

Mass evacuation plan for London
By Local London Reporter

Plans have been drawn up for a massive evacuation of London in the event of a major terrorist attack.

Government experts have drafted a proposal that would relocate Londoners to ‘rest and reception’ areas in the Home Counties, in the event of the Capital suffering from a chemical or biological terrorist attack.

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling confirmed the evacuation plan, following a report in the Sunday Times.

Mr Darling said the Government was looking at ‘various scenarios’ involving moving people out of London and areas around major airports.

The plans would involve Londoners being ferried out of the city to safe areas using special rail, tube, and road transport.

The confirmation of Government plans to evacuate London in response to a major terrorist attack comes after emergency services held a massive exercise in the centre of the city, to test their response to such an incident.

An attack was simulated at Bank Tube station, and police, fire, and ambulance services spent several hours yesterday removing ‘victims’ from the station, and decontaminating them.

Hundreds of emergency services workers donned protective suits for the exercise, which was hailed a success.

12:37pm Monday 8th September 2003

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