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FEMA needs armed guards at secretive Federal Support Center in Gaithersburg, MD

Olney Federal Support Center

FEMA has issued a solicitation in search of an 8(a) small business that can provide armed security guards, and a host of related security services, at FEMA’s Olney Federal Support Center in Gaithersburg, MD, a discreet site which is said to house communications, warning and satellite capabilities.

The chosen small business will be asked to provide these security services “as a daily deterrent, 24/7/365, against unauthorized, illegal, or potentially life-threatening activities directed toward, DHS, FEMA employees, visitors, information, programs, property, and the like,” according to a solicitation notice posted online by FEMA on August 6.

FEMA will host a site visit at the Gaithersburg facility on August 24 – two or less attendees per company  --  and visitors must register by August 20 by submitting names to Rafael Taylor, the contracting officer, at

Technical submissions, which should not exceed 25 pages, must be sent to FEMA by August 27.

Other services that the selected vendor will be expected to provide will include access control, communications, operation of fire, intrusion and X-ray detection systems, ID control, emergency support and enforcement of the law, rules and regulations, says the notice. These services will be utilized throughout the entire campus in Gaithersburg, which consists of a main facility, all other buildings, the grounds and perimeter areas.

The staffing required will consist of one duty officer and one guard for the vehicle entrance (both available on a 24/7/365 basis) and one guard for the shipping and receiving area and one supervisory guard (both available for 40 hours per week), according to the solicitation.

The firm fixed price contract will run for a base period of one year, plus four one-year options.

Additional information is available from Rafael Taylor at 540-542-2832.