Navy issues public affairs RFP

WASHINGTON: The US Navy plans to choose its first outside agency to provide communications support for the Navy's Office of Information (CHINFO).

WASHINGTON: The US Navy plans to choose its first outside agency to provide communications support for the Navy's Office of Information (CHINFO). Proposals for an RFP, which was issued in early July, are due August 12, and its selection will be announced about a month later on September 15, according to Navy documents.

A “significant amount” of the work will occur outside the continental US, according to the RFP, and will include strategic counsel, media relations, community outreach, marketing, and development of information materials covering a “broad spectrum” of public affairs issues.

The contract's value was not provided, though agencies wishing consideration must have at least one reference with annual billings of at least $5 million or 40,000 billable hours in public affairs.

The contract is expected to consist of a base year with four one-year options for renewal and sets a goal of at least 15% of the work subcontracted to small businesses.

Companies that attended a pre-proposal conference on July 17 in Philadelphia include Alion Science and Technology, the Rendon Group, Computer Sciences Corporation, CACI's Wexford Group International, Burson-Marsteller, Booz Allen Hamilton, GolinHarris, Hill & Knowlton, BCP International, VMS, the Lincoln Group, and Campbell-Ewald.

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