WASHINGTON: The Lincoln Group was awarded a two-year deal worth at least $6.2 million and as much as $20 million to provide media monitoring, media training, and strategic communications advice for the US Army's Multi-National Forces Iraq (MNFI).
Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, director of the Combined Press Information Center in Iraq, said the winning bid, awarded September 23 and valued at just less than $12.3 million, was one of eight proposals received by the Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan as part of a "full, open competition."
Johnson did not name the other bidders, though one source says they likely included the Rendon Group, SYColeman, and SAIC. All three firms declined to comment.
Lincoln spokesman Bill Dixon would not discuss the contract, except to say that "Lincoln Group is proud to be trusted to assist the [MNFI] with communicating news about its vital work."
The contract, which covers duties similar to those under a previous contract handled by the Rendon Group, includes providing media training to US and Iraqi personnel, monitoring various media outlets to determine the effectiveness of communications efforts by coalition forces and Iraqi officials, developing such materials as press releases and Web sites for disseminating information, and giving advice on communications methods.
In other news, the MNFI also recently issued an RFP to organize surveys and focus groups throughout Iraq to determine "public Iraqi perception and opinion."