Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bureau of Prisons prepares mortuary services contract in Alabama

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Field Acquisition Office in Grand Prairie, Texas, intends to make a single contract award for the provision of mortuary services, according to documents released Friday.

Mortuary services may include, but is not limited to transportation, embalming, body preparation, clothing, filing of certificates and permits, casket, shipping, cremation, and burial services, the BOP said in contract documents. “The services will be performed for female inmates housed at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) located in Aliceville, Ala., who become deceased during incarceration.”

The contractor will be contacted by the contracting officer and notified of an inmate death. The contracting officer will provide the contractor with the inmate’s name and location of the body. Within two hours of notification, the contractor will pick the body up at the location designated by the Pickens County Coroner’s office. During non-business hours, the contractor may be contacted by a Correctional Supervisor and advised of an inmate’s death. The contractor will be notified if an autopsy is required. 

The government contemplates awarding an indefinite-delivery/requirements-type contract with firm-fixed unit prices resulting from the future solicitation. The contract period shall consist of a 12 month base period with four 12 month option periods for renewal.

Market research is being conducted to determine interest and capability of potential sources for this requirement. The response date for the market survey is Oct. 3.

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