If the price is right
By Senior Airman Kevin West, 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 19, 2019
Yokota Air Base, Japan --
The 374th Contracting Squadron held a sealed bidding on Sept. 13, 2019, to enable the acquisition of a $3 million Department of Public Works roof repair project Sagamihara general depot facility to protect critical Army war readiness material.
The 374 CONS plans and employs several acquisition strategies to optimize taxpayer dollars. One unique strategy they have returned to in response to rising construction costs in Japan is the seal bidding process, also known as invitation for bid (IFB) acquisition method. Sealed bidding is generally used for construction when requirements are clear, accurate and complete allowing for a more simple competition between contractors in hopes of realizing increased competition and higher savings.
This 91-member squadron is responsible for all aspects of planning, award, administration, and oversight of centralized and decentralized contracting programs worth more than $298 million annually in support INDOPACOM efforts in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
“Our phenomenal organization is made up of Air Force Airman and Civilians, Army Soldiers and some of Japan’s finest contracting personnel,” said Lt. Col. Ty Christian, the 374th Contracting Squadron Commander. “Each of our folks take great pride in having a mission-focused mindset, serving as business leaders for our customers converting United States taxpayer dollars into robust mission capabilities.”
The 374th CONS provides operational and specialized contracting support to 374th Airlift Wing, 5th Air Force, U.S. Forces Japan, U.S. Army Garrison Japan as well as Navy and Marine Corps installations across Japan.
Amongst their $4 Billion dollar portfolio, they are the single-source authority for utilities and transportation for mainland Japan as well as provide all of Japan telecommunications and the master labor contract that provides the Department of Defense 23,000 indirectly hired Japanese employees which is critical to INDOPACOM mission success.
“Perhaps our biggest partners, the 374th Civil Engineering Squadron here at Yokota AB and the U.S. Army Garrison Japan’s Department of Public Works are often our greatest supporters in the effort to develop enduring solutions not just for the customers but to ensure we deliver contracts that can provide all of Japan effects,” said Christian.