U.S. Defense Department Releases Guidelines for Next Major Logistics Contract

On March 25, 2015, the United States Transportation Command released a contract solicitation for the Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract, a multi-year, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contract for a single source to provide transportation coordination services for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and contractors supporting DoD missions. Proposals for this contract are due on May 26, 2015 by 3:00pm Central Time.

This contract will include management of shipments to ensure required transportation is successfully completed for Freight All Kinds (FAK) shipments, including (but not limited to): 

  • First Destination Transportation (vendor shipments) 
  • Second Destination
  • Scheduled Routes
  • DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) Disposition Services
  • Unit Moves
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) support
  • Humanitarian/Contingency support
  • Foreign Military Sales, and
  • Surge shipments

Services will be provided within the Continental United States, with occasional pickups and deliveries in Alaska and Canada. Various equipment types will be required to meet mission requirements. There is no specific requirement that the winning bid be from an asset based contractor versus a non-asset based contractor. The winning bid will be required to have the ability to secure and manage capacity for less than truckload, truckload, air, and rail shipments. The period of performance of this contract will be a two-year base period (October 2015 to September 2017), three one-year option periods, two one-year award term option periods, and a potential six month extension. An award beginning on October 1, 2015, could potentially remain in effect under this contract solicitation until March 21, 2023.