Wednesday, May 13, 2015

GITMO wants a little religion

U.S. government chaplains. See graphic.
The U.S. Navy is searching for "potential PROVIDERS for Catholic Priest Services" at its base in Guantanamo, Cuba. Information about the job is below.
The Navy's search got me wondering how much the U.S. government spends on chaplain services. The amount reported: $173,394,152. Most of the money was spent over the past 10 years.
The Army led the way with $75,792,084, followed by the Navy, $31,201,548; the Air Force, $30,640,263; Veterans Affairs, $14,940,948; and the Federal Prison System, $13,931,998.
If you'd like a piece of that dough while living in sunny Guantanamo, see below:


1.0 BACKGROUND. Per US Navy Regulations, SECNAVINST 1730.7D, and OPNAVINST 1730.1E, it is incumbent upon Commanding Officers (COs) to have a CRP which accommodates the religious needs, preferences, and rights of assigned military personnel, eligible family members, and other authorized users.
Per SECNAVINST 5351.1, at installations where the assigned chaplains cannot provide adequately for the variety of represented faith groups, it is most appropriate to augment the CRP with CRMPs to help execute mission requirements. Contracting the services of a civilian RC priest as a CRMP is authorized and appropriate.
1.1. The object of this contract is to secure a Priest CRMP to provide faith-specific religious ministry to NAVSTA personnel, oversight in the absence of, and advice to the Command Chaplain. The contractor shall perform services at the Chaplains’ office spaces, chapel, and other places as determined by the Command Chaplain of NAVSTA Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"Father Mulcahy" of M*A*S*H fame
2.0. PERFORMANCE. The performance period for this contract is 27 August 2015 – 18 September 2015. The Catholic Priest CRMP shall:
2.1. Report to the Deputy Command Chaplain as Head of Staff answerable to the CO.
2.2. Provide worship, sacramental ministrations, and religious guidance. Provide pastoral care/counseling as requested, required and scheduled.
2.3. Assist the Deputy Command Chaplain with advice in defining, validating, and implementing CRP Planned Ministry Objectives (PMOs) by keeping him/her informed on all pertinent issues/concerns/matters.
2.4. Demonstrate care for all CRP customers and facilitate the religious needs of non-RC by referring them to other members of the CRP.
2.5. Accomplish administrative requirements in a timely fashion.
2.6. Be neat, clean, well-groomed, and in appropriate clergy clothing when in public areas.
2.7. Become acquainted with and obey all pertinent Command, DON, and DOD instructions; shall perform in a manner which precludes any waste of government resources; and shall not use government equipment for personal business. All motor vehicles operated on the installation by the contractor shall be registered with base security and operated according to applicable directives.
2.8. Although in fact not a Government employee, shall comply with Executive Order 11222 of May 8, 1965, Prescribing Standards of Ethical Conduct for Government Officers and Employees.
3.0 TASKS. Execute the CRP PMOs for RC personnel.
3.1. Provide Roman Catholic Mass and Reconciliation (confession).
3.1.1. Conduct Catholic Mass every Sunday and/or Saturday evening as scheduled.
3.1.2. Be on site and available for confessions every Sunday for one hour prior to the start of Mass and for fellowship opportunities for one half hour after Mass.
3.1.3. Conduct weekday Catholic Mass as scheduled.
3.1.4. Conduct Catholic Mass on all Holy Days of Obligation.
3.1.5. Conduct all other Mass requirements as defined in the CRP’s PMO. Other worship services will be performed as needed and at the discretion of the Command Chaplain.
3.1.6. Conduct and effectively oversee the training and certification of worship volunteers as required.
3.1.7. Compose Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday and Holy Day liturgies with respect to liturgical guidelines and the needs of the CRP.
3.2. Perform additional sacramental and emergency ministrations.
3.2.1. Provide Anointing of the Sick and Funeral/Memorial Services as requested and authorized.
3.3. Conduct and supervise RC religious education and spiritual formation programs.
3.3.1. Instruct and supervise the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), scripture study sessions, and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) programs.
3.3.2. Conduct and effectively oversee the training, certification, and employment of the Director of Religious Education (whether contractor or volunteer) and volunteer teachers within the RC education program as required.
3.4. Provide pastoral care/counseling and spiritual support.
3.4.1. Provide individual and/or group counseling sessions for spiritual formation, marriage preparation, baptismal preparation, and personal and/or family matters.
3.4.2. Attend community-building fellowship events.
3.5. Accomplish necessary administrative tasks.
3.5.1. Provide timely information and professional guidance to CRP personnel for worship service programs/bulletins, required sacramental documentation, and other various administrative requirements.
3.5.2. Ensure the timely submission of all required contract documentation.
3.5.3. Attend and participate in staff meetings of the CRP when convened by the Command Chaplain or Deputy Command Chaplain.
3.5.4. Maintain ministerial faculties and liaison with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). This includes advising AMS of any change in ecclesiastical status or contact information along with personal attendance at the annual priest convocation convened by AMS. Travel and per diem funding for the annual AMS convocation is to be budgeted for and paid by the command.
3.5.5. Perform various administrative tasks as required. This includes quarterly reports and other such documentation as may be required by AMS.
3.5.6. Complete necessary training and maintain currency on the use of such government office equipment and computers as required.
3.5.7. Maintain current certification for access to the installation. Comply with station and government policies and regulations in regard to identification badges, parking, and professional decorum.
3.5.8. Provide Lessons Learned to the Command Chaplain within 5 days of any problems encountered and resolved.
3.5.9. Direct concerns regarding morale, breach of ethical standards, or moral infractions to the Command Chaplain as soon as possible.
3.5.10. Notify the Command Chaplain, in advance, when unable to perform services due to scheduled time off, illness, inclement weather and/or emergency leave.
4.0 DELIVERY SCHEDULE. The CRMP shall deliver all services as described above and include the following minimums:
Item Description of Service and Quantity of Units

24 days (Thursday 27 August 2015 through Friday 18 September 2015)

0001 Saturday Evening Mass (1700) 3 units
0002 Sunday Mass (0900) 3 units
0003 Sacrament of Reconciliation (by request prior to Mass) 4 units
0004 Weekday Mass (1730) 14 units
0005 Daily office hours (approx. 8 hrs/day) 112 units
5.0 PERSONNEL QUALIFICATIONS. Offerors for this contract must be ordained Roman Catholic priests with the requisite skills and experience acceptable to AMS. Personnel proposed for this contract must be able to qualify for a Confidential Security Clearance at a minimum.
6.1 Contract Subject Matter Expert (CSME) – CDR D. Mode Command Chaplain, (011) 5399-2323 for all issues regarding execution of contract.
6.2. Technical Proposal Evaluator (TPE) – RP1 A. L. Martinez, (011) 5399-2323.
6.3. Contracting Officer (CO). The contracting officer has overall responsibility for overseeing the contractor’s performance in the areas of contract compliance; for reviewing the Quality Assurance Personnel’s assessments of the contractor’s performance; and for resolving all differences between the QAP’s version and the contractor’s version of events. The CO is the only person authorized to direct the contractor in the performance of his/her contractual duties and to make interpretations of and changes to the contract.
7.0 Transportation.

7.1 Contractor will make all travel arrangements from CONUS to OCONUS. GTMO NAVSTA FES personnel will assist with coordinating NAVSTA Entry Clearances for inbound contractor personnel. Contractor will submit instructor information for the clearances no later than 30 days prior to entry date for U.S. citizens or 60 days prior for foreign national personnel. Travel to/from GTMO will transit through Jacksonville Naval Air Station (NAS JAX), FL, utilizing Air Mobility Command (AMC) contracted flights. Commercial air travel to/from Jacksonville, FL will be arranged by the contractor. GTMO FES will assist with coordinating transit through NAS JAX or contact IBC Air to travel from Fort Lauderdale, FL.

7.2 Rental cars are available at contractor expense. GTMO NAVSTA is not responsible for daily transportation for the contractor(s). The base does operate a free scheduled shuttle bus if desired.
Navy Exchange Car Rental: 011-5399-74316.

8.0 Lodging. Contractor will make billeting arrangements with the Navy Lodge and/or Navy Gateway Inn & Suites (NGIS) as needed. Navy Lodge: 011-5399-3103, NGIS: 011-5399-2400.

9.0 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION. Performance evaluations will be conducted at the end of contract period.

9.1. The Command Chaplain, as Installation Program Director of the CRP, will provide the contractor with a performance appraisal.
9.2. The performance appraisal will be based on how effectively and efficiently the contractor fulfills the terms of the contract and furthers the mission of the CRP.

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