Washington, D.C.– The Defense Health Agency (DHA), the agency that manages TRICARE health benefits, issued a request for information (RFI) regarding inpatient-clinic administered pharmaceuticals formulary management. TRICARE is a health insurance program for military members, their dependents, retirees and some survivors and former spouses. To use TRICARE, an enrollee must be listed in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) as being eligible for military health care benefits. Vendors who respond to the RFI will have the chance to shape the standard list of drugs prescribed across military medical treatment facilities and the broader program administering the list.
The request focuses on best practices for inpatient and medical benefit drugs. Currently, the agency’s pharmacy operations cover only outpatient prescribed drugs but the DHA will assume responsibility for inpatient settings at all medical treatment facilities soon. Responses to the RFI are due by Feb. 5.
California- Metrolink, a commuter rail system in Southern California, plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for its first-ever combined operations and maintenance (O&M) contract. Metrolink oversees seven routes on a 538-mile network. An event will be held on Feb. 15 and 16 in Pomona for contractors, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers who have expertise and/or offer services or products to the rail industry. Those attending will have the opportunity to review the draft RFP. The anticipated term of the resulting contract will be for a base period of seven years with two optional renewal periods of four years each.
The expected contract will involve a wide array of primary operational functions, as well as related ancillary services required to support all aspects of the rail system. Some of those operational functions will include: train operations and crew services; materials acquisition and management to support the infrastructure, systems and equipment; and maintenance on railroad facilities, rolling stock, signal, track and railroad facilities. The final RFP is expected to be released in spring 2019, with mandatory pre-proposal meetings and tours following the issuance of the RFP.
Kansas– Douglas County officials have produced a new $23 million estimate for expansion and modernization of the local jail. The Douglas County jail project would entail a new central south tower with up to 112 additional beds. The tower could be constructed with four cell pods with a capacity of 28 beds each, or with three such cell blocks and a medical bay.
Currently, the jail has 186 beds and the new addition would combat overcrowding, allow for inmates housed in other county jails to be relocated, restore space for re-entry and work release programs, and increase safety. After approval is received by county commissioners, county officials will solicit a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a construction manager who would help firm up cost estimates and, eventually, handle the expansion under a construction manager at risk method.
New York– In an effort for the state’s power to be 100 percent carbon-free by 2040, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget for 2019 includes $1.5 billion to fund 20 large solar, wind and energy storage projects across upstate New York. This will be the third year that the governor’s office has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for large-scale wind and solar projects.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will issue an RFP in April of this year. The state is also investing $1.75 billion in New York’s Green bank, a venture fund focused on clean energy projects, and $3.5 billion toward private investment in solar through the NY-Sun program to offer incentives to residents and businesses.