basic_idiqLast week, city council awarded the San Jacinto Park project to a company named Basic IDIQ. From the commentary and the news media reports, it seems that there is some controversy involving Basic IDIQ’s significant price difference in bidding on the project. Tomorrow I’ll delve more into the possible significance of the award and the price difference. However, I believe it is important to understand whom Basic IDIQ is before commenting on the significance of their bid and the significant price difference they quoted on the project.

According to their website, Basic IDIQ was created in 2002. Initially the company was part of Xserv Company and, according to its website; it successfully spun-off in 2007 as a stand-alone IDIQ type contracting company.

IDIQ is a federal government construction acronym that stands for “indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity”.

As best as I understand the scheme to be; it is a process whereby the government issues a contract for an unlimited amount of products or work for a fixed-period of time. Apparently, the process was setup to streamline the federal government purchasing processes. Basic IDIQ states that it is an “employee-owned” company with six offices in Texas cities and two in New Mexico.

According to a Form 5500 dated June 30, 2012 detailing the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan it reported having 15 “eligible” participants with one “retired or separated” participant receiving benefits. Ten other “retired or separated participants” are entitled to future benefits. It seems that 26 current or former employees participate in the company’s stock ownership plan.

The award of the San Jacinto Park project is not the company’s first contract in El Paso. Basic IDIQ worked on the build-out of the second floor of the El Paso Times building in anticipation of city government moving into the building. They also worked on the first floor of the building once the news staff completed their move out.

In late 2013, Basic IDIQ appears to have been awarded the “Construction Supervisor/Contractor for the 22 Self-Help Homes Project” by the County for $274,000 according to a draft contract that I reviewed. There are other local government contracts going as far back as 2007, namely the city, which Basic IDIQ has been awarded and presumably substantially completed or has completed.

In my research, I could not find any reference to complaints about the quality of their work or failure to complete a project.

Although David Karlsruher has labelled this bid as “irresponsible” and makes the allegation that federal apprenticeship laws are somehow being circumvented the fact remains that Basic IDIQ has a significance presence in the city and it appears that it has landed several local government contracts.

The other complaints about the bid seem to come from general contractors, who coincidently were significantly underbid by Basic IDIQ. Both Karlsruher and the bidders that were out bid on the contract seem to have a financial connection to government contracts therefore it makes sense that they would be instigating innuendo about an interloper taking business from them.

There is the issue of the significant price difference between the bid and that of the other “more local” bidders on the San Jacinto Park project. Lilly Limon voted against the award of the contract stating that she was troubled by the apparent low bid.

Tomorrow I’ll delve into what my thoughts on that issue. I just thought it is important to understand the company better before insinuating that they are “irresponsible” or an “out-of-town” interloper in the lucrative government construction work in El Paso.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

5 replies on “Who is Basic IDIQ?”

  1. Why is it that el paso citizens are filing internal affair complaints and the district attorney’s office is refusing to investigate? Why are the investigators assigned to investigate complaints are removed/reassigned from the investigation? What is the job to he Assistant Chief of police (lady) problem? Corruption continues. Out with the Old Regime. We need people in places of authority that understand it is not about them but about the community.

  2. The corruption is aided and abetted by the legal system. Instead of having Eagles we have low flying arrogant Vultures. Our community is their bank to withdraw funds at their arrogant pleasure.

  3. I too wonder if the local contractors are used to inflating their bids and don’t like the idea that this is being exposed by Basic IDIQ’s bid. Time will tell.

  4. Wondered that too Rotten. Could the other bidders be in cahoots with each other by letting one underbid the other by very little so they get the bid this time while the other will bid very little under the other one on the next project. Didn’t 2 Door Companies in El Paso get in trouble for that very thing ? Maybe the 2 high companies thought IDIQ’s bid would be excluded because it was so much lower than theirs and the bid would be awarded to one of the 2 higher bidders. Anything is possible in this corrupt town.

  5. I think a city is required to accept a low bid by law? It can be waived under some facts but i think not here…also Basic may actually fit ‘local’ term

    I think “employee owned” companys are refreshly the most democratic

    I agree with current drives for living wages…we heard the crys before that a $7 then now $8 wage like 26 states have would hurt biz but each time min wages are raised all the fears prove not true and more people become more equal with more choices

    Birdes report is sad i hope we here more about IA- DA issue etc

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