Choctaw Contracted to US Embassies

3-6-06 - A contract has been awarded the Choctaw Archiving Enterprise (CAE) to provide facilities maintenance services to United States embassies and consulates around the world. This is an International Maintenance Assistance Program (IMAP) between CAE and the Department of State.

The five-year contract is to provide repairs, preventive maintenance, and rehabilitative services for over 260 embassies and consulates in 175 countries around the world. More than 60 employees have jobs that include program management, engineering, planning and estimating, quality control, security, travel, finance, and logistics personnel.

Mobile crews are responsible for routine equipment repairs and maintenance, scheduling infrared and vibration analysis support, providing technical support via telephone and e-mail to facility managers, and interfacing with Overseas Buildings Operations and Posts for emergency repairs. Choctaw Chief Gregory E. Pyle said, "We are pleased to be able to offer this service through an agreement with the Department of State. We are confident that this new contract will create revenue for the Choctaw Nation and provide a much needed assistance to diplomatic posts worldwide.”

This is a performance-based contract, with reimbursements to the tribe based on work that is done. Because of the nature of the work and for security reasons, some details cannot be shared publicly.