The Trump Wall Gets Underway Today

Today marks the official beginning of the Donald Trump Wall odyssey. The U.S. government has officially opened the first step in the process by asking potential vendors to submit design concepts and budgets. Although, the Trump Administration has fast-tracked the process and initially expected to begin building the wall in April, it has now backtracked and updated the bid request for small sections of the border instead.

The starting process is the federal government’s requests for proposals. Already, over 200 businesses have shown interest in participating in the bidding for the wall. Mexican-owned cement company, Cemex, has also shown a willingness to provide supplies for the wall.

The federal solicitation (2017-JC-RT-0001) was originally scheduled to begin accepting bids, today, March 6, but the starting date was pushed back to Wednesday on March 3. The bid envisions a concrete wall that is thirty-feet tall.

Vendors are expected to submit their conceptual ideas for a prototype by March 20. That will complete phase one. The second phase will have the government select from the initial bid submitters and invite them to submit full pricing according schedules as scoped by the official RFP to be issued at that time. Phase two’s deadline is May 3, 2017.

From there, the Trump Administration expects to issue multiple awards under the Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) process. Under this scheme, the federal government wants to issue multiple contracts for limited miles to successful IDIQ bidders in order to evaluate their prototypes.

However, although the Trump administration has stated that it intends to begin building the wall in April, the federal contract is limited to prototypes for selected segments of the border. The bid invitation clearly states that it is not intended as the procurement process for the Trump Wall along the entire border.

The Donald Trump administration has stated that it intends to force México to pay for the wall. México, on the other hand, has emphatically stated that it will not pay for the wall. As a result, I have started an infographic that I will update as the process moves along.

My infographic will be a barometer of who is paying for the wall as well as the progress of the wall. I will continuously update it as information becomes available. This is the starting version:

The Trump Wall status infographic, March 5, 2017 version

It shows the budget as determined by the U.S. Government and the sections of wall and/or fence that already exists on the border. This will be our starting point.

Please feel free to share the infographic on social media.