Services such as food preparation, laundry, recreational services, maintenance of facilities and equipment, groundskeeping, as well as the installation of the communication equipment, would be handled by a private contractor with experience in remote areas.
In November, six companies presented competitive bids for the service contract and six others bid for the contract to install the communications equipment. After thorough evaluation by MFO managers and technicians, and some modifications of the proposals, the support service contract was awarded to E-Systems, Inc., and the contract for the installation of the communication system was awarded to Federal Electric International.
In December, Director General Hunt made several trips to the Middle East with Force Commander Lt. Gen. Bull-Hansen. Discussions took place with officials of the Egyptian and Israeli Governments concerning financial details, the establishment of the Liaison System called for in the Protocol and the basic operational concept to be employed by the MFO in the Sinai.
The completed operational concept was presented to the Parties and additional discussions were held on Force organization and plans for the future.