In Washington, D.C., the government corporation “Federal Prison Industries” was given a contract worth over $110 million to manufacture tactical vests and interceptor body armor for the United States Army.
The contract was announced by the Department of Defense on Friday. The locations of the manufacturing work and the financing behind it will all be figured out for every individual order. September 2023 is the estimated date of completion.
Federal Prison Industries has a few other names; FPI and UNICOR. In 1934, the Federal Bureau of Prisons started this correctional work program which is regulated by the Department of Justice.
Over the years, Federal Prison Industries has created numerous tactical items at the request of the Department of Defense. They have also created other items, such as outerwear, underwear, shelving, bins, cabinets, body armor, and lockers.
The Federal government has set sourcing regulations in which the Federal Prisons Industries must follow. However, based on contractual demands, items may be obtained competitively. Currently, there are roughly 18,000 prisoners that are taking part in this program.