DNC host committee seeks security firm to vet volunteers

DNC host committee seeks security firm to vet volunteers

The Philadelphia 2016 host committee for the Democratic National Convention is seeking requests for proposals for a security firm to provide vetting services for volunteers.

That’s right. Even volunteers need vetting.

More than 10,000 people are being sought to help during the DNC this summer at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly.

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“Our volunteer effort is critical to a fun, safe and successful convention this summer, and the opening of this RFP brings us one step closer to that goal,” Kevin Washo, executive director of the Philadelphia 2016 host committee, said in a prepared statement.

Whatever security firm is selected will be responsible for background checks for each volunteer who is registered to help Philadelphia host the convention in July.

The request for proposals became active on Friday, April 15. Proposing firms must submit notification of their intent to bid by Wednesday, April 20, and submit their final proposals by Friday, April 29.

“We’ve learned from previous conventions the volunteer core is great at gravitating towards roles that fit them,” said Hannah Tran, volunteer director for the Philadelphia 2016 host committee.

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“Truly, we’re using security vetting as a way to bolster the experience for both visitors and residents alike and make sure the city is safe so that the city is fun.

“This is really about showcasing the Greater Philadelphia region. Some volunteers will be based at political fests – some will be at the convention center – some will be at hotels and in the metropolitan area and throughout Valley Forge, for folks who want to be nowhere near the Wells Fargo Center.”

The RFP can be accessed here. The contract award will be issued the week of May 9.