Grant Sarver June 1, 2020

As the pandemic rages on, local, state, and federal government officials have been spread across the country to share their expertise and tackle the virus. This has caused an increase in the need for housing during their displacement.


The Department of Defense needs hotels and motels for National Guard members as they are moved around the country. More than 40,000 troops have been deployed to help with the distribution of food, contract tracing, and maintaining test sites. Yesterday, Politico reported that President Trump has extended their deployment through mid-August.

A contract was competitively awarded in North Carolina to a large business due to urgency. However, the contract’s worth was not provided. A $66K contract was awarded to Norfolk, Virginia-based, Bluewater Management that placed veterans receiving medical treatment in Spokane, Washington.

Accommodations are needed for the National Guard in Minnesota and Wisconsin and the Coast Guard in Ohio and Rhode Island to name a few. The contracts range from 96 to 1,200 soldiers in need of lodging. All contracts urgently need to be awarded with quotes and proposals due by early to mid-June.

Other recent lodging awards:

WinnerAwarding DepartmentDate SignedLocationAmount Awarded
Holiday Inn ExpressDept. of DefenseMay 15, 2020Rice Lake, WI$221,400.00
Great Wolf LodgeDept. of DefenseMay 20, 2020Bloomington, MN$7,926.70
Residence Inn MarriottDept. of DefenseMay 19, 2020Tukwila, WA$26,220.00
Maui Coast HotelDept. of DefenseApril 18, 2020Maui, HI$208,406.75
Contract Awards Issued from April 18, 2020 to May 20, 2020

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.