Digital Version of November/December 2014 Print Edition
Perimeter fence and gate at Clinton home in Westchester County will be upgraded
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The U.S. Secret Service is preparing to replace the heavy-duty white fence and gate that surrounds the home in Chappaqua, NY, owned by former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The agency published a solicitation on July 25 for prospective security vendors that could handle the “removal, disposal, and replacement of the perimeter fence and gate,” which currently sits on a “property located in Chappaqua, NY,” but that cryptic announcement did not specifically identify the property as being owned by the Clintons. Nor did the public announcement describe the type of new fence, gate or intrusion detection technologies that the agency has in mind.
An inquiry by Government Security News to Siobhan Mullen, the agency’s point of contact in Washington, DC, for this solicitation, elicited no further information about the project. A written request by GSN for a copy of the statement of work and other documents contained in the formal solicitation has not yet yielded any documents.
Similarly, a visit to the Clinton home on July 28, which sits on Old House Lane, a quiet cul-de-sac in the small Westchester County hamlet of Chappaqua, about 35 miles north of New York City, gleaned no further information. An attendant sitting in the tiny guard house that is built into the front gate would offer only a string of “No comments” in response to GSN’s inquiries.
“Offerors believing themselves capable of providing the above referenced requirement must provide a capability statement along with their Duns number in an email to the Point of Contact to receive solicitation documents,” no later than August 1, says the Secret Service’s announcement. Proposals will be due by August 14.
The Clintons purchased their 5-bedroom, 5,200-square foot home on Old House Lane in 1999, towards the end of the Clinton presidency. It is conceivable that the Secret Service plans to enhance the perimeter fence at a different property in Chappaqua, which does not house the former president and current secretary of state, but that strikes GSN as rather unlikely.