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Virtual Systems Command Initiates SeaPort-e Contracts

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Story Number: NNS050607-02
Release Date: 6/7/2005 12:22:00 PM

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A quantum step forward in the Virtual Systems (VS) Command initiatives occurred May 31, as the Navy awarded 504 Multiple Award Contracts (MACs) for support services under the Rolling Admission provision of SeaPort-e. SeaPort-e allows the Navy to more efficiently contract needed services from private sector businesses to get better service while reducing administrative costs.

These MACs are for support services for all phases of weapon systems acquisition, including Research & Development Support, Prototyping, Acquisition Logistics, Modeling, Test & Evaluation Trials and Engineering Support and will be utilized by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Strategic Systems Programs and the U.S. Marine Corps.

"SeaPort-e reflects a tangible example of the transformation occurring within the Virtual Systems Command,” said Vice Adm. Phillip Balisle, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. “SeaPort-e will change how our Navy is doing business in the 21st century by providing a common vehicle that promotes efficiency and provides a win-win effort for our industry partners."

SeaPort-e is the electronic, Web-based portal where requests for services are managed from “cradle to grave." This paperless system promotes time efficiency and a reduction in administrative costs. Competition on a task order basis results in cost savings, in addition to the already capped fees and pass-through rates established on the SeaPort-e MACs.

These 504 contracts are in addition to the existing 150 contracts already awarded under the SeaPort-e acquisition program for services procurements. The government estimates a maximum of $5.3 billion of services will be procured per year via orders issued under the SeaPort-e MACs. The awards have a four-year base period with one five-year award term and one additional one-year award term.

Small businesses comprise 81 percent (409 of 504) of the awards for SeaPort-e. The SeaPort-e MACs also contain the capability to set aside requirements for small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, historically underutilized business zone small business and, in the event small business goals are not being met, a cascading small business set-aside clause in order to protect the small business vendor base for each SeaPort-e activity.

The VS was initially created by the commanders of NAVSEA, NAVAIR, NAVSUP, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in 2002 with the goal to collaborate on the implementation of cost-wise and integrated business and technical practices to better support the Navy. The VS partnership continues to expand with the addition of Naval Facilities Engineering Command in 2005.

The Navy’s systems commands focused on leveraging the skills, processes, facilities, and the resources of the functional communities. The functional communities have been given the responsibility of examining practices and capabilities in order to optimize collective effectiveness and reduce the cost of doing business with the ultimate target of achieving a seamless continuum of integrated capabilities in order to fulfill the Chief of Naval Operations’ vision of “Sea Enterprise."


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