By Dan Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeMay 16, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (May 16, 2014) -- In an effort to expand its outreach efforts to small businesses, officials from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command are conducting acquisition forecast forums at multiple locations throughout the country.
Officials said events are taking place at each of the MICC's 33 contracting locations and are intended to be another avenue to maximize opportunities to small businesses.
"Acquisition forecast open house events are intended to communicate projected MICC contracting opportunities to the small-business community looking to do business with the Army," said Mark Massie, associate director for the MICC Office of Small Business Programs.
Locations and dates of the acquisition forecast events are below. Registration and start times will vary. To reach a MICC small business specialist and learn more about an open house event near you, select the Contact Your SBS option in related links. (http://www.micc.army.mil/contact-sbo.asp)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky, May 21, Fort Campbell Recreation Center
Fort Riley, Kansas, May 22, MICC-Fort Riley contracting office
Fort Carson, Colorado, May 27, McMahon Auditorium
Fort Irwin, California, June 2, Sandy Basin Community Center
Fort Lee, Virginia, June 3, Fort Lee Playhouse
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 4, Eustis Wiley Theater
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, June 5, Stone Education Center
Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, June 10, Salt Lake Community Mill Campus
Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, June 10-11, Palm Garden
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, June 11, Professional Development Center Auditorium
Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, June 11, MICC contracting office
Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, June 12, Building B1111
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, June 13, Baker Theater
Fort Hood, Texas, June 17, Mission Training Complex
Fort AP Hill, Virginia, June 17, Caroline County Community Center
Fort Drum, New York, June 18, MICC contracting office training room
Fort Benning, Georgia, June 18, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Room E101
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 19, Pope Theater
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, June 19, Fort Sam Houston Theater
Fort Gordon, Georgia, June 23, Alexander Hall
Fort Rucker, Alabama, June 23, Building 5700
Fort Jackson, South Carolina, June 24, Soldier Support Institute Auditorium
Fort Polk, Louisiana, June 26, Berry Mission Training Center theater
Fort Stewart, Georgia, June 26, education center
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, June 24, DuPuy Auditorium
Fort Sill, Oklahoma, June 25, Snow Hall
Moffett Field, California, June 30, Sergeant James Witkowski Armed Forces Reserve Center
Acquisition forecast open house events by the MICC are also planned for the Presidio of Monterey, California; Fort Knox, Kentucky; and Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, in the coming weeks. Forecast events have already been conducted at Fort Bliss, Texas, and West Point, New York, this month.
"Industry will benefit from these events by allowing them to plan and strategize for the requirements for which they would like to compete," Massie said. "They will hear firsthand from supported activities and contracting officers those requirements intended for procurement. Small businesses can market themselves as prime contractors, subcontractors or look for teaming arrangements depending on the complexity of requirements."
Continuous engagement with small-business representatives also ensures MICC contracts are awarded in each of the following small business categories:
- Small disadvantaged business,
- Service-disabled veteran-owned small business,
- Woman-owned small business, and
- Historically underutilized business zone small business.
MICC contracting officials awarded more than $366 million in contracts to small businesses throughout the nation during the second quarter of this fiscal year. Through the first two quarters of fiscal 2014, contracting officers have awarded more than $592 million in contracts to small businesses. In fiscal 2013, the command executed contracts valued at more than $2.1 billion to American small businesses.
The MICC is responsible for providing contracting support for the warfighter at Army commands, installations and activities located throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2013, the command executed more than 43,000 contract actions worth more than $5.3 billion across the Army. The command has also managed more than 780,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions this fiscal year valued at an additional $880 million.