JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 23, 2014) -- The principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology spent Oct. 21 with contracting officials at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.Gabe Camarillo met with leaders from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command to discuss topics of interest across the command and Army contracting.As principal deputy, he advises the assistant secretary and Army leadership on all maters relating to Army acquisition, procurement, research and development, and logistics. His responsibilities also include the development of policies, programs and processes for the execution of the Army's acquisition efforts.MICC leaders and subject matter experts began the day by briefing Camarillo on metrics employed by the command that drive contracting operations. MICC officials underscored improvements the command has experienced since the inception of metrics and how they reinforce accountability and transparency.Camarillo said that he learned a great deal about the superb contracting work that is being performed by the MICC."I'm impressed by how the MICC and its subordinate units are using contracting operations metrics to achieve desired results," he said.The senior civilian deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for AL&T was also briefed on the MICC's greater operational role since the integration of deployable units in 2013. The MICC's 614th Contingency Contracting Team from Fort Benning, Georgia, deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in August in support of combat operations, and members of the 922nd Contingency Contracting Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, are preparing to depart soon in support of the government's response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.Melissa Garcia, a contracting officer from MICC-Fort Bliss, Texas, help lead discussions with Camarillo on the command's use of reverse auctioning and the need to educate small business representatives on the emerging contract vehicle. Reverse auctioning allows Army requirements to be solicited online through a fully automated process offering greater efficiencies for both MICC customers and contracting personnel, often at greater savings for the government.Camarillo also heard about the command's small business outreach efforts and successes. In fiscal 2014, contracting officials across the command awarded more than $2.4 billion in contracts to American small businesses. Additionally, he learned about the innovative solutions such as the Contracting Tactical Operations Center application being fielded across the MICC to better manage contracting operations and enhance customer support and contract management.While in San Antonio, the principal deputy assistant ecretary also had a chance to tour the Center for the Intrepid and see the Army's advances in providing rehabilitation for Soldiers who have sustained amputation, burns or functional limb loss.Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 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 2014, the command executed more than 37,000 contract actions worth more than $5.6 billion across the Army. The command also managed more than 633,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2014 valued at an additional $783 million.