By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeOctober 4, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (Oct. 4, 2016) More than 32,000 contract actions valued at $4.6 billion were executed in support of Soldiers and their families by Mission and Installation Contracting Command acquisition members from throughout the country during fiscal 2016.
Contracts executed through the final hours of the fiscal year, which came to a close Sept. 30, support Army commands, installations and activities across the Army. The command also administered the Army's largest Government Purchase Card Program, managing more than 585,000 transactions from more than 12,000 cardholder accounts for fiscal 2016 valued at an additional estimated $741 million.
"Each and every day, a dedicated team of MICC contracting professionals and support staff deliver sound, innovative solutions to our Army," said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Gabbert, the commanding general for the MICC located at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. "MICCsters have a profound impact on Soldiers and their families as well as combatant commanders. What is accomplished throughout the year and particularly in the final months and days leading up to the end of the fiscal year is nothing short of remarkable."
Fiscal 2016 also marked the second consecutive year the command met all five of its small-business socioeconomic goals. Contracts to small businesses across America accounted for approximately $2.1 billion of MICC contract actions awarded. The MICC Small Business Programs workforce consists of specialists around the country who provide aid, advice and counsel to small businesses. They conduct outreach events to inform industry representatives of installation requirements to ensure their maximum opportunity to compete for Army contracts while preserving transparency in government acquisitions.
Dollars awarded to small-business contractors help support the achievement of annual government-wide goals required by the Small Business Act. As a subordinate command to the Army Contracting Command, the MICC's small business efforts contribute not only to goals by higher headquarters but also to the Army's overall objective.
"Small business specialists across the MICC exhibit a thorough understanding of small business statutes and regulations. The application of successful small business initiatives is demonstrated through their coordinated reviews of acquisitions with program managers and the contracting office at their respective installations," said Mary Birdsong, the assistant director for the ACC Office of Small Business Programs at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. "This teamwork enhances the Army Small Business Program and supports the Army warfighter mission."
Birdsong said notable in achieving our goals this year were set-aside awards to a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business to provide Soldier For Life Transition Assistance Program services valued at more than $60 million; a historically underutilized business zone small business for paving at Fort Stewart, Georgia, valued at nearly $33 million; and a small business for test and support services at Fort Hood, Texas, valued at approximately $90 million.
Mark Massie, the assistant director of small business programs for the MICC at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, monitors each small business category throughout the fiscal year to ensure contracts are awarded in each category including small disadvantaged business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, woman-owned small business, and historically underutilized business zone small business.
This fiscal year marks a slight decline of approximately $600 million in spending as Army leaders continue to operate with constrained budgets. In fiscal 2015, the MICC executed more than 36,000 contract actions valued at more than $5.2 billion across the Army, including $2.25 billion to American small businesses.
The MICC is made up of about 1,500 military and civilian members assigned to three contracting support brigades and a field directorate office located throughout the United States who are responsible for contracting for Soldiers.