JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (April 1, 2019) -- Small business specialists from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command's Field Directorate Office Fort Eustis recently partnered with the Defense Acquisition University's learning director and professor of small business for a two-day small business workshop at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

The workshop offered attendees from MICC-Fort Eustis and MICC-Fort Lee contracting staffs, Army Training and Doctrine Command local requiring activities and other financial management staffs guidance and resources to aid in their planning for performing market research to support defining requirements and shaping acquisition strategies that impact contractual requirements that support the warfighter.

"I thought the small business workshop was great," said Christina Crawley, a contract specialist at MICC-Fort Eustis. "Hands-down one of the most informative trainings I've attended in my contracting career. The instructor was very knowledgeable and could grab the attention of the audience. She presented the information in a way that all levels of contracting professionals could understand, and she used real-life examples. I am excited to use all the information and ideas presented in order to make our documents, especially solicitations, better and produce better contracting results."

During the workshop, facilitators presented topics on small business basics, market research strategies, case studies in small business and subcontracting. The workshop was created to convey to attendees a structured approach to developing a formal documented strategy to significantly enhance achieving market research success and provide an immersive dose of subcontracting from acquisition planning to contract award.

"Market research is a critical step in the acquisition process that often times falls short of providing the value that it can deliver when done right," said Sherry Freeman, director of small business at the Defense Acquisition University at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. "Subcontracting is a part of contracting that's been found through DOD Inspector General reports throughout the department, to be somewhat challenging, especially post-award."

For many of DOD's major acquisitions, contracts are required to have small business subcontracting plans, and often times small business participation requirements. Because of these plans and participation requirements, the work is frequently being performed by subcontractors.

"So whether you are the requirement planner, contracting officer, contracting officer representative or other acquisition official involved in the acquisition process, you to some degree, are involved in the subcontracting portion of the contract," Freeman said. "Workshops such as this give the acquisition workforce the necessary knowledge to effectively implement subcontracting strategies into overall acquisition strategies that result in successful contracts."

About the MICC:
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.