By Mission and Installation Contracting CommandApril 16, 2019
FORT DRUM, New York (April 16, 2019) -- A significant reduction in the time it takes to procure commodities through the Simplified Acquisition Threshold Supply Procurement Program is garnering praise across the Army footprint.
The Simplified Acquisition Threshold Supply Procurement Program, or S2P2, was established by the Mission and Installation Contracting Command to reduce procurement lead time and touch labor with supply purchases below the simplified acquisition threshold of $250,000. The program allows requiring activities to post their mission needs to an online marketplace where potential vendors compete for the opportunity to support Army requirements.
Cindy McAleese, the S2P2 team lead, and Beth Faciane witnessed firsthand the impact of their contract support during the 36th Annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition April 12-15 at the invitation of the commander for Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia. The training brigade also presented commander coins to all members of the S2P2 in recognition of their support.
"Getting a visual on how we positively impact operations that we support brings a great deal of satisfaction to us," Faciane said.
McAleese and Faciane also travelled to Camp Rudder, a remote training location at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where materials contracted through S2P2 were used in the construction of the 6th Ranger Training Battalion confidence course March 25-April 12 by members of the Alabama National Guard's 166th Engineer Company. As part of its annual training, the company was able to execute lateral, vertical and cement work in support of its mission essential task list while providing all labor and construction of the course for the Ranger battalion. The confidence course serves as a familiarization tool of tactical movements for the battalion as well as a training aide for physical fitness.
"The synergy among multiple Army organizations is a true testament to the concept of teamwork and working together to achieve the same objective," said McAleese.
No individual mastered the process better than S2P2 buyer Scott Krautkremer, an engineering equipment operator at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Yakima Training Center Directorate of Public Works. The S2P2 team recognized Krautkremer's efforts by presenting him the S2P2 Outstanding Buyer of the Year award.
"Mr. Krautkremer contributed greatly to this process by developing and using a 'meet or exceed' form listing individual product specifications and salient characteristics that must be met inside his solicitations. (He) made it required for vendors to fill it out by stating 'yes' their product offering meets or exceeds the listed specifications, or 'no' their product does not meet or exceed the required specifications, and returning it with their quote," McAleese said. "This form ultimately makes the process more efficient by providing a rock solid, expedited technical review of all quotes."
According to Krautkremer, "the 'meet or exceed' form can be time consuming to create, but I think the time spent on it prior to a solicitation makes it easier and more effective during the solicitation and selection process by clearly identifying what vendors are offering, and if it meets the requirements."
Anthony Sligar is the deputy director for MICC-Fort Drum, New York, who served as the lead for developing S2P2. He said it provides timely, professional and cost-effective contracting support and services to customers in support of all Army installations where there are MICC assets. S2P2 also maintains its world-wide deployment capability by providing quality contracting support for Soldiers and their families.
"The S2P2 team receives a thank you on how easy the process is on what seems to be a weekly basis from Army customers," Sligar said. "The recognition from the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade was especially appreciated, though."
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.