By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeOctober 1, 2019
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 1, 2019) -- Contracting professionals from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command executed contract actions in support of Army commands, installations and activities across the country through the final hours of Sept. 30 culminating a government fiscal year committed to optimizing mission partner readiness.
The MICC executed a combined 29,540 contract actions valued at $5,408,301,169 while also administering 461,978 Government Purchase Card transactions worth an additional $748,705,404 for the fiscal year. In addition to the contract actions awarded this fiscal year, the MICC administered approximately 8,200 contracts valued at almost $22 billion in support of Soldiers and their families.
"The successes of our contracting and support professionals across the MICC are truly measured in our victories as an Army, the achievements of our Soldiers, and the well-being of their families," said Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler, the MICC commanding general. "From installation support to strategic power projection, sustaining and maintaining Army readiness is our singular focus."
The MICC also met all five of its small-business socioeconomic goals in fiscal 2019 for the fifth consecutive year. Contract actions awarded to American small businesses totaled almost $2.5 billion. The MICC Small Business Programs workforce consists of professionals around the country representing small business interests. They conduct outreach events to inform industry representatives of forecasted installation requirements to ensure their maximum opportunity to compete for Army contracts.
The command continued to experience success at rapidly meeting its mission partner needs through the Simplified Acquisition Threshold Supply Procurement Program, or S2P2. The e-commerce technology designed to deliver supplies to Soldiers saw a 25% increase in dollars obligated this fiscal year over last year. Driving that increase is the program's capability of drastically reducing the procurement action lead time, or PALT, to an average of one day for delivery. Approximately 2,500 actions valued at more than $110 million were obligated through the online marketplace managed by the MICC contracting office at Fort Drum, New York. Anthony Sligar, the deputy to the commander for the 925th Contracting Battalion at Fort Drum, said the reverse auction process saved their supported mission partners more than $16 million for use toward other mission priorities.
In preparation for the increase in anticipated contract requirements at the end of fiscal year, a team of MICC personnel formed a war room in June at its JBSA headquarters. The MICC commanding general praised the war room team for monitoring the command's contracting operations in real time.
Terry Lazenby, who directed the war room, said her team was focused on providing business guidance and year-end closeout assistance to the command's two brigades and two field directorate offices as well as served as the hub for year-end reporting, workload distribution and execution issue resolution between requiring activities. Support provided by the war room included the execution of approximately $636 million in contract requirements throughout the final two weeks in support of the Installation Management Command, the MICC's largest mission partner.
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.