JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (April 9, 2020) – Contracting professionals from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Field Directorate Office Fort Sam Houston, Texas, has awarded a contract for a special non-traditional supplier research project that supports the Army’s response for a robust pipeline of equipment and supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
The research project uses machine learning driven investigations to identify untapped markets for acquisition personnel to match requirements from Army units to purchase supplies that support the response to COVID-19.
“We are fully engaged in supporting the whole-of-nation effort to counter the COVID-19 threat,” said Dr. Dean Angell, a procurement analyst with MICC-FDO Fort Sam Houston. “This contract and the information and reports it generates are particularly significant because it meets the extremely time-sensitive intent of the Army's task to locate suppliers that will be able to produce medical supplies and equipment to fight COVID-19.”
In March, the office was contacted with the COVID-19 support requirement. After reviewing the requirement, proposal and determining the best course of action, it issued a notice-to-proceed letter and began to quickly put the acquisition together.
The contract calls for non-traditional medical equipment and supply reports and uses machine learning algorithms to analyze millions of data points related to the medical supply industry and specifically the COVID-19 virus, including up-to-the minute information, medical studies and reports provided by the scientific community to fight the COVID-19 virus.
The contractor will use market data and automated methods such as machine learning to rapidly identify a set of potential suppliers, with emphasis on non-traditional and emerging suppliers that can create new or add additional manufacturing capacity. The contractor is responsible for reviewing each supplier to validate capabilities to refine vendor specific information and create a final list of potential suppliers for acquisition personnel to match with incoming requirements.
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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.
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