MICC to align contracting support to enhance strategic mission
Soldiers going through Training and Doctrine Command courses are supported by the Mission and Installation Contracting Command. MICC officials are strategically aligning contracting support for institutional training to one of three readiness centers to improve efficiencies. (Photo Credit: Jefferson Wolfe) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 26, 2021) -- Mission and Installation Contracting Command officials are realigning their capabilities to strategically support its primary mission partners and command objectives.

“This is not a re-organization, it is a realignment of capability to strategically support our major mission partners, Army Materiel Command readiness priorities and lines of effort, Army Contracting Command transformation efforts, and Army category management objectives,” said Lorraine Massie, chief of the MICC Contracting Operations Directorate Field Support Division at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Overall objectives include standardizing business practices with mission partners, improving contract execution and mission support, capitalizing on standardized products, improving employee skill sets through repetitive processes and reducing workload, especially for installation-level contracting offices. The MICC’s major mission partners are Installation Management Command, Training and Doctrine Command, Army Reserve Command, Forces Command, and Army Test and Evaluation Command. Major contracts will be executed at the readiness centers with decentralized contract administration.

Massie said installation readiness requirements constitute approximately one third of the annual MICC spend; and execution of these requirements is decentralized across the MICC footprint. The initial focus entails a restructure at the Field Directorate Office-Fort Sam Houston. A directorate-level office will report directly to FDO-Fort Sam Houston and execute installation readiness contract support for food service requirements as well as facilities, including base operations, minor construction, job order contracts, grounds maintenance, and architectural, engineering services, custodial services.

The installation readiness center is scheduled to reach initial operational capability by April 15, 2021, using current manning authorizations. Massie said that includes “developing enterprise operating procedures to include establishment of an initial migration plan and business processes, as well as filling key leadership positions.

“The installation readiness center represents the predominant change and impact to the workload alignment structure,” Massie said.

The FDO-Fort Eustis, Virginia, already has a working model for all TRADOC institutional training and Army Futures Command-Futures Concept Center service support, in which workload is migrated to the MICC-Fort Eustis contracting office in Virginia for contract execution and then returned to MICC contracting offices for local administration.

There will be similar organizational alignments at the 418th Contracting Support Brigade, Texas, and 419th CSB at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Under the 418th CSB, MICC-Fort Hood, Texas, will execute all second and third tier ATEC and Combat Training Center support contracts. The 419th CSB will establish similar operations in support of USARC, FORSCOM, U.S. Army Central Command and major subordinate commands within the Fort Bragg area. Once awarded, local contracting offices will be responsible for the contract administration.

The local office directors and commanders will still have primary responsibility for support to the senior commander and will actively participate in procurements related to their installations. The goal is to increase contract savings and efficiencies; reduce procurement acquisition lead times and bridging actions; and reduce corrective actions through the development of standardized approaches and consistent application of enterprise standardization initiatives.

Each MICC CSB/FDO will have a migration manager assigned to maintain advance acquisition planning for all contract requirements that migrate. Follow-on installation readiness requirements aligned to centralized readiness centers will migrate 24 months in advance of the target award date. Category management team leads at the MICC headquarters will maintain synchronization with readiness migration managers. Prior to migration, the migration manager will ensure all requirements documents are completed.

“We established a planning team in 2019 to determine the optimal MICC posture for effective and efficient implementation of the AMC’s readiness priorities, ACC’s transformation efforts, and strategic Army category management objectives,” said Wiley Cox, a senior procurement analyst and facilities and construction team lead for the field support division. “We conducted mission analysis in coordination with contracting support brigades, field directorate offices, and MICC headquarters staff offices in order to provide leadership with the key data points needed to make an informed decision on the way ahead.”

He added the process involved identifying facts, assumptions, limitations, constraints and risks. Extensive workload and spend analysis was conducted by the team. The integrated process team identified challenges with the current capability to execute and administer recurring high dollar complex actions across the MICC footprint including inconsistent contract line item number structure, contract type, terms and conditions. The team also noted inconsistent contractor management and lack of accountability; inability to develop source selection expertise; excessive procurement acquisition lead time and bridging actions; and personnel turnover.

The decision to align support within specific contracting support brigades and field directorate offices allows the command to optimize AMC lines of effort and implementation of category management initiatives.

“The approved course of action centralizes procurement execution for complex actions, which serves to realign MICC capabilities to strategically support major mission partners and command objectives,” Massie said. “Realigning capability by centralizing major requirements provides a significant opportunity to build highly proficient subject matter experts and achieve cost savings and efficiencies.”

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. As part of its mission, 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.