JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (March 24, 2021) -- Mission and Installation Contracting Command officials are conducting an Advance Planning Briefing for Industry March 22-26 with more than 1,600 American business representatives from across the nation registered for the event.
This is the first command-wide virtual APBI event to reach small business and large industry representatives to forecast 2021, 2022 and 2023 contract requirements in support of varied Army mission partners.
The APBI allows for dialogue between the Army and small businesses across all socioeconomic categories to identify contract opportunities for services and supplies across many Army installations supported by the MICC. In previous years, the MICC would host industry outreach events at many of its 30 MICC locations around the United States and in Puerto Rico, but with the coronavirus pandemic, command officials shifted to a virtual event using Microsoft Teams to reach American businesses to reduce the spread of the virus.
The single online event was kicked off by Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler, the MICC commanding general. The APBI expands the way the MICC communicates with its industry partners.
“Virtual outreach opportunities, such as this one, reduce the barriers to competition and increase the transparency of information thereby expanding the knowledge of opportunities in the coming years,” Beeler said. “This year, given the talent and ability of our organization to take these platforms to the next level, we’re bringing you a very comprehensive look at what’s going on across Team MICC and across our mission partner portfolios. Together, the industry and government can tandemly collaborate to meet the needs of the Army, the MICC and its supported mission partners.”
In fiscal 2020, the MICC partnered with large and small businesses to deliver more than $5.5 billion in installation support services, facilities maintenance and sustainment, logistics, and range and mission support services to the Army enterprise across the continental United States. The MICC obligated almost $2.7 billion to small businesses in nearly every state in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The MICC has exceeded all five small business goals for six consecutive years, and is on track to surpass the fiscal 2021 goals. But reaching these goals is not the only objective, said Mark Massie, the MICC Office of Small Business Programs director.
“Our mission has always been finding opportunities for small businesses, and our focus and your focus as our industry partners are to deliver quality and value to the warfighter,” Massie said. “MICC contracts generate ready forces that are organized, equipped, trained and ready to fight. Building a robust industrial base is critical for the Army, the nation and the American economy.”
Following opening remarks, the MICC’s major mission partners briefed the APBI audience on their upcoming contracting requirements. Briefers included Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, the commanding general of Installation Management Command; Kimberly Buehler, the director of the Army Office of Small Business Programs; Stephen Barth, the Training and Doctrine Command deputy chief of staff for resource management; and Brig. Gen. James Gallivan, the commanding general of Army Test and Evaluation Command.
The APBI runs through March 26 and affords business representatives the opportunity to learn of forecasted requirements by the top North American Industry Classification System codes and sectors beginning each day. Industry sectors briefed March 23 will include NAICS Sector 23 Construction and NAICS Sector 56 Administrative and Support, and Waste Management and Remediation Services. Forecast requirements briefed March 24 include NAICS Sector 54 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services. Additional contracting requirements covered on the third day include NAICS Sectors 21, 22, 32, 48, 51, 52, 53, 61, 62, 71, 72 and 81.
The MICC will conduct industry days the fourth and fifth days of the event. Requirements in support of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center multiple award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract as well as U.S. Army Sustainment Command full food service contracts will be discussed March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On March 26, requirements in support of the Fort Polk Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana will be discussed from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Government contracting officers and contract specialists from throughout the MICC will coordinate between large business prime contractors, small business representatives and Army organizations to facilitate matchmaking appointments to discuss capabilities. While the virtual APBI does not permit time for small and large business representatives to engage with contracting officials and their supported mission partners, the MICC is partnering with the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center to conduct virtual matchmaking April 19 and 20 at no cost. The deadline for limited registration is March 29.
“MICC contracted services and supplies touch every Soldier, every day, whether it’s food service at our installations or advertising for recruiting and bringing new Soldiers into the Army to be ready and resilient,” Beeler said. “We rely on our people, process and performance components of readiness to enable our ability to consistently deliver support to our mission partners and continue to become the most effective contracting organization in Army Contracting Command.”
About the MICC
Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-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.