Contract allows for rapid augmentation of support services
Soldiers line up for a temperature check at Fort Bliss, Texas, in 2020. The recent award of a small business contract by the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Sam Houston contracting office in Texas allows installations in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico to more rapidly provide base support services in support of mobilization, deployments, redeployments and demobilization. (Photo Credit: David Poe, Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (April 1, 2021) -- The recent award of a small business contract allows installations to more rapidly provide augmentation services in support of mobilization, deployments, redeployments and demobilization in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.

Contracting professionals from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Sam Houston contracting office in Texas awarded the multiple award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract in support of the Installation Management Command.

Valued at $829 million over a base five-year ordering period with an option for an additional five-year ordering period, the contract was awarded to 16 service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses that will compete for individual contract task orders beginning in the coming months.

Deanna Ochoa, a MICC small business professional from Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, explained that through the use of the task order process, the Army can rapidly employ augmentation support for non-inherently governmental functions enabling Army expeditionary support typified by surges resulting from active and Reserve component operations.

The previous contract was solicited and awarded as a small business set-aside. The new contract was solicited and awarded as a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business set-aside. The MICC Office of Small Business Programs and Fort Sam Houston small business professional were key players in assisting the contracting office in conducting market research and determining the capability of interested contractors.

“Having discussions early in the market research phase with contractors about how the limitations on subcontracting requirement changed, enabled contractors to line up partners with the same socio-economic designation,” Ochoa said. “This made it very easy to support a further set-aside for such a large, complex and important requirement.”

Recent changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation concerning limitations on subcontracting aided in the further set-aside. Ochoa said changes to the limitations on subcontracting regulation now allows contractors to partner or subcontract with similarly situated entities so that at least 50 percent of the cost of personnel for contract performance is spent for employees of the concern or employees of other service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.

“Changes to the limitations on subcontracting requirements express the importance the federal government places on giving small businesses opportunities to compete and succeed in government contracting,” Ochoa said.

As the small business professional for MICC-Fort Sam Houston, she continues to seek opportunities for small business set-asides and, where possible, further set-asides in the HUBZone, woman-owned, service-disabled, veteran-owned, and 8(a) programs. Her efforts have contributed to the success of the MICC-Fort Sam Houston contracting office exceeding all of its fiscal 2020 small business goals and MICC exceeding all of its small business goals for six straight years.

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.