MICC virtual industry outreach set for March 2023

By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeNovember 8, 2022

MICC virtual industry outreach set for March 2023
Small business officials from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command announced plans to conduct command-wide advance planning briefings to industry virtually March 6-10, 2023, to allow small and large industry representatives a chance to learn about contract opportunities in support of Army installations across the country.
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 8, 2022) -- The Mission and Installation Contracting Command-wide Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry take place virtually March 6-10, 2023, forecasting contract opportunities with the Army for small and large industry representatives across the nation.

Ambre Wallitsch, an assistant director for the MICC Office of Small Business Programs with the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, announced the 2023 APBI follows annual outreach efforts in 2021 and 2022 that successfully leveraged virtual capabilities.

“This virtual outreach opportunity allows team MICC to reduce the barriers to competition and increase transparency of information by expanding the knowledge of contract opportunities,” she said. “In addition, it will reinforce to the small business community that their capabilities and capacity are key to enabling Army readiness and modernization.”

Wallitsch anticipates registration for the 2023 APBI to begin approximately 30 prior to the event start date, and this year’s event may include changes to the briefing format. When open, small business representatives can register at SAM.gov.

“We’re looking into restructuring the APBI event based on industry feedback,” she said. “Industry provided interest in having the event conducted in a manner that is organized by North American Industry Classification System code.”

NAICS codes are used by federal agencies to classify business establishments offering goods and services into similar industries. Previously, APBI briefings were conducted by each of its contracting support brigades and field directorate offices.

During fiscal 2022, which ended Sept. 30, the MICC executed more than 24,000 contract actions valued more than $5 billion, including more than $2.79 billion to small businesses supporting the Army’s installation readiness requirements. Wallitsch said MICC officials plan to maximize the number of requirements briefed to industry during 2023 APBI to increase competition in government contracting while preserving transparency.

“The MICC is always open to obtaining additional participants not only to the APBI, but also to increase the industrial database,” she said. “We’re looking at the possibility of lowering the dollar threshold to brief more requirements and attract additional small businesses to expand on the industrial database and support more small businesses.”

As planners for the 2023 APBI continue their efforts to finalize the agenda for the industry outreach event, small and large industry representatives can follow any updates posted to SAM.gov and register when available.

About the MICC:

Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,300 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.