The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) procures more than $500 million of Professional Support Services annually for its headquarters’ Directorates, Program Executive Offices and field activities. In order to meet the Navy strategic sourcing goals, NAVSEA committed to $250 million in savings by procuring Professional Support Services more efficiently. Coupled with this need, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) directed that 50 percent of all support services be procured using performance based contracting by the year 2005. Furthermore, NAVSEA had more than 450 separate Professional Support Services contracts supporting its requirements. Most of these efforts were not integrated from a Command perspective, utilized a multitude of different processes in which to procure the services, and did not leverage corporate buying habits or e-business to facilitate the processes.
NAVSEA established the SeaPort Office to meet the NAVSEA strategic sourcing wedge and the OSD performance based contracting directive while bringing order to NAVSEA Professional Support Services acquisitions. The vision was to provide a faster, better and cheaper means in which to procure Professional Support Services. SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) made electronic procurement of Engineering, Technical and Programmatic support services at NAVSEA a reality.
In June 2005, the U.S. Navy awarded a multiple-award contract to 503 contractors, including Wyle under SeaPort-e. The support service contract -- for all phases of weapon systems acquisition and life-cycle support -- includes the areas of research and development; prototyping; acquisitions logistics; modeling; test and evaluation trails; and engineering. The contract provides service support for the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Strategic Systems Programs and the United States Marine Corps.
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