SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) has made electronic procurement of engineering, financial, and program management support services a reality. Using SeaPort-e, the Navy Virtual SYSCOM (VS) Commanders (NAVAIR, NAVSEA, NAVSUP and SPAWAR) has adopted an integrated approach to contracting for support services. The SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized means of issuing competitive solicitations amongst a large and diverse community of approved contractors, as well as a platform for awarding and managing performance-based task orders. This unified approach allows SeaPort-e service procurement teams to leverage their best work products, practices, and approaches across the Navy's critical service business sector.
Simply stated, SeaPort-e provides a faster, better, and more cost-effective means of contracting for professional support services.
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) procures over half a billion dollars in Professional Support Services (PSS) each year for its headquarters' Directorates, Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and field activities. In order to meet the Navy strategic sourcing wedge, NAVSEA committed to $250 million in savings by procuring PSS 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 PSS contracts supporting its requirements. Most of these efforts were not integrated from a Command perspective, they utilized a multitude of different processes in which to procure the services, and they did not leverage corporate buying habits or e-business techniques to facilitate the processes. In addition, the services were predominantly procured through level-of-effort versus performance-based terms.
NAVSEA established the SeaPort Office to meet the NAVSEA strategic sourcing wedge and the OSD performance based contracting directive--all while bringing order to NAVSEA PSS acquisitions. The vision was to provide a faster, better, and cheaper means in which to procure PSS.
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