SeaPort-e provides an efficient and effective means of contracting for professional support services and enhancing small business participation. With SeaPort-e being the Defense Department’s largest contract, it has generated about $62 billion since fiscal 2001 and is soon concluding its performance period. It will be eclipsed by the follow-on contract, known as SeaPort Next Generation (NxG), which was awarded to approximately 1,870 contractors in December 2018. Learn more about the contract vehicle below.
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WHAT IS SEAPORT-E?
SeaPort-e is the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in 22 functional areas, including Engineering, Financial Management, and Program Management. The Navy Systems Commands (NAVSEA, NAVAIR, SPAWAR, NAVFAC, and NAVSUP), the Office of Naval Research, Military Sealift Command, and the United States Marine Corps compete their service requirements among 2,400+ SeaPort-e IDIQ multiple award contract holders. The SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized, efficient means of soliciting offers from among the diverse population of large and small businesses and their approved team members. All task orders are competitively solicited, awarded, and managed using the SeaPort-e platform. Since nearly 85% of its contract holders are small businesses, the SeaPort-e approach to acquiring services provides opportunity that fuels the nation’s engine of job growth.
SEAPORT SPENDING TRENDS
- SeaPort-e is the largest existing contract in the Defense Department.
- SeaPort-NxG is expected to account for about $5 billion annual spending obligations in fiscal 2020 and beyond.
SEAPORT-E AND SMALL BUSINESSES
- Despite limited set-asides, small businesses accounted for about 44% of spending obligations in fiscal 2018.
- Small businesses accounted for $2.5 billion of the $5.4 billion obligated in fiscal 2018.
UPCOMING SEAPORT COMPETITION
- The Navy is estimating an on-ramp in Q2 of FY 2021.
- Eight orders totaling $15 million in spending obligations have been awarded to date on SeaPort-NxG.
- A total of 1,417 SeaPort-e orders with an estimated total value of approximately $37 billion are set to expire between fiscal 2020 and 2024 and shift to SeaPort-NxG.
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to issue a solicitation for the first Rolling Admissions to SeaPort Next Generation (NxG) in the second quarter of June 2021, according to a July 2019 announcement. Proposal submission and evaluation criteria for the Rolling Admissions RFP will be similar if not identical to the original SeaPort-NxG solicitation (N00178-18-R-7000). The proposal evaluation will include one major determining factor as outlined in section 3.1 Evaluation Factors.
- To show recent and relevant experience in direct support of the Navy. For proposal purposes, the Navy is defining recent as within the last five years and relevant mapping to at least one of the subcategories listed in Section L of the solicitation.
- If the past performance requirement is met, the Navy will then proceed with evaluating proposals based on technical capabilities. This process includes assessing subcontracting plans for large businesses and ability to show commitment letters within an organization, if applicable.
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