Contracting Made Easier with CKS, the NAVSUP Contracting Knowledge Site

By Matt Morrison, Office of Corporate Communications, Naval Supply Systems Command

To provide customers and Naval Supply Systems Command’s (NAVSUP) nearly 900 contracting personnel greater insight into the acquisition process, NAVSUP redesigned the contracting guidance and resource site known as NAVSUP Contracting Knowledge Site (CKS).

NAVSUP Contracting (N7) worked closely with NAVSUP Business Systems Center (BSC) to develop the new site. The CKS Program Manager Ryan McGowan and CKS Content Manager Sara Keene from N7 provided the framework and strategic direction, while NAVSUP BSC IT Specialist Kira Fernandez created the design, programming, and functionality.

“This effort would not have been possible without the technical expertise provided by NAVSUP BSC,” said McGowan. “The team at NAVSUP BSC did a remarkable job at understanding the complex nature of our website and turned it into a true one-stopshop for our workforce. As a result of this endeavor, we have established a strong partnership with BSC and look forward to the continued development of CKS.”

The new site replaces an outdated version developed in 2003 that primarily provided guidance and documentation templates, and did not adequately service the constantly changing needs of the contracting workforce.

“The new CKS was developed to streamline NAVSUP’s contracting guidance while also providing training resources for all of our users,” said McGowan.

The site offers several new features such as an interactive version of the NAVSUP Contracts Handbook, which provides NAVSUP’s contracting guidance. Within the handbook, users can move seamlessly between sections by using the outline feature, or by using the text search function.

A new comprehensive search function searches all of CKS, including the NAVSUP Contracts Handbook, and NAVSUP’s contracting forms and templates forms hosted in the new CKS reference library.

NAVSUP Contracting Knowledge Site (CKS) screen shot.

 

An additional feature offers users the ability to sign up for NAVSUP N7’s “Knowledge Management (KM) Highlights” email distribution list, N7’s vehicle for pushing NAVSUP, Department of Navy (DoN), and Department of Defense (DoD) contracting policy out to the contracting community.

CKS offers contracting officer’s representatives (CORs) a page about the training requirements they must complete in order to be certified. Another page provides CORs guidance on market research, independent government cost estimates, evaluation criteria, post-award debriefings and orientation, and other topics.

“As the site exists today, there are a number of benefits. In addition to those already mentioned, we also tied our contract phases training page to the CKS reference library. The new version of the library now mirrors all of the phases of an acquisition, while simultaneously reflecting the contracting officer’s process of building a contract file.

Contracting officers will now be able to identify what stage of an acquisition they are in, and find all of the appropriate forms on the corresponding section in the reference library.”

CKS went live on Jan. 11. Anybody with a Common Access Card (CAC) can access the site, however users accessing MyNAVSUP (NAVSUP’s intranet) for the first time may be required to register their CAC.

CKS can be accessed via MyNAVSUP or by using this direct link https://my.navsup.navy.mil/apps/ops$cks.home. If you have any questions concerning CKS, call (717) 605-3294.

Summer 2019