NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville ... Playing a Vital Role in Contract Sourcing Solutions

April 22, 2013 | By scnewsltr
The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville Contracting team’s top priority is to develop contract agreements for the right products and services at the right time, place, and price.   As one of 12 NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) products and services (P&S) lines, the NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Contracting team plays a vital role in ensuring Navy customers -- without their own contracting authority -- receive the best value for negotiated contracts.  Contracting is a deliberate process.  The NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Contracting Team weighs many important factors and applies all mandated requirements to that process, from development to award.  Factors weighed during the contracting process include scope, urgency, and of course Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements, just to name a few.  The government’s primary goal is to maximize purchasing power on all contract agreements.  The NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Contracting team serves fleet and shore customers across the Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) region, which spans more than 1,100 miles, stretching from Texas to South Carolina, down to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and across the Caribbean.  Navy customers that operate, at times, in austere locations depend on NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville’s contracting solutions for supplies and services.  Commander, Naval Forces Southern Command/Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet (C4F) is one customer that operates forward, sometimes in remote environments, and relies on NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville for contracting solutions to ensure mission readiness and accomplishment.  C4F, which was reestablished in 2008, supports U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) joint and combined military operations with international partners enhancing regional security and promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.  Unlike other numbered fleets, logistics requirements in the C4F Area of Responsibility (AOR) are emerging.  As NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville’s embedded face to the fleet, Lt. Cmdr. David Muhl is a key figure in planning and packaging those requirements for U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO), the naval element of USSOUTHCOM, and C4F’s projects and exercises, in addition to meeting real world contingencies.  One of these contracting missions, the establishment of an IDIQ (indefinite delivery indefinite quantity) in the Caribbean for inland support, helps cover requirements that are not inherent in the husbanding service provider contract.  “NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville is the first contracting entity that is even attempting to put a standing contact in place in SOUTHCOM’s AOR,” Lt. Cmdr. Muhl explained.  Identifying requirements early for particular missions, such as Continuing Promise -- which has multiple inland stops for their medical and engineering missions -- can be difficult.  “The process has taught us valuable lessons in digging very deep to identify mission requirements as early as possible,” he added.  Identifying requirements early is particularly imperative in the SOUTHCOM AOR as logistics are maturing and the vendor base for contracts is being cultivated.  It’s this kind of collaboration between the fleet and the acquisition team, which will ultimately lead to the right logistics being delivered to the right place at the right time.  This collaboration will also ensure the Federal government receives the best value, which is the most important factor.  The SOUTHCOM AOR will continue posing logistics challenges.  Early contracting support planning and prioritization will ensure operations in this environment continue unencumbered.  The NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville Contracting team is the right team to meet, and conquer, these challenges.   By Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Lancaster NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville Corporate Communications