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, and the United States Marine Corp compete their service requirements amongst SeaPort-e IDIQ contract holders.
SeaPort-e is easy to use since any Navy group can go through its normal contracting office channels to post a task order on SeaPort-e instead of the arduous process of producing an entire RFP.
The SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized, means of soliciting offers from amongst 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. There are no sole-source awards except under the most stringent conditions*. Any potential Navy or Marine customer need only work through their normal contracting office and simply request that their requirements are rendered as a SeaPort-e Task Order rather than the much longer process of creating an entirely new request for proposal (RFP).
SeaPort-e employs a three-pronged approach:
- Award of multiple-award contracts (MAC) with innovative contracting provisions
- Launch of a web-based commercial e-procurement portal solution
- Development of a web site (www.seaport.navy.mil) to serve as the entry point to the portal
An indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract provides for an indefinite quantity of supplies or services during a fixed period of time. The Federal Government places delivery orders (for supplies) or task orders (for services) against a basic contract for individual requirements. Minimum and maximum quantity limits are specified in the basic contract as either number of units (for supplies) or as dollar values (for services).
SeaPort contracts have a five-year base contract period with two five-year option periods. The period of performance of a task order awarded under the SeaPort-e Multiple Award IDIQ contracts may not exceed 5 years, including all options and award terms.
The SeaPort e-procurement portal is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) system which provides a secure automated procurement process that improves processing time; the ability to take advantage of acquisition reform initiatives including award-term contracting; reverse auctioning and electronic signatures, while still allowing program managers (PM) the ability to select solutions that meet their professional support services (PSS) requirements. The portal reflects the fundamental concept that any PM can use the portal with minimal training in an intuitive, user-friendly environment.
* Sole Source: An organization may seek a sole-source award in accordance with FAR 8.405. However, a sole-source award is generally conditioned on one of the following:
- One and only one BPA awardee is able to provide such services at the required quality level because the services ordered are unique or highly specialized
- Sole sourcing a particular order is in the interest of economy and efficiency as a logical follow-on to a task order already issued under this contract, provided all BPA holders were given fair opportunity to be considered for the original order
- The need for such services is of such urgency that providing such opportunity would result in unacceptable delays
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