Jacksonville, Fla. - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Deputy for Small Business, Nelson Smith, spoke to nearly 100 members of the local Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) organization at a luncheon in Jacksonville, Fla., April 24 . He shared a general overview of current challenges and fiscal 2013 outlook for NAVFAC Southeast.
Smith’s comments followed those of Beth Myers, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District Deputy for Small Business, who briefed on upcoming District activity and opportunities for small business contracts.
“The command is still experiencing curtailed activities in sustainment, restoration and modernation projects due to continuing budget uncertainties,” stated Smith. “Energy projects are reduced from former levels, but MILCON projects continue.”
Smith focused his remarks on small business contracting technical issues keying in on ‘proposals,’ stressing to the audience the importance of reading, understanding and fully answering all of the questions in a solicitation to ensure consideration.
“Potential vendors need to pay particular attention to the schedule, specifications, evaluation factors and other contractural provisions set forth in the request for proposal (RFP),” said Smith. “Success is in the details,” said Smith. “Read, understand and answer each question fully.”
Smith, and his team in the NAVFAC Southeast Office of Small Business Programs, know their business. They were recently recognized by NAVFAC Headquarters for exceeding all targets in all small business categories including Small Business, Focus Area Small Business, and Best in Class – Small Disadvantaged Business, for fiscal year 2012, a fourth year in a row unprecedented achievement in NAVFAC.
For NAVFAC small business information go to: https://smallbusiness.navfac.navy.mil.