Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

NAVFAC Southeast Shares Small Business Insights With Local Contractors

04/25/13 12:00 AM

Contact: Earl Bittner
Voice: (904) 542-6623

By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast's Deputy for Small Business spoke to nearly 100 members of the local Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) organization at a luncheon in Jacksonville, Fla., April 24.

Nelson Smith shared a general overview of current fiscal challenges and outlook for NAVFAC Southeast.

"The command is still experiencing curtailed activities in sustainment, restoration and modernization projects due to continuing budget uncertainties," said Smith. "Energy projects are reduced from former levels, but MILCON (military construction) projects continue."

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 activities and opportunities for small business contracts.

Smith also focused his remarks on small business contracting technical issues, keying in on contract proposals. He stressed to the audience the importance of reading, understanding and fully answering all of the questions in a solicitation to ensure proper consideration.

"Potential vendors need to pay particular attention to the schedule, specifications, evaluation factors and other contractual provisions set forth in the request for proposals (RFP)," said Smith. "Success is in the details, so read, understand and answer each question fully."

Smith and his team in the NAVFAC Southeast Office of Small Business Programs were recently recognized by NAVFAC Headquarters for exceeding their targets in all small business categories for fiscal year 2012, including Small Business, Focus Area Small Business, and Small Disadvantaged Business.

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