SeaPort NxG: Draft RFP Provides Further Insight into SeaPort Next Generation Structure and Strategy
Published: May 15, 2018
As industry awaits the highly anticipated release of the SeaPort Next Generation (SeaPort NxG) Final RFP, the government has been accepting vendor questions and providing frequent posted responses. The influx of activity is likely due to the impending Final RFP release as well as the government providing additional insight into SeaPort NxG, to include further detailed and nuanced information than the general basic information provided upon the initial announcement of the vehicle.
The government released the Draft RFP on April 3, 2018. The Draft RFP has allowed a glimpse into some of the structure and direction the government will likely take with the SeaPort NxG Final RFP. Some points of interest in the Draft RFP and released information include:
- Functional areas: Seaport NxG will consist of two major functional areas, Engineering Support Services and Program Management Support Services, which are supported by 23 sub-categories. The government has kept the functional areas intentionally broad to align with the overall scope and vision of the vehicle. Intentionally broad functional areas ought to allow for greater inclusion onto the vehicle as well as potentially increased proposal responses among individual task order competitions.
- Period of performance: The vehicle will consist of a 5 year base period with one 5 year option. Prior to exercising the 5 year option period, the government intends to evaluate award of the option, in part, through vendor participation within the 5 year base period. Vendors who are awarded a SeaPort NxG prime contract but do not bid on task order requirements may be off-ramped after the 5 year base period. Based on the information provided the government, vendors who wish to stay on the MAC until ultimate expiration should plan on actively pursuing task order competitions.
- Value: The value is estimated to have a base period ceiling of $10,500,000,000, and an option period ceiling of $10,500,000,000. The government stated further clarification will be provided in the Final RFP.
- Subcontracting: At least 20% of the total obligated dollars spent under a contract is required to be subcontracted to small businesses. Of the 20%, the following criteria must be met:
- 5% Small Disadvantaged Business
- 5% Women-Owned Small Business
- 3% HUBZone
- 1.5% Service Disabled Veteran owned Small Business
- 5.5% general Small Business designation
- Zones: Instead of zones being eliminated altogether, the restriction of vendors only receiving or being able to compete in certain zones has been removed. SeaPort NxG is expected to maintain 7 zones; however, all awardees will have access to all zones and no individual zone registration should be required. Zones will be determined by the ordering office’s location. The removal of zone barriers should create broader vendor access to task order requirements and will likely translate to increased task order competition among the MAC holders.
- Rolling Admissions: Rolling admissions are anticipated for SeaPort NxG; however, not as frequent as annually. The first rolling admission period is anticipated prior to the 5 year base expiration, approximately two years after the initial prime contracts are awarded. Vendors who may not currently possess the required experience prior to vehicle award will have the option to gain additional experience to win a contract on the vehicle with future on-ramping opportunities.
Simply possessing a current SeaPort-e prime contract will not be sufficient to obtain entry onto SeaPort NxG. A vendor must provide experience in direct support of the Department of the Navy within the past 5 years. Experience can be at either the prime or subcontract level and must be related to a SeaPort NxG functional area. Joint ventures will not be awarded a prime contract, as no competitions will take place at the MAC level.
When can industry expect the Final RFP? According to questions and answers released by the Government on May 11, 2018, the anticipated timeframe is:
- RFP release: June 1, 2018
- Proposals due: July 2, 2018
- Awards made: November 30, 2018