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NEWS | Oct. 2, 2020

MICC overcomes COVID-19 challenges to meet mission partner contract needs

By Daniel P. Elkins Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs Office

Following the largest federal workplace telework transition in history, members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command continued executing contract actions through the final hours of fiscal 2020 in the Army’s fight against COVID-19 while also meeting installation readiness requirements throughout the country.

The MICC executed 29,826 contract actions valued at $5.44 billion while also administering 406,787 Government Purchase Card transactions valued at an additional more than $801 million during fiscal 2020, which ended Sept. 30.

Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler, who has led the MICC since July 2019, summed up the command’s fiscal 2020 performance in a time of adversity in one word: “winning.”

“Team MICC wins when we deliver the contracting support our mission partners need to sustain Soldiers, their families and our great Army civilians,” the general said. “At every location and from every technical functional specialty, the women and men of team MICC have delivered the products, services and program support that ensures our Army is ready and our Soldiers have everything they need to fight and win.”

The MICC also met all five of its small-business socioeconomic goals in fiscal 2020 for the sixth consecutive year.

Contract actions awarded to American small businesses by the MICC totaled $2.67 billion, according to the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation.

Mark Massie, the assistant director of the MICC Office of Small Business Programs, attributes the continued success to his team of small business professionals who overcame obstacles during the pandemic by transitioning outreach efforts to a virtual environment in advocacy of small businesses achieving maximum opportunity to compete for Army contracts.

“Due to COVID-19, we had to act quickly. During a two-month span the MICC was able to plan and execute four very successful virtual advance planning briefings to industry,” Massie said. “One of the most significant benefits we discovered from our virtual events was the number of small business vendors we were able to reach.”

He added that the four events drew the participation of more than 800 small business representatives who, given limited resources, were able to leverage the virtual platform.                  

The pandemic also saw numerous contracting Soldiers from across the MICC span out across the country immediately in the months following the outbreak of coronavirus as part of the Army’s response to fight the spread of COVID-19.

With the back-office support of their contracting offices, brigades and field directorate offices working remotely, the command executed more than 6,300 contract actions valued at $76.3 million in support of the Army’s COVID-19 response.

“The professionals and patriots of team MICC refused to allow the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent them from delivering superb acquisition support across the Army,” Beeler said. “Team MICC unleased its creative, innovative, adaptable and resilient forces to provide timely and diligent support to help our nation fight the pandemic while keeping each other and those around us safe. I could not be more proud of these champions.