What is SeaPort-E?

Seaport Enhanced, or SeaPort-e, is the USN's contract vehicle of choice to procure all future engineering, technical, logistics, program management, and financial support services. It is an ID/IQ (indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity) multiple award contract (MAC) awarded by NAVSEA in April 2005 to 151 prime contractors (48 large businesses, 103 Small Businesses) and expanded to 503 prime contractors in May 2005 in seven nationwide geographic zones.

The SeaPort-e ID/IQ MAC supports all cost reimbursable contract types with the exception of T&M and sole source contracts. It has a 15 year period of performance, valid through April 2019, with a base 5-year contract and two 5 year award terms.

SeaPort-e is a Sea Enterprise initiative implementing the CNO's Sea Power 21 transformational objectives and emphasizes the Navy Virtual SYSCOM's focus on implementing cost-effective and integrated business practices to better support our Navy.

How does it Work?

For our USN customers, procuring services through SeaPort-e is very similar to what they do today, but faster with reduced, easier to process solicitation documentation and requirements. Contracts issued through SeaPort-e are considered Task Orders (TOs) are governed by the terms and conditions of the awarded SeaPort-e Prime contract.

In general, customers identify in what Zone the work is to be performed, create their standard solicitation package (less data not needed and covered by the already awarded SeaPort-e contract) and upload through the SeaPort-e portal. Through the portal, the TO RFP is published for competition to those prime contractors qualified in the Zone where the work is to be performed. Prime contractors in that zone submit their proposals through the SeaPort-e portal for evaluation. The Customer evaluates the proposals, and makes an award.

Quality Assurance

TRD measures and ensures the quality of deliverables by integrating Project Management, and Technology Management. The Project Team ideally consist of a Project Manager, and team members who are subject matter experts in different areas such as technical expert, business expert, and process expert.

The Project Manager (PM) would work with the client to mutually agree on the scope and the timing of the project. The PM would work with the TRD team of diverse experts to draft a project / product development plan which would be "signed off" by the clients. The PM would also be responsible to allocate resources, identify risks (technical and non-technical), develop risk management plans, communication plans, and product development plans.

The technical subject matter experts are then consulted, and their expertise is tapped to identify and address technology risks and uncertainties. Appropriate documentation is expected from these experts to ensure that other team members, including the clients, can effectively leverage any solutions developed.

The business and process experts are consulted, and their expertise is tapped to identify and address non-technology risks and uncertainties. Appropriate documentation is expected from these experts to ensure that other team members, including the clients, can effectively leverage any solutions developed. The client is kept abreast of the developments through informal, and formal communications, which has been previously agreed upon in the communication plan. If, as and when needed, the client wants greater or lesser involvement, the communication plan may be updated accordingly.

Through clearly identified, intermediate milestones outlined in the project plan, the client, and the entire project team is kept abreast of the development against previously set goals. As and when deviations occur, a root-cause analysis is conducted on significant deviations, and risk management plans are executed.

Ultimately, when the project is completed, the PM and the Client liaison collaborate to ensure that project was completed per the latest agreements. A proper handoff is conducted on project deliverables including documentation, and a debrief session is conducted to ensure due knowledge transfer occurs. In the end, client satisfaction is measured through external feedback and internal analysis.

Thousand Oaks Research and Development, Inc. (TRD)
3900 Market Street Suite 260
Riverside, CA 92501