Small Business Program Recognition

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Small Business Program Recognition

Military Sealift Command is proud of its commitment and accomplishments in supporting federal policies to provide maximum practicable opportunities for small businesses to participate in our acquisition programs. Small businesses provide critical capabilities that enable MSC mission success and we must continue to fully leverage the innovation, responsiveness and resourcefulness of our small business partners.

Recently, the Military Sealift Command Small Business Program was recognized for superior achievement and contributed to DoD receiving an overall grade of “A” on the Small Business Administration’s Procurement Scorecard. In FY17, MSC obligated $866M (of $1.9B total spent) on prime contracts to small business concerns. At a 22% increase over FY15 obligations to small business primes, this is a noteworthy accomplishment.

This recognition should be shared by all at the command, particularly those in our program offices and acquisition teams who remained committed to our small business processes and partners. We have a proud history of exceptional program performance, though success in achieving our targets must be a sustained effort.

A personal commitment to actively seek small business opportunities is essential during early acquisition planning. Our teams will continue to meet our goals by exploring small business opportunities first, increasing the use of small business reserves, and being accountable and actively engaged during the acquisition process. The pathway to current and future success of our small business program requires that we continue to look for innovative concepts and new ideas that will further empower our teams as we strive towards our small business goals.

Our Office of Small Business Programs recently published the Military Sealift Command FY19 – FY20 Small Business Strategy. This strategy clearly identifies how MSC will incorporate and promote small business participation as prime contractors and subcontractors across the breadth of contracts under our purview. The strategy document can be viewed and downloaded from the MSC public website at Please review the strategy, which includes focus areas and detailed action items, and determine how you will support the command’s small business strategy during the next fiscal year.

Thank you for your support to our Small Business Program. Your efforts are extremely important to MSC and the Navy.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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