Stennis Business Consortium – March 30, 2011

Stennis Business Consortium
Inaugural Quarterly Meeting
March 30, 2011

Welcome and Introductions – Charlie Beasley

a. Introduction to the Stennis Business Consortium

Mr. Beasley summarized the purpose of the SBC in providing a forum for the exchange of information among various aspects of the procurement community in the Stennis region and read the draft mission statement (provided below). Quarterly meetings are planned. Feedback on ways to improve is welcomed.

b. Meeting objectives and process

Featured speaker has 15-20 minutes and will not be timed. Subsequent speakers will have 10 minutes to speak – a yellow card will show the mid-point and red card means time is up. Talks will focus on the programs/projects of the speaker’s organization and ways to do business with them. Any hand-outs are placed on the table outside the auditorium and copies will be posted on the MsET website as minutes.

NASA Stennis Procurement Officer, Guest Speaker, SSC Mission and Focus – Robert Harris
Click for the viewgraphs used by the featured speaker.

NASA Stennis Small Business Specialist: Marshall Space Flight Center Forum Summary – Michelle Stracener
Ms. Stracener provided details on a forum similar to SBC supporting the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. They too have quarterly meetings and hold separate meetings of a prime contractor group and a small business leadership group. Best practices offered by MSFC can be integrated into SBC.

Federal Agencies

c. NASA Shared Services Center – John Cecconi

Mr. Cecconi detailed the creation of the NASA NSSC and its role in supporting consolidated services for NASA, including procurement, human resources, and information technology. He spoke about the centralized support to grants and procurements, mentioning the award of more than 500 Phase I SBIRs and more than 215 Phase II SBIRs and suggested monitoring He noted that understanding NASA is the key to doing business with them. In 2010, NSSC awarded 53% Internal Training Purchases to small businesses. Their goal in FY11 is to increase this percentage.

Click here for viewgraphs provided on NSSC.

d. Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command – Commander Tim Anderson

Commander Anderson detailed the mission of the Navy in our area, encompassing oceanography, bathymetry, hydrography, meteorology, geophysics, as well as astrometry and precise timing. Navy activities at Stennis include the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; the Naval Oceanographic Office, the Fleet Survey Team, Special Boat Team -22, and the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School. CNMOC is responsible for the command and management of the Naval Oceanography Program, utilizing meteorology and oceanography, GI&S astrometry and precise timing to leverage the environment to enable successful strategic, tactical, and operational battle space utilization across the continuum of campaigning and at all levels of war. The Navy operates the Major Shared Resources Center (MSRC), housing one of the largest supercomputers in the world today. Most local purchases are conducted by the Naval Oceanographic Office; Commander Anderson introduced Ms. Berry.

e. Naval Oceanographic Office – Kay Berry

Ms. Berry introduced herself as the Small Business Specialist for the Naval Oceanographic Office; her alternate is Karen Artis. The NAVOCEANO Office of Small Business Programs is located in Bldg. 1002. Meetings are by appointment only. Their offices support the purchase of oceanographic products and services for NAVOCEANO, the Fleet Survey Team and Naval Ice Center. Their small business goals are set under the Navy Supply Systems Command. Ms. Berry provided information on the types of procurements awarded by NAVOCEANO according to the top NAICS codes. Announcements for procurement actions can be found either through FedBizOpps or the Navy Electronic Commerce Online (NECO) website.

Click here for viewgraphs provided by the Naval Oceanographic Office.

f. NOAA National Data Buoy Center – Herschel Rector

NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center designs, operates, and maintains networks of buoys and coastal monitoring stations around the U.S., in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and in the Gulf of Mexico. NDBC collects marine atmospheric and oceanographic data from these networks and from numerous partner agencies, processes the data for quality control, and disseminates the data to the public and decision makers. Work through the Buoy Center is conducted through their technical services contractor, currently SAIC. Direct procurement activities consist of parts for buoys, other equipment, and some technical and marine services. Please visit the NDBC web site at

Click here for information provided by NDBC.

g. Naval Research Laboratory – Armand Beede

Mr. Beede indicated discussed NRL as a small business friendly environment that serves as the corporate laboratory for the Navy, similar to a prime contractor, with 86% of their funding obtained from soft funds. He spoke about several ways to do business with NRL, including cooperative agreements, use of patented technologies, and through the use of their Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) program. BAA steps are 1. White paper, 2. Link with technical personnel, and 3. Proposal.

Click here for information provided by NRL.

h. Others from the floor

There were no other agencies that spoke.

Prime Contractors

i. Jacobs FOSC – Deborah Case

Ms. Case introduced Jacobs FOSC as the prime contractor for the NASA Facilities Operations Services Contract. They have a profile form for vendors to complete that is entered into their database. E-mailed responses are preferred and were provided digitally in the attached files.

Click here for the information provided by Jacobs FOSC (file 1 of 3).
Click here for the information provided by Jacobs FOSC (file 2 of 3).
Click here for the information provided by Jacobs FOSC (file 3 of 3).

j. Lockheed Martin – Linda Flowers

Ms. Flowers was unable to attend due to poor weather conditions. Mr. Beasley read some of the information she provided on how to do business with Lockheed Martin.

Click here for information provided.

k. Raytheon Technical Services – John Cousins

Mr. Cousins described Raytheon’s current work in the local area, including shipboard electronics installations at Pascagoula and Avondale, and support to NOAA’s National Weather Service Office in Slidell by providing 24 x 7 help desk support for their forecasting systems. They also provide a wide variety of training programs for NASA, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy. His office specializes in Technical and Engineering Services as well as Electronics systems integration. They are looking for small businesses in the region to partner with and strongly support small business mentoring. In the future, Raytheon will operate underwater vehicles for ocean data collection to support environmental and oil production requirements in the Gulf of Mexico.

Click here for information provided by Raytheon.

l. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) – Ted Neville

Mr. Neville introduced SAIC as the prime contractor supporting NDBC. He described SAIC as having a “team” core business philosophy, looking to build long-term relationships and strategic alliances. He also noted that SAIC provides operations and maintenance services under the NCCIP S (National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage) contract. In Long Beach, MS, SAIC has an engineering center focused on ocean engineering, sensors, and systems development and engineering. At Stennis Space Center, SAIC also provides the engineering, operations, and logistical support for NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center. Over the past year, SAIC has awarded $2B to small businesses and has received many awards for their support. SAIC has a vendor database and requests any company wishing to do business with them register at

m. Others from the floor

There were no speakers from the floor.

DRAFT Mission Statement: Stennis Business Consortium

The mission of the Stennis Business Consortium is to provide a mechanism for federal and state agencies, local institutions, and businesses to exchange information on small business goals, needed and emerging technologies, upcoming procurement requirements and opportunities, and issues dealing with existing procurement regulations. This is accomplished through regular meetings where specific information is exchanged based on funding cycles, forecasts of small business needs, as well as inquiries from small businesses.

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