Navy automates procurement for contracts, goods

Navy automates procurement for contracts, goods

The Naval Sea Systems Command has found a way to reach its goal of reducing its procurement cycle to less than five days.

Under a four-year, $2.8 million contract with Commerce One Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., the agency has deployed a procurement automation application, dubbed Seaport, built around an off-the-shelf package from Commerce One.

'We were looking at trying to simplify and shorten our process time for delivery orders,' said Pat Dolan, deputy director for NAVSEA congressional and public affairs. 'To do that we needed an e-business solution.'

NAVSEA began piloting the system several months ago and has been measuring its performance. Using Seaport, the agency issued $10 million worth of service contracts in the past 10 weeks, and it has linked 21 contractors. Last week, NAVSEA declared Seaport a success.

NAVSEA officials estimated they would award $1 billion worth of contracts annually with Seaport.

"We plan to continue to expand the marketplace to include our larger ecosystem of users and suppliers to maximize the benefits of bringing our business online," said Capt. Kurt Huff, NAVSEA's deputy commander of contracts, in a statement.

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