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Sourcing Navy furniture strategically--Spiral 1.

Award of the contracting vehicles for Spiral 1 of the Department of the Navy (DoN) Strategic Sourcing initiative for furniture, including packaged furniture and household and quarters furniture, has been completed.

The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC), Norfolk, has awarded 74 blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) to several General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule holders and the Federal Prison Industries d/b/a UNICOR. Key features of the strategy include the use of Department of Defense (DoD) EMALL, a Web-based, e-commerce portal operated by the Defense Logistics Agency, for purchasing office furniture.

"This strategy will provide an opportunity for the Navy to gather detailed information on types and quantities of furniture being purchased allowing for additional savings in future spirals," according to CDR Joyce Robinson, Naval Supply Systems Command's Deputy Commander for Contracting. "Strategic sourcing of commodities commonly used across DoD provides a great opportunity for saving the tax payers dollars."

Spiral 1 directs all purchases of office furniture to be made either through the DOD EMALL, facsimile, Electronic Data Interchange, the GSA e-Buy Web site, or paper.

Authorized user of the BPAs will include all DON and Marine Corps purchase card holders; contracting officers in accordance with their delegated procurement authority, or maximum order threshold (whichever is lower); and general contractors as authorized by the Naval Facilities Engineering Commands (NAVFAC).

The sourcing strategy was developed by a DoN Commodity Council that was chartered by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) to examine over $120 million spent annually by Navy organizations on office furniture. Led by NAVSUP; the Commodity Council was comprised of representatives from NAVFAC, the Marine Corps, FISC Norfolk; Naval Air Systems Command; Commander, Navy Installations Command; Naval Education and Training Command; and the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

The suite of BPA Office Furniture groupings does not include shipboard furniture.

The commodity council used a databased strategic sourcing process that is commonly used in industry to develop the acquisition approach. During data analysis and strategy development, the commodity council engaged with the commercial sector and a number of other federal agencies to identify best practices. Similar efforts resulted in the award of the Nationwide-DoN Wireless and Office Supply contracts.

Purchase Card announcements will be issued by the DoN Purchase Card Management Group to advise purchase cardholders of the pending office furniture groupings, the procedures for registering with DOD EMALL, and the availability of online tutorials. Announcements will also be issued through GSA advertisements, newsletters and at conferences. If not already registered with DOD EMALL, all cardholders should register immediately to be prepared for this initiative. If you experience difficulty with registration, passwords, etc., contact the DOD EMALL Help Desk at:

DOD EMALL Customer Service Only: (877) DLA-CALL/(877)352-2255. OCONUS Users call (269) 961-7766/DSN 661-7766


DOD EMALL logon site is:

FISC Norfolk, as the Commodity Manager will assist with specific contractual questions relating to the BPAs. Please contact the following points of contact:

Patricia Munroe, Contracting Officer (757) 443-1334,

Jennifer Roesner, Contract Specialist, 71 II H--Packaged Furniture (757) 443-1691,

Andrew Hildebrandt, Contract Specialist, 71 II-Household and Quarters Furniture, (757) 443-1321,

Tamara Artybridge, Contract Specialist, 71 I--Office Furniture (757) 443-1448,

For any questions about this initiatives or other NAVSUP Strategic Sourcing initiatives, please contact Jamey Halke, Procurement Analyst, (717) 605-7488, DSN 430-7488,
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Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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