The MDA Source Selection Support Team:
An Acquisition Services Case Study
Kepler supports the Missile Defense Agency’s Contracting Directorate (MDA/DAC) as a critical, integral member of the Source Selection Support Team. In FY10, the team was awarded the Risk Management Team Award for their efforts. The team was recognized for their excellence in mitigating risks associated with six critical MDA source selections, ensuring optimum acquisition performance and absolute success of the evaluation teams.
The Source Selection Support Team supported a wide range of critical missions to the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The team identified schedule, resource, and performance risks by applying comprehensive workload and risk analyses. The results forecasted an unforeseen surge in source selections impacting a wide range of mission elements. Once the schedule, resource (facility, IT, and budget), and performance risks were identified, the team analyzed the risks and developed a plan to mitigate their impact. As a result of their analyses, the team was able to support six source selections simultaneously.
The Source Selection Support Team reduced the learning curve and process time associated with source selections by training over 330 evaluation team members through 15 training events in a single year. Seven of those events were targeted acquisition training sessions, with 1 mock source selection training session providing evaluators an opportunity to practice before the actual evaluation. The team provided comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) and evaluation criteria expertise, ensuring only the most critical mission needs were identified, captured, and evaluated. The team ensured Elements received what they needed by participating in 22 peer reviews for all six acquisitions. These reviews and the additional support helped defend against any Government Accountability Office (GAO) protests and ensured a solid foundation for contract award. The team mitigated risks for IT and facility resources by advocating for funding to standup an additional 3 source selection facilities in Huntsville and Colorado Springs. In addition, the team identified over $200,000 in duplicative security costs that were avoided during the standup of one source selection facility.
The team’s continuous tracking and analysis of source selection risks as acquisitions progressed through the acquisition process has continued to improve the process and support current and upcoming acquisitions.