WASHINGTON (NNS) - The Department of the Navy named its 2014 superior suppliers, as part of the Department's Superior Supplier Incentive Program (SSIP).
The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, Sean J. Stackley, announced the names of nine companies recognized for exceptional contractor conduct in the areas of cost, schedule, performance, quality, and business relations.
"Today we have recognized the highest levels of industry performance," said Stackley.
The Department of the Navy's superior suppliers for 2014 in alphabetical order are:
- General Dynamics Combat Systems
- General Dynamics Marine Systems
- General Electric Aviation
- Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training MHSCo Sikorsky Lockheed Martin Partnership Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace
"Through SSIP and other initiatives, we will continue to look for ways to leverage the Department's buying power and incentivize industry partners to answer the call to improve program affordability," said Stackley.
The SSIP is an extension of the Department of Defense's Better Buying Power initiative. The pilot program is designed to incentivize contractor performance by identifying and recognizing suppliers who provide the greatest value in terms of performance to the Department. The Defense Acquisition Executive Frank Kendall has directed the expansion of this program to the other military services for implementation within the next year.
Superior suppliers will be offered opportunities to reduce non-production related contract requirements, based on their noteworthy past performance. The Department of the Navy will initiate discussions with top tier suppliers that may, for example, lead to the removal of non-value added procedures or requirements, which may ultimately lead to cost savings for the company and the taxpayer.
"These superior suppliers have a proven record of performance and in recognition of this performance, we look forward to engaging with them to see what contract considerations matter most to them and how we can best streamline our processes," said Stackley.
The program assessed three years' worth of performance data through the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). The top 30 corporations based on contract obligations during the assessed period were evaluated at the company, operating division or business unit level resulting in the evaluation of 80 suppliers. The top 30 of these 80 suppliers, based on contract obligations, were then further evaluated for merit and ranked using CPARS data. In addition to the nine top tier superior suppliers noted above, the remaining suppliers were grouped into the following two tiers listed below in alphabetical order:
- BAE Electronic Systems
- BAE Systems Land and Armaments
- Bell Helicopter
- Boeing Military Aircraft
- General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology Ingalls Shipbuilding ITT Exelis
- L-3 Communication Electronic Systems
- Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
- Raytheon Missile Systems
- Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
- Rockwell Collins Simulation
- ATK Defense
- Austal USA
- Bell Boeing Joint Project Office
- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
- Lockheed Martin Space Systems
- Navistar Defense
- Newport News Shipbuilding
- UTC Propulsion and Aerospace Systems