Are You Ready for the USCG BL/MSS Bid?

Here’s a chance for small businesses to get in on the ground floor of a $500K bid coming out before the end of FY23.

Facts At-a-Glance

NameBusiness and Logistics Management Support Services (BL/MSS)
AgencyU.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
Period of performance10 years
Industry dayOne-on-one visits occur in August, per the timeline below
RFP dateSeptember 30, 2023 (estimated)
Value$500M (per the draft statement of work (SOW), the total estimate may not exceed $1.4B over 10 years
Contract typeBlanket Purchase Agreement (BPA)
NAICS541611, Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services (size standard $24.5M)
Competition typeSmall Business Set Aside
Number of winnersMultiple awards (estimated 5 awards)
Award dateApril 1, 2024
Incumbents70Z0G319APBY04100, Business Support Services III BPA Telesolv Consulting

USCG Business and Logistics Management Support Overview

According to the draft SOW, BL/MSS will provide a wide range of the services listed in Table 1 to support the Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, and Intelligence Service Center (C5ISC); Coast Guard Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) Office; Commandant (CG-4, CG-6, CG-7; and CG-93); and Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER).

Table 1: BL/MSS Requirements

Draft RFP ReferenceDescription
2.1.2Acquisition Management Support Services
2.1.3Project Management Support Services
2.1.4Performance & Process Management Support Services
2.1.5Service Management Support Services
2.1.6Asset and Enterprise Logistics Support Services
2.1.7Workforce Support Services


Per the draft acquisition timeline released on July 14, 2023, USCG is using the timeline listed in Table 2.

Table 2: Timeline

August 31, 2023Release Industry Day Visitor Access Request (VAR) via
September 15, 2023Industry Day Visitor Access Request (VAR)
September 26, 2023Post Solicitation Release Industry Day
October 9, 2023Proposals/quotes received
November 21, 2023Evaluation of proposals/quotes complete
February 16, 2024Acquisition reviews and approvals complete
March 18, 2024Equal employment opportunity clearance complete
March 25, 2024Notification of award
March 26, 2024Contract preparation, review/approvals, and clearance complete
April 1, 2024Contract award

Cost and Challenges to Bid

A primary challenge is acquiring the six highly qualified key personnel that meet and exceed all USGC requirements listed in Table 3. Refer to the draft SOW (May 29, 2023) for additional guidance.

Table 3: Key Personnel Requirements

Draft RFP ReferenceName
3.1.1Program Manager Education: Master’s degree in Business Management, IT, or Engineering Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP®) Minimum Experience: 12 years
3.1.2Project Management Consultant Level III Education: Master’s degree in Business Management, IT, or Engineering Certification: PMP and ITIL® Foundations Minimum Experience: 8 years
3.1.3Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Education: Bachelor’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Business Management, Information Technology, Industrial Engineering, or a related field Certification: Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Minimum Experience: 8 years
3.1.4Business Consultant Level III (Senior) Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, IT, or Engineering Certification: None, but the draft RFP has several skill requirements Minimum Experience: 10 years
3.1.5Senior Logistics Manager Education: Master’s degree in a logistics-related field Certification: None Minimum Experience: 10 years
3.1.6Logistician Level III (Offsite) Education: Bachelor’s degree in a Logistics related field Certification: None Minimum Experience: 10 years

In addition, USCG requires the offeror to provide personnel onsite in multiple C51SC locations nationwide, including:

  • 7323 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA
  • 300 Main Street Towers, Norfolk, VA
  • Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building 1301, Oakland, CA
  • 4000 Coast Guard Blvd., Portsmouth, VA
  • 408 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville, WV
  • 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC

Evaluation Criteria Summary

USCG has not provided draft evaluation criteria to date; however, they plan to release the final RFP in September 2023.

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