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Part of IPA’s contractual obligations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX is the commercialization of NASA’s “excess capacity.” Simply stated, IPA serves as the gateway and managing body through which, NASA has authorized the access and use of NASA facilities and assets to outside U.S. Government agencies and commercial industry.
IPA is part of a NASA support team that provides all resources necessary to operate, maintain, and deliver sustaining engineering for the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, and the Logistics and Mockup Facility. Our primary goals in performing this mission are to enhance safety, facility operational throughput, cost efficiency, and customer service for engineering evaluations and tests for new Extravehicular Activity (EVA) scenarios/tasks and new flight hardware, and to facilitate astronaut and flight controller training operations for the International Space Station (ISS).
Included in these goals is to provide cost savings to NASA JSC FOD by developing external customer utilization of current and future excess capacity in the NASA facilities in Houston and NASA facilities nationwide. To that end, IPA is tasked to negotiate and manage Government and Commercial sector access to NASA facilities and assets including human assets (e.g. scientists, engineers, etc.).
IPA was notified on July 1, 2016 of a successful bid as Prime Contractor for a SeaPort-e contract award. The IPA SeaPort-e award includes all seven zones and all functional areas.
SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) is the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in 22 functional areas including Engineering, Financial Management, and Program Management. The Navy Systems Commands (NAVSEA, NAVAIR, SPAWAR, NAVFAC, and NAVSUP), the Office of Naval Research, Military Sealift Command, and the United States Marine Corps compete their service requirements amongst 2400+ SeaPort-e IDIQ multiple award contract holders. The SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized, efficient means of soliciting offers from amongst the diverse population of large and small businesses and their approved team members. All task orders are competitively solicited, awarded and managed using the SeaPort-e platform. Since nearly 85% of its contract–holders are small businesses, the SeaPort-e approach to acquiring services provides opportunity that fuels the Nation’s engine of job growth
As a SeaPort-e awardee IPA is honored to join a Navy team of professional sailors and civilians – a diverse and agile force exemplifying the highest standards of service to our Nation, at home and abroad, at sea and ashore. With SeaPort-e. IPA won its position at the SeaPort-e table with its own team of dedicated professionals committed to our Nation’s Navy.