CEXEC has a long history of providing Trusted Solutions to some of the more interesting government challenges of the last few decades. Here are just a few of our past projects:
Challenge: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave the State of NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) the responsibility of managing and using grant funds to support the Housing Recovery effort after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy in NJ. NJ had not experienced a disaster of this magnitude in the past, nor had DCA acquired federal contracting experience in conducting its normal operations. DCA had an imminent need to bring aboard temporary expertise in federal contracts program management to augment and complement its existing capabilities to manage Superstorm Sandy recovery contracts and programs effectively and efficiently.
Solution: CEXEC leveraged talent from its corporate staff combined with local talent in NJ to build a contracts Program Management Office (PMO) in Trenton, NJ, supplying not only the contracts management services requested, but also procurement, finance, business management, and quality control services. This team also supported the data management and high level reporting activities required to ensure program success and transparency in performance and outcomes for DCA.
Result: CEXEC became a trusted advisor to DCA in helping it meet its objectives. CEXEC was also afforded the opportunity to create policies, procedures, and plans for DCA for future application should another disaster strike NJ.
OPEC Country Studies
Challenge: During the oil crisis and embargo of the early 1980s, the Department of Energy asked CEXEC to assemble a team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on the Middle East in order to provide The Department of Energy (DOE) with comprehensive assessments of the OPEC members.
Solution: CEXEC assembled a team experts from the intelligence community who were well-respected authorities on Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Middle East oil-producing countries. The team produced country studies patterned after the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Office of National Estimates studies.
Result: Additional, smaller scale, internal unclassified studies were produced covering contemporary oil transportation, production and pricing issues. Some of these studies were distributed throughout the Government 'Research' Community by our DOE client.
U.S. Passport System
Challenge: The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs asked CEXEC to take over a program to automate the U.S. passport production system. The program was behind schedule and over budget and Congress was expecting the first fully automated passport office to open in four months.
Solution: CEXEC assumed the complete build-out and implementation of the first turn-key passport production facility. We completed the fully automated U.S. passport office on time and under budget. Because of this success, CEXEC was awarded a multi-year contract to continue implementing automated passport offices nation-wide.
Result: The Department of State awarded CEXEC the Passport Services Award for public service and private sector partnership excellence. We were the first company to be so honored.
Challenge: The vision of the Point-of-Service (POS) ONE system was to provide United States Postal Service (USPS) management, customers, and retail associates with the most effective retail sales, service, reporting, and decision support functionality that conveyed value to customers and enabled a service orientation for employees. POS ONE replaced current integrated retail terminals (IRTs) with state-of-the-art hardware and software, along with support services and training. POS ONE enabled the development and implementation of the retail data mart. The data mart provided easy access to critical business information used for operational planning as well as sales and market analysis.
Solution: CEXEC provided program management and IT infrastructure support; program and acquisition management support; IT and network architecture planning, design, development and implementation; performance measurement; systems and business analysis; financial management and analysis; hardware and software installation, technical support, and training; technical analysis; applications support; technical writing; and project scheduling to the POS ONE program.
Result: Our support enabled the Postal Service to achieve key business objectives including increasing operating efficiency, reducing costs, expanding services, and improving communications with internal and external clients nationwide. CEXEC received the U. S. Postal Service Point of Sales (POS One) award for dedicated service.
FAA Acquisition Pilot Program – Digital Voice Recording System (DVRS)
Challenge: On October 14, 1994, the President signed Public Law 103-55, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA), which provided for the establishment of a DOT/FAA Acquisition Pilot Program authorizing the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a test of innovative procurement procedures in carrying out an actual acquisition with quantitative measures and goals for reducing acquisition costs. The act conferred special authorities to waive (with Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) approval) any FAR provision, restrict to only sources deemed capable in a pre-competition screening process with pre-evaluated products and limit the competition to only qualified sources.
Solution: CEXEC became a member of a small focused team led by a dynamic Program Manager and talented Contracting Officer to plan and execute the acquisition of over 800 digital recorder systems over a seven-year period for the FAA and DOD. Our market research revealed qualified sources and products that appeared to have the features, functions and performance in the 911, financial and law enforcement agencies. We structured the procurement into three stages involving prescreening, pre-evaluation/qualification and final evaluation/selection. CEXEC supported every step of the evaluation process including the product capability, supportability, market acceptability, testing and cost/price evaluations while facilitating flexible discussions with vendors throughout the process.
Result: Through the use of fair and aggressive down-selections, the Digital Voice Recording System (DVRS) contract was awarded in a record time of five months, and the equipment began fielding 12 months after contract award, with no technical or cost “surprises.” CEXEC continued as a trusted advisor to the FAA, helping to institute procurement innovations while performing streamlined acquisitions. The FASA pilot program became the impetus that eventually led to the development of the FAA’s Acquisition Management System (AMS), used in lieu of the FAR today.