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Department of the Navy Names Superior Suppliers for 2014

From Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition.

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:

First Tier
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:

Second Tier
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

Third Tier
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 

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