The NIST MEP Supplier Scouting Program, operating within the MEP National Network™, played a crucial role in addressing supply chain challenges faced by manufacturers and government agencies in the United States. In response to the need for domestic manufacturing suppliers, the program aimed to connect manufacturers with relevant capabilities and capacities, allowing them to meet current market demands and contribute to national security.

The program relied on state MEPs to identify and recommend vendors within their respective states who were capable of bidding on contracts from commercial and government buyers. These contracts presented significant challenges, making them difficult to fill for various reasons. As buyers sought waivers to purchase services overseas, there was a pressing need to identify and engage domestic suppliers who could fulfill these contracts.

To tackle this challenge, the NIST MEP Supplier Scouting Program leveraged its client partner team and engaged with MEP partners across the nation. Through collaboration with MEPs, the program translated the requirements of these contracts into Sustainment Projects and released them within the Sustainment Community for bids.

By utilizing the Sustainment platform and its robust community of manufacturers and suppliers, the NIST MEP Supplier Scouting Program successfully facilitated the bidding process for these contracts. The program’s proactive approach and engagement with the manufacturing community enabled manufacturers to access bidding opportunities and contribute to meeting the nation’s market and societal needs.

The Supplier Scouting Program leveraging Sustainment’s capabilities and engaging with manufacturers nationwide enabled the identification and connection of domestic suppliers, fostering resilience in the manufacturing sector and supporting the nation’s health, safety, and economic security.

Through this successful initiative on Sustainment, the NIST MEP Supplier Scouting Program demonstrated its commitment to enhancing domestic manufacturing capabilities, reducing reliance on overseas procurement, and strengthening the overall supply chain ecosystem in the United States.