News | May 10, 2021

Directly Delivery Fuels shines brightly in the Best-in-Class category

By Contract Specialist Matthew Womer DLA Energy

The Direct Delivery Fuels program is designated as "Best-in-Class" and is one of three business units in Defense Logistics Agency Energy that buys petroleum products for its customers. 

This coveted best-in-class designation is something we’re proud of, said DDF Director Jim Shillingford. It means that Direct Delivery Fuels has been designated by the Office of Management and Budget as the mandatory source for all Department of Defense and federal civilian agency fuel requirements greater than 10,000 gallons per year in the continental U.S. and 20,000 gallons per year outside the continental U.S. The business unit supplies commercial grade aviation, diesel, gasoline, and heating fuels directly to DoD and federal civilian agency customers through three major programs.

The Posts, Camps and Stations, or PC&S, program awards supply contracts primarily to local small business vendors who create their own supply chains to support contractual obligations. Most procurements require vendors to deliver fuel directly to the customer’s installation, building or fuel tank. In addition to supporting these routine day-to-day fuel requirements, DDF also awards and manages the FEMA contingency support contract. This contract provides the fuel that supports relief efforts during presidentially declared disasters. Over the years, this contract has provided fuel support for everything from hurricanes to ice storms, earthquakes, and wildfires. The current contract covers all 50 U.S. states as well as some U.S. territories. 

The Mobility Fuels Division is comprised of the Into-plane and Ships’ Bunkers programs. Into-plane contracts are held at more than 450 commercial airports around the world, providing DLA Energy customers access to commercial jet fuel. The Bunkers program has contracts in place at 109 commercial seaports around the world that provide access to marine gas oil for the U.S. fleet.

Direct Delivery Fuels is truly a whole of government fuel supplier. Its more than 700 long-term contracts contain over 7,000 contract line-item numbers and support the fuel requirements of the Department of Defense, and numerous federal civilian agencies, including the Departments of Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, State, NASA, the U.S. Post Office, and the Veterans Administration at more than 2,700 locations globally. The average performance period of a DDF contract is 3 to 5 years, with nearly 90 percent of these contracts being awarded to a small business. Direct Delivery Fuels’ support to small businesses is the driving force behind DLA Energy’s ability to meet its small business goals.

This will be another busy year for the business unit, but Shillingford said the Direct Delivery Fuels team is proud to be supporting the warfighter and its whole of government partners both at home and abroad. 

Read this story and more on the DLA Energy Industry Engagement webpage in the May issue of the Industry Connection newsletter