National Public Radio released a humorous, touching and all-around awesome video today, capturing tweets and photographs by NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who launched to the International Space Station in May 2014 for a six-month space mission.
Just when you thought consolidation was a good thing. Guest blogger Chris LaPoint addresses the issue caused by consolidation of federal data centers and the added workload for administrators of the remaining centers who must manage the growing infrastructure—and all of the problems that brings—while still meeting service levels required by end users.
Gemini Industries Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts (FA8721-15-D-0001); PE Systems Inc., Fairfax, Virginia (FA8721-15-D-0002); SpectrumS4, Burlington, Massachusetts (FA8721-15-D-0003); Windmill International Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire (FA8721-15-D-0004); Odyssey Systems Consulting Group LTD, Wakefield, Massachusetts (FA8721-15-D-0005); Quantech Services Inc., Lexington, Massachusetts (FA8721-15-D-0006); P3I Inc., Hopkinton, Massachusetts (FA8721-15-D-0007); Creative Computing Solutions Inc., Rockville, Maryland (FA8721-15-D-0008); Abacus Technology Corp., Chevy Chase, Maryland (FA8721-15-D-0009) and Oasis Systems LLC, Lexington, Massachusetts (FA8721-15-D-0010), have been awarded an $851,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering and technology acquisition support services. Contractor will provide disciplined systems/specialty engineering and technical/information assurance services, support, and products using established government, contractor, and industry processes.
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a maximum $21,803,101 modification (P00308) to the previously awarded contract to provide on-orbit operations and sustainment for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the cost-plus-award-fee contract to $2,386,832,669 from $2,365,029,568. Work will be performed at the Missile Defense Space Center at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2016. Fiscal year 2015 research and development funds in the amount of $10,616,237 are being obligated at time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the contracting activity (F04701-02-C-0009).
Cubic Applications Inc., San Diego, California, was awarded a $9,380,631 modification (P00009) to contract W91QVN-14-C-0033 for the operation of the Korea Battle Simulation Center. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $4,404,196 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2016. Work will be performed in Korea. Army Contracting Command, Yongsan, Korea, is the contracting activity.
Tactical Engineering & Analysis Inc., San Diego, is being awarded a potential $19,651,998 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-15-D-0073) to provide tactical data link systems support to include research; systems engineering; software engineering; configuration management; human factors engineering for software design; system level hardware and software integration; test analysis and reporting; and quality assurance support. Computer Sciences Corp., San Diego, is being awarded a potential $17,844,438 contract (N66001-15-D-0072), and Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Wakefield, Massachusetts, is being awarded a potential $16,023,035 contract (N66001-15-D-0074). Each awardee will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. The three-year contracts include one two-year options periods, which if exercised, would bring the total contract values to $33,275,314, $30,136,398 and $27,128,654 respectively.
No funding will be obligated at the time of award. Funding will be obligated via task orders are issued. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The types of funding to be obligated include research, development, test and evaluation, foreign military sales, and operations and maintenance (Navy). This contract was competitively procured via full and open solicitation via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website, with four proposals received and three were selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.
Smiths Detection, Edgewood, Maryland, was awarded a $23,275,693 modification (P00049) to contract W911SR-07-C-0080 to purchase 5,001 M4A1 joint chemical agent detectors; 1,879 communication adapters; and 2,501 Stryker communication adapters. Fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $23,275,693 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2017. Work will be performed in Edgewood, Maryland. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, is being awarded $16,380,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0062 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) for the procurement of six AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar systems in support of the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. Work will be performed in Forest, Mississippi (50 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (30 percent); and El Segundo, California (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2017. Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $16,380,000 are being obligated on this award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $12,597,837 modification (P00015) to contract W91RUS-12-C-0011 to provide brigade and battalion administrative, operations, and logistics staff support to the 160th Signal Brigade and its subordinate commands within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $12,597,837 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2016. Work will be performed in Kuwait, Qatar and Afghanistan. Army Contracting Command, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity.
General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $37,276,895 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for software sustainment, logistics documentation, hardware, and enhancements to support the AN/PRC-154 and AN/PRC-154A versions of the Rifleman Radio. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2013, 2014, and 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $37,576,895 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W15P7T-15-C-0005).