Congress and the federal government have heard the clamor of small-business owners and want to ease the cumbersome federal-contracting process and level the playing field between small and large companies competing for government-contracting dollars, experts said during an AFCEA International program.
Trident Systems Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $24,389,616 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for basic and applied research of persistent airborne data link communications components and systems. This effort will increase the effectiveness of small airborne systems by providing actionable real-time situational awareness information to the warfighter. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Virginia (71 percent); and Raleigh, North Carolina (29 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2020.
Cask Technologies LLC, California, is being awarded a $25 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-15-D-4801) for program analytical and technical support for Marine Corps Total Force Information Technology Systems. The company also was awarded another $25 million contract (M67854-15-D-4803) for business analytics, cost analysis and portfolio support. Work for both contracts will be performed in Stafford, Virginia, and is expected to be completed May 19, 2020. No funds will be obligated at the time of award.
Assurance Technology Corp., Carlisle, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $24,663,970 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple award contract (N00173-15-F-6201) for research, development, and integration as it relates to software to develop software definable/reconfigurable systems (SDS) that respond to Navy, Defense Department, and national mission requirements with improved performance, capability, reliability, efficiency and life cycle cost.
Airtec Inc., California, Maryland, is being awarded an $80,661,914 modification against a previously issued firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68335-14-D-0030) for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in support of the U.S. Southern Command. The contractor will provide ISR services utilizing a contractor-owned, contractor-operated Bombardier DHC-8/200 multi-sensor aircraft, with government-furnished property previously installed on the aircraft.
Intevac Photonics, Santa Clara, California, was awarded a $12,626,081 firm-fixed-price contract with options for Electronic Image Intensifier Ship-Set for Lot 4, Apache AH-64D/E Program.
Material Sciences Corp., Horsham, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $24,526,386 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This is a phase III effort under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with Material Sciences Corp. and is for the use of innovative technologies developed under the phase I and II contracts to design, analyze, and fabricate a wide array of structure and mechanical components intended for use by the Navy.
Blackbox Biometrics Inc., Rochester, New York, has been awarded a maximum $9,371,520 firm-fixed-price contract for concussive force monitoring devices. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification commercial Federal Acquisition Regulation part 12. Location of performance is New York, with a June 9, 2016, performance completion date. Using service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 through fiscal 2016 defense working capital funds.
Logos Technologies Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $32,840,745 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for basic and applied research of compact sensor systems that could be flown on platforms such as the RQ-21 Blackjack, Tigershark, and RQ-8 Firescout for the Air Force and Army. The research conducted will leverage previous quick reaction capability efforts in the domains of wide area airborne surveillance, hyperspectral imaging, high-resolution imaging, and light detection and ranging.
Mercury Defense Systems, Cypress, California, is being awarded $7,567,134 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-12-G-0059) for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topic N06-036, entitled "Advanced Techniques for Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM)." This order includes production of 14 Type II Advanced DRFM units. Work will be performed in Cypress, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2016.
The Government Accountability Office, an independent investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, recently reported the Small Business Administration could not fully determine if federal agencies met spending requirements for fiscal 2013 for SBIR programs; information small business leaders can use when seeking help from Congress.
3E Technologies International Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded a $9,995,697 modification to previously awarded contract (N00174-10-D-0021) for work on Navy-wide Critical Infrastructure Control and Monitoring System (CICMS) interface to Navy Virtual Perimeter Monitoring System for a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III project. This increase provides for the implementation of the CICMS at Navy facilities beyond the originally identified Naval District Washington's boundaries.
Connected Logistics (LOGC2), Huntsville, Alabama (W52P1J-15-D-0013); Strategy and Management Services, Springfield, Virginia (W52P1J-15-D-0014); Octo Consulting Group Inc., McLean, Virginia (W52P1J-15-D-0015); and Mission 1st Group Inc., Princeton, New Jersey (W52P1J-15-D-0016), were awarded a $249,000,000 order dependent contract with options to procure enterprise information technical services in support of program manager installation in
The U.S. Defense Department’s research agency has simplified the process for researchers trying to break into the federal marketplace and earmarked up to $700,000 in seedling funds for cutting-edge biotech ideas.
Might the recurring data breaches plaguing one large retailer after another be a dress rehearsal for a catastrophic attack that could cripple, if not destroy, the United States and its critical infrastructure? The doomsday rhetoric presented by cybersecurity experts at an issue forum Thursday hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, while not so calamitous, served as a wake-up call to the enduring cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
Radiance Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8604-15-D-7976); Integrity Applications Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8604-15-D- 7975); and Invertix Corp., McLean, Virginia (FA8604-15-D- 7977), have been awarded a combined $960,000,000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for services in support of the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program II.
The lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) acquisition strategy, which focuses on price over value, has become the dominant approach that agencies are applying to federal contracting. The accelerated transition to this strategy has been fueled by sequestration and the growing need for government to do business at a reduced cost. Contractors are still learning how to operate in this new environment, but many fear that the emphasis on lower cost labor will reduce the expertise of the work force and result in lower levels of effort.
Small business must "decide what they want to be when they grow up," said experts at the AFCEA International Homeland Security Conference. If entrepreneurs don't take time to think through the vision for their start-up, it is unlikely that they will be able to choose the right partners, network with the right individuals or approach the right government agencies to obtain business, they agreed.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is rife with opportunities for the commercial sector, but companies should be aware that the rules of engagement are changing, or already have changed, in a number of instances, so they should thoroughly research upcoming contract awards.
The U.S. Defense Department has awarded $18 million to six programs to reduce the energy demand of future expeditionary outposts. The funds are for programs aimed at developing and rapidly transitioning energy technologies for the combat force.