Acquisition and Contracting Blog

U.S. Navy Delays NGEN-R Award Schedule

September 20, 2017
The U.S. Navy is shifting the NGEN-R primary contracts award schedule by a few months to allow more interaction with industry.

Instead of awarding the two primary contracts by June 2018 as originally announced, the NGEN-R acquisition schedule has been modified for contract awards in late 2018. 

DHS Contract to Boost Safety and Incident Response Technologies for Smart Cities

September 18, 2017

​The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a $4.8 million contract award to the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) of Herndon, Virginia, to apply cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to first responders and the commercial marketplace. The award was jointly announced by DHS and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the inaugural meeting of the Governor’s Smart Communities Working Group in Arlington, Virginia.

Leidos to Operate Army Aerial Detection System

September 18, 2017

Leidos, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded an $8,811,831 modification (P00018) to contract W909MY-15-C-0031 for operations and maintenance of the Aerial Optical Change Detection system. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia; and Bagram, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of January 25, 2018. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,811,831 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Army Taps into McAfee and InfoReliance Cybersecurity Services

September 18, 2017

The U.S. Army has awarded a five-year, $182 million managed cybersecurity services contract to Fairfax, Va.-based InfoReliance LLC and Reston, Va.-based McAfee to enhance and modernize host based security and analytic technologies across the Army’s Endpoint Security System (AESS).  The capabilities will be delivered under a managed platform as a service (PaaS) model for "near real-time situational awareness on a global basis," according to the companies.

Army to Boost Integration of Voice, Video and Messaging Capabilities

September 18, 2017

AT&T Corporation of Oakton, Virginia, has been awarded a $35,796,074 firm-fixed-price contract to provide integrated voice, video, instant messaging/chat, presence, and screen sharing. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven received. Work will be performed in Oakton with an estimated completion date of September 14, 2022. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $35,796,074 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-17-C-0041).

Raytheon to Support NOAA's Weather Forecasting Toolkit

September 15, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded a $269 million contract to the Raytheon Company for support of NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) program. The AWIPS program is used by 140 National Weather Service (NWS) field offices in collecting and analyzing weather data, creating forecaster visualizations and distributing time-sensitive weather statements such as hurricane watches and tornado warnings across the United States.

New $11 Million Contract Aims at Boosting the Army's "Telehealth" Services

September 15, 2017

Irving Burton Associates (IBA) of Falls Church, Virginia, will provide research, scientific, management and technical support services for the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), under a $11 million two-year contract with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). IBA will support USAMRMC intiatiives in the areas of Telehealth, medical simulation, medical robotics, unmanned systems, and mobile solutions.

SNA International to Provide Forensics Support to Army

September 15, 2017

SNA International LLC of Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $110,000,000 hybrid contract (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) for scientific, technical, administrative, and logistical support services for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of September 14, 2022. U.S. Army Medical Command, U.S. Medical Research Activity, Fort Detrick, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W81XWH-17-D-0034).

Tips for Doing Business with DHS

September 14, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
At the Homeland Security Conference, panelists discuss how small companies can do business with DHS.

Responding to RFIs is one common piece of advice that DHS experts say will help small businesses do business with the department.

Unity of Effort Leading Acquisition Plans

September 14, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Panelists discuss acquisition during a session at AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference.

Agencies are coming together in business solutions with integrated functions.

DHS Contracting Initiative Benefits All Involved

September 13, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
At the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, (l-r) Robert Gearhart, Dr. Douglas Maughan, Jeff Finan, Josh Wells, Bob Baxley and Michael Gormley discussed the DHS Science and Technology Silicon Valley Innovation Program.

Innovation program provides contractors a decision within one day, speeding technology into the operating environment.

Persistent Systems to Supply Radios to Army Weapons of Mass Destruction Teams

September 13, 2017

Persistent Systems, LLC of New York will supply 950 MPU5 radios to the U.S. Army National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) under a $8.9 million contract vehicle in support of the Army's Unified Command Suite (UCS) Program of Record, which is managed by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).

Lockheed to Deliver Radar and Periscope Detection Test Sets

September 12, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $9,540,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of 18 Intermediate Level Operational Test Program Sets for the MH-60R/S Multimode Radar and Advanced Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination work replaceable assemblies.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Fiscal year 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,540,000 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract wa

SAIC to Work with the Missile Defense Agency in Modeling and Analysis of Ballistic Missile System

September 12, 2017

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $34,636,585 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Under the contract (HQ0147-17-C-0045), SAIC will work with Missile Defense Agency to evolve analysis capability to model the Ballistic Missile Defense System's (BMDS) expected performance in support of the director for engineering's Quick Reaction Team (QRT) support and analysis effort. The effort supports research, development and testing of the BMDS. The analytical support for the QRT will create products used by the Missile Defense Agency director; the Nat

Engility Corp Will Develop Munition Simulation Technology for Air Force

September 12, 2017

Engility Corporation, Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide research and development for Kinetic Kill Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) Simulation Technology for Advanced Research. The contract provides for the development of multi-spectral and multi-modal phenomenology modeling capabilities, to advance the start-of-the-art of HWIL test technology and to perform a critical role in the research, development and transition of Air Force munitions through the use of integrated guidance simulation. The location of performance

CSRA to Provide Cloud Computing to Navy

September 12, 2017

CSRA LLC of  Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,357,125 blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to provide cloud computing services for the Department of Navy (DON) Research and Development Enterprise (NR&DE). The BPA will support a DON Cloud Services pilot program conducted by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) on behalf of 16 DON warfare centers to create a NR&DE Cloud Brokerage. The one-year BPA includes two one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative potential value to $34,698,390.

Stressing Agility for Successful Procurement Programs

September 12, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Claire Grady, senior officer performing the duties of the deputy secretary and under secretary for management, addresses the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

DHS is looking toward a mentality of solutions, not compliance, in advancing agility and flexibility in contracting. Industry needs the ability to do what makes sense.

DHS Awards $8.6 Million for Five Mobile Application Security R&D Projects

September 11, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded funding to five research and development (R&D) projects to enhance mobile applications security (MAS) for the government. The DHS S&T Mobile Security R&D program, part of the Cyber Security Division in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, will mahange the projects. The recently launched MAS project will focus on continuous validation and threat protection for mobile apps and integrating security throughout the mobile app lifecycle.

UltiSat Awarded NATO Framework Agreement

September 5, 2017

UltiSat Incorporated of Gaithersburg, Maryland announced that it has been awarded a NATO Framework Agreement, under which the company will provide consulting services in support of NATO's technical support program. The services include subject matter expert staffing in support of NATO missions. “UltiSat is honored to have been selected as a partner for this important project,” said M.G. Abutaleb, CEO of UltiSat.

Rockwell Collins to Provide Helmet Cueing Systems

September 5, 2017
Rockwell Collins to provide helmet cueing system support.

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract for various Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System consumable and depot-level reparable spares in support of F-15, F-16 and F-18 aircraft.

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